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The long distance runner isn’t always lonely – József Sütő’s and Kōkichi Tsuburaya’s race in the 1964 Tokyo Olympics, part 1

I’m almost certain that many readers will remember the 1964 Olympic Games in Tokyo. For others, the 1960s are history rather than living memory. But, whichever group you’re in, I think that most of you will find it worthwhile to learn about one event from that year.

Hungary was represented by 182 athletes at this particular Olympics and ended up in 6th place among the participating countries. Hungarian athletes won 22 medals including 10 golds, in wrestling, soccer, modern pentathlon, shooting, fencing, and water polo. Continue reading…

New Japanese restaurants in Budapest

Asushi

Itoshii opened in February 2014 on Nyugati tér, on the lowest floor of the Eiffel Office Building. Much like the Wasabi chain, its distinctive feature is that it is an “all you can eat” restaurant. But, instead of the dishes coming along on a conveyor belt, you pick and choose your meal on a tablet (!) and hit the “send” button to place your order. Continue reading…

Hi-tech lettuce from a Japanese semi-conductor factory

Articles on Japan in the papers or on the Internet generally focus on various innovations and developments. Long ago, the topic was the miniaturization of electronic devices, to work to get as much extra stuff into ever-smaller “boxes”. Nowadays, I keep reading about inventions that improve living standards (floating solar power facilities, an office/kitchen/study, etc. that can be collapsed to fit into a suitcase). But one article on a recent Japanese idea really got me thinking. It was about vegetable growing, which is very much of a down-to-earth issue. Except that this lettuce was being grown inside a building, under artificial conditions, with no natural lighting. Continue reading…