Season's Greeting

WASHOKU JOINS THE UNESCO RANKS

Traditional Japanese cuisine, known as "Washoku," was added to UNESCO's Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity at the 8th Session of the Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage. Typically eaten during New Year celebrations, washoku has been officially inscribed on the list as "Washoku, traditional dietary cultures of the Japanese, notably for the celebration of New Year."

Read the Press Release from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan.


GURUNAVI UNVEILS NEW CATEGORIES

Gurunavi, the online Japan Restaurant Guide, has introduced a new set of categories to help users search for restaurants. The new categories classify restaurants as follows: Japanese Izakaya, Sushi, Yakiniku, Tempura, Restaurants with English, Chinese, and/or Korean menus, and Restaurants with Free Wi-Fi. Each category can be further narrowed down by location, price, languages and discount services. As before, users can also read articles on Japanese food and search for restaurants by location and category.

Visit GURUNAVI to find your next restaurant experience.


HOW TO USE JR-WEST

Learn everything you need to know about using the JR West rail system, from purchasing tickets to using trains, It’s now easier than ever to use JR West thanks to their website. The updated information includes information about discount tickets, special tickets, tickets for overseas visitors, ticket gate and platform signage, instructions on how to go through the ticket gates, and routes from Kansai Airport to major destinations, such as Universal Studios Japan.

To learn more about the JR West rail system, visit their website.


YAMANASHI WELCOME CAMPAIGN

Yamanashi Prefecture has launched their "Welcome Campaign for Promotion of Overseas Visitors". Visitors staying at participating Yamanashi hotels will be eligible to receive a welcome message from the governor and a free Hello Kitty mug until February 28. Visitors must post a picture and tweet about "What moved me the most in Yamanashi" on the campaign's @Home_of_Fujisan Twitter account and show it to hotel staff. Presents are limited so check availability with your hotel.

For more details, visit the campaign page.


TOUR JAPAN'S INDUSTRIAL SIDE

Have you ever wondered how Japanese products are made? The Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) invites you to explore the world of industrial tourism in Japan. From factories and plants to craft centers, industrial museums, farms, breweries, and more, discover the inner workings of Japan's development and manufacturing processes. JETRO's website allows you to search for tours by area or category with detailed information about each venue.

Find the industry that sparks your interest on JETRO's Industrial Tourism in Japan page.


JAPAN MEDIA ARTS FESTIVAL

The Japan Media Arts Festival will be celebrating its 17th year from February 5th to February 16th, 2014! The festival honors outstanding work in Art, Entertainment, Animation and Manga with exhibitions, film screenings, a manga library, performances, talks, workshops, and guided tours. This year, the festival received a record 4,347 entries from 84 countries and regions. The Exhibition of Award-winning Works will be displayed at the National Art Center, Tokyo Midtown, Cinem@rt Roppongi, and SuperDeluxe.

Learn more about the Japan Media Arts Festival.


JNTO DESKTOP CALENDARS FOR 2014

JNTO's 2014 desktop calendars are now available for download on the JNTO website. Keep the spirit of Japan with you all year long with our World Heritage Sites in Japan collection! The wallpapers are available in 4 sizes, with and without Japanese holidays.

Download your 2014 Desktop Calendar today!


CULTURE CORNER

Test yourself!  How well do you know Japanese culture?  In this section, we'll give you a photo and a question to test your knowledge about Japan and its culture.

What colourful dishes are traditionally eaten for the New Year holiday?

Curious?  Visit the Newsletter section of our website for the answer!  You can also view previous editions of the newsletter.


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Washoku Joins the UNESCO Ranks
Gurunavi Unveils New Categories
How to Use JR-West
Yamanashi Welcome Campaign
Tour Japan's Industrial Side
Japan Media Arts Festival
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