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The Visit Japan Campaign Hosts Travel Agent/Media Reception and Seminar at The New York Times Travel Show, February 24, 6:30-8:3

WHAT:
Japan Reception and Seminar
hosted by The Visit Japan Campaign

(VJC), a five-year initiative to double tourism to Japan by 2010. The program will include:

WHERE:
Jacob Javits Convention Center in Meeting Rooms 1A03 and 1A04. WHEN:Friday, February 24, 2006 6:30 to 8:30 p.m SCHEDULE:

6:30-7:00 p.m. Cocktails/Open Bar/Mini-Marketplace
7:00-7:30 p.m. Presentations …

  • "Yokoso ! Japan" DVD
  • JNTO Japan Overview presentation by JNTO PR Manager, Marian Goldberg
  • Kyoto presentation by geisha expert and photographer Peter MacIntosh
  • Ishikawa Presentation by Ishikawa Prefecture Staff, Elizabeth Thomason
        7:40-8:25 p.m. Buffet Dinner
        8:25-8:30 p.m. Lucky Draw

WHY:
According to Mr. Hisataka Hiragochi, Executive Director of the Japan National Tourist Organization, “The idea is to bring to New York an authentic example of traditional Japanese arts. There is better example than the geisha, who are in fact ‘living art’ with centuries of cultural heritage.” And, he continues, “They have always been associated with Japan’s traditional libations: tea and sake. At our reception guests will sample premium Ishikawa sake and take home high quality Ito-en tea.

ABOUT VJC and JNTO:
The Visit Japan Campaign is a public-private Japanese partnership promoting in-bound travel to Japan. The Japan National Tourist Organization is a VJC member, which, under the auspices of Japan’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport, conducts its mission to encourage international travel to Japan and support Japanese travel suppliers. For more information on travel to Japan visit JNTO’s sites: www.japantravelinfo.com, www.jnto.go.jp.

JAPAN AT THE NEW YORK TIMES TRAVEL SHOW:
REAL Geisha are a major draw … This is Japan’s third year participating in the prestigious New York Times Travel Show. And this year, Kyoto City has brought to New York two beautiful maiko (apprentice geisha) and one sophisticated senior geisha in full regalia from one of the most famous geisha districts of Kyoto. They will greet visitors, dance and play the shamisen, a Japanese-style harp. These geisha, with their white painted faces and brilliant kimono, will be a major attraction by Japan’s 20 ft. x 20 ft. Booth Number 741, Friday through Sunday, February 24th, 25th, and 26th at the Jacob Javits Convention Center. The geisha will perform on February 25, 1:40-2:00 p.m. and February 26, 2:00-2:20 p.m. An explanation of Geisha life and history will precede the performance. They will also be located at booth 741 for you to take Puri-Kura or “print club” photos with them (sponsored by Canon USA).
Already attracting media attention. They will appear LIVE on Friday morning, February 24, on Fox News’ GOOD DAY NEW YORK. Look for them at 6:10 a.m. and 8:52 a.m. !

Sake Celebration
Another attraction on stage near Japan’s booth includes the breaking of a real sake barrel from the Fukumitsu-ya sake breweries in Ishikawa Prefecture. Ishikawa, located in Northern Honshu, on the Japan Sea, is known for its pure water from melting winter snow. This water combines with high quality rice to create some of Japan’s most premium sake. The barrel breaking ceremony or Kagami-wari will take place on February 25, 2:00-2:20 p.m. This is the time-honored way of commemorating major Japanese events. Performers raise a wooden hammer and break a large sake barrel. After the ceremony, sake from the barrel will be served at booth 741 until 3 p.m. Sake will also be served on February 24, 4:00-4:30 and February 26, 12:00-12:30 p.m. Come taste and enjoy, Japan Celebrates YOU!

Other Travel Show Give-Aways
Also, adults and kids alike will enjoy colorful kimono-patterned coasters to enhance their table, dresser, or desk, or be strung together and used, as one ten-year-old girl did, as a decorative kimono mobile!

A Big Yokoso ? Welcome!
All 40 of the Japan Booth’s suppliers -- destinations, hotels, tour operators, and airlines -- will be greeting you with a big Yokoso That is, “Welcome!” However, VJC will especially showcase the historic cultural capital of Kyoto, home to the geisha and 1600 temples and shrines, through two alternately running 30-minute videos!

Value-Oriented Travel Packages
The representative Japanese and USA-based tour companies, airlines and hotels will be offering super great values. Six night packages start at under $1,000 including air, and 12-day guided, luxury special interest tours are available for less than $5,000 including air. Whatever your budget or interest in Japan, you’ll find it at the VJC Booth!

Travel Show Hours
The New York Times Travel Show is open to the public on Saturday, February 25, 10 a.m.? 7 p.m. and Sunday, February 26, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday, February 24 the show floor is open 2-7 p.m. and is for the trade and media only.

About VJC and JNTO
Check out the VJC listing on the New York Times Travel Show website. Go to http://www.nytimes.com/travelshow/Exhibitors/Exhibitors.html and click on “Visit Japan” Booth 741!

The Visit Japan Campaign is a public-private Japanese partnership promoting in-bound travel to Japan. The Japan National Tourist Organization is a VJC member, which, under the auspices of Japan’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport, conducts its mission to encourage international travel to Japan and support Japanese travel suppliers. For more information on travel to Japan visit JNTO’s sites: www.japantravelinfo.com, www.jnto.go.jp.

Information is provided as a courtesy to users of this website. Though the JNTO endeavors to ensure the information is accurate, users of the information are to act on such using their own judgement and at their own risk. Neither the JNTO nor any holder of copyright to the information shall be held responsible in any way whatsoever for any loss or misunderstanding, either direct or indirect, that is incurred as a result of utilizing the information.


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