Views:3692172|Rating:4.70|View Time:4:18Minutes|Likes:31547|Dislikes:1989 A specially modified Ferrari F40 snow drifts up the slopes in Japan!
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Who says you can’t drive your supercar in rugged winter conditions? A specially modified Ferrari F40 charges up the snowy slopes, sliding sideways all the way to base camp in this short film, “A Day In The Life”.
Views:1592784|Rating:3.04|View Time:52:37Minutes|Likes:4261|Dislikes:2756 Join Koivoershop on his yearly buying trip to the orgin of the Koi fish in Niigata Japan. We show you what is it like to buy Koi in Japan.
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A special thanks to the Marujyu Koi Farm in Japan.
Views:17143|Rating:5.00|View Time:18:1Minutes|Likes:61|Dislikes:0 A story of an island and two anglers. Being somewhere wild and giving everything into fly fishing is sometimes not about worrying for fish to catch. Stude Esse Placidum.
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Director: Hideto Ed Yoshida
Producer: Martyn White
Featuring: Trevally and reef fish.
Views:16176|Rating:4.95|View Time:47Minutes|Likes:1044|Dislikes:10 Aventador SVJ made its Asian debut at the Lamborghini Day Japan in Yokohama with our Chairman and CEO, Stefano Domenicali. We had more than 200 Lamborghinis to celebrate this day, which ended with a charity auction for the benefit of Hokkaido earthquake victims.
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Views:2744809|Rating:4.15|View Time:1:23Minutes|Likes:3815|Dislikes:778 Wow! During the crazy hot Japanese summer holidays, it’s funny how many people flock to the swimming pools, lol. The epic “Ocean Dome” in this video is the largest indoor wave pool in the world and holds the Guinness Record. I was featured in the Surfing Show doing my Surf Juggling Challenge during holiday periods for about three years. Follow the link to the real Ocean Version of my stunt here:
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Unfortunately, due to financial concerns the Ocean Dome was sold to Sheraton Hotels and has been indefinitely closed. I believe this was the best and largest surfing wave (non-flowrider) EVER for a pool. They held world ASP events here and several top pro surfers commented that these were the best waves they ever surfed in a wave pool.
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Views:61461|Rating:4.88|View Time:1:58Minutes|Likes:123|Dislikes:3 In 2018, Princess Cruises will be sailing to some of the most exciting and fascinating places in Japan. Learn about the adventures that await on a Japan cruise with Princess. Through award winning shore excursions and on board activities, guests can experience the color, culture, and cuisine of this exotic island nation when they cruise to Japan with Princess Cruises.
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Views:225155|Rating:4.88|View Time:7:6Minutes|Likes:3820|Dislikes:91 Where should you travel in 2017? We share the best destinations to visit in 2017.
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Views:6135|Rating:4.90|View Time:28:1Minutes|Likes:94|Dislikes:2 Kokeshi dolls, a Japanese design icon synonymous with the country’s northern Tohoku region, are simple wooden figures reminiscent at first glance of Russian matryoshka or Western peg dolls.
Lathe-carved, often from pale-hued mizuki (dogwood), and typically decorated in a limited palette of reds and blacks, with an understated smile that almost recalls the Mona Lisa, at first glance it is easy to conclude that there is not much variation in kokeshi. But take the time to look a little closer, and a rich world of diversity reveals itself.
From the distinctive curves and tapers of the body and head, to designs that range from floral patterns to parallel stripes applied as the dolls spin on the lathe, to painted-on kimonos or other garments, every detail bears the hallmarks not only of the region in which a doll was produced, but even the very village or household.
Though readers familiar with Japan are likely to have seen these traditional toys before, you may not have paid them much heed.
But, stopping to examine kokeshi in more detail, one cannot help but be taken by their mysterious expressions: each unique yet somehow identically inscrutable, their demure half smiles a blank canvas onto which a viewer might project any number of emotions.
Many consider the roots of Japan’s monozukuri, or crafts, to lay in the country’s forests and mountains, and the native woodturning heritage that gave rise to kokeshi dolls is a fine example of a craft supported by woodland.
According to legend, Japan’s first lathe was invented by a medieval royal, Prince Koretaka (844–897), eldest son of Emperor Montoku (827–858). Koretaka is revered as a deity at Yajiro, Miyagi Prefecture’s Kokeshi Shrine (officially named Onomiya Koretaka Shinno Shrine), visited in the show.
As well as kokeshi, the output of Japan’s woodturners includes cups, bowls and ornaments. Kokeshi dolls are thought to have originated around 200 years ago, using wood scraps to fashion children’s toys.
As host Peter Barakan discovers at the workshop of fourth-generation craftsman Minoru Niiyama, those who make kokeshi tend to fashion their own chisels and other tools, while the dolls are often carved and decorated in line with an artisan’s own family tradition.
In times past, as long-distance pilgrimages started to give rise to other forms of tourism, kokeshi became a popular souvenir from the onsen hot spring resorts of northern Japan.
This trend became even more pronounced in the mid-twentieth century when the expansion of rail travel and the advent of the Shinkansen bullet train made it much easier to visit far-flung corners of Japan.
And as an interest in traditional crafts as a driver for regional revitalization begins to gain momentum in Japan, and some artisans put their own modern twist on this design classic, the popularity of kokeshi shows few signs of letting up.
Niiyama has been making Yajiro Kokeshi dolls for more than 40 years. Born into a family that has treasured its own unique tradition of kokeshi-making that dates back to his grandfather, in this edition of Japanology Plus, Niiyama shows Peter Barakan the basics of the craft.
A collector of kokeshi since the boom of the 1960s, Kasuga now owns over 10,000 individual pieces.
An avid kokeshi collector, in only five years Watanabe has amassed a collection of some 500 dolls. She carries a kokeshi with her to insert into the travel and food snaps that she posts on social media.
A kokeshi maker from Tsuchiyu in Fukushima Prefecture, since the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami of March 2011, Jinnohara has poured his hope for the region’s recovery into his own kokeshi dolls.
Views:900759|Rating:4.66|View Time:16:27Minutes|Likes:4204|Dislikes:309 Japan Rail Pass Travel in Winter (our full itinerary found here which includes Hokkaido, the Sapporo Snow Festival and the Otaru Snow festival on the northern island. With help from ‘Japan Rail pass by Japan Experience’: This entire itinerary takes place over a 7 Day JR Pass for tourists. The journey starts on the mainland, Honshu island, including Osaka, Shirakawa-go, Nagano, the Snow Monkey Onsens, Takayama, Takaragawa onsen, and a short stop at Tokyo. Plus many more journeys and adventures in Japanese Snow. It takes in early February, with similar winter weather to January, and we are also there during the Setsabun Festival to mark the first day of Spring.
Views:1342|Rating:4.55|View Time:49:52Minutes|Likes:10|Dislikes:1 Walt Disney World: Let’s Get Started
3:10 – Magic Kingdom
6:37 – Epcot
10:00 – Disney’s Hollywood Studios
13:25 – Disney’s Animal Kingdom
17:28 – Walt Disney World Resort Overview
21:02 – Water Parks
23:39 – Recreation
26:06 – Disney Springs
28:26 – My Magic Plus
32:16 – Tickets and Vacation Packages
36:11 – Dining
39:06 – When To Come
42:13 – Kids
45:30 – Adults
Walt Disney World Resort is a contiguous, nearly 40-square-mile, world-class entertainment and recreation destination featuring four theme parks (Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Disney’s Animal Kingdom); two water parks (Disney’s Blizzard Beach and Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon); 36 resort hotels (26 owned and operated by Walt Disney World, includes nine Disney Vacation Club resort properties); 63 holes of golf on four courses; two full-service spas; Disney’s Wedding Pavilion; ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex; and Disney Springs, an entertainment-shopping-dining complex. Walt Disney World Resort is also included in Disney Cruise Line vacation packages. Located in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., 20 miles southwest of Orlando, Walt Disney World Resort opened Oct. 1, 1971. Open daily, year-round.
MAGIC KINGDOM – Opened Oct. 1, 1971, the first theme park at Walt Disney World Resort sits on 142 acres with the 189-feet-tall Cinderella Castle at its center. Similar to Disneyland in California, Magic Kingdom is divided into six themed lands — Main Street, U.S.A.; Adventureland; Frontierland; Liberty Square; Fantasyland; and Tomorrowland. Popular attractions include Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, Pirates of the Caribbean, Haunted Mansion, it’s a small world, Space Mountain, Splash Mountain, “Mickey’s PhilharMagic,” Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, Jungle Cruise, The Hall of Presidents, Mad Tea Party, Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin, The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, Country Bear Jamboree, Dumbo the Flying Elephant, Enchanted Tales with Belle, Under the Sea ~ Journey of the Little Mermaid and Princess Fairytale Hall.
EPCOT – An ever-changing international and discovery showplace covering 305 acres. Opened Oct. 1, 1982.
DISNEY’S HOLLYWOOD STUDIOS – This theme park sits on 135 acres. Production facilities opened summer 1988. Entertainment facilities opened May 1989. Attractions include: “Toy Story Midway Mania!, Star Tours – The Adventures Continue, The Great Movie Ride, “Muppet*Vision 3D”, “Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular!”, “Beauty and the Beast-Live on Stage,” “Voyage of the Little Mermaid,” The Twilight Zone™ Tower of Terror, “Fantasmic!”, Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith (Hanesbrands Inc.), “Disney Junior – Live on Stage!,” Walt Disney: One Man’s Dream, For the First Time in Forever: A “Frozen” Sing-Along Celebration.
DISNEY’S ANIMAL KINGDOM – Adventures with real exotic animals, close encounters with prehistoric giants and warm, fuzzy moments with beloved Disney characters create unsurpassed fun. The Oasis entry garden welcomes guests into Walt Disney World Resort’s fourth major theme park, which sprawls across 403 acres. Jungles, forests and a vast savanna are divided into four themed lands: Africa, DinoLand U.S.A., Discovery Island and Asia. Major attractions include Expedition Everest – Legend of the Forbidden Mountain, DINOSAUR, Kali River Rapids, Kilimanjaro Safaris, Primeval Whirl, “Festival of the Lion King,” “Finding Nemo-The Musical,” “It’s Tough to be a Bug!” and Tree of Life. Opened April 22, 1998.
DISNEY SPRINGS – Disney Springs is home to signature dining, retail and premier entertainment experiences. Treating guests by day and night to unique dining, shopping and entertainment amid beautiful open-air promenades, flowing springs, and waterfront charm, Disney Springs will be home to four distinct, outdoor neighborhoods opening in phases: The Landing, Town Center, Marketplace and West Side. When fully completed in 2016, Disney Springs will double the number of venues – from the current 75 to approximately 150.
ESPN WIDE WORLD OF SPORTS COMPLEX – A 230-acre complex designed to accommodate professional-caliber training and competition, festival and tournament events and vacation-fitness activities in more than 30 individual and team sports. First event: March 28, 1997.
Views:15396|Rating:4.88|View Time:28:1Minutes|Likes:162|Dislikes:4 Japan’s amusement parks offer some unique fun attractions. Each time, Peter Barakan meets experts with fascinating cultural insights, while Matt Alt presents an entertaining take on the same theme.
As in other countries around the world, the local amusement park is an essential part of childhood for many in Japan. But Japan’s local parks currently face multiple challenges, such as competition from international mega-parks, other forms of entertainment, and Japan’s declining birthrate. How are local parks responding to these challenges, and what do they mean to people around Japan? These questions are the focus of this amusing edition of Japanology Plus.
After centuries of relative isolation, Japan was opened to the outside world via the arrival of U.S. Commodore Matthew Perry in 1853—and Japan’s first amusement park followed that very year. Located in Asakusa, Tokyo, that park is still open today, and now features attractions like a tongue-in-cheek ninja training course and an augmented reality walking tour that explains the history of the park.
According to expert guest Takashi Sasaki, it’s exactly this combination of nostalgic fun and fresh new ideas that’s helping keep Japan’s local amusement parks alive.
That includes the classic park Sasaki and host Peter Barakan visit on the program. Located in Beppu, a city in southern Japan known for its hot springs, the park, founded in 1929, recently made a splash on social media with a video that showed its roller coasters and other rides filled with hot springs water. The video was a promotional stunt, but one that came with a promise: if the video got 1,000,000 views, the park would actually create the hot springs rides. The result, which can be seen near the finale of the program, was an impressive feat of waterproofing, to say the least.
Also impressive: the large number of volunteers who came out to support the three-day hot spring retrofit of the park. Strange as it may seem to see hundreds of people freely give their time and energy to an amusement park, the people of Beppu clearly feel a deep connection to the nearly 90-year-old facility. Bigger theme parks may feature more advanced and immersive experiences, but they don’t engender that same spirit of community.
Speaking of advanced and immersive experiences, this edition’s Plus One takes reporter Matt Alt to a virtual reality amusement park in the heart of Tokyo. Matt straps on a VR headset and tries out several attractions, the most harrowing of which makes users walk a virtual plank.
As Matt points out, virtual reality has existed since at least the 1990s, but it’s only recently that technology has improved enough to make it truly “fool your brain,” as VR development team manager Yukiharu Tamiya puts it.
VR is one of the more recent challenges facing traditional amusement parks. But while we’re on the subject of challenges, we can’t afford to ignore the elephant in the room—or, rather, the mouse.
Tokyo Disneyland opened in 1983 as the first Disney park outside the U.S., and was an immediate success, thanks partially to the booming Japanese economy of the ’80s and the park’s proximity to the Tokyo metropolitan area. Attendance has remained impressive in the 30-plus years since, despite the trials and tribulations of the Japanese economy.
As a new arrival to Japan, this author was shocked to discover just how popular Disney is here, especially considering the country has its own home-grown, internationally-renowned animation industry. Full-grown Japanese adults sport Disney merchandise and make frequent trips to the park—and reportedly spend more than their American or European counterparts once they get there. This may have something to do with Japan’s culture of giving souvenirs—omiyage—when returning from a trip, or it could simply mean there’s something to the Disney brand that reverberates with Japan’s passion for all things kawaii.
One thing both major and local amusement parks have in common is their emphasis on seasonal events. In the program, we see one park bathed in the vivid pink of the cherry blossom season—that’s just one example of parks using Japan’s seasonality as a way to change things up several times a year, offering new experiences each season to draw repeat visitors. From this author’s viewpoint, that’s one major point separating Japanese amusement parks from Western ones, which tend to keep with the same theme all year.
But aside from seasonal events, what can traditional local amusement parks do to compete with the big guys—not to mention immersive entertainment like VR and other video games, many of which don’t even require you to leave your home?
For guest Sasaki, it comes down to the hands-on experiences that (for now, at least) are still exclusive to real life. For children, especially, getting the chance to run around, see, touch and feed animals and interact with tactile playsets are still an essential part of growing up, even in our modern age.
Views:57555|Rating:4.78|View Time:28:1Minutes|Likes:650|Dislikes:30 If you’ve done your fair share of air travel, you’ve probably experienced a flight delay or two—or three, or four, or five…
Passengers and airlines alike have long accepted delays as an inevitable part of flying, but things are different in Japan. Nearly 90% of flights from Japanese airlines operate on time—that’s one of the best records in the world. The methods these airlines use to achieve this wondrous figure, and what those methods reveal about Japanese culture, is the subject of this high-flying edition of Japanology Plus.
As host Peter Barakan learns from expert guest Shunji Akimoto, one reason Japanese flights are so often on time is because punctuality is so important to Japanese culture in general. This tendency can be spotted at every turn: if you happen to board the rare train that’s been delayed, for example, you’ll be bombarded with explanations and apologies—and when you get off at your stop, you can even pick up a slip of paper that explains your tardiness at work or school.
But why, exactly, is Japan so concerned with being on time? According to one study, Japan’s biggest punctuality push came in the 1910s and ’20s, when the time management theories of engineer Frederick Taylor were introduced to the country. 1920, for example, saw the establishment of an official Time Day (June 10, the date when Emperor Tenji introduced Japan’s first clock in 671).
Time Day saw the distribution of pamphlets that introduced time-saving advice like “be precise about meeting times” and “do not be late for meetings”—concepts that obviously had quite an impact. Taylor’s time management principles were even given a Japanese twist: scholar Yoichi Ueno, who helped propagate Taylor’s ideas, often wrote on the relationship between efficiency and Zen.
Incidentally, this same time period saw the introduction of the subject of today’s edition: the wonders of air travel. The first successful flight of a Japanese airplane occurred in May 1911, when engineer Sanji Narahara’s Narahara No. 2, powered by a 50hp engine, flew 60 meters. The first commercial flight came about a decade later, when, in 1922, Japan Air Transport Institute began flights between Sakai in Osaka and Tokushima on the island of Shikoku. 1931 saw the construction of Haneda, also known as Tokyo International Airport, where this edition’s thrilling race to achieve an on-time takeoff takes place. The Tokyo region’s other international airport, Narita, opened in 1978 to help relieve congestion at Haneda.
For a few decades, air travel was the undisputed fastest way to get around Japan, but in 1964, a competitor arrived on the scene and gave airlines another reason to strive hard to offer on-time flights. Yes, it’s that symbol of high-tech, high-speed Japanese travel, the bullet train. Known in Japan as the Shinkansen, this train (or network of trains, rather) connects virtually the entire country and offers fast, reliable service. According to Japan Railways, the average annual delay for the Shinkansen is 54 seconds per train—that’s right, Shinkansen delays are measured in seconds.
Of course, there are places you can’t go on a train—but for domestic travel, at least, it’s clear Japanese airlines need to compete not just on timeliness, but on other factors that keep travelers happy as well. The program introduces just some of these features, such as rapid bag checks, sign language interpretation, and other examples of cheerful, ultra-professional customer service that continue to evolve.
Japanese airlines may have wondrous on-time numbers, but the rapid surge of foreign visitors, in tandem with the upcoming Olympics and Paralympics, will offer both new challenges and new opportunities. It may be the Japanese spirit of kaizen, change for the better, or it may be that the Japanese, as guest Akimoto notes, just hate to be late—in any case, these airlines are clearly not content with performance that’s anything less than sky high.