7,000 cherry trees in full bloom in Okinawa

Visitors take photos of ryukyu kanhizakura cherry trees in full bloom on Mount Yaedake in Motobu,

Okinawa Prefecture, on Jan. 20, 2014. (Mainichi)

MOTOBU, Okinawa — About 7,000 cherry trees are in full bloom on a mountain here, adding color to the subtropical forest.
The trees, called ryukyu kanhizakura, on 453-meter-high Mount Yaedake in Motobu are known as the cheery trees that bloom the earliest across the country. Ryukyu kanhizakura, a kind of Taiwan cherry with dark pink flowers, are seen widely in Okinawa and other warm areas.
Unlike someiyoshino, a type of cherry tree commonly seen on mainland Japan, ryukyu kanhizakura trees on higher ground bloom first, and then trees flower on lower ground.

(Photo and article cited in Mainichi Shimbun)

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Season of cherry blossom has come around this year.  A severe cold wave hit mainland Japan this winter while winter here in Okinawa was as usual, or it may have been milder than usual this year. We’ve had fine days since the middle of January with the expected lowest temperature at 15~16℃ (59~61℉). We’ve already had many days with temperature as high as 23℃ (73℉) during the daytime. As per every year, cherry blossoms in northern part of Okinawa came into full bloom.   On weekends, festivals and events related to cherry blossoms were to be held, so I went out with my family.

The mountain, Yae Dake, introduced in the article of Mainich Shinbum, Nakijin Castle Site, and Nago Castle Site are the 3 spots that are selected in 100 spots noted as good places to enjoy cherry blossoms, released by Japan Cherry Blossom Association. http://www.sakuranokai.or.jp/information/
We’ve been to the mountain before so we decided to visit Nago Castle Site this time. Nago Castle Site is located on a hill of 345m. From the observation platform on the hilltop, we could enjoy great scenery of the townscape and the ocean view.

Cherry blossoms around the observation platform were in full bloom. The dark pink flowers were so beautiful with clear, blue sky in the background. Though we took a shuttle bus to the top, we decided to walk down on the way back. As we walked down the hill viewing more cherry blossoms along the walking path, we soon realized it was much longer to reach at the foot of the hill than we thought. But on the way, we walked up and down through a jungle where no cherry blossoms were around. Then we came across to reach at an athletic playground where my children played while my husband and I tool a rest. We even crossed a suspension bridge. It was totally unexpected but we all enjoyed this hiking.

The final approach to the festival held at the foot of a hill, there is a long, steep stairway with more than 100 steps. Because the space was not so wide and we did not want to stagnate the flow of people, we could not stop to view the cherry blossoms along the path. Between the cherry trees were stone lanterns for lighting up.

We intended to stay longer so we could view the cherry blossoms under the light at night. But because the hiking took longer time, we were so tired and hungry that we were drawn to the good smells from the many food stands. As it’s said, “bread is better than the songs of birds,” our viewing time was over.

It seems to be a quite impressive experience for my young children. They became aware of the cherry trees here and there in the neighborhood and as they noticed them, they would stop and look up. Spring has come around the corner.

The Powerful Superfoods You Might Be Missing

When it comes to nutrition, is black the new green? To reap nutritional benefits and antioxidants you don’t want to miss, add these black superfoods to your diet.
By Marie Suszynski
Medically reviewed by Niya Jones MD, MPH

When it comes to a balanced diet, you’ve most likely been taught to eat foods of all different colors. And when you’re eating fruits and veggies like purple potatoes, red pomegranates, and orange papayas, that’s generally true — the richer the color, the bigger the dose of cancer and disease-fighting phytochemicals.

But what about foods on the extreme side of the color spectrum: black foods? Although black might not seem like the healthiest color on the planet, dark-hued foods have been hailed as the newest superfoods because of their high levels of various antioxidants, compounds that protect against a number of diseases, including heart disease and cancer. You should still eat bright fruits and vegetables, but adding in black foods that pack a nutritional punch — like blackberries, black beans, and black soybeans — can give you an unexpected health boost, too.

Black Beans

Black beans should be part of every diet. They’re healthy foods that help prevent cancer because they’re filled with phytochemicals that protect your cells from damage — and black beans are thought to be even more packed with antioxidants than other varieties. Beans are also full of fiber, which has been found to lower the risk for colorectal cancer. A recent study at the Harvard School for Public Health even found that eating more beans and less rice can lower diabetes risk by as much as 35 percent.

Luckily, black beans are easy to add to your diet. Kathy Allen, RD, director of the department of nutrition at Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Fla., recommends a great option for an easy dinner: Buy seasoned black beans in a can and mix them with long-grain brown rice. “It’s one of the healthiest, cheapest, and fastest meals,” she says. You can also add black beans to salads, chili, soups, tacos, or burritos.


Sprinkle blackberries on your cereal, add them to Greek yogurt, or fold them into whole-wheat waffle batter, and you’ll get a helping of polyphenols, an antioxidant that helps lower inflammation. Because they’re low in calories, blackberries are the perfect diet addition, and they might even boost your brain health. When researchers from the Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University fed older rats a blackberry-supplemented diet for eight weeks, the rats had better balance, coordination, and short-term memory than rats that were not fed blackberries.

Black Soybeans

Edamame (green soybeans) may be all the rage, but there are a variety of soybeans that may please your palate, including black soybeans, Allen says. Soybeans offer isoflavones, saponins, phytosterols, and other active ingredients that help fight cancer. Studies have also found that having this healthy food in your diet is good for your heart. In one South Korean study, researchers found that black soybean extract helped improve blood circulation and lowered the risk for cardiovascular problems.

Black Lentils

Nutritionally, there’s not much of a difference between black lentils, green lentils, or brown lentils, Allen notes, but they may offer some variety to your diet. Whatever the color, lentils offer plenty of dietary fiber, and studies have found that diets rich in fiber can help lower cholesterol. You can replace ground meat in meatloaf and chili with lentils, eat them over rice with a tomato sauce, or add them cold to salads, Allen suggests.

Black Mushrooms

Most varieties of mushrooms are beneficial and contain cancer-fighting properties. Flavorful shiitake mushrooms, which are sometimes called black mushrooms, will help diversify your diet. In one study of 362 women, researchers concluded that eating mushrooms may lower risk of breast cancer for women after menopause. “Try a variety [of mushrooms] because they all have different flavors and textures,” Allen says. Add them to a salad, put them in a stir-fry, grill, or roast them. Because they have a mild flavor, they’re also great in combination with other foods, such as in chili or soup.

Black Tea

A study from the Boston University School of Medicine found that people who have heart disease and drink black tea have healthier blood vesselsthan people with heart disease who do not drink tea. Additionally, studies have found that drinking black tea may help lower the risk of a heart attack or stroke. Researchers think that tea’s flavonoids offer protection, and help to prevent the formation of plaques or blockages in artery walls. If you’re looking for ways to drink more tea, swap your morning coffee for black tea, or drink green, white, or black tea in place of sugary sodas.

Black Rice

The next time you sit down to a stir-fry, add black rice, a little-known healthy food, instead of brown or white. Why? Adding black rice to your diet may help with allergies and inflammation. In a laboratory study on mice, researchers found that injecting black rice bran into the rats’ skin lowered levels of inflammation. Researchers also found that mice that ate black rice bran had less swelling from skin allergies. Neither effect was found with brown rice bran.

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Fish derived serum omega-3 fatty acids help the risk of type 2 diabetes

Released on EurekAlert! On January 14, 2014

High concentrations of serum long-chain omega-3 fatty acids may help reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes, according to a University of Eastern Finland study published recently in Diabetes Care. The sources of these fatty acids are fish and fish oils.

Type 2 diabetes is becoming increasingly widespread throughout the world, including Finland. Overweight is the most significant risk factor, which means that diet and other lifestyle factors play important roles in the development of type 2 diabetes. Earlier research has established that weight management, exercise and high serum linoleic acid concentrations, among other things, are associated with reduced risk of diabetes. However, findings on how fish consumption or long-chain omega-3 fatty acids affect the risk of diabetes have been highly contradictory. A protective link has mainly been observed in Asian populations, whereas a similar link has not been observed in European or US studies – and some studies have even linked a high consumption of fish to increased diabetes risk.

Ongoing at the University of Eastern Finland, the Kuopio Ischaemic Heart Disease Risk Factor Study (KIHD) determined the serum omega-3 fatty acid concentrations of 2,212 men between 42 and 60 years of age at the onset of the study, in 1984–1989.

During a follow-up of 19.3 years, 422 men were diagnosed with type 2 diabetes.

Serum long-chain omega-3 fatty acid concentrations were used to divide the subjects into four categories. The risk of men in the highest serum omega-3 fatty acid concentration quarter to develop type 2 diabetes was 33% lower than the risk of men in the lowest quarter.

The study sheds new light on the association between fish consumption and the risk of type 2 diabetes. A well-balanced diet should include at least two fish meals per week, preferably fatty fish. Fish rich in long-chain omega-3 fatty acids include salmon, rainbow trout, vendace, bream, herring, anchovy, sardine and mackerel, whereas for example saithe and Atlantic cod are not so good alternatives. Weight management, increased exercise and a well-rounded diet built around dietary recommendations constitute the cornerstones of diabetes prevention.

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About UK’s Christmas and New Year

Christmas is a big event in the UK.
People enjoy “Christmas dinner” on December 25th late afternoon with family. Christmas dinner is normally roast turkey, roast or mashed potatoes, and boiled brussels sprouts, carrots, and broccoli.

Christmas turkey is a very special food that includes a stuffing. The stuffing is made with herbs (for example : sage, parsley), onions, breadcrumbs, and chestnuts that are cooked inside the stomach of the turkey. It is then cooked in the oven for a long time. The stuffing gives the turkey a very special taste. People also add gravy sauce or cranberry sauce to add further flavour. The turkey becomes a gorgeous Christmas taste. The Christmas dinner is enjoyed after opening the presents.

After dinner, people often play board games, and watch TV and DVDs with family.
Because Christmas Day is the one day in the UK when shops don’t open and there is no public transport – even in London. It means families spend quality time with each other.

The TV shows Christmas films and popular comedies enjoyed by everyone. Also every year a famous animation called “The Snowman” is shown, as is “The Muppet Christmas Carol”. At 3pm, the Queen speaks about the year in her annual message. (The reigning monarch has been making this broadcast each Christmas since 1932).

The day after Christmas Day is called “Boxing Day” which started because the church gave Christmas presents to poor people. That day also signals the start of the “Christmas sale” which is like a Japanese “hatsuuri”. So Boxing Day is the day when people come out to town again.

Next, I am going to talk about New Year in the UK.

Basically, in the UK the twelve days of Christmas last until 6th January. People then put away the Christmas tree and other decorations on this day.
Japan is very different, where people put away the Christmas decorations on 25th night time or 26th. And then they put up the new year decorations up as soon as possible.

In the UK, New Year’s Eve is more special than New Year’s Day. On the evening of 31st December, people have a party with family or friends and enjoy a huge fireworks display by the River Thames.

Here I can see Christmas Day means a lot and I really like it. But also I like “oshogatsu” in Japan, which I can’t feel so much in the UK. But I can say UK’s Christmas and Japanese New Year are very similar in how much they mean to people.

What Are the Benefits of Eating Lentils?

Lentils are a powerhouse of nutrition. They are a good source of potassium, calcium, zinc, niacin and vitamin K, but are particularly rich in dietary fiber, lean protein, folate and iron. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that eating plenty of nutrient-dense foods like lentils can lessen your risk of many serious medical problems. Lentils are not only one of the oldest commonly consumed legumes in history, but they are also one of the simplest to prepare since they don’t require a lengthy soaking time like other beans. Some people may experience flatulence and abdominal discomfort when initially adding legumes like lentils into their diet. Cookbook author Mark Bittman recommends incorporating lentils into regular meals slowly, over a period of weeks, and using a commercial digestive aid.

Dietary Fiber

A single cup of cooked lentils contains 16 grams of dietary fiber, or 63 percent of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s recommended daily allowance of fiber for an adult man or woman on a 2,000-calorie diet. Lentils contain some soluble fiber, but are an outstanding source of insoluble fiber. According to The Cancer Project, a diet that includes plenty of insoluble fiber can regulate bowel movements, promote digestive system health and may significantly decrease the risk of colon, breast, throat and esophageal cancer. Fiber-rich foods like lentils may also help prevent stroke, heart disease, diabetes, high blood cholesterol and hypertension.

Lean Protein

Cooked lentils provide 18 grams of protein per cup, with less than 1 gram of fat, negligible saturated fat and no cholesterol. When compared to beef, poultry and fish, all of which are good sources of protein but contain much higher amounts of saturated fat and cholesterol, the Harvard School of Public Health names legumes such as lentils a better protein choice. A 2012 study published in the “Archives of Internal Medicine” reported that substituting lean protein sources like beans for red meat could lower your overall risk of dying from most diseases, including cancer and heart disease. Lentils do not contain all of the amino acids required by the body for protein synthesis. Combine them with a grain like rice or whole-wheat bread for a meal providing complete protein.


Each cup of cooked lentils has 358 micrograms of folate. This amount supplies nearly 100 percent of the 400-microgram daily requirement of folate for adults. Folate, also known as folic acid or vitamin B-9, supports nervous system health, aids in energy metabolism and is required for the synthesis of DNA, RNA and red blood cells. If your diet lacks adequate folate, you may be more likely to develop cancer, depression, heart disease and age-related vision or hearing loss. It is especially important for pregnant women to include folate-rich foods like lentils in their diets. Pregnant women who eat at least 600 micrograms of folate daily may lessen the risk of their child being born with a birth defect.


A cup of lentils provides 87 percent of the iron men need daily and 38 percent of the amount a woman needs. The body uses iron to produce red blood cells and adenosine triphosphate, or ATP. People who are deficient in iron may develop anemia or neurological problems like attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder. The iron in plant-based foods like lentils is nonheme iron, a form of iron that is not absorbed as easily as the heme iron in meat, poultry and fish. You can increase the amount of iron you get from lentils by eating the legumes with meat or with a rich source of vitamin C. Serve lentils in meat-based soups or braises, or toss them into salads featuring dark, leafy greens and orange or grapefruit segments.

SFGate “What Are the Benefits of Eating Lentils?” by Michelle Kerns, Demand Media

Healthy Winter Vegetable- Turnip

Turnips belong to the same family as swedes. They have been cultivated for centuries. They maybe globular, flattish or cylindrical in shape and generally white in colour with a tinge of red, pink,purple or green. The flesh is usually white. They have a stronger flavour than swedes. Turnips area good source of Vitamin C.

Nutritional Content

A 1-cup serving of boiled, mashed turnips contains 51 calories and provides 76 milligrams of calcium, 21 milligrams of magnesium and 407 milligrams of potassium. The same serving size also provides 26 milligrams of vitamin C. A 1-cup serving of raw turnip greens provides 104 milligrams of calcium, or 13 percent of your daily requirement, and 163 milligrams of potassium. Turnip greens are also a good source of vitamin C, with 33 milligrams per cup, vitamin A, with 6,373 International Units, or IUs, per cup — about 64 percent of your daily requirement — and vitamin K, with 318 IUs per cup — about three times the daily adult requirement. While the turnip root is considered a starchy vegetable, it contains only a third of the calories in a potato.

Cancer Prevention

Turnips contain a category of phytonutrients — substances in plant foods that improve health but are not essential to life — called indoles. Indoles in turnips may reduce your risk for lung and colorectal cancers, according to the Linus Pauling Institute. A tissue culture study published in the March 2012 issue of the “International Journal of Oncology” found that brassinin, a type of indole compound, killed human colon cancer cells. Researchers noted that their experiment was the first to determine the particular stage of cancer cell growth that the turnip compound affected.

Glucosinolate Antimicrobial and Anti-Inflammatory Benefits

Turnip sprouts provide high levels of glucosinolates, sulfur-containing compounds that may help protect against some forms of cancer and provide antifungal, antibacterial and antiparasitic benefits. A study published in the November 2012 issue of the “Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry” found that, among nine different cruciferous vegetables, turnip sprouts showed the second highest levels of glucosinolates, after white mustard sprouts. Researchers of a study published in the August 2012 issue of the journal “BJU International” found that glucosinolates provided some protection against benign prostatic hypertrophy, an inflammatory condition that can lead to prostate cancer.


Turnips and all members of the cabbage family contain a compound that can interfere with the thyroid gland, causing low thyroid function, or hypothyroidism. Excessive consumption of glucosinolates in turnips results in production of a compound called goitrin, which inhibits thyroid hormone production. High levels of indole glucosinolates break down into compounds that compete with iodine for absorption. If you have a hypothyroid condition, talk with your doctor about including turnips in your diet.

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What Are the Benefits of Pure Ginger for the Digestive Tract?

Posted on Prevention.com
Last Updated: Aug 16, 2013 By Suzannne Allen

Photo Caption Eat ginger sprinkled over food or drink it as a tea for nausea relief.
Photo Credit Blue Jean Images/Digital Vision/Getty Images

Ginger is a root or rhizome that grows underground and commonly is used as a seasoning. You can consume ginger fresh, candied, dried or pickled. Ginger also is ingested to treat a number of medical conditions, including cholera, hemorrhages, toothaches, nausea, diarrhea and stomachaches. According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, ginger has been used to enhance digestion and treat stomach upset and nausea for over 2,000 years.


Ginger aids the digestive tract by toning muscles in the intestine and stimulating the breakdown of food particles, according to the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. This activity promotes motility in the gastrointestinal tract and assists in transporting food and other substances out of the intestines. Thus, ginger can help soothe your gas pains, digest and metabolize fats and relieve common stomach pains.

Nausea and Vomiting

One gram of ginger consumed for a maximum of four days may relieve symptoms of pregnancy-related nausea. According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, ginger performs significantly better than a placebo for alleviating morning sickness. Ginger also may help decrease symptoms of nausea from chemotherapy and anesthesia. However, more research is needed to confirm these benefits.


Prepare pure ginger to assist in digestive problems by peeling the ginger and grating it into your salad or main meal, according to Georgia Southern University. If you experience motion sickness, cut off a piece of ginger root and eat small bites throughout your travel. Additionally, you can make tea using pure ginger. Chop fine pieces of ginger and place them in boiling water. Allow the ginger and water to steep and drink the tea.


Ginger is a relatively safe food to ingest. However, eating ginger does pose some risks. Avoid ginger consumption if you experience gallbladder stones, as ginger increases the flow of bile. Limit your consumption of ginger if you are pregnant or have a bleeding disorder, as ginger inhibits your blood platelet aggregation. Additionally, limit your ginger intake and consult with your physician if you take central nervous system depressants or anticoagulant medications.

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Photoscape / A pinch of tradition for New Year

Ryohei Moriya /
Yomiuri Shimbun Staff Writer

The Yomiuri Shimbun
Masayuki Takahashi visits Sensoji temple in Taito Ward, Tokyo,
with his granddaughter Kasumi and other members of his family on New Year’s Day.
Kasumi’s hair is adorned with a kanzashi with tsumami zaiku decorations.

Last December a group of students gathered in the Asakusabashi district of Taito Ward, Tokyo, to learn the traditional Japanese pinching craft known as tsumami zaiku. They gasped in appreciation as designer Sanae Takeyari, 55, made red and white flowers by pinching, folding and arranging thin pieces of cloth with tweezers.


Their class was held at Tsumami-do, a shop and school dedicated to promoting tsumami zaiku, which originated in the Edo period (1603-1867) as a method for decorating kanzashi hair accessories. Tsumami-do, which sells materials and offers lessons in tsumami zaiku, was opened in March 2012 by Masayuki Takahashi, 69, who also runs a wholesale company of tsumami zaiku products.

Takahashi joined the wholesale company founded by his father at the age of 24. However, when domestic production of the craft began dropping sharply around 2000 due to competition from China, Takahashi worried that “This Japanese technique and craftsmen will disappear if we don’t do something.” That sense of urgency, he says, prompted him to open Tsumami-do.

Takahashi personally visits craftsmen located in Tokyo and farther afield in Chiba and Saitama prefectures to procure products for his company. His company has had a close relationship for more than 70 years with the family of Ichiro Ishida, a 69-year-old craftsman in Arakawa Ward, Tokyo, beginning in their parents’ generations.

“So many people say, ‘It’s beautiful,’ and take up an interest in the craft. We often get together to talk about ways we can bring new life [to the art],” Ishida said.

On New Year’s Day, Takahashi made his first prayers of the year at Sensoji temple in the Asakusa district of Taito Ward with his family. His 9-year-old granddaughter Kasumi, a third-grader, wore a kanzashi accessory with tsumami zaiku decorations to complement her furisode long-sleeved kimono.

“There was a time when people looked forward to New Year’s as a chance to go out wearing their brand-new kanzashi accessories. It would make me happy to see that revived,” Takahashi said. Kasumi smiled as her grandfather touched a finger to the handcrafted kanzashi in her hair.

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Diet rich in tomatoes may lower breast cancer risk

Released on EurekAlert! On December 18, 2013 http://www.nutritio.net/linkdediet/news/FMPro?-db=NEWS.fp5&-Format=detail.htm&kibanID=42813&-lay=lay&-Find

Fruits raised levels of hormone involved in regulating blood sugar, fat

Chevy Chase, MD—A tomato-rich diet may help protect at-risk postmenopausal women from breast cancer, according to new research accepted for publication in The Endocrine Society’s Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism.

Breast cancer risk rises in postmenopausal women as their body mass index climbs. The study found eating a diet high in tomatoes had a positive effect on the level of hormones that play a role in regulating fat and sugar metabolism.

“The advantages of eating plenty of tomatoes and tomato-based products, even for a short period, were clearly evident in our findings,” said the study’s first author, Adana Llanos, PhD, MPH, who is an Assistant Professor of Epidemiology at Rutgers University. Llanos completed the research while she was a postdoctoral fellow with Electra Paskett, PhD, at The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center – Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute. “Eating fruits and vegetables, which are rich in essential nutrients, vitamins, minerals and phytochemicals such as lycopene, conveys significant benefits. Based on this data, we believe regular consumption of at least the daily recommended servings of fruits and vegetables would promote breast cancer prevention in an at-risk population.”

The longitudinal cross-over study examined the effects of both tomato-rich and soy-rich diets in a group of 70 postmenopausal women. For 10 weeks, the women ate tomato products containing at least 25 milligrams of lycopene daily. For a separate 10-week period, the participants consumed at least 40 grams of soy protein daily. Before each test period began, the women were instructed to abstain from eating both tomato and soy products for two weeks.

When they followed the tomato-rich diet, participants’ levels of adiponectin – a hormone involved in regulating blood sugar and fat levels – climbed 9 percent. The effect was slightly stronger in women who had a lower body mass index.

“The findings demonstrate the importance of obesity prevention,” Llanos said. “Consuming a diet rich in tomatoes had a larger impact on hormone levels in women who maintained a healthy weight.”

The soy diet was linked to a reduction in participants’ adiponectin levels. Researchers originally theorized that a diet containing large amounts of soy could be part of the reason that Asian women have lower rates of breast cancer than women in the United States, but any beneficial effect may be limited to certain ethnic groups, Llanos said.


Other authors of the study include: J. Peng and M.L. Pennell of The Ohio State University; M.Z. Vitolins of Wake Forest School of Medicine in Winston-Salem, NC; and J.L. Krok, C.R. Degraffinreid and E.D. Paskett of The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center. The study was funded with grants from the Breast Cancer Research Foundation and The Ohio State University Clinical and Translational Science Award.

The study, “Effects of Tomato and Soy on Serum Adipokine Concentrations in Postmenopausal Women at Increased Breast Cancer Risk: A Cross-over Dietary Intervention Trial,” was published online, ahead of print.

Founded in 1916, The Endocrine Society is the world’s oldest, largest and most active organization devoted to research on hormones and the clinical practice of endocrinology. Today, The Endocrine Society’s membership consists of over 17,000 scientists, physicians, educators, nurses and students in more than 100 countries. Society members represent all basic, applied and clinical interests in endocrinology. The Endocrine Society is based in Chevy Chase, Maryland. To learn more about the Society and the field of endocrinology, visit our site at http://www.endocrine.org. Follow us on Twitter at https://twitter.com/#!/EndoMedia.

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Coming-of-Age at 30 years old

“Ceremony of Coming-of-Age at 30 years old” in Iwaki City in December 2013.

Attendants left their messages about their hometown. (Provided by Ceremony Committee)

Second Monday of January is a national holiday in Japan called, Coming-of-age. At the age of 20, Japanese people are officially recognized as adults and they are entitled to various rights as well as responsibilities. Many young people leave hometown after graduating from high schools, but they come back home to celebrate coming-of-age day with their old classmates. They look so distinguished in Kimonos or suits as if it were implausible to believe they were in high school just two years ago.
Now that they have become a member of the society as an individual, they are so positive toward their brilliant future.

As is known, coming-of-age is 20 years old in Japan. But for the past few years, there have been phenomenon to setup a reunion called “Coming-of-Age at 30 years old.” Legally, one becomes recognized as an adult when turning 20 years old, but it is just the start line. In fact, many of them are still students or inexperienced even if they are already working. They are not mature enough to call adults in a way.

Contrarily at the age of 30, whether one wants to or not, anyone goes through various occasions in the real world for the 10 years since their official coming-of-age celebration. One may have graduated from universities or not, one may have found work place easily while the other may have changed jobs several times. Some may have got married; others may have got divorced. The decade in the 20’s is significantly different from that in the teens. Through such life experiences, young people in recent days seem to realize that they could finally grow up to be called adults in a true sense.

30 years old. It is quite good time that people at that age have been accustomed to their jobs to some extent and they are eager to make contributions to the society. Reunion at their home town reminds them of their old good times when they were full of dreams and hopes. This shall also trigger them to expand their visions as well as to find tips how to develop their business. Or because they get together with their fellows as their passions toward their hometown gather, they come up with creative ideas to reinvigorate their local economies. It is so happy to see this phenomenon has gradually spread through the nation.

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Reference: News article in SANKEI NEWS Expanding effects of “Coming-of-Age at 30 years old.” The real adults gather to work out plans to revitalizing their local communities. It’s effective in searching a partner for marriage and business. *Article in Japanese only.