The Democratic Party of Japan won the majority in the Diet for the first time in the postwar period.
The general election for the House of Representatives was held on August 31. In Japan, the Liberal Democratic Party had been ruling as one-party government over 50 years in total, and there had not been a change of regime. However this time, the Democratic Party of Japan dominated the Lower House for the first time in the Japanese parliamentary government system. Once elected, the new prime minister will receive a high public pressure to solve the critical problems such as the economic depression and social welfare.
Don't miss it! $899* Special Package from JTB!
This $899 + tax ($79)* special package includes airfare, fuel surcharge, 4 nights incl. taxes and 1/2day sightseeing tour in Tokyo! Tickets must be issued 21 days before the departure date from the US. For more information, please visit: www.jtbusa.com/en/tour/cotokyo
* Price is per person/double occupancy from Newark, NJ, and for departure from October 1st, 2009 to March 5th, 2010 every Wednesday & Thursday. The offer is subject to availability. Black-out dates may apply. Applicable taxes and fees, and September 11th security fee as of August 26, 2009 apply.
Facebook & Twitter "Visit Japan" page launched.
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Hoshinoya Kyoto will open in December, 2009
Yes, Kyoto is a must-see destination for tourists, and Hoshinoya Kyoto, the historic ryokan with the modern renovation, adds another reason to visit this city. This historical Japanese-style building was originally the library and house of a wealthy merchant in Kyoto, and turned into a ryokan 100 years ago. Hoshinoya Kyoto inherits the tradition and opens their authentic Japanese-style villa deep on an exclusive delta in the river in the Arashiyama area in western Kyoto city. Only accessible via 10-minutes river boat-ride from the foot of Togetsukyo bridge, and with all 25 guestrooms with river view, Hoshinoya Kyoto assures an unforgettable romantic experience. The Togetsukyo bridge is only within 25-minutes car-ride from Kyoto station.
Tokyo Marathon 2010 Road Runners Tokyo Tour
The next Tokyo Marathon will be held on February 24, 2010. Starting at Shinjuku, just outside the Tokyo Metropolitan Government buildings, athletes will enjoy running through Tokyo and take in spectacular views of the city until they reach the goal at the "Tokyo Big Sight" exhibition center on the other side of the city. Although the official registration already closed on August 31, JTB USA Inc. is offering a Road Runners Tokyo Tour Package with a guaranteed registration for the Tokyo Marathon if you sign up before November 23, 2009. For more information, visit:
High school baseball tournament
Japan's high school baseball tournaments are major part of the nation's baseball scene just like collage football in the United States. Twice a year, in spring and summer, the best high school teams all gather for the national baseball championship tournaments to be the number one in the country, and this is a lifetime dream for many young baseball players. The national tournament is taken place at the legendary Hanshin Koshien Stadium in Hyogo Prefecture, and this is considered the pinnacle of Japanese high school baseball. This year, the final face-off was between Chukyo University High School from Aichi Prefecture and Nihon Bunrei High School from Niigata Prefecture, and 47,000 people filled the stadium on the hot middle summer day on August 24. Chukyo won the very close game at the end 10-9, and marked the 7th national championship title, which is the record number of the victory in the tournament's history.
Charles & Sho's Environmental Bike Trip through Japan!
This summer is one of the most memorable for an 8-year old from New York: Sho Scott and his father Charles Scott have traveled by bicycle across the entire length of Japan, the home country of Sho's mother. Starting from Cape Soya on June 25, the northern most point of Hokkaido, they have pedaled about 3,000 miles to reach Cape Sata at the end of August, the southern most point of Kyushu. Entitled, "Unite to Combat Climate Change - Ride Japan," their eco-friendly travel follows a route that takes them through many of Japan's richest cultural and natural sites. For more information, please visit the riderís website.
"USN - Visit to My Homeland - 3rd Season" on AIR!
"Visit to My Homeland" is the USN's original program introducing various regions in Japan. Each program focuses on one region and informs you from famous tourist spots to deep hideaways within 15 minutes! The program is sponsored by JNTO, IACE Travel, Kintetsu International Travel, Nippon Travel Agency, and JTB USA. For more details on this program, please visit their website: http://www.irmnet.com/usn/visit.html For broadcast channel, http://www.irmnet.com/usn/about.html
100-Yen Beer launched at supermarkets
What can a dollar buy in Japan? How about a 350-milliliter can of beer? 100-Yen Beers can now be purchased at the large supermarket chains Jusco and Ito Yokado! This "third-category beer" is made with malt substitutes such as soybeans, corn and peas and offers a taste close to more expensively-priced beer at just 100-Yen. Aeon Co., a supermarket chain operator, co-developed this 100-Yen Beers called "Mugi no Kaori" with Suntory and started selling it at their chain supermarkets in July. Not to be outdone, Seven & I Holdings rolled out a rival product, "The Brew," at their Ito Yokado supermarkets. The popularity of these new beers is soaring in Japan! Try one yourself, and see if you can tell the difference!
||Tokyo Game Show 2009
Tokyo Game Show 2009 The show hopes to cheer up the world through games and show "power of games"! Special package tour available Chiba
||Takayama Autumn Festival Takayama Autumn Festival At the highlight, marionette performance on the floats, Japan's important cultural properties by themselves. Takayama, Gifu
||Mino Japanese Paper, Akari-Art Exhibition
Artwork of Mino Japanese paper is lit up and exhibited along the old streets, full of romantic atmosphere. Mino, Gifu
||Nada Fighting Festival Teams carrying humongous portable shrines collide with each other. For its fierceness and dynamism, the festival is the largest fighting festival in Japan. Himeji, Hyogo
||Nikko Grand Autumn Festival Samurai horse-back archery and samurai-style 800-people procession for worshipping the Shogun. Nikko, Tochigi
| Oct. 17-25
||Tokyo International Film Festival (TIFF)
Every year since 1985, TIFF has been screening feature films from all over the world. This year, the festival is establishing the "Green Carpet Club" in order to further develop its ecological and green initiatives, a manifest hope that all filmmakers, moviegoers, and the entire film community call the Earth our home. Roppongi Hills, Minato-ku, Tokyo.
||Festival of Ages The processions cover seven periods of Japanese history. Kyoto
||Tokyo Motor Show
The Tokyo Motor Show is one of the world's largest motor shows. This year the show highlights various innovative programs, such as the passenger car/motorcycle test-drive program, tours of the show led by the Automotive Journalist Association, and a crafting experience for parents and children. The theme of this year's show is "Fun Driving for Us, Eco Driving for Earth." Makuhari Messe, Chiba.
||Karatsu Kunchi Festival
14 giant floats race and brave shouts. Karatsu-City, Saga
||Feudal Lord’s Procession in Hakone ‘Down, down, the lord comes!' in a hot spring town. Hakone, Kanagawa
|Nov. 12, 24
||Tori-no-ichi (Rake Fair) Gorgeous rakes are sold by lively vendors until midnight, wishing good luck and business prosperity. Taito-ku, Tokyo
||Shichi-Go-San (Children's Shrine-Visiting Day)
At the age of 3 or 5 (for boys) and 3 or 7 (for girls), children will be brought to shrines by parents to wish for the healthy growth. Throughout Japan
|Kyoto Winter Special 2010 4-month special tourism campaign in Kyoto: Hanatoro, historical shop fronts and cultural heritage sites are lit up by Japanese lanterns. This winter it will be accompanied by the Kyoto Restaurant Winter Special too!
Sapporo Snow Festival
Started in 1950, the Sapporo Snow Festival is one of Japan's largest winter events. Hundreds of beautiful snow statues and ice sculptures turn Sapporo into a veritable winter wonderland of crystalline ice and powdery snow. Home to the 1972 Winter Olympics and Sapporo Brewery, Sapporo is also well known for its miso ramen dish. For more about ramen, please read "Ramen Mania" in this issue! Sapporo, Hokkaido.
||Tokyo International Anime Fair
Come and meet some of the most famous anime creators and characters from all over the world! The fair will have zillions of exhibitions, symposiums and screenings that can be attended. Various competitions will also be held, and celebrities within the anime community will be honored for their work at the anime award ceremony. Tokyo Big Sight, Koto-ku, Tokyo.
Events in the US: Save the Date
Sep. 18-20 Anime Weekend Atlanta, Atlanta, GA
Started in 1995, AWA is one of the most popular Japanese anime conventions in the US. You will find a variety of programs, including a cosplay (costume play) contest, anime screenings (from 60s classics to new releases), workshops and panel discussions. Of course you will also find tons of anime and manga related merchandise such as toys, games, books, DVDs and CDs.
Sep. 19-20 JapanFest 2009, Duluth, GA
JapanFest welcomes its 23rd year as the largest Japanese festival east of Houston and south of Washington, DC. We at JNTO will be promoting our "Visit Japan Campaign" during the event, and we'll also have a "Cool Japan Travel Seminar" at noon on both days. We hope to see you there!
September 19 Greater Kansas City Japan Festival
, Kansas City, KS
Meet JNTO staff at the Japan Travel Seminar!
Sep. 25 & 26 Folk Festival of Japan at Carnegie Hall, New York, NY
An amazing array of Japanese folk music and dance programs comes back to Carnegie Hall for the first time in a decade! Programming includes Ryukyuan (Okinawan) dance and a performance of the Japanese bamboo flute by Hozan Yamamoto, who is designated a National Living Treasure of Japan.
Stages are scheduled for 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm at the Banquet Hall and 7:30 pm - 10:30 pm at Stern Auditorium on Friday the 25th, and 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm at Weill Recital Hall on Saturday the 26th. This is a FREE event, but you need to RSVP. Please contact Friends of RINRI KENKYUSHO of N.Y., Inc. (Tel: 212-869-1922, Tue & Thu 10:00 am - 5:00 pm) or JTB International, Inc. New York Office (Tel: 212-698-4941, Mon thru Fri 10:00 am - 5:00 pm).
Sep. 25-27 New York Anime Festival
, New York, NY
If you are an anime fan, you won't want to miss this humongous festival in New York City! Events such as World Cyber Games National Final and Neo-Victorian Fashion Show will be held, as well as anime screenings and a cosplay contest. The Yume Cosplay First-Place Prize is airfare to Japan, five nights in a Tokyo hotel, VIP tickets to the Tokyo International Anime Fair, and $1,000 in prize money! We at JNTO will promote our "Visit Japan Campaign" at booth #216 in the Exhibition Hall. See you there!
Nov. 13-22 Japanese Musical, Talk like Singing New York, NY
Have you ever heard of Koki Mitani? A talented Japanese playwright and director, he has produced a tremendous amount of TV dramas, movies, theater performances, animations and comedies. His newest work is "Talk like Singing," a comedic new show in both Japanese and English which he has written and directed. Japanese superstar Shingo Katori will make his international stage debut at Talk Like Singing's world premiere in New York City on November 13, 2009 at 8:00 pm at New York University's Skirball Center.
Nov. 20-22 Anime USA, Arlington, VA
As in the beginning in 1999, Anime USA's mission is to educate the public about and promote Japanese arts and popular culture. And they remains a convention of fans, by fans, and for fans. We JNTO will be there to promote how you can experience Japanese arts in depth while traveling Japan. Meet JNTO Staff at the booth!
Special Online Airfares from US to Japan! (Update by July 2, 2009; through September 31, 2009)
Akasaka Excel Hotel Special Promotion
Hotel located 10 min. by subway for Shibuya, Shinjuku, Ginza, Roppongi, Tokyo !
Availability - 9/1/2009 - 12/30/2009 -
Special Room Rate (Conversion rate $1 = 94yen (August 2009)
Single A (161 sq.ft) : 12,000 yen ($127) (Regular Rate: 19,480 yen)
Single B (205 sq.ft) : 13,000 yen ($138) (Regular Rate: 22,077 yen)
Moderate Twin (237 sq.ft) : 14,000 yen ($148) (Regular Rate: 27,272 yen)
Moderate Double(237 sq.ft) : 16,000 yen ($170) (Regular Rate: 27,272 yen)
Triple (237 sq.ft) : 18,000 yen ($191) (Regular Rate: 30,302 yen)
This rate includes:
* Free High Speed Internet Access !
* Free shuttle bus for Tokyo Disney Resort.
* The above rates are subjected to 5% Tax, 10% Service Charge and Accommodation tax.
For the reservation: Tokyu Hotels Reservation Center North America
Hotel New Otani Tokyo 45th Anniversary Stay at Deluxe Room with 45% off Promotion
Availability Until December 30th ,2009
Special Room Rate (Single or Double use Conversion rate $1 = 94yen (August 2009)
* The Main Deluxe Room 27,500yen ($ 292) (Rack rate 50,000yen)
* The Main Deluxe Bathroom with City View 30,250 yen ($321) (Rack rate 55,000yen)
* The Main Penthouse Deluxe, Bathroom with Garden View 35,750yen ($380) (Rack rate 65,000yen)
* Rates may occasionally vary due to the date, availability and any other reasons.
* This Rate is not including breakfast, 10% service charge, and taxes.
New Otani Club : You can register Membership free. For members offer a discount for breakfast and you will get points for various benefits.
Frequent Flyer Mileage Programs: You can get your mileage points of AA, UA, NW and more.
For the Reservation: New Otani Hotels North America Sales Office