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Visitors' footsteps mute famous 'singing' floor

Visitors' footsteps mute famous 'singing' floor
Yomiuri - Jun 4, 2011

A unique corridor of Yogenin, the Buddhist temple in Kyoto known for its links to Go, the eponymous heroine of an NHK period drama, is now on the verge of losing its well-known feature, chirping sounds similar to those of a small bird that are produced as a visitor moves through the corridor. The wood-floored corridor in the main hall of the temple in Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto, is called the "uguisu-bari no roka" (nightingale corridor). Since January, when the period drama depicting the vicissitudes of the life of Go (1573-1626), a niece of warlord Oda Nobunaga and wife of shogun Tokugawa Hidetada, started, the temple has been overrun with throngs of sightseers. (Yomiuri)
Korea, Japan, China to develop tour routes
Korea Herald - May 29, 2011
(Choung Byoung-gug (center), minister of culture, sports and tourism of Korea, Akihiro Ohata (left),
minister of land, infrastructure, transport and tourism of Japan, and Shao Qiwei, chairman of
National Tourism Administration of China, after a joint statement on enhancing the regional tourism
industry, in PyeongChang, Gangwon Province on Sunday. (Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism))

Top tourism policymakers of Korea, Japan and China have announced on Sunday that they will jointly develop the 10 best tourism routes by linking travel packages in the region. The plan is part of their long-term strategy called "Tourism Vision 2020" to boost regional tourism and establish a risk management system, especially since natural disasters such as the March earthquake and tsunami in Japan have prompted worries in the region's tourism industry. (Korea Herald)

Budget airline goes for a Peach of an image
Japan Times - May 25, 2011
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(Bearing fruit: Shinichi Inoue, CEO of Peach Aviation Ltd., holds a model of the low-cost carrier's
aircraft during a news conference to announce the brand name in Osaka on Tuesday. He later
spoke at a separate news conference in Tokyo.)

The operator of Japan's newest budget carrier announced Tuesday the airline will operate under the brand name Peach. The company also changed its name to Peach Aviation Ltd. from A&F Aviation Co. The company said it chose the name based on the fruit's Asian origin and because it invokes a youthful, energetic and generous image. To embody the image, the carrier's aircraft will be painted pink and fuchsia. Based at Kansai International Airport, the low-cost carrier plans to start domestic flights next March, connecting Fukuoka and Sapporo. (Japan Times)

Quake-hit Sendai airport to resume int'l flights in late June
Kyodo - May 24, 2011

Japan's Sendai airport, now under reconstruction from March's earthquake and tsunami, is due to resume hosting of international flights in late June, the transport ministry said Tuesday. The airport in the disaster-hit Miyagi Prefecture will begin handling international charter flights in late June and aims to enable regular international flight operations July 25, according to the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism. (Kyodo)

Iejima: an island of resistance
Japan Times - May 22, 2011
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(Striking a chord: Rebel rockers entertain islanders at Iejima's summer festival in 2010.)

During the 30-minute ferry ride from Motobu on mainland Okinawa, Iejima reveals itself in stages. First, Mount Tacchu emerges above the waves like a chunk of the peanut brittle for which the island is renowned. Next, the wind-blown scent of countless thousands of hibiscuses sweetens the stink of the ship's diesel engines. Finally, swaths of sugar cane come into view - followed by khaki-green tobacco fields and white sand beaches flanking the island's southern shores. Without question, Iejima is a beautiful place - but dig a little deeper and you soon realize that, beneath its rich red soil, there lies an awful lot of suffering. (Japan Times)

Foreign students targeted for tours
Japan Times - May 22, 2011

The Japan Tourism Agency will send some 1,100 foreign students in Japan to tourist spots across the country starting in July to check out the facilities, including hotels and inns, and find new attractions as it tries to lure back tourists scared off by the March 11 catastrophes. The agency said Friday that it hopes the students will spread word online about the sites to ease concerns about the aftermath of the magnitude 9.0 quake and tsunami and the radiation-spewing nuclear power plant in Fukushima Prefecture for people abroad looking to visit Japan. (Japan Times)

Japan tells tourists says 'it's safe' to come back
AFP - May 19, 2011
Japan tells tourists says its safe ...
Photo shows a family being pulled in a rickshaw at Tokyo's popular tourist spot Asakusa in April…)

Japanese business leaders launched a campaign Thursday to woo tourists back to Japan after the devastating earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster that sent foreigners fleeing the country. "I would like to say: Japan is safe," said Atsutoshi Nishida, the chairman of Toshiba, told a high-powered gathering of travel and tourism executives and officials from around the world. Accepting the group's invitation to host the next Global Travel and Tourism Summit in Tokyo in April 2012, Nishida said he hoped to welcome participants to a Japan at "full strength" by then. (AFP)

By TS on Jun 6, 2011
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