MARCH ... sangatsu 三月


.............. March 10, 2009


The fourth all-Japan festival for jumbo daikon radishes !
in Onomichi, Hiroshima.

Farmers from all over Japan brought the biggest 150 radishes. The largest this year from a farmer in Takamatsu had 39,4 kilogram.

The largest ever two years ago had 43, 4 kilogram !


.............. March 3, 2009

(The 34th International Food and Beverage Exhibition)
Makuhari Messe
March 03 - 06

FOODEX JAPAN is held annually, welcoming 2,400+ exhibitors from 60+ countries & regions and drawing 90,000+ visitors over the 4-day show period. With over 30 years serving as Japan's top trade food and beverage show, FOODEX JAPAN is renowned as an established and rewarding event.
 source : www2.jma.or.jp/foodex


.............. March 14/15, 2009

International Patisserie Grand Prix 2009
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Suite Sweets Japan


Shinsuke Nakajima, Nakajima Shinsuke 中島眞介
Chef Patissier
He is the Executive Pastry Chef at the Hotel New Otani.

Edo Sweets Mamekan pure
Mont Blanc

His signature Super Dessert Series includes masterpieces such as the Super Melon Short Cake, and sweets that combine Japanese ingredients such as sweet bean paste with Western staples such as puddings and roll cakes. A veteran on the pastry circuit,


.............. March 26, 2009

Japan Times
Dairy farming hit by surging feed prices, aging farmers

The Japan Dairy Council, an organization comprising dairy-related and raw milk producing groups across the country, predicts about 1,240 farm households in all prefectures except Hokkaido will cease raising cows this year.

The price of grain has been rising sharply around the world since fall 2006 amid a rise in demand for grains such as corn for biofuels and a flow of speculative funds into grain markets.

Imported feed mixed primarily with corn cost about ¥40,000 per ton until two years ago, but the price soared to up to ¥68,000 last year. Takagi said annual feed costs rose from ¥2 million to ¥3.2 million.

He shut down his cowshed Dec. 8 and sold 20 dairy cows for meat. His oldest son had said he would not follow in his footsteps. Cows had been raised on the farm since his grandfather started the business after World War II.

Dairy farmers had their heyday in 1963, when the number of farm households raising dairy cattle totaled 417,600 against the background of the Westernization of the Japanese diet and the expansion of school lunch programs.

However, the number has gradually declined as farmers grew old and gave up farming, while farms themselves have been streamlined on a large scale. The number dropped to 24,400 last year.
According to Dairy Tochigi Agri. Co-op in the prefectural capital of Utsunomiya, one-third of 600 dairy farm households were in the red last year and 30 quit the business.

Dairy product makers raised the price of fresh milk by about ¥10 per kg this month, but Hirofumi Maeda, secretary general of the dairy council, said even that increase will still leave almost all dairy farmers in a difficult position.

Nobuhiro Suzuki, an agricultural economy professor at the University of Tokyo's graduate school, said: "Butter disappeared from supermarkets last year due to a decline in the output of raw milk. It is conceivable that milk will fall into the same situation. It is necessary for those concerned to study the possibility of making use of rice as feed for cattle for domestic self-sufficiency. It is also necessary to increase the purchase price of raw milk."

The country's dairy farming is said to have originated in Chiba Prefecture during the 1700s, when shogun Yoshimune of the Tokugawa clan during the Edo Period (1603-1867) started to raise cows. Milk became a beverage for ordinary people during the Meiji Era (1868-1912).

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Related words

JANUARY ... ichigatsu 一月

FEBRUARY ... nigatsu 二月

MARCH ... sangatsu 三月

DECEMBER ... juunigatsu 十二月  



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