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Japanese Resort Theme Park Opens 'Plant Factory'

Oct 12 (Tue ), 2010

Japanese Resort Theme Park Opens 'Plant Factory' Powered by Solar Energy Huis Ten Bosch, a large resort theme park located in Sasebo City, Nagasaki Prefecture, started operations of a pilot "plant factory" on its premises on November 14, 2009. The unit, funded as one of the 2009 Advanced Plant Factory Promotional Projects sponsored by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, will be the first one in the Kyushu region open to the public. It will be powered primarily by Huis Ten Bosch's onsite photovoltaic (PV) generation system. A plant factory allows the growing of vegetables indoors all year round. It is a system that artificially creates the environment necessary for plants to grow by controlling the amount of culture solution, air, and light from light-emitting diodes (LED). Because the amount of light, temperature, humidity, and carbon dioxide (CO2) concentration levels can be optimized without being affected by the weather, the growth rate of vegetables is two to four times faster than those grown in open-air fields, and yields are ten to twenty times higher. Vegetables harvested at the factory are served at Huis Ten Bosch's hotel restaurants for visitors to taste, while vegetable scraps are composted for use on plants in the park. The resort also re-uses the nutrient solution used in the solution culture by spraying it onto park plants. The PV generation system (900 kilowatts) is located at Huis Ten Bosch's Nagasaki Next-Generation Energy Park. It includes a rechargeable lithium-ion battery system that stores the energy generated by the PV system to light the plant factory at night. Huis Ten Bosch official website http://english.huistenbosch.co.jp/

Friday Deadline (Oct. 8) for the Ko'ko' Road Race in Guam!

Oct 05 (Tue ), 2010

The 2010 Guam Ko'ko' Road Race will be held on Sunday, October 17. Over 600 runners from Japan have already signed up! Now is the time to register. The next early bird discount deadline is THIS FRIDAY, OCTOBER 8. Sign up at Hornet Sports in Tamuning or online at www.guamkokoroadrace.com Join us on Facebook to keep up to date with race news.   You can run the half marathon on your own, or get a team of four together to run the ekiden relay (each leg is only slightly over 5km!). Email questions to info@guamkokoroadrace.com.   Each runner will get an adidas t-shirt, finisher's medal, chance to win free trips and cash prizes for the top three soloists and top ekiden team!   Please forward this email to your friends and family that might also be interested.

Autumn Showcase “Falling for Brew” at Baird Nakameguro Taproom

Oct 01 (Fri ), 2010

Autumn Beers Style Showcase “Falling for Brew” Baird Nakameguro Taproom Sunday, November 14th 3 to 6 pm Admission: 3,200 yen This event will feature at least six beers showcasing the unique tastes of fall beers. Marco McFarren will be talking about malts and lagering, as well as fall and seasonal flavors. Both Baird beers and imported beers will be featured, and the admisson fee covers all beers, some light food, and a short all-you-can-drink session on the featured beers after the presentation. The selection of beers will be announced at the event. The presentation will be given in English. A separate presentation will be given in Japanese by Beer Manager Takahashi-san on Saturday, November 13th from 3 pm. www.facebook.com/BairdNakameguroTaproom (Courtesy of BrewsNews / Bryan Harrell)

Yokohama Oktoberfest Through Oct. 17

Oct 01 (Fri ), 2010

Yokohama Oktoberfest on Now Through Sunday, October 17 My favorite Oktoberfest is now on, at Akarenga Soko in Yokohama. It’s open from 11 to 9 pm on weekends and holidays, and from 12 noon to 9 pm on weekdays. After paying a 200 yen entrance fee, you can make your way through a number of stalls selling a huge variety of German beers until you find the stall that has a small selection of Japanese craft beers sold at lower prices. Enjoy the free live music from the stage, and join in when the snake dances erupt from the crowd. Akarenga Soko is a collection of old brick warehouses, and is only a six-minute walk from Nihon O-dori station or Bashamichi station on the Minato Mirai line. The best information is on the Japanese site at http://www.yokohama-akarenga.jp/oktoberfest2010/ (Courtesy of BrewsNews / Bryan Harrell)  

Japanese Florist Encouraging Customers to Participate in Green Campaign

Oct 01 (Fri ), 2010

Japanese Florist Encouraging Customers to Participate in Green Campaign Hibiya-Kadan Floral Co., a leading floral specialist that operates stores across Japan, is offseting its carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions associated with flower deliveries From July 1 to October 31. The company said it will purchase and write off emission credits equivalent to the total CO2 emissions related to delivery of flower products during the period through Recycle One, a provider of carbon offsets. Hibiya Kadan also conducted ,from June 9 to August 28 its annual Green Save the Earth Campaign, which is aimed at preventing global warming,. This is the fourth year it has organized the campaign, in which customers participate simply by buying flowers. Part of the proceeds from sales will be spent on the Billion Tree Campaign facilitated by the United Nations Environment Programme, and volunteers from the company will plant trees on the site of the Ashio Copper Mine in Nikko City, Tochigi Prefecture, and in the Sakai District No.7-3 Symbiotic Forest, which has been created in a former dumping ground in a waterfront area in the city of Sakai, Osaka Prefecture. Hibiya Kadan is also working on other green projects, including rooftop gardening and wall greening, aimed at protecting and improving the environment under its corporate philosophy of contributing to building a richer society through flowers and greenery. Weblinks: http://www.hibiya.co.jp/carbonoffset/ http://www.hibiya.co.jp/earth/  

Nippon Craft Beer Festival 2010 (Oct. 31)

Oct 01 (Fri ), 2010

Nippon Craft Beer Festival 2010 Celebrate the fifth year of the Nippon Craft Beer Festival  one of the best craft beer festivals in Japan. Starts at high noon until 6pm on Oct. 31 at the Sumida Riverside Hall. Price is 3,500 yen and includes a commemorative glass and 10 tasting tickets. Ticket sales have begun online at http://www.craftbeerfestival.org/ticket.php  

Second Hand Books at Nagoya's Mondo Books

Oct 01 (Fri ), 2010

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mso-style-qformat:yes; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:11.0pt; font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif"; mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-fareast-font-family:"MS Mincho"; mso-fareast-theme-font:minor-fareast; mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-bidi;} </style> <![endif]-->Greater Nagoya’s “bigger and better than ever” second-hand English book store is located in the Osu district about a year ago. Currently the store carries more than 3,000 books in English, and other languages. You can also donate your English books to the store, and after making a donation, you can get a coupon to donate to variety of charities. (Check the Coupon donation guide on their website. http://www.mondo-books.com/donation_guide) Find directions below (It even has movies on how to get to the store…): Mondo Books http://www.mondo-books.com/home Gatten Shouchi Bldg. 3F, Osu 3-30-25, Naka-ku, Nagoya, Aichi 460-0011, Japan Fax: (81)523313799 E-mail: info@mondo-books.com A store owner speaks Nagoya dialect, Español, Français and, of course, English.

Montbell's Isamu Tatsuno on TBS Oct. 10

Oct 01 (Fri ), 2010

Montbell founder Isamu Tatsuno will be featured on TBS on October 10 at 7:30pm. Get an inside look at Japan's homegrown outdoor company and find out more about one of it's founding members. Weg: http://www.tbs.co.jp/gacchiri/

RIP to Sapporo's "Gaijin Bar"

Oct 01 (Fri ), 2010

A note from the Gaijin Bar: "In the 15 plus years of the Gaijin Bar's existence, there have been rumors that the management has changed, or it's been sold, etc.   For the first time in the Gaijin Bar's history, the rumor is true. Saturday October 2nd will be the last night! Therefore, it is all you can drink for ¥1,500 on Friday and Saturday.   In the last 15 years we have been responsible for some marriages, kids and probably some divorces.  Definitely there have been a lot of good times and a lot of hangovers.  Please come and say good-bye. A good person who makes tasty food will re-open at that location in November, so stay tuned for details. Long live the Gaijin Bar!! S.2 W.7 M's Space 2F 272-1033 Sapporo, Hokkaido This announcement has nothing to do with Mugi Shu Tei, which will still outlive us all!  

Play Golf and Feed the Poor!

Oct 01 (Fri ), 2010

Please join Hope International's 2nd Annual Charity Golf Tournament in aid of HOPE International Development Agency who has partnered with Nishinomiya Golf Course in Kansai and Centleisure Golf Club Jokoji in Chubu for this unique and exciting event for those who like to golf. Your participation will not only give you a great day out, but will also help extremely poor families in some of the world's poorest communities gain access to clean water and enjoy a brighter future. Individual golfers are welcome. More information at http://www.hope.or.jp/golf/en.html