Culture Experiences In Hiroshima Wear A Kimono And Play The Koto

first_imgThe back of the obi sash is made into the shape of a rose! The reason behind this special shape is that the rose is the flower symbol of Fukuyama! See how detailed and artistic it is up close. Then, the transformation begins. There are rules in dressing, such as adjusting the kimono to the appropriate length and how to tie the obi. First-time kimono wearers may be surprised at the techniques of the professional dressers. Next, following the instructions of your instructor, you will play the notes in the order required by the piece you will learn to play.A member of the staff will be right by your side interpreting the instructions given by your teacher. The best spot to take a photo is the area where you can see the Fukuyama Castle from the garden. Why not take a picture here as a keepsake of your memorable visit to Fukujukaikan?In ConclusionNext time you visit Hiroshima, we warmly recommend you stop by Fukuyama to enjoy the unique cultural experiences available at the Fukujukaikan Hall. Along with kimono wearing, tea ceremony, and calligraphy, you can even play the koto harp, an item that is representative of Fukuyama’s culture. Fukuyama is a wonderful place to experience the culture of Japan and would most likely become one of the unforgettable destinations of your trip.Fukujukaikan Hall Fukuju Kaikan View InformationEXPERIENCE FUKUYAMA – Japanese Culture Experiences At Fukujukaikan there are friendly English-speaking staff, who will assist the visitors in making the most of their Japanese culture experiences.Fukujikaikan is a wonderful place where you can get a deep understanding of Japanese culture and spend an enjoyable time. You can actually play the koto harp to hear for yourself the sounds that can be created with it or wear a rare kimono and understand the meanings behind the intricate designs, and more.Let us introduce to you two cultural activites you can experience at the Fukujukaikan Hall.Learn To Play One Song! A One-Hour Koto ExperienceWith this area being a major producer of Japanese harps, learning to play a real koto in Fukuyama is a wonderful opportunity. Picture from Featured In A Film! A Town Brimming With Edo Spirit: TomonouraThe southern side of Fukuyama city faces the Seto Inland Sea. Thanks to its location near the sea, Fukuyama is known for its seafood and delicious red snapper sashimi.Fukuyama station is a stop on the Sanyo Bullet train line and it has great access from major cities like Hiroshima and Osaka. It is approximately 3 hours and 30 minutes from Tokyo Station, but from Hakata Station in the Kyushu region, you can reach Fukuyama in only an hour and a half.Read Also:Learn All About the History and Culture of Fukuyama! Highlights from the Fukuyama Castle MuseumFeatured In A Film! A Town Brimming With Edo Spirit: TomonouraFukuyama city is widely known for its koto (Japanese harp) production and approximately 70% of the kotos in Japan are made in this very city. At the Fukujukaikan Hall, you can experience traditional Japanese arts that have flourished in Fukuyama. This is a perfect place for those looking for a cultural experience off the beaten path or a little more than just sightseeing.What is Fukujukaikan?Fukujukaikan is a facility where various types of cultural activities are held. Located right next to the Fukuyama Castle, the Fukujukaikan consists of the Japanese Hall and the Western Hall (both classified as important cultural properties of Japan) along with two tea rooms and an inner garden. After your transformation, you may stroll around the garden in your kimono. The staff will guide you while explaining the charms of the garden and sharing fun cultural stories about the area. At Fukujukaikan you can learn how to play the koto from an experienced instructor. In one hour, you will be able to learn what kind of instrument the koto is, how to actually play it, and even to learn how to play a short song! The main hall is constructed using the traditional Sukiya style structure that contains elements of an authentic tea house. Inside the hall are rooms with tatami mat floors and an alcove. Many people are able to visit at once and at times, tea ceremonies are held for the citizens of the town.One of the charms of the Fukujukaikan Hall is the picturesque sight of the garden facing the south where the Fukuyama Castle can be seen in the distance. After practicing for an hour with helpful assistance, you will be able to play a short popular Japanese song.In the end, your teacher will play the song with you! Enjoy to the beautiful harmony of the two kotos and the depth of their sounds.Through this experience, you will be able to enjoy the koto in many ways.Select Your Favorite One! Kimono Dress-up ExperiencePerhaps many of you admire the traditional and beautiful kimonos and would like to wear one during your stay in Japan. At the Fukujukaikan Hall, you will not only be able to wear a kimono, but also learn about the different types of kimono, how to select the patterns and how to wear a kimono as well.center_img You May Also Like:Learn All About Fukuyama! Highlights From The Fukuyama Castle MuseumFeatured In A Film! A Town Brimming With Edo Spirit: Tomonoura4 Places in Fukuyama City to Experience Traditional Japanese CultureA Resort Floating in The Seto Inland Sea: Sensui-jima IslandA Stirring View to Take Your Breath Away! Look Out Over The Seto Inland Sea from Bandaiji TempleSponsored by Fukuyama City Japanese kimonos can be worn in the basic dressing style or in a more complicated style that can only be seen on special occasions. At Fukujukaikan, you can meet professional dressers with years of experience who have studied the traditional kimono culture. They will help you dress up and introduce you to the history and culture of the kimono. The koto is an ancient string instrument of Japan and creates a beautiful sound that captivates its listeners with a distinctive charm. Perhaps you may have listened to the sound of the koto or seen a performance in videos or recordings, but the chances to actually see or play one outside of Japan are really scarce. Even in Japan, it is not easy to find a place to actually touch or experience performing on one. Watch the simple sash called obijime turn instantly into a decorative tie! Fukuyama City – The Treasure of HiroshimaLocated on the eastern side of Hiroshima prefecture, Fukuyama city has been thriving as castle town since the Edo Period. It is also known as a popular tourist site. Famous sites include the symbolic Fukuyama castle that stands in the middle of the city, Tomonoura, known as a scenic spot, and the Myoo-in Temple that has been designated as a national treasure. First, you will place the plectra on your fingers and gently touch the strings to listen to the different sounds each one makes. The Western hall is a refined building where a classy cafe can be found on the first floor. It is a wonderful place to enjoy a drink or a meal in the relaxing and elegant atmosphere. A recommended dish you can savor in this cafe is a local dish of Fukuyama, the Uzumi-gohan (*1).You can take a stroll freely in the beautiful Japanese garden with a pond in the center. The well-maintained pine trees and the seasonal flowers create a lovely Japanese scenery.*1 Uzumi-gohan: ”Uzumi” means to bury or to hide. The name of this dish comes from the Edo period when thrift orders took place and people hid other ingredients inside the rice to avoid the laws.Various Japanese Cultural Activites at FukujukaikanAt Fukujukaikan, you are able to experience a variety of Japanese cultural activities held by instructors from Fukuyama. Each activity is limited to one group and classes vary from the Japanese koto harp, songs and dances for a Noh performance, or even attend a tea ceremony while wearing a rare kimono. First, you will be selecting a kimono you like from the many gorgeous kimonos available. Your instructor will be assisting you to find one that best suits you.last_img read more

The Kagurazaka Bakeneko Festival Become A Cat And Join The Parade

first_imgRead also Kagurazaka – Follow Charming Streets Beloved By Locals And Cats Alike Nearest station Kagurazaka Station (Touzai Line) or Ushigome Kagurazaka Station (Oedo Line) Not Available Picture courtesy of Kagurazaka Bakeneko FestivalHow about walking around and discovering all of them?4. Ring Ring Service Picture courtesy of Kagurazaka Bakeneko FestivalEveryone is invited to join no matter what age, gender or nationality. The staff will try to help you out if in simple English if you have any questions. Even if you normally dislike cats you are invited to join the parade because bakeneko are not normal cats after all. The Kagurazaka Bakeneko Festival Schedule 2019 In 2019, the Kagurazaka Bakeneko Festival will be held on Sunday, October the 13th. Starting and meeting point the senior citizen welfare facility Kagurazaka close to Kagurazaka Station.Please note that inn the case of rain the festival might be canceled!9:30 Until Sold Out – Buy a Cat Make-up Ticket Festivals, the Awa Odori dance, and ghost stories are a traditional part of the Japanese summer while Halloween greets the fall. The Kagurazaka Bakeneko Festival combines both seasons and it has cats, so can it get any better?In many traditional stories, the bakeneko will change into a human but on this particular day, it will be the other way around. Why not join and see if you can meet a real bakeneko in disguise?In cooperation with the Kagurazaka Bakeneko Festival Picture courtesy of Kagurazaka Bakeneko FestivalAnya Otori is meant as a wordplay on the popular Awa Odori Dance. “Nya” is the sound of a cats “meow” in Japanese, so instead of Awa Odori it is A-nya Odori. The cat dance will be taught in the Kagurazaka shopping area. At the end of the one-hour dance lesson, everyone will be able to dance the Anya Odori together.  Picture courtesy of Kagurazaka Bakeneko FestivalDo you want to combine being a cat with wearing a kimono or yukata? Then you should sign up for a visit at the special cat kimono rental booth on the official website.For 2500 yen you will be provided with a kimono or yukata and an obi (traditional kimono belt) of your choice. All items will feature some kind of cat print. Please be aware that there are no footwear or accessories included in this offer, so please bring your own.It is advised that you come between 10:00 and 12:00. If you come after 12:00 you will be charged an extra fee of 500 yen. Also, the earlier you come, the bigger the selection will be.3. Cat Goods and Snacks Picture courtesy of Kagurazaka Bakeneko FestivalIn order to participate in the parade please make sure to be at the senior citizen welfare facility Kagurazaka between 13:45 and 14:00. Don’t forget to pay your participation fee and wear your wristband beforehand. Access 1-minute walk from Kagurazaka station Exit 1 or 8-minute walk from Ushigome Kagurazaka Station Exit A3 Writers odd-eyed cat “Grace”. Picture courtesy of Japan Cat NetworkSince ancient times, cultures all over the world believed cats have mystical powers and Japan is no different. The Bakeneko is one of Japans yokai (supernatural creatures). It literally translates to “demon cat” or “changed cat” and refers to a supernatural being in a cat form.The stories of the bakeneko differ greatly. Some stories say they are demons that turned into house cats to either protect or bewitch the person they are living with. Other stories say that some older house cats turn into a bakeneko to take over human bodies or speak human language. Languages Japanese Website http://bakeneko.oops.jp/ Cat Café Neco Republic In Ikebukuro – Relax With Shelter Cats The participation in the parade costs 500 yen for adults and is free for children. After you paid your participation fee you will receive a wristband with a bell, please don’t take it off before the festival is over.The reception also provides lockers to hold your bags or extra clothes. They cost between 500 and 1000 yen depending on the size. Be aware that the number of lockers is very limited. It’s best if you can come in costume instead of changing there and using a locker.14:00 Until 15:00 – The Bakeneko Parade Halloween has become very popular in Japan in the recent years. In October, you can buy cute Halloween souvenirs everywhere, eat adorable Halloween desserts and join costume parades.In this article we’ll introduce you to the Kagurazaka Bakeneko Festival in Tokyo. This unique parade is all about cats and parading the street as your own version of a spooky, or cute, feline.Bakeneko – What are they? A Must See For Cat Lovers! Gotokuji Temple Is Full Of Maneki Neko Picture courtesy of Kagurazaka Bakeneko FestivalIf you show your cat bell bracelet you can get different free or discounted services at some of the surrounding shops. Besides discounts you can even get free presents.Make sure to check the participating shops beforehand on the official site (only Japanese) and ring your cat bell when you get there.5. Find the Bakeneko and Get Candy Picture courtesy of Kagurazaka Bakeneko FestivalThe Bakeneko Festivals version of trick or treat. Search for the bakeneko in disguise with the treats. If you discover them they will give you some candyUnfortunately, this bakeneko hunting game is only for children but if you ask nicely, maybe they will give some candy to your inner child as well.6. Street Performancescenter_img Picture courtesy of Kagurazaka Bakeneko FestivalIf you want someone to do your cat make-up for you please buy a ticket for it at the reception. Make-up for adults costs 1000 yen per person and for children 500 yen. Accessories such as cat ears will cost extra.Please note that the tickets sell out fast. It is advised to be there as early as possible if you want to take advantage of this service.10:00 Until 13:50 – Buy a Ticket for the Bakeneko Festival Picture courtesy of Kagurazaka Bakeneko FestivalThe Bakeneko Festival is held mid-October every year since 2010 in Kagurazaka. Kagurazaka is a part of Tokyo’s popular Shinjuku ward. It is a cat-themed Halloween parade normally held about two weeks before Halloween. Price 500 yen All kinds of street performances will be held in the area from 10:00 until 17:00. Surely you can discover a performer you like if you have some free time between showing off your awesome cat costume.Become a Bakeneko for a Day Address Tokyo, Shinjuku Ward, Yaraicho 104 Picture courtesy of Kagurazaka Bakeneko FestivalAt 14:00 you will be lead down Kagurazaka main street to show off your purr-feat cat costumes and make feline friends. A dance performance will be held around 14:30 when the parade reaches Iidabashi Station. After this, everyone will slowly parade back to the start point. The Parade officially ends around 15:00.From 15:00 – Anya Odori Dance Picture courtesy of Kagurazaka Bakeneko FestivalThe event ends at 17:00. Please make sure to gather your belongings from the lockers at this time.  Picture from Japanese Encyclopedia: Maneki Neko (Beckoning Cat)Did you know that the popular maneki neko(beckoning cat) is actually a kind of bakeneko? The Catbus from Studio Ghibli’s movie “My Neighbor Totoro” is another example of a bakeneko.The Kagurazaka Bakeneko Festival – I Am a Cat Picture courtesy of Kagurazaka Bakeneko FestivalAs mentioned before you can get your cat make-up done by the staff at the festival. Even if you come already transformed it might be fun watching other people turning into cats.2. Cat Kimono or Yukata Rental WiFi Not Available Kagurazaka Bakeneko FestivalView Map Felissimo Neko-Bu Goods – Love For Cats Uniting The World! Osaka’s Cutest Bread – Blue Jean Bakery’s Cat-Shaped Baked Goods Picture courtesy of Kagurazaka Bakeneko FestivalYou can find many different booths around the festival area carrying cat related goods. Besides bags and souvenirs you can even buy bread and snacks in all kinds of cat shapes. Picture courtesy of Kagurazaka Bakeneko FestivalOne of the most famous bakeneko stories is that of a cat, dancing like a human with a towel on it’s head. It was even depicted by the famous cat loving ukiyo-e (Japanese wood print) artist Utagawa Kuniyoshi. Why don’t try this bakeneko dance yourself? 17:00 – Even Cat Demons Have to Return Home The reason why a cat-themed parade is held in Kagurazaka is that the author of the famous Japanese novel “I Am a Cat”, Natsume Soseki, lived in this area. What better place to combine Japanese cat yokai with the ghost and demons of Halloween? Accepted Credit Cards View InformationKagurazaka Bakeneko Festival {“map_code”:{“pin”:[{“title”:”104, Yaraicho, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo”,”code”:”35.7026067, 139.7344405″}],”center”:”35.7026067, 139.7344405″,”zoom”:”11″,”latitude”:”35.7026067″,”longitude”:”139.7344405″}} Picture coutesy of Kagurazaka Bakeneko FestivalOf course you are welcome to stay and explore the surrounding Kagurazaka area. Surely there will be some other cats, or bakeneko, strolling around as well.Special Bakeneko Festival Booths, Goods and ServicesThere are many different things to explore and discover during the Kagurazaka Bakeneko Festival. Let’s have a look.1. Cat Make-up Cornerlast_img read more

What You Should Know About Japanese Pay Phones In An Emergency

first_imgHow To Use Pay Phones When You’re In TroubleDue to the spread of landlines and cell phones, the number of pay phones is dwindling, but since they can be used when cell phone reception fails during natural disasters, or when blackouts render landlines useless, they are still utilized. In the event that you get into trouble and need to use a pay phone, you should know how to use one in Japan.Also read:Where To Find Free Wi-Fi In JapanBasic Information Regarding Japanese CurrencyPay Phone LocationsJapanese pay phones have conspicuous color schemes like yellow-green and pink, and are generally found in places such as airports, train stations, government buildings, the lobbies of large company offices and convenience stores. They’re not hard to find.How To Use A Pay PhoneYou’ll need a 10 yen coin or a calling card to use a pay phone. For ten yen, you get a minute of talk time.First, pick up the receiver and listen for the tone. Drop in your coin or insert the calling card, then dial the number, starting with the area code, and wait for a moment while the line connects.10 Yen CoinsIf you don’t have 10 yen, some pay phones accept 100 yen coins too, but they don’t give change, even if you use less than your allotted time for 100 yen, so be careful.Calling CardsCalling cards are prepaid cards for use with pay phones. They are sold at convenience stores with 500 or 1000 yen loads.How To Make International Phone CallsYou can also make international calls from pay phones. While most pay phones can do international calling, some of them can’t. If a phone can make international calls, the display will read 国際通話利用可 (“usable for international calls”) in Japanese.While you can usually use coins or calling cards to place calls, you can’t use calling cards at some terminals, so be careful.When dialing 0033-011-country code-area code (remove the first 0)-phone number, first hit 0033 then 011. Input the country code, area code (remove the first 0 of the code), then the number of the person you’re trying to call.On normal weekdays during daytime hours (8:00-19:00), 1000 yen gets you this much talk time.America: 7 minutes, 25 secondsChina: 5 minutes, 20 secondsMake good use of pay phones when you want to call abroad.Pay Phones are Free for Emergency CallsIt’s surprisingly little-known, but you can use pay phones for free in an emergency. If you encounter trouble or have an accident in Japan, use this method to get help.Using Pay Phones for EmergenciesIf you discover someone who needs urgent care, or a fire or other disaster occurs, or you need to call the police or an ambulance, you don’t need 10 yen or a calling card.Do not put in a coin or a calling card. Simply lift the receiver and dial 110 or 119.For emergencies, dial one of these three numbers:・Medical emergencies・・・・・・119 (firefighters, EMTs)・Fires or other disasters・・・・・・110 (police)・Incidents at sea・・・・・・118 (coast guard)Also, pay phones may reach Japanese landlines and cell phones in the case of an earthquake or other emergency, for free (**). When you find yourself in an unforeseen situation, make use of the pay phones.**The Japanese telecommunications companies, NTT East and NTT West, will decide to activate this in the event of a calamity significant enough to activate the Disaster Relief Act, and when large-scale power failures make it necessary to ensure that disaster victims can communicate with each other. Also read:Where To Find Free Wi-Fi In Japan – Japan Connected-Free Wi-FiHow to Get Connected to Public WiFi in KyotoAll You Need to Know About Using and Buying Electronics in JapanFree Wi-Fi at the Vault Coffee in AkihabaraStay Connected with Free Wi-Fi in Osakalast_img read more

Hair Salon NALU In Tokyo International And FashionForward

first_imgTheir cake and daily specials are not explained on the menu but you can ask the server for more information. All staff members speak basic English and they also have an English menu.There is also a drink menu available at the hair salon and you can order drinks from the 76CAFE to enjoy while you get your hair done. Just tell your wish to your hairdresser. 76CAFE omotesando View InformationcaferestaurantbarDiscover the New You!NALU doesn’t believe that their service ends with the payment. Should you not be satisfied with the hairstyle you received, you can contact them and they will be happy to fix it for you.NALU’s goal is to make every customer happy. No matter if you want a natural color, rainbow hair or dream of permanently curly or straight hair, there are no limits at NALU.So why not drop by at NALU and make your hair a fashion statement in one of the most fashionable cities of the world?You can book an appointment in English via phone or their website.In cooperation with Hair Salon NALU Hair Salon NALU View Informationbeauty_salonhair_careYou May Also Like:Trend-setters Unite! The Complete Guide To Harajuku And OmotesandoShibuya Espoir: Try Gel Nails And Eyelash Extensions At A Beauty SalonLaforet Harajuku – The Place For Exclusive, Innovative Style!5 Types Of Japanese Sunscreen – Comparison And Recommended Items Picture courtesy of Hair Salon NALUNALU was established in 2001 in Minami Aoyama, Tokyo, by hairstylist Daisuke Hamaguchi. Mr. Hamaguchi had the vision of creating a style shop where everyone could change their hairstyle and hair color in the same way they would change their fashion.In 2003, NALU moved to its current location just a short walk away from the Omotesando Station. To this day, this is their only store in Japan.In 2012, NALU started to expand overseas with currently five stores in Malaysia as well as a store in Singapore, which has been launched in 2016. NALU’s salons outside of Japan are named Number76 Hair Salon.Mr. Hamaguchi loves surfing and NALU means “wave” in Hawaiian. In Japanese, the number “seven” is “nana” and “six” is “roku”. When merged, they become the word NALU as well, so that is why NALU is also referred to as Number76.Because of their unique style, NALU became a popular choice for famous bloggers and YouTubers visiting or living in Tokyo such as the model RinRin Doll.Meet the English Speaking Staff of NALU Hair extensions are great if you want to add volume and length to your hair. In Japan, they are very commonly used. They are also a great option if you don’t want to dye your hair but still want to add some fun colors to it. In Tokyo, one of the fashion capitals of the world, you’ll find not only excellent clothing but also great hairstyles. Japanese fashion is often accompanied by shiny, luscious, brightly colored hair.In recent years, the number of travelers wanting to book a hair salon appointment in Japan as part of their trip has increased. Unfortunately, many salons have no English speaking staff available, so the style preferences can’t be discussed in detail. Others might not cater to requests for hair coloring as they may only have natural colors available.Today we will introduce you to Hair Salon NALU, a place that can make your dreams of dyed hair come true!Hair Salon NALU – Creative and Fashion-Foward At NALU, every stylist is trained to work with Japanese as well as non-Japanese customers’ hair and speak at least basic English. However, if you are worried about the language barrier, we would like to recommend these three NALU stylists who all speak English.Natsumi Makino (76makino) – She has lived and worked in the United Kingdom for two years. She is very skilled in creating unique hair colors.Yoshiatsu Iijima (76ijima) – A very fashion forward stylist. He is especially popular among customers wanting to get straight and curl perms.Yuki Takahashi (76takahashi) – She enjoys matching people’s hairstyle to their lifestyle. She is also a great choice if you just want your hair arranged for a special day.You can explain your style preferences or show pictures and the stylists can show you samples to make sure you get the result you wish for.At NALU, Any Hair Type Is Welcome! Picture courtesy of Natsumi Makino @ Hair Salon NALUSomething to note is that any fashion color, especially silver, grey and blue, will only last a couple of washes no matter which salon you go to. If you would like to opt for a fashion color that lasts longer, it’s best to choose a darker color and refrain from washing your hair every day.Please also keep in mind that bleaching is required before applying most fashion colors, even if your natural hair is as light as mine.Damage-Less Straight Perms for Frizzy Hair NALU also offers a wide variety of perm treatments. First, choose if you want your hair permanently straight or curly. While curl perms are practiced all over the world, straight perms are rather unique to Japan.One of the most popular perm methods at NALU is the Damage-Less Straightening. It works with a combination of chemicals, heat, and treatment that leaves your hair shiny and straight, with little to no damage.The straight perm is permanent and as with some hair colors, you will only need to visit the salon for root touch-ups when your hair grows out.Want Longer, More Voluminous Hair? Try Extensions! Most salons in Japan don’t get to practice with various types of hair on a daily basis. NALU’s decision to openly invite foreign customers has given them the chance to evolve serving any kind of customers and hair type.To prove that NALU is up to any challenge, I offered to have my hair dyed and arranged at this hair salon. I have fine, natural blonde, Caucasian hair which breaks off very easily. Let’s see how they transformed it.Unique Custom Colors This is their famous Lady Bug Cake (550 yen). You can choose between red (raspberry flavor) and yellow (passion fruit and mango flavored) cakes. The rich mousse cake goes well with the tangy fruit flavor. It is not only delicious but also adorable!The cake set includes a beverage and costs an extra 300 yen. I personally recommend the soy latte or normal cafe latte. They are creamy and delicious with just the right balance between coffee and milk.center_img They aim to provide freshly made comfort food that is appealing to all senses. From Japanese favorites like taco rice (a customer favorite), omrice (omelet rice) and ginger pork saute to carbonara, pizza, and daily specials, customers can choose from a wide variety of dishes.They also offer lunch menus which include a soft drink of your choice as well as a soup and rice. You can even get a free refill for the soup and rice. Many of their treatments, including this one, come with homecare treatments to maintain the results for longer. There are many different treatments available, so please choose your favorite.Discount Codes -Save Money at NALUIf you are new to Hair Salon NALU you will receive 20% off your total bill. Your hairdresser will deduct the 20% automatically when they give you an estimate of your total cost excluding the extension service. They also offer discounted haircuts, including shampoo and styling, if you are between the age of 4 and 18 years old or if you are a student (please bring your student ID). Children up to 4 years old get a free haircut if their parent is an existing member.You should also check out the news on NALU’s website for current offers and promotions before your visit.Hungry? Take a Break at 76CAFE In Japan, any kind of fashion color, which means any color that would not be considered natural, including bleach blonde, is not allowed in most workplaces. Working with foreign customers who wished to dye their hair has allowed the staff at NALU to deepen their knowledge of fashion colors. They even have their own hair color range called 76Tsuya.If you take a look at their pictures on Instagram, you will see that they mainly showcase unusual colors. However, something that stands out is that they manage to make crazy colors such as pink, red and silver look incredibly natural! If you are hungry after spending some time in the salon, consider eating at the reasonably priced 76CAFE. The cafe was founded by NALU’s owner Daisuke Hamaguchi when the salon moved to its Omotesando location in 2003. It is located on the first floor of the same building as the salon (the salon is on the second floor).The cafe is family- and pet-friendly. They provide child-friendly menus and you are welcome to bring your four-legged family members inside with you as well. At this hair salon, they charge by piece and depending on the length. Their extensions are available in the following lengths: 45 cm (560 yen/piece) and 55 cm (660 yen/piece). You will need 20 to 60 extensions for the whole head. The ones in the photo above are the 55 cm long extensions.Even though they are very long, these have been the most natural looking extension I have ever tried. If you take good care of your extensions, they can even be re-used and you will only pay a maintenance fee of 280 yen per piece.Soothing Treatments only Available at NALU Picture courtesy of Hair Salon NALUNALU offers a variety of hair and scalp treatments tailored to the needs of your hair. The Global Milbon Smooth Ultrasonic Iron Treatment is the most popular salon treatment at NALU. It makes the hair smooth and shiny after heavy processing.An Ultrasonic Iron is used during the process. It is a cold iron that works with vibration instead of heat to penetrate the hair and enhance the treatment. At NALU, the stylists use tape-in extensions, also known as seal extensions. A small amount of your own hair is sandwiched between two pieces of extensions with tape attached to them. This method is known to do little to no damage to your own hair. These extensions are also very easy to take out if you wish to change your style after a few days. At NALU, they will them out for free if you got them done at this salon!Please note that if you have fine hair, any type of extensions can put a lot of stress on your natural hair and even damage it. If you still want to try extensions, I recommend choosing the shorter length and maybe giving your hair at least a week between chemical treatment (bleaching and dyeing) and the application of extensions to avoid damage as much as possible.last_img read more

Onitsuka Tiger GINZA Store Newly Open Exclusive Shoes And Discounts

first_imgThe picture above shows the Coleson Lo, priced at 24,000 yen (excluding tax). Only 300 pairs will be on sale at the Ginza Store, and visitors from abroad will be able to purchase these pairs of shes at a discount price.This is a limited color version of Coleson Lo. To celebrate the opening of the Ginza Store on February 10th, 300 pairs of these limited edition shoes will be on sale.Coleson Lo are low-cut shoes, inspired by a classic basketball shoe line made by Onitsuka Tiger. The Ginza Store is located diagonally across the street from GINZA SIX, a shopping complex which opened in April 2017. It is also a two minute walk from the intersection where Ginza Wako, famous for its clock tower, and Ginza Mitsukoshi are located.As the store faces Ginza Chuo Dori, access is quite easy. The Ginza Store consists of three floors: a basement floor and two floors above ground. Just like the Omotesando Flagship Store and the large-scale Shibuya Store, the interior is a fusion of traditional elements and futuristic atmosphere, as well as of Eastern and Western styles, creating a space where the visitors can experience the Onitsuka Tiger world.Onitsuka Tiger brand shoes are on the first floor, with clothing and accessories on the second floor. The complete lineup of NIPPON MADE, a high-end line of shoes, is displayed on the basement floor.This store offers items that may not be available in the stores overseas, at a special discount price! So if you’re interested, make a visit.Business hours are from 11:00 to 21:00, so it might be fun to enjoy an early dinner in Ginza, which is famous for the wide variety of restaurants to choose from, and go shopping afterwards.Exclusive Items Available at the Onitsuka Tiger GINZA Store From: Ginza – Let’s Head Over To Tokyo’s High Class Shopping District!Many people consider Ginza to be Tokyo’s iconic, high class shopping area.Famous brand shops line up along the streets, with the Ginza Mitsukoshi and Matsuya Ginza department stores handling high-quality items.GINZA SIX and Tokyu Plaza Ginza, where visitors can enjoy both shopping and dining, are also located in this area, so Ginza is a popular spot, always full of visitors.On February 10th, 2018, Onitsuka Tiger, a world-renowned Japanese sports fashion brand, will open a street level store in Ginza.This article introduces information on how to access to the Onitsuka Tiger GINZA Store, as well as on exclusive items sold at this store and a special discount available only in Japan.If you plan to go shopping in Ginza, don’t miss the Onitsuka Tiger GINZA Store.Onitsuka Tiger GINZA Store – Access Information Onitsuka Tiger Stripe, a symbol of the brand, can be recognized by their stylish design that makes use of pierce punching.Coleson Lo is designed simply, so it should fit all types of clothing, adding another dimension to your fashion.This is a comfortable shoe with an elegant design, and also easy to walk in. If you purchase these shoes in Japan, you will most surely want to wear them during your trip.Only 300 pairs will be available, so don’t miss them out!A Special Discount on Onitsuka Tiger Shoes in JapanThe Onitsuka Tiger Stores in Japan offer a tax exemption service for purchases over 5000 yen. If you present your passport, an additional five percent will also be deducted from the duty-free price.This discount applies to all the Onitsuka Tiger items and is available only in Japan.So how about visiting the new Onitsuka Tiger GINZA Store, purchase a pair of Onitsuka Tiger shoes, and show off to your friends? Onitsuka Tiger GINZA Store View Informationshoe_storestoreIn March, the second Onitsuka Tiger store in western Japan, following the Shinsaibashi Store, opens in Osaka’s Namba area. The opening will be announced on their official site, so stay tuned!** For other MATCHA articles about Onitsuka Tiger, take a look at this page.Onitsuka Tiger Official Site: OT Magazine** Please note that the duty-free price and the additional discount service are only available for tourists from abroad. Japanese and foreign residents cannot use these services.Photos courtesy of ASICS Corporation.Sponsored by ASICS corporation.last_img read more

How To Drink Hoppy A Traditional Japanese Flavor

first_imgHave you ever heard of Hoppy? Even among Japanese people, there might be some who have not heard of this drink.Hoppy is a drink made exclusively for the purpose of being mixed with sake. In the same way that soda is mixed with whiskey, it is supposed to be mixed with strong liquor.Hoppy is produced and sold by Hoppy Beverage Co., Ltd (Japanese), where Hoppy is called the “Original Beer-taste Beverage”. True to its name, it allows you to enjoy a completely different drink with a beer-like flavor.Choose From White Hoppy And Black HoppyThere are a few types of the Hoppy products. However, most izakaya only offer one or two kinds, White Hoppy and Black Hoppy.Normally, you’ll get the White Hoppy if you just ask for a “Hoppy”. Hoppy is a carbonated drink that tastes very much like beer. This doesn’t mean it tastes exactly the same though. It has its own unique light flavor. Many Japanese people say they even prefer the taste of Hoppy to the one of beer.Compared to beer, Hoppy has fewer calories and less carbohydrates, so it’s also popular among people concerned about their health and weight.Words You Want To Remember – “Naka” And “Soto” When you ask for a Hoppy at an izakaya, they’ll bring you a bottle and glass like this. Inside the bottle is the original solution of Hoppy. In the glass is the liquor. In most cases, Hoppy is mixed with Shochu, a Japanese distilled alcohol.At the izakaya, the Shochu is called “naka” and the Hoppy solution is called “soto”, and you can order each separately (additional orders only). If you run out of the original solution, you can ask for “soto”, while if you want to add some more Shochu, you can order some more “naka”.Read also: Japanese Encyclopedia: Shochu (Japanese Liquor)How To Make HoppyPour the “soto” forcefully into the prepared “naka”. If you pour slowly, you won’t be able to create a nice foam.Some Hoppy fans say that adding ice makes the flavor taste bland. It might be difficult at an izakaya, but if you’re not going to add ice, it would be a good idea to cool the Hoppy and Shochu well before drinking. It would be ideal if you can cool your glass as well.After mixing both solutions your Hoppy is complete! All you have to do now is taste it!Hoppy – An Original Taste of JapanHoppy is a standard drink for sake-lovers in Tokyo. Many people who don’t drink alcohol also enjoy it pure. We recommend you try ordering a Hoppy next time you visit an izakaya or bar.Recommended articles5000 Yen Plan For An Asakusa Stroll – Kimono and Sake Included!Traditional Local Sake at Hakata Hyakunengura in FukuokaJapanese Encyclopedia: Shochu (Japanese Liquor)Izakaya Tips – Not Just Wine? Smooth Japanese Fruit LiqueursSip Japanese Kōshū Wine At “Château Mercian” In Kofulast_img read more

Decadent Kobe Beef For A Reasonable Price At Tanryu in Sannomiya

first_imgA gleaming block of red meat was unveiled before our eyes. The cut was taken from the cow’s inner thigh, the least fatty part of the cow. The low fat content makes it a rather healthy choice and lets you savor the rich meat taste to the fullest. You will be asked how you want your beef to be cooked. It’s recommended that you choose medium-rare, as you’ll be able to taste the meat’s flavors in a well-balanced manner. Savor Kobe Beef At Misono, The Originators Of Teppanyaki! Tanryu is located in a building in central Sannomiya. The entrance is located towards the back of the building. Let’s try a light topping of wasabi and garlic. Soy sauce-marinated wasabi leaves are mixed into the wasabi. This lessens the heat, making it a good complement to the beef. After the appetite-inducing aroma of garlic fills the air you can feel the refreshing spiciness of the wasabi in your mouth. This is just one of the recommended combinations. Feel free to eat the beef with your preferred toppings to see how it can change the flavor.Delicious and Carefully Prepared Side Dishes The spacious grill is right in front of you once you sit down at the counter. This way you can see your steak being prepared and grilled right before your eyes. Our chef on this day was Mr. Miyashita, who is working as a chef for over a decade.Tanryu in Sannomiya regularly buys a whole cow which has been awarded the highest mark of excellence at one of the fifty Kobe cattle exhibitions held each year. This way they secure top-quality beef to serve to their customers. When we visited, we ordered the akami (red meat) lunch set for 2,500 yen (plus tax).The Premium Way to Grill Meat The chef browns the meat on one more side, then lets it slowly cook on the residual heat. A savory crust forms on the outside, while the inside allows just enough moisture to escape to seal in the meat’s flavor.  First, the chef will lightly season the meat with salt and pepper. What Exactly is Kobe Beef? In cooperation with Tanryu in Sannomiya When it is moved to the hot grill, you will hear the pleasant sizzle of the cooking meat. The aroma will drift toward your seat giving you a preview of what you are about to taste very soon. The surface of the beef will be grilled on medium-high heat to seal in the flavor. When he cuts into it, a cross-section of beautifully cooked medium-rare beef will appear! Picture courtesy of Kissho GroupIf you come to Kobe, you’ll want to try Kobe beef! Known all over the world as a high-class brand of beef, it is definitely a representative beef brand of Japan. Kobe beef is a special kind of meat from the Tajima cattle in the  Hyogo Prefecture, which has been certified by the Kobe Beef Marketing & Distribution Promotion Association. This certification is extremely strict. Among other conditions, the cow must have been raised by an authorized operator in Hyogo Prefecture from a lineage that has been passed down across three generations. Only grade-A or grade-B quality meat can qualify as Kobe beef. The Kobe beef brand name is highly protected and taken very serious which is why it is usually rather expensive. A Kobe beef steak can cost from 10,000 to 20,000 yen. Some can even cost over 30,000 yen. In this article, we will take a look at the Kobe beef grilling experience at Tanryu, a Kobe beef specialty restaurant located in Sannomiya (central Kobe) operated by the Kissho Group. Here you can enjoy high-grade Kobe beef at a reasonable price and enjoy a real Kobe experience.Tanryu – Sizzling Kobe Beef Prepared Right in Front of You! Indulge In Kobe Beef With Exquisite Gyudon At Hiroshigecenter_img A generous helping of colorful grilled vegetables surrounds the medium-rare Kobe beef. The meat is served cut into bite-size pieces and kept warm on the grill, so you can enjoy your beef hot off the grill with every bite. The row of seasonings, starting from the left, consists of meat miso, garlic, Himalayan rock salt and wasabi. The meat miso is made using Kobe beef as well. Saucers with soy sauce and ponzu for dipping are also provided. When you open the door you will enter a calm and elegant atmosphere. The seats are arranged around the counter which seats up to eight people. After you tasted the Kobe beef, you might want to have some rice. The rice is organic, and cooked in an earthenware pot. This process brings out the natural sweetness of the rice, accentuating each grain. You can eat the rice by itself but if you top it with the Kobe beef meat miso you can fully enjoy best of both flavors. The staff at Tanryu can speak English. There is also a nearby concierge desk with foreign staff who can speak English, Chinese, Korean and Nepalese. Tanryu is operated by the Kissho Group, which owns about thirty Kobe beef restaurants in the Motomachi and Sannomiya area. You can ask the staff at the concierge desk for recommendations concerning restaurants serving Kobe beef belonging to the Kissho Group.Experience First-Rate Kobe Beef!If you’re coming to Kobe, make sure to try Kobe beef. Order an affordable lunch set, or try the highest-class cut for a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Either way, a first-rate Wagyu (Japanese high-grade cow) beef experience is waiting for you! Kobe Tanryu Sannomiya View InformationrestaurantRead also The miso soup included in this set contains Kobe beef tendon and seasonal vegetables. You can use it to neutralize the taste in your mouth between each bite of meat. Today we ordered the 80-gram Kobe beef lunch set. A lot of people will order the 120-gram set, but honestly, we were very satisfied with the 80-gram set. Choose whichever size suits you best.Menu Available in Multiple Languages The lunch set also comes with a salad, seasoned with black sesame dressing and yuzu citrus mayonnaise. Lastly, the chef will grill fresh vegetables using the fat from the Kobe beef to complete the meal!Savor Your Delicious Kobe Beef Lunch There are English and Chinese menus available for Tanryu. The most popular item on the normal menu is the sirloin steak on the upper-left in this picture! The 120-gram serving (12,800 yen plus tax) is not cheap by any means. However, if you come to Kobe, it might be worth it to commemorate your visit with the essence of Kobe beef.For Other Recommendations Go to the Concierge Desk The chef, Mr. Miyashita, told us to take our first bite without seasoning it, to experience the genuine sweetness and savoriness of Kobe beef cut into just the right thickness. As we chewed, we could clearly taste the juiciness and savory flavor sealed within the meat. Akami is a very lean cut, so the delicious taste of the juicy meat filled our mouths as we continued to chew. Once the meat is browned on both sides, the chef slices it in half. The well-browned exterior forms a vivid contrast to the red juicy meat in middle. Kobe – 15 Things To Do And Area Guidelast_img read more

Fastest Mochi Making In Japan Come To Nakatanidō In Nara

first_imgWhat Is Mochi?Mochi (soft rice cakse) are one of Japan’s traditional foods, made of sweet, glutinous rice. Mochi are often eaten around the start of the New Year or during other celebrations. They are an indispensable part of Japanese food culture.There are two different types of mochi. The first is tsukimochi, where you pound steamed rice into shape and the second is nerimochi which is made from steamed kneaded grain powder. Both types of mochi are quite sticky and typically eaten by adding your favorite seasonings, such as soy sauce or sugar.Tsukimochi is perhaps the most common type of mochi in Japan. The process of making this sticky rice cake is called mochitsuki and requires two main tools: an usu and a kine. The usu is a large container where the center has been carved out in a semi circle (similar to a mortar), while the kine is a large mallet-shaped tool (used similarly to a pestle). Mochi rice cakes are made by using the kine to crush down and knead the steamed rice inside the usu.A Well-known Mochitsuki Shop: Nakatanidō in NaraWe heard of a famous mochitsuki shop in Nara prefecture, home to World Heritage sites like Tōdaiji Temple and Kasuga Taisha Shrine, so we decided that we just had to check it out.This mochitsuki shop is Nakatanidō.Of course the mochi made here is delicious, but the shop is actually best known nationwide for its speed in mochitsuki. But how fast is it really? There is a video of the mochitsuki in process, so let’s take a look at that first.What do you think? I was most surprised by the speed, especially at minute 01:00. Despite how impressive this is, mochitsuki isn’t just done for the sake of performance. By forming the mochi while it’s still hot, you maintain its softness and make a delicious mochi that is sticky and elastic.Yomogimochi in particular is made at Nakatanidō. Yomogimochi is regular mochi that has had yomogi (Japanese mugwort) added to it. At Nakatanidō, their yomogimochi cakes are covered in kinako (roasted soybean powder). The fresh scent of the yomogi and aromatic fragrance of the kinako combine to make an incredibly delicious mochi cake.The Shocking Softness of YomogimochiLet’s try some! If you want to eat it upon purchase you line up on the left and if you want to take it home you stand on the right side. When you reach the front, first tell the clerk how much you want to buy and then make your purchase.Yomogimochi cakes can be bought for an affordable 130 yen each and, if you buy eight or more, you will get a discount.The yomogimochi cake that is handed to you is still warm and feels so soft that it seems like it would fall apart in your hands. If you were to compare it to a Western food, it feels a bit like melted marshmallows or cheese. Be sure to eat it before it loses its shape.As soon as you try to take a bite it stretches right out.We tested to see how much it would stretch. It’s so soft that it will stretch this far with ease.Inside the cake there is anko (red bean paste) that has just the right amount of sweetness. Anko is one of the main ingredients used in Japanese snacks and is made by boiling and then adding a sweetener to the beans.At Nakatanidō they boil azuki beans that come from Hokkaido’s Tokachi area and use tsubuan paste, which has a moderate amount of the beans skin left on. The soft and refreshing flavor of the yomogimochi matches so well with the sweetness of the bean paste, that it is almost addictive. I ate two of them on this day.The Route to NakatanidōNakatanidō is located close to the Kintetsu Nara Station, which is also a convenient station to be at when you want to see the World Heritage sites Tōdaiji and Kasuga Taisha. To get to Nakatanidō, you head out of Kintestu Nara station’s east exit, go up to the ground level and head straight past the fountain to the outdoor shopping street.As you walk, you should find Nakatanidō at the end of the left side of the outdoor shopping street. There are always customers gathered around, so you should be able to find it quickly.In ConclusionIn the past it was quite easy to see mochitsuki during the New Years, but in recent years it has been increasingly difficult to see it being made right before your eyes.When visiting the numerous incredible sites in Nara, why not make a stop at Nakatanidō to witness and taste a part of Japan’s delicious traditional food culture?InformationNakatanidōAddress:Hours: 10:00-19:00Closed: IrregularWi-Fi: -Credit cards: -Other Languages: -Menu in Other Languages: -Nearest Station: Nara station (奈良駅) on the Kintetsu Nara lineAccess: 5-minute walk from the 2nd exit of Nara stationPrice Range: From 130 yen for 1 yomogimochiReligion: -Phone Number: +81-3-0742-23-0141Homepage: Nakatanidō (Japanese only)last_img read more

Press Release Inflight Dublin appoints David Miller as CTO

first_imgInflight Dublin, a leading inflight entertainment content and software provider, has announced the appointment of David Miller as its Chief Technology Officer (CTO) from 10 September.Mr. Miller will lead the Software Development, Audio-Video and IT functions of the business, as well as joining the company’s Senior Management Team.David has held CTO, COO and Senior Product Development positions for a number of organisations including AdaptiveMobile Security, IONA Technologies, eSpatial, and TERMINALFOUR. He has over 30 year’s managerial, business development, and investment experience. David has also worked with some key players in the aviation industry, such as Boeing commercial aircraft group, and Aer Lingus.Inflight Dublin’s CEO John White spoke of his delight at the announcement stating: “David will bring a wealth of experience to the role, not only in technology, but also across operations and general management.”Mr. White further stated that David will be “focused on leading our technology teams, skills development, enhancing and implementing our technology roadmap, working with our partners, and advancing our innovation capabilities”.David himself also spoke of his enthusiasm to get started at Inflight Dublin:“I’m excited to be joining the Inflight Dublin team. The company is building on a very successful content business to include an integrated wireless delivery and services capability. This enhances the overall passenger experience and provides our clients with a one stop shop incorporating content, design and delivery in a single offering to boost revenues.”last_img read more

Viasat will continue to challenge EAN despite recent Inmarsat win

first_imgA recent win for Inmarsat in the ongoing dispute over the European Aviation Network (EAN) will not dissuade Viasat from challenging the Inmarsat license in court once again. EAN is the hybrid air-to-ground (ATG)/S-band satellite network which aims to support inflight connectivity on the short- and medium-haul aircraft of British Airways and other European carriers, and will be tested by Lufthansa.“We are not surprised by the Belgian regulator’s decision to reissue Inmarsat a new CGC [complementary ground component] license,” said a Viasat spokesperson, noting that Viasat  successfully challenged the Belgian Institute for Postal Services and Telecommunications’ (BIPT’s) last decision in the courts “and we will challenge this latest decision as well”.The stakes are high and pit European providers against US providers during a time when relations between the EU and the US are complicated by politics and threats of tariffs.The main EAN providers – Inmarsat  (satellite) and Deutsche Telekom (ground) – are both European, at least for now. Inmarsat is a British company, but there is no indication that the looming Brexit would affect this partnership. The network will cover all 28 member states of the European Union, as well as Switzerland and Norway. Inmarsat describes EAN as enabled by “regulatory innovation in the European Union.”In this dispute, what one party describes as innovation the other describes as a violation of basic free-market principles. As Viasat sees it, the way in which the spectrum for EAN was licensed sets a problematic precedent that may ultimately affect connectivity and communications in markets beyond Europe.“This case is important because it involves the bedrock principles of both fair competition and respect for the law,” said the Viasat spokesperson. “Inmarsat was awarded an exclusive license to operate a mobile satellite system; a license it received for free in exchange for making various social commitments to help bridge the digital divide in the European Union. Nearly a decade later, Inmarsat has unilaterally decided to use its free spectrum to build an air-to-ground network instead. If such illegal use of spectrum goes unchallenged, we believe it will harm consumers and competition, as well as set a dangerous precedent whereby companies can obtain licenses by promising regulators that they will deliver a system they never actually provide.”Frederik van Essen, Inmarsat Aviation Senior Vice President of Market and Business Development, questions Viasat’s motives.“We believe that ViaSat is motivated solely by their desire to remove the European Aviation Network (EAN) as a competitor to their own commercial ambitions,” he told RGN.“EAN complies with the relevant EU Framework and we remain confident that their challenge to our use of the S-band spectrum has no legitimate basis. We continue to work constructively with the European Commission – which awarded Inmarsat the innovative radio spectrum – and the national regulators. There have been extensive public consultation processes throughout Europe, including input from Viasat, and time and again national regulators have decided to issue all requested S-band licenses. The re-issue of the license to operate EAN’s complementary ground component in Belgium by the Belgian Institute for Postal services and Telecommunications (BIPT), only months after their initial license was annulled by the Belgium Market Court on procedural grounds, underlines this. We remain on track for commercial service launch to passengers later this year.”While Inmarsat is pushing forward with its plans, Viasat remains confident that it can win its case.“We anticipate the court will once again find that BIPT has unlawfully granted Inmarsat a license to operate its EAN in Belgium,” the Viasat spokesperson said.Viasat has also enjoyed important wins on wings, with SAS and Finnair each launching their inflight connectivity services in Europe.For European consumers, who have been hungry for in-flight Wi-Fi availability, what matters is that the services are strong and reliable. Both parties in this dispute promise to deliver that and the Court will have to decide if there’s enough room in Europe for all.Related Articles:Press Release: Inmarsat re-issued license for EAN in BelgiumInmarsat says EAN remains on track despite Belgium court decisionAs SAS sports high-speed wifi in the sky, management praises ViasatEuropean Aviation Network quietly ramps up despite objectionLegal action over European Aviation Network deployment proceedsViaSat vows to continue the fight to prevent European Aviation NetworkCommercial launch of European Aviation Network moves to the rightEuropean Aviation Network’s service launch is imminent: InmarsatPress Release: Finnair launches Viasat connectivity on European flightslast_img read more

Inseat monitors USB ports bring Nij to the fore

first_imgAs seatmakers continue their push to create denser cabins while maintaining or even improving some aspects of passenger living space, new certification challenges loom as safety regulators respond to a changing understanding of how injuries are caused in their latest draft requirements. Some of this understanding comes from aviation, but some also comes from the automotive sector — which is similar, yet different, in impact dynamics and certification requirements to aviation.Evolution of safety regulation is not, of course, a new experience for seatmakers or embedded IFE providers, which collaborate on integrated IFE/seats. Visiting Recaro’s factory recently, where the seatmaker has its first airline seats on display, it was striking to note the differences and similarities between today’s seats and the company’s first aviation product, significantly heavier, certified to 9g rather than today’s 16g, and less shaped to passengers’ bodies.Runway Girl Network asked a series of questions to regulators and industry stakeholders to learn more about how both sets of organisations and companies are developing their requirements. While neither the FAA nor EASA responded to RGN’s requests for detailed comment, an EASA spokesperson previously explained that the two regulators are “fully harmonized” on the principle that two key neck injury criteria — the so-called “Nij” calculation and the neck rotation criterion — must be considered for oblique (i.e., herringbone, angled or angled staggered seating), as laid out in SAE Aerospace Recommended Practice (ARP) 6316.Assessment of neck injury criteria is not required for forward- and aft-facing seats (defined as those under 18 degrees of angle from the centreline) under certification specification CS-25, the latest version of which is dated this April. That document highlights that seats have three options:(1) A shoulder harness that will prevent the head from contacting any injurious object.(2) The elimination of any injurious object within striking radius of the head.(3) An energy absorbing rest that will support the arms, shoulders, head and spine.Working together, US and European regulators recently introduced occupant injury criteria based on automotive research and certification testing. This is currently limited to applications where EASA requires special conditions around side-facing seats or airbags.Looking to the future, and in conjunction with SAE, formerly the Society of Automotive Engineers, regulators are creating new impact requirements, but details are still coalescing, leading seatmakers to try their best to figure out their options.The TSO-C127c specification is one working document, currently in draft form, which states: “If the ATD [anthropomorphic test dummy] is exposed to impact with aircraft interior features during the test: (a) the interaction must not rotate the head about its vertical axis, relative to the torso, greater than 105 degrees in either direction from forward facing, or introduce a feature or surface that produces concentrated loading on the neck, and (b) the head center of gravity must not stop for more than 10 milliseconds from sliding down the seat back while the torso is still moving downward.”Recaro was the only major seatmaker to respond materially to questions from RGN on how the increased neck injury scrutiny is affecting its seatmaking business, and what strategies and tactics it is using to resolve these issues.Recaro was the only seatmaker to open up about its certification strategy. Image: John WaltonNeck injury criteria, Recaro told RGN via director global marketing & communications Mónica Fischer, are not included in current certification regulations, although the seatmaker is working to the new draft TSO-C127c for guidance on how to approach what it calls an “important topic”.Fisher noted:Neck injury was no topic within aviation Industry in the past. Seat design has changed significantly from having a very straight backrest to include many features like monitors and USB ports. Interaction of the passenger head with these new very passenger-oriented features during incidents might be possible. This has brought the topic of neck injury into the focus.Perhaps unsurprisingly for a company with a substantial automotive background, Recaro seems confident in its ability to translate requirements from that sector into the airline cabin.“We will see more criteria that originally stem from the automotive sector into aviation,” Fischer said. “It is prudent to say that accident scenarios in aviation are however significantly different from automotive. As a consequence any transfer of criteria into other parts of the industry requires deep investigation and intensive discussions. Recaro supports this approach with consequent participation in the relevant industry panels like SAE International.”Seat certification has markedly different requirements — and strategies — between classes of service. Image: MirusNo other seatmaker responded in any detail.Quentin Munier, VP for strategy, product development and engineering for Zodiac Seats, said: “Zodiac Aerospace has been dealing with this configuration of risk since 2014, it has gained significant experience and know how to address this issue. All its seats are certified, according to the regulation, and participating to the safety of passengers.”Oblique seats like this Zodiac Cirrus herringbone have special requirements. Image: John WaltonStelia communication and change director Sévérine Kaci said: “What we can say [is] that our products are designed and developed in line with the current airworthiness regulations and we work with authorities and industry groups to improve the overall regulatory quality.”Panasonic Avionics previously assured RGN that its in-seat IFE systems will be ready when neck injury criteria is included in regulations. “We comply with all regulatory and certifications requirements. As those new challenges come up, that gets built into our test regime.”Rockwell Collins did not respond.Yet even for forward-facing seats, the presumption seems to be that the work being done to bring in automotive experience will lead to more stringent requirements, so seatmakers are starting to look at that more stringently.With the two key regulators and most seatmakers declining to discuss neck injury certification, this RGN journalist cannot help but come away with a sense of unwillingness to discuss the present and near-term future certification landscape among key industry participants. At a time when seats, seatmakers (which are responsible for the TSO) and seat certification are under greater scrutiny than ever before from a wide variety of stakeholders, this state of affairs seems increasingly unwise.Related Articles:APEX eyes aircraft seat standards while criticizing media reportingEditorial: Test dummies should be updated to reflect modern traveler sizePanasonic Avionics stays focused on serving its niche in IFEEmbraer E2 remains un-HICed on economy seatsConsumer groups seek moratorium on seat squeeze, cite safetySeats should be 19.6 inches wide: safety reportIFE firms lament how seat makers manage their dataPress Release: Side-Slip Seat successfully passes HIC testlast_img read more

Press Release Global Eagle Telesat pioneer inflight broadband via LEO

first_imgGlobal Eagle Entertainment Inc. today announced a major milestone in the history of satellite connectivity for aviation and maritime: the successful completion of testing to demonstrate how a new, low-cost satellite network can revolutionize the way airline and maritime passengers enjoy high-speed connectivity and content.The testing began October 18th, 2018 aboard Global Eagle’s ‘Albatross One’ test aircraft near Telesat headquarters in Ottawa, Canada. This test marked the first time an inflight aircraft has communicated at broadband speeds with a Low-Earth Orbit (LEO) satellite system, demonstrating the capabilities of LEO for mobility customers. Telesat’s Phase 1 LEO satellite was launched earlier this year with Telesat and Global Eagle agreeing to collaborate on LEO system development, testing and marketing.During inflight testing, the team successfully demonstrated industry-leading data upload speeds from the aircraft, engaged in uninterrupted video chatting and movie streaming, and experienced the lowest latency of any satellite connection to date.Testing demonstrates how a global LEO constellation of satellites that includes polar regions not covered today, coupled with scalable capacity at broadband speeds and the lowest latency of any satellite solution can change the market dynamics in aviation and maritime.Tests also were conducted to ensure the smooth transition from existing Geostationary (GEO) satellite networks to LEO while switching satellites in-flight. A Global Eagle test team live-switched back-and-forth between Telesat’s Anik F3 GEO satellite and Telesat’s Phase 1 LEO satellite. The tests were successful in demonstrating seamless connectivity while systems switch between satellites.LEO signal: Image: Global EagleAmong the test highlights, Global Eagle and Telesat: Validated Global Eagle’s Q09000 antenna tracking capabilities on LEO Phase 1 satellite during flight testsCompleted satellite transitions between LEO Phase 1 satellite and ANIK F3 GEO satellite using Global Eagle Ka-band System integrated with Gilat GLT-1000 modemsMaintained multiple air-to-ground two-way videoconference sessions during satellite transitions and observed secure cloud and VPN applicationsObserved the shortest-ever connection time of only 19 milliseconds round-trip time from aircraft to ground equipment “It is all-systems go for revolutionizing the passenger experience and changing the cost structure for airlines and maritime markets,” said Per Norén, Global Eagle Executive VP and Chief Commercial Officer. “This is an incredible milestone that shows how low-cost, low-latency and high-bandwidth systems will allow our customers in aviation and maritime to enjoy a better overall broadband experience on board.”“Telesat is very pleased to be collaborating with innovative companies like Global Eagle who recognize the potential of Telesat’s LEO system to transform global communications,” said Erwin Hudson, Vice President, Telesat LEO. “Combining global spectrum rights in Ka-band with Telesat’s proprietary LEO architecture, our companies’ systems will satisfy many of the world’s most challenging communications requirements, including the ability to provide high performing, cost effective fiber quality connectivity to millions of airline and maritime passengers worldwide. Telesat will continue to work with Global Eagle to optimize the design and performance of Telesat’s LEO system to ensure it meets the demanding and rapidly expanding requirements of aeronautical and maritime users.”Telesat is developing an advanced LEO constellation with plans for a global network scaling to nearly 300 satellites. Further, the Telesat LEO constellation has highly agile spot beams which focus capacity into high-demand areas such as airports and will deliver an order of magnitude greater broadband capacity than current systems. Telesat has contracted with two teams, Airbus and a joint team of Thales Alenia Space with Maxar’s SSL and MDA, to design the system. Telesat plans to award a manufacturing contract to one of the teams in 2019 and is targeting 2022 for start of commercial LEO service.“We would like to thank all the teammates who were part of this historic test, including Telesat, ground link provider Gilat, Ka-band antenna supplier Qest and the many Global Eagle engineers and test staff who worked to make this test successful,” Norén said.About Global EagleGlobal Eagle is a leading provider of media, content and data analytics to markets across air, sea and land. Global Eagle offers a fully integrated suite of rich media content and seamless connectivity solutions to airlines, cruise lines, commercial ships, high-end yachts, ferries and land locations worldwide. With approximately 1,400 employees and 52 offices on six continents and leading global satellite and ground networks, the company delivers exceptional service and rapid support to a diverse customer base.last_img read more

The Odyssey

first_imgLou Moshakos’s restaurant empireby Mimi Montgomeryphotographs by Christopher T. MartinOn an unusually warm autumn day, Lou Moshakos is inspecting tomatoes. A shipment has just arrived at Taverna Agora, his Greek restaurant on Hillsborough Street, and he wants to make sure they’re up to par. Moshakos flips them over in his hand while chefs, waiters, and hostesses orbit in the pre-lunch frenzy. He sets the tomatoes down – they’re not good enough. He tells his kitchen crew to order a better batch before serving guests.“Small things are so important,” Moshakos says.They’re a big part of his success. LM Restaurants, Inc., the Raleigh-based company Moshakos founded with a Florida seafood restaurant in 1978, today boasts 35 restaurants and 2,000 employees throughout the Southeast. They include his popular Carolina Ale House chain and the Wilmington-area restaurants Bluewater Grill, Oceanic, Henry’s Restaurant and Bar, and Hops Supply Co. He also has an import business, Flying Olive Farms, which brings in olive oil, balsamic vinegar, mustards, wines, and Mastiqua water from Greece, which can be found in local Whole Foods, Wegmans, Southern Season, and more.Moshakos, a Greek immigrant who moved to Raleigh in 1992, will tell you that attention to detail is responsible for his success. His peers agree.Lou Moshakos and wife, Joy, ring the bell from the original Seafood Shanty“You can get away so quickly from keeping the main things the main things, but Lou Moshakos never forgets that,” says his friend and fellow restaurateur Steve Thanhauser, co-owner of The Angus Barn. “He’s great for our industry and our community, and he’s the real deal.”Moshakos says hard work and family have also been vital to his success. His wife, Joy, works beside him, keeping track of the details that make his vision real. Their daughter, Amber, is the company’s vice president, their daughter Chantal works in corporate affairs, and another daughter, Crystal, works with the imports. Amber’s husband recently joined the guest relations team, and Crystal’s husband assists with construction. Three grandchildren round out the formidable group.Nothing could make Moshakos prouder. Over a plate piled full of calamari, fresh pita, tzatziki, spicy feta spread, and hummus at Taverna Agora, the man friends call Papa Lou is at home. He mentions working and celebrating as if they’re one and the same: “In Greece, all we do is eat, drink, and party,” says the native. “We are very hospitable people … I come from a smaller village (where) everybody knows everybody.”The village he lives in now includes his company headquarters on Chapel Hill Road and his many local restaurants in and around Raleigh. It’s a remarkable place to land after a life lived between three countries, with multiple businesses, steep learning curves, and hardships along the way. But as he settles into a chair on Taverna Agora’s upstairs patio, Moshakos says it’s all been worth it.Elbows on the table, his blues eyes scrunch up over his salt-and-pepper mustache as he thinks, talks, and shares. A pair of silver-and-gold fountain pens stick out of his button-down’s front pocket, where the outline of his ever-present Tic Tac box is visible. “I (have done) a lot in my life,” he says thoughtfully. “I’ve not realized how much I’ve done.”Big dreamsMoshakos was born in Lykovrysi, a small Greek village, to parents who were farmers. His family was “middle-poor,” he says, and as a young child his father was away fighting in the Greek civil war, for which he was awarded a medal.Moshakos walked to school every day until sixth grade, at which point students graduated from the local school. There wasn’t enough money to send Moshakos to another village to continue his schooling, so at 13 he left school to work alongside his parents at the farm.Moshakos surveys Vidrio construction.Several times a week, the industrious young Moshakos would load a mule and horse with the produce they’d grown and leave the village by 1 a.m., walking through the mountains to set up a market stall in another village by 4 a.m. “If you weren’t there (early), you missed the spot,” Moshakos says.Craving adventure and better opportunities, at age 18 Moshakos moved to live with a cousin in Montreal. He’d never left home, never been on an airplane, and couldn’t speak a word of English or French. He landed Dec. 1, 1964, and “I didn’t know where the hell I was going,” he says. “I didn’t have heavy clothes … we unload, and the damn cold was so cold – I couldn’t even explain how cold it was.”Moshakos started washing dishes in his cousins’ barbecue restaurant, making $17 a week and working 12-15 hour days, six days a week. At first, the homesickness was unbearable – he just wanted to make enough money to buy a ticket back to Greece.Consulting with daughter and LM Restaurants Vice President Amber.“It hit me like a brick,” he says. “You don’t speak the language, total different culture – it was tough. But, you know, you get up and you say, ‘OK, tough day today, start tomorrow fresh.’ So you keep on pushing and you keep on going.”It got better: Moshakos was promoted to working in the kitchen, then waiting tables. He began learning French (“I was hanging out with French girls,” he says with a laugh), and eventually English.And he was still as entrepreneurial as ever. Moshakos knew folks in the commercial cleaning business and decided to open a similar company of his own. The Royal Bank of Canada lent him money for a station wagon, a vacuum cleaner, and a mop bucket.The cleaning company Moshakos founded with that modest investment went on to become the second-largest cleaning company in Montreal, employing 465 people cleaning high-rise office buildings. “(I) worked very hard to get there … worked seven days a week,” he says. “I was out working continuously and partying all the time.”During this time, Moshakos’s first marriage ended in divorce. But in 1975, he met his wife Joy at a Montreal nightclub, and they were married two years later. Upon returning from their Hawaiian honeymoon, Moshakos discovered his business partner had stolen everything from him. Devastated, he started another cleaning company, but it just wasn’t the same. So after 14 years in Montreal, he and Joy decided it was time to relocate. They figured it might as well be somewhere warm. Greece was out of the question, so in 1978, they landed in Boca Raton, Fla. “After we spent a day there, we said this is it. No need to go anywhere else.”A lack of high-rises in the area, though, meant a cleaning business was out. But a call from a broker informing him that a Deerfield Beach seafood restaurant was for sale intrigued him. He checked it out, but the numbers seemed too good to be true. So he rented a car from Hertz, sat outside the restaurant, and recorded each person who went in – two lines for a couple, a short line for a kid. At the end of the day, he went inside, grabbed a menu, and multiplied the number of customers by the average meal price. The numbers seemed right, so Moshakos decided to go for it.The Seafood Shanty opened for business under Moshakos’s ownership in 1978, with Joy in the kitchen and Moshakos up front shucking clams and oysters. In 90 days, the place was so busy people were waiting in line to get in. Moshakos credits the success to his core ethics: “It was nothing but quality, value, and service.” It’s a line he repeats often, and it’s clearly sacred scripture within the LM Restaurants community. “I still believe in that … those are the three things you have to have.”Moshakos’s commitment to honest, excellent service is renowned among his peers. “He’s one of the few people on this earth (where) if he gives you his word, his word is as good as anything on the planet,” says Thanhauser.  “If he shakes your hand on something, it will happen.”And his business continued to grow: In 1981 the Moshakoses opened a second Seafood Shanty location, and in 1984 a third (later renamed Amber’s Seafood after their first daughter). A fine dining restaurant, Rose Garden, followed in 1987. He eventually sold them all, and the family went on a 90-day vacation to Greece. “(It was) the only time in my life I had nothing to do,” Moshakos says. “I went crazy. I really went crazy.”Moshakos realized he had to work. So he became a partner in a string of fast-casual restaurants, Miami Subs. They all did so well that his business partner asked him to expand the chain further north. And so Moshakos did just that.A home in Raleigh After the family made several scouting trips throughout the Southeast for new locations, they settled on Raleigh. It just felt right. “This is a place that is so friendly,” Moshakos says. “People are really true people here.”Moshakos takes in the open air and music drifting through the Taverna Agora patio. Sitting in his expansive Greek restaurant, life for Moshakos has come full circle. It may look idyllic, but getting here wasn’t easy.In 1992, when he first arrived in Raleigh, Moshakos opened a Miami Subs on Western Boulevard. More soon followed. Within four years, he owned 10 Miami Subs from Raleigh to Wake Forest to Greenville. But when the company changed executive ownership, he decided it was time to develop projects of his own again. Inspiration struck at London’s Gatwick airport, on a layover to Greece.Moshakos visits children at the employee daycare in the LM Restaurants headquarters.Joy took the girls to a McDonald’s in the terminal, while Moshakos went to the Shakespeare Ale House. He sat down, had a couple beers, and by the time he met back with the girls, he knew he wanted to open a Raleigh ale house.His first Carolina Ale House opened in 1999 in a former Creekside Drive Chinese restaurant. At first, things did not go as planned. The location wasn’t right, and people were unfamiliar with the concept of an ale house – was it a bar or a restaurant? Moshakos wasn’t deterred: He worked 16 hours a day, seven days a week to make it work. They still lost close to half a million dollars the first year. But he refused to give up. Slowly but surely, the numbers started to improve. He opened a Cary location in 2002, and one in North Raleigh in 2003. Today there are 30 Carolina Ale Houses in North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Tennessee, Florida, and Texas.Moshakos is the first to say that he hasn’t done it alone. When his daughter Amber graduated from N.C. State and decided to apply to medical school, Moshakos convinced her to work for him for a year; if she hated it, he told her, she could become a doctor. She stayed, working four years with her father before heading to Cornell for a masters in hospitality. Today, she is vice president of LM Restaurants. Her father isn’t surprised. Amber was practically born in a restaurant, Moshakos points out. She used to drink virgin strawberry daiquiris in front of the live bands, and for her 5th birthday party at the restaurant, instead of a clown, Moshakos put lobsters to sleep in front of her friends.Restaurants got to her early, but business did, too. “I am very entrepreneurial in my blood,” Amber says. “The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.”Contributing to their community and to education also runs in the family. “You’ve got to give something back, you can’t always take,” Moshakos says. The family is involved with the North Carolina Restaurant and Lodging Association, the YMCA, and various local Greek festivals; Joy and Amber give out four annual scholarships to N.C. State College of Education. And at work, Moshakos ensures his employees have the educational opportunities he didn’t have. Student servers are told to prioritize class schedules over work schedules, and many of his servers have become doctors, lobbyists, and attorneys.All this leads to a very busy schedule. When asked what Moshakos does in his spare time, he laughs. What spare time? He gets a deadpan look on his face when asked if he’ll ever retire: “When I die,” he says, “inside of a restaurant.”The next stepWith all the ups and downs of the restaurant business, why does Moshakos continue to do it? ”A lot of people ask me that,” he says. “I love what I do. I love people, I love excitement, I love to create.”His daughter agrees. “If I had to boil it down to one word, he’s incredibly passionate,” Amber says. “He loves his work, so it’s not work. It’s just his life, and it’s our family’s life.”That spark, grit, and gratitude got Moshakos here. He became a U.S. citizen some 20 years ago, and he’ll never forget how hard he worked for it all. When he left Greece, “He came as a new immigrant with his eyes open and saw opportunity everywhere,” says wife Joy. “He looks at everything still like that … Every day is an opportunity for him.”Taking nothing for granted means Moshakos is able to zero in on a project with precision. When he steps into the construction space of his new Mediterranean restaurant, Vidrio, slated to open this month in Glenwood South, he’s hyper-focused. The place is modern and sophisticated – Greek wood adorns bars, 30-foot ceilings boast rope chandeliers, and Greek tiles line multiple stories – but Moshakos is fixated on what needs fixing. He feels the sides of kitchen appliances, inspecting – a counter needs to be rearranged for extra grill space; some kitchen knobs aren’t installed correctly. He speaks rapidly in Greek, making suggestions and gesticulating wildly.Vidrio will have 50 wines on tap and offer Mediterranean-style shared plates.Moshakos thrives on these details, and soon, there will be many more. In 2018, he’s opening two huge, multimillion-dollar restaurants in Florida. They’re both under development, but at least one will seat around 500 people and include huge outdoor patios, rooftop decks, and ocean views.Moshakos will be so busy with them, in fact, that he’ll decamp to Florida full-time until they’re complete. That’s all right with him – he’s willing to do whatever it takes to get the job done correctly.And it’s just another reminder of where he’s been and what he’s accomplished. “They say life moves in circles,” he says. “I’m going back to my roots (in Florida)!” But this time, he’s returning with a business empire – one built on patience, faith, and hard work.last_img read more

November Holiday Fun

first_imgSanta Claus nears the end of the parade route as he rides down Fayetteville Street shouting “Ho, ho, ho!” during the Raleigh Christmas Parade in downtown Raleigh, N.C. on Saturday, November 22, 2014.MERRY + BRIGHTMixed and a-mingled holiday funby Katherine PooleJill Knight/News and ObserverYes, it’s November, but make no mistake about it, the countdown to Christmas has begun. So with apologies to the humbuggers and a full acknowledgement that there are many more than twelve days to go, here is a nice list of activities for the tall and the small.Deck Meymandi’s hall Celebrate your family’s holiday traditions on the town at Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts. Nestle all snug in your seat for The Night Before Christmas, a whimsical retelling of Clement Moore’s poem through tap dance, jazz, and ballet. Dancing sugar plums, tapping reindeer, and jolly old elves are sure to ensure a good night to all. Or, book passage for the N.C.  Symphony’s special event concert: The Polar Express. Paintings from the Caldecott Medal-winning picture book provide a magical backdrop (via giant screen) as a narrator and children’s chorus join the Symphony on stage to bring the beloved story to life. Bells will be ringing for all ears to hear. If the silver and gold has tarnished on that favorite holiday movie DVD doing a constant loop at home, refresh the jolly by experiencing it live. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical has it all: elf dentistry, reindeer games, misfits, nitwits and a big toothless Bumble. Walking in a winter-ish wonderland Raleighites of all ages take to the streets to show their Christmas spirit. The 2017 Raleigh Christmas Parade isNov. 18. Presented by the Greater Raleigh Merchants Association, the Raleigh parade is the largest between Washington, D.C. and Atlanta, so count on plenty of jing-tinglers, tar-tinkers, trum-tupers, and good old Santy Claus himself. The route begins on Hillsborough Street, passes by the Capitol, marches downtown, and disbands at Lenoir Street. Get a jump on claiming the best spot by downloading a parade map (see below). Post-parade revelry continues at North Hills for the Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Celebration. The beloved event is as big as the 41-foot Christmas tree prominently located in the Commons at North Hills. You can build up excitement for Santa’s arrival at 6 p.m. by hitting the snow slopes, riding the trackless train, kid crafting, jumping it out in the bounce house, or knocking out some holiday shopping at the vendor village. Rockin’ Around Looking for a new nontraditional tradition? By jingle, we’ve found it! Make the Macaulay Culkin face for Home Alone in Concert presented by the N.C. Symphony at Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts. The newly minted holiday classic will play on a big-screen as the Symphony performs John Williams’ delightful score live. For such a fun evening, don’t leave anyone home alone. Looking for a show that is one-horse slaying? Pop and lock down Nov. 24 for the Hip Hop Nutcracker at the Durham Performing Arts Center. This holiday mash-up is straight-up fun for the entire family and features dancers, DJs, and a lit Christmas tree. Kurtis Blow, one of the founding fathers of hip-hop, will open the show with a brief performance, then rap the introduction to set the scene for Clara to get her krump on. Also: They’re going to rock this town … The Brian Setzer Orchestra rolls into the Durham Performing Arts Center Nov. 26 on their 14th annual Christmas Rocks! tour. The three-time Grammy winner brings his iconic sound to holiday favorites for an evening of jingling swing in a new old-fashioned way. Although it’s been said many times, many ways … the Triangle does have the best holiday traditions this side of the North Pole. (And, it’s still only November.)The Night Before ChristmasNov. 11 7 p.m., Nov. 12 3 p.m.; $15 – $30;dukeenergycenterraleigh.com North Carolina Symphony Special Event Concert: Polar ExpressNov. 22; 3 p.m.; tickets start at $30; ncsymphony.orgRudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The MusicalNov. 24 – Dec. 24; times vary; $15-$24;dukeenergycenterraleigh.comThe 2017 Raleigh Christmas ParadeNov. 18; 9:40 a.m.; grma.org/christmas-paradeThe Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Celebrationat North HillsNov. 18; 3:30 – 7:30 p.m.; free; visitnorthhills.com/event/annual-tree-lightingHome Alone in ConcertNov. 24 7:30 p.m., Nov. 25 3 p.m.; $44 – $65;ncsymphony.orgHip Hop NutcrackerNov. 24; 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.; tickets start at $35; dpacnc.comThe Brian Setzer Orchestra: Christmas Rocks!Nov. 26; 7:30 p.m.; tickets start at $45; dpacnc.comlast_img read more

Workplace wellbeing

first_imgPositive workplace wellbeing is advantageous for public services such as health, for the worker, in terms of self-importance and for the employer in terms of productivity.Investing in people can have multiple benefits for organisations in the form of increased productivity and motivation, reduced absenteeism, lower staff turnover and increased staff loyalty. An additional advantage, that is often overlooked, is that in supporting someone to come back to work, when they are ready, you are gaining another mental health champion. Often such a person will be better equipped to identify signs in colleagues, will provide better feedback on the necessary supports and be more tuned in to the organisation’s wellbeing reach.What are some of the barriers to people seeking support? The biggest barrier is often the stigma around mental health and people feeling uncomfortable talking about their mental health in the workplace for fear of being labelled. In worst case scenarios people fear for the security of their job or for being overlooked for promotion if they admit to needing support. Again, mental health is often stress-related and the workplace can be a large source of stress. To that end, we must develop supports within the workplace to help individuals.However, given the stigma, those suffering from poor mental health are often hesitant to talk about it and more likely to cover up their problems. Equipping staff to recognise signs in a colleague and know how to signpost for support can make a real difference. Everyone’s needs are different, so a multi-channel approach is desirable. This could deviate from a colleague or manager asking ‘are you okay?’ on a one-to-one basis or getting an individual more professional support if they agree it is needed. Staff being able to identify who they can talk to in a safe, secure and private environment is important.How can you identify that someone might be suffering from poor mental wellbeing Poor mental health can be hard to identify in a busy world and busy workplace when everyone has a focus on themselves. The signs won’t always be obvious given that we as a society have a tendency to mask our personal problems and put on a brave face. However, when you look closely, they are there. A person might be more withdrawn than usual, less engaged or less productive, for example.Often a fear of the unknown, personal embarrassment or an unwillingness to embarrass someone else prevents intervention. People are afraid to say or do the wrong thing and people who do recognise the signs of failing mental health may ignore them, simply due to the stigma attached to suicide and mental health issues. Those phrases ‘pull yourself together’, ‘you are making a fuss about nothing’ and ‘don’t be talking like that’ can get in the way of us recognising we have an illness and getting treatment for it. There must be a recognition that even a small phrase like ‘how are you doing?’ can help a person’s road to recovery. Isolation compounds poor mental wellbeing, so even offering someone a chat can make a huge difference.What is emotional resilience and how can we as individuals build upon it?The world is now so fast and furious that we often don’t take time to look around us and to equip ourselves with the tools to take time out or to focus on our own selves and identify priorities. If you take a person’s mind as like a computer with several tabs open, you recognise that too many tabs leads to slower performance and productivity. We all have several tabs open on a daily basis, but we must find ways to keep these to a minimum and manage them so that they don’t build up. Although originally a sceptic, I found that mindfulness meditation is a great tool in this regard, binging your focus back to you as an individual. This focus allows for the creation of better strategies in dealing with your own triggers be that breathing techniques, visualisation or just switching off.Developing strategies that are tailored to you is very important. Not everything you adopt will stick or suit but there are many books and online resources out there that can offer ideas or innovations to help you as an individual. On a more simplistic level, talking is a great way of building emotional resilience. Sharing your problems is one of the most important methods of improving emotional wellbeing and in a world where digital is now a large part of all of our lives, the ability to support and be supported by friends, family and colleagues must not be overlooked.What advice would you give an organisation seeking to improve the workplace wellbeing of their staff?The focus should always be on prevention before intervention. Creating and maintaining a workplace that is conducive to good employee wellbeing and preventing people from developing poor mental health. Developing a top-down strategy around diversity, inclusion and wellbeing, that is integrated, recognisable and resourced is the first step on this journey. However, it also has to be evolving and reactive to change. Such an approach is most effective when it has employee buy-in and staff feel that it is something they can own.Rewarding or acknowledging staff is important, as too is ensuring the right supports are in place when intervention is necessary. A mental health champion or champions, a trained listener, in-house diversity groups and mapped out support channels and interventions should all be included. Organisations who invest in their people ultimately get the best results.Philip McTaggart was the founder of one of Northern Ireland’s first suicide awareness organisations and now delivers training in mental health, resilience and wellbeing businesses to large and small organisations across the private and public sectors on the island of Ireland. For more information contact Philip McTaggart:M: +44 7732 350 325E: philip.mct@mind-skills.netW: www.mind-skills.net Positive mental health and suicide intervention/prevention trainer Philip McTaggart discusses the importance of workplace wellbeing, the value of support structures and the challenges of greater diversity. What is workplace wellbeing and why is it important? Workplace wellbeing comes in many forms and it’s important that we break down the stigma that discussions about mental health are not suitable for the workplace. Recent evidence suggests that one in five employees have called in sick due to stress but 90 per cent of these have not felt able to tell their boss the real reason. In 2017, almost two people took their own lives on the island of Ireland everyday (392 in Republic of Ireland and 305 in Northern Ireland). We need to be building a support culture and introducing preventions that change these statistics.The workplace is representative of society and the workplace has a massive influence on the mental health of society at large. The main cause of poor mental health is stress and it’s important to understand that poor mental health can impact us all. Stress can be caused through the job, but it can also be personal stress like individual finance, a bereavement or a relationship breakdown. Positive workplace wellbeing is advantageous for public services such as health, for the worker, in terms of self-importance and for the employer in terms of productivity. Valued and supported staff are far more likely to deliver the best outcomes for your business.Northern Ireland is becoming a more diverse society and that evolution brings both challenges and opportunities. What are the mental health impacts of exclusion? Again, exclusion can take many forms and it’s something that needs to be combatted from the top down. Ethnic diversity can bring about exclusion but so too can being overlooked for promotion, left out of social outings or even desk arrangement. Creating an inclusive environment is a key ingredient to staff wellbeing and as well as productivity, has wider benefits in the form of attraction and retention. On a personal level, support groups, mentoring programmes or a functional complaints procedure can be very beneficial to an individual’s mental health. Inclusion in the workplace is a major factor in performance and loyalty.How can workplaces ensure that they are inclusive and better equipped to promote wellbeing? Equipping staff with the right tools is very important. Organisations and businesses are recognising the requirement to input strategies around mental health, wellbeing and diversity but this must not be a tick box exercise. Any strategy has to be fully-integrated and often this means group responsibility. Identifying and providing training to mentors within the workplace is vitally important. Staff being able to identify someone that they can speak to on an individual basis about their concerns or support needs is highly beneficial. Of the 90 per cent of people who felt they could not tell their manager the real mental health reason for their absence, 50 per cent said that they would be less likely to take time off if they felt supported by their employer.A key to inclusivity is making staff feel valued and this in turn promotes better wellbeing. Support groups, incentive days and staff recognition are all tools for creating better workplaces and better workplace wellbeing.Why should workplaces make sure that an individual’s wellbeing is also their problem?The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) estimates that ‘mental ill-health is the biggest single cause of sickness absence and health related productivity losses in UK organisations, estimated at a cost of £70 billion per year’ (January 2014). In Northern Ireland it is estimated that mental ill-health costs the economy approximately £4 billion every year.last_img read more

Did you Hear The Great Cover Up

first_imgLocal musicians get together to form surprise tribute bands in this multi-day charity concert series.Writing and Photography by Gus Samarco Founded in 1999 at the original Kings on McDowell Street, The Great Cover Up is a multi-day concert series where local musicians throw on wigs and costumes to pay tribute to their favorite musicians, with proceeds donated to charity. Originally a two-night affair, the series has grown to five nights as of this year. A total of 40 bands will play over the course of this year’s show, which will have its final night on January 25. For the show, local musicians form groups to become a cover band—including the appropriate number of group members, right instruments and vocals, and costumes—to do a 15-minute set. But the fun part is that all the groups are kept secret until the curtain is pulled back. So far this year the cover bands included have included Weezer, David Bowie, Buddy Holly, New Found Glory, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Elvis Costello, Joy Division, Smash Mouth and more. Proceeds from the even go to charities including the Beehive Collective, Interact, Kidznotes, SPCA, Goathouse Refuge and others.center_img Gus Samarco is a video engineer by day, photographer and man-about-town by night. Find more of his work on www.samarcophoto.com.last_img read more

You actually want these 7 bugs in your home…

first_imgWriter and entomologist Eleanor Spicer Rice shares the secrets of seven surprising creatures that may be lurking inside your homeAs summer turns into fall, insects and spiders are at their biggest. And since you’re inside more, too, that’s when you’re most likely to notice that you’re not alone while you watch TV. No surprise: Recent research at N.C. State found more than a hundred species of bugs in even the cleanest homes. But if you take a moment to get to know your constant companions, you may end up rolling out the welcome mat instead of rolling up your copy of this magazine to squash them. Meet some of your helpful, tiny roommates…   CELLAR SPIDERS are spiders for arachnophobes. They build cobwebby-looking homes in closets and basements, hanging upside-down with their gawky long legs spindling above them. But don’t be fooled by their gangly looks: Though they can’t bite humans, they’re vicious assassins. A cellar spider visits other spiders’ webs, shaking the silk as if he were a snagged moth. When the other spider comes to eat her supper, the cellar spider tosses a net over its prey, gobbles her up and happily takes over the web, eating insects caught by its victim’s own silken home. COCKROACH HUNTING WASPS are so tiny, you’ve likely never noticed one floating, fairy-like, near the floors of your home. Many homes host these welcome warriors, and we’re lucky to have them. Also known as hatchet wasps, cockroach hunters search for the egg cases of our least desirable housemates: cockroaches. When the wasp finds a case, she jabs a tiny hole in it and lays her eggs. Her young swim around in roach eggs, feasting on our pests and emerge as a new fleet of winged troopers, ready to help rid our homes of roaches.BEADED LACEWING LARVA are regal creatures as adults, flitting around light fixtures, but their young look and behave much differently. With no wings to lend them grace, the young beaded lacewing crawls around rotting wood, looking for its favorite meal: termites. When it finds them, it turns around and—there’s no other way to say this—breaks wind directly in the termites’ faces. The lacewing’s noxious gas causes the termites to pass out, leaving the lacewing with an all-you-can-eat termite buffet. One toot can knock out six termites at a time, more than enough for a hearty meal.ODOROUS ANTS remain the most frequent visitor to drops of jam left on our kitchen counters. Of the 10 or so ant pests that can sneak into our homes, these are the most fun. For one, they do not bite or sting. For another, they smell exactly like blue cheese if you squish one. If you can get them to stick to your yard, where they belong, they’ll work wonders with pest control in your garden. (Just keep them away from aphids, which they protect and tend like cattle, milking them for a sweet liquid called honeydew and killing them for meaty snacks.)BOOKLICE Most of us never see these minuscule creatures, but they are among our most common and prevalent housemates. Despite their name, these “lice” don’t suck blood—or even go near humans, if they can help it. Instead, they prefer to snack on any fungus or mold they can find… often in the deep recesses of our bookshelves.SPITTING SPIDERS are rare scavengers among our home’s spider fauna. These lovely arachnids don’t bite humans, and they help keep our homes neat and clean by wandering around eating whatever dead insects they can find. If they can’t find anything dead to eat, they will hunt for our live household pests. Unlike most hunters, which rely on speed and strength to capture prey, spitting spiders hurl globs of venomous and sticky slobber at their suppers. Their prey gets bogged down, and the spitting spiders can eat them in peace.CAMEL CRICKETS—also known as cave crickets, camel spiders and hippity-hops—leap unnervingly at their human hosts from dark corners in basements, sheds and crawlspaces. Startling us is their only defense; these crickets cannot bite or sting. They spend most of their time tiptoeing around the less-visited places of our homes, scavenging on dead plants and insects. Think of them as tidy, though creepy, housekeepers.last_img read more

Miranda Lamberts MuttNation Foundation to Offer PetFirst Insurance

first_imgPetFirst, a national pet insurance company headquartered in Jeffersonville, IN, has teamed up with MuttNation Foundation, a 501c3 nonprofit founded in 2009 by country superstar Miranda Lambert and her mom, Bev Lambert, to promote the adoption of rescue pets.Miranda with her rescues Waylon, Delta Dawn, Cher, Bellamy, and JessCredit/Copyright: Tammy GonzalesThe new, exclusive promotional alliance means that every pet adopted through MuttNation will be eligible to receive one month of PetFirst Pet Insurance included with their adoption. Aside from newly adopted pets, anyone who makes a donation to MuttNation will automatically become a MuttNation Citizen and have access to PetFirst Pet Insurance at a discounted rate – along with all other Citizenship perks.“We’re excited to be able to offer this additional benefit,” Lambert said. “MuttNation’s efforts to find forever homes for rescue animals is a great match with PetFirst helping to remove the financial worry from pet ownership. Together, we can make adopting rescue pets an even better experience.”Adding pet insurance to the set of benefits that new adopters and MuttNation citizens have available should help give new pet families an extra boost of confidence as they bring home their newest family member.“We’ve found that offering pet insurance to newly rescued animals significantly increases the chances of a successful adoption,” said Katie Blakeley, CEO of PetFirst. “It’s not uncommon for a rescued pet to have relatively minor, short-term health challenges related to the stress of being rehomed or being exposed to other animals in a kennel-type environment. Even though it may just be a minor respiratory infection, a vet bill right off the bat can be scary to new pet families.”last_img read more

Greece 7 arrested for counterfeit cash targeting tourism

THESSALONIKI, Greece — Seven men have been arrested in northern Greece after police seized bundles of fake U.S. $100 bills stashed in a warehouse with a total face value of $200,000.The suspects, all Greeks, aged 40 to 64, include a retired print shop worker. Three more men are wanted for questioning.Regional police chief Lt Gen. Miltiadis Poursanidis said Wednesday that the notes were of a high quality and would not be detected by ordinary scanning devices. The bills, he said, were destined for distribution at nearby import and tourism businesses.A package of notes with a face value of $10,000 had already been sold for $2,500, Poursanidis said, but gave no further details.The Associated Press read more

DGC LAUNCHES RECRUITMENT DRIVE FOR DOCUMENTARY FILMMAKERS

Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment TORONTO – The Directors Guild of Canada has launched a recruitment campaign to bolster its membership among documentary filmmakers. Announced at the DGC Visionaries event this morning in Toronto, the campaign includes sponsorships at film festivals across the country this fall starting with Monday’s “Doc Day” at the TIFF Industry Conference (see below for festival list).“The DGC is the home for Canadian feature filmmakers and that includes documentarians,” said DGC President Tim Southam. “We’re reaching out. We want to make sure documentary directors have access to the career-changing benefits of Guild membership.”Canadian documentary filmmakers have enjoyed global success – including many existing members of the DGC – but their communities have long been unrepresented or underrepresented in industry circles. This campaign will recruit documentary filmmakers, highlight the commercial and artistic value of their work and give them a stronger voice in policy making. DGC Login/Register With: Advertisement Twitter Advertisement Facebook “Every time I deal with the Guild, I know they’re deeply committed to the growth and progress of Canadian filmmakers,” said Peabody Award-winner Tiffany Hsiung. “As a Guild member, I have always felt represented and supported in the work that I do and knowing you are part of a guild that champions you makes a significant difference in future terrains one will embark on as a filmmaker.”As part of this initiative, the DGC will be waiving its initiation fee and offering 50% off annual dues through 2020. This totals up to $3,500 in savings. DGC Members will also gain access to the DGC Benefits health plan, preferred-rates on production insurance as well as the guild’s low management fee group RRSP.Canadian film festivals:Calgary, Alberta – Calgary International Film Festival, September 18th, 2019Halifax, Nova Scotia – FIN Atlantic International Film Festival, Sept 19th, 2019Vancouver, B.C.– Vancouver International Film Festival, September 26th, 2019Montreal, Quebec – Festival du Nouveau Cinéma, October 9th, 2019Follow us on Twitter and Instagram @DGCTalent. Use the hashtag #DGCAwards to join the conversation!The Directors Guild of Canada (DGC) is a national labour organization that represents over 4,800 key creative and logistical personnel in the screen-based industry covering all areas of direction, design, production and editing. The DGC negotiates and administers collective agreements and lobbies extensively on issues of concern for members including Canadian content conditions, CRTC regulations and ensuring that funding is maintained for Canadian screen-based programming. read more