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Featured HighlightWinter Illuminations in Japan

Here is a wonderful way to get rid of the Japanese winter doldrums: go to see some of the many locations that offer breathtaking nighttime illuminations! Most are on display from late autumn until the end of the year, and some through early next year. Many are free and easily accessible by public transportation. There are many beautiful illumination attractions in Japan, and here we've listed some of the most popular. Please check individual websites for details.

In Tokyo, nothing is quite as spectacular as Roppongi Hills' three illumination displays. The blue and white lights all along Keyakizaka Street; the almost 30-foot high Christmas tree at 66 Plaza, and the visually enchanting art illumination at Mori Garden all mustn't be missed. Visitors may see the lights from around early November until Christmas.

New JNTO US Website   Share Your WOW!
Japan Photo Contest
  Hello Kitty App

We have renewed our US website to offer easier access to more specific information and lots of new promotions. The new website will be also accessible via iPhone and iPad. Visit our new website today and discover what Japan has to offer.


"Share Your WOW!" is a photo contest which is part of a global campaign by Japan Tourism Agency to help promote recovery from the earthquake and tsunami disaster.


In order to further overseas tourism to Japan, Japan Tourism Agency is working in conjunction with Sanrio to utilize the Hello Kitty character in a tourist information app for the iPhone.


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Chichibu Night Festival, December 2 - 3, 2012

The ancient Shinto Chichibu Shrine in Chichibu, Saitama Prefecture, about one and one-half hours from central Tokyo, celebrates its annual Chichibu Night Festival this year from December 2 December 3. The music and floats of the festival were designated an Important Intangible Folk Cultural Property in 1979.
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Oga Namahage Festival, December 31, 2012

Each New Year's eve in Oga City, Akita Prefecture, a rather bizarre yet enjoyable event that began generations ago, takes place. This event is called Oga Namahage. Namahage is the name of a terrifying looking diety (or ogre, depending on your view) that, in groups of two or three, brandishes a large knife (fake) and shouts out threateningly as it goes dancing and shouting from door to door: "Do I hear the whining of a crybaby?" or "Are there any disobedient children around here?" or other such exclamations. These creatures are young people from the village who are dressed in traditional attire of a straw raincoats and fearsome masks, to represent the ogre.
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New Year's In Japan, January 1, 2013

In a country that may be considered the hi-tech wonder of the world, Japan's New Year's holiday is a time when many people return to the traditional.
The holidays generally run from about December 29 through January 3, with schools, administrative offices, and many businesses closed during at least part of that time. In recent years, however, some businesses, such as restaurants and department stores, have begun staying open to take advantage of people in their holiday spending mood!
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Antique Jamboree, January 8, 2013

One of the largest antique fairs in Japan showcasing Japanese and western antiques and toy collectibles will run from January 8th 10th, 2013 at the Tokyo Big Site International Exhibition Center.
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New York City Wine and Food Festival, October 13 - 14, 2012

The 5th Food Network New York City Wine & Food Festival, presented by Food & Wine magazine, is almost upon us! Come and have a blast at one of the largest food festivals in the culinary paradise that is New York City. It's the festival where you can get up close and personal with international culinary celebrities and your favorite TV chefs, too!
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Anime USA, November 9 - 11, 2012
Getting an itch to indulge in a little cosplay? Can't wait to find out the newest and geekiest goings-on in the world of Japanese art and popular culture? Then it's time to head on over to Anime USA 2012! The venue this year is the beautiful Washington Marriott Wardman Park in Washington, D.C., from November 9th 11th.
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Special Tour Packages

Japan Golden Route - 8 nights Escorted Package from Tokyo
(March 30 - April 7, 2013) ($1,819 - As of Sep.12, 2012 -)

Visit Japan's iconic sites and locations in Tokyo, Kyoto, Hakone, Mt. Fuji and Nara during the famous cherry blossom season.
From modern skyscrapers to ancient temples and sacred mountains, a variety of experiences await you - ride the bullet train, walk down the Nakamise shopping street, indulge yourself in Onsen (hot spring), enjoy traditional Japanese cuisine and much much more.
For more, please visit here.

Special Offer: When booking online, enter the Promo Code "JNTO" and receive a $50 discount with either a check or cash payment.
For more, please visit here.

The Sapporo Snow Festival 4 Day /3 Night Tour 2013
(From February 4 to February 12, 2013) (From $782)

The Sapporo snow festival is one of the great festivals in Japan, promising an amazing experience in Hokkaido.
In 2013 the festival will be held from February 5-11. Enjoy the beautiful snow festival, visit famous sightseeing places like Odori Park, t. Moiwa Ropeway, Hokkaido Museum, Ishiya Shiroi Koibito Park, and more!
For more, please visit here.

Fly nonstop to Osaka with China Airlines + 3 nights in Osaka or Kyoto
(September 2012 August 2013) ($1,119 if staying in Osaka)($1.149 if staying in Kyoto)

Nonstop to Kansai International Airport (KIX) on China Airlines from JFK + 3 nights at either a) Osaka Tokyu Inn or b) Kyoto Tokyu Hotel
For more, please visit here.

*Price includes tax and fuel surcharges. This air + hotel package is valid until August 2013 however may change dependent on season of travel. Additional hotel nights may be purchased at cost.

Tokyo Express
(October 2012 - May 2013) (From $1,699)

Join us on our Tokyo Express tour to discover the magic of this ancient yet modern city at a truly remarkable price. Travel to Tokyo, Japan non-stop via the world's #1 carrier, Singapore Airlines. You'll stay at the beautiful and well-located 5-star Keio Plaza Hotel in Tokyo and enjoy a lavish buffet breakfast daily.
For more, please visit here.

*Transfers and a guided tour of Tokyo are also included as well as plenty of optional day tours.

Travel on a Shoestring

Kaiten Sushi (Kaitenzushi)
Kaiten sushi, or kaitenzushi, as it is pronounced in Japanese, is sushi that may be considered fast-food sushi, as opposed to sushi served at a traditional sushi restaurant. The sushi at kaitenzushi restaurants are on plates that sit on a rotating conveyor belt that runs through the restaurant and by every table and counter seat. Customers select the sushi that they want to eat as it passes by. If they don't see what they like on the belt, they may order it from one of the chefs. Desserts, soups, some beverages and sometimes other food are also available on the conveyor belt. Condiments, such as pickled ginger, wasabi and soy sauce are self-served, as is green tea or water. Restaurants keep track of how long the sushi has been on the conveyor belt so they remove the plates that have been in rotation too long.



Quiz: Where in Japan?

This location is the birthplace of Nigiri-zushi. Made of cooked rice with raw fish and now globally recognized as typical "sushi", Nigiri-zushi is also called as Edomae-zushi.

Hint: "Edo" of Edomae-zushi is the former name of the city.

Prize: Five lucky winners will be selected among those who answered correctly. Your prize will be a "sushi" key chain and "Tokyo" magnet.

How to enter: You can enter your answer by November 7, 2012, at

Let's review the quiz answers from previous newsletters.

The answer for the Newsletter Vol. 23 (August issue) is Aichi.
(Kasugai, Ichiro's birthplace city and Nagoya, the city where his high-school is located are, also regarded as correct answers.)

Thank you for your hard work!

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Editor's Note

We introduce sushi this issue in the "Travel on a shoestring" and "Newsletter Quiz".

In addition to sushi, Japanese food has become incredibly popular around the globe. In fact, the number of Japanese restaurants in US has more than doubled in the past decade.

Michelin publishes 3 restaurant guide books covering 8 cities/areas in Japan. In this, Tokyo offers the most Michelin starred restaurants (247) in the world with Kyoto coming in 2nd with 109. The numbers of the Tokyo and Kyoto's Michelin star tally far exceed that of Paris & New York and exemplify the richness of Japanese food culture.

Japan also offers great food at more reasonable prices like Ramen noodles, Okonomiyaki, Udon noodles, Donburi (a rice bowl dish with beef, pork-culet, egg etc.).

Autumn is a wonderful season to visit Japan. With an amazing variety of world class and affordable cuisine to indulge in, we hope you bring a healthy appetite!

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