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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
Lower Skytree deck draws millionth visitor
Japan Times - Aug 2, 2012

Tokyo Skytree, the world's tallest broadcast tower at 634 meters, welcomed the millionth visitor to its 350-meter-high main observation deck Wednesday, its operator said.
The threshold was crossed by a family from Nagano Prefecture - Rena Tanaka, 38, and her children, Ryuto, 12, and Sana, 7. After receiving a commemorative Skytree model, Ryuto said, "I would like to go up soon and have a look at Tokyo, which should look like a miniature plastic model." (Japan Times)
Link: http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20120802a7.html

Is this the craziest place on Earth?
The Age - Aug 1, 2012
Customers at maid cafes are either fawned over embarrassingly, teased, ignored or directly abused, depending on the caf? and the maid's mood.
(Customers at maid cafes are either fawned over embarrassingly, teased, ignored
or directly abused, depending on the cafe and the maid's mood.)

Is Japan the craziest place on Earth? It has to be. Let's forget, for a second, the Harajuku girls, the cosplay, the lolitas, the J-pop, the fetishised vending machines, the hyper-technical toilets and the freakish neatness of cities that, for their size, really should be polluted hellholes. Let's jump straight to the maid cafes.
Because if ever you needed proof that a seemingly up-tight, hard-working and traditional society can have an unexpectedly bizarre underbelly, it's the maid cafes. Maid cafes started springing up in the early 2000s in Akihabara, Tokyo's bustling, glowing electronics district. Photo: Getty Images Let's talk about Meow-Meow, my maid cafes host, who right now doesn't look impressed. She'd been all big smiles and over-the-top enthusiasm a few seconds ago, but the facade is beginning to crack. (The Age)
Link: http://www.theage.com.au/travel/blogs/the-backpacker/is-this-the-craziest-place-on-earth-20120731-23bwr.html#ixzz22Ws6jnTE

Fireworks provide much-needed boost
BBC - Jul 31, 2012

There are three things that, above all others, say: "Summer in Japan" - shaved ice, cicadas and fireworks. Each year, millions of people gather to watch fireworks displays at river embankments across the country.
The first, arranged by the government in 1733 along the Sumida River, which flows through the eastern part of the capital Tokyo, was part of a spiritual festival to comfort the souls of the hundreds of thousands of people who had died following food shortages and a cholera epidemic. (BBC)
Link: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-19043908

Kyoto, Japan
bayofplentytimes.co.nz - Jul 27, 2012

Gardens, temples, shrines, palaces, a geisha quarter - Kyoto is one of Japan's treasure chests of culture and, fortunately for visitors, is easy to get around and relatively compact. Tokyo, the city that took the status of capital away from Kyoto, is a sprawling mass of 35 million residents. Kyoto, capital from the 8th century until 1868, has a population of only 1.5 million and is a more manageable size.
The bulk of the city's temples and shrines are in the surrounding hills but all are easy to access by taxi or public transport.
The Golden Pavilion (Kinkakuji) started life as a private home in 1397, later becoming a Zen temple. It was reconstructed in 1955 after being destroyed in an arson attack by a monk, and in 1987 a new layer of gold leaf, five times thicker, was applied. (bayofplentytimes.co.nz)
Link: http://www.bayofplentytimes.co.nz/news/travel-kyoto-japan/1454400/

Ginza losing last classic theater
Japan Times - Jul 26, 2012

Ginza Cine Pathos, the only movie theater in Tokyo's Ginza district still showing classic films, will close down at the end of next March and end a 45-year history.
The metropolitan government has ordered the demolition of its underground complex because it doesn't meet earthquake codes, sources said. (Japan Times)
Link: http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20120726f3.html

Commercial makeover set for Tokyo's 'phantom station'
Yomiuri - Jul 25, 2012

East Japan Railway Co. has announced it will reopen the former Manseibashi Station as a new sightseeing spot and commercial center next summer. Located between Ochanomizu and Kanda stations, Manseibashi Station was built in 1912 as a terminal station on the Chuo Line.
The station building was designed by Kingo Tatsuno, who was also the architect for Tokyo Station.
After Manseibashi Station burned down in the Great Kanto Earthquake in 1923, a railway museum was built next to the reconstructed station in 1936. However, a dwindling number of commuters led to the station's closing in 1943. (Yomiuri)
Link: http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/dy/national/T120724003453.htm

Osaka entertainment district gears up for a new century
Asahi - Jul 25, 2012
Shinsekai celebrated its 100th anniversary on July 3. The rain did not keep the crowds away from the Shinsekai neighborhood, where streets are lined with “kushikatsu” (fried cutlet) shops. (Tetsuro Takehana)
(Shinsekai celebrated its 100th anniversary on July 3. The rain did not keep the crowds away from
the Shinsekai neighborhood, where streets are lined with “kushikatsu” (fried cutlet) shops.)

A muscle-bound local hero is leading the charge in the makeover of the Shinsekai district of Osaka, one of the most popular entertainment areas of the city. Shinsekai in Naniwa Ward, which lies next to the humble Kamagasaki district where day-laborers concentrate, has retained the distinct flavor of a working-class neighborhood. But visitor numbers have declined and shops and restaurants have been shuttered.
However, thanks to a campaign organized by local leaders and merchants, young crowds and women are coming back to Shinsekai to get a taste of the local specialty, "kushikatsu" (fried cutlets on a skewer), or take in the town's "Showa retro" feel that brings back memories of the 1960s and '70s. (Asahi)
Link: http://ajw.asahi.com/article/cool_japan/fun_spots/AJ201207210027
Shinsekai celebrated its 100th anniversary on July 3. The rain did not keep the crowds away from the Shinsekai neighborhood, where streets are lined with “kushikatsu” (fried cutlet) shops. (Tetsuro Takehana)
(Tsutenkaku Tower)

Auto-linked firms launch 'super discount' rentals
Japan Times - Jul 24, 2012
News photo
(Automotive attraction: A sign at a Yokohama gas station advertises rental cars. A growing
number of gas stations, used-car dealers and auto repair shops have recently begun
offering "super discount" car rentals alongside their main businesses.)

A growing number of gasoline stations, used-car dealerships and auto repair shops have begun offering "super discount" car rentals to offset falling sales as car ownership declines.
Auto-related businesses can offer cheap rentals by making use of existing staff, repair facilities and, for used-car dealers, vehicle inventories to maintain a fleet of vehicles. (Japan Times)
Link: http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nb20120724a6.html

Visitors to Skytree Town top 10 million
Yomiuri - Jul 23, 2012

The number of visitors to Tokyo Skytree and its commercial complex topped 10 million in the two months since their May 22 opening, the operator of the broadcast tower said Sunday.
The cumulative number of visitors to the site, collectively called Tokyo Skytree Town, stood at about 10.29 million as of Saturday, Tobu Railway Co. said. (Yomiuri)
Link: http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/dy/national/T120722002096.htm

Foreign visitors for June surpass prequake level
Yomiuri - Jul 22, 2012

The number of foreign visitors to Japan in June totaled 686,600, up 1.4 percent from June 2010 and surpassing for the first time the level for the same month from before the Great East Japan Earthquake in March last year, according to the latest statistics.
The June figure rebounded 58.6 percent from the same month last year, according to preliminary figures released by the Japan National Tourism Organization on Friday.
By country or region, the number of visitors from China, Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia and Vietnam hit record highs for the month. More people from Asian nations are traveling abroad, which has contributed to the higher number of foreign visitors despite the lingering effects of the crisis at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant. (Yomiuri)
Link: http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/dy/national/T120721002234.htm

Surge in Japan visas issued in Shanghai reflects recovery
Yomiuri - Jul 21, 2012

The Japanese consulate general in Shanghai issued 58,349 visas in June, up 230 percent from the same month last year, when many Chinese tourists refrained from traveling to Japan in the aftermath of the March 11 disaster.
As a result, the number of visas issued by the office totaled 228,817 in January-June, exceeding the figure for the first half of 2010 by over 8 percent, and making it the busiest year so far for visa-granting, consulate officials said. The Shanghai consulate general has led other Japanese government installations overseas in issuing entry visas for four successive years. (Yomiuri)
Link: http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/dy/national/T120720005548.htm

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