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Japan Voice Actor News: Unsho Ishizuka -Professor Oak- passed away at 68 Year Old

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Japan Voice Actor News: Unsho Ishizuka -Professor Oak- passed away at 68 Year Old

UNSHO ISHIZUKA

Unsho Ishizuka who did the voice of Professor Oak in Pockemon passed away. He was 68 year old.

Life

Ishizuka was born in Fukui pref in 1951.

 

In his youth he was into mountain climbing.  After he did a solo acting in front of people he wanted to be an actor and joined several theater groups in Tokyo.

 

His family ran a motor bike shop. He rode a motor bike till he was 30.

 

In addition to the voice of Professor Oak, he did the voice of Heihachi Mishima in Tekken. He is known for the voice of Liam Neeson as a dubbed voice in Japan.

 

The production of Pockemon is finished up to the episode in the 1st week of October, 2018. Who will voice the Professor Oak after this is not yet decided.

 

He passed away due to a stomach cancer on 13 August, 2018.

 

 

What is your opinion?

What do you think about this news? What is your favorite Unsho's work? Share with us your view!

 

Source: Wikipedia

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Comiket in Tokyo, Japan in 2019 will be 4 days!

Comiket in Tokyo, Japan in 2019 will be 4 days!

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Comiket in 2019

Comiket in 2019 will take place on 9-12 August and 28-31 December. 4 days per event.

 

This is the first time that the event lasts for 4 days. 

 

The size of the event area shall be actually smaller, around 75% of the current size. This is because the Tokyo Big Sight use will be restricted due to the Tokyo Olympic preparation.

 

We will update you about 2020 Comket too once the information available!

What is Comike? Big dojinshi fair in the world

Comiket is the biggest Dojinshi ("同人誌" / self-published works by animator/comic artist) convention in the world since 1975 (21 Dec). 

 

We call it "Komike" in Japan. 

This is one good channel to promote yourself as a Manga-ka or Cartoonist in Japan.

 

When to take place and for how many days?

 

2019 seems a special event with 4 days.

 

Usually it takes place at Tokyo Big Sight two times a year ("Summer Comiket" in mid August of every year e.g. 10-12AUG and "Winter Comiket" around the end of every year e.g. 29DEC- 1JAN).

 

Besides this, there is Comiket Special which takes place every 5 year.

 

<<How to get a job as Manga-ka or catoonist in Japan?>>

How much to enter Comiket in Tokyo?

As of 2018 it is free to enter the Comike.

What you need to be careful

Heat

For Summer Comike, you take care of yourself for the heat. IT was reported every day there were more than 100 people taken to the care center with possible heat stroke. Bring some cap, enough drink.

We heard of some complaints from the people lining up in the morning outside of the venue that there were no drink vendors who could go around so that you could buy drink from where you lined up. There are many vending machines but not practical when you need to line up with several thousands of people.

 

 

Theft ( including Pickpocket) 

There was a report of arrest for pickpocket. If you attended the Comike once, you know the situation is like 8AM in Yamanote line on weekday. So many people. You keep your belongings where nobody can reach easily. 

 

The photos of the cosplayers are here!

What time should you go the venue? Opening hour

The Comket opens from 10:00AM till 17:00 for the 1st and 2nd day and 10:00AM-16:00 for the 3rd day. For 2019, there will be the 4th day. The opening hour should be more or less the same.

(Subject to a possible change in the future. Check the official website )

 

still Morning dash?

Although not allowed, it is sort of tradition that the visitors rush out of the station gate from the first train which reaches at Rinkai line Kokusai Tenjijo station ( りんかい線国際展示場駅 ).

 

 

It is called " Shihatsu Dash / 始発ダッシュ or the first train dash ".

 

Well, we can only say do you run or you fall! Stay safe ;)

Location and How to get there?

The location is at Tokyo Big Sight, a convention hall in Tokyo. In 2019, the venue is a bit smaller than normal.

 

There shall be 3 venues:

West Exhibition Hall

South Exhibition Hall

Aomi Exhibition Hall which is 1.5km away from the other halls.

 

You need to take JR Shinjuku Rinkai line or Yurikamome line from JR Shinbashi station. 

 

You get off at Kokusai Tenjijo station ( りんかい線国際展示場駅 ) of Rinkai line or Kokusai Tenjijo Seimon station (国際展示場正門駅) of Yurikamome line.

Comiket policy

The policy of Comiket is that all participants are equal.

Seller - circle

You need to be selected to be the seller. If selected to be a seller, you need to pay. The normal seller space is a half of a table and two chairs. The seller at the Comiket is called "circle". 

 

The application starts for the next convention around the time of Comiket. That means if you want to be a seller at the next convention, you need to apply around 6 months in advance.

 

If you wish to be a seller, you need to apply by post or email. Many applications fail because of just not enough or wrong information in the application format. You make sure you fill in correctly!

 

More than 36000 circles attend usually

 

Seller can enter at 07:00AM

This is how it is like in Comiket source: wikipedia
This is how it is like in Comiket source: wikipedia

Visitor

Is it free to visit the market?

"Yes!"

Unlike many Dojinshi convention, you do not need to buy the catalog (as an entry ticket) to visit the market.

 

More than 500000 visitors usually. In 2018 summer there were more than 53000 visitors.

 

Visitor can line up from 04:30AM and enter at 10:00AM (in fact you are NOT allowed to line up before 04:30AM but many lineup from the day before)

Cosplayer

If you want to do a cosplay at the Comiket, you need to apply in advance.

 

Now the not excessive exposure rules are in use. You should not show too much skin!

careful about several rules at Comiket!!

You must be careful about several rules in Comiket. The similar rules apply also to many Dojinshi Conventions in Japan.

 

 

If you want to take a photo/video of someone in the Comiket, unless you blur the person's face, you are not allowed to publish it on your SNS or any sort. If you want to publish, you need to identify yourself with your name and your contact information, the purpose/media details. The organiser is strict with the rules. The penalty could be the eviction from the Comiket.

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Have you ever been at any Dojinshi convention? Which one? How was your experience?

 

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Looking for a beautiful Japanese inn with private bath during your trip to Japan? Here is the list!

 

Hungry in Japan? Find the unbelievably big and cheap food from our "where can we get full" list!

 

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Source: wikipedia, Comiket official website

 

 

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Japan Voice Actor News: Chinatsu Akasaki Got Married!

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Japan Voice Actor News: Chinatsu Akasaki Got Married!

Chinatsu Akasaki

The famous voice actor Chinatsu Akasaki announced on Twitter that she got married on 10 August, 2018.

Life

Chinatsu is born in Kagoshima in 1985 .

 

She got the dream to be a voice actor around in the 5th or 6th grade of primary school She joined the local theater group.

She entered the prestige Tokyo Gakugei University where she majored in acting. She also studied Italian as the second language. She won the award at Voice New Type Summer Audition in 2008.

 

Her major roles include Yasuna in Kill Me, Baby (English title: Baby, please kill me.) by Kazuho.

 

Her mental mentor is Yuko Minaguchi. 

 

Cute yasuna in "Kill Me, Baby"

What is your opinion?

What do you think about this news? What is your favorite Chinatsu's work? Share with us your view!

 

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World Cosplay Summit and Parade in Aichi, Japan!! Great Cosplayers Gather from the world

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World Cosplay Summit and Parade in Aichi, Japan!! Great Cosplayers Gather from the world

Aichi, Japan

The great news for Cosplayers in Japan!!

 

World Cosplay Summit takes place every year in Aichi.

 

The event duration is 27 July till 5 August.

 

The representatives come from Australia, Brazil, Canada , China , Denmark , Finland , France , Germany , Hong Kong , India , Indonesia , Italy , Japan , Korea , Kuwait , Malaysia , Mexico , Netherlands , Philippines , Portugal , Russia , Sweden , Singapore , Spain , Switzerland , Taiwan , Thailand , UK , USA , Vietnam , Belgium , Chile , Myanmar , Puerto Rico , UAE etc.

Events

During this summit, there are several events.

2018 schedule were:

 

28 July

Laguna Cosplay Festival 2018 at Laguna Tenbosch

All night cosplay photo shooting (this time, cancelled due to the typhoone)

 

1 August

  • Meijimura Cosplay 2018 at the Museum Meiji-mura
  • Wedding Hall Photo Party at Bleu Leman Nagoya

 

3 August

Underground Cosplay Parade at Central Park Underground Shopping ara

 

4-5 August

World Cosplay Summit at several locatoin including Oasis 21, Nagoya Castle

 

4 August

Niconico cospllection (cosplay fashion show) at Oasis 21 

Note: Niconico also holds a cosplay event in Inkebukuro for Halloween

 

5 August

Osu Cosplay Parade

The biggest cosplay parade probably in Japan.

 

5 August

WCS International Symposium at International Hotel Nagoya 2nd floor

Several university professors talk about serious things.

 

5 August

World Cosplay Championship at Dolphins Arena

More than 30 teams short listed representing their nations compete to get the best award.

parade in Osu

Estimated 1000 cosplayers will gather in Osu. You need to reapply to attend this parade.

 

The parade starts at 10:00AM

 

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Halloween Cosplay Parade in Ikebukuro 27, 28 Oct, 2018!! Application deadline/form here!

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HALLOWEEN Cosplay Parade in Ikebukuro 27, 28 Oct, 2018!! Application deadline/form here!

Goes to the official site organised by Niconico
Goes to the official site organised by Niconico

Ikebukuro, tokyo

The great news for Cosplayers in Japan!!

 

Niconico - a Japanese youtube- organize a cosplay party in Oct every year at the East exit of Ikebukuro where its head office is located.

 

The event duration is 11:00 - 17:00 on 27 and 28 Oct.

 

 

The event include a fashion show, Karaoke show.

 

parade

Estimated 250 cosplayers will gather in Ikebukuro. You need to reapply to attend this parade.

 

This year's exact plan is not out but based on 2017, the parade starts at 13:00 till 14:00.

 

 

For more latest info from Niconico on this event, click here!

Main stage

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バリ国際空港でだまされないために パート2(インドネシア)

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バリ国際空港でだまされないために(インドネシア)ウーバーや格安バスについて 2ページ目

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では、ウーバーや格安バスのクラクラバスはどうでしょうか?以下簡単に説明してみました!

オプション2

ウーバーを使う。これはタクシーよりも安心で安いかもしれません。ウーバーについてはこちらを。自分はバリでは使ったことがないですが、スマホ上で事前に値段を決めてクレジットカードで決済できるので便利です。

 

ただし、このオプションは携帯に海外SIMをいれ、常にネット環境を整えてないと、ドライバーとの待ち合わせ、連絡で問題が起こります。

オプション3

クラクラバス(公共のバス)を利用。Rp.20,000からです。値段的にはウーバーよりも安いのではないかと思います。バリ国際空港の近くにバス停がないので、Kutaまでと同じ距離ほどありますので1時間ほどあるくか、空港を歩いて出て、ブルーバードでバスターミナルまで行き、そこから目的地にバスで出発。時刻表と、自分の宿泊地がバス停の近くにあるかどうかを調べてください。バスのページは日本語でも出ています。日本人の方が社長さんで、日本JTB系列の会社のようです。

 

2018年4月からルート変更(料金変更もありました!)があり、いくつかのルートではDFSでの乗換えが不要になりました!公式ページをチェックしてください。

クラクラバスの路線カバー範囲

Kurakura bus covers main tourist area in Bali Source: Kurakura Bus official website
Kurakura bus covers main tourist area in Bali Source: Kurakura Bus official website

クラクラバスの路線図

Source: official website
Your hotel better close to one of these bus stops Source: official website

主要なホテルはカバーしており、バス停に名前がなくても自分の宿泊先が直ぐ近くにある場合が多いです。

How Kurakura bus looks like Source: official website
How Kurakura bus looks like Source: official website
Three types of Kurakurabus Source: official website
Three types of Kurakurabus Source: official website

クラクラバスの種類は3種類で、社内にはコンセントもついてます。

クラクラバスのバスターミナルの場所

勘違いされる方が多いのですが、クラクラバスのバスターミナルは空港からは徒歩で1時間くらいです。下に地図を表示しました。

(当たり前ですが、)空港のタクシーの方々はクラクラバスを嫌っているようで、クラクラバスについては何も教えてくれません。

 

「クラクラバスのことは知らない」「クラクラバスは存在しない」という一点張りです。これは空港のホテルやインフォメーションでも同じですから皆さん結託されているようです(?)。

 

タクシー運転手は目の敵にしているようですが、他の職員は、クラクラバスはマイナーな乗り物なので、ただ単に本当に知らないというのが本当の事情でしょう。

オプション4

空港から歩くのがいやな方は、宿泊のホテルが用意する空港からのピックアップの利用がお勧めです。4つ星、5つ星のホテルにご宿泊の場合は、追加料金オプションなりでホテルはほぼ必ず用意しています。

 

もちろんホテルですから、かなりのボッタくり料金で設定されています。

 

ただし、ある程度のホテルならきれいな車の中で、冷たいいい香りのするお絞りが出てくる、ウェルカムドリンクがでてくるなどあり、「だまされた感」はありませんので、そちらをお勧めします。

 

他のお客様が同乗されていなければ、途中でいい景色やコンビニがあれば停車してくれます。また、ホテルの宿泊費に込みの場合もありますので、これは事前に絶対にチェックしたほうが良いでしょう。

 

慣れてきた帰りはホテルからブルーバードタクシーでいいのではないでしょうか。

 

<<東南アジアへの進出支援なら弊社におまかせ>>

最後に

ぼったくられたと思ったら、タクシー会社に連絡をいれましょう。タクシー会社の名前・連絡先、タクシードライバーの名前、IDなどは全て携帯で写真を撮る(嫌味にならないように風景を撮っている振りをするなど)などしておくのが無難でしょう。

 

ちなみに、ぼったくりは東南アジアやその他の地域の新興国ではあたり前で、低賃金、生活の保証も無い、厳しい経済の中、生活の手段としてされている一面もあります。特にタクシードライバーは休みも少なく勤務時間も長い仕事であるのは先進国でも新興国でも同じです。

 

先進国でも、道をわざと遠回りしたりと分かりにくいぼったくりはあったりします。

 

ぼったくられてしまっても、その人の家族(と、その元締め含め?)がこれで数日食っていけると考えて、あまり気にしないようにしましょう。折角の旅行ですから。

 

ここで紹介したコツはあくまで個人的な私見に基づく参考意見です。何事も、最後は安全第一で、安物買いの銭失いどころか、思わぬ事件・事故に巻き込まれないよう無理はしないようにしてください。

 

<<バリでよいホテルを教えてほしい!との声に答えて、「バリの良いホテルーどんなに高級でも期待してよいこと、だめなこと」もご参考に!>>

 

<< インドネシア 東南アジア進出なら弊社にお任せ下さい。市場調査から法人登記、事業開発支援まで行っております。 >>

 

<<別記事の「ベトナムホーチミン空港でだまされないコツ」についてもご参照を>>

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お勧めの記事:

 

Onegai Kaeru wants you to enjoy Bali trip.

 

If you are looking for more traveler"s info and can not find one, please let us know. We will try to help you with Japan Traveler Help Service (we work on hourly charge to arrange, book, find info you need). Feel free to contact us!

  

Do you know an island with over 2000 years old tree in Japan? Please check this out!

 

Onegai Kaeru, a group of passionate travelers, bring happiness to the world with its shopping support service and original super cute items!

 

Source: Wikipedia,  Kurakura Bus website

 

Disclaimer: Even though we try to make the info as updated and accurate but the accuracy of the information herein is not guaranteed by us. If you have any uncertainty, please contact the information source.

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Latest List of Cat Islands in Japan Part 3

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Source: Findtravel

Latest List of Cat Islands in Japan (Now 17 islands, probably the biggest list) Part 3

 Have you found any good cat island suit your travel plan?

 

Let us continue the list!

13. Yushima island (湯島), Kumamoto

More cats than human (i.e. around 500 people). Actually nice swimming locations for the summer. There are two swimming areas on the islands.

 

Basic info

Name: Yushima 

Access: by boat

Address: Oyanomachi, Amakusa city, Kumamoto

14. Umashima island (馬島), Fukuoka

We like this island because the island is called "Umashima ( =hourse island in Japanese)" but it is full of cats (ca more than 80 cats vs. ca 40 people). The island has a port which is connected to Asano and Aijima island (refer to No. 8 of this list).

Be careful not to mix up with other Umashima(s) in Ehime prefecture and Yamaguchi prefecture.

 

There is no shop, hotel, cafe on this island.

 

Basic info

Name: Umashima

Access: by boat. Take a boat from Kokura port (小倉渡場) to the island (22 mins) 560JPY round trip.

Address: Umashima, Kokurakita Ward, Kitakyushu, Fukuoka

15. Heiguntou(平郡島), Yamaguchi PREFECTURE

More cats than human (i.e. around 600 people). Many cats are black and white.

 

Basic info

Name: Heiguntou 

Access: 2 times a day by boat called Heguri from Yanai port, Yamaguchi

1540JPY (1 hour) to the West port, 1540JPY to the East port (1 hour and 40 mins)

The official time table

Address: Yanai city, Yamaguchi

16. Kasado island (笠戸島), Yamaguchi prefeture

The island is a fisherman's port and also nice for fishing. This attracts cats obviously. 

 

In an ancient time, Masakado Taira planned to put Itsukushima shrine on Kasado island (later he decided to put on Miyajima, Hiroshima). The delicacy of this island is a flat fish (Hirame).

 

Kasado bridge (476.2m) connects this island to the main island.

 

For summer, it is a great place for swimming. It has some sandy beach (Hanaguri beach) and clear water.

It has a camping site and also a hot spring for feet.

17. Ibuki island (伊吹島), Kagawa prefecture

This Ibuki island (or Ibukijima) has been famous for the dried sardine called Iriko (one of the great ingredients for Japanese food).  You know Kagawa is famous for Udon and the base soup is made of Iriko!

 

Iriko is also by coincidence a favourite food of cats!! Today the island is also famous for the cats!!

 

Boat called "New Ibuki" travels 4 times a day between Kannonji port and Maura port (25 min)

 

The accent spoekn by the people on this island is said to be the old accent of Kyoto. 

One of the islands  which are used for Setouchi Triennale.

Share your cat island knowledge

This list is growing every year. Do you know more cat island or area full of cat? Please share with us if you want.

 

If you visit one of these cat islands, please follow the local rule about cats and all. Some islands have rules that you can only feed in specific area etc. 

Onegai Kaeru wants you to enjoy Japan trip.

 

If you are looking for more traveler"s info and can not find one, please let us know. We will try to help you with Japan Traveler Help Service (we work on hourly charge to arrange, book, find info you need). Feel free to contact us!

 

Looking for a beautiful Japanese inn with private bath during your trip to Japan? Here is the list!

 

 

Do you know an island with over 2000 years old tree in Japan? Please check this out!

 

Feeling hunger in Tokyo? Check this special articles where you can get full at super cheap price!

 

Onegai Kaeru, a group of passionate travelers, bring happiness to the world with its shopping support service and original super cute items!

 

Disclaimer: Even though we try to make the info as updated and accurate but the accuracy of the information herein is not guaranteed by us. If you have any uncertainty, please contact the information source.

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Latest List of Cat Islands in Japan Part 2

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Latest List of Cat Islands in Japan (Now 17 islands, probably the biggest list) Part 2

 

So let us continue the list!

6. Ainoshima island (相島), Fukuoka

500 resident island near Fukuoka. Great fishing spot if you are into fishing. There are said to be ca 100 cats living on this island. On 1.25 km2 area there  are two schools.

This is one of the two cat islands featured in CNN (the other being Tashirojima) as " the island dominated by cats" .

 

Basic info

Name: Ainoshima

Access: by boat

Address: Shingū-machi, Kasuya-gun, Fukuoka. There is another Ainoshima of Kitakyushu city, Fukuoka which is also one cat island.

7. Enoshima island ( 江の島), Kanagawa

Closest cat island to Tokyo. Maybe the area is more famous for the location in animation/manga such as Slam Dunk (Kamakura Koko Mae station (鎌倉高校前駅) where you see several famous scenes in real including the train crossing!)

 

There is a bridge connecting to the island thus no boat needed to get there. The island is not full of cats but we found many cats on our last visit to the island. There are several nice sea food restaurants and shops on and around Eonshima. If you are only visiting Tokyo area, check this place out. You can combine your trip to Kamakura - a Japan's ancient capital city with a big Buddha statute.

 

For the last 2,3 years the number of cat decreased. The island was featured by several media as an island with many cats when one of the cats was involved with a crime incident in 2012., where a cyber hacker who illegally controlled someone else's PC hid a SD card in the tiny box attached to the neck of one of the strayed cats on that island. The recent decrease seems to have reflected the increase of attention to Enoshima as a cat island.

 

Some say these cats have been kidnapped...(!) If you know why many of the cats disappeared from the island, please share.

 

Basic info

Name: Enoshima

Access: by bridge

Address: Enoshima, Fujisawa city, Kanagawa

How to get Enoshima?

15 min walk from Enoshima station of Enoshima line,

15 min walk from Shonan Enoshima station of Shonan Monorail or

10 min walk from Katase Enoshima station of Odakyu Enoshima line

 

For example, if you take a train from JR Tokyo station, it is around 1 hour trip. First you take  a Tokaido Line (Tokaido Honsen) to Fujisawa station then change to Enoshima line. Or take a Shonan Shinjuku line from Shinjuku station to Fujisawa station then change to Enoshima line (this is also around 1 hour). 

8. Aijima (藍島), Fukuoka

Probably the access is as easy as Enoshima. As many cat islands' background, the fishery industry took care of cats which can get mice. ca 300 cats and 300 people. Nice beach and camping sites in the summer. 

 

Basic info

Name: Aijima

Access: by boat

Address: Ainoshima, Kokurakita-ku, Kitakyūshū-shi, Fukuoka

9. Manabeshima (真鍋島), Okayama

More cats than its residents (ca 300). Many family names are Manabe. Some famous movies e.g. Gokumon island shot.

 

There are some inns, restaurant, vending machines on this island. 

 

Basic info

Name: Manabeshima

Access: by boat. Take the boat from Kasaoka port to the island. It is around 1 hour and 5 mins. 990JPY. There is also an express ship. It is 45 mins. 1710 JPY.

Address: Kasaoka city, Okayama

10. Iwaishima (祝島), Yamaguchi

Around 500 people (70% is older than 65 year old) living. Good that there are several ryokan and inns. No. of cat is unknown but one inn on the island says there are "many cats".

 

Basic info

Name: Iwaishima

Access: by boat

Address: Kaminoseki city, Kumage, Yamaguchi

11. Muzukijima (睦月島), Ehime

Around 400 people living. One of the Kutsuna islands. Agriculture (mandarin orange) and fishery are main industries. You can rent and ride a bike. No place to stay over night.

 

Basic info

Name: Muzukijima

Access: by boat

Address: Matsuyama city, Ehime

12. Kakarashima (加唐島), Saga

Based on the island tradition, keeping dog is not allowed. Maybe this is why cat has flourished. You may see wild hogs which started living there after they swam from the main island. Around 200 people living. Main industry is fishery and camellia (like Toshima island we featured).

 

Basic info

Name: Kakarashima

Access: by boat

Address: Karatsu city, Saga

13. Yushima island (湯島), Kumamoto

More cats than human (i.e. around 500 people). Actually nice swimming locations for the summer. There are two swimming areas on the islands.

 

Basic info

Name: Yushima 

Access: by boat

Address: Oyanomachi, Amakusa city, Kumamoto

Share your cat island knowledge

This list is growing every year. Do you know more cat island or area full of cat? Please share with us if you want.

 

If you visit one of these cat islands, please follow the local rule about cats and all. Some islands have rules that you can only feed in specific area etc. 

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Comiket in Tokyo, Japan. What is it? What you need to be careful with?

Comiket in Tokyo, Japan. What is it? What you need to be careful with?

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Comiket 2 times a year

Big dojinshi fair in the world

Comiket is the biggest Dojinshi ("同人誌" / self-published works by animator/comic artist) convention in the world since 1975 (21 Dec). 

 

We call it "Komike" in Japan. 

This is one good channel to promote yourself as a Manga-ka or Cartoonist in Japan.

 

When to take place?

 

It takes place at Tokyo Big Sight two times a year ("Summer Comiket" in mid August of every year e.g. 10-12AUG and "Winter Comiket" around the end of every year e.g. 29DEC- 1JAN).

 

Besides this, there is Comiket Special which takes place every 5 year.

 

<<How to get a job as Manga-ka or catoonist in Japan?>>

2018 Summer

Word from the organizer for Summer 2018

Update from the organizer for this 2018 August Comiket:

 

Probably the same situation for summer Comike in 2019, 2020 etc. So keep this in your mind if you visit. 

 

1) "Cosplayers should not stay outside under the super hot sun for a long. It was 35 degree already at 10:00AM and hotter than 39 degree at around 14:00 on 10th of August, 2018. ". 

 

It is usually 2-4 mins per each photo shooting. When the cosplayer is popular, there can be more than 20 people to line up to take photos!! Not healthy in this heat.

 

In the end, more than 100 people were taken for care after they felt sick in the heat.

 

It is a fun event but the safety should come first.

 

2) "Cosplayer should not wear scanty stuff."

Some cosplayers wear not much to attract the fans. Be careful with strange fans..you may have give some wrong impression! Again, the safety first. 

 

The photos of the cosplayers are here!

 

We also heard that there were pickpocket cases. One guy was arrested. Watch your belongings!

Cost to visit Comiket

How much to cost to visit the Comiket? 

Free!

Opening hour

Open 10:00AM - 17:00 for the 1st and 2nd day and 10:00AM-16:00 for the 3rd day

(Subject to a possible change in the future. Check the official website )

 

Although not allowed, it is sort of tradition that the visitors rush out of the station gate from the first train which reaches at Rinkai line Kokusai Tenjijo station ( りんかい線国際展示場駅 ).

 

It is called " Shihatsu Dash / 始発ダッシュ or the first train dash ".

Location and How to get there?

The location is at Tokyo Big Sight, a convention hall in Tokyo. You take JR Shinjuku Rinkai line or Yurikamome line from JR Shinbashi station. 

 

You get off at Kokusai Tenjijo station ( りんかい線国際展示場駅 ) of Rinkai line or Kokusai Tenjijo Seimon station (国際展示場正門駅) of Yurikamome line.

Comiket policy

The policy of Comiket is that all participants are equal.

Seller - circle

You need to be selected to be the seller. If selected to be a seller, you need to pay. The normal seller space is a half of a table and two chairs. The seller at the Comiket is called "circle". 

 

The application starts for the next convention around the time of Comiket. That means if you want to be a seller at the next convention, you need to apply around 6 months in advance.

 

If you wish to be a seller, you need to apply by post or email. Many applications fail because of just not enough or wrong information in the application format. You make sure you fill in correctly!

 

More than 36000 circles attend usually

 

Seller can enter at 07:00AM

This is how it is like in Comiket source: wikipedia
This is how it is like in Comiket source: wikipedia

Visitor

Is it free to visit the market?

"Yes!"

Unlike many Dojinshi convention, you do not need to buy the catalog (as an entry ticket) to visit the market.

 

More than 500000 visitors usually

 

Visitor can line up from 04:30AM and enter at 10:00AM (in fact you are NOT allowed to line up before 04:30AM but many lineup from the day before)

Cosplayer

If you want to do a cosplay at the Comiket, you need to apply in advance.

 

careful about several rules at Comiket!!

You must be careful about several rules in Comiket. The similar rules apply also to many Dojinshi Conventions in Japan.

 

 

If you want to take a photo/video of someone in the Comiket, unless you blur the person's face, you are not allowed to publish it on your SNS or any sort. If you want to publish, you need to identify yourself with your name and your contact information, the purpose/media details. The organiser is strict with the rules. The penalty could be the eviction from the Comiket.

Share your experience

Have you ever been at any Dojinshi convention? Which one? How was your experience?

 

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Source: wikipedia, Comiket official website

 

 

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LIST OF FRIEND/FAMILY RENTAL SERVICES IN JAPAN, WHY Normal?

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Renting a friend/family is normal in Japan?

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Onegai kaeru team has helped foreign media do interviews. One major European TV broadcaster asked us about the friend/family rental business in Japan. We arranged the interview and local film crew to support. We see more and more outside of Japan are interested in learning more about this type of business.

 

So we felt "maybe we should make the list of the friend rental ". 

 

When feeling stress, people find talking to friends sometimes helps. In this busy world, it is not always friends are around to talk or go out with you.

 

Can you actually rent a friend like car? And the answer is Yes in Japan.

 

<<Ossan (mid aged man) rental is normal in Japan, here to find out more>>

Renting someone for funeral to cry - normal in Asia

We can not tell how the human rental business in Japan started exactly. But hiring someone to do something so personal is not strange in Japan and Asia (also in the ancient Egypt, Rome...).

 

There has been a profession called "Naki-onna (泣き女) or crying woman" in China, Korea, Japan etc. The women are hired to cry at the funeral because the people in some area believed the more tears shed, the better the deceased can be in the heaven.

 

In the old time these crying women got paid with rice. Some says the amount of rice can decide how hard the women would cry. 

 

The tradition lasted in several areas of Japan (such as some part of Okinawa, Hachijojima island, Shimoda of Izu, rural area of Kochi) till the beginning of WWII.

 

This way, it was not strange to hire someone to attend something so personal. Presumably this could be one of the basis, if not only basis, for the friend/family rental businesses to grow in Japan.

why rent a friend or family? Reasons!

family problem at wedding

Why do you want to hire a stranger as your family or friend?

 

Take a wedding as one example.

 

We once attended a wedding where the parents of the bridegroom (our friend) were against the marriage and therefore not present.

 

His company boss attended (in that case, he did not pretend to be the father of the groom btw) and gave some speech where his father was usually supposed to give some words. We are sure some of the friends of the bride side felt a strange (as they were not all informed about the family prob about the marriage).

 

The world is not perfect. Some people have a problem with their parents and cannot invite them for the wedding. But because of an issue like "face issue/面子 or mentsu" for their partner's side some people use this type of service. 

 

Similar situation can happen to any other ceremonies such as funeral. This is why many companies offer to send someones to attend a funeral. This is kinda similar to the "crying woman", is not it?

Make your boyfriend jealous

Some customer hires someone to make their partner feel jealous. For example, one girl felt her boy friend is not that into her. So she hires some cool looking boy from the agency to go out and make her boy friend jealous.

more unique case - out of fear

We have been aware of more service for this human rental service. 

 

Send someone to quit the job

Feel like your boss is too scary to say you want to quit? You can send someone to quit!

 

Send someone to apologize

Do you have to face a client to say sorry? Just hire one to apologize for you.

how much or for what to rent a family / friend in Japan?

One company, Client Partners, which is a well known detective agency in Shibuya, Tokyo lends "friend".

 

Price: 800USD for 11 hours

(the price info from Asahi News, possibly different depending on cases)

 

The official website says as example this service suitable for those who:

 

1. feel so shy to go to a sport gym alone and need somebody to come with

 

2. do not want to play with a stranger at a game center

 

3. need somebody to replace a (real) friend who could not come to a party/event

 

4. freshly moved to a new city and need some friend to show around and drink together

 

 

Onegai Kaeru team knows there are several companies like this one offering service to attend a wedding as a father/mother/friends of the client or so(one wedding costs around 120USD).

 

So here is the list below:

Support one

Price: from 5000JPY for 1 hour plus travel cost

Official website

Note: the company says the company is managed by the women. So the female customers can feel more comfortable.

Family Romance

Price: from 12000JPY for 3 hour plus travel cost

Official website

Note: the company says they can lend someone to make your drinking party more fun!

Hagemashi tai

Price: from 10000JPY one case plus travel cost

Official website

Note: the company says they can lend extras.

Want to interview this company?

Do you want to TV shooting, music video, photo shooting for fashion in Japan?

 

We worked with major TV broadcasters around the world and online media to carry out their task in Japan. We make planning, arrangement with the venues, also hire local professional crew (videographer, photographer, editor, makeup artist, stylist, model, interpreter etc. ) for the project.

 

Just contact us.

More articles for you to enjoy: 

 

It is called Kimono Rocket, a website dedicated to Japan culture all around the world!

 

If you want to buy cosplay items online, we have the list of shops here!

 

Important information list on Japan trip! Find out now!

 

Have you heard of "Rabbiislands" and want to know how to get there, please click here!

 

Looking for a beautiful Japanese inn with private bath during your trip to Japan? Here is the list!

 

Hungry in Japan? Find the unbelievably big and cheap food from our "where can we get full" list!

 

Onegai Kaeru wants you to enjoy Japan trip.

 

If you are looking for more traveler"s info and can not find one, please let us know. We will try to help you with Japan Traveler Help Service (we work on hourly charge to arrange, book, find info you need). Feel free to contact us!

 

 

Want to know more places for the great photos in Japan? For example, Toshima island with so many flowers. Please check this out!

 

Do you know an island with over 2000 years old tree in Japan? Please check this out!

 

Onegai Kaeru, a group of passionate travelers, bring happiness to the world with its shopping support service and original super cute items!

 

Disclaimer: Even though we try to make the info as updated and accurate but the accuracy of the information herein is not guaranteed by us. If you have any uncertainty, please contact the information source.

Do you know owl cafe in Japan? Please click here to find out!

 

Source: Wikipedia, each official websites of the companies, Asahi news paper

 

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LIST OF JAPANESE USED (CLASSIC) SPORTS CAR RENTAL SHOPS IN JAPAN?

LIST OF JAPANESE USED (CLASSIC) SPORTS CAR RENTAL SHOPS IN JAPAN?

2000GT  Source: wikipedia
2000GT Source: wikipedia

Onegai Kaeru team loves Japanese classic sports cars. 

 

Toyota 2000GT and Datsun 510 are our all time favorites. We also had the mini car of Mazda RX-7.

 

This article, we cover the list of the shops for classic cars from Japan. 

 

If you are just visiting Japan, buying one classical sports car is not an option. How about rent them? Some of our friends rent the sports cars and told us that was the best experience in their lives. 

Fun2Drive in HakoNE

Want to drive all generations of GTR? Talk to this company in Hakone.

 

Check out this rental shop from this

 

Tel: +81-50-3693-8090

Open hour: 09:00AM~18:00

Closed on: na

Check out this rental shop from this.

 

Tel: +81 4-7192-7348

Open hour: 10:00〜19:00

Closed on: Monday 

 

Note: 50% or more customers are from outside of Japan. It has 8 shops (Higashi Ikebukuro, Yutenji, Funabashi, Urawa, Wakayama). Quite busy on Sat and Sun

Omoshiro rent-a-car in noda, Chiba etc.

JSR Auto GALLERY in Amagasaki, Osaka

Check out this rental shop from this.

 

Tel: +81 6-6470-2750

Open hour: 10:00AM~20:00

Closed on: Wed

Heisei Rent-a-car in Shikoku area

Check out this rental shop from this

 

Tel: +81 86-470-0561

Open hour: 10:00AM~20:00

Closed on: na

Note: It has the 10 shops in Kagawa, Ehime, Okayama. Good place to rent sports car in Shikoku area

How is your experience renting a sports car in Japan?

Are you serious about buying classic sports car from Japan?

 

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Have you heard of "Rabbiislands" and want to know how to get there, please click here!

 

Looking for a beautiful Japanese inn with private bath during your trip to Japan? Here is the list!

 

Hungry in Japan? Find the unbelievably big and cheap food from our "where can we get full" list!

 

Onegai Kaeru wants you to enjoy Japan trip.

 

If you are looking for more traveler"s info and can not find one, please let us know. We will try to help you with Japan Traveler Help Service (we work on hourly charge to arrange, book, find info you need). Feel free to contact us!

 

 

Want to know more places for the great photos in Japan? For example, Toshima island with so many flowers. Please check this out!

 

Do you know an island with over 2000 years old tree in Japan? Please check this out!

 

Onegai Kaeru, a group of passionate travelers, bring happiness to the world with its shopping support service and original super cute items!

 

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LIST OF JAPANESE USED (CLASSIC) SPORTS CAR SHOPS AND HOW TO BUY CLASSIC CARS FROM JAPAN?

LIST OF JAPANESE USED (CLASSIC) SPORTS CAR SHOPS AND HOW TO BUY CLASSIC CARS FROM JAPAN?

2000GT  Source: wikipedia
Amazing 2000GT Source: wikipedia

Onegai Kaeru team loves Japanese classic sports cars. 

 

Toyota 2000GT and Datsun 510 are our all time favorites. We also had the mini car of Mazda RX-7.

 

This article, we cover the list of the shops for classic cars from Japan. 

 

810 Bluebird source: wikipedia
810 Bluebird source: wikipedia

Daiya Auto

Famous for the classic cars for sale.

Check their website out

Car Sensor

One of the biggest used shops in Japan.

Check their website

 

Do you want to rent a Japanese classic car? Check this list out!

 

 

We make impossible possible. We are into cars. If you need the custom car parts or classic cars from Japan, just feel free to contact us.

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It is called Kimono Rocket, a website dedicated to Japan culture all around the world!

 

If you want to buy cosplay items online, we have the list of shops here!

 

Important information list on Japan trip! Find out now!

 

Have you heard of "Rabbiislands" and want to know how to get there, please click here!

 

Looking for a beautiful Japanese inn with private bath during your trip to Japan? Here is the list!

 

Hungry in Japan? Find the unbelievably big and cheap food from our "where can we get full" list!

 

Onegai Kaeru wants you to enjoy Japan trip.

 

If you are looking for more traveler"s info and can not find one, please let us know. We will try to help you with Japan Traveler Help Service (we work on hourly charge to arrange, book, find info you need). Feel free to contact us!

 

 

Want to know more places for the great photos in Japan? For example, Toshima island with so many flowers. Please check this out!

 

Do you know an island with over 2000 years old tree in Japan? Please check this out!

 

Onegai Kaeru, a group of passionate travelers, bring happiness to the world with its shopping support service and original super cute items!

 

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List of Custom Car Part shops in Japan and How to Buy the Car Parts?

List of Custom Car Part shops in Japan and How to Buy the Car Parts?

Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution is one great car source: wikipedia
Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution is one great car source: wikipedia

Onegai Kaeru team loves cars. When you love cars, you also may want to get the custom parts to make your own car. 

 

Once we collected custom parts for Mitsubishi LANCER Evolution and there are friends outside Japan.

 

This article, we cover the list of the shops (esp. those who develop and manufacture) for car parts from Japan. 

 

We make impossible possible. We are into cars. If you need the parts or cars from Japan, just feel free to contact us.

Artisan spirits

Artisan Spirits

The company develops aero accessories for Lexus and Toyota cars (and Porsche!) mainly

Check their website

Aless

Aless

The company develops great accessories 

Check their website

Auto garage answer

Auto Garage Answer

The company develops aero accessories 

Check their website

Espelir

Espelir

The company develops great suspensions for many types of cars. Their key products are Downsus and Upsus. Experienced with Super GT and D1 grand prix.

Check their website

RS-R

RS-R 

The company develops great suspensions for many types of cars.

Check their website

AMS

AMS

The company develops great accessories. The concept is European style and luxury. Their product lines include aero parts, eye line, smart eco grill, monitor hood, muffler, muffler cutter etc.

Check their website

Avest

Avest

The company develops great door winkers and items with lights. Love the cool design.

Check their website

Autobahn

Autobahn.

We love the company name. The company develops wonderful mirrors for cars.

Honda used their products for Race formula dream (which ended in 2005).

Check their website

Arai Helmet

Arai Helmet

If you are into motor bikes, you most likely know this company. The company develops great helmet

Check their website

Rojam

Rojam

The company develops great aero parts for cars under the concept of "celebrity style".

Check their website

HKS

HKS

The shop develops many custom car parts including exhaustion, suspension, intake, dry carbon, blow off, turbo, supercharger, cooling system etc.

Check their website

Aimgain

Aimgain

Well known shop to the world. The shop develops many custom car parts including body kits, dampers, seat covers, wheels and aero parts.

Check their website

mz speed

MZ-Speed

The shop develops many custom car parts.

Check their website

ms-realize

MS-realize

The shop develops many custom car parts for Mark X Toyota.

Check their website

Wald

Wald

Well known shop to the world. The shop develops many custom car parts including wheels and aero parts.

Check their website

Endless

Endless

Well known shop to the world. The shop develops many custom car parts related to brake. Be careful with the copy products of Endless.

Check their website

Awsome

Awsome

The shop develops variety of aero wheels and smart key cases.

Check their website

OKADA PROJECTS

Okada Projects

The shop develops variety of ignition products for higher performance.

Check their website

Elf

Elf

Well known shop to the world. (This one is actually a French company, a Total group company)

Check their website

Monster Sport

Monster Sport

The shop has many custom car parts

Check their website

source: official website
source: official website
source: official website
source: official website
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More articles for you to enjoy: 

 

It is called Kimono Rocket, a website dedicated to Japan culture all around the world!

 

If you want to buy cosplay items online, we have the list of shops here!

 

Important information list on Japan trip! Find out now!

 

Have you heard of "Rabbiislands" and want to know how to get there, please click here!

 

Looking for a beautiful Japanese inn with private bath during your trip to Japan? Here is the list!

 

Hungry in Japan? Find the unbelievably big and cheap food from our "where can we get full" list!

 

Onegai Kaeru wants you to enjoy Japan trip.

 

If you are looking for more traveler"s info and can not find one, please let us know. We will try to help you with Japan Traveler Help Service (we work on hourly charge to arrange, book, find info you need). Feel free to contact us!

 

 

Want to know more places for the great photos in Japan? For example, Toshima island with so many flowers. Please check this out!

 

Do you know an island with over 2000 years old tree in Japan? Please check this out!

 

Onegai Kaeru, a group of passionate travelers, bring happiness to the world with its shopping support service and original super cute items!

 

Disclaimer: Even though we try to make the info as updated and accurate but the accuracy of the information herein is not guaranteed by us. If you have any uncertainty, please contact the information source.

海外展示会・見本市での窃盗をどう防ぐか - 絶対にしておきたい具体案

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海外展示会・見本市での窃盗をどう防ぐか - 絶対にしておきたい具体案

世界の展示会での盗難防止策 All right reserved Onegai Kaeru
世界の展示会での盗難防止策 All right reserved Onegai Kaeru

海外での展示会・見本市出展に対する問い合わせが増えております。

 

見本市・展示会での窃盗は意外と起こっています。これは日本国内でも同様ですが、勝手のわからない海外の展示会・見本市は特に注意が必要です。

 

今回は、海外で出展支援をしている弊社の経験の基づき、国内外で展示会に出展する場合、どのように窃盗を防止するかの方法をご紹介します。

 

博物館や美術館から宝石が盗まれるのはよく(!?)あります。先日も、イタリアのドゥカーレ宮殿の展示場で、カタール王国の宝石が盗まれました。美術館のように厳重にしても、窃盗は発生します。

 

展示会・見本市では、美術館のような厳重なセキュリティーは期待ができませんので、高価・貴重なプロトタイプを展示する際は特に用心が必要です。

 

ダイヤモンドや金などいわゆる貴重品を扱うのであれば、用心もしますが、B2Bの展示会·見本市で、まさか窃盗目的で入場しているものがいるとは想像もしていないのが普通です。

 

2017年10月、ベルリンで開催された成人向け展示会Venus-Berlinでは、英国の成人玩具メーカーの製品60000USD(45000ユーロ)相当盗まれるケースがありました。現在、被害にあった会社は、問題解決に協力しない展示会主催側とで争っています。

 

日本でも貴重な楽器が、修復され出展された直後に盗まれるという事件がありました。

 

 

また、2017年に、海外のゲームの展示会CESにて、レイザー社が3分割画面のプロトタイプが盗難されるケースがありました。ハイテク産業の競争が激化する中、展示会での盗難が頻繁に起こっております。

 

プロトタイプや新素材などは、長年の研究開発費や将来的な事業利益も含みますので盗難された場合のロスは計り知れません。

窃盗対抗策

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輸送のラベルを工夫

展示会への輸送時の箱のラベルを工夫することも手です。高価なものを高価ではないように表示することも時には大事です。極端な場合、貴重なプロトタイプの入った箱の表示を紙資料・パンフレットとしてしまうこともアイデアです。

包装を工夫

貴重なものを入れる包装についても工夫ができます。貴重な製品を入れる箱を貧相な木箱にするという会社もいました。

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展示中

不在時はブースを「封鎖」

ブースに人員が少なく、どうしても空けなければならない時は思い切ってブースに、立ち入り禁止のロープを張ってしまうこともアイデアです。「不在ですので、立ち入らないでください」というロープをくぐって入るのは、誰でも躊躇するものです。

施錠できるロッカーを展示ブースに用意

展示ブースのどこかに施錠できるロッカーを配置することで、貴重品を保管できるだけでなく、展示ブースで必要のないものをしまうこともでき、ブースの整理整頓も可能です。

 

貴重品の価値によっては、鍵を持っている人をごく少数に限定することも重要です。

セキュリティー人員を雇う

黒服を着た、怖そうなセキュリティー人員を雇い、貴重品の周りに配置することはとても効果的です。

窃盗を試みる人は、リスクに敏感です。「めんどくさい、危なそう」と思わせることが大事です。これは、今回の防犯策のミソとなります。

紐をつける

古典的ですが有効です。電化製品店や携帯電話の販売店では当たり前になった風景です。貴重品に紐をつけ、展示棚に結び付けます。

GPS追跡装置

窃盗された後の話ですが、貴重品を格納する箱や、貴重品そのものにGPSで追跡できる装置を装着することが有効です。これにより、万が一盗まれても、警察に追尾してもらうことが容易となります。

ご近所さんと見張りあい

両隣前のブースの方々と仲良くなり、お互いに見張りあえるようにします。特に、ブースに配置できる人数の少ない場合に有効です。一人で出店する場合、どうしても場所を空けなければならないことも起こり得ます。


展示会開始の前のご近所との付き合いが大事になります。


またこれらは、セキュリティーの観点だけでなく、事業の可能性にもつながる場合もあります。


ただ、実際に被害にあった場合でも、お隣さんを責めることはできないでしょう。

搬入時・撤収時は特に注意

窃盗は気を張っている時は起こりにくいものです。忙しく、混乱している時が狙われます。

 

会場時間までに間に合わせるために混乱しがちな搬入時、撤収の期限までに忙しい撤収時は特に危ないと思われます。窃盗でなくても、良くものが無くなるのもこのタイミングです。

展示会の高額化

高額になりがちな出展費用

世界の展示会・見本市に出展費用はその知名度が高いほど、年々増加傾向にあります。数百万円から、国際的な有名な展示会では数千万円に上ることもあります。

 

先進国、途上国の展示会・見本市に関係なく、値段は「国際基準」だったりします。

 

更には、国外の展示会・見本市に社員を送り出すとなると、例え近郊の国であってもそれなりの旅費がかかります。展示会近くの宿が理想ですが、展示会期間中は宿の宿泊費も(ここぞとばかりに値上げされ)通常の数倍になるケースもあり、思わぬコストになります。

 

これで、盗難が起これば、高額なサンプルどころか新製品のプロトタイプも失い事業計画の変更も強いられるリスクもあります。

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海外の展示会・見本市なら弊社

窃盗は予想だにしていない時起こるものです。常に起こるかもと考える危機意識を持ってブースデザインの段階から計画すること大事です。


出展に当たってのコンサルティング、ブランドが際立つブースデザイン、目立つブースデザイン、設営、運営など中国をはじめ、海外での展示会・見本市を一手に手がけてきました。お気軽にご相談ください。

 

また、弊社の見解に、「弊社の窃盗対策はこれ」といったご意見もお待ちしております。御社の海外展示会・見本市でのご経験をご共有下さい!

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Japan Voice Actor News: Tower Record in Shinjuku Anime song Top 10 in August, 2018

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Tower Record in Shinjuku Anime song Top 10 in August, 2018

Top 10 song At Shinjuku Tower record

The Tower Record in Shinjuku has good stock of animation songs. Let us look at what is selling well at this moment.

10. Daijobu by Kana Hanazawa

9. Heading to Over by OLDCODEX

8. Geijutsu hentai ron by ALI PROJECT

7. THE IDOLM@STER MILLION THE@TER GENERATION 09 4 Luxury by 4 LUXURY

6. Buster Bros!!! VS MAD TRIGGER CREW by Buster Bros!!!/MAD TRIGGER CREW

5. R by Roselia

4. Gyakko by Maaya Sakamoto

3. Fling Posse VS Matenro by Fling Posse And Matenro

2. Saiaku na hi demo anata ga suki by Yu Serizawa

1. THE IDOLM@STER MILLION THE@TER GENERATION 10 Senko☆HANABI dan by Senko☆HANABI dan

The IDOLM@STER is doing quite good. 

 

It is a Japanese raising simulation and rhythm video game series created by Bandai Namco Games(formerly Namco) on 26 July, 2005. We call it "Aimasu" for short.

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Japan Voice Actor News: Japan Voice Actor News: Koichi Yamadera and Rie Tanaka divorced

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Japan Voice Actor News: Koichi Yamadera and Rie Tanaka divorced

Famous voice actor couple in Japan

The famous voice actor couple ended its marriage.

 

The couple married in 2012. The tweet by Koichi Yamadera about the marriage was the most retweeted tweet in 2012.

 

This is not the first marriage for Koichi who married another voice actor Mika Kanai in 1993 and divorced in 2006.

 

Koichi Yamadera

Koichi Yamadera is born in Shiogama city, Miyagi in 1961 (17 June).

He was a manager of basketball team in Jr. high and high schools. He was part of Rakugo club in university time. He first thought he could be a sales guy but gave up. Then he tried to be a stage actor but gave up after he read some book about becoming an actor. In the end he joined an acting school to be a voice actor.

 

He got his first job as Shinji Nakagawa in Megazone 23 video animation. Then he was in Mobile Suit Gundam: Char's Counterattack in 1988.

 

You may know him for the voice of Ryoji Kaji of Neon Genesis EVANGELION.

 

 

He is the voice of Japanese Donald Fauntleroy Duck.

Rie Tanaka

Nicknamed RieRie was born in Sapporo, Hokkaido in 1979 (3rd of Jan).

She enjoyed reading loud some books to others in her primary school. She joined a manga club in high school. After graduation, she moved to Tokyo and enrolled in Yoyogi Animation Gakuin ( school ). In this school time, she won the best place in a vocalist audition.  She first got a debut as a singer rather than voice actor.

 

She is known for the voice of Lacus Clyne in Mobile Suit Gundam Seed and Mobile Suit Gundam Seed Destiny, Chi in Chobits, Minna-Dietlinde Wilcke in Strike Witches and Suigintou in the anime adaptation of Rozen Maiden.

 

Her favourite word is "do not feel sad, do not run away and do not give up (めげない逃げない諦めない)".

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China International Import Expo (CIIE) 中国国際輸出入展

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China International Import Expo (CIIE) 中国国際輸出入展(正式名:中国国際进口博覧会)が2018年11月5日に開催されます。

 

すでに今月8月に出展申し込みが終了しましたが、今回は、Fortune500企業から200社を含む2800社が出展する予定です。

 

27万平方メートルの敷地に、100種類以上の製品が展示されます。15万人以上のバイヤーの訪問が予想されています。

 

場所は、上海のNational Exhibition and Convention Centerとなります。

 

本展示会に向けて、事前の顔合わせ会が行われてきています。

2018年6月14日には、食品と農業の分野の顔合わせ会が開かれウォルマート、メトログループ、高島屋など71社が参加しました。

 

2018年7月26日には、アパレル、大衆消費財、電化製品の分野にて、200社以上の参加がありました。

 

現在は、2019年の展示会の応募が始まっております。応募はこちらからとなります。

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DOMOTEX GERMANYとは?床に関連する代表的展示会

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Domotex Germanyとは?床に関連する代表的展示会

Domotex Germany

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DOMOTEX GERMANYのサイト source: official website

2018年2月、床材、床関連の展示会がドイツで開催されました。これは、カーペットや床材の企業様にとって世界で最大規模となります。

 

展示メーカの製品例:

手作りのカーペット、ラグ

機械製のカーペット、ラグ

マットレス

繊維性の床コーティング

野外の床材

Domotex ハノーファーの様子

DOMOTEXの概要

Domotex 2018の概要:

場所:Hanover Messe

毎年開催

1615以上の出展者

4.5万人以上の訪問(85%はドイツ以外からの来訪)

公式サイト

 

2018年の様子

木製の床材の革新が目立ちます。テカリを押さえ且つ引っかきなどに対する強度を高めデジタルプリントでは真似できない製品を打ち出してきています。

 

米国の企業は、有力なベルギーのメーカーより厚いモデュラーカーペットを展示していました。カーペットはヨーロッパでは高い人気を誇りますので、それに照準を合わせていると思われます。

ドイツの会場

BAu

床材、カーペット、インテリアデザインを扱う企業様にとって、Domotexは重要な展示会となります。建築資材、デザインの総合観点から言うと、ミュンヘンで毎年開催されるBauも見逃せません。以下、2013年のBauの様子です。

海外での展示会、イベント

展示会や、イベントなど、現地の方々と直のコミュニケーションがなければ、市場進出はあり得ません。国外で展示会を成功させる秘訣とは? また、EU市場、ドイツ市場進出をお考えの企業様へ

 

まずは、お気軽にご相談を。

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海外展示会・見本市出展の最大の利点・欠点

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海外展示会・見本市出展の最大の利点・欠点

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海外での展示会・見本市出展に対する問い合わせが増えております。出展の決定に当たり、なにを考慮すべきかを改めてまとめてみました。

 

当たり前と思われる企業様もおられると思いますが、これから海外での展示会・見本市参加を考えている企業様の参考になればと存じます。

 

展示会・見本市によっても、利点・欠点は変わってきますが、ある程度共通する部分で、最大限検討する要素となります。

 

まずは欠点から、利点という順番で説明します。

欠点

社員が長時間拘束されます

展示会・見本市は丸一日かかり、それが、2-3日間続くことになります。その為に社員を貼り付ける必要があります。国内で展示会をされた企業さんでも経験があるともいますが、思わぬ事態が起こりえます。瑣末な業務でも社員は消耗してしまいます。

 

当然、その時間、その社員はほかの業務はできませんので、そのコストについて要検討です。

高額になりがちな旅費

国外の展示会・見本市に社員を送り出すとなると、例え近郊の国であってもそれなりの旅費がかかります。展示会近くの宿が理想ですが、展示会期間中は宿の宿泊費も(ここぞとばかりに値上げされ)通常の数倍になるケースもあり、思わぬコストになります。

 

値上げされたホテルでも展示会場近くはすぐに埋まってしまい、会場からはなれた宿を探さざるを得ないケースも想定されます。その場合は、会場までの交通費・タクシー探し、電車・バス待ちなど交通手段にかかる時間ロスも考慮します。

高額になりがちな出展費用

世界の展示会・見本市に出展費用はその知名度が高いほど、年々増加傾向にあります。数百万円から、国際的な有名な展示会では数千万円に上ることもあります。

展示会・見本市での競争激化

有名な展示会・見本市には、誰もが参加したいものです。当然、多くの競合他社も参加してきます。あるIT系の展示会では、10年前は日系企業が生き馬の目をぬく勢いでしたが、ここ数年は影を潜め、中国や韓国企業ばかりが目立つようになっております。高額な出展費用をはらっても、中途半端なブースなど出展戦略を十分に行わない場合、競合相手に来場者を取られてしまうリスクもあります。

見当違いの展示会・見本市に出展

海外の展示会・見本市は情報が十分でない場合も多々あります。ウェブサイトでは、展示リストに入っていたとしても、実際に展示する製品・サービスが、来場者に「ささらない」リスクは常にあります。

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利点

ターゲット市場にブランドを知ってもらう絶好の機会

海外展示会・見本市に出展する醍醐味は、ターゲットの市場に自社のブランドを直接売り込めることです。それにはしっかりとしたブランド戦略も必要になります。

大勢の来場者

展示会・見本市には大勢の来場者があります。そのすべてがお客さんになるポテンシャルを秘めているいって過言ではありません。

展示会・見本市は、毎回の来場者や国籍・ポジションなど公開している場合がありますので、下駄を履かせていることが多いのではと推測しますが、これらのデータは、それなりの指標になります。来場者が多い展示会・見本市に出展したいものです。

潜在顧客と直接対話ができる

以前、ラテンアメリカの展示会に参加しましたが来場者に日本へ行ったことがあるかを聞いたところ日本に行ったことがある人自体が皆無でした。

 

製品、サービスにもよりますが、潜在顧客との直接のコンタクトが持てることは貴重です。日本にいれば会うことのなかった潜在顧客に、その場で実際に製品を使ってもらいフィードバックを得ることも可能です。

海外顧客のデータベース構築ができる

海外の展示会・見本市で、来場した方々(ディストリビュータ、商社、卸業者、パートナー候補、小売、エンドユーザなど)の属性をまとめて貴重なデータベースを作れます。これは、これからその市場に進出する上でも、製品開発でも貴重なデータとなります。

決定に必要な項目

上記の利点と欠点を考慮したうえで、以下の決定に必要な項目の確認を行ってみてください。

十分な予算があるか

展示会・見本市の関連コストのすべてを考え、予算がとれるでしょうか?

何社・何人の顧客をみつければコストが取り返せるか

上記関連コストを取り返すためには何社・何人の顧客を獲得すべきでしょうか?

 

弊社の顧客様の中には、元が取れれば良いとする会社や利益を出さなくてはならないという会社、新市場での市場調査・ブランドの訴求が目的であり展示会で元を取ろうと思わない会社もあり目標はさまざまです。

以前に参加したことがあるか

これまでに一度出展していたり、来場している場合は、その来場者の雰囲気がわかり、判断材料として有用です。

注目を集める方法

出展しようとする展示会・見本市に適した注目の集め方を考える必要があります。どんな展示会でも通用する鉄則から、それぞれの展示会独自の特性を生かしたPR方法もあります。

来場者を顧客に変える方法

来訪者をどのように顧客に変えればよいでしょうか?具体的に想像ができるでしょうか?

トップの営業が参加できるか

海外の展示会には、現地法人の人間を出すことが常ですが、その方はトップ営業でしょうか?せっかく多額の費用をかけて出展するので、ぜひとも会社のトップ営業をだすことをお勧めします。

マーケティング戦略があるか

出展に際して、どの展示会に出展するか、ブースのデザイン、人員の配置にいたるまで、会社のマーケティング戦略にのっとって行うやりかたもあります。

海外の展示会・見本市なら弊社

出展に当たってのコンサルティング、ブランドが際立つブースデザイン、目立つブースデザイン、設営、運営など中国をはじめ、海外での展示会・見本市を一手に手がけてきました。お気軽にご相談ください。

 

また、弊社の見解に、「いやいやそうじゃない」といったご意見もお待ちしております。御社の海外展示会・見本市でのご経験をご共有下さい!

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How to Get Chichijima / Hahajima islands, where to stay?

How to Get Chichijima / Hahajima islands, where to stay?

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Ogasawara islands

We have been introducing interesting and unique islands in Japan. This time, we pick up two islands in Tokyo. It is "in Tokyo" but very very far from the Tokyo "city". 

 

There is a group of islands of around 30 located 1000km from south-east of Tokyo.

 

Out of 30 islands, there are only two islands where people live. One is Chichijima ("father" island) and the otehr is Hahajima ("mother" island).

source: wikipedia
source: wikipedia

Chichijima ("father" island)

Chichi-jima ("father" island) is the second biggest island in Ogaswara islands (the biggest is Iojima (Io-to) island).

 

Around 2140 people live (2018 data)

 

The island history goes back to 1830 when Nathaniel Savory and several Hawaiian immigrated to the island.  In 1876 the island became part of Japan.

How to get Chichijima island?

Only Ship to get the island

There is no airport on Chichijima island.

 

There are two ships Ogasawara-maru and Kyosho-maru

Ogasawara-maru

 

1. You take a ship called Ogasawara-maru from Tokyo Takeshiba port. 

It is around 24 hour trip.

You leave Takeshiba port around 11:00AM and you arrive Chichijima island around 11:00AM.

 

26990JPY per one way (the second class Japanese type room to share)

The deluxe room is 80390JPY per one way. Due to the gas price, the price may go up in the range of 1170JPY to 3470JPY)

 

Check out the time table (you can expect 1-2 departures per month)

 

Takeshiba sanbashi port

This is where all begins!

Kyosho-maru

 You take a ship called Kyosho-maru from Tokyo Tsukishima port. 

 

It is around 48 hour trip.

 

The time table is random so you need to check on the company's website.

 

It is usually around 4000JPY cheaper than Ogasawara-maru. You share the room of 9 people. The best thing is that you also get 3 meals!!

 

When the room is full, you can not take this.

 

You call 03-3533-2671 and book.

Where to stay on Chichijima?

source: wikipedia
source: wikipedia

There are several guesthouses.

 

Cost is 3950JPY per night with no breakfast.

 

Here are some examples:

Tetsuya

Source: official website

Click here to book!

Tel: +81 4998-2-7725

Near the Kominato Kaigan

5 rooms

Shanti Bungalow

Ishi P'

Islander Cafe

source: wikipedia
source: wikipedia

How to get Hahajima island

Ship to Hahajima island

You need to take a ship to Hahajima island from Chichijima.

The ship is called Hahajima maru.

The ship departs 1 hour after you arrive at Chichijima.

You can buy the ticket at Hahajima maru waiting room (No credit card (of course!))

The cost is 4230JPY per one way

The duration is around 2 hours

Your budget For this trip

How much should you bring to this trip?

 

For example, for the 3 day trip, if you bring around 100,000JPY (1000USD) cash to cover your transportation, accommodation and food, you may feel okay to go around.

Where to eat?

Several places to eat and drink!

Shima-sushi

Sushi are made of the marinated fishes from the local. Use mustard instead of wasabi.

Shark burger

Yes, you heard it. It is a hamburger using shark meat! The texture is quite similar to some fish. Quite nice!

Ogasawara coffee

Ogasawara area is only one of very few places which produce coffee in Japan. The taste is not so strong so easy to drink. If you are a coffee lover like us, better try once. 

Share your EXPERIENCE in Chichijima and Hahajima

Ever been to one of these islands?

How was your experience?

Share your experience ;)

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Have you heard of "Rabbiislands" and want to know how to get there, please click here!

 

Looking for a beautiful Japanese inn with private bath during your trip to Japan? Here is the list!

 

Hungry in Japan? Find the unbelievably big and cheap food from our "where can we get full" list!

 

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If you are looking for more traveler"s info and can not find one, please let us know. We will try to help you with Japan Traveler Help Service (we work on hourly charge to arrange, book, find info you need). Feel free to contact us!

 

 

Want to know more places for the great photos in Japan? For example, Toshima island with so many flowers. Please check this out!

 

Do you know an island with over 2000 years old tree in Japan? Please check this out!

 

Onegai Kaeru, a group of passionate travelers, bring happiness to the world with its shopping support service and original super cute items!

 

Disclaimer: Even though we try to make the info as updated and accurate but the accuracy of the information herein is not guaranteed by us. If you have any uncertainty, please contact the information source.

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Private Tour in Japan for Muslim Travelers

Private Tour in Japan for Muslim Tourists

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Private Tour in Japan for Muslim people.

 

Onegai Kaeru offer private tour for different needs and all around Japan.

 

One of our close Muslim friends suggested us one day "why don't you offer tour guides specifically focus on friends from Islamic world". Japan is not traditionally with many Muslims thus the information needed for Muslim people is often limited. If you are flying to Japan, you can utilize our tour guides.

 

Halal food, where to pray, anything important for Muslim tourist, this private tour covers!

 

If you are looking for a tour guide specialized in Muslims, contact us. Our guide speaks several languages incl. English, Bengal and Arabic.

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小中高からはじめる英語学習ー常に英語に触れる

小中高からはじめる英語学習ー常に英語に触れる

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外国語の上達の最大の秘訣は、「どれだけその言語にふれ、興味を持って聞き話せるか」です。

理想は、これをどれだけ若年のうちにできるかです。

 

この秘訣をベースに様々なサービスを提供しております。

修学旅行で、留学生にガイドをしてもらうという発想

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留学生・外国語人材ガイドマッチングサービスのご案内

 

修学旅行先での生徒のガイドとして、地元の留学生にお願いしてみませんか?自分自身、海外での生活をへて世界の見方が変わった経験を持ちます。長年、外国語教育にかかわってきて、京都では地元の留学生たちに中国語を習ってきました。

 

国際社会へのステップとして、一味違うの修学旅行を生徒へ提供したいと考えてきました。

 

パターン1

修学旅行生+地元の留学生ツアーガイド

 

例:福岡への修学旅行で、地元の大学の歴史専攻修士課程に属する留学生にツアーガイド

イスラム教の留学生に、京都でのムスリムとしてのすごし方、修学旅行生に、日本でムスリムとして生活する視点を理解してもらう

 

 

パターン2

修学旅行生+地元の外国語人材ツアーガイド

 

例:東北への修学旅行で、地元で海外向けツアーをする日本人に英語だけでツアーをしてもらう

 

 

修学旅行生にとって

修学旅行で語学習得

外国語で日本文化を学ぶ・考える機会

異文化交流

 

留学生側

ツアーを行うことで、日本にとっての理解

自分とは異なる教育背景の学生からの学び

異文化交流

 

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Obituary: Fujio Tokita

Obituary: Fujio Tokita

Fujio Tokita in Japan's old story ANIMATION

Obituary: Fujio Tokita passed away on 18th of July, 2018.

 

 People may not know his name but basically everyone in Japan knows his voice.

 

He is known for the voice in Nihon Mukashibanashi (Japan's old story, once upon a time) animation, one of the best known animation series on TV since 1975 with his partner, Etsuko Ichihara. When we were kids, we always looked forward this program on TV on Sunday.

 

He was born in Nagano pref in 1937. 

 

He was 81 year old. He also did the voice of Pom in Laputa, the castle in the sky by Ghibli.

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ラオスの現状 市場進出・事業可能性について

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ラオスの現状 市場進出・事業可能性について

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ラオスとは

ここ3,4年でラオスについての問い合わせが増えました。

 

ラオスの現状、市場進出・事業可能性について概括してみたいと思います。東南アジア、ラオスで市場進出、法人登記をお考えの方のご参考になればと存じます。

 

ラオスは、タイとベトナムにはさまれた長細い国です。行き方としては、陸路でベトナム、タイから入る方法と、タイのバンコク(又はシンガポール、マレーシアのクアラルンプール)へ一度入り、そこから飛行機でラオスへ行く方法があります。

ちなみにHK Expressも、参入するとの噂がありましたが、2018年7月現在、参入できていないようです。

 

弊社は、飛行機で行きます。

サナムサイダム決壊

2018年7月23日夜、ラオス南東部アタプー(Attapeu)県サムナサイ(San Sai)の水力発電ダムが崩壊したとの情報が入っています。50億リットルの水が流れ出し、6600人以上の方が家を失ったと報道されています。迅速な救出活動を願っています。

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ラオスといえば、ゴルゴ13の「ラオスのケシ」で有名(?)で、そのイメージが強いのですが、実際行って見るととても長閑でよい国です。

 

ラオスの国のデータですが、以下となります。

 

国土は、237955km2で世界で82位。

人口は、6758353(2016年)で、世界で104位となります。

GDPは、53bil USD(PPP, 2018年)となっています。一人当たりでは、7932USDとなります。

通貨はKipを使います。2018年7月現在、1kipは、0.013円です。

ビエンチャンの様子

気温が暑いので、日中は人影もまばらです。

 

市内では大規模な工事がちらほら見受けられますが、働いている人はあまり見られません。

 

最近では、シネマコンプレックスも作られました。今のラオスは、一昔前のタイという感じでしょうか。仏教徒が多い国です。

ただし、驚異的なスピードで、どんどん変わっていくことが予測されます。

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地元のスーパーです。外資スーパーは今のところ見当たりません。

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多くの労働者はお隣ベトナムから来ています。

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ラオスのこれから

観光

ラオスの注目の産業は、観光業です。大きな自然と、タイに似た観光資源を有しています。

 

1980年代にラオスは個人旅行者に解放されました。その当時のLonely Planetには、「その他の東南アジア地域」として、5ページほどの掲載しかありませんでした。(ちなみに、「その他の東南アジア地域」に掲載されていたのは、ラオスのほかはベトナムとカンボジアでした。)当時の旅行者は、ビエンチャンから15km以上外へ行くことは許されませんでした。実際は、多くの旅行者は陸路で遠くまで旅行していました。

 

現在、Lonely Planetには「ラオス」という一冊の本があり、一大観光地としての地位を築き上げたといっていいと思います。外資の大手ホテルが続々と参入してきており、ホテル業界は活況を呈しています。

 

2017年には、ラオスのリゾート地であるLuang Prabangに、Aman groupの創始者Adrian Zecha氏がはじめた新規ブランドAzerai Hotel(Amanより低めの価格帯ブランド)が参入しました。シーズンによりますが、一部屋で一泊250USDから400USDです。

 

実際、弊社の現地チームは、ビエンチャンに数箇所ホテルの開発プロジェクトを抱えており、日本からの資金投資の可能性も探っています。

[商品価格に関しましては、リンクが作成された時点と現時点で情報が変更されている場合がございます。]

Lonely Planet Laos LONELY PLANET LAOS 9/E (Lonely Planet Laos) [ Lonely Planet ]
価格:4354円(税込、送料無料) (2018/7/20時点)


鉄道プロジェクト

ラオスのインフラは大きな変革を迎えています。

 

中国からの60億USDの協力を得て、ラオス北部の中国との国境部分(Boten-Mohan)と首都ビエンチャンを結ぶ鉄道プロジェクトが進行中です。2021年の完成を目指しています。

 

鉄道の速度は、郊外は時速200km、市街地は時速160km、貨物車は時速120kmを予定してます。

 

中国との国境部分は9.68kmのトンネルとなり、7.17kmは中国側、2.51kmはラオス側となります。

 

これが完成すると、車で3日かかった経路が3時間となります。そして、現行のバンコクへの鉄道とつながります。ちなみにバンコクから鉄道は、マレーシアクアラルンプールを経て、シンガポールへと伸びています。

 

完成した鉄道の70%は中国側が所有する予定です。

オンラインペイメント

つい最近になって、中国ではオンライン(QRコード)で支払いをしており、日本よりもはるかに進んでいることが日本で報道され始めたのですが、実は、ラオスでもその動きは顕著になっております。

 

OnePayという支払いサービスが急速に伸び始めています。こちらもQRコードによる支払いとなります。ここ1,2年で飛躍的に伸びると考えられます。

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成長目覚しく、ポルシェ、ジャガーなど高級外車もちらほら見かけます。一、二年で大きく変わった周辺国をみれば、ラオスもこれからどんどん変わっていくことが予想されます。

ラオス参入の課題

ラオスで事業を展開する場合の課題は何でしょうか?

汚職

ラオスでの事業展開での課題は、汚職率の高さです。進出した多くの企業より、賄賂の話を聞きました。

 

ラオスは資源も豊富で、エネルギー産業にとって魅力的な国ですが、この分野は特に汚職があり、注意が必要です。

質の高い労働者の確保

ラオスは、東南アジアでは人件費が安い国です。したがって、多くの企業が生産拠点としての参入を計画してきました。

特に、欧州の企業はもともとつながりが深い国なので、生産ハブとしての事業可能性検討をしてきていますが、ほとんど手を出していない状態です。

 

理由は、労働者の質です。ラオスでは、ほとんどの人々は十分な教育を受けていません。農業が中心のお国柄で、アジアの文化らしく、親親族家族を大切にします。農業をしないで、外に働きに出ること事態に罪悪感を感じている人もいます。そんな中で、質の高い製品を作ろうとしても、うまくいかないのです。

 

ラオスでも、サバナケットには工業地帯があり、メーカーが進出しています。そこに工場をかまえる企業様もおりますが、多くの企業様が、労働者の質の問題に直面し、撤退をした会社もあります。

麻薬

ゴルゴ13のラオスのケシにもあるように、タイ、ミャンマーと共に黄金の三角地帯を構成しており、もともとは麻薬(アヘン)の生産地であることから、麻薬がらみ問題は絶えません。

 

ただ、日常で生活している上では見えない部分であります。

ビエンチャン メコン川の夕日

夕方になったら、メコン川へ行ってみて下さい。ビエンチャンで最もお勧めの時間です。写真では伝えきれませんが、美しい夕日が見られます。

 

日没近くになると、どこからともなく若者たちが川岸に集まってきます。平日でも休日でも、ちょっとしたお祭り騒ぎです。活気があって見ものです。

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ラオス ビエンチャンでの宿

グリーンパークブティックホテル

弊社ではGreen Park Boutique hotelを利用しています。ラオスでさまざまな事業を展開しているタイ企業のオーナーに勧めてもらった場所です。

 

空港からもアクセスが便利で、市の中心へも簡単に歩けます。

 

一応、プールもついています。それほど水がきれいとはいえませんが。。。

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現地では、5星のホテルとなります。

こちらから予約可能です。

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クラウンプラザ

一流のホテルをお探しなら、クラウンプラザです。更に上の外資ホテルの参入の話は聞いていますが、現状は、ラオスでここ以上のホテルはありません。

Souce: crown plaza hote, Laos
Souce: crown plaza hote, Laos
Souce: crown plaza hote, Laos
Souce: crown plaza hote, Laos

接待で、最高の印象を持たせるにはこちらのホテルをお勧めします。

ご予約はこちらから。

ラオスでのPR、マーケティング、イベント、展示会出展、展示会開催なら弊社へ

ラオスでの法人登記なら弊社へ

ラオスでの市場調査なら弊社へ

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Japan Tattoo: Where You Can NOT Go, Where Can You Go with Tattoo in Japan?

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Japan Tattoo: Where You Can NOT Go, Where Can You Go with Tattoo in Japan?

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You have a great tattoo on your body? Tattoo is a kind of art or self expression. But, do you know many Japanese do not like tattoo? 

 

It is because tattoo has been so popular with yakuza or gang in Japan that when one has a tattoo, people in Japan automatically associate it to the crime group.

 

Do they always make troubles? We can not say so. As little kids we went to some public swimming pool nearby and saw one guy with a big tattoo shouting loud at other people. In the end some police officers came and escorted him to somewhere.

 

It is often said to be also true that some gang members go to some public places and make false complaint and try to get some money out of the venue.

 

But it is not always that the yakuza makes trouble ( or not?!).

 

We also saw in some public bath some guys with big tattoo played with their kids. Is it sad if the kids of the gang group members can not play with their parents just because the parents have tattoo?

WHERE YOU CAN NOT GO IN JAPAN

If public, no tattoo

Where you most likely can not go with your tattoo in Japan?

 

A basic rule is anywhere "public" and where you become fully or partially naked.

 

Public Swimming pool including a hotel swimming pool

Public Sauna

Public Hot spring including the shared bath room

Public bath (or Sento)

 

<<Big Japan's Swimming Pool List You should NOT miss!! >>

WHERE CAN YOU GO WITH TATTOO IN JAPAN

Click to book Yusen Shidate, a ryokan with a private hot spring
Click to book Yusen Shidate, a ryokan with a private hot spring

If private, usually okay

You can go with your tattoo to basically anywhere "private".

 

Many may wonder..." there are many super stars out of Japan full of tattoos such as Johnny Depp. Where can he take a hot spring bath with his full body tattoo?". The probable only solution is to have a private one or rent a venue exclusively!

 

A private hot spring of your hotel room. 

Private sauna.

The swimming pool you fully rent.

 

<<Great Hot Spring - Private bath of hotels/ryokan in Japan for Spring and Summer>>

 

<<Great Hot Spring - Private bath of hotels/ryokan in Japan for Autumn and Winter>>

Why tattoo not allowed?

For a public place such as swimming pool, sauna, hot spring, public bath, the venue tries to keep away the crime group by putting a sign saying "crime group people not allowed". The venue is reasonably supposed not to care about those who are not crime group member even with tattoo.

 

From our observation, in case the crime member denies that they are crime members. It gives the venue an easy reason to kick those away by saying "anyone with tattoo not allowed!".

 

So for us, the No Tattoo statement is rather strategical and practical to keep the venue out of the gang member.

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Well, if you have this big tattoo, it may be hard under the new rule too.. Source: Wikipedia.

New Tattoo Rule in Japan "Finally"

As of july, 2018, not too many public bath/swimming pools accept people with tattoo (Check this Tattoo ok bath/swimming place list for Japan ).  But something seemed to start changing (a bit). 

 

For Japanese, it is because tattoo is often associated with Japanese mafia. You may see a lot what we mean in the movies of Ken Takakura and Bunta Sugawara. Many public baths and swimming pools ban those with tattoo from entering them. The prohibition even extends to tattoo stickers. 

 

There was an outcry in Japan, when one indigenous person( an Maori person from NZ) was not allowed to take a public bath in Hokkaido because of her tattoo in 2013. This may be because the venue thought it would not stop someone with tattoo who claims that they are from the indigenous background in the future.  

 

<<Private hot spring hotels/inns have no problem with tattoos! Check the list>>

Use Tattoo CONCEALER Stickers?

Tattoo concealer looks like the above.

With increasing number of tourists from overseas, some public baths trying to change the rules as they understand that tattoo(esp. of those of foreigners) does not always mean mafia, rather mere fashion. 

 

For example, this public bath in Saitama near Tokyo announced to run one month trial(from 1st of August, 2015 till the end of August, 2015) where it allows those with the tattoo cover-able/hide-able by their sticker 12.8cm x 18.2cm to enter. You can not bring your own sticker, the bath operator provides its own official sticker. If the trial goes "smooth", it will officialize the rule.  

 

 

And this famous hotel resort operator Hoshino resort also starts the similar rule from October, 2015. This hotel's sticker is 8cm x 10cm.

To grasp what we mean by how Japanese perceive Tattoo in public, you can watch this comedy clip above.  Seems some Taiwanese person put on youtube from an old Japanese comedy show on TV. Source: Drifters

Useful tips for those with tattoos in Japan

The size of sticker is different from one another but you can somewhat expect from 8cm x 10cm. You can cut some paper in this size and put it over your tattoo. If completely covered, you can enter at least the above public bath in Saitama and also the hotels of Hoshino resort.

 

It seems some more public bath/hotel/ryokan operators follow this new rule. But still it is expected that the change will not be fast.

Thus, for those who would like to enjoy Japan trip and have tattoos, we put some tips to enjoy the bath with tattoos. The rule of thumb is to find a bath which is not public in a public venue:

 

1) find a place with a private bath. Many hotels/ryokan(Japanese inns)/minshuku( guest houses) have private bath tubs attached to the room where nobody other than you( and your family etc.) can access. Even some public bath( not hotel) have the private rooms equipped with baths ( for which you need to pay extra). This is usually an expensive option.

Note: Many minshuku( guest houses which are reasonably priced) tend to be small and are with no private baths. 

 

2) find a place with a bath which you can keep for yourself( and your family etc.). We came across some hotels/ryokans/minshukus where you can keep the bath room for yourself for some time. The system works like this. For this type of bath, you see a plate hanging on the door of or around the bath saying "occupied" on one side and the other side "available". This is usually not as expensive as 1).

 

3) find a public bath/swimming pool/sport gym which are "said by its users" to accept people with tattoos on this website Kimono Rocket TATTOO Ok list. On this website people post the place which can accept tattoo bearers and reviews.  

 

NOTE: Onegai Kaeru team is not convinced by the accuracy of this info in general. We visited several places and saw the signs "No tattoo".  

 

4) find a place from the Tokyo Sento(public bath) Association list. This association, consisting of the public bath operators in Tokyo area, announced to allow people with tattoo being in their places. Their website has the easy instruction how to take public bath in Japan basis of which you can apply to all baths in Japan.

 

(Unless your tattoo are one of these wearables as we suggested! ) either, you take any option 1), 2) or 3), you must send email or call up the place and explicitly ask if okay to come with tattoo. 

Useful Japanese sentence if you have tattoos

Useful Japanese sentence:

 

The example of sentence you can say is "Konnichiwa, Sochira ha Tatuu( Irezumi) Ookey desuka(Hello, with Tattoo, Okay there) ? 今日は、そちらは刺青大丈夫ですか"  

 

If the answer is "Okay", "Hai, Daijobu desu はい、大丈夫です" or "Daijoubu desu 大丈夫です", you can "possibly" go in. ( If otherwise, better find a hotel with private hot spring bath from here:  Great hotel and Inn with private baths for Spring and Summer in Japan and Great hotel and Inn with private baths for Autumn and Winter in Japan. )

 

Note: There are always a lot of ambiguity with Japanese expression, better say these in English and get the clear okay, or let a Japanese speaking person ask. If the answer is positive, always remember to keep the name of the person on the other end of the line just in case.

Useful list for Tattoo people in Japan

Click to book Seikansou, a ryokan with a private hot spring
Click to book Seikansou, a ryokan with a private hot spring

We have the list for those who wants to enjoy taking public bath/swimming pool etc.

 Check this Tattoo ok/friendly bath/swimming place list for Japan (and you can list if you find one for others with tattoo who want to enjoy public bath in Japan).  Again there is no guarantee that you can get in. Even if you call up one of these places from the list, the staff may say "NO" as "an official response" even where you can in fact. 

If you are looking for more traveler"s info and can not find one, please let us know. We will try to help you with Japan Traveler Help Service (we work on hourly charge to arrange, book, find info you need). Feel free to contact us!

 

Onegai Kaeru, a group of passionate travelers, bring happiness to the world with its shopping support service and original super cute items!

 

Source: Wikipedia

 

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How to Get Shibamata in Katsushika, a home town of Tora-san and What to Do?

How to Get Shibamata in Katsushika, a home town of Tora-san and What to Do?

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Otoko wa Tsuraiyo movie

Ever seen a movie series of Otoko wa Tsurai yo (男はつらいよ, "It's tough being a man")? This series is one of our most favorites. The director is Yoji Yamada, one of the most famous directors from Japan.

 

This is a very famous movie series in Japan and if you ask any Japanese on street if they know "Tora-san", you definitely get "Yes". If we watch it a lot on Netflix Japan which has the series.

How to get Shibamata?

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How to get Shibamata? First you need to get to Nippori station in Tokyo then take the Keisei line to Takasago station for 30 mins or so. You change to the Keisei Kanamachi line. After 5-10 mins you arrive at Shibamata station! The home of Tora-san.

 

During the trip, you look outside. You see many downtown feel of Tokyo.

 

Once you get off at Shibamata, you are already in the world of Tora-san. You see the Tora-san statute and his sister Sakura's statue in front of the station. The day we visited, you met a look a like of Tora-san (his nickname is "Mr. Torajiro Noguchi")

Shibamata in Katsushika, Tokyo

Shibamata - 柴又 - is the key location of the Otoko wa Tsuraiyo series. It is quite in a downtown by Edogawa-river. 

Taishakuten shopping street

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Once you pass these statutes of the characters (after you take a couple of photos), the shopping street called Taishakuten Sandou (temple street) starts to Shibamata-Taishakuten temple. You find many nice restaurants and cafes and shops. Many shops there look quite nice and old to take photos. In the summer, the street gets quite a lot of sun light and we recommend you to bring something to protect your skin against the sun.

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Shibamata-Taishakuten

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Walk through the shopping street from Shibamata station, you reach this nice temple called Shibamata-Taishakuten (officially known " Kyoeizai Daikyo-ji").

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You can see the great wood curves and enjoy cool air in summer and warm air in winter! All rights reserved by onegai kaeru

You pay 500JPY, you can see the beautiful wood curving and the garden inside the temple. The wood curving part is protected by the glass compartment which covers the part of the temple. You can see these art works so close (but please do not touch!). 

 

For the hot summer day, the wood curving area got a good AC so nice to be in cooled area. And in the winter time, you get the warmth too! Well, this is just one extra point to visit beside the beautiful artworks of the temple. These curvings were destroyed completely on the day of the big Tokyo/Kanto earthquake in Sept 1923. Remade in the early Showa era.

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For the garden part, there is a tea machine which you can drink tea for free! The pond has many koi carps!

Tora-san Museum

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In Shibamata and if you are a fan of Tora-san, you must visit Tora-san museum /Torasankinenkan (寅さん記念館). It is 500JPY for Tora-san museum and Yamada Yoji museum. 

 

But if you pay 550JPY, you can enter Tora-san museum, Yamada Yoji museum and Yamamoto-tei a Taisho house (refer to the below article). Definitely good deal.

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You see the real movie set of the sweet shop where Tora-san sometimes sleeps and also the printing factory next door.

 

The sign in the museum says " the movie set took usually a half month to build and the film shoot took around 40 strong day. After the shoot, the set was dissembled  and stored".

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We heard that you can actually print things with this machine still. 

Yamamoto-tei

Just a matter of 5 min walk, you see Yamamoto-ten. It was a house of Yamamoto family which has a camera part manufacturing plant. It was a roof title company owner who used to live there before Yamamoto family took it over. After Yamamoto family, the house belongs to Katsushika ward government. 

In the hosue you feel "Taisho" time in Japan. You sit by the garden and sip tea and eat some sweet. You can not feel you are in the middle of the big Tokyo. It is the time to relax!

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Where to eat?

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Kawajin (川甚) is one famous eel restaurant in Shibamata esp. for those who love Tora-san. In the 1st episode when his sister Sakura married Hiroshi. The couple used this restaurant for the wedding. The restaurant has two parts: one is the old part which was featured in the movie and the new part (新館). You usually need to eat at the new part.

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With the eel price going up in Japan, the eel costs around 30USD - 60USD per person.  Not the cheapest meal...

Where to drink?

In the shopping street, there is a sweet shop called "Toraya". This shop was used as a film set for 1-4 episode. After the 4th episode, the set moved to a studio. The sweet shop is renovated "sadly" so you basically do not see anything to remind us of the movie except for one stairs which would lead to the Tora-san's room upstairs. Even the stairs is blocked and has no upstairs. 

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The blocked steps. The sweet shop is renovated "sadly" so you basically do not see anything to remind us of the movie except for one stairs which would lead to the Tora-san's room upstairs. All rights reserved by onegai kaeru
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Green sweet " Kusamochi" made with Mugworts or Yomogi is the delicacy of the area. You see everyone selling this in the shopping street.

Yagiri no Watashi

Do you remember sometimes Tora-san often broken-hearted at the end of movie takes a boat after he disappeared from the sweet shop of his family "Kurumaya"?

It is a boat called Yagiri no Watashi. Oldest form of public transport over Edogawa river. You can still take it for just a matter of 2-3USD. It is behind Kawajin restaurant, you go up the river bank and you can see the small port. You can go to the other side of the river - Matsudo, Chiba.

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Best in Kyshu area? World heritage Sakitsu area? Amakusa, Kumamoto : How to get there, what to see and Where to Stay

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Best in Kyshu area? Amakusa, Kumamoto : How to get there, what to see and Where to Stay

Sakitsu Catholic Church source: wikipedia
Sakitsu Catholic Church source: wikipedia

Amakusa in focus

A latest research to the Kyushu local people (ca 2000 people in Kyushu and Yamaguchi between 20-69 year old) shows that the people showed the highest satisfaction with the stay in Amakusa, Kumamoto.

Amakusa has the sea food, great sea view, hot spring and the Sakitsu area (where old Christians stayed) which is about to be announced as the World Heritage. 

The 2nd most popular place is Beppu (the famous hot spring) and 3rd most popular is Hirayama Onsen.

(Kumamoto news)

What is Amakusa

Amakusa city is the 3rd biggest city in Kumamoto. It has around 78000 people.

How to Get Amakusa

Oe catholic church source: wikipedia
In Amakusa you see how Christianity developed in JapanOe catholic church source: wikipedia

By train:

First you go to Hakata station then take a Kyushu shinkansen for 40 mins to get Kumamoto station. Then take Misumi line for 40 mins to Misumi station. From Misumi station, you walk for 5 mins to Misumi port then you take a Amakusa boat 20 mins - 40 mins depending on your destination.

 

By air:

First you fly to Fukuoka airport OR Kumamoto airport. Then fly to Amakusa airport by Amakusa Airlines. From there, take the Amakusa shuttle bus for 15mins - 1 hour depending on your destination.

Beautiful Kumamoto

Kumamoto castle Source: Wikipedia
Kumamoto castle Source: Wikipedia
Rice paddies in Nichikou, Yatsushiro city Source: Wikipedia
Rice paddies in Nichikou, Yatsushiro city Source: Wikipedia

Kumamoto was hit by massive earthquakes in April. Series of tremors have not ceased yet as of the end of April. Usually Japan is filled with joy this time of year because a week long holiday "Golden Week" starts. This year is different in Japan. We noticed several friends of ours including foreigners went to and now are in Kuamoto as volunteers to help the region out. Onegai Kaeru team wishing the prompt recovery of the region.

 

Kumamoto is a great travel destination known for Kuamoto ramen, horse meat sashimi and hot spring (Onsen), and many great Sake like Reizan (れいざん), Kouro (こうろ) Bishonen (美少年).  

 

With this article, we would like to introduce great Japanese inn and hotels in Kumamoto.

How to get Hachijojima

By Air ( fastest but those security checks)

 

Usually around 400USD (one way)

Direct flight from Haneda airport in Tokyo to Kumamoto airport. If no direct flight, you fly to Fukuoka airport then take a train to reach Kumamoto.

 You may need to go through security checks.

You can expect around 7 hour trip from Tokyo to Kumamoto.

 

By Train (cheapest if with Japan Rail Pass)

 

Usually around 300USD (one way). There is a bullet train from Tokyo station to Kumamoto station.

You can expect around 7-10 hour trip from Tokyo to Kumamoto. 

 

If you are foreigner visiting Japan, you can get the Japan Rail Pass BEFORE you come to Japan. The cost shall be much cheaper.

 

(Note: There is a special JR ticket for some season called Seishun 18 Kippu with which you can take as many JR trains without limited express like bullet train for 24 hours. Onegai Kaeru team used this ticket when little travelling from one side of Japan to the other side of Japan. This shall be the cheapest but season is limited and it takes time. )

 

By Bus (Cheapest but slowest)

 

Usually less than 100USD (one way). There is no direct bus from Tokyo to Kumamoto. If travelling from Tokyo, you need to change somewhere in the middle such as Osaka, Kyoto. 

You can expect around 20 hour trip from Tokyo to Kumamoto. If you have so much energy and so little money, recommend it. Almost all bus with toilet and some buses offer WIFI service.

Great Japanese inns and hotels in Kumamoto

Kurokawa Onsen Yamamizuki ( 黒川温泉 山あいの宿 山みず木 )

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Name: Kurokawa Onsen Yamamizuki ( 黒川温泉 山あいの宿 山みず木 )

 

Tipped as one of the best Japanese inns in Kumamoto. Some rooms equipped with private hot spring baths.

 

Location: 6392-2 Manganji, Minamioguni-machi, Aso-gun, Kumamoto-ken 869-2402(869-2402 熊本県阿蘇郡南小国町黒川温泉)  10 min by car from Kurokawa Onsen Bus stop ( pick up service availalbe ( please book in advance and also call the inn) 

Contact: +81 967-44-0336

Checkin: After 14:00 (latest 17:00) 

Checkout: Before 11:00AM

Ryokan Ayu no Sato ( 清流山水花 あゆの里 )

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Click here to book this Japanese inn!

Name: Ryokan Ayu no Sato ( 清流山水花 あゆの里 )

 

Located in front of Kuma river. Great service great food.

 

Location: 30 Kokonokamachi, Hitoyoshi-shi, Kumamoto-ken 868-0004 (868-0004熊本県人吉市九日町30) Pick up service from JR Hitoyoshi station   

Contact: +81 966-22-2171

Checkin: After 15:00 (latest 20:00) 

Checkout: Before 10:00AM

Yamabiko Ryokan ( やまびこ旅館 )

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Name: Yamabiko Ryokan ( やまびこ旅館 )

 

There is a cute dog at the lobby. You can stay with your pet dog (need an extra reservation). If you are not dog fan, not recommended.

 

Location: 6704 Manganji, Minamioguni, Aso District, Kumamoto Prefecture 869-2402 (869-2402熊本県阿蘇郡南小国町黒川6704)    

Contact: +81 967-44-0311

Checkin: After 15:00 (latest 18:00) 

Checkout: Before 11:00AM

We tried to put some spot light on neither big hotel corporation nor global brand. There are many good places to stay in Kumamoto. 

Hanareyado Yamasaki (離れ宿 山咲)

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Name: Hanareyado Yamasaki (離れ宿 山咲)

 

Traditional Japanese house style inn with hot spring. You stay in the middle of nature.

 

Location: 5965 Manganji, Minamioguni-machi, Aso-gun, Kumamoto-ken 869-2402 (869-2402熊本県阿蘇郡南小国町満願寺5965)    1 hour by bus from Aso station toward Tsuetate Onsen

 

Contact: +81 967-44-0945

Checkin: After 15:00 (latest 24:00) 

Checkout: Before 10:00AM

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Onegai Kaeru wants you to enjoy Japan trip.

 

If you are looking for more traveler"s info and can not find one, please let us know. We will try to help you with Japan Traveler Help Service (we work on hourly charge to arrange, book, find info you need). Feel free to contact us!

  

Onegai Kaeru, a group of passionate travelers, bring happiness to the world with its shopping support service and original super cute items!

 

Source: Wikipedia, each hotel's official website, JR official website, ANA official website

 

Disclaimer: Even though we try to make the info as updated and accurate but the accuracy of the information herein is not guaranteed by us. If you have any uncertainty, please contact the information source.

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How to Buy Suica in Japan, how to get refund? How to take bullet train?

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You can use SUICA, PASMO etc. to take train in Japan source: wikipedia

How to Buy Suica in Japan?

We love cut to the chase talk. So first, how to buy SUICA?

 

To explain what SUICA is and other options, how to get refund when you leave Japan, we explain later.

SUICA for adult price

The above person buys SUICA, the easiest way for a tourist.

For SUICA for adult price, you can buy it from the black JR ticket machine (not the green one or pink one!! or not the one from non-JR company) and from the staff in the JR ticket office called Midori no Madoguchi of JR East Japan.

 

Deposit is 500JPY (4.5USD) which you get partially when you return the ticket to the staff in the JR ticket office called Midori no Madoguchi of JR East Japan.

 

You have choice of MY SUICA and SUICA.

 

For MY SUICA, you need to put your name, sex, birthday tel for registration. The advantage of MY SUICA is that even if you lose it, you can get the card reissued with the money you put on. 

 

For SUICA, you do not need any info to have it. But if you lose it, you lose the money. Usually this is the easiest for a tourist visiting Japan.

 

The deposit amount is the same for MY SUICA and SUICA.

The above person buys "MY SUICA".

SUICA for kids

For SUICA for kids (where kid fee applies), you can buy it ONLY from the staff in the JR ticket office called Midori no Madoguchi of JR East Japan. You go to the ticket office and you show the ID of your kid (passport).

 

Is your kid still 12 years old and in primary school or younger? You should get kid SUICA. The travel fare is much cheaper.

 

Your kid can enjoy the kid price if not graduating the primary school i.e. up to 12 years old. 

The above person buys PASMO - card similar to SUICA. You can buy from non-JR ticket machine. 

How to use public TRANSPORT in Japan

Did you arrive Japan safely?

 

Now it is a time to use a lot of public transport where the public transport developed so well that you can reach most of the area with trains and buses.

 

If you have some money to spare and in hurry to meet the time, you may take a taxi. First But do not take it too often. Some friends arrived at Narita airport (the one which is far from Tokyo city area. The other one is Haneda which is closer) too late and had to take a taxi to Tokyo area. They paid more than 200USD. Well, unlike many public transports, taxi often accepts credit card so they did not lose all the Japanese yen they got!

 

In Japan, the credit card for the public transport, it is not always accepted. If taking train or bus in Japan, you rather assume you can not use credit card. You need to pay all in cash with small coins. The fees varies but usually start with 150JPY (1.2USD) often in Tokyo area- 250JPY (2.3USD) often in Osaka, Kyoto area or so for one station.

 

Every time you take a train, you need to buy the ticket from a ticket machine and put it through a ticket gate. Such a hassle!

 

Then you can use the " traffic card ". With this, you can just charge the money on the card and "hover it over (not try to put it in or you break the machine!!)" the ticket machine to open the gate to the platform.

 

There are several traffic cards issued by train companies in Japan such as PASMO, ICOCA.

 

If you visit Tokyo area, you will be familiar with SUICA and PASMO. If you visit Kansai area (Osaka, Kyoto, Hyogo/Kobe), ICOCA.

 

Basically no difference with that you can do and how much you pay among all these cards.

 

Today we talk about "SUICA" which is issued by Japan Railways East Japan or JR higashi nihon. 

What can you do with this card?

What can you do with this traffic card? You can do more than taking a public transport. You can buy items in shops (almost all kiosk shops in stations, most of the shops in stations and many convenience stores accept the card to pay the bill).

 

There are some things you can NOT pay with this card which are for example utility bills. But if you do not live in Japan, this is irrelevant. 

Can you take bus with Suica?

You can take many buses with this card but some local buses still do not accept SUICA. In that case, you need to pay with cash. 

 

Many cable cars do not accept the SUICA too (some do these days for example, the cable car in Mt. Takao. You can pay with your SUICA.)

Can you take non-JR train with Suica?

So SUICA is issued by a company called JR East Japan. But with this card, you can take most of the other non-JR trains such as Tokyo metro subways, Keio line, Kintetsu line etc. So is PASMO. You can get PASMO and you can use it to take JR train too.

Can you take Bullet Train with Suica?

Some of our readers who traveled to Japan asked us if they can use the SUICA to take bullet train. Bullet train is from JR company. Our answer used to be "no". Now the answer is yes and no.

 

From 2018, you can use SUICA to take the bullet train BUT you need to register first with the ticket machine. The service is called " Touch de Go Shinkansen /タッチでGo!新幹線 ". You just put your SUICA into the ticket machine and find the Touch de Go Shinkansen button and proceed to register. If you do not read Japanese, you may ask a JR staff to guide you through.

What you need to be careful.

At first, you tend to put the card into the ticket gate because you see some hole which looks like you can put this card but DONT. You break the machine! You just hover it over the pad looking part of the machine when you get in and get out.

 

Unless you buy MY SUICA (see the explanation above), if you lose it, you lose the money. So do not lose it!

 

All SUICA, regardless of MY SUICA or just  a normal SUICA, has the ID number on the back of the card. You can record it (just snap a photo of the number with your smartphone). If you lose it, you can tell the number to the train staff. If found, it is easy for them to pass it to you.

 

(MY SUICA has your name written when issued though...)

How do you get the refund?

Do not forget the cancellation fee 220JPY

When you leave Japan, you wont need SUICA. You can get the refund from the staff in the JR ticket office called Midori no Madoguchi of JR East Japan.

 

Please note that You need to pay 220JPY to cancel the card.

 

Many of our readers visiting Japan thought they would get 500 JPY deposit back but in fact they would not.  You can get the rest of the money you put and the 500JPY MINUS 220JPY. 

For example, you still have 2000JPY on your card, when you cancel it. You get 2000JPY back (of couse!) and 280JPY deposit back.

Any Other card like Suica in Japan?

There are similar cards: PASMO, ICOCA, PiTaPa, Kitaca, TOICA, manaca, SUGOCA, Hayakaken, nimoca based on the locations. You can think basically these cards are more or less the same. You can use them almost everywhere in Japan.

Watermelon or traffic card?

This is suika! source: wikipedia
This is suika! source: wikipedia

One last note.

 

In Japanese, "suika" originally means "watermelon, the green one with black stripes". If you say "where can I buy SUICA?" outside of station, you may be lead to a fruits shop!

 

The other major traffic card PASMO is an unique name so no misunderstanding!

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Have you heard of "Rabbiislands" and want to know how to get there, please click here!

 

Looking for a beautiful Japanese inn with private bath during your trip to Japan? Here is the list!

 

Hungry in Japan? Find the unbelievably big and cheap food from our "where can we get full" list!

 

Onegai Kaeru wants you to enjoy Japan trip.

 

If you are looking for more traveler"s info and can not find one, please let us know. We will try to help you with Japan Traveler Help Service (we work on hourly charge to arrange, book, find info you need). Feel free to contact us!

 

 

Want to know more places for the great photos in Japan? For example, Toshima island with so many flowers. Please check this out!

 

Do you know an island with over 2000 years old tree in Japan? Please check this out!

 

Onegai Kaeru, a group of passionate travelers, bring happiness to the world with its shopping support service and original super cute items!

 

Disclaimer: Even though we try to make the info as updated and accurate but the accuracy of the information herein is not guaranteed by us. If you have any uncertainty, please contact the information source.

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Obituary: Takahiro Sato

Obituary: Takahiro Sato

Takahiro Sato

Obituary: Takahiro Sato passed away on 3rd of July, 2018.

 

He was born in Sakata city, Yamagata pref in 1976. 

 

Takahiro went to Sendai Design college. In 2000 he won a Weekly Shoen Champion New Comers Manga award. He first made a Judo manga called "Ippon" from 2004 till 2006. From 2009 he started a 9 year long Sumo manga called "Bachibachi". 

What is your favorite Takahiro's work? Share with us your view!

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1 year prison term or 1 mil JPY penalty for Ticket re-seller in Japan

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1 year prison term or 1 mil JPY penalty for Ticket re-seller in Japan

Re-seller problem in Japan

Do you go to any concert or sports game in Japan? You may see some people coming up to you and ask "do you need a ticket?". 

 

There are even people who go to the venue without ticket and look for a re-seller. The price can quite crazy sometimes. And the Japanese government took it seriously in the eye of the 2020 Olympic game where ticket price may go also crazy with so many re-sellers.

 

1 year in prison or 1 mil JPY penality

There are re-sellers not only offline but online. Many of our members complained it is not possible to buy tickets for popular concerts and the re-sellers aggressively charge.

 

Today the Japan national parliament made a basic draft to enact a law against the re-seller (offline and online).

  

Under the new law, the ticket re-seller, unless authorized by the event organizer/operator, may face 1 year prison term or 1mil JPY penalty in Japan once found guilty.

 

 

The law seems to have a loop hole where it is basically okay to resell when a person could not go to an event due to a "personal reason". In several online ticket resale platform, many re-sellers already put the excuse saying that "I bought the ticket for myself but I could not go due to a sudden incident" etc.

 

Well, from our view, it is a bit suspicious that someone who became not able to go due to a personal reason is so sad to pass it to someone else but charge 3-10 times of its original ticket price!

 

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Japan fan club proxy / Agency service

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