A MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT OF JNTO

With the support of everyone from around the world, Japan is getting back on its feet.  From the transportation network to tourist attractions, the recovery is coming along quickly and smoothly, and affected areas are returning to normal. 

You can access the recently released message from Mr. Tadatoshi Mamiya, President of the Japan National Tourism Organization on our website.


FUJI-Q HIGHLAND UNVEILS THEIR NEWEST RECORD-BREAKER

Opening July 16th 2011, Fuji-Q Highland is welcoming its newest record-breaking coaster, TAKABISHA.  Application pending, the 3 billion yen roller coaster will be featured in the Guinness World Record for steepest vertical drop at 121 degrees, giving the park its 14th world record.  Takabisha will join other major record-breaking coasters like Fujiyama, the world's tallest coaster in 1996, Dodonpa, the fastest in 2001, and Eejanaika, the most inversions in 2006. The ride features a sky-facing 43m vertical ascent, a downward-facing cliff-hanger moment, a free-fall at the record-breaking 121 degrees, acceleration to 100km/hr through a 63m tunnel, a pitch-black area and indoor sections, and 7 twists.  Takabisha runs only single, 8-person cars instead of connected cars for smoother twists and turns. Takabisha can be ridden as part of the Fuji-Q Free pass or with a separate ticket.

For details, go to: www.jnto.go.jp/eng/topics/pdf/fujiq_takabisha.pdf


SAY HELLO TO JAPAN'S FIRST LOW COST CARRIER: PEACH

On May 24th 2011, A&F Aviation Co. Ltd officially changed its name to Peach Aviation Limited, and is touting reliable and affordable flights across Asian countries.  The change comes with a new logo and aircraft design in fuchsia and white, and casual-style cabin and ground crew uniforms. According to their website, the name Peach "was chosen for its symbolism as a well-known and much-loved fruit that symbolizes longevity, energy and happiness across Asian countries."  The airline is based out of Kansai International airport, and flights to Sapporo and Fukuoka will begin no later than March 2012. See the new design on their official website: www.flypeach.com


CELEBRATING THE EARTH THROUGH
MUSIC AND ART

From August 19th to 21st, Sado Island will host the 24th Annual Earth Celebration festival, the longest running music festival in Japan.  World-renowned Taiko ensemble, Kodo, return to their native Sado Island every year, inviting artists they've met overseas to come and engage in a giant musical collaboration.  The festival offers a range of attractions:  Outdoor concerts at Shiroyama Park; EC Theatre (a concert meshing Japanese trio Ryutaro Kaneko, Yasukazu Kano & Haruhiko Saga, with the Kurdish Ranaei family); workshops in music, handicrafts and local performing arts; tours of the streets of Ogi and the Ogi Peninsula; Fringe Events, where guests can share their own performances; and a Harbour Market.  There are also pre-event Taiko sessions and Noh performances running from August 12th to 18th, excepting August 15th.  Come celebrate Mother Earth and see this beautiful, environmentally conscious island for yourself. For more information, go to: www.kodo.or.jp/ec/


TRAVEL WITH THE JR EAST PASS AND
GET A FREE GIFT!

Heading East?  For a limited time, if you present your JR East Pass or JR East Pass Special ticket at designated distribution points in Aomori or Iwate, you can get a free gift!

AOMORI: pass holders travelling in the Aomori region between April 1st and July 22nd 2011 will receive a free gift by visiting Hachinohe city, Goshogawara city, Towada city, Shichinohe city, and Mutsu city.  Each Center has a different gift and quantities are limited so hurry in to get your free souvenir.

See all the gifts and where to get them: www.jreast.co.jp/e/destinations/aomori/gifts.html

IWATE: until September 30th 2011, pass holders going to Iwate can stop by one of 4 tourist information offices to receive a free traditional Nanbu-style dyed cloth when they present their pass. 

Visit the scenic Hiraizumi, Morioka, or Ichinoseki, and pick up a free piece of tradition.  Supplies are limited, so get yours soon!

For details about this campaign and downloadable maps for this region, go to: www.jreast.co.jp/e/promotion/iwate.html


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 energetic dance from Kochi is defined by the use of Naruko wooden clappers?

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


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Japan's First Low Cost Carrier
Celebrating the Earth
Free Gift with JR East Pass
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