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Eye on Saitama, Japan

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Eye on Saitama, Japan

North of Tokyo in Saitama The Suburb of Saitama Driving through the suburbs of Tokyo, the roadside is dotted with familiar sites such as: an auto body shop, a town barber and clusters of modest suburban houses, each with a lone fruit tree in the front yard. It could be a stretch of road in Ventura County, but the Japanese characters advertising cell phones and televisions, and the fruit trees, heavy with ripe persimmons, make it distinctly Japan. Saitama to be precise, a smallish prefecture north of Tokyo that houses a large population of...

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Japan Week Festival at Grand Central Terminal

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Japan Week Festival at Grand Central Terminal

NEW YORK, Feb. 1, 2013 /PRNewswire/ – Japan Week, a public-private partnership that promotes Japanese culture, food and beverages to encourage tourism to Japan, today announced its 2013 program that will take place at Grand Central Terminal’s Vanderbilt Hall on March 19-21, 2013. The multi-day festival will showcase Japan as an incomparable travel destination by celebrating its diverse local and regional foods, beverages, music, art and culture. “Through our Japan Week program this year, we want to showcase Japan’s...

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Tsukiji Market Tuna Auction Observation Area to Be Reopened Mid-January

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Tsukiji Market Tuna Auction Observation Area to Be Reopened Mid-January

Tsukiji Market Tuna Auction Observation Area has Reopened The tuna auction observation area of the Tsukiji Market, which has been temporarily closed to visitors to help ensure greater safety and efficiency for those working over the busy New Year season, has resumed on January 21, 2013. The regulations concerning observation are the same as before....

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How to Stay in Japan’s Ryokan

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How to Stay in Japan’s Ryokan

A View of the Ryokan     Ryokan Basics Traditional Japanese inns, or ryokans, originated in the Edo period (1603-1868), but are still alive and well today in the island nation, allowing modern day travelers to experience centuries-old customs, like sleeping on a futon on the floor of a tatami (straw mat) guestroom, changing into a typical Yukata robe while enjoying fresh matcha tea upon arrival, and soaking in the luxury of an ancient onsen (hot springs) after an authentic Japanese dinner. Japanophiles are extremely well versed in...

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Japan’s New Tourism Landmarks

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Japan’s New Tourism Landmarks

(New York, NY, November 3, 2011) — Japan’s recent new tourism landmarks will signify Japan’s cultural and industrial richness.  Cherishing the unique history as well as advancing the efficient technology, the new facilities showcase Japan’s both past and future.   Dutch Trading House Museum Nagasaki opened the 400 years old warehouse that was used by the East India Company in September 2011.  Nagasaki was the first base in Japan for the European merchants and travelers, since the self-defensing samurai-run Japanese government only...

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Visit Japan’s New Family Destinations

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Visit Japan’s New Family Destinations

(New York, NY, November 9, 2011) — With large varieties of cultural attractions, Japan awaits family travelers.  There will be more facilities opening in Japan in the coming year that will entertain both young and old. CMAGLEV and Railway Park Known as the country connected by the high-tech and efficient railway system, the Central Japan Railway Company opened a museum of the past and future of Japan’s railway system.  Opened on March 14, 2011 in Nagoya, the Museum displays almost a century-long history of trains including Japan’s...

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Updates From Tokyo

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Updates From Tokyo

(New York, NY, September 22, 2011) — Japan’s capital city never stops in fall and winter.  Tokyo, where old and new cohabits, evolves with more innovative, cultural and creative facilities. Be Magical at the Tokyo DisneySea: The Tokyo DisneySea ® Park, a part of the Tokyo Disney Resort just outside of Tokyo, celebrates the 10th anniversary of its opening with one-of-a-kind events.  With the special merchandise, the time-limited Disney show “Be Magical!” highlights the anniversary year of the park, featuring Mickey Mouse in special...

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New World Heritage Sites in Japan

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New World Heritage Sites in Japan

New York, NY, July 20, 2011: Thanks to its rich history and nature, Japan has already been recognized as a country with many UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites with 14 designated destinations.  Additional two locations came into the international spotlight as added to the list in this June. Hiraizumi, a Northern Metropolis Hiraizumi may seem one of the many historic temple towns, but founded in the 12th century, this was the political and commercial center of Japan’s northern region.  This time, UNESCO recognized the legacy of the Fujiwara family,...

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A Message From the Governor of Tokyo

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A Message From the Governor of Tokyo

Dear Friends, It gives me great pleasure to send you the message from Tokyo Governor Shintaro Ishihara, explaining the current situation in Tokyo three months after the tragedy of the Great East Japan Earthquake. The Governor of Tokyo delivered a message to welcome friends from all over the world (June 15, 2011)(PDF:33KB) Tokyo is quite the way it was before the disaster struck. We ask for your cooperation in informing others involved in the tourism industry as well as the citizenry about the contents of the governor’s message in order...

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Tokyo Air & Hotel Under $800 in June

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Tokyo Air & Hotel Under $800 in June

New York, NY (May 23, 2011)— A trip to Japan is more affordable than ever!  After the unprecedented support from friends in the United States, major Japanese travel agencies unite to represent Japan’s indescribable appreciation, by offering amazing travel deals.  The tourism industry has been facing challenges to convey the amazing amount of recovery and the national level of hospitality spirit, and several organizations are collectively offering special fares for June.  The offer comes in a package of 4-night stay in Tokyo and a round...

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Japan Open for Safe Travel

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Japan Open for Safe Travel

New York City, NY– The first month after its major earthquake has been an important recovery time for Japan, despite international media releasing floods of extensive coverage on the post-catastrophe situation. Thanks to international relief and Japan’s resilience, the country has been able to recover infrastructure and commercial activities at a surprisingly fast pace. Following the British and Canadian governments’ ease on travel restrictions to Japan, on April 14, the US has reduced the travel alert to Japan within the 50 mile radius...

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Japan Travel Advisory

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Japan Travel Advisory

New York, NY, March 15, 2011— We are grateful for the warm support and thoughts from many people after the historic earthquake in Japan on March 11. While painstaking rescue and recovery efforts continue in the severely struck Tohoku region, the capital city Tokyo has been recovering from a strong shock, and the western Japan is unharmed. Both Narita and Haneda airports have been reopened, although public transportation in and around Tokyo has been recovered only partially. Other popular destinations such as Kyoto, Osaka, Sapporo,...

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Beauty, Serenity, and Tradition in Tokyo’s Meiji Shrine

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Beauty, Serenity, and Tradition in Tokyo’s Meiji Shrine

In Tokyo’s Meiji Shrine, I stood in contemplation before a squat, impeccably groomed bonsai tree that was approximately 180 years my senior. Far more than a “pretty little plant,” the tree inspired in me a sense of reverence and awe at what humans and the natural world are capable of. Perhaps I was just thinking too much, but the buildings and grounds of the Meiji Shrine are permeated with an air of tradition and earnest devotion that are impossible to overlook. Even the large forest that surrounds the shrine, though it appears to be a...

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Eating on the Cheap in Japan

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Eating on the Cheap in Japan

In spite of a woefully light wallet, I ate like a king during my time in Japan. When conventional wisdom dictated that I would be subsisting on dehydrated noodles and vending machine sodas, I said “balderdash,” and took to the streets in search of cost-effective meals. Thankfully, the timid folk behind that wisdom were less subject to wanderlust than I am, and I was successful in my search. The trick to eating cheaply in Japan, you see, is all in the feet, and how willing you are to use them. As a stalwart penny-pincher, I was lent a great...

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Camera Talk: Framing the Subject

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Another element of composition sometimes used in photography is called Framing. Frames come in all sizes, shapes and designs when you go looking for them in stores. I’ve seen standard horizontal and vertical ones, triangular, circular, ovals and even some heart, keyhole or cloud-shaped picture frames. With a little imagination and some patience, you can find your own framing in nature. Any combination of Rule of Thirds or Leading Lines can be incorporated when you frame a subject or, you may decide to ignore those Rules and just frame the...

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