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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.
About 10,000 toy figures are on display at a museum newly opened in the town of Shimanto, Kochi Prefecture.
The museum was set up in a renovated gymnasium of a closed elementary school in cooperation with the town government.
At the opening of Kaiyodo Hobby Museum Shimanto over the weekend, around 150 visitors lined up to see the figures made by Osaka Prefecture-based toy maker Kaiyodo (海洋堂) including those of animation characters.
Kaiyodo is a Japanese company dedicated to figures and garage kits. One of their most famous sculptors is Bome, who is most well known for his Mon-sieur BOME collection.
The museum offers visitors an opportunity to experience the process of making parts for the figures.
The entrance fee is 800 yen for high school students or older and 400 yen for elementary and junior high school students.