HANKYU NEWSLETTER VOL.175
1: YAMAGATA NIGHT & EARLY TIME ECONOMY
As informed by our previous e-mail magazines, a next on-line workshop will be featured in Yamagata City.
On-line workshop for Yamagata will be held;
- at 18:00 Japan Time / GMT 9
- on Mar. 17 (Wed.)
Contents and rough time schedule on the day will be;
18:00-18:05 Greeting, opening message with some notes
18:05-18:10 About Hankyu Travel DMC Japan
18:10-18:20 The current situation of COVID-19 in Japan (comparison with Western countries and border control measures), and COVID-19 infection prevention measures by Hankyu Travel DMC Japan
18:20-18:50 Presentation of Yamagata
18:50-18:55 Request for cooperation in the questionnaire
18:55-19:00 Prize lottery
Please kindly send your request for participation to the following e-mail address or directly e-mail address of your person in charge.
2: TRADITIONAL EXPERIENCES - TEA CEREMONY, CALIGRAPHY, & TAIKO -
Through the following 3 e-mail magazines, we would like to introduce authentic Japanese traditional experiences by movie. As you might have already known, such experiences could be one of the attractions on your tour program, especially on an incentive tour or even on a leisure tour. Today, first of the 3 series, please watch a movie of a tea ceremony. Please click the following URL. Thought there is dare not so much explanation on the movie, we hope that you could have some image of a tea ceremony. And then, please have full of explanations through our guide when you visit Japan in the near future!!
3: HOTEL GRAND PALACE'S CLOSE
Today, we are obliged to inform you sad and painful news. As you might have already known, one of the most reliable and reputable hotels on inbound business, Hotel Grand Palace in Tokyo, will close its history on Jun. 30. By their hardware as well as software, Hotel Grand Palace have been loved by foreign visitors, especially from western countries, for about a half century. However, they had had to decide to close due to unexpected circumstance by COVID-19. We are now changing your reservations to similar hotels. For its detail, please kindly make a contact to your person in charge.
For their official announcement, please refer to the following URL.
4:DIARY BY PERUVIAN STAFF
What do you think when you imagine Japan?
Probably, many will say, technology, anime, video games, sushi, or etc. Today, I would like to tell you about the Japanese national flower “Sakura”.
Sakura or cherry blossom enchants not only Japanese people but also people from all over the world. As you may know, each year during the spring season, thousands of people travel to see the wonderful sky tinted pink and white by this extraordinary flower.
The whole country is looking forward to attending to cherry blossom festivals or enjoying "Hanami," which literally means "seeing flowers", is the tradition of viewing and enjoying picnics under cherry blossoms tree.
Usually blooming between mid-March and early April, last year's cherry blossom season in Tokyo officially began on March 14th, making it the earliest blooming ever seen in Tokyo. Not as much as last year but according to the Japan Meteorological Association, this year cherry blossoms are also expected to open earlier than average. In Tokyo, they are expected to open on March 17th (nine days earlier than average), and in Kyoto on March 23rd (five days earlier than average).
Unfortunately, due to the current situation, the borders are closed, and travelers are not able to enter the country this spring. Moreover, it is suggested to us in the country not to do unnecessary excursions. Then, most of the festivals have been canceled and the parks where the "Hanami" used to be held are closing their doors.
Hoping that with the distribution of vaccines to combat COVID-19, for next year, we can all enjoy the wonderful scene that the Japanese spring has to offer.