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Cool Japan Guide / In Japan, a nuclear ghost town stirs to life


The main street is deserted and quiet except for the eerie echoes of music being played somewhere in the distance. Pieces of shattered glass lie scattered along sidewalks outside collapsed buildings, some with their second-story roofs smashed flat on the pavement. Yards and driveways are overgrown with weeds, and schools and playgrounds are silent and forlorn.

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Cool Japan Guide / Lower Skytree deck draws millionth visitor

AirAsia Japan begins no-frills domestic flights
Yomiuri - Aug 2, 2012

AirAsia Japan started its domestic flight service on Wednesday, becoming the third major Japanese low-cost carrier.
The no-frills airline launched flights between Narita Airport and New Chitose Airport in Hokkaido, and between Narita and Fukuoka Airport. The Narita Airport-based airline will begin flights linking to Naha on Friday and between Narita and the South Korean cities of Seoul and Busan in October. Its fares are 15 percent to 50 percent of those of major airlines. (Yomiuri)
Link : http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/dy/business/T120801004979.htm

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Cool Japan Guide / Festival season in Japan gets the mercury rising

Festival season in Japan gets the mercury rising
Japan Times - Jun 29, 2012

Across Japan, the June rainy season is about to give way to summer's searing heat that kicks in come July. That means one thing to music fans: Festival season is getting into full swing. (Japan Times)
Link: http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/fm20120629r1.html

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Cool Japan Guide / Japan Airlines to begin Tokyo Narita-San Diego flights in December, with 787s

Japan Airlines to begin Tokyo Narita-San Diego flights in December, with 787s
airlinesanddestinations.com - Jun 13, 2012

(On March 26, 2012, Japan Airlines (JAL) became the first airline to take delivery of a Boeing 787
powered by General Electric GEnx engines, two aircraft for the Japanese carrier departing Paine
Field at Everett, Washington, on the same day. One aircraft headed for Tokyo Narita Airport, the
second 787 for JAL departing about an hour later for Tokyo Haneda Airport)

Japan Airlines has set December 2 as the date for the launch of its new non-stop service between Tokyo's Narita International Airport and San Diego. The airline will fly the new route four times a week, on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays. (airlinesanddestinations.com)
Link: http://www.airlinesanddestinations.com/airlines/japan-airlines-to-begin-tokyo-narita-san-diego-flights-in-december-with-787s/

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Cool Japan Guide / Errant penguin back in public view

Errant penguin back in public view
Japan Times - Jun 8, 2012

A Humboldt penguin that was recently recaptured after escaping from a Tokyo seaside aquarium in March was put back on public display Thursday for the first time in about three months. (Japan Times)
Link: http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20120608a9.html

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Cool Japan / The other Japan: Past prefect

The other Japan: Past prefect
Huffington Post - May 25, 2012

There are two Japans. One is the tangible, modern nation of today, the LED-spangled cities and bullet trains. The other is more ephemeral, the mystical psychological landscape of the nation's past. Always present, always just out of reach, it is the kingdom of the geisha, kabuki and the ryokan, the traditional roadside inn. (Huffington Post)
Link: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/dane-steele-green/the-other-japan-past-prefect_b_1463241.html

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Cool Japan / Press given preview of Tokyo Sky Tree Town

Press given preview of Tokyo Sky Tree Town
Japan Times - May 11, 2012

A press preview for the new commercial complex surrounding the 634-meter-tall Tokyo Sky Tree was held Thursday in Sumida Ward.
The 37,000-sq.-meter complex consists of a 312-tenant shopping and restaurant zone called Tokyo Solamachi, an office building zone, an aquarium and a planetarium. (Japan Times)
Link: http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20120511a2.html

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Sumida River to light up with LED fireflies

Huge traffic jams, torrential rain mar second half of Golden Week holidays
Japan Times - May 4, 2012

Expressways and train stations across the country struggled to cope with a Golden Week exodus Thursday, as travelers took advantage of the beginning of a four-day holiday to escape from the daily grind but in the process brave massive downpours. (Japan Times)

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Cool Japan / Gundam center opens on Tokyo waterfront

Gundam center opens on Tokyo waterfront
Japan Times - Apr 20, 2012

A retail and entertainment complex where science-fiction fans can experience the world of "Mobile Suit Gundam" has opened in Tokyo's Odaiba waterfront district. The facility, called DiverCity Tokyo Plaza, is situated in the Odaiba neighborhood in Koto Ward, where it is guarded by an 18-meter Gundam statue. "Diver" is a play on the name of the neighborhood. (Japan Times)

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Louvre goes visual with Nintendo 3Ds guide

Louvre goes visual with Nintendo 3Ds guide
BusinessWeek - Apr 13, 2012
A visitor studies a painting "The Raft of the Medusa" by French artist Theodore Gericault 1791 - 1824 with the help of the new audio guide at the Louvre Museum in ParisThursday April 12, 2012. The famed Paris museum is going 3D visual with its electronic guides in a deal with Japan's Nintendo to provide game consoles to help visitors who navigate its labyrinthine halls by the millions each year. The guides, in seven languages, and accompanying headsets cost Euro5 ($6.50) on top of the museum's Euro10 standard admission price. (AP Photo/Jacques Brinon)

For the Louvre, the existing audio guide is so 20th century. So the famed Paris museum is going 3D visual with its electronic guides in a deal with Japan's Nintendo to provide game consoles to help visitors who navigate its labyrinthine halls by the millions each year. (BusinessWeek)

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Cool Japan / Jetstar Japan launch is ahead of schedule

Jetstar Japan launch is ahead of schedule
The Australian - Apr 7, 2012
Jetstar
(The Japanese regulators have awarded Jetstar an operator's certificate)

Jetstar Japan remains ahead of schedule after the Japanese regulator yesterday issued the crucial air operators certificate needed for it to start flying. The approval from the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport ticks Jetstar's policies and procedures in areas such as cabin services, ground operations, engineering and customer service. (The Australian)

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Cool Japan / Sky Tree releases individual bookings

Sky Tree releases individual bookings
Yomiuri - Mar 23, 2012

Individual ticket reservations for the Tokyo Sky Tree, the world's tallest free-standing tower, which will open to the public in two months, became available on Thursday. About 8,000 people can visit the tower in Sumida Ward, Tokyo, each day. It is possible that reservations will exceed capacity, travel agency sources said. If this occurs, people who reserve tickets will be granted admission at random. (Yomiuri)

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Cool Japan / Japan wants cuisine listed as UNESCO heritage

Japan wants cuisine listed as UNESCO heritage
AFP - Mar 9, 2012

("Washoku" or the Japanese diet, is traditionally based on rice, fish and vegetables)

Japan said Friday it was applying to UNESCO to have its cuisine listed as a global cultural treasure as part of a bid to restore global confidence in its food after the Fukushima nuclear disaster. Tokyo is to ask the UN's educational, scientific and cultural arm to register "Washoku: Traditional dietary cultures of the Japanese" as part of the intangible heritage of humanity, the foreign and agriculture ministries said. The government said washoku was characterised by respect for nature and the importance placed on the way in which dishes are served as well as the quality of ingredients used. (AFP)

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Fiery Nara festival promises to spark some good luck for its visitors

Japan battles gridlock in the sky
aviationweek.com - Mar 2, 2012
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Japan's airspace, already among the most congested in the world, is facing new pressure as more flights are funneled into Tokyo airports. Airlines and aviation authorities are hoping that a far-reaching air traffic modernization effort can ease the bottleneck and allow additional service to the nation's capital without causing gridlock. Traffic saturation at Tokyo's Narita International and Haneda airports has meant strict limits on new flights, which has been a bone of contention for overseas airlines in particular. But expansion at both facilities is enabling more slots for international service, as well as the rapid emergence of domestic low-cost airlines. Within five years, traffic at the two airports is expected to rise by 20%. (aviationweek.com)

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Cool Japan / Ice sculptures, snow slides at Hokkaido fest

Ice sculptures, snow slides at Hokkaido fest
Japan Times - Feb 3, 2012
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(Winter in the city: Scenes from last year's Sapporo Snow Festival show
the range of activities available for visitors to enjoy.)

The City of Sapporo will be hosting the 63rd annual Snow Festival this month. The event is considered a "must see" for tourists and about 2 million people visited the festival last year. The main draw is a collection of sculptures created entirely out of snow and ice. This year, organizers say that 222 sculptures will be on display. The festival is held at three different sites in the city. The main site is at Odori Park, which is in the middle of downtown Sapporo. The site will feature 136 sculptures, and stages that will host a variety of performances scheduled to take place throughout the week.(Japan Times)

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Japan - The Ryokan Experience

New National Theatre, Tokyo, opens season with Puccini classic
Japan Times - Jan 27, 2012
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The New National Theatre, Tokyo, (NNTT) is opening its 2012 opera season with a classic by Italian composer Giacomo Puccini. The Puccini piece, "La Boheme," is especially popular with Japanese opera fans and this time around it will be directed by Jun Aguni and conducted by Germany's Constantin Trinks. The piece is set in Paris in the 1830s and centers on the love story of poet Rodolfo (Ji Min Park), and seamstress Mimi Veronica Cangemi). It will be both Cangemi and Park's first performances at the NNTT. Cangemi is an Argentinian soprano and has performed on some of the most celebrated stages in the world. Park is a tenor who hails from South Korea. (Japan Times)

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Cool Japan / Call of the powder: sublime snow in Japan

Call of the powder: sublime snow in Japan
Japan Times - Jan 15, 2012
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(Plowing gleefully through backcountry powder at Niseko in Hokkaido (far left and left),
where a "face plant" snow.)

There is nothing quite like the adrenaline rush of hurtling down a steep, untracked slope of knee-deep powder. It is an uncomplicated pleasure, pure and exhilarating; carving turns into the untouched snow and sending up white plumes in your wake. Fortunately, Japan gets masses of feathery powder, and many resorts turn a blind eye to off-piste skiing and have refined the art of Zen and grooming - taking a minimalist approach on selected runs. Having been raised on the icy slopes of New England, where deep powder runs are akin to Loch Ness monster sightings, Japan has been a revelation. In New England there are about 20 different words for icy conditions, and you get your money's worth out of your ski edges. Here, conditions are incredibly good and, unless you ski in Hokkaido, it's not nearly as cold. (Japan Times)

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Skis, goggles, hats - and radiation monitors: thousands crowd the slopes during Fukushima's ski season

Skis, goggles, hats - and radiation monitors: thousands crowd the slopes during Fukushima's ski season
telegraph.co.uk - Jan 1, 2012
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Coniferous trees are covered with ice and now at Japan's one of the most popular ski resorts
Zao Ski Resort in Yamagata Prefecture, Japan.)

It seemed to be a typical festive winter scene, with crowds of smiling skiers of all ages dressed in colourful hats and goggles making their way down snow-covered slopes. But the setting is perhaps less predictable: for the ski scene was unfolding in Fukushima, a region of Japan that has become synonymous globally as home to the world's worst nuclear crisis in decades. Last week, thousands of skiers took to the snow-covered slopes of Fukushima for the official seasonal start of the ski season in resorts across the mountainous region following heavy snowfall. However, there were clues that this was no ordinary ski season - in particular, the daily postings of radiation readings in the region alongside the more standard snow reports as well as the regional authorities monitoring food safety levels. (telegraph.co.uk)

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Japan's tsunami debris attracts travelers in new yacht cruise

Cultures mingle amid Atami's hot springs
Japan Times - Dec 18, 2011
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(Sea the sights: A short walk from Atami Station, up a narrow road that takes you through a tunnel,
rewards those who forsake the town's more material delights with beautiful views such as this of Sagami
Bay and wooded headlands on the lip of an extinct volcano falling away steeply into the ocean.)

She was on a train from Tokyo to Atami in the summer of 1959 when the English travel writer Ethel Mannin "saw what I had read about and been told about but felt unable to accept until I had seen it for myself." What the mortified Ms. Mannin beheld was the passenger in the seat opposite her stand up, remove his trousers and shirt, and then settle down for the rest of the journey in short underpants and a singlet. Though the days of blithely peeling off layers of clothing on trains may have gone, shedding garments is what Atami is all about. And, given the countless opportunities it offers to soak in its scalding waters, a stay at this major hot-spring resort in Shizuoka Prefecture presupposes a degree of exposure. (Japan Times)

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Far from the crowds in Japan

Far from the crowds in Japan
Irish Times - Nov 26, 2011

(Riding high: a kite-surfer on the Japanese island of Miyako)

WITH international tourism numbers declining in light of its nuclear disaster, why not divert to Japan's southern islands for a slice of the country you will not find in any tourist brochure? Turquoise water and stunning coastal scenery will show you there is far more to Japan than the tourist-heavy mainland. When you think of Japan, people usually conjure up romantic images of picture-perfect gardens, geishas walking neatly through Kyoto or vast swathes of neon lights illuminating the Tokyo skyline. Well, there is a different Japan. A Japan where the intense heat is tempered by cool winds and sand so soft, and water so turquoise, that you question your preconceived images of the country. (Irish Times)

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