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Headlines
Keirin School: Inside the strict and secret world of bicycle racing in Japan – BBC
https://www.citylab.com/life/2020/02/japan-lost-and-found-phone-wallet-purse-tokyo-property-law/604645
http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20191006-what-japan-can-teach-us-about-cleanliness
Tourists In Kyoto Are Making Geisha’s Lives Difficult
Carefully, Japan Reconsiders the Trash Can
Tourists Are Causing Headaches In Japan
Japan is struggling to deal with the foreign tourism boom
Overseas Visitors to Japan in 2018 Top 31 Million
https://www.cbsnews.com/live/video/20181115032536-bilingual-10-year-old-takuto-kawakani-is-now-a-tour-guide-at-korakuen-garden-in-japan
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-42191096
http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/latenightlive/japanese-election/9062630
http://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/snow-canyon-japan
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-09-03/muscle-suits-push-to-get-japans-elderly-working-again/7794490
Suburban ecotours in Japan offer city-goers a stroll off the beaten track
course-correction-deserted-golf-greens-into-solar-power-plants
new-volcanic-island-off-japan-a-natural-lab-for-life

Elsewhere on the Web
Cyberforest Sound Lab
Japan Ecotourism Society
Ecotourism Japan
Courant Marin Trip Company
David Lee Photography
Mt. Fuji Nature School (特定非営利活動法人 アースバウンダー 富士山エコスクール
Peace & Slow Project (ピースロー計画)
http://www.unwto-osaka.org/JRN
Rebuilding Japan for people and nature, IUCN
http://www.bikkuri-donkey.com
Japan Airlines

Flickr
Hisaaki Arima@/t260arima
How to make makiri
https://www.flickr.com/photos/vintage-japan/

Flickr Groups
Ecotourism Asia
Japan Mountains, 日本の山
Japanese Food Lovers 大好き! 日本の食べ物!
Japanese Manhole Covers
Kyoto, Japan
National Parks, Quasi-National Parks and Undersea Parks of Japan
Rice Fields
Japanese Food
Japan Tsunami / Earthquake photos 2011
The Japanese Earthquake and Tsunami March 11th 2011
Relief 2.0 – Japan

Tourism Portals
Japan

Tourism Related Issues in Japan

  • Golf tourism: Before World War II, there were only 23 golf courses in all of Japan and only 72 in 1956. Now, there are a total of 1,700 golf courses in operation, with another 330 under construction and roughly 1,000 in various stage of planning. (Source: GreenFudge.org – “Japan, golf, pollution“) (more on golf)

Who to follow on Twitter
@AccessibleJapan
@Visit_Japan
@JapanEcotour
@ecotourismjapan
List of Ecotourism Japan board members and advisers (@ecotourismjapan/sewanin)
ピースロー計画 (@PeaceSlow)

Parks
Japan’s National Parks – Wikipedia
http://www.env.go.jp/en/tourists/
Natural Parks Foundation
Sanriku_Fukk%C5%8D_National_Park

Features
http://muza-chan.net/japan/index.php/blog/shinkansen-glimpse-of-history

Markets
Tsukiji Fish Market
http://www.tsukiji-market.or.jp
http://www.japan-guide.com/e/e3021.html

Recommended Viewing/Listening
Japan – the future and the past

http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/latenightlive/japan-stands-at-an-impasse/6342526

Recommended Listening
Fukushima revelations – New revelations about the Fukushima nuclear catastrophe
Japan streets ahead in global plastic recycling race – At 77%, country’s plastic recycling rate is about twice that of the UK, and well above the 20% figure for the US
Japan’s 20 years of economic stagnation – Why it is that Japan’s economy, one of the most successful of the 20th century, has became a stagnant swamp?
What Tokyo – What is Tokyo? A city of villages or the Bladerunner theme park? With the help of a handful of Tokyo-ites, Tony Barrell investigates.
Japanese philosophy: a short overview – Since the 5th century, Japanese philosophy has assimilated and adapted foreign philosophies to its native worldview: picking and choosing ideas about self, government and social order from Confucianism, Buddhism and Western thought. But does this mishmash of thinking create a unique Japanese philosophy?
From Ghost Town to Boom Town – (By Norimitsu Onishi, published on September 4th, 2008) Home to a silver mine whose production peaked nearly four centuries ago and finally closed in 1923, this tiny rural town in western Japan once seemed doomed to suffer the fate of so many former boomtowns. But after intense lobbying by Japan, the Iwami Silver Mine here, which many Japanese had never heard of, was improbably named a UNESCO World Heritage site last year. Having joined the ranks of the Pyramids, the Taj Mahal, Angkor Wat, not to mention Japan’s own Kyoto and Nara, Omori – population 413 – has been flooded with hundreds of thousands of tourists.

Akihabara
Akihabara
http://www.akiba.or.jp/english/
http://www.e-akihabara.jp

Akita
Akita,_Akita

Hokkaido
Hokkaid%C5%8D
http://www.pref.hokkaido.lg.jp/foreign/english.htm
@Latitudeski

Kobe
https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g298562-d523431-Reviews-Portliner_Monorail-Kobe_Hyogo_Prefecture_Kinki.html

Nagoya
The tenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 10) was held in Nagoya, Aichi Prefecture, Japan in October 2010.
http://www.cbd.int/cop10
http://www.city.nagoya.jp/global/en

Sendai
http://www.sentabi.jp/en
Sendai

Sapporo

Sapporo, Japan

Taiji
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-10-07/an3a-japanese-dolphin-hunting-town-to-open-marine-park/5003262

Festivals
Nagasaki Kunchi, the autumn festival of Suwa Shinto Shrine, is renowned as one of the great festivals of Japan.
http://www.ltcm.net/~telkamp/japan/kunchi/kunchi.html
http://www.ltcm.net/~telkamp/album/kunchi/index.htm

Museums
Gunma Museum of Natural History
http://www.benesse-artsite.jp/en/teshima-artmuseum

News
http://www.japantimes.co.jp@japantimes
http://www.asahi.com/ajw@ajwasahi

Transitions Abroad
Living in Japan
Business and Economy in Japan
Education and Study in Japan

Trees
Jomon Sugi, a giant cedar on Yakushima Island off the coast of Japan, attracts 250,000 Japanese tourists to the island each year, making Yakushima Japan’s most popular World Heritage Site in terms of domestic travel.

Indigenous Japan
Ainu (アイヌ?) (also called Ezo in historical texts) are an ethnic group of Japan, indigenous to Hokkaidō, the Kuril Islands, and much of Sakhalin. Most of those who identify themselves as Ainu still live in this same region, though the exact number of living Ainu is unknown. This is due to racial issues in Japan resulting in those with Ainu backgrounds hiding their identities and confusion over mixed heritages. Official estimates of the population are of around 25,000, whilst unofficially the number is upwards of 200,000 people.
http://uowblogs.com/ausccer/2013/09/05/journeys-in-japan

Reading
Some books worth reading pre-trip, especially if it’s your first time in Japan are:
Lost Japan by Alex Kerr – part of the Lonely Planet non-fiction series – this gave me a great insight from a westerners perspective into some of the secrets and disappearing parts of Japan’s traditional culture
Travelers’s Tales Japan – I am a big fan of this series, an edited selection of stories
Unbeaten Tracks in Japan – get lost and get found all at once…
A Traveler’s History of Japan by Richard Tames – a bit dry for my particular taste but a very thorough and interesting background to Japan’s traditional cultural heritage and how it has changed to meets the contemporary demands of a fast-paced modern world.

Nagoya is a showcase of coastal development and city building in Japan, which simply shows change in relationship to biodiversity and human beings. The southern part of the Nagoya International Convention Center was once sea and present day Nagoya has been developed by repeated landfill works since the early modern age. This excursion traces human activity, Higata (tidal wetlands), and forests that were all changed and lost during the course of development
http://www.cop10.jp/excursions/excursion/10.html

Twitter
@japangov

Twitter moments
How to build a sumo wrestling ring

Baseball in Japan
Baseball_in_Japan
Hokkaido_Nippon-Ham_Fighters
http://www.fighters.co.jp
@ydb_yokohama

Buzzword bingo
AinuAsiaBaseballBenito – Cherry Blossom – HaikuHeikeganiIndigenous – Islands – JapanJomon SugiPacificPachinkoRugbyTokyoTrees

References
Current time in Tokyo

Misc
Nakagin Capsule Tower
Nakagin_Capsule_Tower

Iconic Designs: Nakagin Capsule Hotel
http://www.kisho.co.jp/page/209.html

Amazake
http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20200317-uncovering-amazake-japans-ancient-fermented-superdrink

Wikipedia
Japan
Japanese archipelago
Kaiseki is a traditional multi-course Japanese dinner
Pachinko
Seikan Tunnel is a 53.85-kilometre (33.46 mile) railway tunnel in Japan, with a 23.3-kilometre (14.5 mi) long portion under the seabed. It travels beneath the Tsugaru Strait and connects the Aomori Prefecture on the Japanese island of Honshū and the island of Hokkaidō.
Gunma Prefectur
Haiku
Koshien Stadium
Japanese traditional dance
Togarashi
Seiichi Miyake
Honshu

Planeta.com

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