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Come and Visit Us at the Asia-Pacific Incentives & Meetings Expo (AIME) 2015
JNTO will be exhibiting at the Asia-Pacific Incentives & Meetings Expo (AIME) to be held in Melbourne (February 24-25)...

What's up in Japan

Grand Opening of Sendai International Center Exhibition Building, A Major New Exhibition Facility, in April 2015
The city of Sendai is the political, economic, academic and cultural hub of Japan's northeastern Tohoku region...

Case Study

Annual Conference of the International Bar Association Held in Tokyo
October 19-24, 2014. The Annual Conference of the International Bar Association was held at the Tokyo International Forum in Tokyo. It drew over 6,300 delegates from 150 countries and regions. 90% were international delegates...
The 38th CID-UNESCO World Dance Congress Held in Chiba
On October 23-27, 2014, the CID-UNESCO World Dance Congress, the largest gathering of dance specialists worldwide, was held in Chiba, on the east side of the Tokyo metropolitan area...

Introducing Facilities of JNTO Associates

Imperial Hotel, Tokyo
The Advantages of MICE at the Imperial
Founded in 1890 at the instruction of the Imperial Palace, the Imperial Hotel has welcomed many international VIPs over the years—from celebrities to heads of state to royalty...

4 Hours in Kanazawa

Sightseeing in Kanazawa
Sights of Kanazawa Strolling Tour...

JNTO NEWS

Come and Visit Us at the Asia-Pacific Incentives & Meetings Expo (AIME) 2015

JNTO will be exhibiting at the Asia-Pacific Incentives & Meetings Expo (AIME) to be held in Melbourne (February 24-25). Please stop by the Japan booth. You can simply gather information, or take advantage of our happy hour! Enjoy tasty sake and delicious sushi, and meet our experienced suppliers. They will be delighted to help you with ideas for incentive programmes. We look forward to seeing you in Melbourne.

Asia-Pacific Incentives & Meetings Expo (AIME) 2015
URL:http://www.aime.com.au/
Date: February 24-25, 2015
Venue: Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre
Co-presenters (6):
  • HOTEL CHINZANSO TOKYO
  • JTB Global Marketing&Travel
  • Nippon Travel Agency
  • Okinawa Convention&Visitors Bureau
  • Osaka Government Tourism Bureau
  • THE J TEAM - Japan DMC

JNTO Sydney Office
http://www.jnto.org.au

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What's up in Japan

Grand Opening of Sendai International Center Exhibition Building, A Major New Exhibition Facility, in April 2015
Sendai – Tohoku's Metropolis

The city of Sendai is the political, economic, academic and cultural hub of Japan's northeastern Tohoku region. Sendai Airport has air service routes to 10 cities in Japan and five routes to six international cities. These transport links make Sendai easily accessible both domestically and internationally. Sendai Station can be reached from Tokyo Station in as little as 91 minutes on a Shinkansen bullet train. The trip from Sendai Airport to Sendai Station is about 25 minutes.

Sendai is home to Tohoku University, known for its world-class research in many fields, and a number of research institutions doing cutting-edge work in fields such as semiconductors. The city also hosts numerous international meetings of all sizes throughout the year.
On the outskirts of Sendai is Akiu Onsen, a hot spring resort with 1,400 years of history. It's known as one of Japan's top three hot springs, and has a track record of hosting international meetings. Another great nearby hot spring is Sakunami Onsen, with 1,300 years of history and natural mineral waters famous for their beautifying properties. These two Sendai onsen offer an appealing range of post-convention leisure options.
When visiting Sendai for an international meeting, take full advantage of its amazing attractions!

About Sendai International Center Exhibition Building

The new Sendai International Center Exhibition Building will open in April 2015.
The facility consists of a 3,000 m² exhibit hall with a capacity of 2,560 (it can also be partitioned into 2,000 m² and 1,000 m² rooms) and four 200 m² meeting rooms that accommodate approximately 200 people each. The exhibit hall is carpeted and column-free, making it suitable for a wide range of events.
The adjoining Sendai International Center Conference Building has a main hall seating 1,000, a 755 m² reception/exhibition hall and a total of 12 meeting rooms of various sizes. It is equipped with everything required to host international meetings and receptions of all sizes. Past events hosted by this facility include the World Ministerial Conference on Disaster Reduction in Tohoku, July 3-4, 2012.
Together, these two facilities will allow Sendai to host larger events than ever before. Moreover, they are close to Tohoku University, museums and other academic and cultural facilities. This will be a cosmopolitan convention area with lots of exciting cultural and sightseeing opportunities.
In addition, in December 2015, Sendai's Tozai Subway Line will open, meaning International Center Station will be just a four-minute ride from the JR Sendai Station. There will be covered passageways from International Center Station to both the Sendai International Center Conference Building and Exhibition Building, making the complex among the most convenient in Japan.

Sendai Hosts the 3rd World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction

In March 2015, the Sendai International Center Exhibition Building will be inaugurated by hosting the 3rd World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction. More than 40,000 participants, including cabinet-level representatives from many nations, will come to Sendai for meetings on the topic of international disaster prevention strategies. During this UN-sponsored conference, a number of public events including symposia and exhibitions on disaster preparedness and recovery will also be held.

Sendai Committee for the UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction:
http://www.bosai-sendai.jp/en/

Sendai is currently working to ensure the success of the 3rd World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction by enhancing its already welcoming environment. The city is both strongly motivated by and deeply grateful for the messages of support it has received since the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami. Sendai wants to show the world how far its recovery efforts have come.
The citizens of Sendai, a true international convention city, are eager to welcome all visitors.

Sendai International Center
http://www.sira.or.jp/icenter/english/index.html

Sendai Tourism & Convention Bureau
http://www.stcb.or.jp/english/

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Case Study

Annual Conference of the International Bar Association Held in Tokyo

© Tokyo Convention & Visitors Bureau

© Tokyo Convention & Visitors Bureau

© Tokyo Convention & Visitors Bureau

October 19-24, 2014. The Annual Conference of the International Bar Association was held at the Tokyo International Forum in Tokyo. It drew over 6,300 delegates from 150 countries and regions. 90% were international delegates.

The International Bar Association (IBA) was established in 1947, and acts as the world’s leading organization of international legal practitioners, bar associations, and law societies. Members include over 200 bar associations and law societies, as well as over 55,000 individuals. The IBA aims to promote networking and exchange of information among its member associations worldwide, and has been holding the Annual Conference since 1964.

During the Annual Conference at the Tokyo International Forum, 398 sessions were held. Issues in various areas of law were discussed, including human rights, family law, intellectual property, aviation law and banking law. The IBA Annual Conference is also known for the large number of social functions held each night. The Tokyo 2014 edition saw 62 official social events as well as many other private functions held all over Tokyo, in venues ranging from izakaya (Japanese-style pubs) and restaurants with sweeping nighttime views to a cruise ship on Tokyo Bay. Delegates enjoyed "hopping" from reception to reception, networking and enjoying the night.

For the Welcome Reception, the Lobby Gallery of the iconic glass-walled Tokyo International Forum building, which is normally open to the public and used as a walkway between two of the busiest train stations in Tokyo, was closed off for the first time, for the private use of the IBA. There, delegates were provided with a taste of old Japan and the lively streets of the Edo era (as Tokyo was known before the mid-19th century), including a welcome from kimono-clad women, traditional dancing, a kendama performance, and more. In addition, the main street of Marunouchi, Tokyo’s leading business district, was closed off during IBA Week to serve as a temporary café space for the delegates. It was the first time ever that car traffic through this area had been suspended for a conference.

Among the multiple forms of support provided by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government and Tokyo Convention & Visitors Bureau, the most popular proved to be the stationing of student volunteers on every corner in and around the venue to guide the 6,300 delegates to their destinations. Many delegates showed their appreciation by saying “arigato” to the volunteers, and some stopped to chat with students in English.

The Tokyo Metropolitan Government and Tokyo Convention & Visitors Bureau also supported the conference in other ways. They provided City Information desks at airports and on-site, flags and banners for the surrounding shopping streets, sightseeing tours in Tokyo, and cultural programs. Delegates had opportunities to try on a kimono, learn ikebana, or make a Japanese woodblock print. These cultural events were especially popular among the many delegates who were visiting Japan for the first time.

Marc Pursals, the congress organizer of Judy Lane Consulting, commented "The Conference was excellent. It was well organized and things went smoothly on-site. We have been receiving fantastic comments from our delegates, and that is very important to us. Costs in Tokyo were reasonable, and the quality of service was very high."

Tokyo Convention & Visitors Bureau
http://businesseventstokyo.org/

For more information about IBA 2014, please visit:
http://www.ibanet.org/Conferences/Tokyo2014.aspx

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The 38th CID-UNESCO World Dance Congress Held in Chiba

On October 23-27, 2014, the CID-UNESCO World Dance Congress, the largest gathering of dance specialists worldwide, was held in Chiba, on the east side of the Tokyo metropolitan area. 600 people attended, including 140 international attendees from 25 countries. The initial opportunity to bring the congress to Japan came out of JNTO’s Meet Japan 2011 Study Tour Program for international convention decision makers, and it marked the first time the congress was held in Asia. The 38th CID-UNESCO World Dance Congress was awarded the JNTO Best International Convention Award in 2012.

Please visit the following link for details.
http://www.ccb.or.jp/e/_pressrelease/7232

Chiba Convention Bureau and International Center (CCB-IC)
http://www.ccb.or.jp/e/

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Introducing Facilities of JNTO Associates

Imperial Hotel, Tokyo
The Advantages of MICE at the Imperial

Founded in 1890 at the instruction of the Imperial Palace, the Imperial Hotel has welcomed many international VIPs over the years—from celebrities to heads of state to royalty. This legendary Tokyo landmark features 26 banquet halls and function rooms equipped with state-of-the-art facilities for conferences, seminars, fashion shows, exhibitions, receptions and small events.

Location

The Imperial can be reached by car from either of Tokyo's airports: 90 minutes from Narita and 45 minutes from Haneda. It is situated near the Tokyo International Forum, an ideal venue for conventions, and it is within walking distance of Otemachi, Marunouchi, Yurakucho, Ginza and other areas right in the heart of Japan's capital. Access to both business and sightseeing districts couldn't be easier.

Facilities & Food

Over 900 guest rooms, with fantastic views of Tokyo. The banquet halls can easily be adapted for almost any purpose, from receptions for over 2,000 guests to small meetings for 10 or fewer. There is an extensive business centre, and high-speed Wi-Fi is available.
Gourmet food and drink are hallmarks of the Imperial. There are 17 restaurants and bars to choose from, offering everything from internationally acclaimed French haute cuisine to visually entrancing Japanese delicacies. For banquets, the hotel can create customized menus that meet your specific needs. Vegetarian, halal and other special menus are also available.

Past Conventions at the Imperial: Annual General Meeting of the IMF

The annual general meeting of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) was held in Tokyo in October 2012—a total of 20,000 VIPs from the finance ministries and central banks of 188 nations attended. The Imperial and the Tokyo International Forum were the main venues. The Imperial hosted various events, including a reception held by the Prime Minister of Japan, and provided accommodation for VIPs from around the world.

Imperial Hotel, Tokyo
http://www.imperialhotel.co.jp/e/tokyo/index.html

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4 Hours in Kanazawa

Sightseeing in Kanazawa

Sights of Kanazawa Strolling Tour
Start at

[Kanazawa Station]

Board Kanazawa Loop Bus (Right Loop) (200 yen)

Ride 20 minutes

[1. Kenroku-en Garden & Kanazawa Castle Park] 80 minutes (500 yen)

Walk 15 minutes

[2. 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa] 30 minutes (Free for Public Zone)

Walk 3 minutes

[3. Kanazawa Crafts Hirosaka] 20 minutes

Board Kanazawa Loop Bus (Right Loop) (200 yen)

Ride 20 minutes

Get off at Kanazawa Station

[Lunch: Teishoku Set Meal] 60 minutes (2,000 yen)

For lunch tips, check the Dining Out page of Eye on Kanazawa (a local English-language free newspaper)
http://www.eyeon.jp/dining/cuisine.html

Total Cost: 2,900 yen

Option

[Option A: Making Maki-e]

90 minutes (Maki-e lesson: 3,240 yen)
At Nosaku, a lacquerware shop that's been in business for centuries, try your hand at painting a design on lacquer and highlighting it with decorative powder.

English website:
http://www.kanazawa.gr.jp/nosaku/info/makietaiken/index.html#english

[Option B: Ishikawa Traditional Crafts]

60 minutes (Admission: 260 yen)
Ishikawa Prefectural Museum of Traditional Arts and Crafts

English website:
http://www.ishikawa-densankan.jp/english/index.html

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A stroll through Kanazawa's classic sights…and its newest attractions

1. Kenroku-en Garden & Kanazawa Castle Park
80 minutes (Admission: 500 yen)

Ranked as one of Japan's three greatest traditional gardens, Kenroku-en was created during the Edo Period over the course of centuries by the samurai lords of the Kaga domain. The basic concept behind the garden is "immortality", with the large pond representing the oceans, and the small islands within it representing dwelling places of ageless sages. Altogether, the garden symbolizes the aspiration to eternal life and prosperity.
A bridge leads to Kanazawa Castle Park, where you can see the Ishikawa Gate, which survives from the Edo Period, and faithful reconstructions of other fortifications such as Hishi Yagura turret and the Gojukken Nagaya storehouse. The Maeda clan, who ruled Kaga and constructed the garden, were second in wealth only to the Tokugawa shoguns. While most of the historic structures that made up their residence at Kanazawa Castle were lost to a series of fires, in recent years many have been meticulously reconstructed using historical documentation and authentic period techniques.
The Gojukken Nagaya storehouse and Kawakita-mon gate are available to host exhibitions and post-convention events.

English website:
http://www.pref.ishikawa.jp/siro-niwa/english/top.html

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2. 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa
30 minutes (Admission: Free for Public Zone)

© Kanazawa City/© JNTO

This museum occupies two stories (one above ground, one below) in a brand-new glass-clad building designed by Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishijima, the famous duo of Pritzker-winning architects known as SANAA. Many of the artworks in the museum, including Leandro Erlich's The Swimming Pool, are immersive installations, making this a fun destination for the whole family.

English website:
https://www.kanazawa21.jp/en/

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3. Kanazawa Crafts Hirosaka
20 minutes (Admission: Free)

This shop carries a wide selection of items from Kanazawa's unique craft traditions. Kaga inlay work, Kaga fishing flies and eight other crafts ranging from paper to embroidery are represented. There is a gallery featuring works by traditional master artisans, many available for purchase. These carefully curated items offer classic beauty that fits contemporary lifestyles. A perfect spot to buy souvenirs and gifts.

English website:
http://www.kanazawa-tourism.com/eng/guide/guide1_1.php?no=6

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Option A: Making Maki-e
Nosaku (Maki-e lesson: 3,240 yen)

During the Edo Period, superbly crafted Kanazawa lacquerware was held in such high regard that it was given as gifts to samurai lords, and even as tribute to the shogun himself. One signature technique was maki-e, in which gold dust is sprinkled over designs painted in wet lacquer. The gold created a glittering contrast with the deep hues for which Japanese lacquer is famous.
Nosaku has been dealing in lacquerware since 1780. On their elegant premises, full of the atmosphere of old Japan, they offer you the rare opportunity to make a maki-e piece of your own.

Nosaku, Inc. English homepage:
http://www.kanazawa.gr.jp/nosaku/english/index.html

English website about the art of Kanazawa maki-e:
http://shofu.pref.ishikawa.jp/shofu/kougei1_e/sikki_e/index.html

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Option B: Traditional Ishikawa Crafts
Ishikawa Prefectural Museum of Traditional Arts and Crafts (Admission: 260 yen)

The 36 designated traditional crafts of Ishikawa Prefecture, of which 10 are awarded special recognition by the Japanese government, are presented in comprehensive fashion at the Ishikawa Prefectural Museum of Traditional Arts and Crafts. The museum even offers interactive exhibits on weekends. The museum is located just off the Kodatsuno Entrance to Kenroku-en.

English websites:
http://www.ishikawa-densankan.jp/english/index.html
(Ishikawa Prefectural Museum of Traditional Arts and Crafts)

Kanazawa Convention Bureau
http://www.kanazawa-cb.com/index_e.html

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