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A Decade of Change for Newborn Survival

first_imgPosted on July 30, 2012Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)According to the Healthy Newborn Network, Health Policy and Planning recently published a supplement, A Decade of Change for Newborn Survival, that shares a multi-country analysis of the changes in newborn care and survival from 2000-2010.  The supplement also includes 5 detailed country case studies (Bangladesh, Malawi, Nepal, Pakistan, and Uganda) focused on the process of taking solutions to scale.It was authored by over 60 health experts with contributions from an additional 90 experts and coordinated by Save the Children’s Saving Newborn Lives program. These analyses took over 3 years, using multiple data streams and new approaches to standardizing qualitative data regarding policy and program change.The five detailed country case studies demonstrate that changing the trajectory for newborn survival is possible even in challenging settings when focus is placed on reaching the poorest families with the most effective interventions. Low-income countries, such as Bangladesh, Malawi and Nepal, that are on track to meet the 2015 target of Millennium Development Goal 4 have reduced newborn deaths at about double the rate that their neighbors have…Learn more on the Healthy Newborn Network.The papers in the supplement are open-access and can be accessed through the links below:Newborn survival: changing the trajectory over the next decadeNewborn survival: a multicountry analysis of a decade of changeBenchmarks to measure readiness to integrate and scale up newborn survival interventionsNewborn Survival in BangladeshNewborn Survival in NepalNewborn Survival in PakistanNewborn Survival in MalawiNewborn Survival in UgandaShare this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:last_img read more

Global Mom Relay Mobilizes Social Media for Maternal and Child Health

first_imgPosted on April 17, 2013March 13, 2017By: Sarah Blake, MHTF consultantClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Between March 8, International Women’s Day, and Mothers’ Day on May 8, the Global Mom Relay, is using social media to connect and mobilize support for the  UN’s Every Woman Every Child campaign to improve maternal and child health.  The relay invites participants to contribute to organizations dedicated to promoting maternal, newborn and child health by either sharing blog posts hosted on the relay site via email, Twitter or Facebook, or by making a $5 donation to the day’s featured organization. Through tomorrow, the relay features MAMA, the Mobile Alliance for Maternal Action, and this week’s posts include a feature on Jill Sheffield, founder and President of Women Deliver, and by Every Mother Counts Founder Christy Turlington Burns.In today’s featured post, Fistula Foundation CEO Kate Grant writes:Not every woman is lucky enough to give birth in a modern delivery room, like I was. But no woman, anywhere, should have to suffer a life of misery and isolation simply for trying to bring a child into this world. Obstetric fistula has affected mothers since women began giving birth, and it will continue to happen until all women have access to high quality maternal care.The relay was developed by the UN Foundation, Johnson & Johnson, BabyCenter, The Huffington Post, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation with thegoal of improving the lives of women and children around the globe.  For more, visit the Global Mom Relay website, or follow the discussion Twitter, Pinterest or watch the Global Mom Relay video.Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:last_img read more

Brazil Has One of the World’s Highest Rates of Cesarean Births, NPR Reports

first_imgPosted on May 14, 2013March 8, 2017By: Kate Mitchell, Manager of the MHTF Knowledge Management System, Women and Health InitiativeClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)On May 12th, NPR ran a story, C-Sections Deliver Cachet For Wealthy Brazilian Women, that explores the extraordinary numbers of Cesarean deliveries occurring in Brazil. The author discusses various factors that might be contributing to the issue: To what extent are women demanding Cesarean births? Are doctors pressuring women to opt for surgery? Are Cesarean births becoming a “status” symbol? The author also examines the role of doulas, or birth coaches–and raises questions about how doulas, fairly uncommon in Brazil, might serve as a critical intervention in supporting women who would like to have a vaginal birth but are feeling pressured into a Cesarean delivery. Excerpt from the piece:There is a debate in Brazil as to why the rate here is so high. Doctors like Sasaoka say it’s due to the demand. But new mother Mariana — who doesn’t want her last name used for fear of offending her doctor — says often women feel bullied into it. She says she wanted to have a vaginal delivery. “My doctor said to me he’d have more control in a C-section than in a natural birth,” she says. He also told her he would also almost certainly have to do an episiotomy — a procedure where the vaginal opening gets cut to allow for delivery. She was terrified. She says her doctor kept telling her that C-sections were better, and that she felt pressure to have one.Read the full story. Listen to the audio version of the story. Learn about the Maternal Health Task Force’s work to better understand the under- and over-use of Cesarean births in low-income countries. Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:last_img read more

Announcements of New Technologies Underscore Complexity of Challenges in Maternal Health Service Access and Quality

first_img ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on October 3, 2013February 2, 2017By: Sarah Blake, MHTF consultantClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)In the past week, three potentially high-impact innovations have made the news. Each holds promise for easing some of the key barriers that women face in reaching high quality maternal health care in a timely way, and together, they demonstrate both the common need for improvements in areas such as transportation and communication, which often inhibit women from reaching health care, and technologies that ensure women who reach health services receive the high quality of health services they require.First, last week, WHO, announced  that it, in collaboration with medical technology company Becton, Dickinson and Company (BD) and Saving Lives at Birth: A Grand Challenge for Development partners that they would begin scaling up production of the Odon device, an obstetric tool designed for use in settings where birth attendants lack the skills or equipment needed to safely perform forceps or vacuum-assisted deliveries.Second, the Thomson Reuters foundation reported on the launch of the Ghana pilot project for Zero Mothers Die, an effort that draws on the many potential uses of mobile technology, enabling pregnant women to communicate with skilled birth attendants and earn money to cover costs associated with using health care , while also building the capacity of health workers.Finally, The Atlantic and The Huffington post both reported on a new design for a “donkey ambulance,” equipped with an inflatable saddle that British charity HealthProm and designer Peter Muckle developed with the aim of enabling women living in remote, mountainous areas of Afghanistan to reach health facilities that would otherwise be out of reach.Share this:last_img read more

Tech4MH: Making the World a Safer Place to Be a Mother

first_img ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on March 17, 2014November 14, 2016Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Written by: USAID’s Bureau for Global HealthCan you imagine a world where all mothers give birth safely?  At the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), we are working to make that vision a reality.  We are re-imagining development by promoting innovative and catalytic ideas, technologies, and approaches to overcome long-standing and entrenched problems. Many of these ideas take what works and creatively apply it to areas of the world with limited access to electricity, transportation challenges, low literacy, and health worker shortages. Often, with significant breakthroughs in innovation, once insurmountable development challenges can become solvable through creative and high-impact solutions.One such problem is maternal mortality.  Every year more than 287,000 women die from complications during pregnancy and childbirth. USAID’s Bureau of Global Health supports a variety of projects promoting innovative maternal health technologies.Saving Lives at Birth: A Grand Challenge for Development – a partnership among USAID, the Government of Norway, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Grand Challenges Canada, and DFID – calls on the brightest minds across the globe to develop groundbreaking prevention and treatment approaches for pregnant mothers and newborns during the vulnerable hours surrounding birth. After three rounds of awards, the portfolio supports the development of 59 novel technology, service delivery, and demand-stimulation solutions for use in low resource settings. Some of the scientific and technological maternal health advancements include studies to advance the development of a low-cost, non-refrigerated inhaled form of oxytocin to prevent post-partum hemorrhage (Monash University); a “solar suitcase” to provide a sustainable power source to medical providers ensuring their ability to deliver life-saving procedures 24-hours a day (We Care Solar, in partnership with AMREF); and development of an operative and realistic emergency obstetric simulator and simulation-based training on emergency C-sections (Operative Experience).Through mHealth for Safe Deliveries in Zanzibar, Tanzania, as a part of a larger USAID-funded program, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation funds D-tree International to incentivize traditional birth attendants to refer women to deliver in facilities, allowing women the ability to reach emergency health services in a timely manner. Through a two-pronged mobile phone-based referral system, TBAs are able to identify high-risk women for referral. Next, through a partnership with Zantel, funds for emergency transportation are transferred to the TBA. For each referral, the TBA visits the home of the patient, accompanies the woman to a health facility, and provides follow-up care. TBAs receive compensation for each referral upon completion of follow-up care. The program has increased facility-based deliveries to over 70% from a baseline of 40% and is being scaled-up in Zanzibar.As a member of the UN Commission on Life-Saving Commodities, the USAID-funded Accelovate project, implemented by Jhpiego, is working to increase access and improve quality of priority maternal health drugs: oxytocin, misoprostol, and magnesium sulfate. Although these drugs have been used for years to treat the top two causes of maternal mortality, they have not achieved expected impact due to various shared and unique challenges.  One major shared challenge pertains to the quality of the drug. To address the substandard potency of oxytocin found in many low resource settings, Accelovate is working to put this temperature-sensitive drug into countries’ cold chain management systems. Additionally, there is the need for greater access to those quality drugs. Because countries tend to procure products from vetted sources, Accelovate encourages production of high quality misoprostol and magnesium sulfate by helping manufacturers navigate the WHO pre-qualification process.These are just a few examples of the breadth and depth of the work of partners developing and promoting maternal health technologies. However, despite progress, challenges remain. While innovative ideas abound, translating these ideas to safe, feasible, accessible, high-quality, demanded, and low-cost products remains difficult. Meanwhile, women are dying in childbirth. While not every innovation will succeed, support for novel technologies is critical to achieve maternal health advances.  As part of USAID Forward, we are working to embrace partnerships, invest in innovation, and demand a relentless focus on results.  Current and future innovations help ensure that eventually no mother dies a death that could have been prevented.Request for Applications (RFA) for Saving Lives at Birth Round 4 is now live! We are accepting applications until March 27. The RFA is found here: http://savinglivesatbirth.net/applyLearn more about USAID’s work in global health: www.usaid.gov/what-we-do/global-healthTech4MH is an ongoing guest blog series curated by MHTF Research Assistant Yogeeta Manglani. If you would like to submit a guest blog post for possible inclusion the series, please email Yogeeta.Share this:last_img read more

New Lancet Commentary Makes Link Between Ebola and Women’s Health

first_img ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on January 22, 2015October 28, 2016By: Katie Millar, Technical Writer, Women and Health Initiative, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public HealthClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)The Ebola epidemic that is currently ravaging Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea has devastated these nations and their health systems. While Ebola’s destruction has reached far beyond the health system into other critical sectors, it is without a doubt women and their children who are suffering the greatest burden of this disease and its effects.Today, The Lancet published a commentary that describes the socioeconomic, biologic and health systems connections between women’s health and the current Ebola epidemic. Ana Langer, Director of the MTHF, joined with her colleagues at ISGlobal and the Centro de Investigação em Saúde de Manhiça to author the paper, which describes the reasons why the majority of those infected with Ebola are women and how the outbreak has increased the obstacles women face in accessing the health system. The authors expound:First, the worsening of suboptimal access to reproductive and maternal health care in the Ebola crisis countries is posing a major threat to the lives of mothers and infants. Second, women are the primary caregivers in their homes, communities, and health facilities and, as such, assist most infected individuals, which puts them at an increased risk of contracting the virus. Moreover, traditional burial practices, typically performed by women, can also place them at higher risk. Finally, there is evidence of sexual transmission of Ebola after individuals recover from the infection. Since women have little control over sexual behaviour including abstinence or protected sex, this represents an additional source of increased exposure to the virus.Lastly, critical advances in women’s and maternal health care in these countries over recent years has been ravaged by the outbreak. Addressing the current outbreak is critical, but maintaining a focus on strengthening these health systems beyond the outbreak will be critical for ensuring and protecting maternal and child health.Making long-term investments to ensure appropriate care for women and children’s health under normal circumstances and in future crises that will inevitably occur is an ethical and public health imperative that global and national health communities need to embrace urgently. Acting effectively now is a prerequisite to ending the preventable deaths of mothers and children in these settings.The commentary provides many more details about the important connection between Ebola and women’s health. You can find the commentary through The Lancet Global Health.Share this:last_img read more

20 New Jobs in Maternal Health

first_img ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on November 4, 2016May 19, 2017Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Interested in a position in reproductive, maternal, newborn, child or adolescent health? Every month, the Maternal Health Task Force rounds up job and internship postings from around the globe.AfricaAdolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health Program Director: Population Services International; Maputo, MozambiqueChild and Newborn Health Senior Specialist: Management Sciences for Health; Baringo, KenyaMalaria in Pregnancy Specialist: Jhpiego; UgandaNutrition Associate, Maternal and Child Survival Program: Maternal and Child Survival Program; Kisumu, Nyanza, KenyaProgram Manager Reproductive Maternal Newborn Child Health: Jhpiego; UgandaProject Officer: Jhpiego; UgandaSenior Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Advisor: Pathfinder International; UgandaAsiaClinical Trainers: EngenderHealth; Bihar, IndiaSenior Director, Strategic Information and Knowledge Management: Jhpiego; IndonesiaSenior Program Officer: Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; New Delhi, IndiaNorth AmericaManager, U.S. Maternal Health & Human Rights Campaigns: The Center for Reproductive Rights; Atlanta, GARegional Senior Program Officer – West and Central Africa: Jhpiego; Baltimore, MDSenior Program Officer, Gender Data & Statistics: Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; Seattle, WASenior Program Officer, Reproductive Maternal Newborn and Child Health: Project HOPE; Millwood, VirginiaSenior Technical Advisor, Adolescent and Youth Sexual and Reproductive Health: Pathfinder International; Boston, MASenior Technical Advisor, Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights: CARE; Atlanta, GA / Washington, D.C.Social Media Officer: Pathfinder International; Watertown, MAUNFPA Internship Program: UNFPA; New York, NY Unit Chief for the Division of Global Health: MassGeneral Hospital for Children; Boston, MASouth AmericaSpecialist, Maternal Health and Mortality Reduction: World Health Organization; Lima, Peru—Is your organization hiring? Please contact us if you have maternal health job or internship opportunities that you would like included in our next job roundup.Share this:last_img read more

Why Doesn’t Every Woman Deliver With a Birth Companion?

first_img ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on October 12, 2017October 12, 2017By: Sarah Hodin, Project Coordinator II, Women and Health Initiative, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public HealthClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)The evidence on birth companionsThere is strong evidence supporting the use of birth companions as providers of emotional support during labor to improve maternal and newborn health outcomes, as well as women’s experiences with maternity care. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), birth companions can play a critical role in improving women’s birth experiences:“During labor and childbirth, many women want to be accompanied by a spouse/partner, friend, family member or another community member. Indeed, studies have shown that having a labor companion improves outcomes for women. Initiatives to increase the number of women giving birth in health care facilities, however, do not necessarily take this into consideration; often women’s preferences are not respected.”Two of the quality statements included in WHO’s “Standards for Improving Quality of Maternal and Newborn Care in Health Facilities” highlight the importance of offering women the choice to have a birth companion as a critical component of respectful maternity care:Every woman is offered the option to experience labor and childbirth with the companion of her choice.The health facility has a written, up-to-date protocol, which is explained to women and their families, to encourage all women to have at least one person of their choice, as culturally appropriate, with them during labor, childbirth and the immediate postnatal period.The White Ribbon Alliance has also stated that having a birth companion of her choice is every woman’s right. Studies have demonstrated that birth companions improve maternal and newborn health outcomes including greater likelihood of spontaneous vaginal delivery, shorter labor duration and higher newborn Apgar scores, mitigate the heavy workloads of maternal health care providers and in some cases reduce costs to a facility. However, despite the substantial body of evidence and advocacy efforts surrounding this issue, many women across the globe do not have birth companions.Barriers to implementationA recent paper published in BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth reviewed factors affecting the implementation of policies and practices that encourage the use of birth companions. Below are some of the barriers identified.Women and their families: Some women from Ghana, Saudi Arabia and Zambia were reluctant to enlist the help of lay birth companions from their communities because of potential social implications like stigma.Health care providers: Two studies—one from Nigeria and one from Finland—reported that health care providers had negative attitudes about the importance of emotional and spiritual support during labor. In several other studies, nurses and midwives expressed concerns that incorporating lay birth support could result in women being less cooperative with hospital staff.Health system factors: In order to implement a policy supporting birth companions, health facilities may need to allocate resources or adjust aspects of management. Considerations include physical space for lay birth companions and privacy in labor rooms.Social and political factors: Some national and facility-level policies forbid the presence of lay companions during labor. Additionally, hiring a doula for continuous labor support may not be financially feasible for some women.A promising futureAside from the barriers to implementation that the authors identified, many studies reported positive views towards birth companions from women, communities, health workers and other stakeholders. Several international organizations have expressed support for birth companions as an evidence-based practice that should be scaled-up worldwide, but challenges persist. Cross-disciplinary collaboration, support from national and facility-level policymakers and additional advocacy efforts are essential to ensure that every woman has a birth companion of her choice during labor and delivery.—Read the full, open access paper, “Companion of choice at birth: Factors affecting implementation.”Explore other posts in the Maternal Health Task Force’s Global Maternal Health Workforce blog series and access related resources.Learn more about respectful maternity care.Share this:last_img read more

Working with Government Systems to Improve Exclusive Breastfeeding Practices in Urban Informal Settlements of India

first_img ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on August 1, 2018August 1, 2018By: Society for Nutrition, Education & Health Action, Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)In urban Maharashtra, a highly industrialized state in India, exclusive breastfeeding rates are low, around 50%. Increasing rates of exclusive breastfeeding is an effective strategy for preventing diarrhea, a leading cause of poor nutritional status and death among infants. Researchers at the Mumbai-based non-profit Society for Nutrition, Education & Health Action (SNEHA) recently published results of a study aimed at improving exclusive breastfeeding practices in informal settlements in Mumbai. We examined factors associated with practicing exclusive breastfeeding and whether its practice is associated with pregnant mothers’ enrollment in a community-based program to tackle child malnutrition.The community-based program for prevention and treatment of acute malnutrition operated for nearly five years in Dharavi, a large and vulnerable settlement in Mumbai. The program was implemented in partnership with the Government of India’s Integrated Child Development Services, covering 300 childcare or anganwadi centers and an estimated population of 300,000. The program’s primary activities included monthly growth monitoring, home-based counseling for pregnant women and caregivers and referrals to public health care facilities. A mixed-methods evaluation of the program found that the program had successfully reduced wasting (weight-for-height) prevalence among children under the age of three, in large part due to the continuous presence of trusted and informed community health workers (CHWs).Activities for pregnant women and children up to six months of ageThroughout the intervention, CHWs employed by SNEHA continually identified new pregnancies, new migrant pregnant women and missed pregnancies (as some women did not disclose their pregnancies until their second trimester). They also tracked newly married couples and couples with a single child who might be considering having a child. During the home visits, the CHWs encouraged pregnant women to register for delivery and access early antenatal care. They provided information on the possible danger signs during pregnancy for which they should seek immediate medical care.The CHWs counseled women on preparation for institutional delivery, appropriate postnatal care, the importance of iron and folic acid for the baby’s growth and on a nutritious diet and rest. A critical component of the counseling was to discuss the importance of breastfeeding practices such as initiation of breastfeeding within one hour of delivery, the benefits of colostrum, exclusive breastfeeding and avoidance of any prelacteal feeds. These educational visits continued from pregnancy through the birth of the child until the child was six months old.The CHWs also counseled lactating mothers on correct positioning, common challenges and remedies related to breastfeeding. The home visits allowed CHWs to respond to mothers’ breastfeeding concerns in a timely manner. Approximately 11% of mothers reported a problem with breastfeeding, with the majority reporting an issue of “low milk supply.” Each CHW was trained with specific strategies to manage issues and facilitate exclusive breastfeeding. In addition to home visits, SNEHA CHWs organized group meetings and culturally relevant community events for pregnant women for social support and health education.Factors associated with exclusive breastfeedingEndline evaluation data showed that 64.4% of 888 mothers with children under age six months of age were exclusively breastfeeding. Infants less than three months of age had much higher rates of exclusive breastfeeding (75.3%) compared to infants aged five to three months (52.7%). About a third of mothers gave prelacteal liquids in the first days following birth and had lower levels of exclusive breastfeeding (54.7%) as compared to mothers who did not give any prelacteal feeds (70%). Giving birth in a public facility was associated with higher rates (71.7%) of breastfeeding as compared to mothers who had given birth in private facilities (55%). Having a normal weight-for-height status and participating in the SNEHA program were positively associated with exclusive breastfeeding.Benefits of early enrollmentIn the study, we also examined our program surveillance data to explore whether counseling pregnant women helped improve exclusive breastfeeding practices. Mothers were significantly more likely to report exclusively breastfeeding if they had enrolled in the program while pregnant. Caregivers benefited from receiving counseling services earlier and more frequently: Mothers enrolled during antenatal care received an average of nine home visits from a SNEHA CHW, and mothers enrolled after a new birth received an average of five home visits. This study provides evidence in support of antenatal intervention in child nutrition programs and serves as example of how this can be done in partnership with existing government partners.—Read the study in PLOS ONE | Participation of pregnant women in a community-based nutrition program in Mumbai’s informal settlements: Effect on exclusive breastfeeding practicesLearn more about breastfeeding>>Read insight into breastfeeding from Dr. Ana Langer, Director of the Maternal Health Task Force>>—Photo Credit: Suraj Katra/SNEHAShare this:last_img read more

New Jobs and Internships in Maternal, Newborn and Child Health

first_imgPosted on October 19, 2018November 16, 2018Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Interested in a position in reproductive, maternal, newborn, child or adolescent health? Every month, the Maternal Health Task Force rounds up job and internship postings from around the globe.AfricaHealth Officer: UNICEF; Luanda, Angola (Open only to Angolan Nationals)Analyst, Sexual and Reproductive Health: Clinton Health Access Initiative; Freetown, Sierra LeoneAnalyst, Maternal, Neonatal and Child Health: Clinton Health Access Initiative; Harare, ZimbabweDistrict Coordinator – Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn, Child and Adolescent Health: Clinton Health Access Initiative; Kampala, UgandaAsiaNPO (Repro, Maternal, Newborn, Child & Adolescent Health): World Health Organization; BhutanProgram Analyst, Midwifery: UNFPA; Dhaka, Bangladesh (Open only to Bangladesh Nationals)International Consultant (Nutrition Information System Technology Specialist to manage operationalization of Integrated Nutrition Information System-P3-10 months): UNICEF; Dhaka, BangladeshPost Doctoral Fellow in Health: J-PAL; New Delhi, IndiaSenior Program Officer, Measurement, Learning and Evaluation: Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; New Delhi, IndiaNorth AmericaSenior Director, Maternal and Reproductive Health: Save the Children; Washington D.C.Program Coordinator I: Boston Children’s Hospital; Boston, MACommunications Assistant: Guttmacher Institute; New York, NYResearch and Program Analyst, FP&RH: PSI; Washington D.C.Senior Management And Program Analyst – Maternal And Child Health Bureau: HRSA; Rockville, MDProgram Coordinator: John Snow, Inc.; Washington D.C.Senior Program Associate – Global Health: Results for Development (R4D); Washington D.C.Scientific Lead, Low Birthweight Infant Feeding Exploration (LIFE), Better Birth Program: Ariadne Labs; Boston, MAProgram Manager, Infant Feeding Project: Ariadne Labs; Boston, MAProject Coordinator, Betterbirth: Ariadne Labs; Boston, MAMaternal Centre of Excellence Consultant: Partners in Health; Boston, MA (with travel to Sierra Leone)—Is your organization hiring? Please contact us if you have maternal health job or internship opportunities that you would like included in our next job roundup.Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:last_img read more

Going To Tokyo Skytree Via The Singing Train Keisei Kyuko

first_imgOne of Tokyo’s new popular sightseeing spots is Tokyo Skytree. This tower is 634m (roughly 2080ft) tall, making it the world’s tallest radio tower.The closest station to Tokyo Skytree is Tokyo Skytree Station on the Tobu Skytree line. You can also get off at Oshiage Station, also on the Tobu Skytree line via the Keisei Kyuko. Out of these trains, we’ll explain the fun of riding Keisei Kyuko’s ‘singing train’.A Singing Train?When it comes to the Keisei Kyuko, there are a number of specifications for these trains. Starting with the red trains in the 1000 series of the Keisei Kyuko, the noise that comes out of the motor or inverter device inside of the trains can be heard as if they were musical scales. These trains are loved by railway fans. Let’s not waste any time and try to get to listen to that noise.*The audio will start around the 6 second mark.Were you able to hear the ‘do re mi fa sol la si do’ sound as if the train were singing? Imitating this sound, railway fans have given this train such names as the ‘singing train’. The famous Japanese band ‘Quruli’ used this sound as the motif for their song ‘red train’.These singing trains run from Oshiage-Aoto on the Keisei Oshiage line, and from Aoto-Takasago on the Keisei main line. However, the number of these trains that are currently operating is limited, so you’ll be very lucky to come across one.Tokyo Skytree is Directly Linked to Oshiage StationWhen riding the singing train to Oshiage Station, you’ll be able to get off right in front of Tokyo Skytree. The train station is directly linked to the tower itself, so you can get to Tokyo Skytree without having to get wet when it rains. Even when viewing this tower from a distance, it looks huge.When looking at this tower directly below and then looking up, there’s no doubt that you’ll be overwhelmed by its height.At the bottom of Tokyo Skytree is ‘Tokyo Solamachi’, a commercial facility. There’s also the Sumida Aquarium, the Konica Minolta Planetarium, and a number of other places where you can have a good time.Photo courtesy of Salon de SweetsIf you get hungry, you can enjoy a wide variety of Japanese, western, and Chinese foods, and even deserts. Pictured above is Salon de Sweets, an all you can eat sweets restaurant that’s rising in popularity. Do check it out.The 4th floor of the east yard is an entire floor full of Japanese souvenir shops. What makes it so popular and convenient is that various Japanese items have gathered together and can all be viewed in one place.The 1st floor of the east yard is the ‘Solamachi shopping arcade’. This is a passageway full of food, miscellaneous items, and cafes. There are a number of imaginative stores here selling miscellaneous items. Drop by some of them and you may make some great discoveries!Among the interesting items we found on the first floor, there were these face packs that transform you into a Japanese character. After taking a bath in the evening, how about trying one of these face masks? You might be so amused that you’ll want to take a photo of yourself.So how about trying to catch the ‘singing train’ and head down to Tokyo Skytree?You May Also LikeWalk Above The Clouds at Tokyo SKYTREE® in Oshiage!Experience the World of Marine Life Hidden Within Tokyo SkytreeInformationTokyo SkytreeAddress: Tokyo, Sumida, Oshiage, 1-1-2Hours: 8:00 a.m.-10:00 p.m. (Last entry is at 9:00 p.m.) *Observatory hoursClosed: Never *Depending on the strength of the wind, there may be a limit to how many people can enter.Credit Cards: AcceptedOther Languages: EnglishMenus/Information in Other Languages: EnglishNearest Station: Tokyo Skytree Station (Tokyo Skytree line), Oshiage station (Tobu Skytree line, Keisei Kyuko)Access: A 2 minute walk from Tokyo Skytree station, Oshiage (Skytree-mae) stationFee: 2,820 yen (Fast Skytree Ticket)Phone Number: 0570-55-0634Official Site: Tokyo Skytreelast_img read more

Delicious Overflowing Salmon Roe Sanchichokuso Hokkaido In Sapporo

first_imgHokkaido is known for the juiciest and freshest salmon roe in Japan. If you like seafood, you must try the “ikura don”, or salmon roe bowl. It is a special kind of sushi bowl unique to Hokkaido. While you might be able to get it at Hokkaido themed restaurants in other areas of Japan, nothing matches the fresh Hokkaido salmon roe in flavor and texture.Sanchichokuso’s salmon roe bowl is known for the fact that the salmon roe is overflowing the bowl. It even needs to be served with a dish underneath. Its original name is “Namara Koboshi Ikura Don”, which roughly translates to “Very Overflowing Salmon Roe Bowl”. There is a great variety of delicious dishes at Sanchichokuso. We picked up three dishes that are unique to Hokkaido that we recommend if you need help making a choice.1. Overflowing Salmon Roe Bowl Sanchichokuso is first and foremost an izakaya and sashimi goes excellent with alcoholic beverages so it is one of the main dishes on the menu. The fish and seafood on the menu are brought in daily from the local fish market.Everything you eat here is fresh from the market. The only difference to the market is that customers can enjoy their meals here late at night as well. The izakaya also offers private rooms for two or more people. You can actually choose where you want to be seated. Sanchichokuso Hokkaido – Affordable Seafood Izakaya near Sapporo Station Sanchichokuso Hokkaido is one of the most popular choices to enjoy fresh and affordable seafood near Sapporo Station. The main branch of this izakaya (Japanese pub) is located just about a one to five minutes away from the station, depending on the exit used. The main branch of Sanchichokuso boasts more than eighty years of history and has a pleasant antique atmosphere. Customers take off their shoes at the entrance to make themselves comfortable. Put the shoes in one of the lockers and make sure you put the locker key somewhere safe as you need it to retrieve your shoes.The customers can sit directly around the bar or at the big open grill. From here, you can watch how the dishes are being prepared. Hokkaido Travel Guide: Points Of Interest, Weather, Events, And More! Hokkaido boasts many delicious specialties and an izakaya is a great place to try a little bit of everything. If you are in the Sapporo Station area and feel hungry, Sanchichokuso Hokkaido is the best place to enjoy a delicious meal and a couple of drinks.The store is open until midnight, so why not drop by to recharge after a day of exploring Hokkaido?Sanchichokuso HokkaidoAddress: Hokkaido, Sapporo, Kita ward, Kita 6 jonishi 1-chome, under the JR lines Google MapBusiness hours: 16:00 – 24:00 (Friday, Saturday, and public holidays – until 3:00 a.m. the next morning)Credit cards: VISA, MasterCard, UC, American Express, DC, DINERS, JCB, NC, UFJTelephone: 011-206-0820Website: http://www.gcompany.co.jp/sanchichokuso-hokkaido/shop/index.html You can rest assured that you have plenty of delicious salmon roe from the first to the last bite. The mild white rice and the slightly salty salmon roe make for a very satisfying combination. Every piece of salmon roe will pop like a little firework in your mouth.The salmon roe bowl costs 1,990 yen plus tax and is limited to one per person.2. Grilled Atka Mackerelcenter_img Most regions in Japan have their own area-specific style of karaage, or Japanese deep fried chicken. Zangi is Hokkaido’s version of karaage. Some people say that zangi is simply another word for karaage while others say the flavor is completely different.Zangi pieces are usually slightly larger than regular karaage. The chicken is flavored with a special spice mixture that does make it taste slightly different if you have a sensitive palate.The best way to find out if karaage and zangi are similar is to try them for yourself. Three large pieces of zangi served with sweet-sour sauce cost 690 yen plus tax.Enjoy the Flavors of Hokkaido in the Heart of Sapporo Sapporo Travel Guide – Sightseeing, What To Wear, Local Food, And More! Read also Hokkaido is Japan’s seafood capital and, naturally, the menu offers mainly fish and seafood-related items. If raw fish isn’t your thing, no need to worry. There are grilled, fried and baked varieties as well as vegetable, meat, and handmade tofu dishes as well.Top Three Local Dishes to Order at Sanchichokuso Hokkaido Sapporo – 10 Destinations to Visit in Hokkaido’s Largest City! The sunken kotatsu seat area offers some privacy while still being located in the main area. It is also suitable for two or more people. Since it’s very popular, it’s best to reserve it in advance.Fresh Seafood from the Local Fish Market If you prefer something cooked instead, the grilled atka mackerel is another Hokkaido specialty. Hokkaido’s mackerels are known for their large size and rich flavor. You can easily fill your stomach without any side dishes with just one mackerel but it is usually a dish that is meant to be enjoyed alongside other side dishes.Please be careful about the bones. The fish is usually grilled without removing any of them. The best way to remove the majority of bones is to grab the tail and remove the spine by pulling towards the head. You’ll be rewarded with creamy meat and a delicious, slightly smoky flavor.A large grilled atka mackerel costs 1,390 yen plus tax and goes great with Japanese sake or a cold Sapporo beer.3. Zangi – Hokkaido Style Fried Chicken In cooperation with Sanchichokuso Hokkaidolast_img read more

Three Chinmi 珍味 s from Japanese Supermarkets that Goes Well with White

first_imgWhite rice is THE comfort food for the Japanese. We have long been pursuing the search for a perfect harmony created with white rice and its side dishes.Delicious and capable of long-term preservation, chinmi spices up the white canvas of rice served on a rice bowl.Chinmi, A Japanese Side DishChinmi has roughly two genres. One is eaten as snacks or munchies with alcohol the way dried food is eaten, and the other goes on the dinner table as a side dish. Just like eating bread with jam, Japanese people eat rice with side dishes.If you take a look at Japanese supermarkets, you will see numbers of chinmis in the shelves. In this article, I will introduce three popular chinmis sold in supermarkets.Rich and deep, ‘Uniika’This is a mixture of squid and sea urchin, one of the three major unusual foods in Japan. It also has sake lees and herring roes mixed into it. When you open the lid, you smell a wafting scent of sake lees that appeals to your appetite. Once in the mouth, the taste of sea urchin fills the mouth and the thick taste of sake lees and sea urchin melts together on the tongue. When you chew it with rice, the toughness of the squid and the herring roe will enhance the delicious taste.Just a spoonful of ‘uniika’ will make a good side dish on its own.Light Tasted Golden ‘Mamakari’Japan is a country surrounded by the sea, so it is no wonder that marine products have been on the dining table for as long as anyone can remember. ‘Mamakari’ is a pickled product of a kind of a herring. The smell of vinegar floats off from from the package when you open it. When you put it in your mouth with white rice, the mild taste of the rice will spread in the light sour taste of vinegar.The fish is tough and the dish is filling, whose texture is similar to that of sardines. There are almost no fish bones in this dish, since it is processed beforehand. I would recommend it to those who want to eat fish without the fuss of preparing it.’Ikamemtai’ for when you want a strong accent on the tableThis dish is a good fit for those who want to eat a lot of white rice. It is made by dressing raw squid with ‘mentaiko’. Each time you chew, the flavor of the squid spreads in the mouth, and a moment later you get the punch of pepper. Now you put rice in your mouth – it counters the spiciness and makes the taste milder.White rice and its side dishes are an indispensable part of Japanese cuisine, and chinmis are a part of it. Other than the ones I introduced here, many chinmis are hidden in the shelves of supermarkets. Why not eat and compare a number of those chinmis?last_img read more

Adorable Polar Bear ShapedDessert Shirokuma Shave Ice In Kagoshima

first_imgTenmonkan Mujaki is the shop that first devised and made the shirokuma sweet. It is located in Tenmonkan, a main street in Kagoshima lined with restaurants and shops. The first shirokuma was made in 1947. At the time, it was a simple shave ice treat with cherries, raisins, and other fruits added on top to give it color. Looking down from above, it looked like a polar bear (shirokuma in Japanese), resulting in its name.You’ll see the cute, polar bear-like face that will put a smile on your face when you look down at this dessert.The Recipe Is Top Secret Kagoshima Guide 2019 – Must-Visit Spots, Food, And Travel Tips Picture courtesy of Tenmonkan MujakiA menu item popular with overseas customers is the Uji Kintoki (720 yen including tax). Uji kintoki is a type of shave ice made with powdered green tea from Uji, Kyoto topped with red azuki beans. This isn’t shirokuma–however, it is a dessert that allows you to sample the flavors of Japan.There is an abundant variation of non-shirokuma shave ice. For example, guests can choose the Shochu Mizore (660 yen including tax), which is topped with original syrup made from sweet potato shochu, a local beverage of Kagoshima. This shave ice is highly recommended for Japanese sake and alcohol enthusiasts.Takeout is Also Available This is shirokuma! The regular size is 16 centimeters high and 14.5 centimeters around, giving it great volume.The sweet is served with plain milk syrup poured plentifully on top of fluffy ice that is then lavishly decorated with seasonal fruit.It Looks Like a Polar Bear Discover The Health Benefits Of Sand Bathing At Ibusuki Onsen, Kagoshima Have you ever heard the Japanese dessert, Shirokuma?Shirokuma is a type of kakigori, with condensed milk poured onto freshly shave ice generously topped with fruits and beans. The milk-based syrup and fresh flavor of the fruit make this treat addictively delicious.This dessert can be found throughout Japan, but its roots lie in Kagoshima. This time, we’ll be tasting the original flavor itself at Tenmonkan Mujaki, where shirokuma is thought to have started!Tenmonkan Mujaki: Home of the Original Shirokuma What Is Shirokuma? The shop is busy with international visitors all coming to try this famous treat.What Kind of Dessert Is Shirokuma? There is not only plenty of fruit on the outside, but fruit inside the shave ice, too. The toppings have become more lavish since the original creation, and is now often decorated with a lot of seasonal fruit.The syrup also has a flavor that you won’t taste in anything else except for the shirokuma of this shop. The shop originally poured condensed milk on top when the sweet was first created but then developed their own refreshing flavor after repeated taste testing and improvements. The recipe is a secret kept only between the founder and their children.The soft, snow-like ice is shaved manually when ordered. The way the ice melts changes depending on the season, so the staff adjusts the way the ice is shaved, too. Only specialized employees can shave the ice, as it requires special skills.Enjoy What’s Inside The picture above displays the shop at 11:00 on a weekday. There was a long line despite the store just opening, showing its immense popularity. If there’s a line for the cafe and you don’t have extra time, then you can also order takeout from the storefront!Shirokuma is available for takeout in a slightly smaller handy size (450 yen including tax) or in a takeout cup. Customers can take a stroll on the Kagoshima streets with a cup of shirokuma. On the way home, take a picture with the polar bear at the front of the entrance! This photo spot is very popular and can become crowded, so we recommend snapping photos right after the shop has opened.Make sure to take the time to indulge in shirokuma, a classic Japanese dessert you can’t leave out in your Kagoshima sightseeing!*Prices of all shirokuma are scheduled to change from June 2019. Tenmonkan Mujaki View InformationrestaurantstoreRead also Confections made with sweet potatoes, a product of Kagoshima, and different varieties of beans are also inside the shave ice. You’ll encounter a new flavor every time you take a bite. We ate all of it very quickly despite the dessert’s large size.Shirokuma is 720 yen (including tax) for a regular and 510 yen (including tax) for a slightly smaller size.Try Other Kinds of Shave Ice!Extraordinary Shirokuma Picture courtesy of Tenmonkan MujakiAt Tenmonkan Mujaki, you’ll not only find typical shirokuma, but an entire menu consisting of fifteen types of shirokuma and shave ice.Pictured is the Strawberry Shirokuma (720 yen including tax). Strawberries and milk are a classic and delicious combination. A strawberry pulp sauce is layered on the top, creating an addicting sweet and sour flavor.There is also a variety of other shirokuma, like the Chocolate Shirokuma, generously drenched in chocolate sauce, or the Custard Pudding Shirokuma topped with homemade baked custard pudding (825 yen including tax). If you’re visiting with friends and family, try ordering different shirokuma to share.Other Types of Popular Shave Ice 8 Things To Do In Sengan-en, Kagoshima: Gardens And Samurai Houses Sakura Sakura Hot Springs, Kagoshima – Try A Relaxing Natural Mud Bath Shirokuma Cafe, where diners can enjoy desserts and snacks, is on the first floor of Tenmonkan Mujaki.The building houses all of Tenmonkan Mujaki’s shops. The basement floor is a teppanyaki (iron griddle cuisine) restaurant, the second floor is Western-style food, and the fourth floor is an izakaya (Japanese pub) where you can enjoy local Kagoshima cuisine. If you’re feeling a bit hungry, you can also enjoy a meal here.Lastly, Take a Picture with Shirokuma! In cooperation with Tenmonkan Mujakilast_img read more

Enjoy The Food And Sights At Usaginonedoko A Guesthouse In Kyoto 2

first_imgUsagi-no-nedoko is a guesthouse, shop and cafe found in a remodeled traditional house in Kyoto. At Usagi-no-nedoko you can spend the night, visit an interesting general store and go to a great cafe all in one place.In our other article on Usagi-no-nedoko, we introduced to you their unique shop and their overnight accommodation facilities. Today let’s take a closer look at their cafe, titled simply ‘Cafe’, which opened in the fall of 2015.A Unique Natural History Museum-like Interior Awaits YouThe appeal of Usagi-no-nedoko’s Cafe is its unique interior design that you just can’t find anywhere else.Let’s look at the three different types of cafe space available here.First the entrance area.Inside the stainless steel and glass table, sea urchins and other framed natural objects are displayed. This room has a similar feel to ‘Shop’, their store where you can purchase many natural specimens and other unusual items. As soon as you step inside the Cafe, you will find yourself completely immersed in the world of Usagi-no-nedoko.Going a little deeper into the store, you will next find this room in front of the kitchen. Set into the walls next to the tables are thick glass cases with more displays inside. This area has a more rustic air to it, making this space feel completely different when compared to the entrance area.Going even deeper into the store, you will reach the third type of cafe space. On your left hand side you can see a slightly elevated sitting room.The stores spokeswomen Junko Yoshimura says: “We arranged the seats in this room in such a way that customers with kids would be able to visit without worries. I have kids too and I think seats like these help make things easier for the moms.”That’s such a thoughtful and helpful service to offer! Only a mother could have thought of something like this.Beautifully Arranged, Well-Named DishesJust like the sitting room, the menu is filled with thoughtfulness and a lot of effort.Using the theme of “Naturally Made Beauty”, visually appealing dishes using delicious fruits and vegetables are offered in the Cafe.This dish is their red salad (980 yen), made entirely from warm-toned ingredients. The contrast between the vibrant reds and oranges of the salad against the stark white plate is striking. It looks like a flower bursting into bloom; it’s almost a shame to eat it.The red salad is a feast for the eyes and mouth. The flavors of the seasonal vegetables and fruits, as well as the raw ham come together deliciously in your mouth, the rich tastes spreading out across your tongue.It can be said that this menu really brings Usagi-no-nedoko’s theme of “Naturally Made Beauty” to its peak.Here is a dessert called the black cocoa kōbutsu cake or black cocoa gem cake (590 yen).Inside this bittersweet black cocoa cake are several varieties of berries which shine against the blackness of the cake like gems within the earth.A Place that Combines the Unchanged with the PresentSo what do you think? Usagi-no-nedoko is the guesthouse, shop and cafe found in a refined example of traditional Kyotoarchitecture known as a Kyōmachi house. But, it isn’t as though they simply renovated it. “Naturally Made Beauty” can be seen in nearly every nook and cranny of this incredible space, making it a place for children of all ages to see, learn and have fun.Usagi-no-nedoko continues to grow in it popularity so, when you come to Kyoto, why not stop by this amazing guest house, cafe and shop too?Read also: Stay In A Renovated Traditional House – Usagi-no-nedoko, Kyoto(1)InformationUsagi-no-nedoko ウサギノネドコAddress: Kyoto, Chūō, Nishinokyō Minamiharamachi 37Hours: Shop 11:00-18:30, Cafe 11:30-22:00 (last order 21:00)Closed: Mise/Cafe on ThursdaysWi-fi: YesCredit cards: -Other Languages: -Menus in Other Languages: -Nearest Station: Nishiōji Oike Station (西大路御池駅), Tōzai line subwayAccess: 2 minute walk east from Nishiōji Oike StationPrice range: -Religion:Phone number: Accommodations and Shop +81-3-075-366-8933, Cafe +81-3-075-366-6668Website: Usagi-no-nedokolast_img read more

Floating Garden Observatory Stunning Views 173 Meters Over Osaka

first_imgAs one of Osaka’s enduring symbols, the Umeda Sky Building continues to be loved by locals and visitors alike, even after more than twenty years.Though the building is located slightly away from the central part of Umeda, many people make a special trek over here just to visit the Floating Garden Observatory (also called the Kuchu-Teien Observatory).Towering a majestic one hundred and seventy-three meters tall, it truly is a sky dome with a 360 degree unobstructed view of the city.Every day it’s visited by out-of-town-visitors, couples, families, and photography buffs, so the atmosphere is always lively and animated.As you leisurely walk around the circular, doughnut-shaped route you can feel the wind directly on your face – this sky walk has an open, spacious kind of feeling. Here you can spend time exactly the way you’d like to, such as taking photos, or talking to the person beside you while gazing out at the sunset or night view.If you have one hour available, you can explore and enjoy this space at your own relaxed pace. It also might be nice to sit for an extended period of time at the bar counter.Personally I would recommend coming here right when the observatory opens at 10:00 am. At this time there are usually few people, so you can have the place to yourself, and enjoy looking around without feeling rushed.Please take a look at the following photos and be sure to check the information section at the end of the article. InformationFloating Garden Observatory (Kuchu-Teien Observatory)Address: Osaka, Kita, Oyodonaka 1-1Hours: 10:00-22:30 (last entry is at 22:00) *hours can change depending on the seasonClosed: Open every day of the yearWi-Fi access: Osaka Free Wi-FiCredit Cards: acceptedOther Languages: Some staff speak EnglishAccess: 9 minutes on foot from JR Osaka Station, Hankyu-Umeda Station, and Umeda Subway Station.Admission: 700 yenPhone: 06-6440-3855Official Homepage: Floating Garden ObservatoryRead About Other Observation Decks In Japan:A Beginner’s Guide To Tokyo TowerWalk Above The Clouds at Tokyo SKYTREE® in Oshiage!Kobe Port Tower – The Red Symbol Of The City Sparkling In The SkyThe Symbol Of Sapporo: Let’s Visit The Sapporo TV Tower!Enjoy A Wonderful Day At Yokohama Landmark Tower!last_img read more

Ward Off Evil With Food 3 Souvenirs From Kawasaki Daishi Temple

first_imgKawasaki Daishi Templein Kawasaki city, Kanagawa, is known for its ability to ward offfuture misfortunes (yaku) and is a popular spot frequented by a large number of visitors.Surrounding the front of this large, well-known temple is a shopping street which sells goods related to the warding-off of evil. Among them are the candy specialty shop Matsuya Sohonten, the popular Tsudaya , which sells daruma-shaped rice crackers, and Sumiyoshi , where you can find a local favorite called kuzumochi. These famous shops are an excellent choice for souvenirs.The area can be reached within ten minutes on foot from Kawasaki Daishi Station on the Keikyu line. Kawasaki Daishi Station is about 30 minutes from Haneda Airport. If you are coming from the direction of Tokyo Station, hop on the Keikyu line at Shinagawa Station and you will arrive in about 45 minutes.Easy to access and full of Japanese charm, the Nakamise-dori is a must-see when visiting the popular Kawasaki Daishi Temple. Within the grounds you will find well-known souvenir shops sporting unique gifts for home that may also grant you a bit of luck.Read also:3 Million Visitors In 3 Days! Kawasaki Daishi Temple In Kanagawa1. “Tontoko Candy” fromMatsuya SohontenAs soon as you set foot in Nakamise-dori you will find a shop called Matsuya So Honten. This confectionery specialist, founded in 1868, features a tempting storefront with rows of candy in all shapes and flavors.Manufacturing is done in-store, and on holidays and weekends the staff put on live performances designed to drum-up business. After kneading swathes of white candy called sarashi ameto mix air inside, they slice the long sticks then into bite-sized pieces with a knife. The sight of the confectionery makers skillfully cutting up the candy is almost like seeing a magic act.Their most famous product is called Tontoko Candy (300 yen). This name comes from the quick, rhythmical sound made by the knives when cutting the candy. The idea is that the sound ‘cuts’ misfortune or evil, thereby bringing in good luck.Here we have a perennial item since the company’s establishment, cough drops made with extracts from medicinal plants. Sekidome ame(300 yen, pictured above) is made with a blend of five herbs and, as its name implies, is used for treating coughs. It’s a particularly good choice for those who feel a cold coming on.Also popular with visiting tourists is the Ningyo ame (500 yen, pictured below), otherwise known as doll candy. A sweet little item with a variety of faces – it’s an entertaining sight. Apparently some of them are even winking! Wouldn’t this make a wonderful souvenir to buy?2. “Daruma Rice Crackers” from Tsudaya “Kashiwa Uematsu Shouten” specializes in Daruma.Walking along the Nakamise-dori shopping street, your eyes will be drawn first and foremost to this unusual doll. Known as a Daruma(around 500 yen) in Japan, these dolls are said to fulfill wishes. Kashiwa Uematsu Shoten, Ishidayaand Kadoya Kaiundoare among the shops in Nakamise-dori specializing in these dolls.There is a wealth of daruma to be seen in every color and size! From ones designed to ward off evil to ones that promote success in business or even exams, there is a daruma for every type of wish. As you browse these famous shops, you will undoubtedly find a daruma suited to whatever you desire.Those looking for something a bit easier to transport will want to stop by Tsudaya, a shop with over 60 years of history. Their daruma senbei (350 yen) are well worth picking up. Senbei, or rice crackers, are a Japanese snack made from actual rice and are similar to a cookie but without the sweetness.These snack items range from mini-sized at 2-3 cm to the jumbo 30 cm, and come in different flavors such as soy sauce, sesame and chili pepper. Cushioned packaging is available for the jumbo sized ones, so you can transport them easily without having to worry about your rice crackers breaking.Incidentally, the absolute largest daruma rice cracker they have in-shop is a massive 60 cm in size! While this item is not for sale, the detail and craftsmanship put into the design is a definite must-see.3. “Kuzumochi” and “Yakuyoke Manju” from SumiyoshiRight in the heart of Nakamise-dori, just in front of the gate (Daisanmon) to Kawasaki Daishi Temple, you will find a shop called Sumiyoshi.Kawasaki Daishi is famous for a food called kuzumochi, made from the fermented starch of wheat flour. Boasting a 150-year history, many of the temple’s visitors buy this item as a souvenir. This item doesn’t keep long though, so why not give it a taste while you’re in the area?Kuzumochi (430 yen) comes covered in brown sugar syrup called kuromitsu and a yellowish powder made from soy beans called kinako. The velvety kuzumochi, combined with the subtle sweetness of the syrup and the savory kinako, produce a unique texture that will leave you craving more.Another popular choice is the Yakuyoke Manju (290 yen.) This type of soft, steamed bun is made from a wheat flour dough filled with a sweet paste called anko, a combination of boiled red beans and sugar. The brown one is filled with ‘tsubuan’ (anko made from azuki red beans with the skin left on) and the white one is ‘koshian’ (anko paste without beans’ skin). Both are very tasty.The gentle heat of freshly-made manju, combined with their elegant sweetness, are sure to ease the aches and pains of your journey. Enjoyed with a cup of green tea, this combination is sure to give you the energy and strength you need to make the most of your trip.Lined with old shops and always bustling with people, Nakamise-dori features a vast selection of goods to ward away misfortune. If you also stop by Kawasaki Daishi to pray, you may just find yourself blessed with even greater luck than usual.Why not take a stroll down Nakamise-dori and sample some of their famous foods?InformationKawasaki Daishi Shopping StreetAddress: Kanagawa, Kawasaki, Daishimachi 4-47Nearest Station: Kawasaki Daishi Station, Keikyu Daishi LineAccess: 10 minute walk from Kawasaki Daishi Stationlast_img read more

Unforgettably Delicious The Best Fish From Fukushima

first_imgA screening inspection is held in Matsukawa-ura Bay (Haragama). This is a process that is not practiced at ports in other prefectures in Japan.All marketplaces in Fukushima Prefecture conduct a special screening inspection for all fish caught that day to determine whether or not it is safe for consumption.Operation tests began in Fukushima in 2012. All inspection results are listed on the official webpage of the Fukushima Prefectural Federation of Fisheries Co-operative Associations (Japanese). Fukushima is conducting operation tests for the coastal fisheries throughout the prefecture. Matsukawa-ura Bay area (Haragama) is part of these trials.Shortly after the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant broke after the 2011 Tohoku earthquake, radioactive material was detected in fish caught in one part of the sea of Fukushima Prefecture. Radioactive material monitoring processes in Fukushima have already determined which fish are safe for consumption. These operation tests are held to collect data that could help the fishing industry recover.The fish that was shipped out during our visit (February 8, 2019) was confirmed to be completely safe. Before the earthquake, the fishermen used to sail out to catch fish 5 days a week. Now, they fish only 2-3 days a week, but these trials are helping improve the situation. Come and try one of Fukushima’s most delicious joban-mono that is the pride and joy of the fishermen.All pictures by Shiho KitoIn cooperation with Soma Futaba Fishing Industry Association, Mr. Toru Takahashi, AsahiteiSponsored by Ministry of Economy, Trade and IndustryRead also RegionStandard Limit for Radioactive Caesium in Food Fukushima Prefecture50 Becquerel/kg The fish are treated with care after being caught to keep them fresh until they reach the market. Mr. Takahashi acts as a leader for the fishermen of Matsukawa-ura Bay (Haragama). He was born in Soma and has been a fisherman since age 15. Mr. Takahashi has been in the fishing business for nearly 50 years and is frustrated at the situation.“If there are two fish of the same species, but one was caught at some other bay, the two will be compared. The one caught at the other bay in Japan is usually chosen over the one caught in Fukushima. Even if the data prove its safety, as soon as “Fukushima” is mentioned, consumers won’t even try it.”“Everybody is talking about “restoration,” and “rehabilitation,” but we are still at the steps before this. It’s “revival.” The fishing industry in Soma could be over if nothing changes. The situation is urgent.”Exquisite Fish Leading to the Future “But, all is not lost. When compared to before the earthquake, the fish caught in nets has almost doubled. We think there is still a chance to succeed,” says Mr. Takahashi with hope.One more species of fish deemed safe to consume is one type of fish we can catch. When compared to 2012, when restoration first started, and there were only three species safe to catch. Today, almost all of species are safe for consumption.Right after the earthquake, only 160 tons of fish were caught in Soma. That number was 3,000 tons in 2017. The trade value for fish is also steadily reaching the standard prior to the earthquake. It is now 2:00 and it is time to catch fish. One by one, the boats slowly sail out to the late night ocean, accompanied by the steady sounds of the engine.This picture shows fishing trawlers (*2) that are headed to a fishing area 20-60 km offshore. They will catch fish for several hours. Their work includes more than eight hours on the boat at sea.*2 trawling: a fishing method during which a trawl (net) is hurled into the water to catch fish deep below the sea surface, after which the net is pulled back above water.Families in Fishing If there is more than 25 Becquerel per kg in a fish caught in Fukushima Prefecture, the same fish will undergo secondary inspection.More than 99% of inspections end without any irregularities, and there is no radioactive Caesium present in these fish. Still, the amount of fish caught in Fukushima Prefecture still hasn’t recovered or surpassed the amount of fish that were caught before the earthquake. The fishing industry faces a large obstacle in starting again.Fighting a Damaged Reputation From left to right: Hirotaka, the second son, Mr. Takahashi, Takumi, the eldest sonMr. Takahashi decided to retire in 2017, after spending almost 50 years as a fisherman.“We must pave the way for the younger generation.”These words show his dedication to protecting the waters around Soma with the help of the next generations.Mr. Takahashi, his sons, and the other fishermen are full of hope as they sail out to the open sea. They are fighting to recover the fishing industry and see it progress.An Unforgettably Delicious Taste Mr. Takahashi’s boat MyojinmaruThe boats are lined up at the docks of Matsukawa-ura Bay (Haragama) just like the night before. One is the Myojinmaru, Mr. Takahashi’s boat.When the tsunami hit after the 2011 earthquake, Mr. Takahashi lost his fishing boat to the waves. Myojinmaru, which he uses today, was built with the funds he received from the government. He entrusts Myojinmaru with his two sons. United States1,200 Becquerel/kg Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station – 5 Things We Learned The ballot-counting personnel send the signal to reveal the amounts on the bidding slips. The slip with the highest amount of money gets the right to purchase the fish. Of course, popular fish get covered in these ballots!The fishing, the selection, and the auction are all done in a short period of time, thus keeping the fish fresh. Usually, the whole process finishes by noon.From this point on, the fish is in the wholesalers’ hands. The fresh product is distributed to supermarkets, retail shops, and finally, to consumers.Strict Inspections to Ensure Safe Products Safety inspections are carried out at the building next to the marketplace. The process is open for public viewing via glass windows. The fish being inspected are minced in the front room and undergo testing in the back roomJapanese law states that no more than 100 Becquerel of radioactive Caesium is allowed per 1kg for food and drinks. This regulation is much stricter compared to other countries’ rules, including the United States (1,200 Becquerel per kg) and the European Union (1,250 Becquerel per kg).In addition, the Fukushima Prefectural Federation of Fisheries Co-operative Associations has set even stricter rules which allow only up to 50 Becquerel per kg of radioactive substance. If there is a fish that exceed this amount, that species is cut off from distribution. It is 1:30 in the morning and cars are parked here at the bay. The lights of the boats turn on.It is late December, and the temperature is about 1 degree Celsius. The frigid wind would make most people’s hands go numb, but the fishermen here are moving their hands normally. Fishing is about to start.There is no small talk. The atmosphere is filled with the feelings of excitement and nerves before the expedition begins. The fish are separated by species and size, and then selected carefully.At some markets, fish and other produce are placed ground directly, but at Matsukawa-ura Bay (Haragama) they are put it in baskets, in consideration of food hygiene.An Exciting Auction When the traders spot the specimen they want, they write down the price they’re willing to pay on a slip and place it upside down in the basket. You can savor fish from Soma at a restaurant near the Matsukawa-ura Bay (Haragama). One of them is Asahitei (Japanese), mentioned at the beginning of this article.Customers living far away visit regularly here to dine on the wonderful fish here. “All you have to do is try it. Once you’ve tasted it you will understand how delicious it is.”These are the words of Mr. Kanji Tachiya, a representative of the Soma Futaba Fishing Industry Association: “The fish from Soma is first-class, in both looks and meatiness. It was once called joban-mono.”Fish from Soma has been known for many years for its quality, and famous all over the country. This fish has also been displayed in the best part of Tsukiji Market. The taste is impeccable. It is safe. All you have to do is try it for yourself.Mr. Tachiya put the trust in his words. ”You won’t be able to forget the flavor of Soma-caught fish after you’ve tried it.”Go to Soma and Try the Fish! It is now 10:30. At the Matsukawa-ura Bay (Haragama), families are waiting for the return of the fishing boats.Fishing work in Soma is usually shared: for example, men will catch fish, and the wives will take on other jobs and responsibilities. The work is carried out by the whole family. “What we managed to build over years gets destroyed by the media. It always ends up like that.”Those are the words of Toru Takahashi, a fisherman working in Matsukawa-ura Bay (Haragama).The ocean and fish here are thriving. Even if we catch the same amount of fish as we used to, news about pollution and radiation sets us back. It has already been seven years since the accident, but the rumors are still circulating.” Why We Live In Fukushima: Interviews With International Residents All The Charms Of Japan In One Place! 10 Things To Enjoy In Fukushima Yakizakana-tsuki hokki-gohan set meal at Asahitei (1,574 yen before tax)Asahitei (Japanese) is a restaurant in the bay area, where we indulged in dishes made with fish caught right in Soma.The grilled karei (right eye flounder) in the upper-left corner, and the asari (Manila clam) used to make the shellfish soup (bottom right corner), were caught in Soma City. The meaty righteye flounder is beautifully grilled and flavored lightly with salt.Even the Manila clams are bigger than average. The hokki-gohan in the bottom-left corner consists of rice mixed with dashi stock made from hokki clams (Sakhalin surf clam). This dish is one of Soma’s delicacies.Each bite is filled with the flavor of ocean.Fukushima’s Fishery – Delivering Tasty and Safe-to-Eat Fish This is where the Kuroshio and Oyashio currents (*1) meet. The vast number of plankton provide nutrients for a variety of fish and other sea creatures.There are more than 150 species of fish caught each year here. Some of these include goosefish, flounder, righteye flounder, young lancefish, octopus, sea urchin, and snow crab.The fish are healthy and contain plenty of meat. This quality and freshness is renowned in Japan and known as “joban-mono.”*1 Kuroshio and Oyashio currents: Kuroshio current is a major warm current flowing in the Pacific Ocean from the southern part of the Japanese archipelago. Oyashio current is a cold current that flows in the Pacific Ocean starting from the northern part of the country. The area where these two currents meet is said to be very rich in fish. Fish from Fukushima: First-Class Flavor, Texture, And Appearance European Union1,250 Becquerel/kg How are these fish caught and transported to customers in Fukushima?We decided to see for ourselves by meeting and talking to the fishermen of Soma in person.Fishing at Midnight “Eat delicious fish to your heart’s content!”MATCHA’s editing team set out to investigate this claim for themselves after hearing about the abundant, great-tasting fish in Fukushima.They went to Matsukawa-ura Bay (Haragama) in Soma City, in the northern part of Hamadori Region in Fukushima Prefecture. Try Award-Winning Sake In Fukushima! Visit The Kingdom Of Quality Sake The once-silent marketplace is beginning to fill with energy. Wholesalers and food and drink traders gather, and the bidding begins for the fish auction. Japan100 Becquerel/kglast_img read more

Sakura Hostel Asakusa Ideal Lodging for Tourists

first_imgThe Toilet and Shower RoomThe shower room is open 24 hours for the guests. Even if you’re not a guest, the shower can be used between 7 a.m. and 10 p.m., for 600 yen.An Ideal Location for Asakusa SightseeingFrom Sakura Hostel Asakusa, you can walk to Asakusa’s famous sightseeing spots, such as Sensoji Temple, Kaminarimon, and Hanayashiki amusement park.The hostel staff can speak English, so it’s easy for the first-time visitors from aboroad. Sakura Hostel Asakusa offers great service and facilities, making it an ideal place to stay for the tourists.InformationSakura Hostel AsakusaAddress: 2-24-2. Asakusa, Taito City, TokyoCheck-in Time: 1 p.m.Check-out Time: 11 a.m.Wi-Fi; AvailableCredit Cards: VISA, JCB, American Express, Diner’s Club, UC, DC, and Master Card are accepted.Language: Japanese and English.Stations:Asakusa station (Tokyo Metropolitan Subway Asakusa line, Tsukuba Express)Access:Eleven-minutes walk from the Asakusa line station.Four-minutes walk from the Tsukuba Express station.Room Rates: From 3,000 yen to 25,000 yen, according to the room type.Telephone: 03-3847-8111Official HP: Sakura Hostel Asakusa Sakura Hostel Asakusa hosts various events, such as calligraphy lessons, kimono class, and okonomiyaki [Japanese-style cabbage pancake] parties, so that the guests can experience Japanese culture.The event in the photograph is the Geisha Night, which was held in the lobby from 7:30 p.m. on March 27, 2015. It was a big hit, drawing more than 40 guests, some of which even opted to try on an authentic Kimono.The FacilitiesCoin LaundryThe laundry is equipped with both washers and dryers.KitchenThe kitchen is equipped with a refrigerator, microwave oven, and an electric range. The kitchen is open 24 hours a day. From Sensoji, the oldest temple in Tokyo, it takes three-minutes on foot to reach Sakura Hostel Asakusa. The hostel, a cherry-blossom colored building, is also next to the Asakusa Hanayashiki, the oldest recreation park in Japan. This is an ideal location from which to enjoy Asakusa.First Floor: A Chic Lobby and A Cafe with A TerraceThis little scene is where patrons of the hostel can enjoy an inexpensive, yet satisfying, breakfast. The menu consists of toast, butter, three kinds of jam, coffee, tea, green tea, and hostel-made soup. It only costs 325 yen, so it’s very popular.If the weather is good, the guests can use the terrace, as well.Two Bulletin Boards to Link the GuestsThere are two bulletin boards at the Sakura Hostel Asakusa. By using the Join Me BOARD, a guest can call out to other guests to join on a trip.For instance, messages like”I wanna go to the TSUKIJI FISH MARKET in the morning. But the taxi is too expensive if I go alone…””It’ll be fun if I can go to KARAOKE with other backpackers…”are written on it.The Guest to Guest Message BOARD is for sending messages to other guests, who got acquainted while staying at the hostel.The RoomsThere are three types of rooms: Dormitory, Twin, and Group. All the rooms are equipped with lockers (guests need to supply their own padlock), reading lights, and air conditioning. Wi-Fi is also available.Let’s take a look.Dormitory RoomThere are three types: Male, Female, and Mixed. Each room has six to eight beds, and the rate is 3,000 yen per bed for one night.Twin Room (for couples)The rate is 8,500 yen per room for one night, and there are two types: Two single beds, or one bunk bed.Group Room (for families and groups)The rate is 13,000 yen per room for four people, 18,600 yen per room for six people, and 24,400 yen per room for eight people. The numbers are flexible, so a group of five can stay at the six-bed room.This is the view from the terrace of the room facing Sensoji Temple. You can see other famous sightseeing spots, such as the Tokyo Skytree, the five-story Pagoda of Sensoji Temple, and the Hanayashiki amusement park.Various Events to Experience Japanese Culturelast_img read more

Feel Spiritually Refreshed At Japans Three Sacred Mountains

first_imgNearly 70% of the land in Japan is covered by lush forests and mountains. These mountains have been a source of inspiration and spiritual power since the earliest days; in fact, some of these mountains are still revered as sacred to this day.There are three major sacred mountains in Japan that have been worshiped since time immemorial: Mt. Fuji, Mt. Tateyama and Mt. Hakusan.Althougt it’s not going to be an easy hike, by visiting these sacred spots you will not only feel physically but spiritually refreshed. These are great places to make your next destination in Japan. But before you start packing your bags, let’s take a look at what they are like via Google Street View.1. Mt. Fuji – the Tallest Mountain in JapanOf course this mountain comes to mind first when we start talking about sacred mountains in Japan. Mt. Fuji is a symbol of Japan, and became internationally famous when it was recognized as a World Heritage site.When you stand at the top of Japan, see the crater, look up at the sky, and feel yourself surrounded by the power of nature, you will feel just how small you are in universe. A sea of clouds below, the shining sun above you, and perpetual snow at your feet… There are no words to describe this amazing scenery.Mt. Fuji is the tallest mountain in Japan, but it’s not very difficult to climb up. If you go there during summer, you don’t really need any heavy gear. The view from the summit is always exciting whether its your first or fifth climb.The main location of Asama shrine, which has branches all over Japan, is situated here. Actually, the name “Asama” indicates that this is a shrine to the god of volcanoes. Did you know that you can get married at this shrine too? If you and your partner are avid climbers, why not get married at the summit of Mt. Fuji?2. Mt. Hakusan: the Mountain of a Rich Water GodMt. Hakusan is an active volcano and has been worshiped as the god of water because it is a source of Kuzuryū River, Tedori River, and Nagara River.The trekking trails are well paved, so you can climb up safely. In this mountain, however, the weather changes quickly, so you better have the proper gear for that. As this mountain is rich in greenery, the plants there have been well researched, which is why there are lots of plants with the word “hakusan” in their name.There are lodges on the trail and from there you can overlook the peaks of the Hakusan mountain range. You can not only enjoy the rich greenery on the ground but breathtaking mountain views far in front of you at the same time, which is a unique attraction of Mt. Hakusan trekking.Shirayamahime Shrine, located at the base of the mountain, has okunomiya (*1) at the peak of Gozengamine. It’s a simple shrine but they have accommodations. This shrine is said to be home to the god of marriage too.*1 Okunomiya: literally means ‘shrine in the back’, refers to the practice where a single shrine complex may have multiple shrines dedicated to different deities at it.Mt. Tateyama: the Mountain of Spiritual PracticesMt. Tateyama has been worshiped as “a place where the spirits of the dead come back.”The mountain used to be where Buddhist monks underwent spiritual training but now is popular with tourists as well. There is a ropeway from Kurobe Dam, which makes the mountain even more accessible. And, known for its gorgeous views, Mikurigaike Pond combines a hot spring with this scenery, making it a popular sightseeing spot.Mt. Tateyama is now well maintained as a tourist spot and has become quite safe to visit. At the end of winter, you can enjoy beautiful scenery like this surrounded by wild fresh nature. The magnificent landscape with harsh coldness is so overwhelming that you really come to appreciate just how small human beings are.In the endDid you enjoy our virtual trip to the three sacred mountains – Mt. Fuji, Mt. Hakusan, and Mt. Tateyama? There are things you can’t see through Google Street Map, so going to experience these mountains in person is a must for trekking fans.Although these mountains are famous as tourist destinations, at the same time they have been worshiped as sanctuaries by the locals. When you visit, not only can you enjoy the physical experience, but also revel in the spiritual refreshment that this divine atmosphere brings.Recommended articlesThe Complete Guide to Climbing Mt. Fuji (Yoshida Trail)Let’s Take a Virtual Journey Up Mount Fuji!Enjoy A Cool Summer – 3 Caverns Around Mount FujiA Mountain Inhabited by Legendary Creatures? Yakuōin Temple, Mt. TakaoLet’s Hit The Road! A Trip To Wakayama PrefectureInformationJapan’s Three Sacred Mountainslast_img read more

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