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Visit ancient temples of Japan with Google's World Wonders Project
Google - Jun 1, 2012

A new site from Google puts its Street View tools to work to showcase some of the most storied and beautiful places on Earth. (Google)
Link: http://www.google.com/culturalinstitute/worldwonders/nishi-honganji-temple/
X Japan's Yoshiki becomes a Madame Tussauds wax figure
loudwire.com - Jun 1, 2012
Yoshiki of X Japan

Rock band X Japan have been one of Japan's hottest commodities since their formation in 1982, and now their leader / drummer Yoshiki has received an honor that's been bestowed upon many of the world's most famous celebrities. (loudwire.com)

AirAsia Japan to offer 5 yen promotional fares for domestic routes
Mainichi - May 30, 2012

AirAsia Japan Co., a budget airline owned partly by All Nippon Airways Co., said Wednesday it will start selling one-way tickets on its website for 5 yen for 10,000 seats on three domestic routes in a special campaign ahead of its inaugural flight scheduled for Aug. 1. (Mainichi)
Link: http://mainichi.jp/english/english/newsselect/news/20120530p2g00m0bu139000c.html

Japan's hidden tropical island: Aogashima
boingboing.net - May 29, 2012
(Tofugu has a short article on this unusual and beautiful Japanese island: Aogashima.)

Aogashima ("blue island") is a tropical, volcanic island in the Phillipine Sea. Despite being over 200 miles away from the country's capital, Aogashima is governed by Tokyo. In fact, a whole stretch of tropical and sometimes uninhabited islands called the Izu Islands are technically part of Tokyo. Volcanic islands? Not typically what comes to mind when you think of Tokyo. (boingboing.net)

Sydney sub wreck opened to divers
Japan Times - May 29, 2012

Australia will open up to divers the wreck of a Japanese minisubmarine that famously attacked Sydney harbor during World War II, after winning support from Tokyo, authorities said Monday. (Japan Times)

Japan recovers tourism economy
tourism-review.com - May 28, 2012

(Japan Recovers Tourism Economy)

Industry officials warn that business was likely to get fully back on track next year. Japanese tourism is still facing difficulties a year after the Tohoku earthquake/ tsunami and the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster. (tourism-review.com)

Tokyo Skytree Town visitors top 1 million
Yomiuri - May 28, 2012

The number of visitors to the Tokyo Skytree tower and surrounding facilities has topped 1 million in the five days since their Tuesday opening, main operator Tobu Railway Co. said Sunday. (Yomiuri)

Takeda castle ruins designated as 'lover's sanctuary'
Mainichi - May 28, 2012

(A "lover's sanctuary" inscription plate is seen at the Asago chamber of commerce and industry.)

The ruins of Takeda castle in Asago, Hyogo Prefecture, a designated national historical site that is popular for the surrounding mists that make it look like it is floating over the clouds, have been designated a "lover's sanctuary" by the Area Activation Supporting Center (AASC). (Mainichi)

By TS on Jun 4, 2012
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