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'Maid' girls tour helps Akihabara newcomers

'Maid' girls tour helps Akihabara newcomers
AP - Oct 22, 2010

A short but in-depth tour led by guides dressed as maids has been helping newcomers in Tokyo's Akihabara district, a home of Japanese subculture dotted with shops including some that are difficult to figure out at a glance. The tour begins at the tourist center right next to JR Akihabara Station and first heads to a rental showcase shop called Astop. People can use a transparent box as their own ministore to display figure models, stuffed animals or whatever else they want to sell. (AP)

Weekends overseas made easy / New Haneda Airport runway will help travelers jaunt abroad
Yomiuri - Oct 21, 2010

Haneda Airport began using Runway D--its fourth--and a new international terminal Wednesday. Regular international flights will resume Oct. 31 for the first time in 32 years. By February next year, Haneda will be connected with 17 foreign cities. Located close to the center of Tokyo, the internationalization of this airport is expected to bring about many changes. In anticipation of more travelers at Haneda Airport, nearby hotels have started to let people use hotel rooms for several hours at discounted prices, to rest before late night departures or after early morning arrivals. (Yomiuri)

Govt may OK direct Tokyo-Osaka maglev line
Yomiuri - Oct 21, 2010
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The transport ministry is likely to adopt a direct route for the maglev train line that Central Japan Railway Co. will build between Tokyo and Osaka because of its cost-effectiveness. The route would pass through a tunnel bored through a mountain in the Southern Japanese Alps. The Inadani route, which the Nagano prefectural government and neighboring local governments favored, would cost about 6 trillion yen to build, while the economic effect would be about 7.5 trillion yen. (Yomiuri)

Japan battles France for Michelin's best restaurants
Sydney Morning Herald - Oct 20, 2010
Japan now rivals France in the world's best fine dining country.
(Japan now rivals France in the world's best fine dining country.)

Five more restaurants in Japan gain three Michelin stars today as the French guide gives top billing to two establishments in Kobe, one in Kyoto and two in Osaka. The winners are Ca Sento and Komago in Kobe, Nakamura in Kyoto, and Kashiwaya and Taian in Osaka. That brings the total for the cities to 12. Another 44 restaurants and two ryokans (or inns) win two stars as Michelin adds Kobe to the guide for the first time. (Sydney Morning Herald)

Japanese women travelling more than men
webintravel.com - Oct 20, 2010

The "Land of the Rising Sun" is one travel market that many want to tap and cultivate. But it is not an easy one to tap. Some insights into the market and the changing Japanese customers were revealed at the WIT Conference in the session, "May Name is Yuki-san, I Love to Travel". Japan's outbound travel market is strong and has seen an increase of 10%, fuelled by the strong yen. Two characteristics of the Japanese market stand out: Japanese women are travelling, especially those in their 30s and 40s, and 60s and 70s.The latter group is enthusiastic and aggressive to travel. About 70% of young Japanese, aged over 20 and under 30, have not travelled in the last 12 months. They prefer to play games on their mobiles or computers. (webintravel.com)

Japan recruits foreigners to improve its travel advice
Reuters - Oct 18, 2010

Japan is planning to recruit dozens of foreigners to visit the country and give advice on how to make things more travel-friendly for non-Japanese speaking visitors even as it aims for higher tourist numbers. The government will pay travel allowances to about 100 native English, Chinese and Korean speakers to visit key cities and come up with ideas on how to make it easier for travelers to use public transport, stay at local hotels and eat at local restaurants, said an official at the Japan Tourism Agency. (Reuters)

Big in Japan: why Tokyo is top
guardian.co.uk - Oct 16, 2010
Spring cherry blossom in Ueno Park, Tokyo.
(Spring cherry blossom in Ueno Park, Tokyo.)

It makes perfect sense that Tokyo is Guardian readers' favourite overseas city. Now that Shanghai looks in parts like Beverly Hills and Delhi is lighting up with Thai restaurants, there are few cities on the planet that are less western than Tokyo - even if it's not necessarily a part of any east that you might recognise. The abiding allure of Japan's huge network of tiny details is that, like something in a Salman Rushdie novel, it seems to blur all notions of high and low, east and west, old and new into one state-of-the-art global amusement park that is wildly fresh and novel in its best incarnations, and at least zany in its worst. (guardian.co.uk)

Sumo: In praise of robust bodies
Mainichi - Oct 12, 2010
A ring entering ceremony performed by the reigning Yokozuna Hakuho. Two Sumo wrestlers preparing to fight.
(Left: A ring entering ceremony performed by the reigning Yokozuna Hakuho.) /
(Right: Two Sumo wrestlers preparing to fight.)

Nowadays, people hear complaints about ultra-slim models. It is about time. As somebody who is slightly on the robust side, I have always held a personal campaign for a diversity in the culture of bodily beauty. Now people are starting to listen. Good. For the Japanese, there has been a traditional antidote to the obsession with being slim. Thanks to one old tradition, people have found it relatively easy to discover glory and glamour in stoutly built bodies. In Tokyo's Ryogoku Kokugikan (Sumo Hall), you have a chance to witness the living tradition of celebrating robust bodies. That's right. I am talking about sumo wrestling, Japan's ever popular national sport. (Mainichi)

What to eat: presenting 'Nagoya-meshi'
Japan Times - Oct 13, 2010
News photo News photo

Nagoya is not only famous for the Sengoku (Warring States) Period warlords Tokugawa Ieyasu or Oda Nobunaga, the global automaker Toyota, or the golden dolphins on Nagoya Castle's rooftop. The capital of Aichi Prefecture is just as famous for its local food culture. There is a term "Nagoya-meshi," literally meaning Nagoya meals, which are dishes popular or unique in Nagoya and its environs. While some dishes were invented in Nagoya, others have been developed in a particular way in the city. (Japan Times)

Japan -- Living links to history
The Epoch Times - Oct 11, 2010

(The Shiki-Bocho ceremony performed at Mankameru in Kyoto, Japan, has been passed
down along a single line through 29 generations.)

KYOTO, Japan - Moving through Japan is like time travel. Futuristic innovations - that they thought of 15 years ago - on one corner, 'round the bend, enter a shop, and suddenly you're back hundreds or a thousand years, face-to-face with a living link in a chain, an unbroken bond with the past. The other night I had the rare privilege of witnessing a Shiki-Bocho ceremony, the highly ritualized art of filleting a fish into pieces representing human body organs, using only a large kitchen knife and a pair of long silver chopsticks. The carp is never touched by human hands. The ritual has passed down through 29 generations of the Fujiwara clan, and dates back to the imperial court of Kyoto over 1,000 years ago. Currently 10 people in the world can perform the ceremony. This branch of the family runs Mankameru, a 290-year-old restaurant where I saw the ceremony performed. Originally located very near the castle, the restaurant now sits unsuspectingly on an unremarkable residential street. (The Epoch Times)

(Yoshiko shows a very expensive, custom-made lacquer ware incense box in her shop in the cemetery next
to Kiyomizudera temple complex in Kyoto, Japan. Her sixth generation shop sells flowers and incense.)

By TS on Oct 26, 2010
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