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Watch “Departures,” then depart for Yamagata!

Winner in the Foreign Language Category at the 81st Academy Awards, "Departures" debuted in theatres across America on May 29th.

The film tell the story of Daigo, a man who by chance becomes a "Nokanshi," a person who prepares bodies for burial, and through a series of events becomes drawn deeper and deeper into the art of the profession.  While on one hand displaying the stereotypes surround such a profession in Japan, the film also has a certain humor and a strong emphasis on the importance of life and love.  If you haven't seen it yet, then what are you waiting for? (Official site:

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Kintetsu International can provide you with all your air and hotel accommodations to Yamagata, Japan – home of the 2008 Best Foreign Film, “Departures”. 
Please contact Kintetsu International  1-800-422-4381 or visit to learn more about all our products and services to this fascinating country!

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