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Japan: For $5.50, your own geisha tea ceremony

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Maiko (apprentice geisha) perform at the Kyoto Museum of Traditional Crafts.

This former imperial capital with national treasures and cultural assets now seeks help from young women with white painted faces to reinvigorate tourism. Maiko (apprentice geisha) and geisha in elaborate kimono perform traditional dance, sing a song, and serve sake at a place called ochaya, or a tea house, where the average customer spends around $500. Kyoto, however, started a campaign last month in which tourists pay 500 yen ($5.50) for a tea ceremony with maiko and geisha and a chance to pose for pictures with them. (csmonitor.com)

Hoping to help a booming number of cycling fans find added enjoyment in their rides in central Tokyo, two editors have recently published a book to give cyclists an architectural history of the sites encountered on their pedalings through town. The architecture in the guidebook focuses on structures built from the Meiji era (1868-1912) to the present in Chiyoda, Setagaya, Taito and other wards. (Yomiuri)
A long-nose train, used for the Noto express, is pictured at JR Toyama Station on Sept. 24, 2009. (Mainichi)
A long-nose train, used for the Noto express, is pictured at JR Toyama Station on Sept. 24, 2009.

Long nose-shaped trains, which are a symbol of Japan's national railway system during the country's rapid economic growth in the 1960s and 1970s, will be decommissioned shortly. The Noto express train between Tokyo's Ueno Station and Kanazawa Station in Ishikawa Prefecture, the only regular train using the vehicles, will be abolished when the JR group revises its nationwide timetable in March. (Mainichi)
Such regional specialties as yellowtail, crab and deep-water shrimp quickly come to mind when asked about winter in the Hokuriku region. But delicious seasonal food is not all that the region has to offer. There's the village of Gokayama with traditional thatched-roof homes built to withstand heavy snows, the Japanese garden Kenrokuen, and the Tojinbo cliffs overlooking the Sea of Japan -- and they charm and dazzle travelers who hail from the concrete jungle. (Mainichi)
The Australian love affair with the Hokkaido ski resort of Niseko heats up a little this season, as one of the nation's premier orchestras, the Australian Chamber Orchestra (ACO), visits to hold a series of concerts from Jan. 15-17. For several years the orchestra's artistic director, Richard Tognetti, has been one of an increasing number of Australians who make the annual northerly pilgrimage to Niseko to enjoy the resort's abundant powder snow. (Japan Times)
Kamakura has no shortage of good soba restaurants. Like Matsubara-an, many occupy freestanding traditional buildings. Here are three more worth tracking down on a visit to the ancient capital. It's not hard to find Issa-an. Located close to the entrance to Kamakura's main shrine, Tsurugaoka Hachimangu, this is a favorite lunch spot for visitors. And with good reason too: It's an attractive, old-style restaurant, recently refurbished but still boasting low tables, tatami floors and large windows giving views onto a narrow garden. (Japan Times)
Snack maker Lotte Co. has announced it is opening a hotel in Tokyo's Sumida Ward on April 6, including rooms featuring its Koara no Maachi (Koala's March) cookie snack mascot. Lotte City Hotel Kinshicho will also house a chocolate cafe and a Korean restaurant owned by Bae Yong Joon, who rose to fame in Japan playing the lead in the popular drama "Winter Sonata." (Japan Times)
The ancient city of Nara has lived in the shadow of its neighbor, Kyoto, for centuries. So this year, as Nara marks the 1,300th anniversary of its ascension as Japan's imperial capital, the city might be forgiven for going over the top. Nara was a splendor in its time - a world of silks, Chinese scripts and Buddhist culture set in a sleepy landscape. Built by the emperor Shomu, a convert to Buddhism, Nara played an important role in the spread of that religion in Japan, as evidenced by the ancient temples that still dot the city. Now it is celebrating that history in style. (New York Times)
About 1,100 people watched the first sunrise of the year Friday on six special New Year flights arranged by three Japanese airlines, with passengers on some of the flights also getting a view of Mount Fuji. Struggling Japan Airlines Corp., which is seeking a turnaround under state supervision, operated three of the flights, each departing from and landing back at Haneda airport in Tokyo, Narita airport east of the capital and Kansai airport in Osaka Prefecture, carrying a combined 750 people. (Japan Times)
Perhaps the most famous teahouse in Japan, the Takasugi-an (translation: a tea house too high), created by architect Terunobu Fujimori, sits atop two chestnut trees, gently swaying in the breeze. The Takasugi-an teahouse in Chino, located in the Nagano Prefecture, is accessible via freestanding ladders, and offers a small space to enjoy tea with a stunning view. The teahouse was designed to feel snug "...like a piece of clothing". (greenmuze.com)





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