Assistance Dog Event

  • July 28, 2023


 The other day, I went to an event called “Let’s learn about assistance dogs”. which was held at a commercial facility in my neighborhood.
When you think of “Dogs that support people”, you may have a strong image of guide dogs, but service dogs support people with physical disabilities, and hearing dogs support people with hearing disabilities.

 At the event, booths for guide dogs, service dogs, and hearing dogs were set up in a large commercial facility, and each dog demonstrated how they support people.

 At the guide dog booth, visitors could experience walking with a guide dog, and I participated in it.
I participated in a series of movements, such as “putting on an eye mask, walking straight, making a U-turn, and sitting on a chair”, but it was difficult to maintain a proper distance from the guide dog, and I sometimes moved too far away and sometimes too close.
I was impressed by the harmonious walking that I see on the street between guide dog users and their guide dogs, which is the result of a lot of practice and a trusting relationship between them.

 At the event, goods were sold, and I bought the cookies shown in the photo.

The Chubu Guide Dogs Association

 “The dog looking up” on the orange sticker is called “Ai-chan”, and the Ai-chan mark was registered as a trademark for the designated service “teaching knowledge about eye dogs” on March 18, 2011 (Japanese Registration No. 5400234).
I would like to collect various goods with the Ai-chan mark from this time as feelings of support. (Sakuramochi)

Chubu Guide Dog for the Blind Association:
Japan Assistance Dogs Association:
Japan Hearing Dogs for Deaf People:
Ai-chan’s mark(Japanese Registration number T5400234):

Owari Tsushima Tenno Festival

  • July 25, 2023


 I recently attended the eve of Owari Tsushima Tenno Festival held at Tennogawa Park as part of our office event. Tsushima Shrine and Tennogawa Park are located in Tsushima City, Aichi Prefecture. The Tenno Festival had been canceled or held on a reduced scale for the past five years, but this year, a sightseeing pier was set up and the festival was held as usual. For the first time in 11 years, our clients, staff, and their families gathered at the Tenno Festival’s sightseeing pier and had a wonderful time of conversation and food.

 The Tenno Festival is considered one of the three largest river festivals in Japan and one of the three largest lantern festivals in Japan. It has a great scale, history, and venerable tradition.
The Tenno Festival has been held for nearly 600 years as a festival of Tsushima Shrine, and includes events such as Saichidate, Funawake, Chigo (Children) Uchi-mawashi, Yoimatsuri (evening festival), and Asamatsuri (morning festival).

 The origin of Tenno Festival is unknown, although it is said to have been based on the Jinryo ritual of Tsushima Shrine during the Muromachi period (1336-1573). At that time, Tsushima had five villages (Komenoza, Imaichiba, Raftaba, Shimomizo, and Tsutsumishita), which were rich in economic power, and the festival was grandly held on this basis. Nobunaga Oda, Hideyoshi Toyotomi, and the feudal lord of Owari were among the visitors to the Tenno Festival.

 The Tenno Festival was designated as a National Important Intangible Folk Cultural Asset in 1980. Furthermore, the Tenno Festival was registered as a UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage in 2016.
In addition, “Owari Tsushima Tenno Matsuri” is registered as Japanese Trademark No. 6117611.

Maki-wara boats

 During the evening festival, more than 500 lanterns are displayed and five Maki-wara boats are rowed across the Tenno River.
At Kurumakawado, the straw boats are lit by lanterns and set sail for the Otabisho.

Maki-wara boat

 The straw boats are magnificent, and the sight of the lanterns, emblems, and lights shimmering on the surface of the water is impressive.
The Owari Tsushima Tenno Festival was atmospheric, and I felt the history and atmosphere of several eras from the ancient times of Japan to the present day.(Raspberry)

AR and MR Simulation Technology

  • July 19, 2023

#patent #trademark

 When we wear a head-mounted display and look around us, we see objects in virtual space superimposed on top of real space. This is Augmented Reality (AR). MR (Mixed Reality) is a technology that allows objects in virtual space to move freely. In recent years, AR and MR have been widely used for work support and training in the medical field and other industrial fields, and are also called XR (cross reality) when VR (virtual reality), AR, and MR are combined.

 SUN-SHIELD Co., Ltd., an underground tunneling company using the propulsion and shield tunneling methods, is actively using AR and MR simulation technology in the planning of underground tunneling work and in the manufacturing and maintenance of tunneling machines used in the construction process. We can find examples of actual applications on the Sunshield channel on YouTube(link below).

 In terms of intellectual property, SUN-SHIELD Co., Ltd., has acquired patent rights to the “Work Support System” (Japanese Patent No. 6969807) and trademark rights to the “SUN-SHIELD MR Simulator” (Japanese Trademark Registration No. 6379062).


 The role of underground development in urban development projects will become increasingly important in the future. We look forward to more effective use of XR’s state-of-the-art technology in the work that supports it. (Conan)

SUN-SHIELD Co., Ltd., Website

YouTube Sun-Shield Co., Ltd., Channel

Uiro of Ise

  • July 12, 2023


“Uiro” is a Japanese confectionery that I want to eat regularly. It is also famous as a Nagoya specialty, and one of our long-time customers, Toraya Uiro Co., Ltd. specializes in raw Uiro in Ise City, Mie Prefecture. Unlike Nagoya Uiro, which is generally made of rice flour, Toraya Uiro is made of wheat flour.
It is easy to stop by as there are stores in department stores in Nagoya, and the “Raw Uiro” which does not use preservatives is beautifully arranged in the showcase and looks delicious to look at.
This time, I chose “Tanabata Uiro,” which is only available in summer.
It is a black Uiro that looks like the night sky and is sprinkled with chestnuts like stars, and as I love brown sugar Uiro the most, I couldn’t get enough. The Uiro was pleasantly sticky and very delicious.

Toraya Uiro Tanabata Uiro

The registered trademark that we helped to obtain is the tiger mark (Japanese registration number 3058956) used on the packaging and the tiger mark with “ya” (Japanese registration number 4149016) used on the handbag. The trademark registered more than 25 years ago is still in use and continues to support the store.

Toraya Uiro Toraya Uiro

Toraya Uiro celebrated its 100th anniversary in March this year, and will continue to make delicious Uiro for the next 100 years.

Toraya Uiro celebrated its 100th anniversary

By the way, we also recommend the Kotorayaki in the shape of the Toraya logo. It is cute and delicious.

Toraya Uiro Kotorayaki

Food Loss Prevention “Moonlight” with a reason

  • July 5, 2023


The “Morinaga Biscuit” series by Morinaga Seika Co., Ltd. is a biscuit that has been popular for many years.
Among them, “Moonlight” has a sweet and slightly moist texture, and is a particular favorite of mine, so I sometimes like to buy it.
It goes well with tea or milk.

Morinaga Biscuit Moonlight

A check on J-PlatPat shows that it was registered on June 30, 1983, 40 years back from this year (2023), which gives a sense of its long history.
Almost 40 years after the registration date, on June 28, 2023, a product called “Moonlight with a reason” was put on the market.
The product is filled with “moonlight” that has been broken or chipped during the manufacturing process in order to reduce food loss, and the content is about three times larger than the normal amount.
I welcome this kind of initiative because I always break it when I eat it and the content volume is large.
The product will be sold through a mail order site, but I hope that it will also be available at supermarkets and convenience stores. (Time)

Registered trademark “Moonlight”
Japanese Registration number: No. 1596290
Registration date: June 30, 1983