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News from Japan - January 6, 2022

The first screen to lick to taste flavorsHomei Miyashita, a japanese scientist, invented a screen to lick that tastes like the products you see on TV.

The device, called Taste the TV (TTTV), uses a system of 10 different scent cartridges that spray and mix to create the taste of the food presented on the screen (right pic).

The mixture ends up on a hygienic film, above the screen so that the guest can try it out.

According to Homei Miyashita, a professor at Meiji University and inventor of the device, this type of technology can improve the way people connect and interact with the outside world, especially in times of COVID.

In other words, allowing people to eat in a restaurant across the world, while staying at home.

According to him, a commercial version of the product would cost around 100,000 yen (760 euros).

He already has several business ideas in mind that he is working on with a group of around 30 students. For example, a perfume library, which would allow you to download flavors from around the world, just like a music library. Interesting, isn't it?

 

A tuna sold for 129,000 eurosA bluefin tuna of 211 kilos was sold for 129.000 euros in at the first auction sale in Japan.

Far from the 2019 record (2.5M euros) and down for the third consecutive year, the expense remains significant: a 211 kg bluefin tuna was sold for 129,000 euros during this traditional New Year's sale in Tokyo.

The fish, acquired through a collaboration between a Michelin-starred restaurant, the Ginza Onodera group, and a wholesaler, was part of a very popular auction in Japan. Indeed, in addition to the good publicity for the buyer, it is said that this famous tuna, bought during the first sale of the year, brings good luck for the coming year.

Chef Akifumi Sakagami, at the head of 14 restaurants in 5 countries, indicates that he wanted to brighten up the coming year of his customers, in a world which remains marked by the pandemic.

 

A football match in traditional dressIn Kyoto, members of an association playing kemari, an old version of football, while wearing traditional clothes>
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<p>After 2 years of waiting due to a pandemic, the kemari players were able to meet at the Shimogamo Shrine in Kyoto to participate in a public demonstration.</p>
<p>During this (normally) annual event, 8 members of the Shukiku Hozonkai association, whose main objective is to preserve this tradition, were able to perform in front of a large audience.</p>
<p>The goal of kemari: to keep the ball in the air as long as possible, while passing it around. The ball, made of deer skin and called

A game of kemari is played with 2 to 12 players and the rule states that, just like in football, players cannot use their arms and hands to keep this ball in the air. Anyone can hit as many times as they want before passing it on to the next player. The person who hits the ball is called "mariashi" and has a complex role because their pass must be easily received by the next player!

The kemari, an old japanese version of football, that originated in the Asuka era at the end of the 6th century.

Kemari is considered to be the earliest form of football in Japan as there is evidence of the sport dating back to the year 644 AD in the city of Nara (near Kyoto). Its popularity made it a compulsory game for court nobles during the Heian Period (794-1185). Then from 1192 to 1333, the game became a popular sport among the samurai.

Regarding its origin, the writing of the word "kemari" in Japanese suggests that the sport was in fact imported from China.


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