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    Eiga Sai Japanese Film Festival 2013

    Japan has a special place in my heart. That’s why I’m so excited about the Eiga Sai Japanese Film Festival  which will open on Thursday (July 4) and will run until the 14th. I’m particularly interested in the film “Otouto” (About Her Brother), a film about a young widow and her younger brother. For more information, read on: “Eiga-Sai “ – Japanese Film Festival takes the lead on July 3 in the month-long activities of the Philippines-Japan Friendship Celebration (via The Japan Foundation, Manila) In celebration of the Philippines–Japan Friendship Month in July and the 40th Year of ASEAN – Japan Friendship and Cooperation anchored on the theme “ASEAN-Japan Partnership:…

  • Asia,  Daytrip,  Japan

    Japan: A Rainy Morning in Asakusa

    It was raining the day I went to Asakusa, the center of Tokyo’s shitamachi or ‘low city’. But it wasn’t the rain that bothered me (although it was a little difficult to take photos while holding an umbrella). What really bothered me was the biting cold that came with it.  I was so annoyed with myself for coming out unprepared yet again. As you know,  I’m not a big fan of the cold. A wrap-around dress?  In this weather?! I really questioned my intelligence common sense. For centuries, Asakusa was the center of entertainment in Tokyo, especially during the Edo Period. To this day, the district still possesses its old-world…

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    Japan offers 10,000 Free Trips to Foreigners via The Telegraph

    Fancy a trip to Japan?  Read on… The Japan Tourism Agency plans to ask would-be travellers to submit online applications for the free flights, detailing which areas of the country they would like to visit, the Yomiuri Shimbun newspaper said. The agency will select the successful entrants and ask them to write a report about their trip which will be published on the internet. Tourism authorities hope that positive reports from travellers about their experiences in Japan will help ease international worries about visiting the country, the newspaper said. The programme, which will require travellers to cover other costs such as accommodation, is expected to start from next April, subject…

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    Japan in My Prayers

    I was heartbroken to see the devastation in Japan last Friday. But I was also full of admiration as I watched the Japanese handle the crisis with such quiet dignity.  Here’s an article by Nicholas Kristof for The New York Times explaining how the Japanese ‘tough it out’ during trying times.  (Thank you to Mabel for sharing this article in her blog.) Sympathy for Japan, and Admiration By Nicholas Kristof Our hearts are all with the Japanese today, after the terrible earthquake there – the worst ever recorded in Japan. But, having covered the 1995 Kobe earthquake (which killed more than 6,000 people and left 300,000 homeless) when I lived…

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  • Asia,  China,  Destinations,  Travel Films

    The Kunming International Cherry Blossoms Festival

    I have always wanted to see the cherry blossoms in Japan. The Japanese call this practice Hanami which literally means “flower viewing”. But the plan to do that was set aside because of an unexpected trip to China earlier this year. Little did Hubby and I know that we were going to be in for a wonderful surprise! We flew to Yunnan Province in China for a film festival (which I’m going to tell you all about later).  After the three-day event, we decided to explore its capital Kunming before going back to Manila. As luck would have it, we were there just when the 19th Cherry Blossoms Festival opened! Our friend,…