Peek in 2014 Japan
December 11, 2013, New York, New York
Japanese Cuisine Added to UNESCO's List
The fame of Japanese cuisine reached to the UNESCO's World Heritage
recognition for healthy diet with seafood oriented ingredient, rice and seasonal vegetables. UNESCO had designated French cuisine Mediterranean diet for the world intangible heritage in 2010, and traditional Japanese cuisine, known as washoku
, as just added to the list along with a few other culinary cultures this year. The decision was made in time while the western style food is spreading among younger generations in Japan, but the awareness of varieties of Japanese food, beyond sushi and tempura, is expected as well as the benefit of the balanced diet style from washoku
. Japan received a new UNESCO world natural heritage status to Mt. Fuji in June 2013, and this is the 22nd status for Japan.
Centennial of Tokyo Station, December 2014
Tokyo train station, the largest train terminal in the country, will celebrate the 100th anniversary in December 2014. Commemorating the historic milestone, Tokyo Station signed the sister station relationship with New York City's Grand Central Terminal at its 100th anniversary in February 2013. Barely survived the air raids during the World War II, the city refurbished the station during the unprecedented recovery from the rubble, and the facility went through a major restoration project before the 100th year of the station, including historic brick façade and the Tokyo Station Hotel inside the terminal. Commemorative events are expected toward the anniversary month in and around Tokyo.
The International Olympic Committee picked Tokyo as the 2020 host city after the 50 years of the first Tokyo Olympics in 1964. The Olympics was a major momentum of modern urban development in Japan, and it brought the world's first high-speed express train network into the reality, and the first Bullet Train (a.k.a. Shinkansen) was one of the highlights of Japan's remarkable technological and economic advancement. With several extensions and new additional lines, the Bullet Train became the major logistic artery in today's Japan, the very original line celebrates the 50th anniversary on October 1, 2014. The first line was launched between Tokyo and Osaka at the top speed of 210km/h, versus today's highest speed tops to 270km/h. In early 2015, the newest Bullet Train line will be extended from Nagano into the Hokuriku region in northeastern Japan, service to the historic cities of Toyama and Kanazawa.
20th Anniversary in OsakaKansai International Airport (KIX)
will mark the 20th anniversary on September 4. Since its opening on September 4, 1994, Kansai International Airport serves as the international gateway for the western region, providing international travelers more direct access to major cities like Osaka, Kyoto, Kobe, Nara and Wakayama. The airport is currently operating with two terminals: Terminal 1 was designed by the globally recognized architect Renzo Piano. In the total floor space is 3.2 million square feet, the terminal's total length is 1.1 mile from end to end, which set the world longest in 2008. Terminal 2 is set for the hub of Peach Aviation
, the largest low-cost carrier in Japan, with much simpler design. The airport authority is planning varieties of events to commemorate this anniversary throughout the year 2014.
The Collections Hall, Kyoto National Museum, reopening in 2014: The museum was founded in 1897, housing over 12,000 pieces of historic Asian artworks and archeological objects. The original Collections Hall was opened in 1966, but was closed for rebuilding since December 2008. The Hall will be replaced by a new building designed by Yoshio Taniguchi, the Japanese architect who designed the New York City's Museum of Modern Art (MoMA). The new Halls will be opened in 2014 in the contemporary glassy building.
is a new Japan guidebook came out for the first time in a totally new format. Written by a Japanese expert Sumiko Kajiyama, the book is consist of three parts; Tokyo, Kyoto and Tohoku. Each region is colorfully illustrated with tons of photos, and the Tohoku chapter, covering the areas largely affected by the 2011 tsunami disaster, is uniquely presented in-depth with tourist landmarks, regional culture and tips. The book approaches the destinations for the first-time travelers, those who look for cultural experience and even experienced travelers looking for surprises. Cool Japan has been published by Museyon Guides (ISBN 978-0-9846334-5-6).
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