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A guide to Jizo, guardian of travelers and the weak
Japan Times - Mar 31, 2012
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(A fragment of a gravestone is wrapped in cloth and set up as a Jizo in Mount Koya in Kyoto.)

"Jizo Bosatsu has confirmed you as a friend on Facebook," said the email. I clicked on "view profile," which took me to Jizo's Facebook page. Not much information was revealed, except that his religious views are Buddhist, and he has 409 friends. His profile picture is a stone Jizo statue sitting peacefully with eyes closed, a hand-knitted cap atop his head, and a string of juzu beads around his neck. Jizo Bosatsu (or Ksitigarbha Bodhisattva in Sanskrit) is known as the earth bearer, and he holds a shakujo staff in his right hand and a mani jewel in his left. The shakujo staff is the kind with six rings that jingles. His mani jewel grants all wishes. (Japan Times)
New five-year tourism plan gets OK
Japan Times - Mar 31, 2012

The Cabinet on Friday adopted the next five-year basic plan to promote tourism starting in fiscal 2012, setting a goal of increasing the annual number of foreign visitors to 18 million by 2016. The new tourism promotion plan stipulates that increasing foreign visitors will contribute to the reconstruction of the Tohoku region, which was hit by the March 2011 earthquake, tsunami and the nuclear crisis in Fukushima Prefecture. (Japan Times)

Budget flight options making access to Asia even easier
New York Daily News - Mar 30, 2012
Japan's first low-cost airline Peach Aviation's jetliner, carrying the first passengers, leaves the Kansai International Airport in Osaka, western Japan on March 1, 2012.    Peach Aviation, partially opened by the All Nippon Airways (ANA), started their domestic flight operations between Osaka and Hokkaido and also between Osaka and Fukuoka.  AFP PHOTO / JIJI PRESS
(Japan's first low-cost airline Peach Aviation's jetliner, carrying the first passengers, leaves
the Kansai International Airport in Osaka, western Japan on March 1, 2012.

Asia's airspace continues to open up like never before and the announcement this week of another budget airline continues to help make access to the region -- and within the region -- both easier and cheaper. Qantas Airways and China Eastern Airlines Corp say their new Jetstar Hong Kong carrier will come into service next year and will target the mainland China routes currently dominated by Cathay Pacific by offering "half-price fares." (New York Daily News)

Lucky winners drawn for first to visit Tokyo Sky Tree
Mainichi - Mar 30, 2012

The winners of individual admission tickets to become the first to visit Tokyo Sky Tree were announced on March 30, bringing joy to thousands and disappointment to many more. A total of 22,912 lucky individuals won the chance to be among the first to visit Japan's new 634-meter-high landmark -- and the world's tallest free-standing broadcast tower -- between May 22, the day of the tower's scheduled grand opening, and May 31. (Mainichi)

Blossoms, hope return to Japan
montrealgazette.com - Mar 30, 2012

Thirty-five years after my first visit, the uniqueness, orderliness, egalitarianism and the theatre of everyday life in Japan still fascinates me. I am always happy to return here, as I did this Thursday. Even the simplest of gestures, such as the proffering of business cards with two hands and a humble bow, is done elegantly and to a unique script in Japan that would be mocked anywhere else.(montrealgazette.com)

Helping Tokyo menus to get found in translation
Japan Times - Mar 30, 2012
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(The language of lunch: A website set up by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government aims to
introduce restaurants that offer menus in English and other languages.

One of the longtime complaints of English-speaking foreigners visiting restaurants in Japan is that few of them offer menus in English. Well, the Tokyo Metropolitan Government is doing what it can to help eateries translate their menus into English and other languages, to help them become more hospitable to expats and tourists. A website run by the metropolitan government's tourism division, named Restaurants with Multilingual Menus (www.menu-tokyo.jp/menu), lists 263 restaurants with menus in English, Korean, traditional and simplified Chinese, German and French. (Japan Times)

Spring, summer festivals offer a crafty craft beer
Japan Times - Mar 30, 2012

Link: http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/fg20120330d1.html?

No matter how long the winter, spring is sure to follow - and to help you shake the winter doldrums, we've compiled a list of upcoming beer festivals. Whether you prefer to drink outside under sunny skies or in rowdy tents while the plum rains fall, these should have you covered. (Japan Times)

Princess Cruises brand to enter Japanese market with largest deployment ever
traveldailynews.com - Mar 30, 2012

Responding to the growing interest for cruising in Japan, Carnival Corporation & plc is introducing the largest deployment ever by a global cruise line in the Japanese market when it brings Sun Princess to Japan for a spring to summer season of cruising in April 2013. Princess Cruises is launching an 87-day program featuring a total of nine cruises on seven different itineraries operating April through July of next year from both Yokohama and Kobe. The cruises will be from nine to 12 days in length. (traveldailynews.com)

Google Street View gears up for Japan's tourist season
ZDNet - Mar 28, 2012

Link: http://www.zdnet.com/blog/asia/google-street-view-gears-up-for-japans-tourist-season/1473

Just in time for Japan's cherry blossom season, one of the biggest tourist events of the year, Google has produced a Street View guide to show you around. The special Cherry Blossom Season Edition provides some of the best locations to enjoy the sights, with beautiful pictures from last year's blossoms. The guide looks at several of the big attractions in Japan, providing details on shops and restaurants in each area. (ZDNet)

Japan Airlines takes home their newest toy: A Boeing 787 Dreamliner
jaunted.com - Mar 27, 2012



Link: http://www.jaunted.com/story/2012/3/26/64050/7436/travel/Japan+Airlines+Takes+Home+Their+Newest+Toy%3A+A+Boeing+787+Dreamliner

Until now there's only been one airline with access to the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, but that's about to change. All Nippon Airways is about to get some company when it comes to flying the 787, as it's finally Japan Airlines' turn to play with the brand new airplane. All the pomp and circumstance took place over the weekend, as the official handoff between Japan Airlines and Boeing went down. The new plane is even unique in that it has different airplane engines than those currently utilized by ANA's Dreamliners. (jaunted.com)

'Sazae-san' character statues unveiled at train station in Tokyo
Mainichi - Mar 26, 2012

Link: http://mdn.mainichi.jp/mdnnews/news/20120326p2a00m0na010000c.html

Bronze statues modeled after characters of the hugely popular manga series "Sazae-san" were unveiled near a Tokyo station over the weekend, in a bid to attract more visitors to local shopping streets. A total of 12 statues of the "Sazae-san" family characters appeared near Sakurashinmachi Station on the Tokyu Denentoshi Line on March 25. The move was initiated by local shoppers in the area, where the manga's author, Machiko Hasegawa (1920-1992), once lived. (Mainichi)

Promoting Tohoku tourism
Yomiuri - Mar 26, 2012

Link: http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/ed20120326a2.html?

"Destination Tohoku," the tourism campaign to help promote and revive tourism in the Tohoku region, started March 18. The Japan Tourism Agency and the local governments and tourism industry in the region hope that the campaign will bring tourists back to the region, which was devastated by the 3/11 earthquake and tsunami, and the subsequent Fukushima nuclear crisis. The appeal of the campaign, which will last through March 31, 2013, is that people can help Tohoku recover from the effects of the disasters by enjoying hot springs, festivals, shopping, local food, cherry blossoms, and other attractions in the region. (Yomiuri)

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