Japan Rail Pass or Seishun 18 Ticket – Which One To Choose

first_imgThe trains of Japan, known throughout the world for being orderly and always on time offer a breezy, very quick and convenient way of travelling almost anywhere in Japan. While there is no shortage of affordable airlines either, the railways remain a popular mode of travel. Japanese railway companies have come up with various special deals and discounts.The Japan Rail PassThe iconic shinkansen, or the bullet train, introduced just in time for the 1964 Tokyo Olympics, is without a doubt the fastest way to travel in Japan without lifting the wheels off the ground. Topping at 320 km/h on the eastern Tokaido line and still arriving at the stations exactly when they are supposed to, it is hardly a surprise that bullet trains have made an impression to visitors from abroad.As the shinkansen network continued to expand, Japan Railways introduced the Japan Rail Pass, which would allow its holder unlimited travel on practically all bullet train lines (except the Nozomi and Mizuho trains) for 7, 14 or 21 consecutive days.Image from Tailor-Made Holidays in Japan with Japan Rail PassAs of July 2016, the 7-day ticket for an adult is 29,110 yen, which is extremely convenient if we take into account that the 2,5-hour ride from Tokyo to Osaka would cost 8,750 yen without the pass.Passes for the slightly upgraded green car class are also available, with the one-week pass costing 38,880 yen. An added bonus is the fact that, as Japan Railways is responsible for most public transportation in Japan, you can hop on the local and express trains operated by them just by showing your pass at the ticket gates! Note that you cannot purchase the JR Pass from Japan. Please consult your local travel agency before coming a purchase an exchange order for the Japan Rail Pass.Seishun 18 TicketThe other convenient option is the Seishun 18 Ticket (or Seishun 18 Kippu), which is by default a 5 day ticket, but the days do not have to be consecutive. The price is also fixed: 11,850 yen for unlimited use on local and rapid JR lines.The fact that you cannot ride on the shinkansen with this ticket might be a deal breaker at first sight, but if you consider its affordable price and availability throughout Japan, it is very appealing. Seishun 18 Ticket is also more flexible than the Japan Rail Pass: once you purchase this ticket, you do not in fact have to use the five travel days yourself. If you wish, you can take one day of travel for yourself and then tag along a friend and go for a two-day trip, consuming the remaining four travel days.Image from How to Buy and Use Seishun 18 KippuUnlike the Japan Rail Pass, the Seishun 18 Ticket is available for purchase only during fixed period of the year: from March 1st to April 10th, from July 20th to September 10th and finally from December 10th to January 10th. You can buy the Seishun 18 Ticket at the ticket offices called “Midori no madoguchi”.In ConclusionThese two popular ticket types allow for different types of train travel in Japan. While the shinkansen surely deserves the fame that it gets, traveling by other types of trains still has its own charm. Traveling by local trains allows you to soak up the sights and sounds of the surroundings, something that one would almost definitely miss on a bullet train going at 320 km/h through the countryside.It is also worth noticing that while the shinkansen lines network keeps growing, it still misses some of the rural areas which are accessible by other types of trains. If you’re coming to Japan, make sure to take advantage of the these passes that will surely help you make savings.Recommended articlesTailor-Made Holidays in Japan with Japan Rail PassHow to Buy and Use Seishun 18 KippuFast, Clean, And Punctual: How To Buy Shinkansen TicketsThe JR-WEST RAIL PASS – A Good Deal On Travel In Kansailast_img read more

【TOKYO EAST】Japanese Old Fashioned MomandPop Candy Stores in Nippori

first_imgIt may be unexpected for a person knowing only present Nippori Station, but ten years ago, the scenery of the station square was basically another place.I’ve went down on Nippori Station more ten years ago. I remember that it wasn’t anything special so I couldn’t believe this station existed in Tokyo!However, it has been changed by the redevelopment in the front of Nippori Station since 2003. A high-rise tower apartment was built and the Nippori-Toneri Liner was inaugurated. JR Nippori Station was also renewed.The renewing around Nippori Station brings more convenience to the people, but in exchange for the convenience, it often brings them to remove the old and tasteful things. Here in Nippori Station the old fashioned street and stores were lost.It was a mom-and-pop candy whole sale street. It was commonly called “Nippori Dagashiya(mom-and-pop candy store) Yokochou(street)”. The stores were brought out of business in 2004 and disappeared. Many stores were broken and some of them seemed to discontinue because their old age.However, two stores are open in the tower building in front of Nippori Station.Here is Ohya-Store.Surprisingly, many visitors like businessmen come to this store. There seems to be something that attracts them.When I was a child, I bought only a few candies but now I’ve grown up. I want to buy all the boxes of snacks and give them out to my colleagues and children.For example, this snack, we call it “UMAIBOU”, is 250 yen in 30 of them. I’m able to freely give them to many people.At the moment I see the scenery of so much candy and snacks lined up on the floor or desk, I go back to my childhood.Here is another one: Murayama Store. Here is also filled of many kinds of Japanese old fashioned candies and snacks.Not only old fashioned toys, but new animation characters are also sold here.Rice cracker with sauce. Definitely enough.I heard that children nowadays play in supermarkets or other malls but we adults born in Showa Era feel nostalgic when we come here.These are the best stores to buy many Japanese old fashioned candies and snacks for a cheap price.InformationOhya Storeaddress:Garden Tower 203,Nishinippori 2-chome25-1,Arakawa-ku TokyoPhone number:03-3801-2530Opening Hours:9a.m.~5p.m.Closed on Mondays and 3rd TuesdayMurayama StoreAddress:116-0013 Station Garden Tower 113,Nishinippori 2-chome25-1,Arakawa-ku TokyoPhone number:03-3806-2280Opening Hours:9a.m.~5p.m.Closed on Mondays and 3rd Tuesdaylast_img read more

1000 Yen For Japanese Black Beef In Kagurazaka Enjoy Reasonable Wagyu

first_imgThe three tips for savoring the dish we talked about earlier are all written on the back of the menu at the restaurant. The menu and the instructions are provided in English and Chinese. If you wish to see the multiple language menu, please ask a restaurant employee.A Serene Ambiance For the end, finish your meal in hitsumabushi (*2) style. Use the bowls and dashi broth left at the counter.Put the rice and the shigureni into the bowl. After that, pour the dashi on top of it.Sprinkling it with the yuzu (*3) skin served in the jubako will give the dish a refreshing flavor.*2 Hitsumabushi: a cut up, kabayaki-style eel topped rice dish. There are three steps to eat it – the first bowl is eaten the way it was served; the second with nori, wasabi, or scallions topping it; and the third, with dashi soup poured all over it, like ochazuke (rice with tea poured on it).*3 Yuzu: a type of citrus fruit. The first dishes served are cabbage and daikon raddish shisozuke (perilla-pickled dish; on the right), and nagaimo (Chinese yam) wasabizuke (wasabi-pickled dish; on the left). There is also an egg yolk (served as part of the sauce for the meat; on the right). The yolk should be eaten with the meat, so leave it for later.The cabbage and daikon perilla-pickled dish has a refreshing taste from the perilla, and cabbage and daikon add in a sweet punch to it. If you choose the nagaimo wasabi-pickled dish, you’ll probably breathe the wasabi out of your nose because of its strong flavor. You will also enjoy the crispiness of the nagaimo.How to Eat It – Tip 1: Savor the Original Flavors First Noren Kagurazaka – Cute Japanese Items You’ll Want To Take Home! Eat Japanese Beef Here! 5 Great Wagyu Restaurants In Tokyo You can also top it with a little bit of wasabi, sesame seed, or nori (seaweed).The dashi broth gives the dish a fresh flavor. Although the meal appeared to be so large when it was first served, we keep eating it without getting tired or noticing how much we were eatingTry out these three ways of enjoying the Japanese beef bowl to find your favorite!A Menu in Multiple Languages! The jubako of wagyu came while we were enjoying our pickled dishes! As soon as we opened the lids of the bowl, the mouth-watering aroma of shigureni and roast beef swept us off our feet.Even though you can eat it as it is served, we suggest trying three different ways that will help you fully savor the dish. The first method is to eat it the way it is served to you. This is in order to properly taste and enjoy the flavor of the meat.The gigantic portion contains five thick slices of roast beef and the hearty amount of shigureni covering the rice doesn’t at all seem like a dish you would get for just 1,000 yen. First, we ate two slices of roast beef and one-third of the shigureni.The roast beef is delicious with a nice thickness of the slices that makes them chewy and juicy. The shigureni beef is flavorful, tender, and melts in your mouth.How to Eat It – Tip 2: Dip the Meat in the Egg Yolk Kagurazaka is home to many hip restaurants and cafes, as well as other shops selling miscellaneous goods. There are also many temples and shrines, so this area is quite popular with all types of guests.You can also savor wagyu (Japanese Black beef) served in a bowl, donburi-style, starting from 1,000 yen (before tax), at the restaurant Kagurazaka Shozantei Kuroge Wagyu Zeitakuju Senmonten Kagurazaka Honten (Kuroge Wagyu Zeitakuju Senmonten).At this restaurant, they call this style of dish “oju” (jubako). It usually refers to a lacquered rectangular box.Huge lines of customers form at lunchtime every day, showing the popularity and diners’ fondness of the restaurant. It is a must-visit place for those who want to enjoy a hearty meal of Japanese Black beef or to indulge in a delicious meal while sightseeing.How to Eat Inexpensive Black Beef Now you can use the egg yolk that came with the pickled dishes! Stir the yolk and pour a little over the meat. You can also dip the meat in it. The yolk makes the texture of the meat smoother.At this point, feel free to eat all of the roast beef from your jubako. However, leave some of the shigureni and rice.How to Eat it – Tip 3: End Your Meal in Hitsumabushi Style You’ll find only counter seats at this restaurant. The inside is very calming. It is not too bright, and the wooden interior makes the ambiance even more peaceful.Warm tea served before the meal really helps you calm down and enjoy the atmosphere. The distance between the customers and the staff allows you to relax, too. Also, You don’t have to worry if you’re alone by yourself. There are other solo diners present, too. Savor Japanese Beef in Kagurazaka! Read also Probably the first thing that comes to mind when talking about Japanese black beef is its not-so-affordable price. If you want to treat yourself to some Japanese black yakiniku (grilled meat), be prepared to spend 10,000 yen at least. However, the prices here are very reasonable at around 1,000 to 2,000 yen!Kuroge Wagyu Zeitakuju Senmonten buys A4/A5 and upper-class Japanese Black beef in bulk with other subsidiaries, allowing them to purchase ingredients cheaper than if they were to buy them individually. This is why customers can order delicious black beef for just 1,000 yen!There are three different Kuroge Wagyu Zeitakuju dishes made with Japanese black beef at this restaurant. There is ume (plum; 1,000 yen before tax), take (bamboo; 1,480 yen before tax), and matsu (pine; 1,980 yen before tax).The differences between the three are the types of Japanese black beef served on top of the rice. Ume consists of roast beef and shigureni (*1), take has sirloin steak added on top of that, and matsu also has tenderloin, as well.This article will introduce the jubako dishes you can savor at Kuroge Wagyu Zeitakuju Senmonten and how to eat it.*1 Shigureni: beef boiled with ginger, soy sauce, mirin, and sugar.Let’s Dig In!In this article, we will introduce the ume dish. Now, let us begin!Start with the Pickles Kagurazaka Stroll – 12 Places You Should Drop Into You can even observe the roasting process and the food preparation at close distance while waiting for your dish! It is a great way to spend the waiting time, watching from the counter seat.After a Satisfying Meal, Go Kagurazaka Sightseeing! Picture from Kagurazaka Stroll – 12 Places You Should Drop IntoIf you’ve had your share of beef at Wagyu Zeitakuju Senmonten Kagurazakaten, how about walking down Kagurazaka-tori, the main avenue in Kagurazaka? You can find Japanese trinkets at Noren Kagurazakaten, visit Zenkokuji Temple and admire its crimson gate, and have many more enjoyable experiences.You can also take a break at a charming café after a walk. We assure you the tranquil atmosphere will make you lose track of the time. Don’t miss the chance to enjoy both delicious Japanese beef and this elegant townscape! 翔山亭 黒毛和牛贅沢重専門店 神楽坂本店 View Informationrestaurant In cooperation with Kagurazaka Shozantei Wagyu Zeitakuju Senmonten Kagurazaka Hontenlast_img read more

Exploring Untapped Kagoshima

first_imgJust around 3 hours or so from Hiroshima by shinkansen (bullet train), with trains operating at a variety of different speeds and prices, the prefecture can be easily accessed by travelers already outside the reaches of the Kanto/Tokyo area.From Tokyo, it can be accessed by a variety of lines, such as the Tokaido, Sanyo, and Kyushu shinkansen. The trip can take between 7 to 8 hours, and requires a transfer at an in-between station, which is typically either Shin-Osaka or Hakata.A short flight from Tokyo (either Haneda or Narita) to Kagoshima Airport, takes around 2 hours and between 11,000 to 44,000 yen, if discounted tickets are available. From the airport, a shuttle bus is necessary in order to reach the Kagoshima city center, and takes around 50 minutes. Regardless, the opportunity to experience Kagoshima is well worth the distance traveled.Read also:Up To 80% Off! ANA’s Domestic Travel Tickets Are A Bargain!What You’ll Find in Kagoshima – A Relaxing LifestyleA trip to Kagoshima will not keep you up until all hours of the night with neon lights and 24/7 restaurants, but rather introduce to travelers a different pace of the Japanese lifestyle. Here, the people are kind and curious and always eager to offer assistance.There are many different positive aspects about Kagoshima and reasons to make the journey to the prefecture. But above all, the natural sights of Kagoshima are unparalleled, and are worth it alone to make a journey. Fans of onsen, the Japanese-style hot springs where visitors must separate by gender and then strip, will be thrilled by the variety that Kagoshima offers. All prefectures in Japan offer onsen experience, but Kagoshima is particularly well known for their springs.One of a Kind Onsen Experience At the very edge of Kagoshima, and therefore, at the very edge of Japan’s main island, is an outdoor onsen with an incredible view. These rotenburo, as they’re called in Japanese, are breathtaking hot springs that are not simply just hot water, but rather natural springs that are not contained by a roof and walls, which invite in the elements and the fresh air. In a prefecture as pristine as Kagoshima, the untainted ocean breeze is a welcome sensation.One specific onsen facility, known as Healthy Land, which has a rotenburo (outdoor bath), is the perfect example of one such place. Here, perched at the literal ocean shore, views of both the limitless ocean, as well as surrounding mountains and rising clouds of steam, can be enjoyed while soaking in the hot water. The contrast between the onsen’s temperature and that of the outdoor air is very pleasant and is truly something that must be experienced for itself. Relax in Volcanic SandAt this rotenburo, and a variety of other ones lining this coastal area of Kagoshima, a unique type of onsen can be experienced. While it might sound surprising, visitors looking to seek relief can immerse themselves in sand warmed by volcanic activity. This unique form of relaxation cannot be experienced in nearly any other place in Japan, let alone the world. The most popular town where this type of onsen is offered is called Ibusuki and is about an hour journey from Kagoshima using the JR line.Read also:Discover The Health Benefits Of Sand Bathing At Ibusuki Onsen, KagoshimaEnjoy a Day Trip to an Active Volcano An untapped, idyllic prefecture at the southern-most tip of Japan’s central island, Kagoshima is abundant with stunning scenery and local charm. Natural parks, hot springs, and volcanoes can all be accessed within Kagoshima’s borders. A perfect utopia for travelers who enjoy experiencing nature and a more relaxed lifestyle, the prefecture of Kagoshima is one that must be visited. How To Get To KagoshimaKagoshima is a long way from the typical tourist destinations, which include the thriving metropolis of Tokyo and the cultural capital of Kyoto. Because of this distance, it is recommended to work a visit to Kagoshima into a larger trip.center_img If taking a bath in volcanic sand sounds exciting, rest assured. Kagoshima has a variety of other volcanic attractions that can be experienced during your stay in that prefecture. The most notable one is Sakurajima, which can be easily accessed by ferry from Kagoshima-Chuo Station. From the station, both the JR line, as well as Kagoshima City’s above-ground trolley system, can be used to access the port where the ferry to the island departs from.Ferries run 24/7 at varying intervals throughout the day. While Sakurajima was originally an island, as the suffix -jima and -shima mean island in Japanese, after a semi-recent eruption, the island released enough lava to connect it to a nearby peninsula. Spending a half-day here exploring is a great chance to mix adventure with relaxation. A few onsen are on the island, as well as complimentary hot spring hot baths, which are located near the visitor’s center. In ConclusionAn infrequently visited destination, especially by international travelers, Kagoshima is an untapped beauty simply waiting to be explored. Filled with stunning scenery, local charm, and one of a kind onsen experience, it is the perfect place for both the weary traveler searching for respite and the prefecture adventurer sleeking to discover undiscovered areas of Japan.You May Also Like32 Sightseeing Spots In Kagoshima – Enjoy Beautiful Scenery And Rich FloraHow To Reach Kagoshima From Major Cities Like Tokyo And Osaka8 Reasons To Visit Yoronjima, The Southernmost Point Of KagoshimaKagoshima – The Charms Of Japan’s Southernmost Regionlast_img read more

See Japans Latest Technology at TEPIA Advanced Technology Gallery

first_imgIn addition, there are helpful and knowledgeable English speaking attendants always willing to guide you through the facility and answer your questions.A Surprise at the EntranceAt the entrance, you will stand in front of a screen that will guess your gender and age by analyzing your facial features. This screen uses a technology developed by Omron Corporation.In the same area another screen turns into a magic mirror that tells you “who is the most beautiful person in the world”!Robot-X, created by ALSOC, a home security company, patrols around the gallery. It moves around autonomously and returns to the battery charge station by itself. When you press the touch panel, it will read out information about the facility for you. It can also recognize the face of registered persons and can communicate with them.The First Section – The Technology PathwayThe first section of the gallery is the Technology Pathway. They introduce biomimetic technologies – devices inspired by living creatures. You will be amazed to learn that technologies we are already familiar with were in fact developed according to models from nature such as spiders, bees, kingfishers and other.The Themed Section – Technology ShowcaseIn the technology showcase section the current main theme is “overcoming the difficulties”. Here you can not only learn, but also experience some of the new technologies by yourself.For example, this device was created by Seiko, a leading Japanese producers of clocks and watches. Seiko has developed a time synchronization technology that meets the need for time accuracy in the digital device world. By playing with this device, you will find out what a 1 millionth of a second means.Ring Zero is a wearable device that operates home electric appliances using Blue Tooth technology. With this ring, in the future we will not need switches and buttons anymore.OriHime is a futuristic robotic device that sees views in lieu of someone who is not able to move or go outside. The developer himself used to be ill as a child, being unable to go out. The OriHime robot is located on the second floor and, thanks to it, visitors can see what’s going on the second floor.The Technology StudioThis section introduces visitors to various technologies that will change our lives in the near future. The world’s most advanced technologies developed by Japanese small and medium enterprises are displayed in this area. This machinery robot developed by Denso, an auto-parts manufacturer, is so skillful and so precise that it can insert a pencil lead into a tiny sharp pencil hole.Other AttractionsThe Manga Generator is a device that uses motion picture technology to read the movements of a person by a camera linkage and instantly creates a manga whose hero is yourself!You just have to pose in front of the camera, and your image will be projected on the wall as part of a story.The instructions come in English, so visitors from all over the world can enjoy this device.This is the writer herself, as a manga character. It’s really fun to act in a manga story!At the end of the experiment, you will receive your original manga in print. The editor will also rate your acting skills.Another fascinating device is this earthquake counter-measure technology provided by THK. You will be able to experience a simulation of a magnitude 6 degree earthquake with and without the technology. You will see how it would ensure one’s safety during big earthquakes even if it happens.Internet Of Things (IOT)Fujitsu’s real time pulse monitor is a device that measures your pulse rate when you sit in front of a mirror. This is a technology for measuring one’s pulse rate using the image of the person’s face taken with a smartphone or a tablet with a built-in camera. It detects slight changes in the brightness of your face, which the human eye cannot detect, and tracks the pulse.While on, this device can measure your pulse at any time, detecting the slightest changes. In the future, not only pulse but also blood pressure and heart beat could be detected; and this technology could be embedded in homes in order to give an alert to family members or doctors when one’s health is encountering problems.Drones and Home SecuritySECOM, a home security company, integrates drone technology into home security systems. The drone will detect suspicious activity around the house and fly to the position in order to capture an image of the suspicious activity.Bonus! A Cute Little Robot to Talk ToAt the end of your visit to the TEPIA gallery, talk to Kibiro, a cute robot with artificial intelligence. He understands what you say and will reply if you speak Japanese.These are just a few examples of the amazing objects on display at TEPIA. While in Tokyo, visit this amazing facility and explore these and many other wondrous devices created using the latest Japanese technology.Explore More – TEPIA Library and TheaterThe library is located on the second floor. Here you can select and watch videos related to the latest technological developments in Japan. For example, I would warmly recommend this video titled Yaskawa Bushido Project, which compares the precision of the industrial robot with that of a sword master. Jingu Gaien is the area where the New National Stadium, the main site of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games, is being constructed. This area is not only the favorite place of sports lovers, but is also loved by technology enthusiasts and students.Located in Jingu Gaien is TEPIA – The Association for Technological Excellence Promoting Innovative Advances, a facility that exhibits Japan’s newest technological developments.TEPIA selects and invites Japanese technology companies to display their latest and most interesting inventions at their gallery and to inspire visitors. Every year, the theme and content of the exhibition changes. Their current exhibits are focused on “Overcome the limits – of time space, of nature and of the body.”In the hope we have made you curious, let’s see what kind of facility is TEPIA!What is TEPIA? A Tour of the FacilityThe admission to TEPIA’s Gallery is free. Visitors can take part in a guided tour (reservation is needed for English language tours), or they can rent English audio guides.center_img TEPIA Restaurant – Ideal for Lunch and DinnerAfter walking around the gallery, if you feel hungry and tired, you can rest and recharge at the “TEPIA” restaurant situated on the second floor. As it is run by Hotel New Otani, the menu is hotel quality. There are two private rooms available upon advance reservation.This is how the menu looks. I especially recommend the TEPIA lunch set (1000 yen), the Chirasi-sushi set (2800 yen), the pasta lunch (1000 yen), the omelet-rice (1500 yen) and their lunch desert (300 yen). Whatever you choose, it will be a very delicious and satisfactory meal!In ConclusionTEPIA is a one of a kind facility where you can learn about Japan’s most advanced technologies. Moreover, Jingu Gaien is one of Tokyo’s most elegant districts, with posh restaurants, boutiques and popular sports facilities such baseball and rugby fields, a golf range and the future Olympic National Stadium. Why not visit TEPIA and spend the rest of your day there?Recommended articlesVisit A Traditional Japanese Ikat Weaving Workshop in Kurume, FukuokaFree Admission! Interact With Robots At ROBOSQUARE, FukuokaJapan Traditional Crafts Aoyama Square: A Great Display of Handicrafts21_21 DESIGN SIGHT, Roppongi – Enrich Your Daily Life Through DesignHinokichō Park, An Oasis In Bustling RoppongiInformationTEPIA Advanced Technology GalleryAddress: Tokyo, Minato, Kita-Aoyama 2-8-44Hours: Weekdays 10:00-18:00, Weekend and national holidays 10:00-17:00.Closed: MondaysWifi : -Credit Cards : -Language support: English language explanationsNearest Station: Gaiemmae StationAccess: 4-minute walk from Exit 3 of Gaiemmae station on the Tokyo Metro Ginza line; 11-minute walk from Kokuritsu-Kyogijo Station or 9-minute walk from Aoyama-itchome Station on the Toei Oedo Line; 14-minute walk from JR Sendagaya Station or Shinanomachi Station on the JR East Line.Admission: FreeEnglish guided tour sign-up: http://www.tepia.jp/inspection/formWebsite: TEPIA Advanced Technology GalleryPhone Number: 03-5474-6143Religious considerations: -Restaurant TEPIA:ssOpen 11:30-14:00 (lunch) 14:00-17:00 (Tea time)17:00-22:00 (Dinner) (Saturday, Sunday and national holidays until 21:00)Reservations by phone at 03-5413-5182last_img read more

【COMIKET】Held Twice in A Year What is Comic Market

first_imgOtakus get really excited twice every year at the season of Comic Market(or Comiket).photo:Kazuyuki SatoI’ll introduce you what COMIKET is in this entry.One of the Biggest OTAKU FestivalComic Market is held twice every year in August and December, at the Tokyo Big Sight. It is one of the biggest Fan Magazine Market.”Douzinshi” is a magazine made by “circle(= group of people with same hobby)”. There also are personal “circle”s publishing magazine all by oneself.This fan magazine market is the event mainly held for distribution and selling of the douzinshi, but you can enjoy other programs too, like cosplayers’ square and company booths.When is it?Comiket is held twice within a year in, on summer and winter. The term is three days for each.And every five years the “Comiket Special” will be held. The next one will be the “Comiket Special6 -OTAKU Summit 2015-” at Makuhari Messe on 28th-29th of March, 2015. Many OTAKU events related to manga, anime, and games from all over the world will be invited to here.picture:Comiket Special6 OTAKU summit 2015 Official HPAbout the ParticipantsPeople joining the comiket is increasing every year, and on “comic market 84” last summer the number of joining circles were around 35000, and the whole participant summed up to 590 thousand.According to the official survey, the participants are mainly from around junior high to 30s, and male are more than female. More otakus from overseas, especially the cosplayers are joining recently. So the preparatory committee has set up the “international section” for multilingual support.At the comic market you can enjoy varieties of goods sold or distributed by countless circles. Japanese subculture such as manga, anime, game, music, or idol fan magazines, costumes, handmade accessories gather here.How to joinAll the companies, circles, staffs, and the general visitors are all called as “participants” at comic market. This is because its principle: no “customers” exist here, all of us are “participants” of comic market.If you just want to visit there, you do not have to apply on anything beforehand. The entrance fee is free. Cosplay participants need to apply for joining on the day of visit(and you need to pay the fee).Since there are around 35000 circles participating in comic market, it is very hard to find your favorite creators. It is recommended that you check the “Comic market catalog” in advance, with information and map of the circle booths.photo:Kazuyuki SatoEnjoy the best festival for all the OTAKUs!InformationComic Market 86/Comiket (コミックマーケット86/C86)Schedule:15/8/2014(Fri)~17(Sun)Opening Hours:Circle booth 10:00~16:00, Company Booth 10:00~17:00(16:00 on last day), Costume plays 10:00~16:00(15:00 on last day)Place:Tokyo International Exhibition Center(Tokyo Big Sight)Address:Tokyo Koto-ku Ariake 3−11−1Closest Station:Yurikamome line “Kokusaitenjijo-seimon station(国際展示場正門駅)”, Rinkai line “Kokusaitenjijo station(国際展示場駅)”Access:3 minutes walk from “Kokusaitenjijo-seimon station”, 7 minutes walk from “Kokusaitenjijo station”Official HP:http://www.comiket.co.jp/last_img read more

Candeo Hotels Ueno Park Ideal Lodging For Visiting Ueno Akihabara And Asakusa

first_imgUeno boasts many sightseeing spots, such as Ueno Zoo, the National Museum of Western Art, the National Museum of Nature and Science, Tokyo National Museum, and the Ameyoko shopping street. You cannot possibly see them all in one day, so it would be wise to stay somewhere near Ueno.Candeo Hotels Ueno-Park, which we’ll be introducing in this article, just fits the bill.Candeo Hotels: Great Location, Featuring Multilingual SupportCandeo Hotels Ueno-Park strives to make the guests feel comfortable during their stay. The hotel is located near Ueno Park, where there are many museums. It is also near the JR Uguisudani Station, so that guests can visit not only Ueno, but Akihabara and Asakusa, as well.Also, JR Ueno and the Tokyo Metro Ueno stations are all in walking distance, enabling guests to visit anywhere in the metropolitan area.The hotel staff can speak English, Chinese, Korean, and Thai, as more than half the guests are from abroad.Get in some Energy for the Day at this Buffet-Styled BreakfastPhotograph: Courtesy of Candeo HotelsThe breakfast at Candeo Hotels is voluminous, as sixty types of dishes line the tops of the tables every morning. Eating light, or heavy, is up to the guests. The regular menu consists of Japanese- and Western-style dishes, along with the special dishes that change daily. So even if the guests stay for more than one night, they will have a wide variety to choose from.Photograph: Courtesy of Candeo HotelsBreakfast is served from 7:00 to 9:30, at the second floor restaurant. How does trying some healthy side-dishes sound?The RoomsCandeo Hotels Ueno-Park offers six types of rooms, according to the number of guests. All the rooms are equipped with world renowned Simmons beds, and also have high-speed internet access, guaranteeing a pleasant stay.This is a room, featuring a massage chair, is for a single guest. The chair should take care of the weary guest, and send them on their way feeling refreshed.This is a standard type twin-bed guestroom. There are other variations, such as the double-bed and queen-bed types. Also, there is a “superior” twin-bed guestroom, with a dining area and a dresser. The hotel also offers a “premium” family room, which has a spacious bathroom and a large sofa.This is called a “smart triple” room, with three beds.Other FaicilitiesWashing towels, brushes, razors, and cotton buds are placed in front of the reception desk. Guests can take whatever they need.The laundry room is open around the clock, and costs 200 yen for washing (40 minutes), and 100 yen for drying (30 minutes). The washing machine automatically dispenses detergent, so the guest doesn’t have to worry about it. This service is welcomed by the long-term guests.There is a supermarket on the first floor that is open until 21:00, and some guests buy food, daily necessities, and souvenir candies there. Since the market is inside the hotel building, you can shop all you want, and carry it easily back to your room.There is an ice machine in the hotel, so the guests can keep their shopping items cool.Candeo Hotels Ueno-Park offers a great location and service, so it’s definitely worth taking a look.InformationCandeo Hotels Ueno-ParkAddress: 1-2-13, Negishi, Taito Ward, TokyoTelephone: 03-5808-6100Station: JR Uguisudani StationAccess: 3-minute walk from JR Uguisudani StationLanguages: Japanese, English, Chinese, Korean, and Thai.Room Charge:From 10,000 yen to 20,000 yen per night.The charge varies according to the season and the number of guests.Check-in Time: 15:00Check-out Time: 11:00Credit Cards Accepted: VISA, JCB, Mater, Diners Club, and American Express are accepted.Official HP: Candeo Hotels Ueno-Parklast_img read more

The National Film Center A Gate To The World Of Japanese Cinema

first_imgJapanese cinematography has a rich history and has significantly contributed to shaping the international film industry. Many of the finest Japanese film masterpieces are well known worldwide, being regarded as significant achievements of the cinematographic art. Needless to say, the world of Japanese film is the strong foundation of this country’s rich and unique subculture.National Film CenterIn case you would like to dig deeper into the history of Japanese film and cinematography, watching countless documentary videos will not be enough. If there is such a place that preserves a thorough collection, working to restore the knowledge about Japanese film, that is the National Film Center.Acquisition, Preservation and RestorationThe National Film Center was established as the film library section of the National Museum of Modern Art Tokyo (MOMAT) in 1952. At present, there are about 40.000 films and a large collection of cinematography related items being preserved here. The National Film Center is still actively in search of any remaining valuable items related to the Japanese film industry.National Film Center, Sagamihara BranchAs a member of the International Federation of Film Archives (FIAF), the Tokyo National Film Center has assumed the responsibility for acquiring missing films of historical value and restoring them, in order for them to be preserved as important cultural artifacts.Nihon Eiga, The Gallery of Japanese Film HistoryThis exhibition hall is located on the 7th floor and is divided into two different sections – the permanent exhibition room and the temporary exhibition room. In front of the entrance, there is a familiar object that can be easily recognized by the fans of the classic masterpiece “Seven Samurai”, directed by Akira Kurosawa. This white flag is a replicated version of one of the flags used in the film.The Permanent Exhibition HallThe collections displayed in this exhibition room follow the timeline of Japanese film history, starting with the silent film era from around 1910 until the 1960s. The items of the collection range from vintage posters and pamphlets to and filming equipment. Furthermore, each item on display has an information board written both in Japanese and English, making the exhibition accessible by foreign visitors.Japanese classic movies would often feature Edo period samurai as their characters. This genre is called jidaigeki 時代劇 (“drama of the past”). In one corner of the exhibition hall, the collection dedicated to jidaigeki is being shown through the vintage posters of six legendary stars of the genre.Film-making equipment is also carefully placed in several places around this exhibition hall. Visitors can see up close cameras that were used for taking famous movies. Their brands include names such as “Le Parvo”, “Akeley” or “Eyemo” cameras.This paper film, called REFCY is a unique piece from the earliest stages of colored animation in Japan.The section dedicated to the post war golden era of film starts with an exhibition related to the Japanese movie director who is considered one of the most influential filmmakers in the history, Akira Kurosawa. Several precious items evoking his works are on display in this corner, such as his personal album with photos from the shooting of his masterpiece”Ikiru”, or the vintage poster of “Rashōmon” displayed on the wall.The Temporary Exhibition HallIn the temporary exhibition hall, a new exhibition is held every four months. The upcoming exhibition theme is being decided about an year in advance and is announced on the official website of the National Film Center.During our visit, we were able to see an exhibition dedicated to the fascinating world of Cuban film posters.Other Facilities4th Floor, LibraryThose who would like to spend some time in a cozy corner while sharpening their knowledge about Japanese film are welcome to use the library of the Film Center. The access to this facility is free they provide many materials related to Japanese film industry and its history.2nd Floor, Cinema 1Visitors can also enjoy regular screenings of classic movies and documentaries. In addition to Japanese films, materials from abroad can also be watched here. Tickets to these regular screenings can be purchased at the reception desk in front of the screening hall.While waiting for the movie screening to start, visitors can enjoy their free time by relaxing in the lobby area located on the first floor.In ConclusionThe National Film Center is a fascinating place not only for the connoisseurs in the field, but also for all of those who want to learn more about Japan and its impressive film history.ssThe exhibition is informative and full of eye catching items that would please vintage lovers. How about paying a visit to the National Film Center next time you come to Tokyo? It is worth every second of your time.InformationAddress: Tokyo, Kyōbashi, Chūō-ku 3-7-6Open:Exhibition Hall:ss11:00 – 18:30 (admission until 18:00)Screenings:sstwo or three screenings per day for each programLibrary:ss12:30 – 18:30 (admission until 18:00)Closed:The Gallery and Cinema are closed on Mondays, during screening preparation and exhibition installation periods.The Library is closed on Sundays, Mondays and national holidays.Last admission: 30 minutes before closing.Admission fees: Cinema tickets – 520 yen (adult), 310 yen (high school student, university student, and senior over 65 years old), 100 yen (elementary and junior high school student), free entrance (visitors with disabilities and the person accompanying them)Gallery tickets – 210 yen (adult) or 100 yen (group of 20 or more), 70 yen (university student and senior over 65 years old) or 40 yen (group of 20 or more), free entrance (high school student or visitor under 18 years old, visitors with disabilities and the person accompanying them)Language support: English availableWi-Fi: -Credit Card: -Nearest Station: Kyōbashi station (京橋駅) on Ginza Line (銀座線), or Takarachō station (宝町駅) on Toei Asakusa Line (都営浅草線)Access: 1 minute walk from Kyōbashi station (exit 1); 1 minute walk from Takarachō station (exit A4). The National Film Center will be located on the left side of the street.Phone Number: +81-03-5777-8600Official Website: National Film Centerlast_img read more

Japanese Halloween Crafts 1 How To Make An Origami Pumpkin

first_imgOrigami, the art of folding paper into various shapes without using glue or scissors, has originated in Japan and has become popular all around the world. The word “Ori” means “folding”, while “kami” (from “gami”) means paper in Japanese. Common origami objects include animals, flowers, balloons, planes and boats. The most popular among them, however, is the crane, which is regarded as a symbol of longevity in Japanese culture. It is said that folding one thousand cranes can make a wish come true. These are finished origami pumpkins! Aren’t they cute?In ConclusionI hope you enjoy making origami pumpkins for Halloween. These decorations are very suggestive of the Japanese Halloween. Do let us know how was your experience making them and whether you fell in love with the art of Japanese origami.Articles by the same author:Dango – A Classic Japanese DessertNatto – A Must-Try, Even If You Are Told Otherwise!Oktoberfest in Yokohama! Enjoy Beer and Festival Atmosphere 1. Take a sheet of orange color origami paper and fold it diagonally in half.2. Fold the paper again in half as shown in image 2.3. Lift up the top triangle and place your fingers in the pocket.4. Push the pocket over to the side.5. Press down thus creating a square.6. Turn your paper over and repeat steps 3 to 5 on the other side. • Origami PaperOrigami paper can be purchased at stationery stores or specialty shops such as Origami Kaikan in Ochanomizu. Around Halloween, major stores such as Tokyu Hands will have Halloween themed paper varieties that are worth checking out.Read also:Origami Kaikan in Ochanomizu – Enjoy the Traditional Art of OrigamiThe Delights Of Choosing Japanese Stationery At TOKYU HANDSInstructions 15. Now this step is a bit out of the way but if you wish you can tape a stem of green origami paper onto the back with glue and draw facial features with a black marker on the front side of your pumpkin to make it look more “kawaii”. 8. Lift up the top left flap (left side of top square) and fold it over to the right side. Then, fold the flap so that the side corner meets the middle fold.9. Flip the left flap back to its original place and you should see as in image 9. 10. Do the same thing for the top right flap (right side of top square). Basically we are folding both sides of the top square behind themselves. Origami is unique among paper crafts in that it requires no other materials than the paper itself. Origami books and kits are readily available in all the stationery stores in Japan. In fact, origami kits are ideal as a souvenir from Japan.Make an Origami Pumpkin for HalloweenAround Halloween, Japan’s restaurants and shops are decorated with pumpkins. Let’s get in the spirit of the Japanese Halloween and learn to make an origami pumpkin.Please follow the instructions below.Materials needed 11. Flip over the left flap again and then make a fold as shown in image 11.12. Flip the left flap back to its original place and now you should get to the step shown in image 12 7. Now you will have two squares on top of each other. Make sure the paper opens at the bottom point closest to you. 13. Repeat steps 11 and 12 with the right side. Some people are attracted to origami because it is very simple to do, while others are in awe when seeing the many different patterns and ingenious creations. Some look to origami as a way to entertain themselves, while others find it a relaxing, creative activity. 14. Flip your pumpkin over and fold down all four corners. Then, flip it back to its front.last_img read more

Ishikawa Travel Guide MustVisit Places Fine Food And Activities

first_imgFive Souvenirs To Check Out At The Kanazawa Station Mall Kanazawa – 8 Places To Visit In The City Of Refined Japanese Culture AccessPicture courtesy of PixtaThe following is the list of routes from Tokyo to Kanazawa, and further on to Kaga Onsenkyo and Noto.From Tokyo to Kanazawa (Express Bus/Shinkansen)It will take about eight to nine hours on the express bus. On weekdays, the fare varies from 3,000 to 10,000 yen.The one-way Shinkansen fare from Tokyo Station to Kanazawa Station is 14,120 yen for a reserved seat and 13,600 yen for a non-reserved seat. The ride takes about two and a half hours, which makes it possible for a day trip.Hokuriku Arch PassThose planning to tour the Hokuriku Region for a week should use the Hokuriku Arch Pass. The fare is approximately 25,000 yen, and the seven-day pass allows unlimited rides on the Hokuriku Shinkansen and various express trains from Kansai, Narita and Haneda Airports.Please note that the fare differs slightly according to the place of purchase.A. Online Purchase (before entering Japan)Adults (over 12 years of age): 24,000 yenChildren (between 6 to 11 years old): 12,000 yenB. Purchase after entering JapanAdults: 25,000 yen; Children: 12,500 yen Read also 4 Things to Do in the Historical City of Kanazawa, Ishikawa Kanazawa Sightseeing – The Perfect Two-Day Itinerary Ishikawa – Home to Scenic Kanazawa, Noto, and Kaga OnsenPicture courtesy of PixtaIshikawa Prefecture is located in the Hokuriku Region. Following the debut of the Hokuriku Shinkansen, day trips from Tokyo to this prefecture have become popular.Ishikawa is famous for its natural environment and culture, with a wide variety of sightseeing spots. It is also renowned for its fresh seafood, such as the crabs caught in the Japan Sea, and adorable Japanese confectionery.Traditional craftwork, namely lacquerware and gold leaf, is produced in Wajima City. For those hoping to experience fine cuisine and Japanese culture, Ishikawa is the place to visit.Various Areas in IshikawaKanazawaThis is an area that prospered as a jokamachi (castle town) of the Kaga Clan. Various sightseeing spots such as Kenrokuen, one of the three major Japanese gardens, and Higashi Chaya District, which boasts a well-preserved traditional townscape, are located here. This is an area filled with must-visit spots where you can experience Japanese culture.KagaThis is a well-known area in the Hokuriku with nature-abundant hot spring (onsen) resorts. There are four hot spring towns (Yamashiro, Yamanaka, Katayamazu, and Awazu), and those who love bathing in an onsen should drop by this area. Visitors can also relax in the area surrounding the onsen facilities, which are brimming with natural beauty.NotoWith its well-preserved natural environment, the Noto Peninsula is full of picturesque sights which are reminiscent of ancient Japan. There are spots such as the Chirihama Nagisa Driveway and the Shiroyone Senmaida, where visitors can take in the view of the ocean and the hills. The local seafood from the Sea of Japan is also superb.HakusanHakusan (Mt. Haku), one of the three major mountains in Japan, is located in the southern region of Ishikawa Prefecture. It is also famous for its scenic landscapes naturally created by the mountain and alpine plants. Welcoming visitors from all around Japan, Shirayama Hime Shrine is located at the foot of Mt. Haku and is a popular “power spot” for matchmaking.Kanazawa – Places to Visit in a Castle TownThe following is a list of recommended places to visit in Kanazawa.1. Kenrokuen GardenPicture courtesy of PixtaWhen the Japanese think of Kanazawa, they imagine the scenery at Kenroku-en.This is one of the three major Japanese gardens. It was built outside Kanazawa Castle by Maeda Tsunanori, the fifth lord of the Kaga Clan, during the Edo Period. It will take about one hour and a half to leisurely tour the vast garden.Picture courtesy of PixtaVisitors can enjoy a different scenery every season, such as the cherry blossoms in spring, irises in early summer, and the autumn leaves in fall. Yukitsuri, or “snow suspenders” used to protect the branches against heavy snow, can be seen during the winter.Kenrokuen Garden Kenrokuen Garden View Informationpark2. Higashi Chaya DistrictPicture courtesy of PixtaThose who want to view the traditional townscape should visit Higashi Chaya District. Buildings from the Edo Period are preserved in this district, creating a nostalgic atmosphere. Alongside cafes, there are stores handling Japanese confectionery and handicrafts lining the streets in this area. It might be fun to change into a rental kimono and take a stroll.Higashi Chaya District Higashiyama Higashi Chaya District View Information3. Ohmicho MarketPicture courtesy of PixtaOhmicho Market opened during the Edo Period. It is a bustling fish market, regarded as the “Kitchen of the Kanazawa Citizen.”There are about 180 stores in this market that handle not only seafood from the Sea of Japan but also Kaga Yasai, a brand of vegetables produced in Kanazawa. Don’t miss out on hearing the local residents using their regional dialect to negotiate the price with shopkeepers.Drawing a large number of customers, some of the market restaurants serve kaisen-don. These are rice bowls topped with fresh seafood straight from the fishmonger.Ohmicho Market Omicho Market View Information4. Myoryuji TemplePicture courtesy of PixtaMyoryuji is also known as the Ninja Temple. It is filled with many tricks such as a pitfall disguised as an offertory box, hidden staircases, a secret room behind a hanging scroll, and even an underground passage to Kanazawa Castle.The legend goes that these tricks were devised during the Edo Period in case the hostile Tokugawa Shogunate invaded the Kaga Clan. The layout of the temple is so complicated that visitors will be lost without a guide. This is the perfect place to experience the feeling of a stealth ninja.Myoryuji Temple Myouryuji (Ninja Temple) View Information*A reservation by telephone (+81-76-241-0888) is required to tour the temple. Be sure to ask a Japanese-speaking friend to make reservations.Kaga – An Oasis for Onsen LoversThe following is a list of popular places to visit in Kaga.5. Kaga Onsen-kyoKaga Onsen-kyo consists of four hot spring districts—Yamashiro, Yamanaka, Katayamazu, and Awazu, respectively—each boasting its own unique appeal.Kosoyu. Picture courtesy of PixtaAt Yamashiro Onsen, visitors can enjoy the retro atmosphere of the renovated public bathhouse Kosoyu, which was originally built in the Meiji Period.Shibayamagata. Picture courtesy of PixtaAt Katayamazu Onsen, don’t miss out on seeing Shibayamagata, a lagoon which is said to change its colors seven times a day.Those who plan to tour Kaga Onsen-kyo should purchase the Canbus One-day Ticket, which allows users to get on and off the bus freely.Kaga Onsen-kyo 加賀温泉郷 View Information*Canbus One-day Ticket: 1,000 yen/Two-day Ticket: 1,200 yenThe two-day ticket is valid for two consecutive days within a three-day period. Both prices are for adults.6. Kaga Traditional Handicraft Village Yunokuni no MoriPicture courtesy of PixtaAt Traditional Handicrafts Village Yunokuni no Mori, visitors can try their hands at various craftwork such as gold leaf pasting on lacquerware or stencil dyeing of the Kaga Yuzen kimono. There are more than fifty workshops related to the traditional craftwork of Ishikawa Prefecture to choose from.The natural environment surrounding the site is another appeal of this facility. Be sure to check out the thatched roof of the old house, originally built in the Meiji Period, which presents a glimpse of the old Japan.Kaga Traditional Handicraft Village Yunokuni no Mori Kaga Traditional Crafts Village Yunokuni no Mori View InformationOfficial website: https://yunokuni.jp/mori/?lang=en7. Kakusenkei GorgePicture courtesy of PixtaKakusenkei Gorge, located near Yamanaka Onsen, offers a sprawling scenic view that is said to be the best in the Hokuriku Region. It stretches for approximately 1.3 kilometers and visitors can enjoy a different scenery each season. Kakusenkei is also known as a place to enjoy the autumn leaves.Ayatori Bridge. Picture courtesy of PixtaThere are bridges to enjoy the view, such as the Korogi Bridge, which is made from hinoki (Japanese cypress), and the S-shaped Ayatori Bridge. Kakusenkei Kawadoko—a cafe located at the foot of Ayatori Bridge—is open from April to October, offering drinks and confectionery by the riverside.Kakusenkei Gorge Kakusenkei Gorges View InformationOfficial website: http://visitkaga.com/places_of_interest/yamanaka/kakusenkei.phpNoto – Appreciating the Beauty of NatureThe following are recommended places to visit in Noto.8. Chirihama Nagisa DrivewayPicture courtesy of PixtaChirihama Nagisa Driveway is the only road in Japan located on a sandy beach. Unlike other beaches, the fine grains of sand are packed tight by the seawater, which enables cars, motorbikes, and even bicycles to drive along the water’s edge.Some lucky visitors may be able to witness mystic views, such as the morning mist before sunrise or the sun setting on the horizon.Chirihama Nagisa Driveway Chirihama Nagisa Driveway View InformationOfficial website: https://www.hot-ishikawa.jp/spot/5818 (Japanese)9. Shiroyone SenmaidaPhotograph by PixtaShiroyone Senmaida offers a vast view of the rice paddies. With the Sea of Japan’s contrasting blue in the background, this magnificent sight of 1,004 rice paddies—spread out on a steep hill dropping fifty meters down—can only be seen in Noto.In the evening, the sunset is reflected on the rice paddies, which creates a fantastic view. Held during the winter, Aze no Kirameki (Senmaida Light Up) presents a gorgeous view of the illuminated rice paddies.Shiroyone Senmaida Shiroyone Senmaida Rice Terraces View Information10. Tsukumo BayPicture courtesy of PixtaTsukumo means “99 inlets” in Japanese and the bay was named according to its topography. The beautiful contrast between the clear blue water and the green Horai Island is one of the reasons it was chosen as one of the “100 Landscapes of Japan.”Picture courtesy of PixtaThe calm, clear bay is inhabited by fish, such as the horse mackerel and black porgy, along with seaweed and various marine plants. Visitors can also ride an excursion boat and feed the fish.Tsukumo Bay 九十九湾 View InformationOfficial website: http://www.notocho.jp/lan/en/sightseeing-spot/tsukumo/Hakusan – Alpine Plants and Spiritual SpotsDon’t miss the follsoing places in the Hakusan Area.11. Hakusan Alpine Botanical GardenPicture courtesy of PixtaHakusan Alpine Botanical Garden is located at the foot of Hakusan (Mt. Haku), a famous mountain in the Hokuriku Region. The garden is open from June to July every year, displaying fifty types of plants totaling up to 100,000. Visitors can enjoy rare alpine plants such as the orange-colored daylily.While most of the plants usually grow in higher altitude, tourists from all over Japan can gather at this botanical garden to enjoy the rare sight.Hakusan Alpine Botanical Garden Hakusan Alpine Plants Botanical Garden View Information12. Shirayama Hime ShrinePicture courtesy of PixtaShirayama Hime Shrine, which regards Hakusan as a holy mountain, is called “Shirayama-san” by the local residents.An 800-year old tree, which creates an awe-inspiring atmosphere, stands on the grounds. It is said that this shrine blesses visitors in many ways, such as in matchmaking. A large number of visitors gather from all over Japan on “Otsuitachi-mairi”—a visit to the shrine on the first day of each month.Shirayama Hime Shrine Shirayamahime Shrine View Information13. Tedori GorgePicture courtesy of PixtaTedori Gorge was created by the Tedori River, which runs through the southern Ishikawa region. This grand sight of stone walls are as high as twenty to thirty meters and stretch for eight kilometers.Visitors can edge close to Watagataki Falls, a waterfall rising to the height of 32 meters, and even feel the spray of water. In the summertime, the temperature in the gorge is lower than its surroundings, so a stroll on a hot day can be quite refreshing.Tedori Gorge Tedori Gorge View InformationOfficial website: http://www.city.hakusan.lg.jp/otherdata/sightseeing/sightseeing/area_hakusan/index.htmlIshikawa Cuisine – Three Dishes that You Shouldn’t MissWe introduce some of the dishes that you should definitely try when visiting Ishikawa.CrabPicture courtesy of PixtaVisitors should definitely try the Kanou-gani and Kohbako-gani. They are both snow crabs caught near the shores of Ishikawa, and when the male crab has grown to a certain size it is called Kanou-gani.Kanou-gani is famous for its firm texture. The female snow crab is called Kohbako-gani, which is well-known for its roe. The crab season starts annually from November 6 and ends around March 20.JibuniPicture courtesy of PixtaJibuni is one of the local cuisine called Kaga Ryori. Chicken, sprinkled with flour, is stewed with lily bulbs and served alongside wasabi (Japanese horseradish).Picture courtesy of PixtaKaga-ryori (Kaga cuisine) is served in the traditional craftwork vessels of Ishikawa, such as Wajima lacquerware and Kutani ware, which make it more appealing to the eye. Kagaya Kanazawa Store, located in Kanazawa Station, serves a Kaga-ryori lunch which includes jibuni at a moderate price of 1,500 to 2,000 yen (including tax).Kanazawa ConfectioneryKintsuba. Picture courtesy of PixtaAs tea ceremony prospered in Kanazawa, confection served with tea flourished as well. The Kanazawa confectionery is sweeter than those in other areas and has a touch of extravagance.Kintsuba (*1), made by Nakataya, and jiro-ame, made by Tawaraya—the oldest confection maker in Kanazawa—are some of the most notable traditional sweets. They all make great souvenirs, too!*1 Kintsuba: A confection of sweetened beans wrapped in a wheat-flour skin.Read also How To Travel To Kanazawa From Tokyo, Osaka Or Kyoto From Kanazawa to Kaga Onsenkyo by TrainTake the JR Hokuriku Main Line from Kanazawa Station. The one-way fare is 760 yen and the ride takes about an hour.A faster way to travel will be to use the JR Limited Express Shirasagi. The one-way fare is 1,510 yen and the ride takes about thirty minutes.From Kanazawa to Noto-Nakajima by TrainTake the IR Ishikawa Railway’s Limited Express Noto Kagaribi from Kanazawa Station to Wakura Onsen Station, and ride the Nanao Line along the Noto Railway to Noto-Nakajima Station. The one-way fare is 2,600 yen and takes an hour and 45 minutes.From Kanazawa to Hakusan by BusTake the Hakusan Tozan Bus from Kanazawa Station to Betto Deai, where the trailhead is located. The ride takes about two hours and the one-way fare is 2,200 yen.Visit Ishikawa, a Land Brimming with History and Nature!Ishikawa is a treasure trove of historic spots alongside places where you can observe majestic nature. If you have a chance to visit the Hokuriku region, definitely don’t miss out on checking out Ishikawa!Read alsolast_img read more

The Wonderful World of Japanese Tea

first_imgSimilarities and Differences Amongst Different Types of Japanese TeaMany products in Japan include the word “-cha” (tea) in their names, and yet nowadays, there are few Japanese people who can actually explain the differences between different types of Japanese tea.For instance, while some beverages are called “cha,” they may not be made from traditional tea leaves. Sometimes you might pick up a drink labelled “cha” thinking that it might be Japanese tea, but once you take a sip you might find that it is a completely different drink.This article will explain the different types of Japanese tea available. Use this information to help you pick your drink of choice when you are at a Japanese convenience store or grocery store!Green Tea: The Ambassador of Japanese TeaSenchaThe most commonly known type of Japanese tea is green tea. Japanese green tea is made by heat processing the tea leaves to prevent them from fermenting. While Japanese green tea is typically made from the same type of tea leaves as black tea, their flavors differ greatly due to how much they have fermented.Sencha, is the most common type of Japanese green tea. Freshly harvested leaves are steamed and roasted to minimize fermentation.Gyokuro green tea, is a similar to sencha. Its main difference is that the tea buds are grown in the shade to develop a rich flavor with less bitterness.MatchaMatcha is made by drying tea leaves, then grinding them into a fine powder with a mill. Unlike other types of tea, matcha does not become translucent when brewed. Matcha preserves the refreshing flavor of the tea leaves, and is traditionally used in tea ceremonies.HojichaHojicha is made by roasting green tea leaves at high temperatures to bring out a rich, roasted aroma. Because the roasting process removes most of the caffeine from the tea, hojicha has a clean flavor, absent of bitterness.GenmaichaGenmaicha is made of a combination of green tea and brown rice that has been soaked in water, steamed, and roasted. This type of tea is favored for the roasted flavor of the brown rice. It also has a lower caffeine content, because it does not contain much tea leaves.Tea That Doesn’t Use Tea LeavesMugichaAs mentioned before, there are types of tea that are called “cha”, even though they do not use tea leaves. The most common type of this non-tea is mugicha.Mugicha is made from roasted barley seeds. Unlike the previous types of teas introduced in this article, mugicha is not a type of green tea, as it does not contain tea leaves. It has no caffeine, and is commonly drank as a cold beverage in the summer.KombuchaKombucha is made from kombu, a type of seaweed, also known as kelp. The tea is made by simply adding hot water to dried kombu, which has either been sliced into strips, or ground into powder.  Some kombucha have been lightly salted to bring out the flavor, while others have been mixed with rice cracker bits or gyokuro green tea to enhance the aroma. One popular form is ume-kombucha, which contains pieces of dried ume, or Japanese plum. Kombucha has a slightly salty taste.Now That You’ve Mastered the Basics of Japanese Tea…This article focused on the basic types of Japanese teas. In Japan, teas are often chosen according to the season and setting.Recently, there are also many teas that are blends of multiple varieties, or mixed with other herbs. Some tea enthusiasts even choose their teas according to where the leaves have been produced.Now that you are familiar with the basics of Japanese tea, you can delve deeper into the vast world of Japanese tea!last_img read more

See Trains From Around the World at Hara Model Railway Museum

first_imgBeside every display there’s a QR Code setup, that allows you to read the display’s accompanying explanation by downloading a special application. For visitors to Japan, this service is conveniently available in 8 different languages (English, Chinese (Traditional and Simplified), Korean, Thai, German, French and Spanish). At the front counter (entrance), you can rent a tablet that reads the QR Code, so feel free to give it a try.See How Railway Cars in Japan Have Changed Through the YearsRailways and trains that were previously used in Japan are also on display: for example the SL, which was a popular train during the Meiji Era, and also other trains which operated on local lines. Nowadays there are few opportunities to see these trains or their models, so this display will certainly arouse your interest.In another corner of the museum, set against the backdrop of Yokohama’s Minato Mirai, there’s a re-creation of how JR Sakuragichō station has changed over the years. You get a panoramic view of Minato Mirai, a testament to Yokohama’s growth and development as a port city. EntranceThe Hara Model Railway Museum showcases curator Hara-san’s own personal collection of model trains, which reportedly exceeds 6,000 in total number. Hara has devoted his lifetime of 97 years to not only traveling the globe in search of various types of model trains, but also to making them by hand. Currently, the museum houses about 1,000 railway cars from his collection.A Large Diorama Re-creates an Authentic Cityscape Right Down To the Smallest of DetailsInside the museum, one whole area is devoted to a large railway diorama, “Ichiban Tetsumo Park”. Here model trains smoothly and lightly wind their way through a miniature town with realistic-looking streets and buildings, whisking imaginary passengers on to their next destination.Within the diorama, a time and place in a certain part of the world is portrayed, and in a back alley a suspicious-looking character appears to be up to something! Right up to the finest details, creative ideas are used with the miniature people, buildings, and cars as well as trains and railways, so that the museum visitor never gets tired of looking at this cityscape scene.Just like their real counterparts, iron is used in making the model train’s wheels and the railways. So when the iron wheels run along the iron rails, the familiar click-clack sounds can be heard, giving the visitor a sense of nostalgia.With the effective use of lighting, the span of one complete day can be experienced in this diorama. At roughly 30 second intervals, the street scene changes from dusk to night and then to daybreak. With the addition of special sound effects, everything is so lifelike, it gives you the feeling of actually being there in the town. Take in the realism of this diorama with your own eyes and ears!A Total of More Than 1000 Train Cars!In the display area, model trains of various sizes and from many countries are proudly showcased. In total, more than 1000! But perhaps more surprising is that this number accounts for only a small portion of the curator’s personal collection.In the museum’s collection there are also precious and rare model trains limited to only a handful in the world. The collection has a wide variety of model trains that come in various shapes and sizes. The Minato Mirai area in the port city of Yokohama is popular with Japanese and foreign tourists alike. While taking in the beautiful ocean view, you can go for a walk, do a little shopping and enjoy various activities.But did you know that there’s a uniquely interesting museum here as well? Today we’ll introduce you to the Hara Model Railway Museum, where you can see model trains from almost every country in the world.Read Also: Retro Cute in Yokohama – Minato Mirai’s Red Shoes Sightseeing BusIt All Began With the Curator’s Own Personal Model Railway Collectioncenter_img Here also, lights are used to transform the cityscape from the daytime to an impressively realistic evening. Amidst Minato Mirai’s stunning night view, passing trains lend an air of elegance and refinement to the area.Inside the museum, there’s also a flat screen monitor where you can see a photo gallery of railway pictures taken by the curator, Nobutaro Hara, while he was traveling the globe. These pictures offer a fascinating glimpse into Mr. Hara’s life; in particular, his unending curiosity for railways and trains. The photo gallery is also in English so why not vicariously experience his world travels?You absolutely have to make a visit to this special museum and look at the enormous model train collection!Recommended articlesWhat’s the Most Convenient Fare?! How to Get to Yokohama from TokyoEasy Access! 8 Shopping Spots Around Yokohama StationFeeling the Breeze at Yokohama’s Yamashita Park“The Cup Noodles Museum” in Yokohama to Learn All about Cup RamenYokohama Chinatown – 3 Things You Shouldn’t Miss Out While Visiting!last_img read more

3 Recommended Routes to Take in Ueno Zoo

first_imgMagariya The Magariya is where livestock such as cows, and horses are kept. It hosts popular events where you can actually hold animals such as rabbits, guinea pigs, and chicks. The Friendly RanchThe Friendly Ranch is where larger animals (miniature horses, donkeys, llamas, alpacas, and pigs) are kept. There are also events where you can interact with the animals here. Recommended for visitors to Japan, the “Japanese Creature” courseOn your immediate left, after entering Omote-mon Gate Square, is Gojuu Tower (五重塔), a historical Japanese structure.  Around here, you’ll find the Japanese Animal Area, that exhibits Japanese antelope,  ‘Yezo’ deer, and wild birds. You’ll also find cages joining Lidth’s Jays and Japanese squirrels.Now we’ll tell you about some other Japanese animals that you can see in Ueno Zoo.Nara and Miyajima Island’s famous Japanese deerYou can see these deer, without even going to Nara or Miyajima Island, at Ueno Zoo!Sweet-sounding Japanese wild birds Many types of Japanese wild birds are exhibited at Ueno Zoo. There are two exhibits, marked “I” and “II.”Check out those chest marks! The Asiatic black bearThe “tsuki no wa” in “Tsukinowaguma” (Asiatic Black Bear) translates to “outline of the moon.” With a white crescent mark on its chest, it is aptly named.Settlers of Japan’s first Monkey Mountain, Japanese monkeysHave you ever seen those pictures of monkeys soaking in Japanese hot springs? Those are Japanese monkeys. You can’t see them enjoying onsen (Japanese hot springs) here, but you can see groups of them living together! By the way, the first zoo to build a saruyama (※1) (“monkey mountain”) was Ueno Zoo.※1…A saruyama, or “monkey mountain,” is a man-made mountain built to house monkeys. This is a common way to exhibit primates in Japanese zoos. Ueno Zoo is a lot bigger than I thought…Ueno Zoo houses over 3000 animals, of 400 different species. It’s difficult, to say the least, to see them all in one day. Choosing the animals you want to see the most, and planning a route around them is the best way to go.Today, we’ll teach you 3 routes through the zoo recommended by MATCHA.1) For those who don’t have a lot of time, the “It’s OK if we just see these” CourseThe “It’s OK if we just See these” Course makes stops at some of the zoo’s most popular animals.A symbol of bravery, the tigerTigers are the largest cats that inhabit Asia. They’ve remained a symbol of power in Asia for generations. As an animal in danger of becoming extinct, there are only about 4,000 tigers remaining in the world.You’ll think “Yup, that’s big” when you see the giraffeEveryone knows what a giraffe looks like, but you’ll undoubtedly be surprised by its size when you see one in person. When male giraffes fight, they swing their long necks around like whips.Booming with popularity in Japan, is the gorillaSince the beginning of 2015, “Gorilla Girls,” or, girls obsessed with gorillas, have become a hot topic. See one of these wildly popular gorillas in person at Ueno Zoo.Ueno Zoo’s feature creature, the pandaPandas are one of Japan’s most popular animals. Since there aren’t a lot of zoos where you can see pandas in Japan, Ueno Zoo’s pandas get a regular stream of visitors. They’re a must-see for visitors from outside of Japan, too.Perfect for children, the “Kid’s Park” courseIf you’re bringing children to the zoo, it’s not only the popular animals you should see; we also recommend the “Kid’s Park,” where you can interact with some of the animals.What exactly is The Kid’s Park?Located in the west area of Ueno Zoo, this is an area where you can interact with free-roaming animals. Check the “Today’s Events” board at the zoo’s entrance to see when events like “Goat Feeding Time” and “Interaction Corner” are scheduled.Nakayoshi SquareIn the Nakayoshi (or “Friendly”) Square, you can pet animals such as goats, sheep, and chickens. There are also times when you can feed the goats by hand. West Park: the Japanese Ranch in the Kid’s Park You can find Mishima Cows, from Yamaguchi Prefecture in this ranch.There are also Kuchi-no-shima Cows, from Kagoshima Prefecture’s Tokara Islands.How did you like it? There are so many more animals in Ueno Zoo. If you still want to see more, get there early so that you’ll have plenty of time to walk around.InformationUeno ZooAddress: 9-83 Ueno Zoo, Taito-ku, Tokyo-toHours: 9:30-17:00Closed: Monday (in case of holidays, the zoo will be closed the next day)New Year’s Holidays: (12/29~1/1) *May be open on MondaysAvailable map languages: English, Chinese, KoreanNearest station: If entering through the East Park’s Omote-mon Gate:5-minute walk from JR Ueno Station (Park Exit)10-minute walk from Keisei Dentetsu Ueno Station (Seimen Exit)12-minute Tokyo Metro Ginza Line/Hibiya Line Ueno Station (7th Exit)15-minute Toei Underground Railway Oedo Line Ueno-okachimachi Station (A5 Exit)If entering through the West Park’s Ikenohata-mon Gate5-minute walk from Tokyo Metro Nezu Station (2nd Exit)Phone number: 03-3828-5171Official website: Ueno Zoolast_img read more

Mount Koya An Essential Guide To The Sacred Land In Wakayama

first_imgMount Koya – The Heart of Shingon Buddhism This site has a history dating back some 1200 years, and is becoming more open to a large number of visitors. From the spring of 2017, various credit cards are now accepted in some temples when paying admission fees and for good luck charms. Credit cards can be used at Kongobuji, Danjo Garan, Daishi Kyokai and Gokusho of the Okunoin. Let’s take a look at some other things that are useful to know about Mount Koya.*1 Sohonzan: center of operations. Mount Koya, located at Wakayama Prefecture, is the center (sohonzan, *1) of Shingon Buddhism in Japan.The official name of this mountain is “Sohonzan Kongobuji”. The name refers to the temple complex which consists of various institutes such as the Kongobuji, Danjo Garan and Okunoin. This title refers to Mount Koya as a whole, along with the 117 adjacent temples.For further information on Mount Koya, please refer to Mount Koya: The Sacred Land Of Japanese Buddhism.last_img read more

Karuta Japanese Card Games at Okuno Karuta Shop

first_imgWhat is Karuta?In one set of Karuta, there will be two types of cards: “Yomifuda (読み札, reading cards)” and“Torifuda (取り札, taking cards)”. One reading card can be pared up with one taking card. In the basic rules of Karuta, the taking cards will all be spread out on the floor. When that’s finished, someone will read up the words on the reading cards. The players will have to find the taking card pair on the floor and take it, before anybody else does. In the end, the player with the most cards is the winner.In the pictures, the cards with only words are the “Yomifuda” and the cards with the pictures are the “Torifuda”.Unlike making a higher hand in Poker, Karuta is a game in which you need to use your ears to understand the Yomifuda, use your eyes to find the Torifuda, and move your body to finally get it. So Karuta is like playing a card game sport :situation judgment and quick moves are required!A Karuta Speciality “Okuno Karuta Shop”“A card game sport?! Now I’m interested!” If you are, I have just the shop for you. Okuno karuta shop is located in Jinbou-cho, Tokyo.Okuno Karuta shop sells indoor games like chess and playing cards. Of course it is a Karuta shop, so it has many kinds of Karuta as well.Shapes and PicturesAll sorts of Karuta are displayed inside the shop, and just looking at them is fun. Here are a few Karuta sets that are especially good looking!A Karuta to Make Fish and KanjiThe most famous Japanese cuisine: “Sushi”. Here is a Karuta that has many pictures of the fish used in sushi.The picture above is it: “Card game “Sushi Bar” (© Okunokaruta-ten Co.,Ltd.)”A must have for sushi lovers!When you line up the Torifuda and Yomifuda of this Karuta, the picture and Kanji of the fish will appear. It might become a war of trying to get your favorite sushi.The good thing about this sushi Karuta is that it has an English version, manual included. So this “Sushi Bar” Karuta can be a good souvenir, even if that person doesn’t speak Japanese.Round Cards?As in the pictures above, Karuta is normally in the shape of a rectangle.But here is a special type, where all the cards are circles!Both the Yomifuda and Torifuda are all circles. The Torifuda is the kanji itself illustrated along with the meaning of it.You may think “Karuta looks nice and I’d like to try, but it’s a Japanese game, the cards will all be in Japanese.” Well here’s some good news for you: There is a English-Japanese proverb version for these round Karutas!This is the “Japanese-English Proverb Karuta Circles No.1 (© Okunokaruta-ten Co.,Ltd.)”. The Torifuda illustrations are related to the proverb for both English and Japanese.This unique Karuta can let you study Japanese and play Karuta at the same time.Karuta Loved Till NowAs we have seen through this post, there are various types of Karuta, different in shape, color and theme. Maybe Karuta has been loved by the Japanese till now because it is not only fun to play, but to enjoy the look of Karuta cards itself.The 2nd floor of Okuno Karuta Shop is a museum space. All sorts of inside playing toys are exhibited, so you can take a look to know more about the Karuta culture and beyond.You can learn and know more about Japanese culture by playing Karuta. Why not go to find your favorite pair of karuta?InformationOkuno Karuta ShopAddress: 2-26 Jinbou-cho, Kanda, Chiyoda-ku, TokyoHours: 1F 11:00 – 18:00 (Sundays and Holidays 12:00 – 17:00) /2F 12:00 – 17:00Closed on 2nd and 3rd SundaysOther Languages: English HPNearest Station: JR Suidoubashi StationAccess: Get out of JR Suidoubashi station from the East Exit, and go down Shiroyama Street for 10 minutesPhone: 03-3246-8031Official HP: Okuno Karuta Shop When the weather was bad outside, have you ever played card games inside?There are many card games around the world. In Japan, there is a traditional card game called “Karuta”. In this post, we will introduce “Karuta”. By playing with them, you can get a taste of Japanese culture.last_img read more

Province extends grandfathering for manufactured homes for immediate family in ALR

first_imgVICTORIA, B.C. – The B.C. Ministry of Agriculture has announced that it will be extending the grandfathering period for manufactured homes for immediate family members in the Agricultural Land Reserve.According to the Government, this is a result of a regulatory change brought into force July 4, 2019, as work continues to protect farmland and support farmers.Minister of Agriculture, Lana Popham, says they have listened to landowners within the ALR and have given them more time to get their permits in place during this transition. “Less than five percent of B.C.’s land is in the ALR. We need to protect this farmland to support farmers, encourage agriculture jobs and strengthen food security in B.C. As we’ve worked to make long-overdue changes to help farmers farm, we heard from people living in the ALR, many who said they aren’t farming but purchased ALR land for residential use. We understand that some have been caught in the transition. We’ve listened and have given people a bit more time to get their permits in place.”Landowners in the ALR will now have until February 22, 2020, to obtain all the required permits and authorizations to place a manufactured home for immediate family on their property.The Government says they will engage with farmers, agricultural associations and local governments as work continues to help B.C. farmers farm.The change is part of ongoing work on regulations for Bill 52-2018 and Bill 15-2019 to protect farmland and support farmers.last_img read more

STF members acquitted over Trinco 5 murder

Popularly known as the ‘Trinco 5’ case, the murder of the five youth became a high profile case which was raised by international human rights groups and the UN Human Rights Council. Amnesty International has been campaigning for justice for the Tamil students.The parents of all five boys fled overseas after facing death threats when they pushed for answers over the murders of their children. Fifteen charges were filed against the suspects but they were released due to lack of evidence. The Special Task Force (STF) members accused over the murder of five youth in Trincomalee in 2006 were today acquitted in the case.Trincomalee Chief Magistrate, M. Hansa acquitted 13 Special Task Force members who were suspected of executing five youth at the Trincomalee beach in 2006. Dr. Kasippillai Manoharan, the father of one of the students killed, has been leading a campaign seeking justice.Last year Amnesty noted that despite police investigations and a Presidential commission of inquiry, no one has been held accountable for these crimes. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Courtappointed monitor says Apples antitrust cooperation sharply declined in recent months

by Larry Neumeister, The Associated Press Posted Apr 16, 2015 5:51 pm MDT Court-appointed monitor says Apple’s antitrust co-operation ‘sharply declined’ in recent months AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NEW YORK, N.Y. – Apple Inc.’s co-operation with efforts to improve its compliance with antitrust laws after a federal judge concluded it colluded with electronic book publishers to raise prices five years ago took on an “adversarial tone” recently, a court-appointed monitor says.The monitor, Michael Bromwich, said in a report made public Thursday that the technology giant’s co-operation with the monitoring team “sharply declined” this year.Bromwich was appointed to review the Cupertino, California company’s antitrust compliance policies and training after the judge concluded in a case in New York that Apple violated antitrust laws when it entered the e-book market in 2010.Bromwich said Apple was making progress before significant setbacks arose since October. Since then, he said, “Apple’s communications with us reverted to the more adversarial tone taken in the first few months of the monitorship, including attempts to prescribe and limit how the monitor should conduct his reviews and write his reports.”He said Apple’s co-operation with his team deteriorated as the company rejected requests to interview business personnel, refused to turn over certain documents and information and only let Bromwich’s team look at a small sample of training sessions. Apple’s program still lacked an independent antitrust compliance officer and adequate board oversight, he said.A lawyer for Apple did not immediately return a message seeking comment Thursday.Bromwich also had good things to say about Apple. The company has made strides to develop a program that is comprehensive and effective, including creating a set of procedures to detect, investigate and report potential and actual antitrust violations, he said.He said Apple has conducted interviews and distributed a survey to employees to collect feedback to improve its antitrust compliance program.“Apple is to be commended for the progress it has made over the past 18 months,” Bromwich said. “Nevertheless, significant gaps remain in Apple’s program, which it will have to work hard to complete.”In December, Apple got some sympathy from judges with the Manhattan-based 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals who must decide whether to reverse Judge Denise Cote’s antitrust finding after a 2013 civil trial that Apple colluded with e-book publishers to raise prices and bust Amazon.com’s control of the market.Theodore J. Boutrous Jr., an Apple attorney, told appeals judges in December that Seattle-based Amazon was the monopoly in the e-book market before Apple arrived on the scene. Boutrous said Amazon set e-book prices at $9.99, cheaper than cost, as it controlled over 90 per cent of the market. read more

Sujeewa says purported letter from Akila vague and unprofessional

He was asked to show cause as to why disciplinary action should not be taken against him. (Colombo Gazette) The Minister also said that the UNP General Secretary or Legal Secretary must also submit copies of the purported complaints against him.A letter had been sent to Senasinghe by the UNP General Secretary saying there were complaints against him, accusing him of making public comments against the party and the party leadership. The Minister called on the UNP General Secretary to conduct an inquiry into the bogus letter which tarnishes the image of the UNP General Secretary and Legal Secretary of the UNP. He also said that if the letter was indeed sent by the UNP General Secretary then it is the duty of the UNP General Secretary or Legal Secretary to mention the provisions in the UNP constitution under which action is being taken. United National Party (UNP) Parliamentarian and Minister of Science and Technology, Sujeewa Senasinghe, has written to UNP General Secretary Akila Viraj Kariyawasam over a show cause letter he had received.Senasinghe says he received the letter by fax but does not believe it was sent by the UNP General Secretary as it is vague and unprofessional. read more

Sajiths camp rejects PMs bid to abolish Executive Presidency before polls

However, UNP Deputy Leader and Presidential hopeful Sajith Premadasa said that he and several others rejected the move.He said that it was unethical to propose abolishing the Executive Presidency when Presidential elections have been declared. Several United National Party Ministers today rejected a proposal by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe to abolish the Executive Presidency before the upcoming Presidential elections.A special cabinet meeting was convened today to discuss abolishing the Executive Presidency. Premadasa said that the matter should have been discussed before the date for the Presidential election was set. read more