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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.
The “Blue Trains” are popular express trains with sleeping berths that launched operation in 1958. Most of the Blue Train series have terminated services due to decrepitude or old systems. The only remaining in service is “Hokutosei”(/The Polar Star) that runs between Ueno station in Tokyo and Sapporo station in Hokkaido. And Hokutosei, the Last Blue Train, is terminating its service in this March 14th because of aging and the need for JR to rearrange its railroad tables and systems for the plans of the upcoming bullet train services in Hokkaido.
A lot of railroad fans take travels using Hokutosei or take its photos sparing the short and precious remaining days of the Blue Trains.
Two huge international travel marts were held at Tokyo Bigsight in Tokyo. One was “Visit Japan Travel Mart 2014″(Sep.24-26)(http://www.vjtm.jp/) and the other was “JATA Toursim EXPO Japan2014″(Sep.25-28)(http://t-expo.jp/en/index.html).
More than 310 foriegn buyers and about 390 Japanese sellers joined VJTM2014 and had passionate exchanges of information and ideas and hosted busines seccions. Buyers from Asian countries were especially a lot and about the half of the Japanese sellers were municipalities or relating associations of such local governments.
On the other hand, a lot of domestic and foreign sellers and buysers joined JATA Tourism EXPO Japan 2014. Such participants were embassies, tourism bureaus, travel agents, food companies, municipalities, railroads, airlines, hotels. universities, guide associations and so forth. The main targets were end users of travel services and a lot of lay Japanese people visited there and the total number was 157,589. Upon the opening of the event, an ward ceremony of good services and efforts of related promotions was hosted and the Best Tourism Award was given to The Tourism Authority of Thailand and Embassy awards were for Thailand and Mexico, the best transporatation award was for Japan Railways East, the domestic inbound award was for the tourism department of Tokyo Metropolis, the publicity award was for a TV show of CXTV, and the chairperson special award was for Okinawa Convention Bureau. (http://t-expo.jp/en/program/cms.html) I personally visited the two big events and collected a lot of interesting information and exchanged ideas with the participants, some of whom were my friends or those I sometimes work with. I enjoyed the delicious food provided by tourism- related restaurants and local specialities and impressed by the greatly enthusiastic atmosphere of energies of the expos as well.
“Sapporo International Art festival 2014” started on Jul. 19 in Sapporo, the capital of Hokkaido, the northen part of Japan and will have been held for 72 days. (http://www.sapporo-internationalartfestival.jp/)
This time the festival has a theme of “Cities and nature”, and contemporary artists’ works are shown with events visitors can take part in. This time Ryuichi Sakamoto, a world famous Japanese composer is a guest artist and his works are provided.
Maeda graduated from AKB on Aug,27 2012, and she made the first ” reunion” participation in AKB’s concert since her graduation over one year ago. She herself cried for big joy for being able to make a triumphant comeback visit as a “guest” and about 30,000 visitors to the concert welcomed her warmly calling her name in a passion. Though Maeda didn’t sing with incumbent AKB members, she sang three solo songs in an energetic atmosphere.
The official Hatsune Miku channel on YouTube presented the second part of the Snow Miku Report 2013 on Friday.
The video features various Vocaloid exhibits from the 64th annual Sapporo Snow Festival, including an art and merchandise gallery, a Hatsune Miku playground, workshops, game demos and a graffiti wall. The video also features an interview with the artist Chiho, who was featured in the art gallery.
Snow Miku’s first Festival Report included a time-lapse video of the construction of the Hatsune Miku snow sculpture. USA Animate has made Snow Miku merchandise available for fans in the United States over its online store.
Crypton Future Media President Hiroyuki Itoh announced on February 7 that one of the snow sculptures of its Vocaloid character Hatsune Miku will be rebuilt at Sapporo, after the sculpture collapsed earlier in the day.
Itoh anticipated that the rebuilding will be completed before daybreak this Saturday, February 11.
The collapse occurred at about 4:30 p.m. at the main area of the Sapporo Snow Festival in Odori Park. A clump of snow struck the back of a 61-year-old female sightseer, who was taken to a hospital. Itoh express his company’s regret and sympathies for the incident.
“Snow Miku” is a local character of Sapporo.
According to the Nico Nico News website, around 200 snow and ice sculptures created for this year’s Sapporo Snow Festival.
The 63rd annual event opened in Hokkaido Prefecture on February 6 and features frozen sculptures of My Neighbor Totoro’s Catbus,
the Vocaloidvirtual idol character Hatsune Miku ,
and One Piece’s Chopper.
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Hokkaido’s 63rd annual Sapporo Snow Festival will host a life-size statue of the Vocaloid idol Hatsune Miku.
Life-size statue of Hatsune Miku
The statue will stand at 158 centimeters (about 62 inches) tall.
Statue of Hatsune Miku
Hatsune Miku is collaborating with Sanrio’s Hello Kitty for a Snow Miku line of characters goods that will only be available in the northern Japanese island of Hokkaido. Read the rest of this entry »
‘Manyo-no-yu’ in New Chitose Airport
‘Manyo-no-yu’ in New Chitose Airport was considered as one of the main facilities in the airport building when the renovation was planned. It was expected to promote accessibility and attractiveness of the airport.
The function of the New Chitose Airport is expected to dramatically heighten by the renewal work of the terminal buildings and renovation of both facilities for domestic and international airlines. It also helps to increase number of arrivals and hours of staying at the airport. As the entrance to Hokkaido, the airport building must provide much refined hospitality service to visitors and variety of menus to attract them while staying.
The purpose of ‘Manyo-no-yu’ in New Chitose Airport is providing valuable period at the airport as an orthodox relaxation facility with using first natural Onsen water at the airport and as one of the main facilities not only for air travelers but also for local visitors.
‘Manyo-no-yu’ in New Chitose Airport
BAPE STORE Sapporo
14-2, Odorinishi-1, Chuo-ku, Sapporo
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Burberry Blue Label Sapporo Tokyu
At Sapporo Tokyu Dept. Store, 2-chome, Kita 4jo-nishi, Chuo-ku, Sapporo-shi 011-212-2758
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Burberry Blue Label Sapporo Marui Imai
At Marui Imai Sapporo store, 2-chome, Minami 1jo-nishi, Chuo-ku, Sapporo
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Burberry Blue Label Sapporo Daimaru
At Sapporo Daimaru store, 4-7, Kita 5jo-nishi, Chuo-ku, Sapporo
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