With the concept of ” Earth Lifestyle”, the brand “Arch & Coach” has opened.
The ever first store opened on October 23rd at AEON mall Shijounawatoshi in Osaka.
Arch & Coach Living Shop
Arch & Coach Living interior
We had many customers with the great help and support from the staffs. I appreciate everyone who took park in this.
Arch & Coach goods
Arch & Coach cashier
I promise to keep pursuing the best for the Japan’s Earth Lifestyle” shop. I appreciate everyone’s warm support.
Arch & Coach
President Kurita Makoto
We have four distinct seasons in Japan. Each season has its own attraction. I highly recomend you to visit Japan in Autumn as well as spring. The weather is not too hot nor cold. You can enjoy comfortable temperatures. You can have delicious food since autumn is harvest season.
The special symposium, “Movie Campus” of “the 12th Movie Week of Agency for Cultural Affairs” is to be held at Kaguraza in Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo on this Oct.24th. (http://bunka-cho-filmweek.jp/symposium.html)(http://www.walkerplus.com/event/ar0313e123255/) (http://www.bunka.go.jp/english/)
The Week is Oct.22-25 at the above avenue. At the event well-known movie directors and personalities particiate in panel discussions and “Gamera vs. Barugon”(1966, Daiei),an old special effect Japanese monsters movie will be run.
Hiyoridai Big Bridge was finally completed 49 years after the lauch of its project on this Oct.17th.
The bridge is 290m long and connects Yashirominami and Hiyoridai in Tashiro-ku, Sendai City, Miyagi pref. for the traffic convenineces to the area of Yagiyama Dobutsu Koen station (Yagiyama Zoo station) . The city mayor Okuyama says, “The bridge finished upon the grand opening of the Tozai Line, and we expect people to use the service for long from now on.”. Some citizens passed the bridge in the opening ceremoy and took a walk there.
“Jidai Matsuri”(/ the Festival of Ages) was held on this Oct.22 in Kyoto. (https://www.kyokanko.or.jp/jidai/)
This is one of the three greatest festivals of Kyoto held annually and about 2,000 people clad in costumes to represent people from various eras in Kyoto histroy paraded on the big street of 4.5 km from Kyoto Imperial Palace to Heian Shrine. The festival started in 1895 dedicated to Heian Shrine where Emperor Kanmu who established Kyoto as an ancient capital in 794 and Emperor Koumei who was the last emperor to reside in Kyoto are enshrined. The festival’s participants represent the changing ages when Kyot owas the capital of Japan.
“One Piece”, one of the most famour and popular Japanese manga is now dramatized as “Super Kabuki” play. (http://www.kabuki-bito.jp/theaters/shinbashi/2015/10/ii_1.html)
The play is performed at Shinbashi Enbujou, one of the major kabuki theaters in Tokyo Oct. 7- Nov.25. “Kabuki” is a traditional stage performance of Japan with more than 400 year history and most of its subjects have been tradtional stories or period dramas. However, these days, modern stories or even manga, anime works have become the plots. Thus happy fusion of old traditional arts and modern or contemporary culture are enhancing the both and attractions seem to be even progressing. For example, parents and children or grandparentens and their grand children go see the work together, as the older generations are fans of kabuki,while the younger generations are fans of One Piece or other manga works. Thus cultural fusion also work to connect different generations and broadens the cultural zones.
Japan’s first “Earth lifestyle”store will open in Osaka AEON mall.
Everything from the earth…and from our hands…
This is Japan’s first “Made in the Earth”.
Innovation of creating products from mother nature with traditional techniques, and the thought of the people using the product and being eco-friendly. A new relationship between the creator, the user and the earth. Goods that brings happiness and kindness from the warm sun light and the breezy wind even when living in the centre of the city.
We present you Japan’s first “Made in the Earth” happiness.
We will create an arch.
Creating a “relationship” between.
Having ”Made in the Earth” as the keyword…
We will offer a new sense of value with the power of creating and movement.
We will coach,
By using a skilled instructor to extract uniqueness from products and customers.
Teaching a way of life that best suits you.
We will expand this.
Japan’s first “Earth lifestyle”.
Japan Tourism Agency (JTA)(http://www.mlit.go.jp/kankocho/en/index.html) released the results of “Wakatabi”(/ a young travel), the awards to recognize people or businesses that have made efforts to promote travels of young people on Sep. 16. The winner of the grandprix is Majibu (/マジ☆部, a serious club), a platform of application for various services for young people to enjoy travels and related pleasures.(https://majibu.jp/). The platform is run by Recruit Lifestyle (http://www.recruit-lifestyle.co.jp/english/).
The ceremony of the Wakatabi Awards was hosted at the venue of the Japan Stage of “Toursim Expo Japan 2015″ at Tokyo Bigsight in Tokyo on Sep.25. (http://t-expo.jp/en/)
Japanese Orgazining Committee of Olympics (JOC) resolved to propose adding five sports to the official program of the Olympic Games 2020 to IOC on Sep.28. The five sports are, namely, baseball, softball, karate,roller sport, and surfing. The committee also resolved to propose 18 sports in total. IOC will officially resolve which sports to adopt for the 2020 at its general meeting in the next August.
The proponents and athletes of the proposed made comments full of happiness,hopes and enery ,while those of the sports not proposed ,such as bowling, seemed dissapointed, still trying to improve positions. People expect the coming Tokyo Olympics to be lively ,glorious ,and successful ones with new or fresh aspects.
The “Silver week”(continous public holidays of a couple of days in September) of this year 2015 was of 5 straight public holydays , which was the longest one in over past six years. The new law of public holidays can make fluctuation continuous or continual holidays depending on situations each year and 2008 was the first longest silver week of 5 days since the legal changes. And after the one this year, the next longest week will come in 11 years from now in 2026 according to the calendar.
This year, the days of 19 th (Sat) -23rd (Wed.) were all holidays ! And a lot of people enjoyed the “big” Silver Week. For example, the number of tourists to Kanazawa, where the new Hokuriku Shinkansen (Bullte Trains)services started this March, and Ishikawa Pref. as a whole, and its neighbouring prefectures of Toyama and Fukui, all of which are part of Hokuriku or the North Central region, increased by 4 times compared to the number of the same time last year.
JR Hokkaido and JR East Japan jointly announced on Sep. 16 that they were going to launch the remarkable new services of the Hokkaido Shinkansen (The Bullet Train services in Hokkaido ) on March 26th 2016.
The hisotorically new services of the Hokkaido Shinkansen will provide totaly 13 round-trips of “Hayabusa”and “Hayate” cars between Tokyo and Shin-hakodatehokuto (about 146km) on a daily basis. 10 out of them will be for the full distance and one for Sendai station-Shin-hakodatehokuto station, one for Morioka station- Shin-hakodatehokuto, and one for Shin-aomori station- Shin-hakodatehokuto station. The “E5 series” of JR East and the ”H5 series” of JR Hokkaido will be used as the cars of the new lines. The will include economy classes , Green Cars’ and the Grand-Place seats.
Fireworks are one of the highlighted popular events of joy for Japanese people in summer for hundreds of years. This year about 1,000 firworks displays are being held all over Japan especially in July and August. (http://hanabi.walkerplus.com/)
The main building of Hotel Okura in Tokyo is going to be closed at the end of thsi August and a reconstruction will take place which will have finished by the coming spring in 2019 in order to meet the timing of preparation for the Tokyo Olympic games in 2020. (http://www.hotelokura.co.jp/tokyo/en/)
The current main building of 11 floors with 408 guest rooms will be replaced by two new buildings of 41 floors and 16 floors with 510 guest rooms due to decrepitude. The current one was open n 1962, two years before the Tokyo Olympic Games in 1964 as its preparatory inflastructure and now the new ones will be created as a preparation for another Tokyo Olympics in 2020. However, a lot of people including foreign celebrities who have stayed at the hotel are reluctant to accept the reconstruction and against the plan of demolision because of their sweet memories with building of the beautiful conbinations of traditional Japanese artistic and western modernism. Famous writers, foreign monarchs, well-known business people and so forth enjoyed the lavish stays at the hotel in the past 50-year history and some of those influential foreign visitors even conduct protest sign-in campaigns against the demolision plan. The culturally important asset of the hotel building might be spared and might be preserved in some other way due to the passions of those who love those works and facilities.
At any rate, the hotel will remain open in business operation even during the reconstruction utilizing its annex building.
The 70th Peace Memorial Ceremonies were held at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park in Hiroshima City,Hiroshima pref. on the Aug.6th and Nagasaki Peace Park in Nagasaki City, Nagasaki Pref. on the Aug 9th. The two dates were the very dates the two atomic bombs were dropped at the two cities respectively just 70 years ago. (http://www.city.hiroshima.lg.jp/www/contents/1342505253394/)
PM Abe attended the two ceremonies and gave remakes wishing peace and keeping peaceful world. So did the city mayors. What was especially notable was that for the first time in history of these 70 years, a higher official of the US government along with the current US ambassador attended the ceremonies. Rose Gottemoeller, Under-secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security , attended the ceremonies with US Ambassador Kennedy on behalf of the US government.
The two venues of the ceremonies including peace memorial museums, the Atomic Dome there are quite popular tourist destinations and a lot of people including foreign tourists visit everyday. Peace prevalence is,needless to say, essential to retaining and growing of tourism.
The Nebuta Festival, one of the six major festivals of Tohoku region, was held and new type images such as thoses of Star Wars series were displayed among other traditional images of floats in Aomori City, Aomori Pref. Aug.2-7. (http://www.nebuta.or.jp/)