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Cool Japan / The many faces of Tokyo

The many faces of Tokyo
guardian.co.uk - Feb 18, 2012
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(Harajuku in Tokyo: fashionista teenagers display what the rest of
the world will be wearing in the years to come.)

It is a country where tradition meets cutting edge, where peace and quiet meets buzzing excitement. From tea ceremonies to capsule hotels, jaw-dropping temples to digitised toilets, there is simply no other country quite like Japan. Its capital, Tokyo, is one of the world's great cities. Three million passengers flow through Shinjuku train station every day, and the "scramble" pedestrian crossing in Shibuya is a wonder of choreography. But beyond the hustle of the salarymen and office workers, you will discover a hospitality and attention to detail that makes Tokyo feel like a collection of charming villages. Before you get started, remember to look up: Tokyo hides many of its secrets on the fifth or sixth floor. Start in Harajuku, where fashionista teenagers display what the rest of the world will be wearing in three years, then pop into Tokyu Hands to pick up the latest cute and hilarious Japanese toys and gadgets. (guardian.co.uk)
Foreign visitors off for 11th month
Japan Times - Feb 18, 2012

The number of foreign visitors to Japan in January fell 4.1 percent from a year earlier to 685,000, declining for the 11th straight month since the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami, an estimate by the Japan National Tourism Organization showed Friday. The rate of decline was the lowest and the number of foreign visitors the highest during the 11-month period, showing signs of a recovery, although the Fukushima nuclear crisis and the yen's historic appreciation continue to weigh. (Japan Times)

Centuries-old silver mine
CNET - Feb 14, 2012
Centuries-old silver mine
(Google's Street View tours Japanese cave, mine (images))
Looking back
(Google's Street View tours Japanese cave, mine (images))

Last week, Google Japan took its popular Street View in a new direction: underground. The search giant commissioned a photography crew to explore a centuries-old mine and popular limestone cave in Japan. The result is a stunning 360-degree photo tour that gives people around the world the opportunity to visit sites they probably wouldn't see otherwise. This is the entrance to the Okubo-mabu mineshaft at Omori, Ota City in the Shimane Prefecture of Japan. The Iwami Ginzan silver mines, one of the largest in the world during the 16th and 17th centuries, officially became a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1997. (CNET)

New tower in Tokyo outstrips older rival
VOA News - Feb 14, 2012



Construction is expected to be finished at the end of this month in Japan on the world's largest self-supporting tower. It will be the second highest man-made structure in the world, surpassed only by Dubai's 829-meter-high Burj Kalifa skyscraper. The Sky Tree is poised to supersede the 54-year-old Tokyo Tower in more ways than one. For decades, visitors to Tokyo have admired this Far East tribute to the Eiffel Tower, 13 meters taller than its Parisian predecessor. But the Tokyo Tower is about to be upstaged by a downtown riverside rival, built at a cost of $800 million. The Sky Tree, which will open to the public in about three months, soars to 634 meters above the ground, nearly twice as high as Tokyo Tower. The price of a ride up the Sky Tree will take the breath away from some potential visitors - about $40. In exchange, they will see Tokyo from the upper observation deck at a height of 450 meters. (VOA News)

The charm and razzle-dazzle of Tokyo
thehindubusinessline.com - Feb 13, 2012

For a first time visitor, Japan can be an overwhelming experience on many counts. But what knocks you out totally is the kindness and courtesy bit. Of course one has read about the Japanese culture of politeness and punctuality. But in a world that is getting as impersonal as busy, to get so many bows and smiles right from arrival at Tokyo 's Narita International Airport to your hotel, indeed comes as a surprise. On our first evening we go to the happening Roppongi Hills and watch in absolute fascination the dazzling city of Tokyo from the 52nd Observation Floor of the Roppongi tower. It is an unusually clear day and we are able to get a good view of the snow covered Mount Fuji, about 120 km away from Tokyo. As the sun sets, the magic of this awesome city unfolds as all the hi-rise buildings for which Tokyo is famous, glitter away, with Tokyo Tower occupying the pride of place. (thehindubusinessline.com)

Japan enlists foreign bloggers to revive tsunami-hit tourist biz
The Register - Feb 9, 2012

The Japanese government is trying to get foreign bloggers to do PR for it by inviting them to earthquake- and tsunami-hit areas to write compassionately about the progress being made in reconstructing the ravaged north-east of the country. The Foreign Ministry thought up the idea in a bid to revive the disaster-hit nation's ailing tourist industry, which has been understandably affected by the events of last March, according to the Mainichi Daily News. Perhaps more optimistically, it also wants the bloggers to let their readers know that the tsunami- and quake-affected areas around Sendai are still appealing holiday destinations. The report reveals that the foreign bloggers have been arriving thick and fast, with a total of 10 invited to the Land of the Rising Sun. (The Register)

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