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Summon Spring To Your Bath With 6 Lovely Bath Products

first_imgThe Japanese people just love their bath time. Therefore it probably won’t surprise you to hear that there is a limitless variety of bath products such as bathwater additives found here, and the list just keeps expanding, with new products seeing the light of the day each year.Actually, these types of bath products are becoming more and more popular with the visitors to Japan, too, who see them as perfect souvenirs for their family and friends. Let’s choose some of the greatest bathing products for spring that’ll make the whole soothing and relaxing time of a bath even more pleasant!In this article, we will tell you about six seasonal bath products sold in Japan that are sure to please any bath or beauty item fan.*Prices are listed with tax unless otherwise stated. Please note that item prices might vary depending on the store.Cherry Blossom Bath Items Reminiscent of Spring1. Sakura Fuwari Petit Soap (270 Yen)This is an adorably sweet soap in the shape of a cherry blossom, accompanied with equally adorable packaging and a lovely, indistinct floral scent, is greatly loved by young women and spring enthusiasts in Japan.2. Sakura Fuwari Cherry Blossom Bouquet (420 Yen)You must agree – these bath petals, a form of bathing additive, do the real cherry blossoms justice. Sprinkle them on the hot water, close your eyes and you’ll find yourself vividly imagining you’re under a cherry tree enjoying the spring breeze. It is a perfect way to prepare your body and soul for welcoming the spring days while soaking in a bath full of hot water and cherry petals. And if you add some more hot water to your tub full of floating pink goodness, another real-time fairytale-like experience awaits – a bath full of soft bubbles to brighten up the day!3. Omatsuri Bubble Bath (302 Yen)”Scent of the Wind” (left), “Floral Scent” (right)This item is a bubble bath gracefully disguised as a sake bottle, a creative and unique design. It is available in two aromas, the “scent of the wind” and the “floral scent”.4. Biore Moisturizing Bath Milk (718 Yen)Pour some of this bath milk into your bathtub filled with hot water, and by the time you get out, we promise you won’t be able to recognize your now perfectly smooth and milky skin. This product is an ideal solution for those who don’t usually have time to worry about body care too much, so they also can have a smooth, silky skin in a few super easy steps! As there are plenty of aromas you can choose from, such as fruity or rose-based ones, you can choose a few different scents to change up your own bath routine based on your mood. Prices vary based on bottle size.Endless New Products! Design Face PackThis is design face pack, a way to get your skin moisturized in a trendy and amusing way.One thing is for sure – you might have a hard time picking just one or two of these masks, as they are endless varieties available depending on what shop you check. There are also new masks coming out regularly, in accordance with the most popular trends in Japan, such as widely loved anime characters, face packs of the currently popular comedians, and so on, you so may find yourself buying several of these before you know it.5. Cool Japan Face Pack Chibi Maruko (880 Yen)Here you can see the face mask with an image of Chibi Marukochan, an anime character that garnered vast popularity not only in Japan but in the neighboring Asian countries, as well. It is kind of amusing to imagine yourself wearing the “face” of Maruko or Nagasawa, don’t you agree? Another sought-after face mask in Japan is of the much-adored character Doraemon.But Take a Look at the Back of the Package, Too!When we looked at the back of the packaging, an interesting and unique idea was presented to us. For example, on the packaging of the Doraemon face mask, we saw the illustration of a woman with a take-copter (a special headpiece Doraemon wears in the anime) on her head eating a dorayaki (a type of Japanese sweets). So, don’t forget to see what the creators of the face pack have ingeniously suggested on the one you bought!6. Akapakkun Bath Kumamon (1296 Yen)Now, if you can’t take our word for it, just look at the picture above – don’t you think it would look just adorable if the round face of Kumamon was floating in your water while you are enjoying a nice bath? And it’s more to it than just the good looks. If you leave it in your tub after you’ve finished your bathing, it will absorb all of the sebum and the filth that remained in the water. It is a great product in which cuteness and usefulness have combined to make the best match possible.Bath Time FunThese are only a handful of the popular bath items available now, and more items, including limited edition ones, are coming out in droves. If you love to pamper your skin, or want to gift someone an at home spa experience, make sure to check out the bath products available at variety stores and drug stores during your trip to Japan.last_img read more

Toyama Castle Park And Ruins Access Highlights And Tourist Spots

first_img©JNTOThe eye-catching castle with white walls was created using Inuyama Castle in Aichi as a reference in 1954. Within the museum, there are displays of documents related to the Maeda family that once ruled the Toyama area from Toyama Castle. What is Toyama Castle Park?Toyama Castle Park is a refurbished park that was created in the area where the Toyama Castle once stood. It is located in the Marunouchi area of Toyama city in Toyama prefecture. The majority of the original castle was torn down and the only part that remains is the Chitose Gomon gates that were reconstructed in 1849. There are theories that say the tenshu (*1) of the castle never existed.Within the park grounds, a castle was re-built after the 1950s. The castle uses a construction method called the sanju-yonso method where the castle appears to be four-stories high inside but actually three-stories high inside. This building is now used as the Toyama Municipal Folk Museum to display historical artifacts from Toyama. Also in the park grounds, you can find the Sato Memorial Museum, which has a collection of antiques by the businessman and tea master, Sukekuro Sato.Toyama Castle formally drew water from the Jinzu river and filled it in the moats to protect the castle from attacks. Therefore, the castle appeared to be floating in the water and was often referred to as the floating castle. This time, we would like to feature Toyama Castle that was once a beautiful castle floating above the water.*1 Tenshu: the highest castle tower built in the castle grounds. Also known as the symbol of the castle. Basic Information on Toyama Castle Park©JNTOThe Toyama Castle Park is open all year and is free to enter. However, admission is needed to enter the Toyama Municipal Folk Museum and Sato Memorial Museum.Both museums are closed from December 28th to January 4th, but aside from that, it is open from 9:00-17:00 and last entry is until 16:30. Admission fee for each is 210 yen for adults and students below high school age may enter for free (listed prices include tax.)Getting to Toyama Castle ParkFrom Tokyo to Toyama, get on the Hakutaka shinkansen bound for Kanazawa and get off at Toyama Station. It takes around two and a half hours and costs 12,210 yen for unreserved seats.To get to Toyama Castle located in the center of the city, it is about a ten-minute walk from JR Toyama Station. Why not enjoy the views of Toyama city while you make your way to the castle?Highlights of Toyama Castle ParkBelow are some of the highlights of Toyama Castle Park.Chitose Gomon GatesThe Chitose Gomon Gates are gates that were constructed in 1849 and are considered to be cultural assets in Toyama. The red tiles and the massive wooden doors are a must-see when visiting.Toyama Municipal Folk Museumlast_img read more

Nagoya Festival Experience The Time Of The Samurai

first_imgBeginning in 1955, the Nagoya Festival, is an event held in Nagoya, Aichi prefecture every October. This event is a must-see for anyone interested in experiencing the world of the samurai.The numbers of visitors coming to this festival from abroad have been increasing year by year, and you will find the majority of them taking photos here and there throughout the festival and its events.This festival is also very convenient for travelers as it takes place in Nagoya, which is a shinkansen stop itself. In this article, we will learn about the various ways to enjoy the Nagoya Festival.Incidentally, we visited this festival with some international students from the U.S.: Elizabeth, Lexa, and Chris.From the left: Elizabeth, Lexa, Chris. Front: the writerElizabeth is a history lover who has studied Japanese history at college, Lexa loves festivals and Japanese anime and pop culture, and Chris is a girl who loves Japanese cute stationery.In this article you can also hear about their favorite parts of the Nagoya Festival as well.1. Parades of Ninja and SamuraiThe biggest draw of the Nagoya Festival are the parades. Not only can you see samurai, but also ninja, drum bands made up of local children, and traditional dance teams from all across Japan. They all gather together and parade through the streets of Nagoya during this festival.The starting time may vary every year, but in 2015 the parade took place from 13:40 to 15:00 on Saturday, and from 11:00 to 14:00 on Sunday. The streets get very crowded during this time, so if you want to get the best vantage point in order to take pictures, we really recommend arriving 30 minutes early and getting a spot on the main road.And, there is a reproduction of a samurai fight performed with traditional firearms (done using blanks of course) at one of the crossing points of the parade near Sakae intersection. If you’d like a front row seat to this reenactment, then plant to arrive even earlier to stake out your spot.2. Enjoy Local Nagoya CuisineNagoya is well-known for the unique food culture that has developed there. When speaking in general about Nagoya’s many regional specialties, most people use the term ‘Nagoya meshi’ (Nagoya food).At the Nagoya Festival you can enjoy Nagoya-meshi that are only available in this area. Dishes such as miso katsu (fried pork cutlet with miso sauce), kishimen noodles (udon-like noodles in soup), ten-musu (temura shrimp sushi), tebasaki (fried chicken wings), and other dishes have been arranged and designed just for this event.Here you can see one of the arrangements of kishimen noodles available during the festival: curry kishimen, where these simple noodles are modernized by adding curry to their broth. Actually, these noodles are so popular that they took first place at the All Japan Local Udon Summit in 2014! The harmony between the spicy curry soup and the flat kishimen noodles is just wonderful.One of the toppings, fried shrimp, is also a regional specialty in Nagoya, and it makes the dish look quite exciting too. Elizabeth ordered this food and she absolutely loved it.3. Traditional Inherited Arts: Boh-no-te and Wadaiko DrumsAt sunset on the main stage in Sakae, traditional performances of different arts take place. One of which, Boh-no-te is a martial art that has been handed down through the generations since about the year 1500, and was formalized as a traditional art in the late 1800’s.There are also performances of Wadaiko drums. Watching the people beating drums with all their energy and heart seemed to really move my three American friends very much.When the festival was over, I asked them what they liked most that day.Elizabeth: “I enjoyed the samurai parade and the performance by Nagoya Omotenashi Bushotai (a samurai group) because I really felt like I got to experience traditional Japan. Also the people I talked to were all friendly, and I really enjoyed that!”Lexa: “I loved the wadaiko, and all the performances! I just love the fun atmosphere of the festival!”Chris: “I also liked the wadaiko performance. Especially, the turning and twisting of drumsticks was very cool! And I felt somewhat nostalgic. I’m partly Native American, and there was something similar between the Native American traditional arts that I saw in childhood and Japanese traditional arts”.Japanese history fans are surely aware that many of the powerful feudal lords, like Oda Nobunaga and Tokugawa Ieyasu were born and raised in Aichi prefecture, making Nagoya the ideal place to showcase traditions from the age of the samurai. The Nagoya Festival is becoming bigger and more popular every year, and is a lot of fun for both the Japanese and international guests. Why not pay a visit to this fun city and exciting festival next year?InformationNagoya FestivalAddress: Aichi, Nagoya, Shinaka, Sakae 3-5-12 areaTakes Place: mid-October every yearWi-fi: -Credit Cards: Depends on the shopOther Languages: English pamphlets available; depends on shopNearest Station: Sakae Station, subwayAccess: Exit 4A of Sakae StationPhone: 052-972-7611Website: Nagoya Festivallast_img read more

Cycling In Toyama Bayside And Rural Sightseeing Spots

first_imgThe restaurants near Oiwa Nissekiji is known for its delicious somen noodle dishes. If you have the chance to visit in summer, give it a try.Joyama Springwater Shinminato Bridge stretches for 3.6 kilometers. The upper level of the bridge is for cars, and the lower level is for pedestrians.The pedestrian level called Ai no Kaze Promenade can be reached by elevator, and stretches for 480 meters. Visitors can enjoy the entire view of Kaiwomaru Park from here, while enjoying the feeling of walking over the bay.Please note that the bicycles must be wheeled in the promenade. It is open from 6:00 to 21:00 in May to October, and 6:00 to 20:00 in November to April.Recommended Spot No.3: Sazan Photograph provided by Toyama PrefectureThis cycling course runs through the bayside cities of Himi, Takaoka and Imizu.There are various rental cycle stores around the prefecture, and the average fee is about 500 yen per day. At Himi City Fishing Culture Center, where the course starts, visitors can rent a bicycle for 500 yen per day. The business hours are from 9:00 to 16:00.Visitors can choose from three types of bikes: cross, mountain and road. The cross bike is recommended for beginners.An ID card will be required to rent a bicycle, and there will be no rental service during harsh weather and winter periods. For further information, please ask the staff at the reception.The bayside course is well-maintained, so you won’t be needing a full cycling gear. Some easy-to-wear clothing will do, although a windbreaker may be a good idea, as the wind will be chilly in autumn.The blue lines painted on the road mark the cycling course.Recommended Spot No.1: Kaiwomaru Park The sushi made with your own hands is something special. There will be eight ingredients per person, and the price is 2800 yen, without tax. (Other courses are also available.) This menu also includes kabusu jiru, a local cuisine.Kabusu is a local fishermen’s dialect, meaning a share of the fish catch. Kabusu jiru is a variation of miso soup, cooked on the fishing boat by the fishermen, throwing the fresh, chopped catch into a large pot.The deep fish dashi is what makes kabusu jiru so good. It is a great seafood dish.A certificate will be handed out to all the participants at the Shinminato Sushi Academy, making them (sort of) an expert. For reservations, which should be made at least seven days before the visit, take a look at the official site of the Academy. Toyama Bay View InformationDen-en Cycling Course: Enjoy the Idyllic Scenery The route to Nissekiji is an uphill road, so it might be better to rent a mountain bike, to cope with the climb.Although it may feel hot during the climb, visitors should wear something that can be adjusted, as it will be much cooler on the downhill road. On a clear day, you might also need sunglasses. Visitors can rent bicycles at the Kamiichi Tourist Information center, located inside Kamiichi Station and open from 9:00 to 17:00. The initial fee is 1000 yen. If you return the bicycle the same day within the business hours, the rental fee will be reduced to 500 yen. The tree near the main temple is megusuri-no-ki (Nikko maple), which is said to improve eye illnesses. Visitors can taste the tea made from megusurinoki leaves, stored in the large pot by the chozuya.The tea has a simple taste and is free. Be sure to wash the cup afterward, and leave it facing down. For lunch, let’s go to Sushi Academy Shinminato, and enjoy the sushi chef experience.Participants can try their hands at sushi making, under the guidance of the taisho (master chef), using seasonal fish from Toyama Bay. Although the lecture is done in Japanese, the participants can watch and imitate the process.Don the happi (*1) and cap, get inside the counter, and you will feel like a sushi chef.*1 Happi: A traditional piece of clothing that’s mainly worn at festivals. It is a waist length coat, and worn like a Japanese kimono. Roppon-daki (The Six Small Waterfalls) is another spot you should visit. It is said that the falls were made to cleanse the body and mind before visiting the Fudo Myoo statue.Every year on January 20th, when the coldest period of winter (“daikan” in Japanese) sets in, kanshugyo (takigyo) is held at this spot. Takigyo is one of the Buddhist ritual training methods where the participant stands under a waterfall to become one with nature and to clear his mind in the process.Reservations can be made for the takigyo, so it might be fun to try it. Photograph provided by Toyama PrefectureToyama Bay, along with Mont-Saint-Michel Bay in France and Ha Long Bay in Vietnam, is a member of the World’s Most Beautiful Bays Club.On a clear day, the Tateyama mountain range can be seen across the bay. The sight of the 3000-meter class mountains beyond the bay is very picturesque, creating a wonderful cycling course.It might be fun to visit at the time of Toyama Bay Cycling, an annual event with more than a thousand participants.The event will be held on April 29th, 2018, and the registration starts on January 14th. For details, please check their official site (Japanese).Rental Bicycles The course runs through the rural areas to Oiwasan Nissekiji, a temple of the Shingon Sect.If you see the local residents during the ride, say konnichiwa (hello) to them. Some may even cheer you on.Oiwasan Nissekiji: A Buddhist Image Carved into the Rock On the way to Oiwa Nissekiji from Kamiichi Station, there is a signboard marking the place of the Joyama springwater.The spring water comes from a cave located about thirty meters above the well. It is a soft water type that is easy to drink.The local residents love it, and come with large tanks and plastic bottles to draw water. The nearby cafe uses the springwater to make their tasty hot drinks, so this is a perfect place to take a break.Kamiichi Tourist Information In Toyama Prefecture, visitors can enjoy both the great view of Toyama Bay and the idyllic view of the mountains and the rural areas. To fully enjoy its appeals, cycling is the recommended way to move around in Toyama.In this article, we will introduce the various sightseeing spots along the Toyama Bay Cycling Course and Den-en Cycling Course.Toyama Bay Cycling Course – Feel the Breeze and Enjoy the View After cycling for about 45 minutes from the Fishing Culture Center, a large ship will come into view. This is the Kaiwomaru, a former training ship built for a mercantile marine school. It has traveled 1.06 million nautical miles in sixty years, which approximates to circling the earth fifty times.Kaiwomaru has been decommissioned and is currently used as an exhibit at the port, so it might be fun to make a visit.This spot is known as Kaiwomaru Park. There is also an event space designed like a seashell and a plaza as well. It is a perfect place to take a break from cycling.Recommended Spot No.2: Shinminato Bridge Oiwasan Nissekiji has many appeals such as the three-storied pagoda and the temple gate built in the Edo Period. It should take about an hour to tour the grounds.The huge Fudo Myoo carved into the rock wall and placed in the main temple, is a monument you just have to see with your own eyes. The impressive statue is truly breathtaking.Photographs are not allowed inside the main temple, so take home the image in your memory. From Dentetsu-Toyama Station, take the Toyama Chihou Railway bound for Unazuki Onsen. After a 25 minute ride, you will arrive at Kamiichi Station, in the middle of natural settings. The following is the details of Den-en (rural) Cycling Course in Kamiichi City.Visitors can enjoy various outdoor activities at Kamiichi such as trekking, onsen (hot springs) and forest therapy, not to mention cycling. The area has also inspired some of the settings in the Japanese movie “Wolf Children”. The taisho will guide you through the details, such as the amount of rice, and when to add wasabi. Compared to Tokyo, sushi in this area is made with a little more rice.The details of sushi making differs according to the area, and the participants will be able to learn the local way. Sazan is a cafe restaurant located at Shinminato Marina. Various yachts and boats can be viewed from the interior, where the design is based on tones of blue.At the terrace seats, visitors can enjoy the breeze while sipping on some delicious coffee. The restaurant is open from 9:00 to 22:00 (last call at 21:00), and closed on Tuesdays.Recommended Spot No.4: Sushi Academy Shinminato Enjoy the Toyama BreezeCycling is the best way to experience the natural settings of Toyama. Visitors will be able to take in the whole atmosphere, something that might be missed on a car or a train.Sponsored by Toyama Prefectural Government/ Tourism, Transportation & Regional Promotion Bureau/ Tourism Promotion OfficeYou May Also LikeOmatour Toyama – Explore Toyama with the Locals on a Bicycle TourToyama, The City Of Rivers And Glass – 7 Wonderful Must-Visit Placeslast_img read more

New Sweet Brands from SHUNKADO known for UNAGI PIE

first_imgThere are many popular traditional sweets in Japan. Most of them are supported by food creators who keep on producing new tastes and ideas along the era.”SHUNKADO(春華堂)” in Shizuoka is one of those traditional sweet confectionery. Its representative snack “UNAGI PIE(うなぎパイ)” is known all over Japan. They opened new brands from July.What is UNAGI PIE?It is a stick pie with UNAGI powder(powder dried from eel soup stock) mixed in, which is known widely for the best souvenir of Hamamatsu city, Shizuoka prefecture. It is always ranked high as local souvenir among the Japanese.My the way this UNAGI PIE is also known for its catch phrase saying “The Sweet of Night”. There are no “deep” meaning on this; the founder created this phrase with hope to customers buying this snack home after work to enjoy it with their families.”Nutrition and taste is all about sweets”The basic rule of creating food in SHUNKADO is to “show gratitude toward the local ingredients and offer original, surprising taste”. Also, the philosophy is “Nutrition and taste is all about sweets”.The two brands “Gokoku-ya(五穀屋)” and “coneri” created for the first time in 53 years, also succeeds this philosophy of SHUNKADO. Wisdom of Wa(和), “Gokoku-ya””Gokoku-ya(五穀屋/Five grain shop)” is a sweet brand with hope of creating foods from pure Japanese ingredients in this contemporary world where you can easily try menus from overseas. Combination of five grains, fermentation, seasonal life creates Wa(和/harmony,peace,”Japanese”)is the message conveyed through their products.Five grain Manju ITSUKUSA (五穀まんじゅう いつくさ) FIve Grain Sembei Cracker YAMAMUSUBI (五穀せんべい 山むすび) Black Rice Sake(黒米酒/KOKUMAI ZAKE), TAKAKIBI Salty malt(たかきび塩麹/TAKAKIBI shio kouji), KIBI mandarin vinegar(きびみかん酢/KIBI mikan-su), Soy sauce barley(醤油香せん/SHO-YU KOUSEN), and Millet miso(あわ味噌/AWA miso) flavors are available.Five grain Ohagi HARUGOTO (五穀おはぎ はるごと) You can also try original Dorayaki and Amazake in collaboration with grains.Pie Specialty Store “coneri”Original “coneri powder” made from blends of Japanese wheat is the main ingredient of their pie sold here. The crisp and smell of rich wheat full your mouth in a bite.Original powder, taste of butter, and thin layers of baked dough… this is different from pies you knew.coneri chobi(こねりチョビ) It is a sweet made from mixed rices and grains. Imagine a sweetened rice ball.Fertilized Youkan ITSUKI (発酵さしすせそ羊羹 五季)center_img Bean Snack CHIZIMAME (豆菓子 千千豆) Five Grain Monaka YOTSUWARI (五穀最中 よつ割り) Plain(プレーン), Mikatahara Sweet potato(三方原ばれいしょ/Mikatahara Bareisho), Hamanako aonori(浜名湖あおのり/Hamanako seaweed), Sugar beet(てんさい糖/Tensai-to), Barley(大麦/O-mugi), Ginger(しょうが/Syouga) flavors are available. Dips specialized for these pies can be bought as well.There are six dips in total: Anko&Mixed Berries(あんこ&ミックスベリー), Blueberry(ブルーベリー), Orange&Chocolate(オレンジチョコレート), Salt Caramel(塩キャラメル), Shrimp tartar sauce(桜エビタルタルソース), and Salty malt & tomato sauce (塩こうじトマトソース).Enjoy “Gokoku-ya” and “coneri”, the two unique sweet brands!InformationGokoku-ya(五穀屋)Address:Shizuoka Hamamatsu Hamamatsu kita-ku Somejidai 6-7-11Phone:053-587- 7778Opening Hours:9:00~19:00/Eat-in L.O. 18:30Seats:15(Standing included) No reservations availableTake-out menus can be purchasedAccess:Stop at Enshu railway “Hamakita station(浜北駅)” and take the Entetsu bus(遠鉄バス) bound for Seirei mikatahara hospital(聖隷三方原病院), hop off at “Somejidai 3 cho-me(染地台3丁目)” and walk 20 minutesHP(JP):www.gokokuya.jpconeriAddress:Shizuoka Hamamatsu Hamamatsu kita-ku Somejidai 6-7-11Phone:053-587-7889Opening Hours:9:00~20:00 No reservations availableAccess:Stop at Enshu railway “Hamakita station(浜北駅)” and take the Entetsu bus(遠鉄バス) bound for Seirei mikatahara hospital(聖隷三方原病院), hop off at “Somejidai 3 cho-me(染地台3丁目)” and walk 20 minutesHP(JP):www.coneri.jp*From 20th of July, both brands had opened net shops. (Some sweets and snacks not available)last_img read more

Hiroshima Peace Message Lantern Floating And Peace Memorial Ceremony

first_imgYou will see many of the lanterns clustering up which looks like they are making friends as they float down the river. Our MATCHA lantern ended up traveling its path of peace with a new pink friend.Silently Floating for Peace On Monday, August 6th, 1945 at about 8:15, the first atomic bomb used against humans was dropped on Hiroshima costing thousands of lives and destroying the city. Survivors suffered from the after-effects of this fateful day all their lives due to the nature of the bomb.To this day, August 6th is a memorial day in Hiroshima. Thousands of people from all over the world travel to the Peace Memorial Park on this historical day to honor the victims and give them a promise of peace.8:00 – Hiroshima Peace Memorial Ceremony Not Available Accepted Credit Cards You might be thinking these are a lot of lanterns floating into the ocean. Don’t worry, all the floating lanterns are collected in the lower reaches after floating down the river to make sure they don’t cause any environmental issue. Virtual Peace Message Lanterns Price 600 yen for a lantern From around noon on August 6th until 20.30, you can purchase a lantern for about 600 yen at the reception besides the Motoyasu River. When the atomic bomb was dropped the area of the Peace Memorial Park was a normal part of the town where people worked and lived. Not everyone in close radius to the bomb was killed immediately. Many people were severely burned by the heatwave created by it but still alive. Most of them could not bear the pain and heat from the burns and started to throw themselves into the river for relief. Unfortunately, most of them did not survive this action.Around 1948, some citizens started to float the first lanterns to console the souls of their friends and family members who had possibly passed away in this river and express their wish that they may rest in peace. Floating lanterns in memory of lost loved ones is a long tradition stemming from the Obon festival. By 1961, up to 30.000 lanterns were being floated in the span of three days from August 6th every year.Part of the Celebration of the Revival of Hiroshima If you get a place close to the river, you can observe what people wrote and drew on their lanterns. Some of the victims and survivors families still join the lantern floating event and every once in a while you will see lanterns with only names or dates on them. Traditionally the name of the victim that was your friend or family member as well as your own name was written on the lantern before floating them. However, nowadays many people send peace messages with their lanterns. The overall message of this ceremony is the wish for peace. Feel free to draw and write anything that conveys peace and happiness in your heart and mind.Assemble and Float your Lantern Telephone number 81-82-245-1448 As soon as your candle is lit you can bring your lantern to the river and let it float. The friendly staff submerged in the water will make sure that your lantern getting on the right track. August 6th – A Day of Remembrance in Hiroshima Website http://www.urban.ne.jp/home/tourou/index_e.html Every year since 1947, Hiroshima city holds a Peace Memorial Ceremony on August 6th from 8:00 until 8:45 am in front of the cenotaph containing the names of the atomic bomb victims. Noteworthy figures of Japan hold speeches and lay down flower wreaths.At 8:15, approximately the time the atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima, everyone joining this event holds a moment of silence remembering the tragic events of that day. After this short time of contemplation, white doves are released to signify the wish for peace. As mentioned before, you can also have your lantern be floated from a boat. This is also a great option should you not be able to join the actual floating event at night. You can decorate your lantern during the daytime and give it back to the receptions staff to launch it for you. Nearest station Genbaku-Domu Mae (A-Bomb Dome)center_img Peace Message Lantern Floating CeremonyView Map They have different lantern colors for the participants to choose from as well as a recycled paper lantern made from the paper cranes donated to the Children’s Peace Monument in the Peace Memorial Park. This recycled paper is also used in a couple of goods you can purchase at the Peace Memorial Museum.Decorate the Paper WiFi Not Available In the later 1950s Hiroshima steadily grew and improved as a city. The citizens started to pray for the victims in the daytime of August 6th, followed by a festival celebrating the revival of Hiroshima in the afternoon. This festival even included fireworks accompanying the floating of lanterns. However, the festival grew too big to be held in the small area of the Peace Memorial Park, so the firework display was merged with the Hiroshima Port Festival. Only the Peace Memorial Ceremony and the Lantern Floating Ceremony continued to be held in the Peace Memorial Park.From Freely Floating Lanterns to an Organized Event View InformationPeace Message Lantern Floating Ceremony {“map_code”:{“pin”:[{“title”:”\u3012 730-0811 Hiroshima-ken and Nakajimacho, Naka-ku, Hiroshima-shi 1-chome 1″,”code”:”34.3928676, 132.45253120000007″}],”center”:”34.3928676, 132.45253120000007″,”zoom”:”11″,”latitude”:”34.3928676″,”longitude”:”132.45253120000007″}} Business Time 18:00 – 21:00 From 18:00 staff members along the river bank will help you assemble your lantern by giving it a wooden frame and light a candle in it. You will only have your piece of paper until you reach the river bank. Visitors often leave water at the memorial sites on August 6th in memory of the fact that the survivors suffered incredible thirst due to the lack of clean water after the bombing.Everyone is invited to join this event and to lay down flowers after the main event. Schedules are handed out written in Japanese and English so it is easier to follow along even if you don’t speak Japanese.I have been told that the Peace Memorial Ceremony is mainly visited by the families of the atomic bomb victims as well as the survivors. August 6th is not a holiday in Hiroshima, so many people have to go to work while the Peace Memorial Ceremony is held.Peace Message Lantern Floating CeremonyOrigin of Hiroshima’s Lantern Floating – Consoling the Victims’ Souls Menu/Pamphlets in Other Languages English Languages Japanese, English When the lantern floating event started it wasn’t officially organized. People would just freely float their lantern from one of the many stairs that lead to the rivers. However, the stairs are very narrow and if too many people gather on them it is very dangerous. In 1950 Hiroshima city and the local shopping mall started to organize the event and launch participants lanterns from small boats.Since 1996, the participants have the options of launching the lanterns from a platform beside the river, also known as free-floating, between 18:00 and 21:00 in addition to having then launched for them from the boats. About 10.000 lanterns float past the A-Bomb Dome in the Motoyasu river every year on August 6th.Float Your Own LanternChoose a Paper for Your Lantern In the case that you can’t make it to Hiroshima but still want to send a peace message lantern you can create one online, floating on a virtual river. The website http://message.tsuguten.com/ is offering a service in English and Japanese in which you choose a lantern by color and write a peace message to travel with your lantern. Access From Hiroshima Station, take the tram line 2 or 6 to Genbaku-Domu Mae Address Hiroshima and Nakajimacho, Naka Ward, Hiroshima 1-1 After you wrote your message you can release the lantern into the virtual river and watch all the peace messages floating through your computer screen. This service is available on computers, smartphones, and tablets.August 6th – A Day of Remembrance and PeaceHiroshima stands for peace and remembrance. If you visit the city you will see its scars but also its love and wish for peace. It is a place like no other in Japan, especially on August the 6th.Why not visit the Peace Memorial Park to pay respect to the victims, donate a paper crane, float a lantern, and carry the message of peace through the world?In cooperation with Hiroshima The lanterns passing by the A-Bomb Dome dipped into an eerie light are a beautiful yet heartwrenching sight to behold. The river around the A-Bomb Dome is filled with people watching the lanterns traveling downstream while live violin music is quietly playing in the background.last_img read more

The Flower Of Early Summer Rainy Season And Hydrangeas

first_imgAlthough rainy season can be full of muggy days and damp nights, there is one bright spot to this potential month of rain: ajisai, or hydrangeas, in bloom. These vividly colored, round clusters of flowers dot the streets and alleyways of Japan, and are the perfect cure for rainy day blues in June.HydrangeaPhoto by: Yoko Nekonomania on FlickrThese are the best things to see if you start feeling down because of the rain. Read on to discover more about this beautiful flower.Hydrangeas Are Poisonous?!Photo by Takuma Kimura on Flickr”Every rose has its thorn” also applies to the hydrangea. These beautiful flowers are mildly toxic to humans and animals; their leaves especially contain cyanogenic glycosides (related to the poison, cyanide), and if absorbed by the body, will cause nausea, vomiting, and/or dizziness after about half an hour of ingestion. You would need to ingest a lot in order for these effects to become especially serious, but no one wants to spend their time being ill, so please keep an eye on your children and pets if you go to view these flowers.While there are plenty of edible flowers in Japan, this definitely isn’t one of them!The Various Shades of HydrangeasPhoto by: naitokz on FlickrIn most countries, hydrangeas are typically white flowers, or some have a slight green tint to their petals, but many first time visitors to Japan are surprised at the variety of colors they come in. While this depends on what species of hydrangea is being viewed, the color of a hydrangea is largely affected by the amount of aluminum ions in the soil: acidic soils will produce blue to purple flowers, while alkaline soils will produce pinks and reds.There Are How Many Kinds?!Photo by naitokz on FlickrThere are over 50 different species of hydrangea found in the world, with seven types along being commonly cultivated in Japan. Within the category of hydrangeas however, there are two large divisions that these flowers fall into. There are ornamental types, which do not breed, and others that have bisexual flowers, which do breed. Breeding hydrangeas are recognized by the small dense clusters that grow in the center of the large “flower” part – it is this colorful bit with the petals that is actually just the ornamental side of a hydrangea.If you happen to be visiting Japan in June, make sure to keep an eye out for wild and cultivated hydrangea all around the city. You’re sure to find some that come in colors you might not have imagined possible!last_img read more

【SHOUTENGAI】Fluffy and Chewy Rice Flour Bread from BEICON

first_img“At first it will be too hard, so please eat it at the point when you think it’s the best. I like it after 30-40 minutes from taking it out of the freezer.” says the shop owner. It taste like ice cream and will be nice as a dessert. This sells well on hot days!Here’s a cute bread “Panda Koala, (パンダ・コアラ)” (100 yen) .Why Rice Flour?All the rice flour bread looks very good. But what makes them use rice flour instead of normal flour? “I wanted more people to know how good rice is. As I was raised in the countryside of Kyoto, I simply wanted that countryside to still exist in my kid’s generation. I thought about what I could do as a bakery, and my answer was opening this rice flour bread specialty shop.” The bakery uses carefully selected rice flour from Niigata and Kumamoto that was the best in making Fluffy and Chewy bread. No preservatives, no additives and no trans-fatty acids are used, making the bread loved from not only neighbors but people rather far as well. Allergic Free: Without Flour, Eggs of MilkThere are products that do not contain allergic ingredients such as wheat, eggs or milk. It says on each product which ingredient is not used, but only in Japanese. Please ask the shop staff for more details. This bread is gluten-free.Fluffy and Chewy, a Taste Only from Rice“BEICON” will continue to make bread loved by many, valuing the taste of rice. Picture from: MATCHAスナップvol.9 「ここ、何のお店ですか?」―戸越銀座商店街―For those of you who like bread, or those of you that have not tried rice flour bread yet, why not try this new-type rice flour bread born in Japan? Of course you can buy one and eat it while continuing your stroll along the Shoutengai.InformationRice Flour Bread Specialty Shop米粉パン専門店 BEICONAddress: 2-6-3 Togoshi, Sinagawa-ku, TokyoPhone: 03-3787-4776Hours: 10:00 – 19:00Closed on ThursdaysAccess: 5 minute walk from A2 exit Togoshi station Toei Asakusa Line/ 7 minute walk from No1 exit Togoshi-Ginza station Toukyu Ikegami LineMenu Language: Only JapaneseOfficial Blog: http://beicon.jugem.jp/ 100% Japanese Rice Flour: To Spread the Good Taste of Rice“I wanted to make good bread”. This thought made this rice flour bread specialty shop. There are many types of rice flour bread inside the shop.My recommendation is “Rice Oyaki” (200 yen-). There are four flavors, きんぴら(Kinpira, sauté and simmered root vegetables ), くるみあん(Kurumi-an, walnut and bean paste), 角煮(Kakuni, braised pork), and 野沢菜(Nozawana, Japanese leaf vegetable, often pickled). There is also a croissant made from rice flour “Komewassant (米ワッサン)” (70 yen, “Kome” is the Japanese term for rice), “Cream Cheese Raisin (クリームチーズレーズン)” (140 yen) and “Rice Pizza (米ピザ)” (210 yen). Walking for 7, 8 minutes from Togoshi-Ginza station, there is a nice looking bread shop with the tempting smell of freshly baked bread.“BEICON” is consisted of two Japanese kanji “米, rice” and “魂, soul” Following the good smell, let’s take a look inside.center_img Another best-buy is this “Arctic Melon Bread (北極メロンパン)” (300 yen), originally sold only in summer, but became a year-round product due to customer requests. Some whipped cream and fruit cocktail is sandwiched by melon bread and frozen hard in the freezer. last_img read more

Japanese Encyclopedia Hokuriku Region

first_imgThe Hokuriku region of Japan is composed of 3 prefectures: Toyama, Ishikawa and Fukui which all border the Sea of Japan, and are somewhat centrally located on the main island of Japan, Honshū. Depending on how you count the regions, Niigata prefecture, famous for its rice and local sake, may also be included as part of the Hokuriku region. The largest city in this area, Kanazawa city, Ishikawa prefecture, has a population of about 465000 people (as of 2015).What’s the Weather Like? How Do I Get There?This region of Japan is well-known for its hot, sunny summers and cold,winter wonderlands. In March of 2015, the Hokuriku shinkansen or bullet train, had its first run, connecting Tokyo Station with Kanazawa Station and taking (at the shortest), 2 hours and 28 minutes to travel between the 2 stations, cutting down the previous time required. If you would prefer to fly, you can reach the Hokuriku region by flying out from Haneda Airport to the region’s largest airport Komatsu Airport in Ishikawa prefecture; the flight takes roughly 1 hour. From Komatsu Airport there are buses that connect to Kanazawa station, Komatsu station, Fukui station and more that travel in the direction of Kaga in southern Ishikawa.Blessed by Nature and History: Hokuriku Sightseeing SpotsFrom: Hot Springs, Sightseeing, Food: The 5 Senses Come Alive In Wakura, Ishikawa (Japanese)Hokuriku is home to some of the most well-known hot spring resorts in Japan. As hot springs in general may be enjoyed all year round, of particular beauty are those where you can watch the snow fall around you as you relax in the hot waters.Other than hot springs, there are many other places of note to be seen in Hokuriku. For example, in Toyama prefecture stands Japan’s tallest dam; Kurobe Dam is a staggering 186 meters tall. If you take the 220 steps up from Kurobe Dam Station, you will find yourself standing on a particularly impressive viewing platform. From this viewing platform, you can not only see the waters spraying out from the dam, but also get an unbroken view of the Tateyama mountain range and the Northern Alps, where there are approximately 3000 mountains extending off into the distance. And at the dam, there is also a pleasure cruise on the lake where you can see the gorgeous sight of the seasons playing across the Northern Alps from on board the boat. Feel The Elegance Of History: 4 Sight-seeing Spots In Kanazawa, Ishikawa (Japanese)Formerly a prosperous castle town, the heart of the Hokuriku region lies in Kanazawa city. Towering still over the city is Kanazawa Castle and, as it has been maintained as a park, you can enter and look around this area for free (though there are some areas which have an entrance fee). And, near Kanazawa Castle you will find one of the 3 largest gardens in Japan: Kenrokuen. Within this expansive park, you can see an ocean-like pond, island-like mountains and take a short break in a tea house as you can freely enjoy each and every part of this beautiful historical garden. And, Kenrokuen is easily reached: it is only 15 minutes by city bus or 10 minutes by taxi from Kanazawa Station.From: Must See Before You Die! Fukui’s #1 Scenic Spot Mikatagoko (Japanese)Mikatagoko is an area of 5 lakes that is considered to be the most picturesque sight in all of Fukui prefecture. With different ratios of ocean water blending together and differences in water quality, these five lakes each have their own distinct shade of blue. This mystical scenery can be reached via the Rainbow Line toll road, or viewed from the Baijōdake Summit Public Park viewing platform.Recently at the Baijōdake Summit Public Park viewing platform, a very popular activity has been taking place; this activity is known as kawarake-nage. For 100 yen you can purchase small clay dishes; if you write your wish on the dish and then toss it towards the lakes, your wish may come true. This little event would be the perfect finishing touch after viewing such beautiful scenery.Mountains of Fresh Seafood! Hokuriku’s Specialties & SouvenirsFrom: Try Kanazawa Omicho Market’s Fresh Foods!Toyama is best known for its marine products such as trout sushi, firefly squid, Matsubagani (a type of crab), and snow crab that are all caught around the Hokuriku region. When visiting this area, please make sure to try some of the delicious seafood that is caught off the coast in the Sea of Japan. When it comes to Ishikawa prefecture, this castle town is best known for its traditional Japanese confectionery made from azuki beans, such as kintsuba (*1) and yōkan, as well as namafu (*2).*1 Kintsuba: red bean paste that has been formed into a rectangle then wrapped in a wheat flour dough and baked.*2 Namafu: foods made from kneaded and hardened wheat flour.After spending the day sightseeing at unbelievable natural areas and historical sites, then soaking in incredible hot springs, you can enjoy some of the delicious seafood dishes and desserts along with drinks for dinner in the Hokuriku region. If you want to have a restful and refreshing vacation, then the Hokuriku region is the perfect place for you.last_img read more

Army still holds 5000 acres of private land

At least 5,000 acres of private lands, which were taken over by the security forces since 1990, are still with the forces, according to a study, The Hindu newspaper reported.These lands are part of the high security zones. Officials have declined to provide an exact figure of the extent of land that remains with the forces. On the time frame for the release of the remaining lands,  D.M. Swaminathan, Sri Lankan Minister for Resettlement, Reconstruction and Hindu Religious Affairs, said a meeting with President Maithripala Sirisena and the Army officials would take place in a few weeks in which a decision would be taken. He emphasised that the President, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and former President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga [who is heading Presidential Task Force on Reconciliation] were all keen on returning lands to legitimate owners. On March 23 and April 10 this year, 1,013 acres in the Northern Province were released and they covered parts of Palai Veemankamam and Varththalaivilan. When criticism arose in sections of the media, especially in social media, about the land release, Mr. Sirisena, in his address to the nation last month in connection with the completion of 100 days in office, strongly defended the decision.On May 7, the President issued an order, revoking allocation of 818 acres in Sampur of the Eastern Province to the Board of Investment of Sri Lanka for industrial projects. The cancellation was done so that Tamils, displaced due to the Eelam War, could be resettled in the lands. read more

Hundreds affected as trains come to a grinding halt

Hundreds of passengers were affected by a train strike launched today after the authorities failed to resolve an issue with railway trade unions.The Railway Department said that office trains had not operated this morning as a result of the strike.

Army Commander tells PSC Sri Lanka far behind in technology

Senanayake appeared before the Parliament Select Committee (PSC) on the Easter Sunday attacks for a second time today. Army Commander Lieutenant General Mahesh Senanayake today noted that Sri Lanka was technologically far behind and needs to be more advanced.He particularly raised concerns over the technology available at the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA). He also said that there needs to be a system where anyone entering the country can be easily located using computer technology as opposed to having to refer to files.Senanayake said that even 10 years after the war the country has still not improved its security systems. On being questioned over the security at the BIA, the Commander said that there needs to be biometrics authentication at the airport. Former Secretary to the Ministry of Defence Kapila Waidyaratne also appeared before the PSC today. read more

SC orders SLMC to register 82 SAITM medical graduates

The SLMC was recently ordered to register students with medical degrees from recognised foreign universities.The Supreme Court had last month ordered the SLMC to also register students who have passed the SLMC examination, for the medical profession in Sri Lanka. The Supreme Court today (30) ordered the Sri Lanka Medical Council (SLMC) to register 82 SAITM medical graduates as medical practitioners within three weeks.The order was given after considering a Fundamental Rights (FR) petition submitted by three SAITM graduates. read more

Trialatbar to be appointed in Prageeth case

Eknaligoda was reported missing on 24 January, 2010 – two days before the presidential elections.Last year the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) sought the advise of the Attorney General to file legal action against military intelligence officers accused in the abduction and disappearance of Eknaligoda. The Attorney General has requested the Chief Justice to appoint a trial-at-bar for the case over the disappearance of journalist Prageeth Eknaligoda.Attorney General Dappula de Livera has requested the Chief Justice to appoint the trial-at-bar at the Homagama High Court. read more

Landowner group in court to challenge provinces approval of BCs Site C

Landowner group in court to challenge province’s approval of B.C.’s Site C dam VANCOUVER – A group of landowners in northeastern B.C. whose property is threatened by the Site C dam is accusing the provincial government of breaking the law by approving the controversial hydroelectric megaproject, a court has heard.Maegen Giltrow, lawyer for the Peace Valley Landowner Association, told the B.C. Supreme Court on Monday that the province erred by failing to consider all the recommendations put forward by a joint review panel assessing the dam’s environmental impact.The B.C. and federal governments granted environmental approval for the $8.8-billion project in October last year, signing off on nearly all of the 30 recommendations made by the provincial Environmental Assessment Office in its approval certificate.But Giltrow said the panel actually made 50 recommendations, 20 of those were deemed to fall outside the scope of the review panel’s mandate.“If the panel has recommendations that go to the questions that were put toward it, the panel must include those recommendations and the minister must consider those recommendations,” she said.“The evidence is that the executive director (of the Environmental Assessment Office) advised the minister that these are not recommendations that the panel is allowed to make.”Responding to the court case Monday, Energy Minister Bill Bennett described the province’s assessment process for Site C as “very thorough” and that he remained confident shovels would be in the ground by the summer.Still, he admitted the possibility of an unexpected result.“Any time an issue goes to court anything can happen,” he said. “We’ll just have to wait and see.”The B.C. cabinet gave final approval last December for the dam that would flood an estimated 5,500 hectares of land to create an 83-kilometre-long reservoir on the Peace River.The courtroom was packed on Monday with more than 40 people in the public gallery. About half of those were landowners from the Peace Region who had travelled to Vancouver to watch the proceedings.Gwen Johansson, mayor of the District of Hudson’s Hope, said her community stands to be the most impacted by Site C, with the possibility of losing more than 1,800 hectares.People have to have confidence that our decision-making processes are fair, just and transparent, said Johansson outside the courtroom on Monday.“If people start to lose confidence in that then our democratic processes are at risk,” she said, calling for the environmental assessment to be redone if the court finds it was lacking.Poul Pedersen, who owns the closest property to the proposed dam site, said about half of his 65 hectares is in jeopardy.BC Hydro plans to place an easement on a large section of his property because of the risk of erosion or “sluffing,” he said.While he would not be banned outright from farming, many of his buildings — including his home — fall within the proposed easement.“If it’s unstable you don’t want to go to bed every night wondering if you’re going to wake up in a reservoir,” said Pedersen.The case is the first of seven legal challenges against the provincial and federal governments from various groups opposed to Site C.Opposition has dogged the long-range energy project over the decades, but that resistance has only heightened during the seven years it’s been formally in the works.The project is expected to produce 1,100 megawatts annually once completed by 2024, enough to power 450,000 homes.Lawyers for the provincial government are expected to present in court on Tuesday.— Follow @gwomand on Twitter by Geordon Omand, The Canadian Press Posted Apr 20, 2015 12:45 pm MDT Last Updated Apr 20, 2015 at 8:10 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

GTF calls for impactful actions not just diplomatic rhetoric

The GTF said that they are grateful that there are strong and concerted responses from several countries. The GTF also said that it is crunch time for the political leadership and the polity of Sri Lanka – they need to be conscious of, and if need be impressed upon, the fact that there is a price when a country does deviate from accepted international norms. The Global Tamil Forum (GTF) has called for impactful actions and not just diplomatic rhetoric on Sri Lanka.The London based influential Tamil diaspora group said that the appointment of Shavendra Silva (Silva) as the new Commander of the Sri Lankan army is a deeply troubling development. “For the Tamil community, this signals the end of the road for reconciliation efforts from the Sri Lankan Government. For the international community and all those interested in human rights and accountability in Sri Lanka, the message is unambiguous – the country cares very little about their views or potential consequences of its brazen actions,” the GTF said. “We call upon all countries that value human rights, accountability and good governance in Sri Lanka, to make their voices heard – strong and loud – now, as well as during the 42nd session of the UNHRC in September,” the GTF said.The GTF said that what is more important is to match the diplomatic rhetoric with impactful actions, adding that freezing Sri Lanka’s involvement with UN Peacekeeping Operations and suspending inter-governmental military co-operation, denying travel privileges for those credibly accused of international crimes, enforcing universal jurisdiction and Magnitsky Act sanctions, and withdrawing preferential investments and trade concessions are all options the international community should seriously consider. read more

Australian Easter Sunday bomb victims offered compensation

“The declaration of these attacks means that Australian residents who were harmed or lost a close family member … may seek a one-off payment of up to $75,000.” “The scheme ensures Australian victims of terrorist events overseas, such as the Easter Sunday bombings in Sri Lanka, have access to financial support,” he said. Australian residents who were injured or lost a family member in the Easter Sunday suicide bombings in Sri Lanka can apply to the federal government for compensation, The Guardian reported.The home affairs minister, Peter Dutton, said on Sunday the eight suicide bombings on 21 April have been declared a terrorist act for the purpose of the Australian victim of terrorism overseas payment scheme. The Sri Lankan bombings targeted churches and hotels. More than 253 people died and more than 485 were injured.“We condemn those responsible for the horrific terrorist attacks on innocents and have extended our deepest sympathies to the families and friends of those killed and injured, and to the government and people of Sri Lanka,” Dutton said. The government has also declared the 25 August 2007 attack in Hyderabad, India, a terrorist act for the purposes of the scheme.Two almost simultaneous bombings occurred at a restaurant and an amusement park in Hyderabad, killing 42 people and injuring more than 50.The declaration of these attacks brings the total number of overseas terrorist acts declared by the Australian government for the purposes of the scheme to 42. read more

As Armstrong retires Guarasci confirmed as new head of HR

Brock University is extending its gratitude to Grant Armstrong this week after he announced he will be retiring as head of the institution’s Human Resources department.Armstrong has been Brock’s Associate Vice-President, Human Resources since September 2015. He joined the University in May 2013 as Director of Organizational Development.His replacement is no stranger to the Brock community or to the job. Jennifer Guarasci has been acting leader of the HR unit for nearly 18 months, and is now being appointed as the permanent Associate Vice-President, Human Resources.Guarasci joined Brock in 2010, and was serving as Director of Faculty and Staff Relations before moving to the acting AVP position in 2018 after Armstrong began a leave of absence.Brian Hutchings, Vice-President of Administration, praised Armstrong for taking on a busy portfolio, and said the University wishes him well.“Grant has been instrumental in assisting and helping guide the University’s direction and stability, and I know I speak for many when I wish him well in his future retirement,” said Hutchings.Brock President Gervan Fearon thanked Guarasci for taking on the role on a permanent basis.“I look forward to working directly with Jennifer in supporting and enhancing the experience and engagement of faculty and staff members across the University,” said Fearon. “Brock provides important post-secondary educational, research and job creation opportunities across the Niagara region and the province. Our strength is our people, who serve student and community members each and every day.” read more

Fundraising campaign launched for Brock Humanities grad impacted by shocking tragedy

A recent Brock University master’s graduate was moving her family from Vancouver to St. Catharines this week when tragedy struck.Carla Chambers Jeffreys (BA ’16, MA ’19), was travelling in an SUV near Oyen, Alberta with her husband and three children when it was involved in a collision with two transport trucks on Wednesday, Aug. 7.Tragically, the couple’s 11-year-old son was killed in the collision. The other two children suffered serious injuries and were taken to Alberta Children’s Hospital, where they remain. Carla Chambers remains in a Calgary hospital with serious injuries.A GoFundMe campaign has been launched by a family friend, and in the first 24 hours it raised nearly $30,000.After completing her bachelor’s degree at Brock in 2016 in Studies in Arts and Culture, Chambers graduated at Spring Convocation in June with a Master of Arts in Studies in Comparative Literatures and Arts.A trained opera singer, Chambers has been an example of student success in the Faculty of Humanities and, specifically, at the Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts.“With her opera-trained voice and her master’s-level scholarship, Carla was a soaring spirit of trans-disciplinary and creative inquiry and performance during her time at the MIWSFPA,” said Director David Vivian. “She launched new initiatives of community engagement for her colleague students and faculty.”David Fancy, who was Chambers’ thesis supervisor for her recently completed master’s said, “the community is reeling at the very difficult news of the loss of one of Carla’s children, and of her grave injuries and those of the rest of her family.“As an artist and scholar, Carla’s extensive qualities of insight, persistence, passion and generosity will certainly help sustain her during this exceptionally difficult time. All our thoughts are with Carla and her family now,” said Fancy.Catherine Parayre, Director of the Centre for Studies in Arts and Culture ​and of the graduate program in Studies in Comparative Literatures and Arts said Chambers is known for her “enthusiasm, her commitment and the brilliance she brought to both programs.”“Our thoughts are with her and her family. We grieve the cruel loss of her child and hope with all our hearts that she, her companion and her two other children will recover,” she said.Anyone interested in donating to the family can find the GoFundMe campaign at gofundme.com/f/k7uj84-support read more

Womens Volleyball Ohio State faces road test in Towson Invitational

Ohio State head coach Geoff Carlston instructs members of the women’s volleyball team during a timeout in a match against No. 3 Penn State on Oct. 6. The Buckeyes lost 3-2. Credit: Rebecca Farage | Lantern ReporterAfter a long weekend on the road, winning two of three games in Oxford, Mississippi, as a part of the Rebel Invitational, the Ohio State women’s volleyball team is gearing up for its next trip to Towson, Maryland, Friday to face Princeton, Missouri and Towson. Since returning from its first away series, Ohio State has focused on the fundamental plays revealed in the games that needed improvement.“We’ve been doing a lot of serving and passing,” head coach Geoff Carlston said. “We haven’t worked a ton on our offense in general so we’ve spent time working on our tempos, transitional offense and side-out work in the past few days.”The Buckeyes (5-1) are especially looking out for Princeton, as the Tigers are undefeated, including a 3-0 win against Northwestern.“They play redundantly very smart,” Carlston said. “It’s a good matchup for our team because they are going to force us to be disciplined.”In its battle with Missouri (5-1), Ohio State will face Kylie Deberg, who has more attacks than any player on the Buckeyes. Redshirt senior libero Anna Holehouse leads Towson (3-3) in digs with 112, a number that also surpasses any individual Buckeye.The Buckeyes had a lengthy trip back to Columbus after a delayed flight on Saturday, which postponed their arrival until late Saturday night. Ohio State will continue to be on the road for the next few weeks before its next home game. “Being on the road so much can be difficult,” senior setter Olivia Dailey said. “As an athlete you just have to be organized from the first day of school. You have to utilize the time you do have to stay ahead of your deadlines.”Carlson applauds the attitude of the team as a whole, as they had a good time sitting on the floor all night and made the most of being stuck in the airport instead of moping around.“We’re good with saying that ‘it is what it is so let’s make the most of it,’” Carlston said. “It’s fun to see that the group is buying into the gratitude and how there are things that are out of our control. We learned and grew a lot this weekend in ways that will be helpful as we face the Big Ten.”The Buckeyes will face Princeton at 4 p.m. Friday, and Missouri at 11 a.m. and Towson at 4:30 p.m. Saturday at the Towson Invitational. read more