I read news Susuki are at their best now in Sengohara. Sengokuhara in Hakone is famouse as a field of "Miscanthus siensis" called Susuki in Japan. It is a species of flowering plant in the grass family Poaceae. We Japanese used to make roof of house before and even it's such colorless flower, we love it as symbol of autume, we use it as ornament of tsukimi festival. Japanese old flower card game Hanafuda has sususki too. Interesting part is in the North America, susuki is known as Invasive species, however in Japan, the yellow flower Solidago canadesis which came from North America after ww2 is certificated as invasive species, In autumn, we could see they fight each other in wild field in Japan. Until 80's Yellow flowers were very strong, I remember they were in everywhere. But they absorb nutrition of the land and also have character of Allelopathy, they could not survive by themselves and maybe in last 5years? I feel susuki was back instead of the yellow flowers. For North America, it would be Invasive species, but susuki makes land rich and after susuki, Pine or such trees will grow.Anyway, when I run the river side on weekend, it is fun to see such workings
The world’s first inflatable concert hall will begin touring ravaged areas of Japan. It looks good to use for shelter. I love this idea.
Do you know Andy Warhol appeared in Japanese TV commercial?
And here is "matome"(collection) "Funny Celebrities in Weird Japanese Commercial".
Japanese food Nabe like sukiyaki or Yakiniku is usually we enjoyed with families, friends, not alone. However recently there are shops we can eat it alone. Strange part is such yakiniku place has partition in each table and you can be completely alone by yourself. Anyway Beef bowl shop Yoshinoya has started such Nabemono shop "Ichinabeya" in last week, it is hard to find such small size Nabe menu usually but now you can enjoy it without any buddy. Talking about "eat alone", I can't miss the manga Kodoku no Gurumet. The story is very simple, Goro Inokashira (import items dealer) goes out for this job and eat something after work, we see what he eats, which menu he chooses, how he feels for food. The manga was made into real TV drama and the season 3 had over just last week, I loooooooove them all, I could find season 2 with English subtitles, hope you can enjoy it before they were deleted.