Japan Travel Journal Cafe
Vol.3 2009 May
First Course
- News Updates
- Upcoming Events in Japan
- Hot Deals
Main Course
- Naoshima - Art Island in the Seto Inland Sea
- Summer Festival Season in Japan
- Take Yourself Out To The Ballgame! (Part Two)
- Great Hotels You Haven't Seen in Travel Magazines: Kaniyu in Tochigi
- Local Places You Want to See: a Great Place for Haircuts in Japan
Desserts
- Practical Info
- Events in the US: Save the Date!
- Quiz: Where in Japan?
- Useful Words When Traveling in Japan
- Editor's Note
First Course

News Updates
Japanese Movies surged in spring 2009
Japanese Movies are nothing new to US entertainment market, as there have been notables such as classic Seven Samurai by Kurosawa, or Spirited Away of Hayao Miyazaki. But this spring sees unusual concentrations of Japanese movies coming into the U.S. The highlight is Departures, the best foreign language film of the 81st Academy Awards. Following this,
Departures
Tokyo!
Tokyo Sonata
The Ramen Girls (Available only in Japanese)
You will find more upcoming movies at Tokyo International Film Festival (TIFF) from October 17 through 25.

Who is Jero and what is Enka?
Jero is a Japanese-American singer from Pittsburgh. Enka is a genre of traditional Japanese popular songs that is making a comeback. Jero is bringing huge popularity back to the Enka style of music. He made his debut with his best hit song, UMIYUKI (Sea Snow) on Red-White Song Battle, the most prestigious and important TV song show in Japan on December 31st. He also sang at the Cherry blossom festival in D.C. this past April. Check out his official website and blog: http://www.jvcmusic.co.jp/-/Artist/A021548.html (Available only in Japanese) and http://blog.goo.ne.jp/jeroenka/ (Available only in Japanese)

Big Buzz of Spring Games
Baseball - The World Baseball Classic 2009 was a huge event in Japan where baseball is a national phenomenon. During the 2009 tournament, team Samurai Japan defended their champion title of 2006. You can read more about Japanese baseball in the following main course.
Sumo - The March Sumo Tournament in Osaka finished with a unpredicted result and excitement: Young yokozuna (grand champion), Hakuho, won the March Sumo Tournament in Osaka, beating a veteran yokozuna, Asasyoryu. The next tournament is May 10-24th at Tokyo and July 12-26 at Nagoya. Come check it out!

Tokyo Disney Resort Recorded the Highest Attendance in 2008
Tokyo Disney Resort surpassed its best attendance record, with 27.2 million visitors, which is up by 7.1% from the previous year. Tokyo Disney's 27.2 million combines visitors from Tokyo Disneyland and Disney Sea. It is more than 74,000 visits per day, wow!

Where Do US Travelers Go?
Japan Tourism Agency released their 2008 statistics on the US travelers. The top 5 destinations that marked the largest growth from 2007 are Hokkaido, Niigata, Shimane, Oita and Kagoshima. JNTO New York believes the following elements are growing attractions. Ski and G8 Summit for Hokkaido, Sake and Ski for Niigata, Adachi Museum for Shimane, hot springs and Toyota factory for Oita, and a popular TV history drama of 2008 for Kagoshima.

Ten Best Onsen! How many have you visited?
Jalan, a popular travel magazine in Japan, announced the top 10 onsens of their reader's choice. Over 5,800 readers submitted their votes!

1 Hakone historical baths and views of Mt. Fuji 6 Dogo in Ehime one the oldest communal bathhouses in Japan
2 Yufuin/Yunohira in Oita called "town of steam" 7 Ibusuki in Kagoshima famous sand bath for beauty and health
3 Kusatsu in Gunma famous for its healing effect
8 Kurokawa in Kumamoto off-the-beaten hot spring in mountains
4 Noboribetsu in Hokkaido called "department store of hot springs" 9 Gero (not Jero) in Gifu one of the three oldest hot springs
5 Beppu in Oita No.1 volume of hot water 10 Kinosaki in Hyogo, the stage for a famous novel


Upcoming Events in Japan
May 11-12 Takigi Noh (Bonfire Noh) at Kofukuji Temple (Nara): Noh has been a popular form of classic Japanese musical drama since the 14th century. For more information of Japanese traditional art and theaters (Kabuki, Noh and Buraku).
May 15 Aoi Festival (Kyoto): Elegant procession dating back 1,000 years at Shimogamo Shrine and Kamigamo Shrine
May 17-18 Grand Festival of Spring, Nikko (Tochigi): A procession of 1,000 samurai warriors and horseback archery performance in samurai style at Nikko Toshogu Shrine.
May 15-17 Asakusa Sanja Festival (Tokyo): Tokyo's hottest summer festival in Asakusa! This is what Asakusa locals live for!
June 1-2 Takigi Noh (Bonfire Noh) at Heian Shrine (Kyoto): A stunning firewood-lit night performance of Noh.
Second Saturday
of June
Chagu Chagu Umako Horse Festival (Iwate): Departing from a mountain village, 100 horses parade down to the town in a merry jingling of bells.
July 26 -
September 13
Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennale in Niigata (Niigata): The world's largest international art festival comes to a quiet town of Niigata. A total of 150 artists from 26 countries will create site-specific works in Echigo-Tsumari, Japan's best rice and sake producing town.
August 29-31 Tokyo Jazz Festival (Tokyo): Tokyo is a Jazz paradise and the house of numerous unique Jazz musicians! This 3 day and 2 night show is held at Tokyo International Forum and is one of Asia's largest Jazz festivals.
September 19 - November 23 Hamamatsu International Mosaiculture 2009 (Shizuoka): World Horticultural Art Event: Flower becomes world-renowned paintings and sculptures!
Late September Tokyo Game Show 2009 (Chiba): Japan's largest exhibition of computer games. Game fans of all ages from around the world celebrate this once-a-year grand festival!
October 3 - November 23 Art Biennale in Kobe (Hyogo): The theme is Japanese word "wa," meaning "peace, harmony, comfort, surrounding and link." At this historical port city, people get together for the international art, modern Japanese art, 'able art' and local art.
October 17-25 Tokyo International Film Festival (TIFF) (Tokyo): This is one of Asia's largest and most influential film festivals attracting movie fans and industry participants with special screenings, workshops, seminars and events!
October 23 - November 8 Tokyo Motor Show 2009 (Chiba): The most advanced technology and design will be displayed to the world at this one of the largest motor shows since 1954.

Hot Deals
The 19th America-Japan Grassroots Summit 2009 in MiyagiEditor's Pick!
The America-Grassroots Summit in Miyagi will be held 2009 in north-eastern Japan, offering the opportunity to get to know the REAL JAPAN. Regardless of your age or native language, you'll be able to experience a program that includes a homestay in a rural area and the chance to discover the REAL JAPAN, the way the locals do; from the culture and hospitality of Japanese people and the opportunity to make lifelong friends. The participation fee is rather reasonable as the Summit is organized by a non-profit organization and a local volunteer committee.

Seasonal Summer Package Tour
There are summer festivals throughout the country, which will be the true cultural experience! Book a summer festival tour package from the below companies today! You can read more about the festivals in the following main course.
JTB USA, Inc. : Summer Festival in Japan Tour Package
IACE Travel : Okinawa Youth Exchange Program 2009
JTB Global Travel Inc. : JAL Matsuri Festival Package
Kobayashi Travel : Summer Japan Adventure
Japan Deluxe Tour : Tohoku & Summer Festivals 12 Days

Keio Plaza Hotel Tokyo promotes Spring Limited Offer
Keio Plaza Hotel Tokyo , located just a 5-minute walk from Shinjuku Station in Tokyo, and this hotel provides you with great deals and convenient access to central Tokyo.
  Plaza Premier Room (335-388 sq.ft): Single/Double occupancy: from 18,800 yen ($188)
  Plaza Comfort Room (323 sq.ft): Single/Double occupancy: from 16,400 yen ($164)
  Renovated Deluxe Room (355-388 sq.ft): Single/Double occupancy: from 17,600 yen ($176)
  Superior Room (323-355 sq.ft): Single/Double occupancy: from 15,200 yen ($152)
* Please note that the conversion rate is $1 = 100 yen as of April, 2009. Available April 19 through June 26, 2009.

Stay for 3 and get 1 free at Hotel Granvia Kyoto
To experience many festivals and events in Kyoto as well as the city's beauty and culture, Hotel Granvia Kyoto offers you the perfect package that provides you ample time for all you like to do in Kyoto.
Special Room Rates Conversion rate $1 = 99 yen (as of April, 2009)
  16,000yen($161) (18,480yen incl. tax & service charge) for Sundays to Thursdays
  20,000yen ($202) (23,100yen incl. tax & service charge) for Fridays
  26,000yen ($262) (30,030yen incl. tax & service charge) for Saturdays

Club ABC Tours offers Japan Tour Package!
Club ABC Tours, one of the largest travel clubs in the world provides tour packages for individuals who travel frequently and appreciate travel with a difference. Japan's Golden Route is a 9 Days / 7 Nights tour including Tokyo, Hakone and Kyoto starting from $2699 land/air inclusive. Passage Through Japan is a 14 Day / 12 Night tour visiting the modern and historical Tokyo, Matsumoto, Takayama, Kanazawa, Kyoto, Hiroshima, and Osaka, starting from $5299 land/air inclusive.

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Main Course

Naoshima - Art Island in the Seto Inland Sea
Have you heard of Naoshima? I visited Naoshima Island with my parents in February 2009.

The island is famous to art and architecture lovers thanks to Benesse Art Site Naoshima. It contains modern art museums and hotels designed by famed Tadao Ando and has contemporary artworks on display outdoors in a stunning sea-and-landscape. This mixture of art and nature is the highlight of the island. The famous “Pumpkin” by Yayoi Kusama has become an icon of Naoshima.

Naoshima has appeared many times in travel editorials; most recently Nina Willdorf mentioned it in Editor’s Letter in the March 2009 issue of Budget Travel with the photo of her and the yellow pumpkin.

For the information of Benesse Art Site Naoshima and the island in general, please visit the following websites. (I'm not going to tell much about what you can see because you can find it in these websites.)
http://www.naoshima-is.co.jp/english/index.html
http://www.naoshima.net/en/index.html

The museums, hotels and outdoor artworks are scattered in the southern part of Naoshima. In the eastern part of the island (Honmura) is the Art House Project which transformed traditional houses into a space for modern art and there are six sites under the project. Honmura has a nostalgic atmosphere with traditional townscape, perfect for a relaxing walk with occasional stops at the sites of Art House Project, a shrine and a temple, and a few cozy cafes.

Accommodation is also set up for art lovers; Benesse House consists of four buildings of guest rooms featuring contemporary art. We stayed in Room 401 at Oval Building, decorated with Keith Haring's works. And the sunset view of the sea from the room was stunning. As the Museum and Oval buildings are adjacent to the Benesse House Museum, you can enjoy the museum after most of general visitors leave. I had the museum to myself at 8 pm.

You may want to try a minshuku, Japanese style local inns, if you are on budget. While Benesse House costs $350 or more per room (room only), you can stay in these minshuku for less than $100 per person with dinner and breakfast.

The year 2010 will be a good time for your visit to Naoshima and the surrounding area because the Setouchi International Art Festival 2010 will be held. For details on this event, please visit http://setouchi-artfest.jp/en/.

Of course, you do not necessarily have to wait until 2010 to visit this wonderful island.

(Text and photo by S. Kameyama.)

Here's a sample itinerary to Naoshima.
Day 1: Morning: Okayama (Korakuen, one of the three most beautiful Japanese gardens). Okayama can be reached by Shinkansen Bullet Train from Tokyo (4 hours) and Kyoto (1.5 hours) or 1.5 hour flight from Tokyo.
Afternoon: Kurashiki (traditional townscape with warehouses and a canal)
Evening: Kurashiki to Naoshima
Day 2: Full day: Naoshima
Day 3: Morning: Takamatsu (Ritsurin Koen, another famous Japanese garden). Because Takamatsu is a gateway to Shikoku Island, it is an easy side trip on the way to Shikoku. Soak in Dogo Onsen Hot Springs (remember last issue's quiz?), try white water rafting in Yoshino River, or participate in Yosakoi Dance Festival in Kochi, to name a few.

Summer Festival Season in Japan!
Jump into the summer festival in Japan this summer! Visitors are more than welcome to the lively atmosphere with people lifting massive portable shrines, women beautifully dressed in kimonos, and streets lined with numerous stalls. Please see the list of popular Japanese summer festivals. You can learn more about traditional and modern art festivals below!

July 1-31 Gion Festival (Kyoto): Gion Festival is held throughout Japan during the month of July. Kyoto's Gion Festival is held at Yasaka Shrine and dates back to 869, well known as one of the largest festivals in Kyoto. The highlight of the event is the parade of 32 beautifully decorated floats on the 17th. The floats are described as a "moving museum" of decorations and elegant textiles. Children in traditional attire and festival musicians ride the floats. This Kyoto's style of music, design andfloat structure has influenced other festivals around Japan.
July 25 Sumida River Fireworks (Tokyo): July and August are traditionally fireworks season in Japan. This is a large-scale fireworks show, where thousands upon thousands of fireworks are launched into the sky for hours. The Sumida River Fireworks is one of the major fireworks shows in Tokyo, said to have originated in the custom of the common people of Edo viewing fireworks while enjoying the cool of the summer evening. The old town evening sky turns into a spectacle of dazzling colors, people dressed in summer kimonos enjoy not only watching the brilliant fireworks display, but also enjoy the street fair vendors who sell delicious food, drink and arts & crafts.
August 2-7, 1-7 Aomori Nebuta Festival & Hirosaki Neputa Festival Tohoku Region Big 4 Festivals!(Aomori): Gigantic papier-mache dolls parade at night. These gorgeous and colorful three-dimensional dolls compete each other in beauty and dynamism!
August 3-6 Akita Kanto Festival Tohoku Big 4!See the 24ft-tall bamboo poles with 46 lanterns be carried through the streets in hope for a good fall harvest.
August 5-7 Yamagata Hanagasa Festival Tohoku Big 4!Come and watch about a total of 10,000 dancers in a 100 groups participate in this festival as a parade is led by colorful decorated floats.
August 6-8 Sendai Tanabata Festival (Star Festival) Tohoku Big 4!(Miyagi): Currently, Tanabata is to celebrate the summer starry night and an old romantic mythology behind. Unique to Sendai are the Seven Ornaments, which embody prayers for progress in studies or calligraphy, the well being of one's family, good health and longevity, prosperous business, a large catch and a rich harvest.
August 8 Tokyo Bay Grand Fireworks (Tokyo): The Tokyo Bay Grand Fireworks Show is one of the largest and best known fireworks displays in Tokyo, where as many as 12,000 fireworks will be launched.

Flags of teams

Take Yourself Out To The Ballgame! (Part Two)

If you're in Japan and fail to see a pro baseball game you'll have missed an essential part of your Japan travel experience. Really. If you want to experience and event with local Japanese, take yourself out to a ballgame. (This is the second half of Japanese Baseball story by Bob Bavasi. The first half was published in the last March issue.)

Japanese baseball and its fans are far removed from the relatively sedate game of the United States and Canada. Japanese fans are crowd-roaring, flag-waving, song-singing, chant-yelling home team boosters, who, in spite of all that, are the most polite and gracious you'll find anywhere in the sporting world.

Team and Stadium Locations

Inside Tokyo Dome

If you're in Tokyo, there are five teams from which to choose. Here's a website for team logos, Stadium maps and locations.

The Swallows and Giants are in central Tokyo. Jingu Stadium where the Swallows play is a continually rejuvenated old-time park that once hosted Babe Ruth. The more modern Tokyo Dome hosts the Giants and has an adjacent amusement park, restaurants, and a raucous multi-story off-track horseracing parlor.

The Lions in northwest Tokyo play in the Seibu Dome, a formerly outdoor ballpark that now has a cover. The Marines reside in east Tokyo in Chiba Marine Stadium, a circular multi-purpose stadium boasting a terrific fan museum. The well-known former New York Mets skipper, Bobby Valentine, enthusiastically manages this club and is known to lead fans in cheers.

The BayStars are a short 30-minute train ride from Tokyo to Yokohama Municipal Stadium, which is surrounded by a park, adjacent to Chinatown, and a few blocks from harbor side attractions.

North of Tokyo you'll find the Eagles in Sendai playing at the most intimate and fan-friendly of all the Japanese parks. The Fighters are the northernmost ballclub whose home is the Sapporo Dome.

In the greater Osaka area you can choose from the Tigers and Buffaloes in Osaka proper, while the Dragons are relatively nearby in Nagoya.

Koshien Stadium

The Tigers play in what some call Sacred Koshien Stadium. Sacred or not it is indeed the only ballpark with a legitimate shrine just outside where fans make offerings. It's also home to the ever-popular twice-yearly high school baseball tournament.

Both the Buffaloes and Dragons play in domes with plenty of restaurants and other commercial attractions on premises.

South of Osaka is Hiroshima, home of the Carp who begin play this season in a brand new stadium conveniently located next to JR Hiroshima Station. The Hawks in Fukuoka are the southernmost team playing in the Fukuoka Dome and, until recently, managed by Sadaharu Oh, the world's home run leader.

All ballparks are easily accessible by train and subway...or simply say two simple words to any cabdriver: "Yakyu" is the Japanese word for baseball ("yah" as in yahoo, "kew" as in few) and the name of the home team.

Two Important Notes

Every first-time visitor to a ballgame in Japan never fails to remark on the energetic, ever-polite, always smiling drink girls who literally run through the stands vending beer, liquor and soft drinks. This caused a guest to remark, "I love this place. Every time I wave at a pretty girl, I end up with a beer n my hand!"

Also, if you're seeing a game in Tokyo you might consider a pre-game stop at the JapanBall Hall of Fame and Restaurant open Monday through Saturday for lunch and dinner until 9:30pm.

It's located in the easy-to-find Cafe Noodle Roje, an enchanting neighborhood cafe just blocks from the Tokyo Dome.

The JapanBall HOF was born in 2005 when a group of baseball fans decided this would be their gathering spot. They wanted a place that would be welcoming to foreign baseball fans, give them a personal feel for the country, and serve food that's varied and easy to take.

For More Information

Visit JapanBall.com for online tickets, game schedules, stadium and public transportation access maps, escorted baseball tours, and a general overview of the game in Japan.

Bob Bavasi is a longtime baseball executive, principal of Bavasi Sports Partners, and editor of JapanBall.com. He is happy to answer your Japan baseball questions. You may reach him at Bob@JapanBall.com


Great Hotels You Haven't Seen in Travel Magazines: Kaniyu in Tochigi
There are always some people addicted to something: In Japanese, they are called otaku, and there are video-game otaku, ramen-otaku, train-otaku. As this e-newsletter is about travel, let's talk about onsen-otaku in Japan. They are crazy about visiting as many good hot springs as possible and finding hidden unknown old cozy ryokans. If you think you have something to share with them, you should know the word, hitou, which means a secret onsen, usually located deep in mountains and remote from a town. Here I would like to introduce one of those hitou Onsen ryokans; Kaniyu, 100 mile north of Tokyo Five Reasons I love Kaniyu

1) It is in deep in the wild nature (You need to walk over 1 hour from the last stop of a public bus line, or call for hotel shuttle service)
2) 9 bath tabs, one is exclusively for women
3) Great food
4) Great price (Starting 10650 yen per person ($109, Conversion rate $1 = 98 yen as of April, 2009) with dinner and breakfast included)
5) High quality of pure natural hot water

Note: They are not ready to talk with you in English, so find reliable Japanese Agents or friends. http://www.naf.co.jp/kaniyu/welcome.stm (Available only in Japanese)


Local Places You Want to See: A Great Place for Haircuts in Japan
When you travel overseas, one easy way to make an unforgettable memory is to get a hair cut. In my case, one of a few faces I remember from my trips to Paris is a woman in a hair salon. They have a similar service and facilities in Japan. Another unforgettable hair cut experience was along a highway in a rural village in the southwestern part of China. Their salon is very different what we are familiar with in Japan, but their service and warm spirits are one of best moments in my 3 weeks in China.

I do not recommend this travel tip for ladies as it is a bit risky to have hair cut under language restrictions. But for men, if you think being short is just great, you should go to Sanpatsu-ya or a barber shop in Japan.

What I see the difference between the US and Japan in a barber shop industry, maybe you might want to find out on your own, but I will tell you, they use hot towels, shaving service, hair shampoo are included in a standard price in a standard barber shop. Some chain low-cost barbers don't provide these. If you go to a traditional barber shop, it will cost around 4000yen or $45, there are also discount chain with a standard service with around 2000yen, some low cost shop with a mimum service (just a 5 min quick cut only) goes with around 1000yen.

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Practical Info
Delta Airline Begins 2 New Routes to Tokyo!
From June 3rd Salt Lake City to Tokyo
(5 days a week Except Tue and Sun)
Leave SLC 1:35pm Arrive Narita 4:25pm
Leave Narita 3:40pm Arrive SLC 11:30am
From June 4th NY(JFK) to Tokyo (Daily) Leave JFK 1:50pm Arrive Narita 5:00pm
Leave Narita 3:25pm Arrive JFK 3:05pm

Seabourne cruise, luxury small ship specialist, will make first appearance to Japan (Kagoshima, Nagaski) in 2010-2011
More cruise info to Japan can be found here.

Events in the US: Save the Date
May 11 Historical and Natural Tourism: Rediscovering Lost Japan by Mr. Alex Kerr (New York City, NY):
Famed author and Japan expert Alex Kerr argues that Japan has recently discovered the power of tourism to revive depressed rural communities. This is bringing with it a new-found interest in preserving traditional buildings and protecting the natural environment. He offers an innovative vision for the future of international tourism in Japan. To learn more about his activities, visit Iori and Origin.

May 16 Miami Japan Culture Week 2009 (Miami, FL)
JNTO North America will host a travel guidance seminar at Miami Japan Culture Week 2009. To those around Miami, you can learn Japan more on Saturday May 16th, see you there!

May 31 Japan Day 2009 (New York City, NY):
This event is dedicated for promoting the U.S. and Japan cultural exchange since 2007. Central Park in New York City will be the venue to experience Japanese modern technology, traditional culture including Japanese drum performances. You can also join the Japan Run, a four-mile New York Road Runners sponsored race!

August 15-23 69th ANNUAL NISEI WEEK FESTIVAL (Los Angeles, CA)
This year's Nisei Week Japanese Festival theme is "A Year of Celebrations" celebrating many centennial milestone anniversaries of community-based organizations and the golden anniversary of the first ever sister-city of the City of Los Angeles, Nagoya, Japan. Exciting and fun activities await for the entire family to enjoy during the Nisei Week festival. Included are cultural exhibits, dynamic cultural entertainment, delicious Japanese food, and traditional celebrations. Highlights of these include taiko, sumo, martial arts, tea ceremony, ikebana, odori dancing, and many more.


Where in Japan?
It seems that last two questions are very easy for our smart e-letter readers. The photo is from a recent Japanese film. Please answer the name of the mountain in the background.

Hint: The film won Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film at the 2009 Oscars.

Prize:
Among all correct answers, five lucky winners will receive a tenugui, a Japanese traditional face towel, provided by wuhao newyork inc. To learn about tenugi, its history and how to use it (there are more ways than just a towel), visit their website: http://www.wuhaonyc.com/

How to enter: You can enter from May 1st to May 31st, 2009, at
http://www.zoomerang.com/Survey/?p=WEB2294KWA3DK9

Let's review the last quiz. The answer to the last issue's quiz is Dogo Onsen (Dogo Hot Spring). Out of 253 replies, 238 (94.1%) had the correct answer!

Have you ever soaked in this classic hot spring?

Useful Words When Traveling in Japan: Bee-ru
In the last issue, we learned Eki-soba (Station Noodles) or Tachi-gui-soba (Stand-Eat-Noodles) . The vocabulary of this issue is "bee-ru". Obviously, Japanese people drink lots of beer, and its name came from the English but is pronounced in Japanese way "bee-ru". It is fun to say in the local way. Just add "nama" (which means fresh) at the beginning for a draft beer!


Editor's Note
Hope you enjoy our third newsletter edited in a new format. Travel is not for everybody now, and many people just have a lot more to prioritize than traveling, and I am falling into the same situation as well. But, I know I will travel someday. So please keep Japan in your future travel destination list and explore beyond large cities. It would be our pleasure if our readers are motivated to travel to Japan with this newsletter. (A. O.)

Hope you are enjoying the spring that finally arrived! It is the best season of the year in Japan as well and it is particularly the time to enjoy many different flowers in full blossom such as peonies, wisterias, fringed irises, hydrangeas, and more. One of the FAQs I receive is where to go to see all these flowers in Japan, and my top recommended place is Kamakura with many Zen temples and old streets. Walking from Kita-Kamakura to Kamakura train stations is the best way to see the one-of-a-kind seasonal view of old temples with early-summer flowers. (A.T.)

Thank you for reading May issue of our newsletter. We would like to share our passion for Japan with you. Please send your comments & suggestions on this article, and your personal experience in Japan. We may post your letter on Reader's Voice in the next newsletter. See you in the next issue!

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