Japan’s first “Earth lifestyle” store, ARCH and COACH opens

By Mana - Last updated: 10月 3, 2015 at 5:06 am

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.

Earth’s “ACHI-KOCHI”

Japan’s first “Earth lifestyle”.

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Majibu won the grandprix of “Wakatabi” of JTA

By TERRY - Last updated: 9月 30, 2015 at 2:50 am

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/)


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Five sports adding to Olympics 2020 proposed by JOC

By TERRY - Last updated: 9月 30, 2015 at 2:02 am

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. spo1509290002-n1

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.

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The “big” Silver Week for the first time in 6 years

By TERRY - Last updated: 9月 30, 2015 at 1:23 am

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.

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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.

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Hokkaido Shinkansen’s grand opening next March

By TERRY - Last updated: 9月 30, 2015 at 12:01 am

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.

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About 1,000 fireworks displays being held nationwide

By TERRY - Last updated: 8月 31, 2015 at 12:17 am

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/)


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Hotel Okura’s renewal construction plan

By TERRY - Last updated: 8月 31, 2015 at 12:04 am

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.

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The 70th Peace Memorial Ceremonies at Hiroshima and Nagasaki

By TERRY - Last updated: 8月 30, 2015 at 9:47 pm

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.

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StarWars characters at the Nebuta Festival

By TERRY - Last updated: 8月 30, 2015 at 12:59 am

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/)





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Japan’s 7-11 becoming more convenient than ever with 100 tax free shops

By Mana - Last updated: 7月 29, 2015 at 12:00 am

7-11 Japan announced to expand their tax free service for foreigners and tourists. Having about 30 tax free 7-11, it will increase to 100 by the end of July. They are installing new cashier system with reduced time in tax free registration and making “convenience store” aptly named than ever.


Not only do they have information and product explanations in English, Chinese, Korean and other languages, they also have the “7 spot” which offers free Wi-fi. Another good news is that language selection for the ATM machine will increase from 4 to 12 with in 2015.


Their strategy is great. They have products that sells like cake by the register. It only takes about 3 minutes for the tax free registration to finish, which is 1/3 of how it was. With their rival stores Lawson and Family Mart only installing tax free in few stores, 7-11 is taking a great lead.


With having tax free system for some of the stores, average spending cost goes up to 70,000 yen. The most popular products include the 7-11 limited Kose skin care products which sell few hundreds of their hit washing foam in a day. 7-11 will continue to impress foreigners and make it even more convenient for everyone.


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9,140,000, the record high number of foreign tourists to Japan in a half year

By TERRY - Last updated: 7月 25, 2015 at 2:09 am

JNTO (http://www.jnto.go.jp/) announced  the number of foreign tourist to Japan of 9,140,000 in the first haf year of 2015 (Jan.-Jun.) marked the record high.


The number of 9,140,000 is a 46% increase compared to the number which had marked the record high at the same timing last year.  The number of Chinese tourists,who are of the top number, hasincrease by 2.2 times compared to the number last year at the same timing.   Shigeto Kubo, the Commissioner of Japan Tourism Agency gave comment that the total number of  foreign tourists to Japan in the end of this year 2015 would have reached about 18,000,000.


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A Chinese luxury cruise ship arriving in Tottori

By TERRY - Last updated: 7月 25, 2015 at 1:38 am

A Chinese first-rate big luxury cruise ship,”Mariner of the Sea” arrived in the port of Sakaiminato City,Tottori Prefecture on Jul.22.


About 3,400 Chinese tourists, who are  its passengers, visited the city and were taken to tourist destinations,such as Matsue Castle, landscape gardens, sourvenir shops, restaurants, and so forth in about 90 sightseeing buses.  They enjoyed sightseeing, shopping, eating and various activities and made  whirlwind and passionate situations.    marineroftheseas2

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Summer plants examination fair for the Tokyo Olympics

By TERRY - Last updated: 7月 25, 2015 at 12:44 am

An examination fair to rate and select excellent summer  plants was held at a metropolitan park in Koto ward  Tokyo on Jul.24. This fair was to choose good plants or flowers in respect  of beauty and perservarnce to survive in  vivacity in a hot mid summer time as a part of preparation for the upcoming Tokyo Olympic Games 2020.


About 200 types of plants were exhibited and examined, which had been grown by producing companies or horticulturists including cultivar improved ones.  The fair will have been held until September three times in total to decide excellent plants which are to decorate places around the Olympics venues and areas along the marathon courses in the big events in five years.


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Tokyo Olympics’ and Paralympics’ official emblems

By TERRY - Last updated: 7月 24, 2015 at 11:32 pm

The officilal emblems of the upcoming  Tokyo Olympic Games and Paralympic Games 2020 were released by The Tokyo Organizing Committee of  the Olympic and paralympic Games at a special huge eventatteded by many people and athletic celebrities held at the front square of the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Office Building in Tokyo on Jul 24, which was just the date to five years for start of the Tokyo olympic Games 2020.



The emblems were chosen out of 104 candidates in the design contest for this purpose. The Olympics’ emblem uses “T” form as its basic design, which symbolizes “Tokyo”, “Team”, and “Tomorrow”,while the Paralympics’ is based on a degin of “E” form,which symbolizes “Equal”. The embles will be used for related events, memorial goods,  sign borads,and so forth from now on for the  upcoming world biggest events in five years.

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Non-no exclusive model debut- Yui Shinkawa

By Mana - Last updated: 6月 28, 2015 at 1:58 pm

Yui Shinkawa, not only did she debut as a Non-no (popular fashion magazine) exclusive model, but she is the face for the cover of non-no. You’d be able to get your hands on these copy for the August issue which will were sold on June.20th.  It is  the first to just debut and have the cover.


The August issue is full of Yui. The contents include her interview for work, family, summer fashion, secret to her beauty, off shots and hobbies. It really goes deep in to Yui’s real life. The editors commented how Yui is probably perceived as cool and casual, but she can actually pull off sweet, mature, feminine and has more dimension than you think.  ” We really believe that she can be the true face of Non-no.” the entire editor team left a comment.



Yui herself commented, ” I want to give Non-no my vibe as well as showing off the new me.”.

Born in 1993 December, she won the grand prize of ” Miss Magazine 2010″. In 2011, she won the ” Miss. Seventeen 2011″ and was an exclusive model for Seventeen magazine for 4 years.


She was also chosen as No.1 for ” The model Junior and High school boys want as a girlfriend.”


Not only is she working in the modelling field, but also as a actress for movies and dramas.


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