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Who knew civil war could be so profitable?

Who knew civil war could be so profitable?
Yomiuri - Nov 27, 2010

Standing in front of the ruins of Sendai Castle, an armor-clad man raised a sword and began to boast of his prowess in battle, drawing big cheers from the 400 people gathered. His black armor was a recreation of that worn by warlord Date Masamune (1567-1636) but this was not a scene from a period movie or TV drama. It was just one example of how local governments are rushing to capitalize on a fad for popular--if not so academic--studies of warlords from the Sengoku (warring states) period to promote tourism and improve their economies. (Yomiuri)
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Wandering on a pilgrimage-centric island
Japan Times - Nov 27, 2010
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(The author of this column (left) enjoys some pilgrim camaraderie on a route between
No. 12 and 13 of the Shikoku 88 temple pilgrimage in Tokushima Prefecture.)

Pilgrimage, perhaps Japan's first form of travel, is a chance to reconnect with those fundamental Japanese values of yore - simplicity, austerity and nature (or if you prefer, hiking, camping and insects). It's about detachment: leaving behind the Japan of shopping malls, Kobe beef and, egads, Disney! Having just come back from four days of wandering 78 km of the Shikoku 88 temple pilgrimage myself, I was reminded how important this particular pilgrimage is to the Japanese. I encountered 10 other walking pilgrims who ranged in age from 28 to 70. They were from Tokyo, Nara and Shikoku itself. They were solo pilgrims, couples, friends and even a father and son team walking together. (Japan Times)

Take pleasure in a Tokyo night cruise
Japan Times - Nov 26, 2010
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The Royal Park Hotel in the Nihonbashi area of Tokyo offers a Yakatabune Mankitsu Plan on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and holidays. Guests staying on the plan will receive a ride on a traditional yakatabune, or roofed pleasure boat, bedecked with Japanese paper lanterns and featuring a well-preserved wooden interior, maintaining the authentic feel. The boat departs in the evening from Asakusabashi on the Kanda River and cruises along the Sumida River. Guests can enjoy fine views of Tokyo, such as the illuminated Rainbow Bridge. (Japan Times)

Higashi-Honganji Temple turns to first new bell in 400 years
Japan Times - Nov 25, 2010
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(Ring in the new: Monks at Higashi-Honganji Temple in Kyoto strike a new 4.5-ton bell for the first time Sunday.)

A Kyoto temple recently replaced a 400-year-old bell to commemorate the 750th anniversary of the death of Shinran, the founder of the temple's Buddhist sect. The old bell of Higashi-Honganji Temple, cast in 1604, was one of the few surviving items from when the temple first opened in 1602. (Japan Times)

Michelin names four more three-star restaurants in Tokyo guide
Bloomberg - Nov 24, 2010

Michelin names four new three-star restaurants in Tokyo today, taking the total for Japan to 26, the same number as France, the home of the dining guide. The Tokyo guide also includes the neighboring cities of Yokohama and Kamakura for the first time. The area is home to 14 restaurants with three stars, 54 with two and 198 with one. Last month, Michelin gave three stars to 12 venues in western Japan. (Bloomberg)

New flights to Japan launched
insidejapantours.com - Nov 22, 2010
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Hawaiian Airlines has confirmed the introduction of a new direct service from Honolulu to Haneda Airport in Tokyo. The carrier believes the new flight will boost tourism and meet the demand for more services between the two countries. Haneda Airport is developing into a key travel hub for travellers to Japan due to its proximity to Tokyo and the recent improvements to the airport's facilities. The airport's new international terminal opened in October and now welcomes services from a number of major cities including London, Paris and New York. (insidejapantours.com)

Kumamoto lets donors hunt castle treasure
Japan Times - Nov 24, 2010
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(Hunting up cash: The city of Kumamoto plans to hold a "treasure-hunting game" to raise
funds for the ongoing project to restore Kumamoto Castle.)

The Kumamoto Municipal Government is now soliciting donations to help restore parts of Kumamoto Castle, offering contributors of \10,000 or more the right to participate in a "treasure-hunting game" in and around the fortress. The city is now proceeding with a project to restore parts of the castle, originally built in 1496 and touted as one of the best three castles in Japan along with Osaka Castle and Nagoya Castle. The main castle tower, which was burned to the ground during the Seinan Rebellion in 1877, was restored in 1960. But the restoration of other sections of the castle remains unfinished. (Japan Times)

Planetariums make Tokyoites look to the stars
Japan Times - Nov 24, 2010

Tokyo stargazers will be given another opportunity to gaze at the heavens without having to squint through clouds and pollution. Cosmo Planetarium Shibuya, which will open in the Sakuragaokacho district of Shibuya Ward on Wednesday, claims it will offer a faithful reproduction of the starlit sky. The planetarium is the first to be built in the ward in the nine years since the Gotoh Planetarium closed in 2001. (Japan Times)

What would you suggest doing on a 48-hour stopover in Tokyo?
Japan Times - Nov 23, 2010

If you're in Tokyo and you want to hear music, go to Koenji, the home of J-punk and small bars that feel like home. It's close to Shinjuku. (Japan Times)

Hotel rooms overlooking Osaka Station a hit with train enthusiasts, children
Mainichi - Nov 21, 2010
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(Trains entering and leaving Osaka Station are seen from the window of one of the
rooms at the Hotel Granvia Osaka, in Kita Ward, Osaka)

High-floor rooms in hotels next to JR Osaka Station are proving a hit with customers, who enjoy watching what looks like a moving train set outside their hotel window. Hotels have created train-themed lodging plans with the rooms in response to feedback from customers that their children had enjoyed being able to see trains from the windows. At Hotel Granvia Osaka, located right next to Osaka Station on the south side, a northwest corner room on the 23rd floor overlooks both the coming and going of trains and the station's new dome-like roof, part of station remodeling work to be completed next spring. (Mainichi)

Tax-free 'Akiba' lures foreigners
Yomiuri - Nov 21, 2010
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Electronics retailers in Tokyo's Akihabara district, popularly known as "Akiba," are looking to tap into new sales avenues by opening duty-free shops to attract foreign customers with cash to burn. The effort by the Tokyo area known as a "holy land" for techies and anime fans comes amid intensified competition from high-volume retailers in the suburbs. On Friday, Sofmap Co., a major personal computer retailer and subsidiary of Bic Camera Inc., opened a large store specializing in duty-free products for foreign visitors. (Yomiuri)

Visit Nara again, stay for half-price
Japan Times - Nov 19, 2010
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Nara Prefecture is attracting many visitors this year, as a range of events celebrate the 1,300th anniversary of the founding of Heijo-kyo as Japan's ancient capital. While the series of celebrations will end soon, the Hotel Nikko Nara is offering a half-price accommodation plan for repeat visitors to Nara. (Japan Times)

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