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ESCORTED TOUR – GRAND AUTUMN FALL COLOR TOUR

ESCORTED TOUR – GRAND AUTUMN FALL COLOR TOUR

Day 1/2 Honolulu – Kansai Airport We arrived at the Kansai Airport smoothly and the line at Immigration wasn’t long at all for a change. We met our English tour guide, Makoto Fukuda, at the arrival exit.  He would be our guide till we get to Tokyo on Day 9.  Since we arrived in Kyoto around 8pm, most of us were able to eat at restaurants near Kyoto Station or Aeon Mall.  Great start!   Day 3  Kyoto – Arashiyama – Hotel – Dinner – Hotel Our day started with “Sagano Sightseeing Tram” ride from Arashiyama to Kameoka.  We saw many beautiful colored leaves from the windows!  Then we strolled down the main street of Arashiyama and the famous bamboo forests.  After lunch there, we visited Nishiki Market where there was plenty of Japanese food to try.  Yummy!  Then, we moved to Gion District where Japanese traditional entertainers, Maiko and Geiko, still live and work. After a short break at our hotel, we departed for dinner at “Ganko Takasegawa Nijoen”.  There...

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Deluxe Takayama Autumn Foliage Tour 2013

Deluxe Takayama Autumn Foliage Tour 2013

November 01– November 10, 2013                   (Day 1) Going to NRT(Tokyo) transited to NGO(Nagoya) with ANA. B767 is still good condition! (Day 2) Arrived to NGO. It’s chilly, yes it’s Autumn tour and our group is from warm place Hawaii. No wonder. ANA has such a nice wheelchair service. *****************************************************************************************************************             (Day 3) We visited  Nagoya Castle (名古屋城) at first. Castle makes me to start to see Japan! It’s beautiful.                   Next we went to Gujo Hachiman. (郡上八幡) This authentic small town gives you Japanese experience, “Plastic food replica store and factory” – We have enjoyed hands-on experience making Food Sample! What is Food Sample? You see the ubiquitous plastic food sample outside virtually every restaurant in Japan. It’s invented in Gujo Hachiman. Did you know that?             Yatai Kaikan (The Takayama Festival Floats Exhibition Hall) is interesting place. It’s perfect spot to get to know...

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Mazda Cosmo, the world’s first car with Wankel engine, is on display at Toyota Automobile Museum in Nagakute City near Nagoya.

Mazda Cosmo, the world’s first car with Wankel engine, is on display at Toyota Automobile Museum in Nagakute City near Nagoya.

Mazda Cosmo, which went on sale in 1967, was the first mass-produced Wankel engined car in the world.  Strictly speaking, NSU Wankel-Spider manufactured in 1964 was the first in the world, however this model didn’t deserve the first mass-produced car because the epoch-making engine of the car had many mechanical problems.  Mazda’s car, in reality, was the first. Accordingly, the name of Mazda had become a synonym for Wankel engine. Mazda strived to improve the incomplete Wankel engine which was originated in Germany for seven years and finally reached the perfection. Many car makers in the world have given up the practical use of this new device, while only Mazda has kept manufacturing the cars with Wankel engine. Mazda, however announced that it will discontinue production in the near future, which will lead to the extinction of this type of car in the world. The first picture shows the early stage model of Cosmo on display at Toyota Automobile Museum and the second picture, the external appearance of the...

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