The Kiwi’s Fleeting Flight

first_imgKiwi, which can be seen on YouTube right here, is one of the most popular videos of the last year, with more than 12 million views to date. Here’s a write-up of it:There are several powerful messages behind Kiwi, but mainly, it makes you think: no matter how absurd and seemingly out of reach your dreams are, what’s stopping you from achieving them?… Some people have described how Kiwi “sticks in your subconscious.” I know that whenever I feel sad, I’m going to close my eyes, visualize the thing that’s in my way or keeping me down, and tilt my head to the side to see the happy side of it.Sentimental, maybe even saccharine, but true. Limitations may not look like limitations if you shift your perspective and invest great effort. And, fortunately, this doesn’t always have to mean fleeting joy with a crashing end.last_img read more

Web 2.0 Eludes Many Nonprofits

first_imgAs the pace of technology races ahead, many charities are not taking full advantage of the new world of social media, a new report says.In a survey of its grantees, the New York-based Overbrook Foundation found confusion and anxiety are stymieing many groups’ efforts to make use of new web and wireless technologies.Dubbed “Web 2.0” by many, this second generation of Internet-based tools, including blogs, podcasts and other interactive interfaces, has been billed as a critical frontier for those hoping to mobilize young people in favor of social change.Overbrook consultant Allison Fine conducted a voluntary online survey of the 55 U.S.-based human rights groups the foundation funds, as well as two discussion sessions, which 17 of the organizations attended.While all groups surveyed had websites, most were still using the Internet as a one-way information-sharing tool instead of taking advantage of the interactivity new technology offers, the report says.Virtually all the respondents reported accepting donations online, but only half had blogs or videos on their sites and only a third had podcasts.The report suggests that by restricting themselves to a limited version of web usage, these groups are missing out on key opportunities to organize constituents to support their work both online and off.The report also emphasized the high level of social-media anxiety voiced in the discussion sessions, with many participants admitting they were “at a loss” as to where and how to get help navigating an often confusing array of new technology options.As a result, the Overbrook Foundation has created an online hub of resources and case studies available to the public through its website.The Overbrook Foundation was established in 1948 by Frank and Helen Altschul and supports groups working in the fields of environmental conservation, sustainable communities, and human rights.Source: http://nonprofitpr.com/2007/09/19/web-20-eludes-many-nonprofits.aspxlast_img read more

No excuses!

first_imgI recently gave a presentation and was floored by the response. And not in a good way. I heard the following after I talked about ways to tweak a message to make it work far better – just by focusing on the audience perspective and speaking to audience priorities. Here’s the reason why this is “not possible”:1. I don’t have the budget to do that.2. I don’t have the staff to do that.3. I don’t have the time to do that.4. I don’t have the internal support to do that.5. I don’t have the expertise to do that.6. The dog ate my homework.Okay I didn’t hear #6 but I did hear the rest.It all reminded me of the same kind of excuses that keep us out of shape:If you hear yourself saying any of the above, stop yourself and think differently.Think like this:1. My budget is so small I’d better invest the time to have the right message so I get bang for my buck.2. My staff is so small I need to focus them on working smarter.3. My time is better spent fixing a bad message than sending out more bad messages.4. I need to market internally what I want to do by showing how it helps my colleagues meet their goals — that time spent will mean far less time overall on internal politicking, resistance and drama.5. I do have the expertise to do a better job – there are great blogs and resources (like my organization’s free www.fundraising123.org learning center) to help me.DO NOT THINK IN TERMS OF CONSTRAINTS. Think in terms of possibility. It’s not about what you can’t do. It’s about what you must do. Just do it!last_img read more

The Piggy-Back Principle

first_imgWhat a Ham, by Mostlysunny1 via flickrA great nonprofit leader I know recently saw a cool online quiz that he could appropropriate for his own work, and his reaction was “Great. I love piggy backing.”It occured to me how rarely I hear this.In our sector, we tend to focus on how little we have and how much more we need. But we would need less if we got more creative about piggy backing – for example, aligning with an issue or news already getting a lot of attention, or riding a demographic trend, or using (with permission, of course) great content developed by other entities. Not much money for audience research? Read other research – or as my buddy Craig LeFebvre says, look at campaigns directed at your audience that work. (Not just those in your issue area — but those that target your audience. The underlying values and messaging could be piggy back material.)In other words, never build when you can borrow.Before you start from scratch on anything, spend an hour seeing what’s already there, what can help you and what stands in your way. Act accordingly.Here are some marketplace forces – aka potential piggies – to get you started:1. Is there a demographic, lifestyle, social, health, natural or economic trend that we can ride? What trends might bring attention to our cause?2. Are laws or regs in place that could help us succeed?3. Is there research being released that is attracting publicity and bolsters our case?4. What’s got the eye of the media? Can we play off that story?5. What companies benefit if we succeed? Can we co-opt them?6. Who else is talking about our issue and how could they help influence our audiences?7. What content or material has already been developed that we can use?An example of piggy backing in my book is the Five a Day campaign. That highly successful campaign to get us eating more fruits and veggies piggy backed onto the increasing number of people overwhelmed by their busy lifestyles by packaging fruits and veggies so they were more easy and convenient to consume – the original fast food.Another example is Network for Good’s own Learning Center. We didn’t start from scratch in creating a site with original articles – we feature the work of the many smart writers and bloggers who’ve already written great material.The lesson? Piggy backing often makes us more effective. It’s not about scrimping and stealing. It’s about riding on the back of what has already been built and has momentum in the marketplace.last_img read more

See How Crowdfunding Is Fueling Nonprofits

first_imgNonprofit crowdfunding has proven to be tremendously successful for charity fundraising. Crowdfunding for education is making fundraising for universities and colleges easier and more effective, too. Here’s why it’s working so well for all sizes of organizations.Extended ReachCrowdfunding extends your reach to the social networks of your supporters. You can turn your donors into ambassadors for your cause, and social media makes it easy for them to share your stories and ask for donations.The costs are minimal because you already have a website, and hopefully an email list, so you just need to add crowdfunding software and set it up to promote your cause. Good crowdfunding software includes social buttons to make peer-to-peer fundraising a natural part of the process. Your donors can simply click on the icon for their preferred platforms and post your story along with a message of their own, asking their friends to join them in supporting your cause.Engaging Younger DonorsHistorically, fundraising by kids was done to support their schools or raise funds for extra-curricular activities, but these kids did not become nonprofit donors until much later in life. Now, however, because of increasing awareness of environmental and social causes among young people, they are becoming activists at a much younger age and are taking responsibility for contributing to the causes that they feel strongly about.While the number of older people using social media is growing, almost all young adults have accounts on social media platforms, and most of them are active on more than one. By putting your fundraising efforts into crowdfunding via social media, you are able to engage these young people.Crowdfunding Is FunReceiving a request for a donation in the mail may be enough to inspire donors to give, but sharing stories and being able to question and comment is much more engaging. If a person is unfamiliar with your organization, they are more likely to want to get involved if their friends invite them than if they just hear directly from you. And people who are excited about the work you are doing will want to invite their friends along. Everything is more fun if you can do it with a friend, right?Even people who have never heard of you will quickly become donors when their friends ask them to, and they will get on board with social media sharing too.Crowdfunding software makes it much easier to effectively manage peer-to-peer fundraising, and the benefits are worth the investment many times over. You’ll have an army of promoters when you tap into the social networks of your donors. The possibilities are endless!Network for Good has a blog with more free information on how to be successful at nonprofit fundraising. We also have specialists available to discuss how we can help you get the most out of your peer fundraising efforts, so contact us today or call 1-855-229-1694.last_img read more

What does Ronaldo’s ‘siiiiii’ celebration mean?

first_imgFootball’s goal celebrations come in all shapes and most players have their own unique expression of joy.Jurgen Klinsmann famously poked fun at his depiction as a diver in the press by performing a dive after scoring, while Manchester United’s Paul Pogba has a number of different dance routines.Cristiano Ronaldo is one of the greatest goalscorers of all time, so has had plenty of opportunities to work at his celebrations, and he has settled upon a select few moves, but the most famous is his “siiiiii” one. Article continues below Editors’ Picks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream In case you’re wondering what it means, Goal brings you everything to know about Ronaldo’s celebration What does Cristiano Ronaldo’s ‘siiiiii’ celebration mean? How to do the Cristiano Ronaldo ‘siiiiii’ celebrationWhat does Cristiano Ronaldo’s ‘siiiiii’ celebration mean?Ronaldo’s trademark goal celebration sees him perform a mid-air pirouette before exclaiming “si!” – which is Spanish for “yes!” – upon landing. It is an expression of delight at scoring.After Ronaldo jumps and lands, supporters normally join the forward in roaring the word, producing a booming sound which reverberates throughout the stadium.The ‘si!’ celebration has become synonymous with Ronaldo in the later part of his career and he first began performing it when he was at Real Madrid.He famously screamed “siiiiii!” on stage at the 2014 Ballon d’Or ceremony after collecting the award ahead of perennial rival Lionel Messi, prompting a mixed response, with many left bewildered by the outburst.Cristiano Ronaldo Ballon d'Or 2014 SiFIFA’s translator was evidently taken aback by it and some of the attendees, such as then Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti, could be seen laughing.”The scream? The players know I always do that shout when I score a goal or when we win,” Ronaldo told Spanish TV station Cuatro afterwards.”It’s our shout, from Real Madrid.”While the attacker said back then that it was the celebratory shout of the Real Madrid team, it is quite clearly his trademark and he continued to use it when he transferred to Juventus.K League All Stars drew 3-3 with Juventus, and after scoring their second goal, their players did Ronaldo’s celebration! 😂pic.twitter.com/WP6KOywajY— Goal (@goal) July 26, 2019Given Ronaldo’s popularity as a player, it is no surprise that his fans regularly mimick the celebration. Interestingly, however, even his fellow professionals have copied the move.in 2019, Serbia international Mark Grujic performed a rendition of the ‘siiiiii’ celebration after scoring a goal against Schalke while on loan at Bundesliga side Hertha Berlin.”Pure emotion. I could not control it, it just happened like that,” Grujic told Bild. “I look up to Ronaldo. He is a great role model for me because he works obsessively on his development.”Later in the year, members the K-League All-Star team did it during a match against Juventus, which elicited a wry smile from the Portuguese, who had a front-row seat on the bench.How to do the Cristiano Ronaldo ‘siiiiii’ celebrationIn order to do Ronaldo’s famous “siiiiii” celebration you need to run, jump, turn in mid-air, then throw your hands down to the side when you land.The position of the legs when landing is crucial too – they must be spread wide in a ‘power stance’ – and ideally you will have your back to the crowd, thus displaying the name on your shirt.Once the pirouette is complete, the final flourish of the celebration is the scream of “si!”.Cristiano Ronaldo Juventus celebration 2019-20When Ronaldo performs the celebration he often incorporates some of his other familiar celebratory gestures in a medley of smug self confidence.He might, for example, throw his arms out to his side while running towards the crowd, or point at himself in a way that suggests he, in fact, is the man.Of course, it would be bad form to just randomly perform the celebration, the first thing you need to is to put the ball in the back of the net!last_img read more

Vermaelen: I expect Arsenal to do better than last year

first_imgArsenal are well placed to significantly improve on their mediocre 2018-19 campaign under Unai Emery this season, according to Thomas Vermaelen.Six new recruits arrived at Emirates Stadium over the summer, with 25 players shipped away from the club either on loan or on permanent transfers.The Gunners have shown they can compete with Europe’s top clubs in the transfer window once again, most notably bringing in highly-rated winger Nicolas Pepe from Lille for a record £72 million ($88m). Article continues below Editors’ Picks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream Arsenal also managed to acquire David Luiz, Kieran Tierney, Gabriel Martinelli and Dani Ceballos on loan from Real Madrid, with William Saliba signing a deal with the club before heading back to Saint Etienne on loan.Emery’s side have picked up seven points from their first four matches of the new season, securing wins over Newcastle and Burnley before losing to Liverpool and drawing at home to Spurs.Vermaelen, who played at the Emirates between 2009 and 2014, has been impressed by the impact the Spanish boss has had in north London and he expects the Gunners to improve after a strong summer of business in the transfer market.”Arsenal have improved with the players they got in the summer. I think they did a good job in the transfer market,” the Vissel Kobe centre-back told Sky Sports.”It’s a new Arsenal but it doesn’t mean it is going to be worse than last season or difficult now.”Of course, a few players have to adapt but I think there is a good manager there (Unai Emery) who wants to play football. I expect them to do better than last year.”Arsenal finished fifth in the Premier League last term, missing out on a place in the Champions League in the process.They have been tipped to launch another bid for a spot in the top four, but they will also be aiming to go one better in the Europe League, after losing to Chelsea in 2019’s final.The Gunners find themselves in fifth place yet again heading into the international break, with a tough trip to Watford up next on September 15.Emery will then prepare his side for a Europa League opener against Eintracht Frankfurt four days later, as the 2019-20 campaign starts to get into full swing. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

‘Emery & Arsenal papering over the cracks’

first_imgUnai Emery has not lost the dressing room at Arsenal, claims Paul Merson, but a battling win over Aston Villa is considered to have merely papered over the cracks.Questions are being asked of the Spanish coach at Emirates Stadium just a few weeks into the 2019-20 campaign.Despite the Gunners having spent big during the summer transfer window, the expected progress in north London has not been made. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream Time for another transfer? Giroud’s Chelsea spell set to end like his Arsenal career Arsenal are into the Premier League’s top four, but they have been far from convincing at times and had to hit back from falling behind on two occasions against Aston Villa on Sunday to claim a 3-2 win.That success was achieved while down to 10 men, with Ainsley Maitland-Niles dismissed late in the first half, and Merson believes it showed that there is still spirit inside the camp.The former Gunners star is, however, a little concerned about the bigger picture, telling Sky Sports: “Arsenal beating Villa is a big win. After the week before at Watford, to look like they were going to get beaten by Villa… it wouldn’t have been good. It papers over the cracks though for another week.“Arsenal are in a situation at the moment where everyone’s in transition – Man United aren’t great, Tottenham aren’t great, Chelsea aren’t great, it’s a real big time for someone like Leicester to break this top four and you’ve got to have a good start, but again, you need to make hay while the sun shines.“I thought Unai Emery was under severe pressure if they’d got beaten. When you get the sack as a manager, though, it’s because the players don’t fancy you. When you saw the game on Sunday, they had 10 men and came out and scored three goals – he hasn’t lost them. But they’re listening to him.”They’ve got a chance to finish in the top four, and if they do that this season, it’s a great season for them.“Credit where it’s due – to come back and score three with 10 men was a feat. You’d have to ask Villa some serious questions. You’d be worried about them, but you don’t want to be put in that position every week.”Arsenal will face another stern test of their credentials when they return to Premier League action.A midweek Carabao Cup third round clash with Nottingham Forest is set to be followed by a trip to Old Trafford to take on Manchester United. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Relax at Akasakas Kaisu Hostel a Remodelled Restaurant

first_imgThere is free Wi-Fi, so you can polish your travel plans or relax and read.You can sample some of the craft cocktails that the bartender is very proud of, too. After having a few at the izakayas nearby, it might be nice to have a nightcap here and look back on the day.”Bar and Table” also has some very Japanese decor.RoomsKaisu Hostel has standard rooms for groups of six or fourteen people, ladies-only rooms that fit ten women, and private rooms for two people. Almost all the beds are designed like pods, and are equipped with not just mattresses but spacious nooks for storing luggage and lockboxes. All rooms have Wi-Fi access, so you can look up information for your trip or Skype with friends while lying in bed.※The above photo is of a 14-person room.The six-person room is co-ed, with a three bunk bed layout good for families or friends traveling together. Each bed can be partitioned off with a curtain for privacy, and is equipped with an electric socket and a light.We recommend this Japanese-style room for couples who want more privacy. It can also be used by one person.In ClosingWhen we went to Kaisu Hotel, we were surprised by the depth of knowledge the staff had about the Akasaka area. They are frequently asked questions like “Is there a good place to eat in the area?” “Is there anything fun to do around here?” “I’m going to Roppongi, what should I try?” by lodgers at the hostel, so they make sure they know what’s current in order to give suitable advice to the people staying at Kaisu Hostel.If you stay at Kaisu Hostel, take the chance to ask the staff some questions and you will definitely find out some valuable information.InformationKaisu HostelAddress: Tokyo, Minato-ku, Akasaka 6-13-5Operating hours: 24 hoursFixed holidays: NoneWi-Fi access: YesCredit cards accepted: NoForeign language support: EnglishForeign language menus: EnglishAccess: Five minutes’ walk from Akasaka Station 赤坂駅 (Tokyo Metro)Price range: 4,500 yen – 11500 yen a nightReligion: N/APhone number: 03-5797-7711Official website: KAISU HOSTEL The Kaisu lobby has a large window installed, drawing in sunlight to create a bright yet relaxed vibe. The lobby also has origami cranes and an igo board. Igo 囲碁 is a traditional Japanese game which uses black and white stones. You can play around with some cultural items that even Japanese people do not see on an everyday basis.Bar and Table”Bar and Table” is the cafe located at the back of the first floor.In the cafe, you can enjoy food made with fresh farmer’s market ingredients, and drink specialty espresso made from carefully selected coffee beans; at the bar, you can sip on a craft cocktail. The large table placed in the center is the symbol of “Bar and Table”, and the seat at its head is a venue for cultural exchange.center_img Most Japanese people think of TBS (the Tokyo Broadcasting System network) when someone mentions Akasaka in Tokyo. Akasaka is an area of skyscrapers, where on weekdays you will see scores of suit-wearing salarymen. In addition, because of its proximity to government offices, it is home to many well-established, high-class traditional Japanese restaurants, or ryōtei, which you will notice if you step off the main streets.In Akasaka, one of these ryōtei has been remodeled into a guesthouse. We would like to introduce you to Kaisu Hostel.ConceptAkasaka is close to Roppongi, Omotesandō and Aoyama, and is not yet a well-known area for tourists visiting Japan. However, it is a very convenient public transport hub with many delicious restaurants. The first floor of Kaisu Hostel is an open cafe and bar, where Tokyo residents and travelers can exchange opinions, share knowledge, boast about their countries, and learn about the worlds of others.Lobbylast_img read more

Try Traditional Loach Fish Gourmet at Komagata Dozyo Asakusa

first_img“Dozyo Hot Pot(どじょう鍋, 1750yen)”First an alive dozyo will be dunked into alcohol, and after it got drunk the chef will boil it in sweet miso soup and original sauce. When the pot is delivered to your table, complete it with plenty of onions! You might get astonished at the look, but its taste is really good. Even the bones are soft, so eat it up in whole.”Yanagawa Pot(柳川鍋, 1750yen)” is also popular. It is a pot of dozyo boiled in sweet sauce with egg.You can of course choose from variety of side dishes too, like “Edo-styled Japanese omelet(江戸風卵焼き, 650yen)”.If you have come nearby the Tokyo Skytree, please take a visit to this “Komagata Dozyo” that introduces you to gourmet that hasn’t changed over 200 years.InformationKomagata Dozyo(駒形どぜう) Asakusa Head ShopAddress:Tokyo Taito-ku Komagata 1-7-12Nearest Station:Tobu Skytree line Asakusa St. Central Gate 10 minutes walk/Tokyo Metro Ginza line Asakusa St. 2 exit 5minutes walk/Toei Subway Asakusa line Asakusa St. A1 exit 2 minutes walk/Toei Subway Ooedo line Kuramae St. A6 exit 5 minutes walkOpening Hours:11:00~21:00(L.O.)Closed Days:None(Except New Year’s Holidays)Wi-Fi:UnknownCredit Cards:AvailablePhone:03-3842-4001HP(Japanese):http://www.dozeu.com “Dozyo”, Popular Food from Edo Era picture:Web日本語”Dozyo(Loach fish)” is one of the regional menus eaten by locals since Edo era(17th Century~). At those times there used to be shops selling “Dozyo-ziru”, a dish of rice bowl with dozyo soup poured on. We can say that it was one typical fast food back then.Though it is hard to find dozyo shops today, there still are some places you can try them. It is very rich in nutrition.”Komagata Dozyo” Since Edo EraYou can still try the taste of dozyo at “Komagata Dozyo” in Asakusa, which offers the unchanged menu from Edo era.The restaurant opened in 1801. Even today the entrance gives out atmosphere of the old days. Don’t feel awkward, there are many non-Japanese visitors inside along with local workers and students.Try the “Dozyo Hot Pot”last_img read more

Karatsu Castle Majestic Beauty

first_imgKaratsu Castle (唐津城), located in Karatsu city, in Saga Prefecture.It’s appearance isn’t flashy, but it carries a dignified beauty; in the spring it is a place where the lavender wisteria bloom, and cool wind blows in from Karatsu’s sea.It you want pictures, there is a great bridge to the east of the castle. From there you can capture the lofty keep from between the trees.Karatsu Castle is surrounded by the sea on three sides.Due to its location, it is often referred to as a Mizuki (literally, water-castle). Its construction is said to have began in 1602, and finish in 1608.It was later abandoned due to the tides of the age, but had a castle tower added and was reinstated in 1966 as a cultural sight-seeing facility, as it stands today.Inside there are precious artifacts documenting the Han territorial system and weapons, as well as Arita porcelain artifacts, among other archeological items are on display.But the highlight in undoubtedly the keep.Climb the keep, and what do you see…When you climb the steep stairway and reach the top, you find…This spectacular view. You can see Karatsu’s cityscape, and Karatsu Bay.The seashore field of pine trees (one of the third largest of its kind) is one of the highlights.While you gaze at the view that has remained unchanged since the Edo Period, it will no doubt transcend simple scenery; you’ll be sucked in, and entranced by a feeling that makes you forget your every day life.Why not sit on of Karatsu Castle’s benches, listen to the sound of the waves, and lose yourself in thought as you feel the ocean winds on your cheeks?How to enjoy your tripOne modern way to enjoy your time at Karatsu Castle is to bring a map of the Edo Period and compare it with a map on your smart phone as you look down from the tower.You get a birds-eye view of the cityscape of Karatsu.It is home to many towns that carry names from the Edo Period, such as Katanamachi, Uoyamachi, Kiwatamachi, Gofukumachi, and Komeyamachi, which help you feel the bustle of a Joukamachi (towns built around a castle). What kind of people lived there, and what kind of lives did they lead…Get up on the keep and try turning your thoughts to them.InformationKaratsu CastleAddress: Saga-ken, Karatsu-shi, Higashijonai 8-1Phone Number: 0955-72-5697Business Hours: 9:00~17:00Scheduled Holidays: December 29~31Wi-Fi: NoneAccepted Credit Cards: Credit cards not acceptedLanguage Accessibility: Japanese OnlyMenu Languages: Japanese OnlyNearest Station: JR Chikuhi Line, Karatsu StationAccess: 25 minutes by foot from JR Chikuhi Line’s Karatsu Station, or 10 minutes by bus to Karatsu Castle entrace (唐津城入口下車)Entrance Fee: Adult (15 years and up) ¥410, children ¥200Official Webpage: Karatsu City Cultural Foundationlast_img read more

Try Vegan Veggie Ramen At Soranoiro In Kojimachi

first_imgThe world of ramen has grown exponentially in the past few years and now we are living in an age with thousands of choices when it comes to this soup and noodle dish. Today let’s take a look at a popular shop selling vegan ramen where all the ingredients – from soup to noodles to toppings are vegetarian and vegan-friendly. This shop is located in Kojimachi.Soranoiro – KojimachiThe restaurant called Sora no Iro is located a few minutes walk from Kōjimachi station.Opened in 2011, Sora no Iro has been popular because of its light Chinese-style noodles, original ramen, and limited menus.The most unique item available here is the vegan veggie ramen, which has a description provided for it on the table.According to the description, it does not use meat or fish at all. “Feel free to let us know if you have a specific preference for the ingredients” said one of staff. It is really nice of them to be so flexible for their customers, isn’t it?Looks like a Salad!?At first glance, you might think that this is a salad but it’s actually the vegan veggie ramen (1,200 yen including tax). With plenty of vegetable toppings, you’re sure to feel healthier after eating this colorful dish.The soup tastes very gentle as it is made from vegetables. It might feel something is missing for those who prefer a richer or oilier taste, but it’s actually really flavorful as it is.You can choose two types of noodle from the menu, such as these rice noodles. They differ in texture from standard rāmen noodles but you can really taste the gentle sweetness of the rice in them.This noodle is made from flour that has been mixed with bell peppers; giving it a slightly different taste.It’s a matter of taste as to whether you like the rice noodles or noodles mixed with bell pepper, but trying both is a great idea; why not bring your friends along and order both?You can add Yuzu kosho (yuzu citrus zest with crushed chilies) or mashed potato with mustard if you still feel something is missing in the soup. By mixing with them, the soup will become richer.Not only for VegansYou can enjoy Soranoiro’s various types of rāmen even if you aren’t a vegan or vegetarian yourself. They also serve regular vegetable ramen as well.The standard vegetable ramen does contain animal/fish ingredients, so please keep that in mind before ordering it.Whether you are a vegan or not, this dish will change your perspective on ramen – although it’s considered an unhealthy dish by many, this kind of ramen is incredibly healthy.Colorful and Flavorful Vegetable and Vegetarian, Vegan Ramen at SoranoiroIf you know someone who wants to try something new, who is vegan or vegetarian or who simply wants to enjoy delicious rāmen, Sora no Iro is the best place to go. Their varied menu can satisfy everyone’s tastes.Not only do they serve great ramen, but they also organize events with other restaurants and businesses, so please check their website, blog, and SNS if you are interested. Soranoiro View InformationrestaurantRead also Enjoy Vegan Ramen In Tokyo Station – Soranoiro NIPPONlast_img read more

A Retro Atmosphere At Starbucks Coffee In Hirosaki Aomori

first_imgAomori prefecture, part of the Tohoku region, is situated at the northernmost point of Japan’s main island of Honshu. But did you know that in this place where several meters of snow accumulates every winter, there’s also a strikingly elegant cafe?Hirosaki Koen Mae’s Starbucks Coffee Shop, following in the steps of Kobe Kitano Ijinkan Starbucks, is the second Starbucks in Japan to set up shop in a Tangible Cultural Property. In addition to an atmosphere that reflects the Taisho era, there are many features of this cafe that allow visitors to enjoy themselves. Today we’ll introduce some of these features to you.Why Are Cultural Properties Being Turned Into Cafes?Aomori prefecture’s Hirosaki city, where this Starbucks is located, is a famous place known for its cherry blossoms. In the springtime, onlookers from around the world flock here to see the cherry blossoms blanketing the whole area, in and around Hirosaki castle. It’s also one of Japan’s coldest regions, with several meters of snow accumulating during the winter.In what was formerly used as a meeting room, there is now cafe seating.Here you can see pictures of Hirosaki city dating back to when the building was the residence of a Japanese military commander.The building which houses Hirosaki Koen Mae Starbucks Coffee shop, was built in 1918. It was called Daihachi Dancho Kansha, or the official residence for the commander of the Japanese 8th division. In 1951 it was sold off to the city and subsequently used as the mayor’s residence, and in 2003 was registered as one of Japan’s Tangible Cultural Assets.With an inherent desire to effectively utilize the building’s existing unique features, the city of Hirosaki sent out an invitation to interested parties who then submitted proposals on how they planned to use the building. The Starbuck Coffee Shop’s proposal for a cafe was accepted and in April 2015, Hirosaki Koen Mae Starbucks officially opened.Starbucks’ commitment to building shops that are in harmony with the local region, and Hirosaki city’s desire to take full advantage of this cultural asset’s attractive features were a good match for each other and was a big reason why this cafe became a reality.Different from a regular Starbucks, this shop in Hirosaki city is comprised of several different separated spaces, making full use of the former building’s architectural layout.The doors have been preserved in their original state. From the sliding door and traditional shoji sliding door tracks (grooves) to the carved door knobs, one can catch glimpses here and there of the subtle introduction of Japanese-style elements amid the original western-style construction of the building.An Interior That Brings Out Hirosaki’s CharmsCharacteristic features and traditions of the Hirosaki region are seen throughout the shop’s interior.This is the counter service area. It was originally a meeting room in the former building, and perhaps for that reason the room has high ceilings, creating a spacious, open feeling.The light fixture hanging directly above the ordering counter is made with bunako (a beech wood product). The beech raw material is cut into thin, tape-like strips and coiled up into a flat roll. Rolls of bunako are hand-made one by one and used in making various woodwork products including some of the light fixtures in this shop.Aomori prefecture has the largest reserves of beech trees in Japan, and its world heritage region, Shirakami Sanchi, is a vast natural beech forest. The birth of bunako arose from a desire to use Aomori’s beech in a creative manner.This was formerly used as a Japanese-style room. From the window you can peek into the garden.The light fixture hanging above the 8 person table is also made from beech. During the cold months of the year, the soft light coming from this wooden fixture casts a warm illumination over the room and welcomes cafe guests.If you look at the seats in the back of the room, it becomes apparent that the backrest cushions are made with a light blue-colored material and covered with some patterns and designs.This is tsugaru koginzashi, a traditional embroidery passed down in Aomori’s Tsugaru region. Its characteristic feature is a geometric print highlighted with diamond-shaped motifs. Due to its reinforcement and heat retention capabilities, women on farms stitched this material into their clothes, starting this long lasting tradition. In the 1880s kimonos hand stitched with koginzashi were widely seen and became in vogue. For a certain time it went out of fashion but around 1930 its beauty was rediscovered and it regained its popularity. Since then up until the present, koginzashi has been and continues to be loved by a legion of handicraft fans.In ClosingA Tangible Cultural Asset, reborn into a cafe popular with all the locals and visitors alike. When you’re traveling through the Tohoku region and would like to take a break, just remember that Hirosaki Koen Mae Starbucks Coffee Shop is the ideal spot to go!InformationHirosaki Koen Mae Starbucks CoffeeHours: 07:00 – 21:00Holidays and closures: Open every dayWi-Fi: AvailableCredit cards: Most major cards accepted, except for China Union Pay cardMenus in other languages: EnglishNearest Station: Chuo Hirosaki Station (Konan Tetsudo Owani line)Access: 18 minutes on foot from Chuo Hirosaki stationPrice range: From 900 yenPhone number: 0172-39-4051Website: Starbucks Coffee, Hirosaki Koen Maelast_img read more

Try Traditional Martial Arts Samurai Trip Kendo Classroom

first_imgKendo is one of the many traditional martial arts practiced in Japan. While wearing armor and wielding a wooden practice sword known as a shinai, two fighters face off in a battle of skill and spirit. As it is practice that has gone on since the age of the samurai, the Japanese are very familiar with this art.Today we would like to introduce to you Samurai Trip where you can experience the thrill of kendō in an English-speaking setting. Designed with visitors to Japan in mind, this wonderful service aims to give non-Japanese speakers the opportunity to freely enjoy the essence of kendō.Read also: Learn How To Use A Katana! The Samurai Museum In ShinjukuKendo – Elevating Humanity Through DisciplineKendō is not simply a sport. A martial art to the end, kendō requires discipline and dedication to one’s training; it is a means of developing the mind and body together. Not only must you be fully aware of your actions as you sharpen your skills, but you must constantly treat your opponent with the respect that they deserve – these are necessities of kendō.Begin by Changing into the UniformWith that in mind, now let’s take a closer look at the kendō learning experience at Samurai Trip.The basis of kendō is exchanging blows with the shinai (wooden practice sword). For that reason, wearing armor is a must. In the class, your first step is to learn how to wear the necessary armor to protect yourself during training. First you change into the dogi , the dark blue under uniform, then put on the chest protector. For beginners this may be more difficult than it looks, but the instructors are there to help you.Once you have your uniform and armor securely in place, it is time to focus on your concentration. In order to be more like a samurai, you must have a dignified bearing. You might find that your facial expression starts to feel a bit tense during this process.”Begin and End with Good Manners” – the Tenet of all Martial ArtsThere is a saying in Japan that starts “begin with manners, end with manners”. This expression accurately states the mindset of martial arts: expressing both decorum and respect are the hallmarks of a true martial artist.Before the fighting portion of a kendō match takes place the opponents sit opposite one another and both give a deep bow; the same show of respect is repeated once the match is completed as well. At Samurai Trip you will learn the proper etiquette for kendō from start to finish.Once you have exchanged bows, it is time to start warming up. In order to prevent any injuries, it’s important to make sure that your entire body has been properly stretched and prepared for the bout. And once you are ready, it’s time to start learning the practical skills of kendō.Learning the Three Forms: Head, Torso, ForearmThe three basic strike patterns of kendō are men (striking the head), dō (striking the chest plate), and kote (striking the gauntlet/forearm).To begin with, by first practicing your strikes against the instructor’s sword you will become acclimatized to the physical motions required in kendō. At the same time as you use each technique, you must also remember to say the name of the technique you are performing. This is very important. By saying the name of the technique you are uniting your body and mind in action, thus helping you to more smoothly perform each motion.When the sound of the strikes has become delightfully resonant, then you will have proof of the improvement in your skill. Now, without hesitation, it’s time to strike with all your might!Show Your Skills – Time for the Helmet and GauntletsNow that you have learned the main techniques, it’s time to put on your masked helmet (men) and gauntlets (kote). These are meant to protect your head, face and neck, and your hands and wrists respectively. Incidentally, the total weight of the armor that you are now wearing is roughly 5 kg (11 lbs).Now that you are protected, it is time to really practice the skills that you have learned. Don’t forget to say the names of the techniques as you sally forth.Once you have mastered the fundamentals of these skills, your practice time is finished. Now the time to battle has come!A Game of Victory or DefeatSamurai Trip has a game system where you wage war with your opponent. A paper balloon is placed on each of the three strike areas (head, forearms and chest) which acts as a target you must attack.The rules are simple: whoever knocks off or pops the paper balloon is the winner of the match. As the match intensifies, you are sure to hear cheers of encouragement from those around you. It’s time to use the skills that you’ve learned to strategize and have fun battling your opponent!Watch the Instructors Really BattleAnd once the game is over, you can watch as two of the instructors fight in earnest against one another right before your eyes. With years of training and experience under their belts, the sheer fluidity of their movements and the proficiency of their skill is a sight you cannot pass up.The participants and viewers on this day were on the edge of their seats watching the match intently, eager to see the final outcome.End with a BowAt the very end, all the participants bow to one another, and that is the end of the kendō experience. Now you have been able to fully enjoy from start to finish learning the rules and techniques of the ancient martial art of kendō.At Samurai Trip, you can learn detailed explanations of each step in the process from their instructors. And as there are English-speaking staff on hand, even non-Japanese speaking visitors can fully take part in this experience without worrying about any language barriers.If you would like to take part in this amazing experience, you will need to make a reservation in advance online. The time and the location of the course differs based on their schedule, so please refer to their homepage for more information.Image courtesy of SAMURAI TRIPThe long hand towel that you were given prior to putting on your helmet is yours to keep. Isn’t that a cool souvenir of your experience as a samurai?If you would like to have an authentic taste of Japanese martial arts, please head to Samurai Trip!Want to be a samurai? Or would you prefer being a ninja?Learn How To Use A Katana! The Samurai Museum In ShinjukuMeet The Ninja And Become One Yourself In Saga’s Ninja Village Japanese Encylopedia: Edo Period Japanese Encyclopedia: The Sengoku Periodlast_img read more

When In Sapporo See The Former Hokkaido Government Office Building

first_imgHokkaido’s capital,Sapporo, is the fourth most populous city in Japan. It is a vibrant place where you will find many modern buildings lining the streets and many people on the go all day long. But in this city, there is one particularly striking building that visitors must see. The Former Hokkaido Government Office Building, nicknamed the “Akarenga Chosha” (Red Brick Building), is a historical building well-loved by the locals.What’s the Former Hokkaido Government Office Building?The Former Hokkaido Government Office Building is as its name indicates, where the seat of the government of Hokkaido prefecture was housed for over 80 years – until the new building that is currently in use was completed. Built in 1888, this building was designed and built using the American Neo-Baroque architectural style popular abroad during that time. The distorted glass made in the Meiji era, as well as the double-thickness doors and other measures were used in order to protect the Former Hokkaido Government Office Building against the cold. It is a building perfectly designed to survive the cold Hokkaido winters.The inside of the hall is open to the general public free of charge and is a museum where materials and information on the history of Hokkaido are exhibited. If you have the time in your sightseeing schedule, stopping and listening to the volunteers that work here explain different aspects of the museum and region is a must. Now let’s take a closer look at the history and details of the building, in order to demonstrate the depth of its history.The Charms of a Red Brick BuildingApproximately 2.5 million bricks were used in the construction of the Former Hokkaido Government Office Building, and if you look closely, you can see that there are numerous innovations in both the stacking and decoration of these bricks and other architectural features as well. For example, the lower part of the outer wall features darker bricks in order to increase the structural strength of the building. These blackened bricks, so to speak, are heated to a higher temperature than standard bricks, and as such can withstand greater pressure. The sight of the rusty reds and oranges of this building against the natural surroundings of the Former Hokkaido Government Office Building are also good to appreciate from a distance.Incidentally, in 1909 there was a fire that burned the interior of the Red Brick Building down, but left the outer structure from the Meiji era completely intact. However, through a dedicated effort, the interior was faithfully reproduced in 1969.The View from a DistanceGinkgo trees line the roads leading towards the Former Hokkaido Government Office Building. What is so remarkable about this is that, in the autumn, these leaves will turn a dazzling shade of golden yellow, which makes for a stunning, sharp contrast with the red brick of the building. It’s one of the most famous fall color spots in Sapporo, and a must see for visitors during that season.Next to this road there is a center called the Akarenga Terrace, and if you visit the 5th floor observation gallery here, you can enjoy picture perfect views of the Former Hokkaido Government Office Building and the ginkgo trees from above.When in Sapporo, be sure to visit the Former Hokkaido Government Office Building and see the history of Hokkaido come to life!InformationFormer Hokkaido Government Office Building (Red Brick Building)Address: Hokkaido, Sapporo, Chuo, Kita 3-jo Nishi 6-chomeHours: 8:45-18:00Closed: New Year’s holidaysInformation in Other Languages: English, Chinese (Simplified/Traditional), Korean, ThaiNearest Station: JR Sapporo StationAccess: 8-minute walk from west exit of JR Sapporo Station, or 4-minute walk from Exit 10 of Sapporo Station (Namboku and Toho subway lines)Entry Fee: FreePhone: 011-204-5019Website: Former Hokkaido Government Office Building (Red Brick Building)last_img read more

Haneda Airport Guide Useful Facilities And Hotels Near The Airport

first_imgHaneda Airport – The Only Airport within TokyoThe Tokyo International Airport, commonly known as Haneda Airport is the biggest airport in Japan. The international terminal of this airport opened in 2010 and quickly brought Haneda up in the ranks to become the fourth busiest airport in the world. In this article we will take a closer look at the facilities in and around Haneda.Read also:How To Sleep In Haneda’s International Passenger TerminalBasic Information about Haneda AirportAbout 66.7 million people use Haneda Airport every year. Unlike Narita International Airport, located in Chiba prefecture, Haneda is located within Tokyo itself, which is more convenient for travelers. It is really easy to travel to the center of Tokyo; it is accessible via the JR and Keikyu railways, as well as by limousine bus. The terminals at this airport are also open 24 hours a day and have been given the affectionate nickname ‘Big Bird’ by locals. There are many shops and restaurants here, a planetarium cafe and even a free art museum inside – people who aren’t even traveling come to Haneda to make use of these amazing facilities!As there are this many facilities, Haneda is quite a large airport and it can be easy to get lost within it if you are not careful. We highly recommend picking up a map of the airport before you start looking around inside so that you don’t get lost or lose track of time looking for the place you wanted to visit.Best Routes from Haneda AirportAs we mentioned above, it is really easy to travel to the downtown areas of Tokyo from Haneda airport. There are many options to choose from: a limousine bus that runs every 20 minutes or trains that depart every few minutes. This time, we will focus on how to travel from Haneda to the Shinjuku area.Limousine BusWhere to get on: Platform 5 on the first floor for Terminal 1 and 2; Platform 3 on the first floor for the International terminalWhere to get off: Shinjuku Station West Gate Number 23Travel time: About 35 to 60 minutesPrice: Adult 1230 yen, Children 620 yen (Midnight to 4:59-Adult 2000 yen, Children 1000 yen)By Keikyu Airport Line (Towards Keikyu Kamata) and JR Yamanote Line (Towards Shibuya/Shinjuku)Where to get on: Haneda Airport Domestic Terminal StationWhere to change trains: Shinagawa StationWhere to get off: JR Shinjuku StationTravel time: About 33 minutesFare: 601 yenTokyo Monorail (Towards Hamamatsucho) and JR Yamanote Line (Towards Shinagawa/Shibuya)Where to get on: Tokyo Monorail Haneda Airport Terminal 1 Station, Terminal 2 Station and International Terminal StationWhere to change trains: Hamamatsucho StationWhere to get off: JR Shinjuku StationTravel time: About 50 minutesFare: 684 yen (Monorail 490 yen, JR 194 yen)Read also:Getting to Shinjuku From Shibuya, Ueno, Tokyo, Asakusa and AirportsGetting to Harajuku from Shinjuku,Tokyo,Asakusa and AirportsHow To Reach Asakusa From Major Stations In TokyoRecommended Hotels Near Haneda AirportNot only is it easy to reach the center of Tokyo from Haneda, but there are plenty of hotels in the area to choose from that provide free shuttle bus service. However, if you want to have the absolute easiest commute, we recommend staying at one of the hotels adjoining Haneda Airport. If you stay within the airport, you don’t have to be bothered with traveling about with your luggage, nor do you need to worry about your departure or arrival time, or travel time at all.Haneda Excel Hotel TokyuPrice: 7668 up to 45,276 yenFeatures: connected to the terminal building; great views of planes and Tokyo Bay.Place: located in front of the departure lobby (2nd floor) of Terminal 2Royal Park Hotel THE HanedaPrice: 7700 up to 41,500 yenFeatures: opened in 2014; directly connected to International terminal building.Place: connected to the departure lobby (3rd floor) of the International terminal.FIRST CABIN Haneda terminal 1Price: reasonable, short stays possibleFeatures: Luxury Capsule hotelLocation: first floor of Terminal 1About WiFi Available in Haneda AirportIt is almost a necessity to have free wireless internet access during your travels, and Haneda Airport offers its own easy to connect to service “HANEDA-FREE-WIFI”. After arriving at the airport, open the Wi-Fi setting on your phone and look for the wireless signal “HANEDA-FREE-WIFI”. You will need to register for its service via the “NTT BP” screen, where you will need to accept their terms, input your name and email address, and check the security level. Then you are ready to go!Haneda Airport offers both convenience and entertainment. Why not take advantage of their numerous facilities during your next trip?Recommended articles:How To Sleep In Haneda’s International Passenger TerminalGet Your Good-Luck Sand At Anamori Inari Shrine, Hanedalast_img read more

Naras Bowing Deer 5 Tips On How To Treat Them The Right

first_imgAlways remember that these deer are living in Nara Park because they have been considered sacred animals and protected since ancient times. If you follow these simple tips and treat them as the national treasures they are, you make sure that you and the deer will truly enjoy your time in Nara.You May Also Like:Are There Really Deer Everywhere In Nara Park?Nara Travel Guide – Get To Know Japan’s Ancient Capital10 Places To Visit In Nara, The Ancient Capital Of Japan The most important point to remember is that the deer in Nara are living there because they have been considered sacred animals. Even though they are very used to the presence of humans, they have not been domesticated and they aren’t pets. If they don’t like what you are doing to them they will bite or kick. Nara’s deer are small compared to the deer in other parts of the world. You will probably want to pet them because they are so cute. If they lay down to relax somewhere they might even let you touch them but usually, they will not enjoy being petted.If you want to try it anyway, slowly approach the deer with your hand extended towards it. If it turns away or shows you that it doesn’t want to be touched, you should refrain from petting it to avoid any accidents. Furthermore, don’t leave your children alone with the deer. Children might try to approach the deer from behind or make fast movements the animals might not like. In this case, the deer might bite or kick and might cause severe injuries.2. Try to Communicate with the Deer through Bows This point ties in with the first point. The deer are wild animals and it can be incredibly dangerous to tease them.I have encountered people putting deer crackers in their mouth to make the deer get it from there or holding them over their head so the deer can’t reach them. If you do this to a deer with a short temper they might simply headbutt you in the stomach or bite you to get the cracker. It has been reported that some people even tried to ride the deer. The legend related to the Nara deer says that a god came riding into Nara on a deer’s back, which is why they are considered sacred animals. However, it is not recommended to reenact this legend. No deer will enjoy this attempt.Besides hurting yourself if you try something like this, you might also hurt the animal. As mentioned before, they are quite small and cannot carry a human.Please treat them with respect and keep a healthy distance.4. Feed Them Only Deer Crackers Many people visit Nara for the historical sights and the lovable bowing deer of Nara Park. Unfortunately, in the recent years, the number of sick animals and accidents has increased.Nara’s deer are really calm and accustomed to the presence of humans. However, just like humans, animals can have a bad day. Many of these accidents can actually be prevented if visitors follow some simple steps to keep themselves and the animals safe.1. Remember that the Deer Are Wild Animals There are some shops around Nara Park where you can buy deer snacks, also known as deer crackers. As soon as you get them you will be surrounded by deer.Try to find a secure place where you can face them. They know you have crackers so they will want your attention. If they are behind you they might headbutt you or pull on your clothes. If you get a snack on your way to the park, it’s recommended that you finish it off before entering the park. The deer are very curious and if you have something in your hand, they will think it’s meant for them. They might even try to eat it and if they succeed your snack will be gone and the deer might get sick. Recently some deer have passed away from as much as three kilos of plastic in their stomach. If they smell food they don’t understand what’s edible and what is not, so even if you carry snacks or food around in plastic bags, they might just eat it including the bag if you don’t pay attention.center_img Generally, try to have your hands free so they don’t walk after you thinking that you have deer crackers. They might even try to eat your pamphlet or phone. If it’s in your hand it might be considered food. You also should be aware that there are no garbage cans in Nara Park because the deer would try to eat some of the garbage. If you have any kind of garbage please refrain from leaving it in the park. Take it with you and dispose of it at the next convenience store to prevent the deer from getting sick by eating some of the garbage you left.Remember that the Deer Are Considered Sacred Animals While you are feeding the deer in front of you, try to keep alert. It can be quite overwhelming as other deer might try to approach you from all sides.Refrain from going backward if you are not absolutely certain there is no deer behind you. The Nara deer are not very aggressive but if you accidentally hurt them, they might hurt you. The deer crackers you can buy at the shops contain only ingredients that are safe for the deer to eat. They are not made for human consumption so please avoid trying them yourself. They aren’t bad for you but they will probably not taste very good. If you try to feed them anything meant for human consumption they might eat it because they are curious but it can make them very sick or even kill them. As mentioned before, they aren’t domesticated and don’t belong to anyone so there are no doctor visits or health checks for them. Therefore, please only feed them snacks their body can handle.5. Finish Your Food Before You Enter The Park Another tip to keep them calm is to make them do what they are famous for – bowing. If you bow to them they will probably bow back and expect a cracker for it.How about using this order?1. Bow to the deer.2. Let the deer bow back.3. Feed the deer a cracker.It might surprise you how well behaved they suddenly are! They are smart and they know they will be fed if they bow. They will only pull at your clothes if they feel left out after this.Sometimes you might even encounter a small fawn just learning how to bow back at you. They don’t quite grasp the concept yet and they will get overrun by the older deer so try to award them with a cracker for their adorable attempt.3. Don’t Tease the Deer The deer are herbivores so they can eat a variety of leaves, fruit, nuts, and seeds. However, if you are not sure what they can eat, it’s better to feed them only the crackers that are recommended for them.last_img read more

Dont Panic Reissue Your Lost Suica Card

first_imgA Suica card is convenient, but if you lose it, you will also lose all the money you have charged in it. It’s a small card, so it will be hard to find it again once it’s gone.But, actually you can reissue a lost Suica. Today we will be introducing how to reissue a Suica.Read also: Get Around With Ease: How To Buy Your Own SuicaHow To Reissue Your Suica1. Make Sure Your Card Is a “My Suica”The only Suica card that you can reissue is the “My Suica” (lower card in photo), which has your personal information registered on it. Think about when you first issued your Suica. Did you register your name and age? If you did, you can reissue your Suica with no problem.2. Go to A Major Train or Bus Station Booth!At train and bus stations, there are booths where customers can consult staff. First, you will undergo the necessary procedures for a lost card. If you can’t find a booth, you can ask one of the station staff.3. Identifying Your Lost CardIn order to cancel your lost card, you must first identify your card. You will be asked for your name, date of birth, and gender. Things will be easier if you bring your passport.You can also identify your card with the card number on the bottom right of the back of your Suica card (JE…), so it might be a good idea to take a memo of it when you purchase one.4. Cancelling Your Lost CardOnce you have identified your lost card, you have finished the procedures for reissuing your card. Your lost card will be cancelled, so others cannot wrongly use your lost card. This is the end of the reissuing process, but you will only be able to receive your new card from the next day.5. Receiving Your New CardAfter asking to reissue your card, you must pick up your new card at a ticket booth of the railroad company of your IC card within 14 days. You can go through steps 1-4 above at major stations in the Suica and PASMO area, but you can only receive your card at the booth of the railroad company that your card is issued from.If you’re reissuing a Suica, you will need to go to a JR station, whereas for a PASMO you’ll be heading toward a private railway. You will need an ID when receiving your card as well, so don’t forget to bring your passport!There is a commission fee of 510 yen, and you will also have to pay a deposit of 500 yen for your new card, for a total of 1,010 yen that you will be paying upon receiving your card.Other Things To RememberThe procedures to reissue a lost card is the above, but there are also some things you should keep in mind:・The guaranteed balance is the balance remaining after the cancellation process. ・If 14 days pass after you declare your loss and you do not pick up your new card, you will need to apply again.・Once you have applied for reissuing, you cannot cancel it even if you find your lost card afterward.・Cards cannot be reissued at some Suica using stations.Also recommendedLuggage-free Sightseeing! How To Use IC Card Coin LockersGet Around With Ease: How To Buy Your Own SuicaMake Shopping In Japan Easier With A Suica CardRefund Your Suica Before Going Home!How To Charge Your Suicalast_img read more

What To Do In Case Of An Earthquake During Your Trip In

first_imgEarthquakes in Japan – Stay Safe and Calm Read also Read also A Map of Shinjuku for Emergencies What To Do In Case Of A Natural Disaster In Japan – Tips For Travelers Japan is a country with frequent earthquakes due to its location on the Pacific Rim of Fire. Tremors both small and large can be felt throughout the country year-round.Despite this, however, people in Japan do not live in constant worry or fear. This is because they know what to do in case one happens. Just in case you ever encounter an earthquake in Japan, you should know what to do, how to evacuate, and how to get in contact with others. What to Expect and Safety Tips for EarthquakesEarthquakes are a scary experience for many, especially if you don’t come from a country where they occur. Below are tips for how to remain calm and as safe as possible when these natural disasters strike.OutdoorsIf you are on a busy street outside when an earthquake happens, do the following:Protect yourself from falling objects, be careful of collapsing buildings, and evacuate to a safe open place, such as a park. If you don’t have enough time to get to an open space, run inside a relatively new, reinforced concrete, earthquake-resistant building.If an earthquake hits while you are at a station or on a train, do the following:If you’re at a station, protect yourself from falling objects, and move to a nearby pillar so you don’t fall from the platform. If it’s too crowded to move around, you should crouch down and wait for the shaking to stop.If you’re on a train, it will stop if a strong shock is felt. People may have fallen to the ground, so be careful. If you’re sitting down, you’ll want to protect your head with your bag or hands. If you’re standing, you should get down low.IndoorsIf you feel an earthquake, you will first want to hide in a secure spot, like under a sturdy desk. Try to choose a place where things won’t fall, collapse, or move. Even after the shocks have died down, you will need to be careful of broken glass pieces on the floor when evacuating outside.If you are inside but at a convenience store or department stores, do the following:You will need to be careful of merchandise falling and collapsing showcases. Move to the closest stair landing or pillar. Put your shopping basket over your head for protection.Important Safety Tip: Protect Your HeadWhether you’re inside or outside during an earthquake, it’s important to guard your head. If you protect your head with a magazine or a bag, you might be able to prevent a fatal injury. If you ever feel the ground shaking, make this your biggest priority.Evacuation Areas In TokyoWhen there is an earthquake or other disasters in Japan, there are designated evacuation spot you can go to. However, there are times that it’s safer to wait for the instructions of staff or other people around you before evacuating. Try to stay calm, examine your surroundings and situation carefully, and then evacuate to the nearest shelter. Below is a list of several designated evacuation places in Tokyo.Shinjuku: Shinjuku Gyoen National GardenIf you’re east of Shinjuku station, the nearest refuge spot is Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden. The garden is around 10 minutes from Shinjuku Station’s South Exit on foot. It is opened to the public in the time of a disaster.Address: Tokyo Shinjuku, Naitomachi 11 Google MapRead also Shibuya: Hachiyama Junior High SchoolThis junior high school is an evacuation spot close to central Shibuya. The gates are usually closed for security purposes but are opened to the public in the event of a disaster.Address: Tokyo Shibuya, Uguisudani 9-1 Google MapShibuya: Shoto Junior High SchoolShoto Junior High School is a refuge spot near the center of Shibuya. You should head to the one that is closer to you in case of an emergency.Address: Tokyo, Shibuya, Shoto 1-20-4 Google MapAsakusa: Asakusa Elementary SchoolAsakusa Elementary School is the nearest refuge spot to Sensoji Temple and major sightseeing spots in the Asakusa area.Address: Tokyo Taito, Hanakawado 1-14-15 Google MapAsakusa: Tawara Elementary SchoolTawara Elementary School is a refuge spot by Tawaramachi Station, near Asakusa. If you are staying at a hotel nearby, you should head here.Address: Tokyo Taito, Kaminarimon 1-5-15 Google MapRead also Maps to Ueno’s Hospitals, Evacuation Shelters, and Smoking Areas Stay Safe During EarthquakesBecause there are so many earthquakes in Japan, most of the buildings in Japan have been built so that they can withstand most earthquakes. It is actually more dangerous to panic in the case of an earthquake. If you encounter an earthquake in Japan, you should look around at the Japanese people and see how they’re reacting, and be sure to calm down first before taking action. Read also Contact Information For 20 Foreign Embassies In Tokyo Disaster Preparedness TokyoA disaster prevention book that is available for free from the Tokyo Metropolitan government. Information about what to do in the case of an earthquake, things to be aware of, and emergency contact numbers are listed. The book is available for download in English, Chinese, Korean, and easy Japanese. We recommend downloading these pages to your computer and phone to have them ready.Click here to download the English versionPrepare an Emergency Kit Useful Maps to Asakusa’s Hospitals, Evacuation Areas, and More! 14 Japanese Phrases To Use To Make Requests And Ask For Help About Japan Typhoon Season 2019 – Tips For July Through October Heatstroke And Japanese Summer – More Than Just Heat Having emergency supplies or a kit on-hand is especially important for travelers staying long-term in Japan. Damage and danger from earthquakes come not only from the tremors themselves but also secondary effects like power outages. Note that water, food, and electricity may not be available in disaster-stricken areas for days.Emergency kits containing flashlights, towels, first-aid supplies, and other necessary items can be purchased in Japan. Yodobashi Camera, Don Quijote, and other large department and home goods stores will likely sell a kit. You can also prepare one for yourself. Be sure to include water and non-perishable food items, like nuts and protein bars.Register with Your Embassy OnlineWhen you travel to Japan or anywhere abroad, it is highly recommended to tell your home embassy that you are going overseas. In case of an emergency, the embassy will be able to help you get in contact with family and friends more smoothly.United States residents should register with the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program: Smart Traveler Enrollment ProgramSingaporean citizens can sign up with the Ministry of Foreign Affair’s eRegister system: eRegister SystemAustralia has the Smartraveller program: Smarttraveler registrationIf you have an emergency in Japan, reach out to your embassy to get in contact. Main photo by pixtalast_img read more