Head of tourism in Japan say the current obon vacation period in Japan has prompted residents of Kanto and elsewhere outside the tsunami zone to travel to places such as Kamaishi to relive that horrible and fatal Tsunami.
If you want to visit Japan and combine this with rescue work, then the time is now to volunteer as Japan Airlines is offering free flights for those involved in rebuilding their country, after the earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan in march.
The move came as a third explosion occurred at the Fukushima nuclear plant about 250km north-east of Tokyo on Tuesday, which caused radiation levels to rise in the surrounding area. If you are going you must not be afraid for a taste of radiation. Its a smart move from Japan to offer foreigners to suit up and handle their nuclear leaks. Why risk your own people?
One of the most popular times to visit Japan is during the Cherry blossom at the end of march.
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Sakura (Cherry blossom) season in Japan is one of the best times to enjoy the gifts Japanese culture has to offer. People in Japan love this time because it is an excuse to eat and drink under the blossoming trees all day! One of the most beautiful places in Tokyo to watch Sakura is the Imperial Palace gardens. Here is a list of popular spots around Japan.
The Cherry blossom is predicted to occur on the 27th of march in Tokyo and in Kyoto on the following day. On this page you will find more cities and dates for the blossom.
The cherry blossom season is relatively short. Full bloom (mankai) is usually reached within about one week after the opening of the first blossoms (kaika). Another week later, the blooming peak is over and the blossoms are falling from the trees. Strong wind and rain can cut the blooming season even shorter.
Tokyo is such a High-Tech city. In this video you will see how to order food in a restaurant.
The Japanese are true masters when it comes to street fashion. During the Halloween weekend we went out to capture some of the outfits that decorate shopping malls and subway stations. When we dress up we usually go to a party but the Japanese dress up for Sunday shopping with friends. It is truly an inspiration to watch these very brave girls and boys as they with great confidence walk around the streets in their home-styled outfits.
These girls were standing and waiting for a green light at a street crossing. They are just out and about on a Sunday.
We caught these two girls walking around in a shopping mall handing out Halloween sweets.
A group of young girls heading for one of the large shopping malls in Nagoya.
We saw this clown outside a fast food restaurant. He just looked so cool in his outfit that we had to share this photo.
Is it a good idea to go and sing Karaoke after a party that involved food and drinks in great quantities? Well, we sure did think so!
As many know I usually do not drink alcohol, and to emphasize why I do not we post this informative video showing me singing “No Woman No Cry” for all to enjoy. Bob Marley I am truly sorry for killing your song. Annika who shot the video decided that we give it the title Do Not Drink And Karaoke. Its really enough that you see this video, you do not need to tell your friends.
Karaoke is the number one option when you seek entertainment in Japan. The Karaoke centres are huge and very high-tech. In every room you get a wireless remote for your song selection (all buttons in Japanese) and a huge catalogue with hundreds of songs in both Japanese and English. As you enter you get to choose a drink and you are given a small basket with your room number and microphones. In the room you find instruments free to use. Most videos that are displayed on the multiple screens in the room show Japanese versions of the original music video. When you are in the room make sure to check the time once in a while since it really flies when you are having so much fun.