Category Archives: Japan

Sharing of her travel research, planning, journeys & own travel experiences at Japan

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Targeting Zero Plastics in Tourism Businesses

Yeahโ€ผ๏ธ SiennyLovesDrawing ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿป would like to encourage all to “Let’s be plastic ๐Ÿ†“ & instead zero 0๏ธโƒฃ plastic whenever we are travelling around”, whether you’re the travellers or the tourism players across the globe ๐ŸŒŽ

This sharing is relating to her earlier sharing via ๐ŸŒ https://siennylovesdrawing.wordpress.com/2018/07/04/plastic-free/ from her attendance to Mekong Tourism Forum 2018 โœ…

She has read ๐Ÿ“– about the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) has recently announced about the launch of a ๐Ÿ†• online resource for increasing โฌ†๏ธ the sustainability of the tourism sector. This course named “Targeting Zero 0๏ธโƒฃ Plastics in Tourism Businesses โ€“ with UNESCO, PATA & Expedia Group” is recently launched in conjunction with PATA Destination Marketing Forum 2022 (PDMF) which held in Songkhla, Thailand ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ญ from 2 to 4 Aug recently. SiennyLovesDrawing ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿป has registered it, however due to work commitment, she was unable to attend it personally ๐Ÿ˜”

In March 2022, PATA actually already started a collaboration ๐Ÿค๐Ÿป with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) with the goal of advising tourism & hospitality businesses on plastic waste reductionโฌ‡๏ธ To achieve this, PATA has developed this online course ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿปโ€๐Ÿ’ป๐Ÿ‘จ๐Ÿปโ€๐Ÿ’ป๐Ÿง‘๐Ÿปโ€๐Ÿ’ป to provide step-wise guidance on minimising the sourcing & consumption of single-use plastics as well as the importance for organisations to sign โœ๐Ÿป the UNESCO Sustainable Travel Pledge

The Pledge, which is a collaboration ๐Ÿค๐Ÿป between UNESCO & Expedia Group, is open & applicable to all tourism businesses, regardless of their size or location. By signing โœ๐Ÿป the Pledge, they will be joining a network ๐ŸŒ of leading tourism & hospitality businesses that are helping their destinations in the development of sustainable tourism. “The Sustainable Travel Pledge is particularly timely as we work to build a ๐Ÿ†• kind of tourism in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, by inviting local tourism stakeholders to commit to inclusive & sustainable measures”, said Ernesto Ottone R., UNESCO Assistant Director-General for Culture ๐Ÿ‘จ๐Ÿผโ€๐Ÿ’ผ

“The pandemic caused hardship in tourism destinations worldwide ๐ŸŒŽ, but also led to severe setbacks in our fight against plastic waste”, said PATA CEO Liz Ortiguera. “Now is the time to take action & strive for a more sustainable tourism & hospitality industry. Weโ€™re proud to make this contribution to plastic waste reduction โฌ‡๏ธ efforts.”

The amount of plastics we currently produce, consume and dispose of is unsustainable, and tourism activities and hospitality businesses do contribute largely to this issue. In the Mediterranean, for example, marine litter increases up to 40% during tourist peak season (One Planet, 2021) & this poses a threat to tourism destinations themselves

As put by Ang Choo Pin, Managing Director Asia, Expedia Group, “It is essential for hotels, restaurants, tour operators & all other tourism businesses to reduce โฌ‡๏ธ the amount of plastics they generate & dispose of the unavoidable plastics responsibly if they wish to protect the very assets they rely on to attract customers”

Reducing โฌ‡๏ธ single-use plastics in tourism & hospitality businesses provides not only an opportunity to protect the destination’s ecosystems but also to support the local community & economy, as it is advocated throughout the online course ๐Ÿง‘๐Ÿปโ€๐Ÿ’ป๐Ÿ‘จ๐Ÿปโ€๐Ÿ’ป๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿปโ€๐Ÿ’ป This is because sourcing local products & using local resources & services in tourism offerings & activities reduces reliance on international supply chains as well as economic leakages. Moreover, local artisanal products are more likely to be made of natural, renewable materials than mass-produced ones

“The course developed by PATA is an incredible resource for businesses to understand the relationships between communities, culture & environmental protection through plastic waste reduction”, says Dr. Hanh Duong Bich, Program Specialist and Chief of Culture Unit at UNESCO Office in Bangkok. “It gives great guidance and examples on how businesses can help fight plastic waste & at the same time promote local heritage & strengthen local supply chains.” ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป

The course “Targeting Zero Plastics in Tourism Businesses โ€“ with UNESCO, PATA & Expedia Group” is open-sourced & available โœ… to all

The self-paced course is available open-sourced in 2๏ธโƒฃ languages, English & Thai. It covers the following topics;

  1. What is the UNESCO Sustainable Travel Pledge โ“โ‰๏ธ
  2. What is the necessary process to implement a plastic waste reduction strategy โ“โ‰๏ธ
  3. What are the concrete measures needed to reduce single-use plastics in my businessโ“โ‰๏ธ
  4. How can local knowledge & products help fight plastic waste โ“โ‰๏ธ
  5. How can I continue my journey towards plastic waste reduction โ“โ‰๏ธ

Participants can receive an e-certificate ๐Ÿ“œ if they achieve the minimum required score ie. 80% in the final quiz. Yeahโ€ผ๏ธ SiennyLovesDrawing ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿป has just completed & received her e-certificate ๐Ÿ“œ, then sharing here for all to also attending this useful informative online course ๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿป๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป

Let’s start to access this online course ๐Ÿ‘จ๐Ÿปโ€๐Ÿ’ป๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿปโ€๐Ÿ’ป๐Ÿง‘๐Ÿปโ€๐Ÿ’ป via ๐ŸŒ https://crc.pata.org/courses/unesco/

Happy learning all & let’s “Targeting Zero Plastics in Tourism Businesses โ€“ with UNESCO, PATA & Expedia Group” ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป
6 Prefectures in Tohoku region, Japan

Tohoku, Japan ~ Fukushima Prefecture & Things To Do

From SiennyLovesDrawing ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿป earlier blogging about the 4 sessions of Japan ๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ต National Tourism Organization (JNTO) Tohoku Online Seminar Secretariat attended with aims to promoting & endorsing Japan ๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ต Tourism in Tohoku region, also to providing the latest information from local municipalities, Tourism Federation & Malaysian presenters who are familiar with the mentioned areas ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป Tohoku region in Japan ๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ต

Again, she really enjoyed this 5th session @ 26 Jan & would like to share some of the important information she has learnt about Fukushima Prefecture ็ฆๅณถ็œŒ, the 3rd largest perfecture in Japan

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Similarly, this online seminar kick started with the updates in Japan ๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ต by Ms Farah. Japan international border remains suspended. self quarantine period for cross border travellers has shortened to 10 days. More updated Japan travel details via ๐ŸŒ https://www.japan.travel/en/practical-coronavirus-information/ & ๐ŸŒ https://www.mofa.go.jp/ca/cp/page22e_000925.html

Ms Farah has also shared about some typical Japanese-style breakfast ie. Washoku, a traditional Japanese cuisine which being recognised as UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage of its diverse & fresh ingredients, exceptionally well-balanced & healthy to convey the beauty of nature & changing seasons. The common composition of Washoku including rice (Carbohydrate, either plain steamed white, brown/ genmai or mixed rice – seasoned with soy sauce/ dashi/ seasonal ingredients) + 1 soup (Hydration, miso soup – made from fermented soybean paste & a dashi broth with chopped green onion, wakame seaweed & tofu) + 3 dishes (Protein – grilled fish/ rolled eggs, minerals, vitamin & fibre – “Kobaci”, assorted vegetables prepared in different ways) . Ms Farah also honorable mentioned the Natto & TKG – Tamago-kake Gohan. As a typical love to eat foodie, she wants to taste the Kitakata Ramen as recommended by Ms Farah. It served in a refreshing soy sauce soup, consisting of thick noodles with slices of pork, bamboo shoots & spring onions

Sharing from Ms Abe ๐Ÿ™‹๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ from Fukushima Tourism Department about 3 major regions of Fukushima ie. Aizu, Nakadori & Hamadori. It’s 90mins train journey from Tokyo. She has shared some famous destinations to visit by each season in Fukushima. The highly acclaimed Fukushima Peach is in Summer season, must enjoy the refreshing tasty Peach Parfait. Also Ms Abe has recommended some unique experiences ie. cycling around to appreciating the beautiful scenery of autumn leaves, winter sports to enjoy at Alts Snow Park & Resort & Higashiyama Onsen, drift taxi, ramen tasting, Samurai performance, Akabeko painting & etc.

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Next, sharing from Ms Tan from JNTO about 6D5N Southern Tohoku Tour suggestion by flying in/ out through Tokyo in autumn season by car/ bus

  1. Fly in ๐Ÿ›ฌ, free & easy in Tokyo. Must taste the Tsukishima Monjayaki pancakes ๐Ÿฅž
  2. To Lake Inawashiro Akabeko (Its legend story & lucky ๐Ÿ€ charm) / Aizu candle ๐Ÿ•ฏ๏ธ making experience Tadami River Bridge viewpoint Hotel ๐Ÿจ: Aizu Ashinomaki Onzen โ™จ๏ธ to experience Demon Slayer scene alike ryokan
  3. To Kitakata City for Kitakata Ramen ๐Ÿœ, brewery tour & sake๐Ÿถ tasting Uesugi Hakushakutei Hotel ๐Ÿจ: Ginzan Onsen to experience spirited away scene alike onsen street & former official royal ๐Ÿ‘‘ family accommodation
  4. To Naruko Gorge Matsushima islands ๐Ÿ—พ Ichiban-cho to experience local gourmet grab & go Hotel stay at Sendai city to experience the Sendai Pageant of Starlight
  5. Shopping ๐Ÿ›๏ธ trip at Sendai-Izumi premium outlets Zao Fox Village Adachigahara Furusatomura Hotel ๐Ÿจ stay at Koriyama city to get in touch with the rural life of Japan
  6. Kawagoe city street strolling for time travel to the past & last mins shopping ๐Ÿ›๏ธ before flying out ๐Ÿ›ซ to Tokyo/ back home

More Japan travel planning via ๐ŸŒ https://www.tohokukanko.jp/en/itineraries/index.html & ๐ŸŒ https://www.japan.travel/en/my/beauty-of-hokkaido-tohoku/

Lastly, live sharing by a Malaysian student, Ms Admirah about her favourite shine muscat grape, powdery snow in winter โ„๏ธ Ohh ya…She reminded all visitors must bring a good camera to capture the beautiful scenery etc. when travelling to Japan

Things To Do @ Fukushima Prefecture

SiennyLovesDrawing loves train ride, so definitely she will enjoy a scenic railway ride on the Oku-Aizu Railway (Tadami Line) which offering fantastic views of the striking natural scenery ๐Ÿšžโœจ, especially during autumn & winter seasons

Aizu region with historical sites eg. Tsuruga Castle & Nakadori, with mountainous natural landscapes ๐Ÿ”๏ธ, orchards & hot springs โ™จ๏ธ, both have basin areas that remain warm in winter & mountainous areas with cool summers & snowy winters

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Mugenkyo-no-Watashi River Crossing on the Tadami River via Japanese boat trip around 15mins per way & run between Hayato Onsen pier & the Mifuke area. This was named after the truly wondrous scenery created by the river mist in the mornings & evenings of summer

Tsuruga Castle ้ถดใƒถๅŸŽ ๐Ÿฏ was known for its strong defense, enduring for an entire month under the enemy’s attack during the 1868 war. It’s said to be the only castle in Japan that still has the same red-tiled roof from the time before it was demolished. At top floor, it offers a view of Mt. Bandai & Iimori Hill, also the townscape of Aizu. Ms Abe has recommended this castle as must visit during spring & autumn season

SiennyLovesDrawing ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿป also read about this unique Buddhist temple built in 1796 named Sazaedo Temple ่žบๆ—‹ๅ ‚ โ›ฉ๏ธ (Aizu Sazae-do, officially named Entsusansou-do). It’s still standing strong now after about 220 years, this 3-story temple solely made of wood, looks like a spiral staircase shaped with its ingenious double-helix slope (It allows visitors to ascend & descend the temple structure without meeting those moving in the opposite direction) that makes it in National Important Cultural Property listing in 1995 & also was showcased in Michelin Green Guide in 2018. Visitors will observe a discontinued practice by local Japanese from the plastered family placards of visitors who completed pilgrimages to the temple & gave donations on the roof & walls of this temple. She would definitely visiting it when she is at Aizu-Wakamatsu City, Fukushima. More info via ๐ŸŒ http://sazaedo.jp/

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Hanamiyama Park ๐Ÿž๏ธ sets on the slopes of the hills to offers a plethora of cherry trees with many different hues of pink. Must enjoy the walking trails & exploring the recommended picture-taking spots during the sakura season, middle of April in Fukushima

Miharu Takizakura ไธ‰ๆ˜ฅๆปๆกœ is ranked among the Japan’s “3 greatest cherry trees ๐ŸŒธ๐Ÿ’ฎ” ~ The Takizakura literally means “waterfall cherry tree” is 1 of the most popular single cherry trees in Japan. The wonderfully shaped weeping cherry tree in the hills of Miharu Town is said to be over 1000 years old

Bandai-Azuma Skyline (Nakadori) is 1 of selected Japanโ€™s top 100 roads, a scenic driving ๐Ÿš— route stretches 28.7km to meandering through the Azuma mountain range, between Takayu Onsen & Tsuchiyu Toge Pass. The highlight of the drive is the Fudosawa Bridge ๐ŸŒ‰ spanning over the Tsubakuro Valley, the view from the bridge is spectacular as if you’re floating in the sky

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Tatsusawa Fudotaki Recreation Forest ๐ŸŒณ๐ŸŒณ in the Tatsusawa Hot Spring village, a great place for an outdoor adventure in this rural setting ie. hiking, waterfalls, visit temples โ›ฉ๏ธ, skiing โ›ท๏ธ๐ŸŽฟ, picnic, camping etc.

The Nagatoko is Shingu Kumano Shrine’s worship hall which is designated as a Nationally Important Cultural Asset. Built in 1055 as the main structure during the Heian period to the Kamakura period, its thatched roof is supported by 44 massive pillars, each one 45 cm in diameter. This comprises a single large, open stage with no walls, and is said to have been used for ascetic training by priests, as well as kagura dance festivals

Ouchi-jukuๅคงๅ†…ๅฎฟ is a small village which is located in Aizu Wakamatsu, the west of Fukushima & famous for its beautiful snow โ„๏ธ๐ŸŒจ๏ธโ„๏ธ scenery of the Japanese traditional houses village covered by snow in winter

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Lake Inawashiro ็Œช่‹—ไปฃๆน– is Japanโ€™s 4th largest lake, highly transparent, also called โ€œTenkyokoโ€ in reference to its โ€œmirror-like lake that reflects the heaven. Visitors can enjoy lake bathing, fishing, canoeing etc. Ms Abe has recommended it as 1 of the destination to enjoy winter sports

A long-established sake ๐Ÿถ brewery named Toyokuni Brewery ่ฑŠๅ›ฝ้…’้€ , which started its sake brewery business in the Edo period (200 years ago) made from regional rice ๐Ÿš๐ŸŒพ that local farmers grow in Fukushima & its sake has won a variety of awards ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ…๐ŸŽ–๏ธ

Website ๐ŸŒ : https://www.japan.travel/en/destinations/tohoku/fukushima/ & https://www.pref.fukushima.lg.jp/site/portal-english/

Tocoo! ~ The Japanโ€™s ๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ตLeading Rental Car Reservation Site for Your Japan Travel

Ohh ya…For travel convenience, you may check out Tocoo! ~ The Japan’s ๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ตLeading Rental Car Reservation Site for your car rental ๐Ÿš—๐Ÿš— booking service with hundreds of their outlets throughout Japan of various car rental brands during your trips via ๐ŸŒ https://www2.tocoo.jp/en/?asp_id=1679&utm_source=1679&utm_medium=affiliate

#ๆฑๅŒ— #japan #japantravel #tourism #Tohoku #Fukushima #travel #traveltojapan #discoverjapan #tourism #beauty #wanderlust #city #nature #ๆ—ฅๆœฌ #landscape #japanpics #japanlovers #temple #shrine #art #familytravel #heritage

More Hotel/ Stay Vacation Content (Part 2)

Updated 8 Aug 2022, 1.10pm

SiennyLovesDrawing has started her 2nd blog with Medium platform, also named SiennyLovesDrawing since Apr 2019, however discontinued@ 21 March 2022 due to unforeseen circumstances (She knows itโ€™s sadโ€ฆItโ€™s ok she will continue her blogging passion here ya :D)

This is Part 2 via ๐ŸŒ https://siennylovesdrawing.wordpress.com/2022/03/05/more-hotel-stay-vacation-content-from-https-siennylovesdrawing-medium-com-part-2/ & will continue to be updated from time to time with content compilation from the brand sites & social media platforms, including her own social media platforms ya โ˜บ๏ธ

Part 1 via ๐ŸŒ https://siennylovesdrawing.wordpress.com/2020/12/19/more-hotel-stay-vacation-content-from-https-siennylovesdrawing-medium-com/

Aug 2022

2 Aug 2022 – Hotel Stay with Favehotel Nagoya Batam, Indonesia

https://siennylovesdrawing.wordpress.com/2022/08/02/hotel-stay-with-favehotel-nagoya-batam-indonesia/

Hotel Review – Flypod Kota Kinabalu, Sabah

July 2022

Amazing resort stay with Flypod Kinabalu Mountain Lodge

https://vt.tiktok.com/ZSRM5NE8s/

May 2022

17 May 2022 – AirAsia Super Fest

https://www.linkedin.com/posts/siennylovesdrawing_airasiasuperapp-international-airlines-activity-6932289282053177344-RO0u

5 May 2022 – Building Back Sustainably through Cultural Heritage & Community-based Tourism @ PATA Destination Marketing Forum 2022 in Songkhla, Thailand

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/building-back-sustainably-through-cultural-heritage-tourism-drawing

April 2022

14 April 2022 – Islamic Tourism Centre (ITC): 8th SEED (Share, Enrich, Enhance, Develop) Seminar & food waste management practices

https://www.linkedin.com/posts/siennylovesdrawing_development-islamic-malaysia-activity-6920252747644592129-iZFp

14 April 2022 – PATA Destination Insight Series featuring Malaysia

https://www.linkedin.com/posts/siennylovesdrawing_pata-malaysia-bbc-activity-6920250629672067072-va2U

10 April 2022 – Islamic Tourism Centre (ITC) organised a CPR training course for Penangโ€™s tourist guides

https://www.linkedin.com/posts/siennylovesdrawing_muslim-tour-guides-life-saving-training-activity-6918547948771422208-D0aE

6 April 2022 – MALAYSIA WELL-POSITIONED TO GAIN FROM ISLAMIC ECONOMY & MUSLIM-FRIENDLY TRAVEL

https://www.linkedin.com/posts/siennylovesdrawing_malaysia-opportunity-islamiceconomy-activity-6917026262372773889-zeO4

6 April 2022 – “The Only Cruise To Nowhere in Malaysia”

https://www.linkedin.com/posts/siennylovesdrawing_sharing-tourismindustryplayers-mita-activity-6917295208581754880-5tH6

3 April 2022 – Staycation with Jasa Resort, Sg Lembing, Pahang, Malaysia ๐Ÿข๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡พ

SiennyLovesDrawing has checked in for a comfy clean accommodation @ Jasa Resort ๐Ÿข ( ๐Ÿ“Lot 1222, Kampung Kuala Kenau, 26200 Sungai Lembing, Pahang & ๐ŸŒ https://www.facebook.com/people/Jasa-Resort-Sg-Lembing/100057174051966/) during the recent participation of the Program Jejak El-Dorado Timur @ Sungai Lembing, Pahang, Malaysia

1 April 2022 – AirAsia welcomes international travellers as borders reopen today

https://newsroom.airasia.com/news/airasia-welcomes-international-travellers-as-borders-reopen-today
March 2022

29 March 2022 โ€“ Inbound Tourism Booster

https://www.linkedin.com/posts/siennylovesdrawing_sharing-tourismindustryplayers-mita-activity-6914535534354706432-4BBg

28 March 2022 โ€“ airasia Super App launches SUPER+

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/airasia-super-app-launches-siennyloves-drawing

27 March 2022 โ€“ Financial Assistance for Tourism Industry Players

https://www.linkedin.com/posts/siennylovesdrawing_confirmation-of-attendance-financial-assistance-activity-6913699545524666368-zUbI

22 March 2022 – 3 months validity extension for Asean Unlimited (Malaysia) pass holders

https://newsroom.airasia.com/news/2022/3/22/three-months-validity-extension-for-asean-unlimited-malaysia-pass-holders

21 March 2022 – Bangkok retains โ€˜Best Cityโ€™ title in DestinAsian magazineโ€™s 2022 Readersโ€™ Choice Awards

Phuket & Ko Samui named among โ€˜Best Islandsโ€™, Suvarnabhumi Airport among โ€˜Best Airportsโ€™

https://www.tatnews.org/2022/03/bangkok-retains-best-city-title-in-destinasian-magazines-2022-readers-choice-awards/

9 March 2022 – Malaysia Opens Its National Borders 1 Apr 2022 To Re -Empower The International Tourism Sector

In Malaysia’s national language, https://www.motac.gov.my/media2/siaran/pembukaan-sempadan-negara-dapat-memperkasakan-kembali-sektor-pelancongan-antarabangsa

8 March 2022 – New Dates for PATA Annual Summit 2022

https://www.pata.org/press-release/new-dates-for-pata-annual-summit-2022

4 March 2022 – Thailand Travel Mart Plus (TTM+) 2022 to showcase โ€˜Amazing New Chaptersโ€™ in Thai tourism

Thailand Travel Mart Plus (TTM+) 2022 to showcase โ€˜Amazing New Chaptersโ€™ in Thai tourism

4 March 2022 – airasia Super App announces partnership with WebBeds, further bolsters its position to become Aseanโ€™s leading Over The Air (OTA)

https://newsroom.airasia.com/news/2022/3/3/airasia-super-app-announces-partnership-with-webbeds-further-bolsters-its-position-to-become-aseans-leading-ota

2 March 2022 – Visitor Arrival Growth Scenarios for 39 Asia Pacific Destinations Now Available

https://www.pata.org/press-release/visitor-arrival-growth-scenarios-for-39-asia-pacific-destinations-now-available

Feb 2022

23 Feb 2022 – PATA Career Development Series: Maximising Data Analytics in the Hospitality Industry

https://www.pata.org/calendar/the-relationship-between-hospitality-data-analytics

21 Feb 2022 – Regenerative Travel Welcomes New Trailblazing Hotels in Botswana, Dominican Republic, Jamaica, South Africa, USA & Zimbabwe

Meet Our New Hotels in Botswana, Dominican Republic, Jamaica, South Africa, USA, & Zimbabwe

20 Feb 2022 – Domestic Connect Summit 2022 by MITA from 1 to 31 March 2022

18 Feb 2022 – airasia and the Singapore Tourism Board launch partnership to promote travel

https://newsroom.airasia.com/news/2022/2/16/airasia-and-the-singapore-tourism-board-launch-partnership-to-promote-travel

16 Feb 2022 – International visitor arrival numbers forecast to increase across Asia Pacific in 2022, gaining in strength to 2024

https://www.pata.org/press-release/international-visitor-arrival-numbers-forecast-to-increase-across-asia-pacific-in-2022-gaining-in-strength-to-2024

16 Feb 2022 – PATA Proudly Welcomes the Singapore Tourism Board as its Newest National Government Member

https://www.pata.org/press-release/pata-proudly-welcomes-the-singapore-tourism-board-as-its-newest-national-government-member#:~:text=BANGKOK%2C%20February%2016%2C%202022%20%2D%2D,partnership%20with%20industry%20and%20community

15 Feb 2022 – airasia Super App partners MG Group to strengthen its online travel agency (OTA) position

https://newsroom.airasia.com/news/2022/2/15/airasia-super-app-partners-mg-group-to-strengthen-its-ota-position

9 Feb 2022 – PATA and Vynn Capital Share How Technology Can Enable Travel Recovery

https://www.pata.org/press-release/pata-and-vynn-capital-share-how-technology-can-enable-travel-recovery

Jan 2022

26 Jan 2022 – Latest PATA Visitor Forecasts 2022-2024: While there is some improvement in travel demand, it remains uneven & highly variable

https://www.pata.org/press-release/latest-pata-visitor-forecasts-2022-2024

26 Jan 2022 – AirAsia continues to be the top choice in the travel category

https://newsroom.airasia.com/news/airasia-putra-brand-awards-2021

21 Jan 2022 – PATA partners to launch new net zero methodology for hotels

https://www.pata.org/press-release/pata-partners-to-launch-new-net-zero-methodology-for-hotels

21 Jan 2022 – Live Webinar: PATAโ€™s Destination Insight Series featuring Micronesia Presented by PATA & BBC

https://www.pata.org/calendar/patas-destination-insight-series-featuring-micronesia-presented-by-pata-bbc

12 Jan 2022 – AirAsia launches 4 new domestic routes in time for festive season

https://newsroom.airasia.com/news/2022/1/12/airasia-launches-four-new-domestic-routes-in-time-for-festive-season

#tourism #hotel #accommodation #travel #travelling #traveling #blogger #bloggers #userexperience #sharing #sharingiscaring

6 Prefectures in Tohoku region, Japan

Tohoku, Japan ~ Aomori Prefecture & Things To Do

From SiennyLovesDrawing ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿป earlier blogging about the 3 sessions of Japan ๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ต National Tourism Organization (JNTO) Tohoku Online Seminar Secretariat attended with aims to promoting & endorsing Japan ๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ต Tourism in Tohoku region, also to providing the latest information from local municipalities, Tourism Federation & Malaysian presenters who are familiar with the mentioned areas ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป Tohoku region in Japan ๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ต

Again, she really enjoyed this 4th session @ 13 Jan & would like to share some of the important information she has learnt about Aomori Prefecture ้’ๆฃฎ็œŒ here

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Similarly, this online seminar kick started with the updates in Japan ๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ต by Ms Tracy. Japan is experiencing its 1st heavy snowfall in 4 years as we read from international news. Some of the rare sceneries were explained during this session ie. Central Tokyo with 10cm of snow, temperature hovered below 0 degree Celsius etc.

Ms Tracy has also shared that the Japanese are celebrating the most important holiday in Japan ๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ต ie. New Year from 29 Dec to 3 Jan annually. Typically families will gather together. A Japanese tradition of 1st worship of the new year aka Hatsumode at 12am sharp on 1st thing in the morning of 1 Jan (More info via ๐ŸŒ https://www.facebook.com/599813696836168/posts/2062470093903847/) & 1st sunrise of the year aka Hatsu-Hinode, rising or sun setting aligns with the peak of Mt Fuji ๐Ÿ”๏ธ & causing the peak to shine bright like a diamond ๐Ÿ’Ž, well known as Diamond Fuji ๐Ÿคฉ The Japanese also practicing Otoshidama tradition, a slight different to our Malaysians Ang Pow ๐Ÿงง tradition. The Japanese working adults would be giving Ang Pow to the kids in the family within range of JPY1k to 5k (Approximately RM36 to RM182)

More updated Japan travel details via ๐ŸŒ https://www.japan.travel/en/practical-coronavirus-information/ & https://www.mofa.go.jp/ca/cp/page22e_000925.html

Then, sharing from Ms Lee Nyok Peng ๐Ÿ™‹๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ (Malaysian from Kluang, Johor, the director of Jumonji Cafe since 2015) & shown us a live walk around her cafe in Kuroishi & has explained about the thick snow on the rooftops & on the streets. She has recommended a must try sake which won an award ๐Ÿถ ~ ็ด”็ฑณๅคงๅŸ้†ธ ็จฒๆ‘ๅฑ‹ๆ–‡ๅ››้ƒŽ” Junmai Daiginjo Inamuraya Bunshiro at Sake brewery named Narumi Jozo, more info from its FB page named narumijozoten. Yes โœ…, SiennyLovesDrawing ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿป is gonna pay her cafe a visit when she is travelling to Kuroishi, Aomori Perfecture then ๐Ÿ˜ More about her cafe & Malaysian menu served via ๐ŸŒ http://kuroishi-machisodate.com/cafe.html

Next, sharing from Ms Kaori Kogawa ๐Ÿ™‹๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ from Aomori Tourism Department about some famous festivals & places to visit within Aomori by each seasons

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Ms Chessie has shared her travel highlights at Aomori with nice photos & videos. She actually shared also during the Akita online session, always inspiring happy to hear more of her Japan travels ๐Ÿ˜ She has highly recommended a cycling trip from Chuo-Hirosaki station to Owani station & all you can eat cherries ๐Ÿ’ (Other than apple ๐ŸŽ picking) from Tsugaru Yume Ringo Farm during summer. Also shared that must try the Garlic Yakisoba which doesn’t taste the normal smelly garlic ๐Ÿง„ SiennyLovesDrawing is really curious ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿป๐Ÿค” & wanna try it whenever she is at Aomori then, she is never a garlic fan โŒ๐Ÿง„ since young

Update from Fukushima online session by Ms Farah @ 26 Jan, must enjoy Japanese breakfast experience, indulge in fresh local foods & interaction with the locals at Tatehana Wharf Morning Market, Hachinohe, Aomori. It’s 1 of the largest Sunday morning markets in Japan which selling seafood, fruits, flowers, coffee, pastries, antiques etc. More via https://www.849net.com/en/

Things To Do @ Aomori Prefecture

Aomori Prefecture is well known for its nature beauty & World Heritage ie. Jogakura Bridge, Shirakami-Sanchi, Lake Towada, Oirase Stream & more ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป

SiennyLovesDrawing ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿป has read more about Aomori Prefecture after this online session & really wish to personally travel & explore below things to do โ˜บ๏ธ

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Nebuta Matsuri ใญใถใŸ็ฅญใ‚Š, the biggest Tanabata festival held in August annually at Aomori City & famous as 1๏ธโƒฃ of the 3๏ธโƒฃ great festivals of the Tohoku region. Haneto”, the dancers who dress up in flashy outfits & chant “rasserah” as they going down the streets

Warasse Nebuta Museum ใญใถใŸใฎๅฎถ ใƒฏใƒฉใƒƒใ‚ป to learn more about the history & culture of this festival

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Approximately 60% of Japan’s apples ๐ŸŽ๐ŸŽ are harvesting here, including Aomori apple pies containing whole apple. Also can enjoy apple picking & eating freshly picked apples ๐ŸŽย Hirosaki City in Aomori is producing 1/3 of delicious Aomori apples, the single largest producer of apples in Japan ๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ต which for the intense sweetness & delightful crunch apple ๐ŸŽ๐Ÿ˜‹๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป

Must experience the mixture of new western wave with traditional Japanese culture at Hirosaki Park & Hirosaki castle ๅผ˜ๅ‰ๅŸŽ It’s constructed in Hirayama style, the main tower was built on top of a hill for easier defense & surrounded by defensive walls, moats & yagura towers. Along with the Japan’s oldest Yoshino cherry tree, the sakura tunnel with a cherry blossom light-up making it a famous spot in Aomori during sakura season ๐ŸŒธ๐ŸŒธ Also famous to viewing beautiful autumn leaves ๐Ÿ‚๐Ÿ & Yuki-Doro Matsuri aka snow lantern festival ๐Ÿ˜€ More travel tips via ๐ŸŒ https://www.facebook.com/599813696836168/posts/961814290636105/ & https://www.facebook.com/599813696836168/posts/1248273411990190/

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Lake Towada is the largest caldera lake on Japanโ€™s main island, Honshu which formed by volcanic activity since about 200K years ago. At 327m deep, the 3rd deepest lake in Japan ๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ต which surrounding by greenery in spring & summer, autumn leaves ๐Ÿ‚๐Ÿ in autumn & snowy scenery in winter โ„๏ธ More info via ๐ŸŒ https://www.facebook.com/108836341523879/posts/129218346152345/

Aomori Gyosai Center aka Furukawa Fish Market is a must eat place. The Nokke-don which literally means a rice bowl with toppings is a dish allowing customers to pick & place on top of the rice. Yeahโ€ผ๏ธAmazing experience to creating own unique “my-best don” ๐Ÿ˜‹๐Ÿ“น๐ŸŒ https://fb.watch/aLKtOHo06z/

Aomori is well known worldwide as 1๏ธโƒฃ of the cities with the heaviest snowfall in the world ๐ŸŒŽ The 18 mountains ๐Ÿ”๐Ÿ” which form the volcanic complex called the Hakkลda Mountains have their trees ๐ŸŒณ๐ŸŒฒ covered in snow โ„๏ธ & ice resulting in frozen tree formations called “snow monsters” via ๐Ÿ“น๐ŸŒ https://fb.watch/aXrVRBrh6j/ . Many visitors also amazed with its beautiful autumn leaves scenery ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ‚๐Ÿ

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The Seven Swamps of Tsuta & a scenic lake called Tsutanuma especially popular during autumn season. In the surrounding area is the Tsuta Onsen, 1๏ธโƒฃ of the top ๐Ÿ’ฏhot springs in Japanโ™จ๏ธ๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ต

Shirakami Sanchi ็™ฝ็ฅžๅฑฑๅœฐ is a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1993 & known for its primeval forests of beech trees, the Anmon no Taki waterfalls & the region’s vast wildlife

In Inakadate, between June to Oct, must enjoy the Rice Paddy Art aka Tanbo Art in Japanese , an elaborately designed works which created by planting different colored rice ๐ŸŒพ via a perspective drawing method. Yes โœ…, similarly to what she has shared in Akita blog post earlier
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SiennyLovesDrawing loves to travel with train ๐Ÿš‚ & the Konan Railway is a local line that runs around Hirosaki City. On snowy winter โ„๏ธ days, a Russell snow plow train will be in action to remove snow from the tracks. It will be very lucky ๐Ÿ€ if can spot it ya โ˜บ๏ธ More info via ๐ŸŒhttps://konantetsudo.jp/for-foreigners/ & ๐Ÿ“น๐ŸŒ https://fb.watch/aLLfagG19c/

Hop on the Tsugaru Railway Winter Stove Train from Tsugaru-Goshogawara Station for an unforgettable delightful moments to admiring the beautiful winter rural landscape of Tsugaru area

Sannai Maruyama Archaeological site features excavated items eg. Japanโ€™s Paleolithic age thatโ€™s chockful of interesting artifacts, accessories & sculptures that date back 10K years being discovered in 12 different ruins

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6 Prefectures in Tohoku region, Japan

Tohoku, Japan ~ Iwate Prefecture & Things To Do

Yeahโ€ผ๏ธ Happy New Year 2022 to all ๐Ÿ˜

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From SiennyLovesDrawing ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿป earlier blogging about the 2 sessions of Japan ๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ต National Tourism Organization (JNTO) Tohoku Online Seminar Secretariat attended with aims to promoting & endorsing Japan ๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ต Tourism in Tohoku region, also to providing the latest information from local municipalities, Tourism Federation & Malaysian presenters who are familiar with the mentioned areas ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป Tohoku region in Japan ๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ต

Welcome to read more about the 1st session about Akita Perfecture & things to do via ๐ŸŒ https://siennylovesdrawing.wordpress.com/2021/10/26/tohoku-japan-akita-prefecture-things-to-do/ & 2nd session about Miyagi Perfecture & things to do via ๐ŸŒ https://siennylovesdrawing.wordpress.com/2021/11/23/tohoku-japan-miyagi-prefecture-things-to-do/

Again, she really enjoyed this 3rd session @ 15 Dec & would like to share some of the important information she has learnt about Iwate Prefecture ๅฒฉๆ‰‹็œŒ here. Ohh ya…She has won a lucky draw gift ๐ŸŽ ~ a Tokyo 2020 Olympic: Mino Ware Small Cup , special thank you ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

Similarly, this online seminar kick started with the updates of new ๐Ÿ†• normal travel in Japan ๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ตby Ms Tan that Japan border remained closed as at to-date for foreigners. More updated details via ๐ŸŒ https://www.japan.travel/en/practical-coronavirus-information/ & https://www.mofa.go.jp/ca/cp/page22e_000925.html . Ms Tan also shared about some recent MATTA survey statistics gathered ie. Top 5 popular elements in Japan are Japanese foods, accommodations, 4 seasons experience, hot springs (Wellness tourism) & winter activities. About 50% consumers will rely on travel agencies to arrange their overseas & Japan trips post COVID19

The session was continued with the interesting travel & living experiences in Iwate by various presenters ie. Ms Munirah, Ms Doris & Mr Isrami

Sharing from Ms Munirah ๐Ÿง•๐Ÿผ (Malaysian student) & shown us a live walk around the Takamatsu Pond, Morioka etc. nearby the Iwate University where she is studying currently. She has explained about the Morioka Sansa Odori Festival @ Morioka city, more details via http://www.sansaodori.jp/foreign/english.php . A halal restaurant for Wanko Soba @ Azumaya Honten , Morioka city, more details via https://wankosoba.jp/en/wankosoba/

Next, sharing from Ms Doris ๐Ÿ™‹๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ from Iwate Tourism Department about some festivals at Iwate ie. Morioka Sansa Odori Festival, Chagu Chagu Umakko & Hayachine Kagura (Intangible Cultural Heritage) . She recommends the 2 hours 11 mins ride from Tokyo to Iwate with Tohoku Shinkansen. Some of the must visit World Heritage Sites in Iwate are Hiraizumi & Hashino Iron Mining & Smelting Site. Also Hachimantai Aspite Line Snow Corridor, Hachimantai Dragon Eye, Tenshochi, Jodogahama Beach & Kitayamazaki

Mr Isrami actually shared that he has planned a Sakura tree ๐ŸŒธ๐ŸŒณ๐Ÿ˜ Wowโ€ผ๏ธ Also he has recommended some must visit places in Iwate ie. Geibikei Gorge, Koiwai Farm ๅฐๅฒฉไบ•่พฒๅ ด, to enjoy summer ski, cycling (More details via http://www2.pref.iwate.jp/~hp2516_4/index.html) , ๐Ÿ˜€

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Things To Do @ Iwate Prefecture

SiennyLovesDrawing has recently read online about the ONLY lone surviving tree ๐ŸŒณ of the Takata Pine Forest from the Great East Japan Earthquake & Tsunami in 2011 in Rikuzentakata, Iwate Prefecture ๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ—พ

This 250-year-old “miracle” pine is the only 1 among 70K trees left standing along the town’s coastline after the disaster. Actually it’s initially survived, but was removed last Sept after its roots died from exposure to saltwater

Now a reconstruction of it stands at its place. Some young pine trees are growing again along the city’s coastline ๐Ÿ—พ & thanks to the great ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป restore efforts

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Mr Isrami has highly recommended Geibikei & must be one in the top listโ€ผ๏ธ Geibikei is a gorge located in Ichinoseki area of Iwate. It’s with beautiful scenery of red, orange and yellow color of autumn leaves ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ‚๐Ÿ on the cliff & both sides of the river during autumn with a boat ๐Ÿ›ถ ride which steered by local Japanese. Easy ๐Ÿšƒ access by taking train to JR Geibikei station & walk for about 5 mins. More info via ๐ŸŒ http://www.geibikei.co.jp/en/index.html

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For hiking ๐Ÿฅพโ›ฐ๏ธ lovers , Mt. Iwate is the tallest mountain in Iwate prefecture. It is 2,038m tall & can be seen all the way from Aomori Perfecture. It gets snow before most of the other mountains & snow can been seen on it from Oct onward every year

Ms Doris has recommended Hiraizumi for Chuson-ji Buddhist Temple listed as UNESCO World Heritage Site, itโ€™s a place not to be missed when visiting Iwate @ Tohoku, Japan. More info via http://www.chusonji.or.jp/en/ . Also to visit the Motsuji Temple which possess 1 of the few remaining Pure Land Gardens in Japan, ie. a popular garden style in ancient times & attempting to recreate the Buddhist concept of the Pure Land or โ€œBuddhist Paradiseโ€. More info via http://hiraizumi.or.jp/en/archive/sightseeing/motsuji.html

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Hachimantai, it’s a scenic spot in the Iwate Prefecture which shared by Ms Doris in her session. There is a mountain which stands at an altitude of 1,614m & straddles the Akita & Iwate prefectures, it has a plateau around it which has been designated as Towada Hachimantai National Park with seasonal flowers from spring to autumn & snowing in winter. Not to miss the Kagaminuma on the Hachimantai mountaintop promenade aka Dragon Eye when the snow melts from mid-May to mid-June. About 2 hours by bus from JR Morioka Station to Hachimantai & Kagaminuma

Hachimantai Aspite Line Snow Corridor is a 27km mountain sightseeing road that runs through Towada-Hachimantai National Park straddling Iwate & Akita. 1 of the best roads in Japan for a scenic drive with impressively high walls of snow on both sides. The snow walls which can reach a height of 6m. Note: It may be closed during winter due to heavy snow as shown via https://www.facebook.com/Visit.My.Japan/posts/1823397997811059

Ms Doris also recommends Jodogahama Beach aka โ€œPure Land Beachโ€ which located within Sanriku Geopark in Iwate Prefecture. The clear blue water, white rocks & green pines actually listed in Japan’s 100 Best Beaches of Japan
The Koiwai Farm ๅฐๅฒฉไบ•่พฒๅ ด as recommended by Mr Isrami to visit for its Mt Iwate backdrop & a agrotourism destination in Iwate, Tohoku. A 3000-hectare private farm since 1891 located scenically at the base of Mt. Iwate & is most famous for its dairy products ie. milk, cheese, yogurt, milk ramen etc. Must visit the museum in Kamimaru Cowshed area to learn about the 125 years of Koiwai Farm history. Must enjoy a ride on the horse tram about 10 mins that has been used for 50 years since 1904 for sightseeing, see sheep grazing on pastures & the view of the beautiful 100 years supervised forest. Also can enjoy a dairy barn shuttle too. More info via https://www.koiwai.co.jp/makiba/en/.

Website ๐ŸŒ : https://www.japan.travel/en/destinations/tohoku/iwate/ & https://visitiwate.com/

You may enjoy some videos via https://www.japan.travel/en/my/beauty-of-hokkaido-tohoku/

Ohh ya…For travel convenience, you may check out Tocoo! ~ The Japan’s ๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ตLeading Rental Car Reservation Site for your car rental booking service with hundreds of their outlets throughout Japan of various car rental brands during your trips via ๐ŸŒ https://www2.tocoo.jp/en/?asp_id=1679&utm_source=1679&utm_medium=affiliate

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6 Prefectures in Tohoku region, Japan

Tohoku, Japan ~ Miyagi Prefecture & Things To Do

Yeahโ€ผ๏ธ From SiennyLovesDrawing ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿป earlier blogging about the 1st session of Japan ๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ต National Tourism Organization (JNTO) Tohoku Online Seminar Secretariat attended with aims to promoting & endorsing Japan ๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ต Tourism in Tohoku region, also to providing the latest information from local municipalities, Tourism Federation & Malaysian presenters who are familiar with the mentioned areas ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป Tohoku region in Japan ๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ต

Welcome to read more about the 1st session about Akita Perfecture & things to do via ๐ŸŒ https://siennylovesdrawing.wordpress.com/2021/10/26/tohoku-japan-akita-prefecture-things-to-do/

Again, she really enjoyed this 2nd session @ 18 Nov & would like to share some of the important information she has learnt about Miyagi Prefecture ๅฎฎๅŸŽ็œŒ here. Similarly, this online seminar kick started with the updates of new ๐Ÿ†• normal travel in Japan ๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ตby Ms Tracy Lim. More updated details via ๐ŸŒ https://www.japan.travel/en/practical-coronavirus-information/ & https://www.mofa.go.jp/ca/cp/page22e_000925.html . Then followed by interesting travel & living experiences in Miyagi by various presenters ie. Ms Nadia, Ms Olivia Lam etc.

Sharing from Ms Nadia ๐Ÿง•๐Ÿผ (Malaysian student from Kedah) in her 6th year in Sendai, the capital city of Miyagi Perfecture & shown us a live walk from her Tohoku University, a famous shopping street arcade & its surrounding. She also told about Date Masamune, a famous samurai war ford. Love that Sendai is known as City Of Trees, we need more of tree cities around the globe. Read more via ๐ŸŒ https://sendai-experience.com/en/

Next, sharing from Mr Nagi Cao ๐Ÿ™‹๐Ÿปโ€โ™‚๏ธ from Miyagi Tourism Department & Miyagi is actually his hometown. Only 1% foreign tourists visiting here, a hidden gem to SiennyLovesDrawing when she heard it ๐Ÿคฉ

Also Miyagi Perfecture is good for family with kids to travel around as shared by Ms Olivia Lam ๐Ÿ’๐Ÿปto end this online seminar

Ohh ya…Ms Olivia ๐Ÿ’๐Ÿป has recommended about Zunda Mochi, a specialty wagashi (ie. Traditional Japanese sweet) of Miyagi which made from sweetened Edamame. Wowโ€ผ๏ธ Sound tempting delicious ๐Ÿ˜‹๐Ÿคค to SiennyLovesDrawing as she loves mochi & edamame a lot

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Things To Do @ Miyagi Prefecture

Miyagi Perfecture was once affected by a serious earthquake slightly 10 years ago, do check out this clip via ๐Ÿ“น๐ŸŒ https://youtu.be/YJxIxcuvyYI to observe the Miyagiโ€™s reconstructed areas

Mr Nagi has shared some famous destinations to visit in Miyagi during each of the 4 seasons as well as some special unique reason to enjoy

Funaoka Castle Park in Shibata is well known as thousand cherry trees & more than 200K tourists visited each year during the cherry ๐ŸŒธ blossom season ๐Ÿ˜ฒ It’s particularly known for a slope car that goes up & down the mountain through the cherry trees & a famous Kannon statue standing 24m tall @ the top of the mountain ๐Ÿ”๏ธ that was built as a symbol of peace & security. More info via ๐ŸŒ https://www.skbk.or.jp/en/shibata-cherry-blossom/ & welcome to check out more about the beautiful scenes in this photos album via ๐ŸŒ https://www.facebook.com/516136811836316/posts/3800703606712937/

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Miyagi has incredible festivals all-year round, summer is especially packed with celebrations, some of its festivals are in this FB video via ๐ŸŒ https://www.facebook.com/visitmiyagi/posts/2210512775732036 , eg. famous historical festival named Sairi Genya with beautiful 100 lanterns surrounding the Sairi Yashiki old warehouse buildings. Also to check out the Hirose River Lantern Festival for “Toro-nagashi” aka lantern floating, a Japanese Obon tradition where people float paper lanterns down a river

Michinoku Yosakoi Festival every year with thousands of dancers in almost 200 teams from all over Japan ๐Ÿ—พ๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ต filled the street of Sendai to perform โ€œYosakoiโ€, an energetic group dance that combines traditional Japanese dance movements & modern music. However, due to global health pandemic, stream the Yosakoi dance online named โ€œOnline Michi YOSAโ€. For more info via ๐ŸŒ https://michinoku-yosakoi.net

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As an art lover, she really wish to be at the famous Reborn Art Festival which held almost every year. It was 1st held after the Great East Japan Earthquake Disaster & with aims to promote recovery in the region & has since grown as a popular event to celebrate creativity & expression. The Kohei Nawaโ€™s captivating White Deer (Oshika) installation in Oginohama, Miyagi. It’s with online video exhibits this year @ Ishinomaki City area, Oshika Peninsula, Onagawa Station area, do check out via ๐ŸŒ https://www.reborn-art-fes.jp/en/shikanoyukue/

The most popular nature adventures here is birds watching @ Izunuma in northern Miyagi Prefecture. Suggest to visit in the summer when lotus blooms spread across the lake like a giant carpet. Must try a boat ride through the middle of the lotus flowers. For more info via ๐ŸŒ https://www.tohokukanko.jp/en/attractions/detail_10008.html

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For family with kids, it’s recommended by Ms Olivia to visit the Sendai Umino-Mori Aquarium ๐Ÿ ๐ŸŸ๐Ÿก๐Ÿฌ๐Ÿณ, the coastal area of eastern Sendai City. Also a favorite weekend getaway for local Japanese families & a popular dating spot for young couples

With almost 10K square meters floor area & over 300 kinds of aquatic animal & plant specimens on display, including a school of 25K sardines, exhibitions of the Sanriku sea & deep-sea fishes

Yesโœ…, 1 of the largest aquariums in the Tohoku region. Visitors can also view dolphin & sea lion performances etc. More info via ๐ŸŒ http://www.uminomori.jp/umino/en/index.html

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Must visit to Zuihoden aka Samurai Residence. It’s the date mausoleum famed resting place of Date Masamune, the founder of Sendai & is a mainstay among Miyagi’s attractions. More about one of Sendai’s most treasured landmarks via ๐ŸŒ https://tsumugu.yomiuri.co.jp/en/learn/mausoleum-of-one-eyed-dragon-a-sight-to-behold-in-sendai/ & ๐ŸŒ https://www.zuihoden.com/en/

A vibrant model of Japanese architecture, Zuihoden also entombs Masamuneโ€™s son & grandson, Date Tadamune & Date Tsunamune. It’s a quiet spot with lots of greenery & hydrangeas adding to its tranquil beauty

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Ohh ya…Miyagi Prefecture is with this scenic spot named Naruko Gorge, located in Osaki City. Cliffs reach about 100m high & stretch for 2.5 km, the “V-shaped canyon” formed by the erosion of the Ootani River is really a sight to behold especially when autumn season ๐Ÿ

A perfect photo spot would be the Naruko Gorge Rest House @ Nakayamadaira side entrance of the Naruko Gorge Trail & Oofukazawa Bridge to see the leaves changing color ๐Ÿคฉ๐Ÿ˜

Must enjoy the Naruto Onsen, hot spring village of Naruko-onsen-kyo, located in the north of Miyagi Prefecture. It consists of 5 hot springs. More info via ๐ŸŒ http://en.naruko.gr.jp

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For winter season, Miyagi is good for ski โ›ท๏ธ๐ŸŽฟ holidays especially @ Miyagi Zaoโ€™s Eboshi Ski Resort. Check out this clip via ๐Ÿ“น๐ŸŒ https://www.facebook.com/516136811836316/posts/3662411400542159/ . Also read more via ๐ŸŒ https://travelweekly.co.uk/articles/332649/exploring-tohoku-in-northern-japan

Miyagi is also a food kingdom as top provider for rice & with richest fishing ground for seafood . After attended this 2nd session & read more about Miyagi while writing this sharing, SiennyLovesDrawing really looking forward to visit Miyagi Prefecture soon. She would like to travel with her little niece to the Sendai Umino-Mori Aquarium ๐Ÿ ๐ŸŸ๐Ÿก๐Ÿฌ๐Ÿณ Do stay tuned for her next sharing on 3rd session @ 15 Dec about the Iwate Perfecture, she just can’t wait ๐Ÿ˜

Website ๐ŸŒ : https://www.japan.travel/en/destinations/tohoku/miyagi/ & https://visitmiyagi.com/

Ohh ya…For travel convenience, you may check out Tocoo! ~ The Japan’s ๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ตLeading Rental Car Reservation Site for your car rental booking service with hundreds of their outlets throughout Japan of various car rental brands during your trips via ๐ŸŒ https://www2.tocoo.jp/en/?asp_id=1679&utm_source=1679&utm_medium=affiliate

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6 Prefectures in Tohoku region, Japan

Tohoku, Japan ~ Akita Prefecture & Things To Do

Updated 23 Nov 2021 6.30pm ~ Miyagi blog post link ๐Ÿ˜€

Yeahโ€ผ๏ธ SiennyLovesDrawing ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿป has been invited by Japan ๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ต National Tourism Organization (JNTO) Tohoku Online Seminar Secretariat to attend a series of its 6 online seminars ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿปโ€๐Ÿ’ป about the Tohoku areas listed below,

These online seminars ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿปโ€๐Ÿ’ป are being held with aims to promoting & endorsing Japan ๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ต Tourism in Tohoku region, also to providing the latest information from local municipalities, Tourism Federation & Malaysian presenters who are familiar with the mentioned areas ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป Tohoku region in Japan ๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ต is well known with its nature beauty as shown in this video via ๐ŸŒ https://www.facebook.com/Visit.My.Japan/videos/905564299594438/

She really enjoyed the 1st session @ 14 Oct & would like to share some of the important information she has learnt about Akita Prefecture here

Ohh ya…She has won a lucky draw gift ๐ŸŽ ~ Premium Kitaha Japanese tea ๐Ÿต , special thank you ya ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

The online seminar kick started with the updates of Covid 19 status , safety measurements (In multi languages) at shops/ restaurants & new ๐Ÿ†• normal travel in Japan ๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ต The Japanese people already resumed their life & some places can observe the crowds. More updated details from time to time via ๐ŸŒ https://www.japan.travel/en/practical-coronavirus-information/ , then followed by interesting travel & living experiences in Akita by various presenters ie. Mr. Makito Kochihira, Ms. Cheesie etc.

Things To Do @ Akita Prefecture ็ง‹็”ฐ็œŒ ๐Ÿšถ๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ๐ŸŽ’โœˆ๏ธ

Akita Prefecture is often known as โ€˜Bi no Kuni (The Country of Beauty), yes โœ…, naturally the essential Japanese food & cultural experiences. Its visitors can enjoy a variety of leisure experiences in the mountains ๐Ÿ” , sea ๐ŸŒŠ & lakes throughout all 4 seasons throughout a year ๐Ÿ˜

Don’t you remember the famous movie ~ Hachi: A Dogโ€™s Tale ๐Ÿถ๐Ÿพ๐Ÿฆด that has touched most of us with its loyalty, love & friendship between the dog & man for generationsโ“โ‰๏ธ

Yes โœ…, Odate city, Akita is its hometown , so do dropping by Akita Dog Visitors Center, next door to Odate train station during your trip to visit them ya ๐Ÿ˜

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Mr. Makito Kochihira ๐Ÿ™‹๐Ÿปโ€โ™‚๏ธ (Local guide)โ€™s live sharing during this session has explained about the autumn season, rice ๐ŸŒพ fields , wearing boot ๐Ÿฅพ & gloves ๐Ÿงค to enjoy the blue sky with 20 degree chilling morning & night, then watching the mountains turn red. During winter โ„๏ธ, Akita will snow heavily ie. 3 meter snow. All can experience all 4 seasonal weather here. Abundance of foods eg. rice ๐Ÿš, fruits ๐ŸŒฝ, vegetables ๐Ÿฅฌetc. to enjoy, while winter time to enjoy the pickles. He has shared that the people here, mainly are farmers ๐Ÿ‘จ๐Ÿปโ€๐ŸŒพ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿปโ€๐ŸŒพ They will bring vegetables & distribute when big harvest time. He loves the heart warming & friendly local people lifestyle in Akita ๐Ÿ’—๐Ÿ’•

Only at Akita Prefecture, the visitors get to enjoy the unique flavour & texture of the luxury food junsai (watershield) by maneuvering a small boat ๐Ÿšฃโ€โ™‚๏ธ , then carefully picking junsai one by one

Tambo art uses rice paddy ๐ŸŒพ as a canvas to paint giant picture with different coloured rice ๐ŸŒพ plants. If you’re on the the Akita Nairiku Junkan Railway, you will pass by & enjoy the beautiful views of Tambo art ๐Ÿ˜

Also must experience the farm stay that she has learnt from Ms Cheesie sharing

There are numerous well known places to enjoy a walk to gain a mother nature hiking ๐Ÿฅพ experience in Akita with its expanses of natural beauty, especially the huge, strangely shaped Japanese beech tree, the Agariko Daiou, in Shishigahama wetland

Mt. Moriyoshi Gondola ๐Ÿ” is known as one of the hundred best mountains for wild flowers ๐ŸŒบ๐ŸŒธ & also its snow-covered tree ๐ŸŒฒ๐ŸŒณ scenery during the winter โ„๏ธ season

Winter โ„๏ธ sports are popular in Akita with a large number of ski ๐ŸŽฟ resorts & courses, including Tazawako Ski Resort & Mt. Moriyoshi Ani Ski Resort. Do check out this recorded live video by Visit Akita ใ€Fun from Home- Live Streaming from Akita Prefectureใ€‘via ๐ŸŒ https://www.facebook.com/599813696836168/posts/1846775732139952/

The Hydrangeas of Unsho-ji Temple โ›ฉ has gained popularity as a beautiful, picturesque spot to visit at least once in Oga during early summer. Also famously known as the โ€œblue heavenโ€, yes, this temple is a home to more than 1.2K hydrangeas ๐Ÿ’™ This flower represents gratitude, grace & beauty, also further symbolize unity & togetherness

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Lake Tazawa is the deepest lake in Japan ๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ต with a depth of 423.4m. The beautiful blueness ๐Ÿ’™ & peaceful views to appreciate

Not to miss the Kakunodate Bukeyashiki ่ง’้คจ็”บ Street, a well known sightseeing spot with townscape to giving all visitors a real sense of the Edo era & to tr y on a kimono ๐Ÿ‘˜ & ride on rickshaws ๐Ÿ›บ . It used to attract 2 millions visitors annually

It’s 1 of the famous spot for Sakura Festival, do check out this video clip with beautiful cherry blossom captured via ๐Ÿ“น๐ŸŒ https://fb.watch/8QJ8GCLPTn/

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Ohh ya…There are 7 hot springs โ™จ๏ธ in this Akita Prefecture, each of them has different histories, appearances & spring types ie. Nyuto Onsen ไนณ้ ญๆธฉๆณ‰

Do check out this video captured about this onsen during winter โ„๏ธ via ๐ŸŒhttps://fb.watch/8QEDpdy3cU/

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After attended this 1st session & read more about Akita while writing this sharing, SiennyLovesDrawing really looking forward to visit Akita Prefecture soon. Moreover, she loves to travel with train ๐Ÿš‚, so definitely would like to travel with Akita Nairiku Line, 1 of the local lines in the Tohoku region which runs from Takanosu Station in Kitaakita, Akita Prefecture to Kakunodate Station in Semboku. It runs north-south inland & measures 100km in length

During winter season, the deep snowy scenery can be seen from the train window, while rice ๐ŸŒพharvest season, can enjoy the Tambo art as shared above. Clearly view the bright red iron bridge “Omatagawa Bridge ๐ŸŒ‰ that can be seen between Kayakusa Station & Okashinai Station. Do check out more about this train line in these 3 videos via
๐Ÿ“น๐ŸŒ https://fb.watch/8QJhKN43Bq/
๐Ÿ“น๐ŸŒ https://fb.watch/8QEZS0PLzJ/
๐Ÿ“น๐ŸŒ https://fb.watch/8QFBQbMvvq/

Yes โœ…, she ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿป will definitely wanna a train ๐Ÿš‚ ride when she is there to appreciate the nostalgic, indelible scenes of Akita, Japan ๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ—พ including the tranquil rural landscapes

Do stay tuned for her next sharing on 2nd session @ 18 Nov about the Miyagi Perfecture, she just can’t wait to it ๐Ÿ˜

Website ๐ŸŒ : https://www.japan.travel/en/destinations/tohoku/akita/ & https://stayakita.com/

Ohh ya…For travel convenience, you may check out Tocoo! ~ The Japan’s ๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ตLeading Rental Car Reservation Site for your car rental booking service with hundreds of their outlets throughout Japan of various car rental brands during your trips via ๐ŸŒ https://www2.tocoo.jp/en/?asp_id=1679&utm_source=1679&utm_medium=affiliate

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Whatโ€™s inside my Tahan Conquer Sling Bag

User Experience ~ TAHAN CONQUER Multipurpose Sling Bag from PTT Outdoor

Hi โ€ผ๏ธHiโ€ผ๏ธ SiennyLovesDrawing ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿป was recently purchased online a TAHAN CONQUER Multipurpose Sling Bag for her casual use & future travelling trips ๐Ÿ›ซ by PTT Outdoor โ˜บ๏ธ 

She is loving it as it’s a lightweight & take-everywhere sling bag that suits her personal preference of light traveller. She can now style this new sling bag as her comfy travel companion whenever she is on the go

Should You Travel With Oneโ“โ‰๏ธ

Yeah โ€ผ๏ธ She can now safekeeping all her personal ๐Ÿ‘š๐Ÿ‘–๐Ÿ•ถ๐Ÿ‘Ÿbelongings while being enjoying with any outdoor activities, camping, hiking, travelling journeys etc.

This sling bag is with simple design & can be the style & matching any OOTDs for many occasions

Guess whatโ“โ‰๏ธ

This is her 2nd user experience with PTT Outdoor products, do read more of her 1st sleeping bag user story via ๐ŸŒ https://siennylovesdrawing.wordpress.com/2017/10/20/unique-ways-of-using-a-sleeping-bag/

Why opting for a sling bagโ“โ‰๏ธ

You may consider with 3 factors,

  1. Decide Why You Want a Sling Bag
  2. Assess Quality & Function
  3. Choose Your Favorite Style

This multipurpose sling bag is with a roomy interior & generous exterior front pockets within it, it’s amazingly perfect to organize all your things with ease inside this bag

Personally, she is highly recommending ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป this as an absolute must have to pack all the necessary items for work (Especially if you’re cycling to work), casual hangouts, a local cafe hoppings, travel trips etc.

Sling bag is essentials to provide easy & quick access to your important items

Actually she loves sling bag as to safe keeping all her in-flight essentials, especially while in airport for boarding gates passing, during flight journey or any flight โœˆ๏ธ in transit & some of the items are,

  • Your smart devices (Phone๐Ÿ“ฑ, tablet etc.)
  • USB cables/ Chargers/ Power bank
  • Ear buds
  • Mask ๐Ÿ˜ท
  • Notebook ๐Ÿ“’ & pen ๐Ÿ–‹๏ธ
  • Wet tissues
  • Your preferred e-reader or downloaded e-book or hardcopy book ๐Ÿ“ฒ
  • Sunglasses ๐Ÿ•ถ๏ธ
  • Sunscreen/ lipcare/ face mist/ hand cream
  • Light snacks

Do check out below happy unboxing TikTok clip ๐Ÿ“น๐ŸŒ captured via https://www.tiktok.com/@siennylovesdraw/video/6983123434725215515 , including to sharing on what & how SiennyLovesDrawing’s keeping her personal items in this sling bag ya ๐Ÿ˜

It’s with sturdy edge lining adds additional protection around the edges. Also available with fixed buckles that can be tighten to provide more comfort while wearing it

Ohh ya…No need to worry if rains as this sling bag is weather resistance & water resistance as made of oxford & polyester fabrics (It’s another standard synthetic fabric & generally heavier). Yes โœ…, able to keep all your things inside the bag remained dry. It’s made of heavy-duty & water-resistant fabric, also coupled with durable metal zipper closures

So, how to style your OOTD with this sling bagโ“โ‰๏ธ

Do check out below TikTok clip ๐Ÿ“น captured by PTT Outdoor team via ๐Ÿ“น๐ŸŒ https://www.tiktok.com/@pttoutdoor/video/6980187054198017307

Yeahโ€ผ๏ธ Well designed to ensure all your personal belongings/ essentials are all well protected from light rain โ˜” & accidental spills

  • Adjustable shoulder strap for comfy long hours wearing
  • Large interior & multiple exterior front pockets
  • Durable metal zippers
  • Water-resistant
  • Made of oxford & polyester fabrics
  • Available in 2 colours ie. Dark green ๐Ÿ’š or dark blue ๐Ÿ’™

Interested to own 1๏ธโƒฃโ“โ‰๏ธ Or wish to purchase๐Ÿ›’๐Ÿ›outdoor activities equipments/ attiresโ“โ‰๏ธ

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