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Japan's high-speed trains lines expand

Japan's high-speed trains lines expand
New York Times - Nov 12, 2010

Japan's high-speed bullet train system is expanding, reducing transit time to tourist attractions in remote corners of the country. Beginning Dec. 4, the Tohoku line will reach the northernmost region of Honshu Island, Japan's main island, with a 51-mile extension to Shin-Aomori, hub of the Aomori prefecture and home to the big summertime Nebuta Festival. (New York Times)
A high-speed train.

Getting around the soul of Japan
Japan Times - Nov 13, 2010

I go to Kyoto once a year. I get lost in Kyoto once a year. Kyoto makes no sense to me. I'm more of a Tokyo girl. Give me a handful of subway lines and trains to navigate and I'm fine. Give me just two and I'm lost. Is it Karasuma or Tozai? Kintetsu or Keihan? Karasuma eki or Karasuma oike? Hmmm. And let's just say that signage is not a strong point of Kyoto's stations. To know Kyoto is to know it intuitively. A good relationship with the Buddha and an ability to navigate mandalas probably helps. (Japan Times)

Imperial Hotel maintains its pride, 120 years on
Japan Times - Nov 13, 2010
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(A picture of the first Imperial Hotel, which opened as a state guesthouse at the site in 1890.)

Charles Chaplin, Marilyn Monroe and Babe Ruth, and in recent years U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki Moon and former Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev are among the many celebrities who have lodged at the Imperial Hotel, Japan's first grand Western-style inn, which opened as a state guesthouse during the Meiji Era (1868-1912). Looking back on its 120-year history, Tetsuya Kobayashi, its eighth president, says the core of the Imperial Hotel's operations has always been serving important foreign guests. (Japan Times)

Tsukiji to bar gawkers at end of year
Japan Times - Nov 12, 2010

Tokyo's Tsukiji fish market will shut out sightseers from its popular tuna auction area from Dec. 1 to Jan. 22 to ensure sales can be conducted smoothly, market officials said. The auction area at the Metropolitan Central Wholesale Market will be off-limits to sightseers around the New Year's holidays for the third straight year. The measure was introduced in 2008 because activities such as flash photography by tourists disturbed tuna middlemen and because the area will be particularly crowded around New Year's due to an upsurge in tuna transactions. (Japan Times)

Triumph unveils Japan tourism lingerie
Mainichi - Nov 10, 2010

Lingerie maker Triumph International Japan Ltd. unveiled Wednesday in Tokyo a concept brassiere meant to introduce Japanese tourism spots to foreign visitors. The dark blue bustier has a holder placed around the stomach to display an image of one of six major tourist spots such as Mt. Fuji, the Asakusa district known for the Senso temple and the Akihabara electronics shopping area. A wrap-around skirt that comes with the bra has a map of Japan on the lining. The six types of padding for the bra, which are each shaped in the respective image of the six tourist spots, can be fastened onto the map to indicate their location. (Mainichi)

Hotels find profit in catering to families
Japan Times - Nov 10, 2010
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(Engaging kids: Children watch fresh vegetable pizzas being prepared by a Resonare
Kobuchizawa employee during a joint tour involving Resonare Kobuchizawa and
Work Life Balance Co. Below: Toys are provided at Resonare.)

One autumn afternoon in Kobuchizawa, Yamanashi Prefecture, a group of children and their parents were driving to a field to pick fresh vegetables for pizzas they planned to make there. Inside the van, the driver asked them, "Do you know how soil is made?" A 6-year-old girl confidently said, "I know. It's a worm's poo-poo!" The group burst into laughter. The group was taking part in a family program organized by Resonare Kobuchizawa, a resort hotel run by Hoshino Resort Co. The hotel offers various outdoor activities to its guest families and children, which has helped it turn the corner after tipping into bankruptcy. (Japan Times)

One-of-a-kind Japan
The Diplomat - Nov 8, 2010

What is it that makes Japan's landscape so visually distinctive? And is the answer to this question the key to defining the 'Japanese aesthetic'? Gathering the insights of scholars, authors and architects on Japan's contemporary landscape, this series aims to answer these questions. Last week, to better understand the concept of Japanese aesthetics, we zeroed in on two specific, common landscapes in the country-its streets and gardens-and what deeper meanings might be found in them. Now I'm going to take a closer look at Japan's modern urban landscape, and a couple of qualities that make it stand out. (The Diplomat)

Courting a courtesan's life
Mainichi - Nov 8, 2010

"I want to dress up like an old-fashioned prostitute," my wife, Noriko said. We were discussing what to do for her birthday, and she said she wanted to pay money to be transformed into an oiran. The polite English word for oiran is "courtesan" but the reality is that these women sold sex for money. "Why an oiran instead of a geisha?" I asked. "Because oiran look even more fabulous," she said. They have brighter kimonos and fancy hairstyles. Noriko found a business in Nagoya that promised to dress up women as oiran, and then they could parade around Nagoya castle. The parade was part of an ongoing celebration to commemorate the castle's 400th anniversary. (Mainichi)

Snow Crab season started in Japan
demotix.com - Nov 7, 2010

Snow Crab season has begun in Japan, with the largest crabs selling for around $410. The crabs live in the ocean off Fukui Prefecture at the depth of a few hundred meters, and they are caught only in winter. (demotix.com)

Gundam event in Shizuoka surpasses 1 million visitors
Japan Times - Nov 6, 2010

The Shizuoka Hobby Fair, with a display of an 18-meter-tall "life-size" statue of the Gundam robot from the popular animation series, surpassed one million visitors on Saturday. The tally exceeded the expectations of the organizer, the Shizuoka city government, who thought 900,000 people would visit the event during its eight-month period through next March. (AP)



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