Bournmouth boss Howe knows they’re fighting history against Spursby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBournmouth boss Eddie Howe knows they’re fighting history against Tottenham today.Howe’s side have never beaten Tottenham in the top flight, losing five and drawing one of their six meetings and conceding 17 goals in the process.They have also lost all five meetings with the division’s top six clubs this season.Howe says his team must approach the game with attacking intent and relish what promises to be a stern test.”We’ve found the games against Tottenham difficult,” said Howe, whose team travel to Manchester United following the Spurs clash.”But we enjoy the challenge and we enjoy these types of moments where we haven’t achieved something yet and we are working towards it.”We expect to get something, that’s how we’ve always been, no matter who we play.”The reality is these games are very difficult so we’ve got to try and attack the games, I think that’s our best form of defence.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
APTN National newsThe Tahltan Nation in northern British Columbia has once again set up a road block to stop Imperial Metals from opening a new mine.They fear that the Red Chris Mine threatens their territory.Imperial Metals also owns the Mount Polley Mine which, two months ago, saw its tailings pond dam fail and release millions of cubic metres of toxic waste water.The Red Chris mine has a similar tailings pond and the Tahltan erected a second roadblock in just a month at the entrance of the mine.In downtown Vancouver, Imperial Metals’ head office was also hit by a rally.
Several years ago, when Lufthansa committed to orders for Boeing 777-9Xs and Airbus A350-900s, the carrier refused to be limited to the A350 catalogue. “We don’t like the catalogue and we won’t take the catalogue,” Lufthansa Group’s then executive vice president of fleet management, Nico Buchholz declared in 2013. Yet, even though the company’s massive maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) unit, Lufthansa Technik, helps to serve as a pressure point in negotiations with airframers, Lufthansa Group airlines don’t always get exactly what they want in terms of factory-fit #PaxEx hard product. As such, Lufthansa Technik is accustomed to modifying aircraft post-delivery.Lufthansa Technik was certainly pressed into service on the A350-900 program. After taking delivery of its first -900 at the end of 2016, Lufthansa flew the aircraft to Munich where Lufthansa Technik executed a series of interior modifications, including installing premium economy and self-service racks in business class. A supplemental type certificate (STC) was issued by Europe’s EASA to Lufthansa Technik, and Lufthansa launched A350 revenue service in 2017.The STC process all sounds very straightforward – a national aviation authority approves a modification to an existing type-certified aircraft and an MRO firm makes said modification per the approved specifications. But the truth is that operators often face a number of hurdles when seeking to retrofit their aircraft with new cabins, inflight entertainment and connectivity systems, and avionics. For some, the airframers’ catalogues simply aren’t cutting it and they want to bring non-catalogue or customized solutions to their aircraft. “At the moment the modification product catalogue from the OEMs is exactly the same [as] the linefit catalogue so if you forgot to order a connectivity solution you can buy it afterwards. But that is the only solution. The need from the customer to customize the aircraft, it’s not fulfilled by the OEMs at the moment,” Lufthansa Technik senior director aircraft modification Henning Jochmann told Runway Girl Network.If an airline opts to use a third-party STC, there may be questions about how the modification affects the warranty of the aircraft. And if the aircraft is leased, then the lessors’ requirements need to be taken into consideration, as all retrofit decisions affect the asset and must be tracked. Describing the present complexity around simply documenting STCs, Jochmann said, “If you look to a bank or lessor that lease the aircraft, there are, for example, ten STCs on the aircraft and there’s a transfer from one operator to the next operator. You have to talk to ten different companies and maybe two of them don’t exist anymore so that’s a headache for them. So that’s why they like the OEM solution so much because there is only one channel with all documentation … So you can transfer very easily, your aircraft.”Yet if industry could agree to common standards for the documentation and quality of STCs, and establish a secure documentation platform for airline customers and aircraft owners using STCs, it is believed that some of the headaches associated with the process could be alleviated. That is why Lufthansa Technik recently established a task force of sorts with French retrofit specialist EAD Aerospace, Middle Eastern MRO Etihad Airways Engineering, and Envoy Aerospace, which assists clients in obtaining approvals for product development and retrofit programs, and is designated to act on behalf of the US FAA under what’s known as Organization Designation Authorization.The so-called Independent Aircraft Modifier Alliance (IAMA) is now in talks with and courting OEMs, airlines, suppliers and lessors as members because it is convinced that a transparent retrofit market will benefit everyone. EAD Aerospace and Lufthansa Technik “were the biggest competitors, so they would not have even sat together at one table a year back”, Nicole Noack, aircraft modification – head of IAMA told RGN this spring at the Aircraft Interiors Expo in Hamburg. “We think that the challenges that the retrofit market brings to all of us we can face even better together in combining the strengths of the companies and future members to face those challenges.” If IAMA can bring more confidence to the equation, it reckons it will also be able to drive additional interest in STC-approved solutions, and ergo business for its members. This effort should not be an entirely uphill battle for the group because, as Noack stressed to RGN, whether an aircraft operator opts to go with an OEM Service Bulletin (SB) or an STC by an independent company, the certification and the approval side is the same. “It is the same base; it is always going via an authority, EASA, FAA, you name it, and that is the minimum level you have to ensure there, and that is to put a safe retrofit modification in place.” Moreover, between the four members “we have a lot of engineering, and reengineering capacity in-house” already, said Noack.Indeed, it could be argued that Lufthansa Technik, alone, knows nearly as much about certain aircraft types as the airframers themselves. For instance, Lufthansa has operated the Airbus A320 for over 30 years, with its oldest A320 (MSN 69) having only recently been retired. “And so we see everything in this aircraft,” said Jochmann, as the MRO has been reengineering for the type for decades. “So reengineering for this aircraft is very easy for us.”That’s particularly important given that airframers can be reluctant to share their IP in support of STCs, especially on brand new aircraft. “That is a big discussion at the moment because there are different standpoints,” said Jochmann in reference to IP sharing. Understandably, airlines believe that once they’ve acquired an aircraft, they should be able to modify it as they see fit, “and of course the OEMs have a different opinion about this. It is the same with the data of an aircraft.”Noack agreed, saying it is a “challenge” faced by all IAMA members. “So it’s not only on the brand new aircraft, it’s also on the other ones. So all of the IAMA members respect the IP coming from the OEM … as they respect the IP of each other. Otherwise those guys wouldn’t sit on one table right. So, of course we seek solutions together with the manufacturer OEMs. Hopefully, with a better STC standard, they feel that they can really have a reliable source also for STCs.” IAMA is optimistic that the major airframers will come on board as members, but if they do not, “that is not a killer argument”, said Noack, as they’ll still benefit from IAMA’s work. Stressing that IAMA’s goal is to improve security, safety and integrity of the STC process – i.e. directly addressing airframers’ fears about third-party STC work – Noack said IAMA “will still receive all the demands coming out of the lessors and operators’ side” and draw on its rigorous engineering base to meet their needs. In short, IAMA members can offer a broader product catalogue to the market that fulfills airlines’ unique needs, whilst ensuring that the alternative STC solutions are “on the same level, like the SB”, said Jochmann. And they’ll address the documentation side via a secure platform.Admittedly, said the Lufthansa Technik executive, it is easier to simply have the IP. “Of course it is easier; you have the document and everything is there. But we don’t need it. That is important to know. It takes a longer time. We have to do some things, absolutely, but with our experience – with all four members – we are able to do this.”Notably, IAMA’s formation comes at a time when Airbus is bringing more and more cabin upgrades in-house, with an eye on the lucrative MRO market. Given the fact that each IAMA member has vast knowledge of systems design and certification, it seems smart for them to build this alliance at this time.As EAD Aerospace head of airworthiness office Romain Mbwang Seppoh told RGN: “We develop all the environment of the aircraft, how it is flying, how it is behaving, what is the structure of the aircraft, we develop all of this – we are building our own environment.” And at the the end of the day, IAMA members are “answering to exactly the same regulation” as the OEM airframer.“It’s a lot of work,” admitted Noack, “but it’s the magic of engineering.”Related Articles:Lufthansa Technik presses for inflight connectivity SLA standardsInside the 20-year forecasts at Airbus, Boeing, EmbraerLufthansa Technik to airlines: “Lease your cabin”?Airbus on why it is bringing more and more cabin upgrades in-houseSkin in the game, aircraft lessor SMBC makes its #PaxEx wishes knownPress Release: Boeing to acquire aero interiors supplier Encore GroupLufthansa Technik goes multi-role with four new Airbus MRTT cabin typesOEM catalogs, linefit and capacity; Aviointeriors’ plans and pipelineHow Airbus is accommodating Qantas A380 refitAirbus looks for new approaches to premium seat availability problemsB/E Aerospace dismisses Boeing’s seat pick as non-threatLine-fit offerability makes big difference in 787 connectivity raceLufthansa carries a big stick and it’s called TechnikLufthansa does not support Airbus campaign for 18″ seat width standardBoeing aims for seat market with Adient to fill nose-to-tail gapImage at top credited to Lufthansa Technik
Vietnam Airlines (VN) is cementing its status as the country’s premier national carrier by becoming the first Vietnamese airline to offer inflight connectivity (IFC) – through a partnership with SITAONAIR and Inmarsat satellite telecommunications operator VISHIPEL.The collaboration will see the delivery of pioneering inflight internet services across its fleet, offering digitally-demanding passengers the onboard connectivity they want, and enabling them to stay connected with work and family.Partnering with long-standing Vietnamese satellite provider, VISHIPEL, has been integral to delivering this first-of-its-kind solution for the region. VISHIPEL has played an important role in Vietnam’s national development strategy for information and communication, and this regional expertise, together with SITAONAIR’s industry experience, has ensured that services are tailored for the Vietnamese market.Inflight Wi-Fi is now available aboard four of Vietnam Airlines’ A350 aircraft, making VN the first airline in the country to offer onboard Wi-Fi to meet high regional demand, enhancing the passenger experience and moving closer towards international 5-star quality standards, while digitally transforming its services.SITAONAIR’s best-in-class Internet ONAIR IFC portal will provide seamless Wi-Fi access to VN’s passengers, and enable exceptional levels of personalization and interactivity through customization, to reflect the airline’s own branding requirements.“With the goal of digital transformation, Vietnam Airlines continues to take the lead in adopting information technology to bring customers added service. By providing the first in-flight Wi-Fi service in Vietnam, we hope to bring passengers convenience and a brand new experience by enabling internet usage during the flight,” said Le Hong Ha, Executive Vice President of Vietnam Airlines.Katrina Korzenowski, Commercial Regional VP Asia-Pacific, SITAONAIR adds: “SITAONAIR is proud to deliver a truly innovative and forward-thinking inflight connectivity experience to realize Vietnam Airlines’ modernization ambitions. Passengers flying with VN will now be able to keep in touch with their loved ones and maximize business travel time. The ability to utilize our brand-defining, customizable interfaces will surely reinforce VN’s standing as the most recognizable airline in Vietnam.”Phan Ngoc Quang, Chief Executive Officer of VISHIPEL, adds: “As a reputable and long-standing Inmarsat satellite telecommunications service provider in Vietnam, VISHIPEL is pleased to bring Vietnam Airlines’ passengers an IFC experience in cooperation with SITAONAIR. Satellite connection via a Wi-Fi hotspot onboard allows passengers to stay connected for work and entertainment. With a vision towards a connected world, VISHIPEL believes this IFC service will open up new opportunities for everyone.”About SITAONAIRSITAONAIR is the air travel industry’s trusted connected aircraft service expert, powering innovation with recognized expertise and future-proof solutions. With our unrivalled industry-backed heritage, SITAONAIR delivers the promises of the connected aircraft, empowering 400+ airlines, 60+ ANSPs and 17,000+ aircraft to navigate the complexity of connectivity with our best-in-class solutions and services for passengers, cockpit and cabin crew, flight operations, aircraft big data and air traffic management. We believe that embracing a digital shift will reinvent the operation of aircraft, flight and on-board experience – making it safer, more efficient and enjoyable.SITAONAIR is a subsidiary of The SITA Group, the communications and IT solution provider that transforms air travel through technology for airlines, at airports and on aircraft.About Vietnam Airlines Vietnam Airlines – a member of SkyTeam Alliance – is the flag carrier of Vietnam and a major carrier in the South East Asia, operating 95 routes to 22 domestic and 29 international destinations, with an average of 400 flights per day. Vietnam Airlines is the first airline in the world to successfully operate both next-generation aircraft Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner and Airbus A350-900 XWB at the same time.Skytrax – the world’s leading airline and airport rating organization – has ranked Vietnam Airlines as a 4-Star Airline for four consecutive years. Vietnam Airlines has spearheaded Vietnam’s aviation market – one of the fastest-growing domestic markets in the world – throughout 20 years of development at a double-digit annual growth rate. Positioning itself as a modern carrier with an internationally recognisable brand characterised by Vietnamese traditional culture, Vietnam Airlines aims to achieve 5-star status and become a major airline in Asia.About VISHIPELOver 37 years of development and growth, VISHIPEL has been a reputable and long-standing Inmarsat satellite telecommunication service provider in Vietnam. VISHIPEL now covers all the on-land, at-sea and in-air markets. With extensive experience, VISHIPEL confidently brings customers valuable and high-quality services. The IFC service is one of the projects that reinforces VISHIPEL’s connecting network in all fields, and it believes its new digital technology products will bring customers convenience and satisfaction.
What comes to mind when Kyoto is mentioned?Most would imagine right away the numerous temples and shrines in the city, or the fact that it is the cradle of Japanese culture. Some might think of elegant ladies proudly wearing their kimonos as they bustle around the streets which create a grid of horizontal and vertical lines. But these are just some aspects of Kyoto City within the greater Kyoto Prefecture.In Kyoto Prefecture you will find places like Maizuru and Uji which are well-known in Japan but are still unknown to most visitors from abroad.In this article, we will introduce a place on the Tango Peninsula, which is all the way up north in Kyoto Prefecture: Ine.Ine – A Charming Fishing TownIne is a fishing town located on the northern part of the Tango Peninsula, which stretches into the Sea of Japan in Kyoto.Around the beautiful curve of Ine Bay are the famous funaya (traditional fisherman’s houses). The area has been selected as one of Japan’s Important Preservation Districts for Groups of Traditional Buildings.Funaya were, as their name suggests, small houses built to house both the fishermen and their small boats, the boats being located on the first “floor”. The houses face out toward the sea, providing a picturesque view of the ocean whenever you glance out the window. More recently, the local fishermen have started using the second floor of the funaya as temporary lodgings.A Trip from Osaka to IneWe visited Ine toward the end of July, choosing this destination because it promised to offer us an escape from our busy lives.It took between three and four hours to reach our destination. First, we got on a Tango Kairiku Kotsu expressway bus at Hankyu Umeda Station in Osaka, then changed to a standard bus at Amanohashidate Station. You can also get on an expressway bus from Kyoto City We left at 9:00 AM and arrived just past lunch, after which we headed straight to our lodgings.Staying in a FunayaWe climbed the old wooden steps in the funaya and laid down our luggage.When you open the curtains, the emerald green of the bay is overwhelmingly beautiful! We sat there transfixed for a couple of minutes, watching the seagulls fly.If you go to Ine, we recommend staying at least one night. Renting a car is ideal since you can get around easily even at night this way. The area is rather inconvenient for those who rely on public transportation because the last buses heading to Osaka and Kyoto tend to leave early.Since you’ve come all this way, returning home so soon would be a waste. With the sea right under your room and the sunlight reflecting off the water surface, it sure feels great. You can take a leisurely cruise on a sightseeing boat, or even go fishing, which is a popular activity in the area.It costs from 5000 yen to 20,000 yen to stay at a funaya, with rooms coming in all sorts of layouts and appearances. Aside from the option of a one-night stay with no meals, you can also make arrangements for a one-night stay and including two meals. To find a funaya to lodge in, please refer to the website of Ine Tourism Association.Cycling Around IneThere are free rental bikes at the Ine bus stop, which are invaluable if you plan to enjoy the sights in the area.At Michi no Eki Funaya no Sato, you can enjoy the view of Ine Bay and dine at restaurants that use locally grown ingredients. Get on your bike and make the (occasionally rough) climb. It can be a tough path for those going on foot as part of the path consists of stairs, but we can assure you it’s well worth the trip.The view on sunny days is magnificent.
5. Koiki Shinjuku Store – Discover Traditional Japanese GoodsKoiki is a store located on the corner of Mosaic Street. Mosaic Street is between the Keio and Odakyu department stores and serves as a passage from the south to west sides of Shinjuku Station.Koiki sells Japanese-style goods designed with old and contemporary styles, ideal for gifts for a special someone.The tenugui(*1) and kinchaku(*2) have gorgeous seasonal designs. They are both lightweight and small and are therefore especially easy to transport as souvenirs. If you are looking for someone who cooks or brings lunch to work, get them a furoshiki cloth so they can store their food in style.*1 Tenugui – A light-weight cotton cloth ideal for wiping moisture and washing your body.*2 Kinchaku – A cloth travel bag made to hold small items usually made of cloth. You can also find leather kinchaku.Mosaic Street is also the location of several restaurants and is famous for its beautiful illumination during winter. After shopping, take time to stroll around this trendy shopping and dining area. 小粋新宿店 View Informationclothing_storestoreRead also Discovering An Unexpected Destination: Shinjuku’s Kinokuniya Bookstore The Best Souvenirs From Japan: Food, Sweets, Cosmetics, And More! 5 Types Of Japanese Sunscreen – Comparison And Recommended Items Finding souvenirs is one of the things to look forward to during a trip to Tokyo. It can also be entertainment in itself to shop for your family, friends, or yourself.This article suggests six great places in Shinjuku where you can find authentic Japanese souvenirs that will please all. These stores have different price ranges to suit all budgets and carry unique, high-quality gifts.1. Don Quijote Kabukicho Main Store – Find Affordable SouvenirsDon Quijote is a large store carrying gifts, accessories, food, and everyday items at a discount, with locations all over Japan. It is known in particular for its low prices and a huge range of merchandise. This location is in east Shinjuku’s Kabukicho, a few minutes away by foot from Shinjuku Station.In addition to the affordability, most merchandise is duty-free, and there is a delivery service that ships your purchases straight to the airport when you’re heading home. You can pay in Japanese yen, but also in US dollars, Euros, Hong Kong dollars, Chinese yuan, Taiwanese dollars, Korean won, and Thai baht, Hong Kong dollars.The Kabukicho branch boasts the widest array of products in Tokyo. It is open 24 hours, so you can shop at any time of the day. The multiple floors are filled with merchandise, making it fun to browse while you look for the perfect gifts. Be sure to check out the food floor, which has Japanese Kitkats in matcha, sake, and a variety of regional flavors. Don Quijote Shinjuku Kabukichō View InformationstoreRead also 2. Tokyo Hands Shinjuku Store – Great for High-Quality Japanese ItemsTokyu Hands is another great option for souvenir shopping, filled with high-quality, Japan-made merchandise. Selling everything from stationery to accessories and home goods, Tokyu Hands is filled with creative, unique Japanese goods that make excellent presents and memorabilia.The Shinjuku location has eight floors nationwide chain and is one of the largest stores in the country. From bamboo chopsticks to geisha-print facemasks, you will find something great for everyone here. Plan to spend a couple of hours here browsing for gifts.Opening hours are from 10:00 to 21:00, making after-dinner shopping possible; the Shinjuku branch is just 2 minutes on foot from the New South Exit of JR Shinjuku Station.Readers of MATCHA can receive a discount at Tokyu Hands. View this page for more information. Tokyu Hands Shinjuku View Informationbicycle_storefurniture_storehome_goods_storestore3. Kinokuniya Bookstore Shinjuku Main Store – Peruse Manga, Magazines, and MoreKinokuniya Bookstore is a nationwide chain in Japan with locations in the United States, Australia, and Asian countries. The Shinjuku store is huge, with floors underground, running all the way to the 8th floor, with a large selection of reading.In addition to Japanese selections, you can find foreign language books and magazines that most shops do not carry. There is also a large variety of Japanese manga, magazines, and high-quality stationery. Come here to shop for any book-lovers you know. Kinokuniya Shinjuku Main Store View Informationbook_storeelectronics_storehome_goods_storestoreRead also 4. Matsumoto Kiyoshi, Shinjuku-Sanchome Store – Stock Up on Japanese Beauty ItemsMatsumoto Kiyoshi is a famous drugstore known throughout Japan, with locations throughout the country. The stores are known for having a large selection of personal care items, medicine, and also snacks and drinks. Come here to find a variety of cosmetics and personal amenities at affordable prices.Sales are often held at Matsumoto Kiyoshi as well. They also have duty-free services for international travelers and free Wi-Fi.We highly recommend stopping by this branch of Matsumoto Kiyoshi to browse the huge inventory and pick up some hard-to-find items for yourself or anyone health-conscious. Matsumoto Kiyoshi Shinjuku-Sanchome Store (official retailer of SK-II products) View InformationstoreRead also Where to Buy Souvenirs and Gifts in Shinjuku Authentic Japanese Souvenirs – Top 25 Items And Where To Find Them Koiki Shinjuku Store – The Practical Beauty Of Japanese Hand Towels 6. Kanzashiya Wargo, Shinjuku Store – Try New FashionsKanzashi is a traditional Japanese hair accessory used by women to tie their hair. Kanzashiya Wargo carries wide selection of original kazashi designs that allow traditional Kanzashi even to be used in everyday looks. They would make thoughtful gifts for anyone interested in fashion.In addition to kanzashi, the bracelets, necklaces and other accessories, like parasols, all incorporate Japanese patterns and designs. You’ll get quite a visual treat just by simply browsing.Each item is designed and created by expert artisans, resulting in high-quality goods that will last a long time. 新宿 The Ichi View Informationjewelry_storestoreSouvenir Shopping in ShinjukuShinjuku is a great destination to explore and is also ideal for shopping for souvenirs and gifts with its large stores with endless-seeming selection. From inexpensive items at Don Quijote to Japan-made goods from Tokyu Hands, bustling Shinjuku is the perfect neighborhood to find thoughtful memorabilia and presents. Read also Japanese Cosmetics – The Perfect Souvenirs From Drug Stores Souvenir Shopping At Don Quijote – 5 Reasons To Visit This Discount Store Shinjuku Complete Guide – Popular Places, Shopping And Dining
Avoid disaster or grant protection, there are a wide variety of divine charms called ‘omamori’ sold at various temples and shrines all across Japan. The handling of such a token–a symbol of a god’s divine power–must be done with special attention. Today, we will answer some questions about the correct way to handle and store charms, as well as how to dispose of them properly once their luck has expired.Question 1: Can I hang multiple charms together on my phone or bag?The effects of charms change depending on the heart of the owner. It’s said that multiple charms, no matter where you put them, will not sway a god’s influence one way or the other. Virtuous gods won’t cancel out each other’s charms if they’re put together. Similarly, there’s no problem with Shinto charms being used with charms from other religions.However, it is possible that a Buddhist charm may not work near a Shinto charm, so you will need to ask if it’s okay to keep it with a Shinto charm at the temple grounds when you buy it.
Read also Takato Joshi Park in Nagano Prefecture is built on the former site of the Takato Castle. It is also famous as a cherry blossom viewing spot and listed among the best three viewing spots in Japan.The local sakura, called Takato kohigan-zakura, is a small type of sakura with a reddish flower. The cute flower has been claimed as the best in the world, and the trees in the park are designated as natural monuments by Nagano Prefecture. This type of sakura can be appreciated only at Takato Joshi Park.3. Nagano – Matsumoto Castle Kawazu Sakura Festival – View The Cherry Blossoms Early! 15 Tokyo Cherry Blossom Spots That You Just Have To See! Read also Tottori’s Top 8 Cherry Blossom Spots – Mt. Daisen, Temples, And More! Read also Northern Japan – 10 Recommended Cherry Blossom Spots1. Iwate – Koiwai Farm*Please note that the reproduction of the photograph above is prohibited.Koiwai Farm is located in the hills of Mt. Iwate in Iwate Prefecture. Visitors can enjoy the grand view of the mountain, along with the sight of the sheep roaming the pasture land. There is also a cow barn, along with other recreational facilities, so all visitors from children to adults can have fun here.The most impressive view at Koiwai Farm is the lone sakura tree standing nobly against the background of Mt. Iwate. The green pasture, Mt. Iwate and the single tree create a picturesque viewing spot.2. Akita – Kakunodate-machiPhotograph courtesy of Kakunodate-machi Tourist AssociationKakunodate, located in Senboku City in Akita Prefecture, is an elegant historic town with rows of samurai houses. A part of the town is designated as a cultural asset by the Japanese government, and here is where visitors can enjoy the scenery surrounded by the mountains.The famous 300 years-old weeping cherry trees of Kakunodate is illuminated at night.3. Yamagata – Matsugasaki ParkPhotograph courtesy of Yonezawa Tourist AssociationMatsugasaki Park, located in Yonezawa, Yamagata prefecture, is a park built on the former site of Yonezawa Castle. 200 sakura trees surrounding the moat bloom in spring, attracting many visitors. The reflection of the cherry blossoms on the moat surface, and the petals floating on it, is truly a sight to behold.4. Fukushima – Natsui SenbonzakuraPhotograph courtesy of Industrial Promotion Section, OnomachiThere is a cherry blossom viewing spot called Natsui Senbonzakura (the Thousand Cherry Trees of Natsui) at Onomachi in Tamura, Fukushima Prefecture. About 1000 trees line up on both sides of the Natsui River for five kilometers.The visitors can also enjoy the koinobori (carp streamers), along with the sakura. The sakura bloom late in the Tohoku area, so the duet of a koinobori and cherry blossoms can only be seen in this area.5. Aomori – Towada City, Kancho-gai AvenuePhotograph courtesy of JAPAN PHOTO LIBRARY © Aomori Prefecture/ © JNTOKancho-gai Dori (the public agencies district) is a sakura viewing spot located in Towada city, Aomori prefecture. In spring, 150 sakura trees bloom here, coloring the street in soft pink.Here in Towada, visitors can enjoy the contrast created by the green pine trees and the pink cherry blossoms. After the full bloom, the streets will be the covered by the pink carpet of scattered petals.6. Miyagi – Nishi ParkPhotograph courtesy of Nishi Koen Hanami SponsorshipNishi Park, located in Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture is a famous sakura viewing spot, where people enjoy drinks and food sitting on blue tarpaulins laid out on the ground.Although a reservation is required in advance, air-conditioned tents equipped with cushions are also available, making this park a popular cherry blossom viewing spot for Sendai citizens.For further information about the cherry blossom viewing spots in the Tohoku Region, read the following article: What’s more, at restaurants such as Ginza Sushi Ojima or Akasaka Kinryu, which specialize in kaiseki cuisine (Japan’s refined traditional cuisine) you will be able to taste sophisticated dishes decorated with cherry blossoms or with sakura inspired motifs.Dishes cooked with high-quality sakura shrimp enjoy the peak of their popularity during the season of the cherry blossoms.We recommend making the most of this unique season by enjoying dishes, sweets and drinks that are connected to or inspired by the cherry blossoms.Enjoy the Cherry Blossom Season in Japan!Cherry blossoms are a special spring feature, an embodiment of something Japanese that cannot be described in a single word. If you happen to visit Japan during the spring, use this article as a guide, and enjoy viewing the beautiful cherry blossoms. Contents:1. Cherry Blossom Forecast for 20192. Tokyo – 6 Must-See Cherry Blossom Spots3. Eastern Japan – 5 Must-See Cherry Blossom Spots around Tokyo4. Kyoto – 4 Must-See Cherry Blossom Spots5. Western Japan – 4 Must-See Cherry Blossom Spots in Osaka and Nara6. Southern Japan – 10 Recommended Cherry Blossom Spots7. Northern Japan – 10 Recommended Cherry Blossom Spots8. Central Japan – 5 Great Cherry Blossom Spots9. What Is Cherry Blossom Viewing (Hanami)?10. Bonus! Enjoy Spring with Cherry Blossom Flavored SweetsCherry Blossom Forecast for 2019 Did You Know?! Sakuramochi In Kansai And Kanto – Regional Differences Takada Park is a cherry blossom viewing spot located in Joetsu, Niigata Prefecture. Takada Castle was built in the Edo Period, and Takada Park is built on its former site. Visitors can observe the remnants of the town that flourished around the castle in this park.Takada Park is listed among the three best places in Japan to view the yozakura, as the whole park, including the row of sakura trees named Sakura Road, is beautifully illuminated at night. This is a spot worth visiting at night.2. Nagano – Takato Joshi Park One of the traditional sweets specific to this season which you simply have to try out is sakura mochi – a cake made with sweet mochi rice and a red bean paste filling, wrapped in a pickled sakura leaf. The unique combination of the sweets taste of the filling and the salty-sour taste of the leaf will leave a deep impression on you.This is a sweet that has been loved in Japan for centuries. There are even regional variations, and we recommend trying out both the Kanto and Kansai versions. Read also Read also 7. Matsumae ParkPhotograph courtesy of Matsumae Sightseeing GuideMatsumae Park, located in Matsumae, southern Hokkaido, is a park built on the former site of Matsumae Castle. Matsumae is the only jokamachi (*2) in Hokkaido, and the park is regarded as a “sakura village,” where 250 types, ten thousand sakura trees in all, bloom in springtime.The Matsumae Sakura Festival is held in the cherry blossom season, with attractions such as a musha (warrior) parades and dance performances. Each type of sakura blooms according to their own cycle, so the visitors can enjoy them for over a month.*2 Jokamachi: A town which developed around a castle, with remnants such as stone walls and moats.8. Hidaka – Shizunai Nijukken RoadPhotograph courtesy of Shinhidaka Sightseeing InformationShizunai Nijukken Road, located in the Hidaka county, Hokkaido, is an cherry blossom viewing spot stretching along a straight road. The sakura trees, transplanted from the nearby mountains, spread out for about seven kilometers.Shizunai Nijukken Road has been chosen as a Hokkaido Heritage site, a collection of various assets to be preserved for the following generations. It has become a prominent viewing spot in Japan, where a total of 200,000 visitors come to enjoy the rows of cherry trees in early May.9. Hakodate – Goryokaku TowerPhotograph courtesy of Hakodate CityGoryokaku Tower is an observatory located in Hakodate City in Hokkaido. From the tower, visitors can view the star-shaped Goryokaku Park. The park is a well-known viewing spot, where 1600 sakura trees bloom in spring.At that time, the view from above has an appeal of its own, as it shows the landscape painted in pink. Visitors can enjoy it from the tower, which has a transparent floor equipped with reinforced glass. The facility has a restaurant and a cafe as well, so the visitors can take their time and enjoy the scenery.10. Sapporo – Moerenuma ParkPhotograph courtesy of Sightseeing and Convention Section, Sapporo CityMoerenuma Park is a large park located in Sapporo, Hokkaido, which was designed by the renowned sculptor Isamu Noguchi. The design is unique, with geometric-shaped mountains, fountains and playground equipment laid out all over the park.The Sakura Forest, where 2300 sakura trees bloom in spring, is the cherry blossom viewing spot. In this park, visitors can enjoy the harmony of nature and art. Read also Southern Japan – 10 Recommended Cherry Blossom Spots1. Hiroshima – Senkoji ParkPhotograph: provided by Onomichi Tourist AssociationOnomichi city is one of the popular sightseeing spots in Hiroshima Prefecture. Senkoji Par, located near the Seto Inland Sea, is a prominent sakura spot in Onomichi. The site rises about 100 meters from the sea, and the visitors can enjoy the view of the city, along with the islands.There are shrines, temples and historic monuments in Onomichi. It is also the entrance to the Shimanami Kaido, a highway connecting the islands in the Seto Inland Sea, which is also popular with cyclists. Visitors can use the ropeway to reach the top of the park.2. Hiroshima – Ueno ParkPhotograph: provided by Hiroshima PrefectureUeno Park, located in Shobara city, Hiroshima prefecture, is a cherry blossom viewing spot situated around the Ueno Pond. In spring, sakura blooms around the two kilometer periphery of the pond, creating a colorful scenery.The Shobara-Ueno Cherry Blossoms Festival is held every year in April, and the nighttime view of the red bridge on the pond and the illuminations make the yozakura look even more beautiful. It takes about 90 minutes by car from Hiroshima city to Shobara, but if you are traveling to Hiroshima, it is worth a visit.3. Tottori – Utsubuki ParkPhotograph courtesy of Tottori PrefectureUtsubuki Park, located in Kurayoshi city in Tottori prefecture, is a park built at the foot of Mt. Utsubuki, a local symbol. Diverse types of flowers bloom in spring, and many people visit this park to view the cherry blossoms.Mt. Utsubuki has been chosen as one of the 100 forests in Japan suited for Shinrin-yoku (a walk in the forest for therapeutic purposes), and has a serene atmosphere. 500 bonbori (*1) of various sizes illuminate the cherry blossoms in the nighttime, creating a fantastic view of the yozakura.*1 Bonbori: Illuminations with paper or silk shades. 3. Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine in KamakuraPhotograph: provided by Tsurugaoka HachimanguKamakura, once the capital of Japan, has become famous as a sightseeing spot in Kanagawa prefecture, with its natural environment and various shrines and temples. Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine is a major sightseeing spot, where the visitors can enjoy the cherry blossoms blending into the scenery full of historic buildings.The trees are lined up on both sides of the dan-kazura (raised approach to the shrine). Visitors can enjoy strolling around the various souvenir shops and restaurants in the surrounding areas while enjoying the view as well.4. Lake Kawaguchi in YamanashiPhotograph courtesy of Tourism Section, Fuji Kawaguchiko TownKawaguchiko (Lake Kawaguchi) in Yamanashi Prefecture is located at the foot of Mt. Fuji. It takes about two hours by car or train to reach this area, where visitors can enjoy spectacular views every season, including that of the cherry blossoms in spring.Many people visit the lakeside Nagasaki Park, to view the sakura against the backdrop of Mt. Fuji. The altitude of this area is higher than Tokyo’s, meaning that the sakura typically bloom in late April. Those who missed the cherry blossoms in Tokyo should definitely visit Kawaguchiko.For information on how to access Kawaguchiko, please refer to this article: Amazing Views Of Mount Fuji! An Exciting Day Trip To Kawaguchiko5. Chureito Pagoda in Fujiyoshida Kenrokuen, located in Kanazawa, Ishikawa Prefecture, is one of the best Japanese gardens built in the Edo Period. It is ranked among the three best Japanese gardens in the country and is where over 400 sakura trees are planted.There are many old sakura trees of historical interest in the garden, and a rare type of sakura named Kenrokuen Kikuzakura can only be seen in this garden. In early April, the sakura trees will be illuminated at nighttime, and Kenrokuen will be opened to the public for free. 4. Ehime – Hirakiyama ParkPhotograph courtesy of Imabari City Tourism SectionHirakiyama Park, located in Imabari city in Ehime Prefecture, sits at 149 meters above sea level, on top of Mt. Hirakiyama. About 1000 sakura trees bloom here in the springtime.From the observatory in the park, visitors can see sightseeing spots such as Hakata Island, Ohshima Bridge, Omishima Bridge and the Tatara Bridge, along with the sakura. There is also a slide and a jungle gym, so the park is great for visiting with the family.5. Kagawa – Ritsurin ParkPhotograph courtesy of Ritsurin Park Tourist Office, Kagawa PrefectureRitsurin Park, located in Takamatsu city in Kagawa prefecture, is a historic garden that was built in the Edo period (1603 -1868). The garden is a cultural asset, designated as the only “special place of scenic beauty” in the Shikoku region, by the Japanese Government. In 2009, the guidebook Le Guide Vert Japon awarded three stars to Ritsurin Park, and visitors from abroad have taken notice.In spring, 290 sakura trees bloom here, highlighting the six ponds and thirteen mounds laid out in the garden. There is a restaurant which serves Japanese-style lunch and also matcha tea, so you can spend an entire day in the garden.For other sakura viewing spots in the Chugoku and Shikoku regions, read the following article: 4 Top Cherry Blossom Spots In Kanazawa – View Sakura In A Castle Town! Read also 5. Nagoya: Nagoya Castle Heian Jingu Shrine was built in 1895, to commemorate the 1100th anniversary of the capital relocation to Heiankyo (the city that later was to become Kyoto). The main shrine stands alongside a Japanese garden. It is also famous as a cherry blossom viewing spot, where visitors are greeted by the deep pink-colored flowers of a rare sakura named “yae-benishidare-zakura.”In early April, the sakura trees are illuminated at night, and the visitors can also enjoy the nighttime cherry blossoms. The Arakurayama Sengen Park in Fujiyoshida City, located near Mt. Fuji, is famous as a viewing spot boasting 650 sakura trees. It has become popular with visitors from abroad as a spot to enjoy the symbolic view of Mt. Fuji, along with the Chureito Pagoda.Mt. Fuji, the pagoda and sakura can all be viewed from the observatory, which is also the perfect spot to take photographs. Walking through the sakura tunnel is also very enjoyable.For more information about cherry blossoms viewing spots in eastern Japan, read the following article: The short period of time when the sakura are in bloom is a truly special season in Japan. The locals are celebrating the joy of seeing the beautiful cherry blossoms in all possible ways. Taking part in hanami parties is one of them. Enjoying sakura flavored sweets and drinks is another way of celebrating the arrival of spring. In fact, you will notice that the foods and drinks served at hanami parties are decorated with sakura.At every supermarket, you will find chocolate, sweets and drinks with sakura flavor. They are all available only for a limited period of time, so do give them a try if you have the chance!Japan’s famous confectionery stores make special sakura sweets during this season. They are usually very refined pastries and are sure worth checking out. For a selection of spring-limited ice cream, parfaits and cakes inspired by the cherry blossoms, please check out this article:Sakura Flavored Gorgeous Cherry Blossom Sweets Spot The Differences: The Five Main Varieties Of Sakura Read also Japan’s Cherry Blossoms In 2019 – Forecast And Best Spots! Japan’s Cherry Blossoms In 2019 – Forecast And Best Spots! The number of visitors to Japan from abroad spikes in spring, especially in April as many people come to view the cherry blossoms (sakura), which bloom freely all over the country.The cherry tree is a deciduous tree in the rose family, which has spread out in the temperate zone of the northern hemisphere, in places such as East Asia, Europe and the North American continent. Pink and white flowers bloom in spring, and they are mostly planted for decoration purposes. Kyoto’s Cherry Blossoms – 15 Recommended Spots And Viewing Tips 13 Top Cherry Blossom Spots Near Hiroshima, Tottori, And Shikoku Read also Matsumoto Castle in Nagano Prefecture is designated as a national treasure. It is also one of the prominent castles with the castle tower still intact. It is called ‘Kurosagi (black reef heron) castle’, due to its black exterior. In spring, many people visit this castle to enjoy the cherry blossoms.There are 300 sakura trees planted in the site, and this view against the backdrop of the black castle is especially popular with visitors. The cherry blossoms are illuminated in the nighttime, so that is another appeal of this spot.4. Kanazawa – Kenrokuen Garden Read also Arashiyama is an area located in the western area of Kyoto, known for its many traditional buildings, shrines and temples.There are about 1500 sakura trees in this area, where visitors can enjoy viewing the various types. The Togetsukyo Bridge, located near Arashiyama Station, is one of the prominent sakura viewing spots. This area is also famous for its bamboo thickets and the autumn leaves.4. Heian Jingu Shrine 13 Top Cherry Blossom Spots Near Hiroshima, Tottori, And Shikoku Photograph courtesy of Kumamoto Castle OfficeKumamoto Castle, located in Kumamoto city, is a local symbol and acclaimed as one of the three best castles in Japan. It was built around 400 years ago, and the grand figure of the castle’s black exterior is truly impressive.The sakura on the grounds bloom in spring, creating a wonderful contrast between the monotone castle and the pink flowers. The sakura trees are illuminated at night, so it is worth a visit at nighttime.7. Nagasaki – Ohmura ParkPhotograph courtesy of Ohmura City Tourism Convention AssociationOhmura Park is a cherry blossom viewing spot located in Ohmura City, Nagasaki Prefecture. The park boasts 21 types of sakura, with 2100 trees in all.The Ohmura-zakura, designated by the Japanese government as a natural monument, is a rare type of cherry blossoms, with more petals than a ordinary sakura, and has the flamboyance of a rose. Most Japanese citizens have not seen it, so if you have the chance, make a visit to the park.8. Saga – Mifuneyama Rakuen ParkPhotograph courtesy of Mifuneyama Tourist HotelMifuneyama Rakuen (The Paradise of Mt. Mifune), located in Takeo, Saga Prefecture, is a grand park where visitors can enjoy the seasonal changes in the scenery. In spring, over 2000 sakura trees and 20,000 azaleas bloom, creating a dreamy, colorful landscape.During the Hanamatsuri (flower festival), which starts from late March, the sakura are illuminated in the nighttime. There are restaurants and tea houses in the park, so visitors can spend their time there leisurely.9. Miyazaki – Saitobaru Kofungun AreaPhotograph courtesy of Saito City Tourism AssociationSaitobaru Kofungun (burial mounds), located in Saito, Miyazaki Prefecture, is a park built among historic remains. Sakura and colza bloom in spring, and the cosmos flowers bloom in autumn.At Goryohakamae, located inside the cluster of burial mounds, 2000 sakura trees and 300,000 colzas welcome the visitors. The vivid contrast between the pink cherry blossoms and the yellow colza catches the eyes of the visitors.10. Fukuoka – Maizuru ParkPhotograph courtesy of Fukuoka CityMaizuru Park, located in Fukuoka city, is a park built on the former site of Fukuoka Castle. The castle has a history of 400 years, and turns into a cherry blossom viewing spot in spring.The “Fukuoka Castle Sakura Matsuri” is held during the cherry blossom season, along with various events, such as the illuminations in the nighttime and the open-air stalls lining up in the grounds. This is a place to enjoy the cherry blossoms in a festive mood.For further information on wonderful cherry blossom spots in Kyushu, read the following article: Western Japan – 4 Must-See Cherry Blossom Spots in Osaka and Nara1. Nara ParkPhotograph courtesy of © Nara Visitors BureauNara Park is a symbolic site in Nara city. Famous temples and shrines designated World Heritage, such as the Todaiji Temple, are located in its grounds. This park is also famous for being the home of many wild deers and squirrels.The small-sized sakura in the park are called ‘nara-no-yaezakura’. In this park, visitors can enjoy both the cherry blossoms and the wild animals, which is the perfect way to experience the start of spring.2. Koriyama Castle in NaraPhotograph courtesy of Yamatokoriyama City Tourist AssociationKoriyama Castle, located at Yamatokoriyama City in the northern area of Nara prefecture, is one of the best sakura viewing spots in the prefecture. The castle was built in 1580, and has been famous as a cherry blossom viewing spot for more than 400 years.It is also known as the gotenzakura (sakura area of the palace), as there are more than 1000 sakura trees here. The Yamatokoriyama Castle Festival is held every year, from late March to early April.3. Okawa Riverside in OsakaPhotograph courtesy of © Osaka Convention and Tourism BureauOkawa runs along the borders of Miyakojima and Kita wards in Osaka. The Kema-Sakuranomiya Park on the Miyakojima side and the Zohei-kyoku (Mint Bureau) on the Kita side, are both known as famous cherry blossom viewing spots.The Kema-Sakuranomiya Park stretches for 4.2 kilometers on both sides of Okawa. Buildings from the early Meiji period, such as the Zohei-kyoku and the Sempukan (former guesthouse of the Mint Bureau), are also located nearby. In spring, 4800 sakura trees bloom here, and visitors can enjoy the riverside scenery, as well as the cruise on the Okawa, well into the night.4. Osaka Castle 6. Kumamoto Castle Spring In Japan: Traveling, Clothing And Weather In March-May Read also Daigoji, designated as a world heritage site, is a temple standing on a vast plot of land. The temple owns buildings and paintings designated as national treasures and welcomes a large number of visitors throughout the year.Daigoji has been known as a place to enjoy the cherry blossoms, where visitors can enjoy the flowers against the background of historic buildings.3. Arashiyama Read also 12 Best Night Cherry Blossom Views – Magical Illuminations! Read also 10 Great Cherry Blossom Viewing Spots In Kansai: Kyoto, Osaka, Nara, Hiroshima 6 Picturesque Cherry Blossom Viewing Spots In Northern Japan Japan’s Cherry Blossoms In 2019 – Forecast And Best Spots! Central Japan – 5 Great Cherry Blossom Spots1. Niigata – Takada Park Cherry Blossoms – The Symbol of Spring in Japanese Culture As far as the drinks go, for a limited period of time, the shelves of the convenience stores and supermarkets will be carrying sakura flavored or sakura inspired drinks. There is a great variety of delicious, non-alcoholic beverages, so even if you don’t drink alcohol you can join the party and enjoy the taste of the season! The spring blossom tea or sakura flavored latte drinks are some of the beverages that we warmly recommend.For more fragrant and tasty sweets and drinks that are only available during the cherry blossom season, please refer to this article: Six Sakura Flavored Snacks Available At Convenience Stores Kyoto – 4 Must-See Cherry Blossom Spots1. Maruyama ParkPhotograph courtesy of JAPAN LIBRARY © Y.Shimizu/ © JNTOMaruyama Park is the oldest garden in Kyoto. It is a traditional Japanese garden, where visitors can enjoy the changing scenery every season.It is one of the prominent cherry blossoms viewing spots in Kyoto, and the illuminated shidare-zakura (weeping cherry tree) is also known as the Gion Yozakura.2. Daigoji Temple Read also 7 Great Cherry Blossom Spots Near Tokyo In 2019 Read also Tokyo – 6 Must-See Cherry Blossom Spots1. Meguro RiverPhotograph courtesy of Meguro Tourism AssociationMeguro River is located near Nakameguro Station, which is two stops away from Shibuya Station on the Tokyu Toyoko Line. It is a prominent viewing spot in the Tokyo Metropolitan area. The river is 8 kilometers long, running through Setagaya, Meguro and Shinagawa wards, and in the spring, 800 trees bloom on the riverside along 4 kilometers.The chic area surrounding the Nakameguro Station is home to many cozy cafes, restaurants and shops. It is also one of the most popular and sought-after areas for people to live in. In spring, visitors can spend all day in this area, as they can enjoy viewing the cherry blossoms, dine, shop and also enjoy the yozakura (night view of the illuminated sakura).2. Ueno ParkPhotograph: provided by JAPAN PHOTO LIBRARY © Yasufumi Nishi/ © JNTOShinkansen lines, JR Lines and subway lines – all run through Ueno Station. From the station, it is a three minute walk to the Ueno Imperial Park, an expansive park also known as Ueno Park. The park has been famous as a cherry blossom viewing spot from the Edo Period (1603 -1868), and people enjoying a picnic under the cherry blossoms, with the ubiquitous blue tarpaulins covering the ground, have become a common sight in spring.The park is illuminated at night, and the visitors can enjoy nighttime sakura. Public lavatories are located in the park too, so there is no need to worry. There are several museums, a zoo, and cafes in this park, making it a great place to spend a pleasant day out in the city.3. Shinjuku Gyoen National GardenPhotograph courtesy of Shinjuku Gyoen Management Office, Ministry of the EnvironmentShinjuku Gyoen is a large garden, originally built for the Imperial Family. Visitors can enjoy three different types of gardens: the French Garden, with its beautiful tree-lined avenues, the English Landscape Garden, which has a spacious lawn, and the traditional Japanese-style Garden.There are 65 types of cherry blossoms, about 1100 trees in all, planted in the garden, and it might be fun to try and find out the differences between them. Sakura manju (buns with sweet filling), sakura konpeito (pointed sugar candy ball, scheduled for sale in March) and sakura dorayaki (pancakes with filling) are sold at the stands in the garden.Bringing alcoholic beverages into the garden is prohibited, so if you want to enjoy a quiet atmosphere, this is the perfect spot.4. Sumida River and Sumida Park in AsakusaPhotograph: provided by JAPAN PHOTO LIBRARY © Yasufumi Nishi/ © JNTOAsakusa is popular with visitors from abroad as an area where traditional Japanese scenery is still preserved, while Sumida River and Sumida Park, located nearby, are both known as riverside viewing spots.The cherry blossoms along the Sumida River can be enjoyed by just walking along the riverside, or by looking up from a yakatabune (roofed boat with tatami floors). Tokyo Skytree is also nearby, so visitors can enjoy the view of both the sakura and the tower.5. Mohri Garden in RoppongiPhotograph: provided by JAPAN PHOTO LIBRARY ©Yasufumi Nishi/ ©JNTOMohri Garden is a surprisingly large, charming Japanese garden, located among the commercial facilities of Roppongi Hills.Located in the middle of an urban area, the park has a soothing effect on the visitors, becoming popular as a relaxation spot for shoppers and restaurant patrons. The scenery here changes every season, and visitors can enjoy the autumn leaves as well as the cherry blossoms.6. Sakurazaka HillPhotograph courtesy of Public Relations Office, Ota CitySakurazaka, located in Den-en-chofu, an upscale residential area in Tokyo, is a viewing spot where you can enjoy a tunnel created by the cherry blossoms.”Sakurazaka” is also a title of a song by the popular Japanese singer, Masaharu Fukuyama. Many people come to visit the place which inspired the song, throughout the year.”Sakurazaka” is a love song, so couples going out on a date often stop to take photographs at Sakurabashi Bridge, located at the top of Sakurazaka. As this viewing spot is located in a residential area, be sure to keep your voice down.For more information about the sakura viewing spots in the Tokyo metropolitan area, please take a look at the following article too. Osaka Castle, located in Osaka City, was built by Hideyoshi Toyotomi – one of Japan’s prominent leaders during the Sengoku period, and renovated by shogun Ieyasu Tokugawa (1543 – 1616). It is regarded as one of the three best castles in Japan, and boasts an imposing figure.The Nishinomaru Garden, designated as an important cultural asset by Osaka city, is famous as a cherry blossom viewing spot with 300 sakura trees. There is an ume (Japanese plum) grove as well, and visitors can enjoy a wide variety of flowers.For other viewing spots in the western Japan (Kansai), refer to the following article. Eastern Japan – 5 Must-See Cherry Blossom Spots around Tokyo1. Sankeien Garden in YokohamaPhotograph courtesy of Sankeien Preservation SocietySankeien is an immense Japanese garden located in Yokohama, in Kanagawa prefecture. It was a place to support artists, and the year 2016 marks its 110th anniversary.In spring, the 300 sakura trees blend into the beautiful Japanese landscape. The historic buildings relocated from Kyoto and Kamakura to this garden are also worth a look.2. Kawazu in ShizuokaPhotograph: provided by Kawazu Tourist AssociationThe Izu area in Shizuoka Prefecture is known as one of the prominent hot springs areas in Japan. Kawazu is especially known as a sakura viewing spot, as well as for hosting the Kawazu Cherry Blossom Festival.During the festival, there are places to view the cherry blossoms while enjoying an ashiyu (foot bath), and yozakura as well. Visitors can enjoy the different atmospheres of day and night. Read also 5 Excellent And Less Crowded Cherry Blossom Viewing Spots In Tokyo 7 Top Cherry Blossom Spots In Hokkaido – See Sakura And Nature! 10 Great Kyushu Cherry Blossom Spots Nagoya Castle, located in Nagoya, Aichi Prefecture, was built in the Edo Period, and is regarded as one of the three best castles in Japan. The golden shachihoko (a fabled fish with a lion-like head) figure on top of the castle tower has become the symbol of Nagoya.There are one thousand sakura trees at Nagoya Castle, and the sight of the cherry blossoms and the castle tower is especially breathtaking. Visitors can enjoy the various views of the cherry blossoms and the castle at this site.What Is Cherry Blossom Viewing (Hanami)?In Japan, there is an event called hanami or ‘cherry blossom viewing party’ in spring, in which people enjoy the sakura in full bloom. This section is about its history and the manners one should heed at hanami parties.History – Cherry Blossom Viewing Began in the Heian PeriodHanami are said to have started in the Heian era, when aristocrats would gather together under the sakura and write poems. There is also an account of a hanami party in The Tale of Genji, the oldest novel written in Japan, describing it as a custom among the nobility.Cherry blossom viewing parties became popular among the common people over the years. Now, it is seen as an opportunity to have a picnic while viewing the flowers.Take a look at Hanami – How To Enjoy Cherry Blossom Viewing for more.What You Need for a Cherry Blossom Viewing PartyThe general idea of hanami is to find a place where you can view the cherry blossoms, cover the ground with a tarpaulin sheet and sit down to view the flowers. Bring your own food and drinks, along with paper cups and saucers, and enjoy a picnic under the flowers.Our article 15 Items To Make Your Hanami Great! has more about the things you should prepare for a hanami party, so take a look.Important Manners during Cherry Blossom ViewingMany people come to view the beautiful sakura, and the proper manners of hanami have become an issue. The following are some points to watch out for.Don’t Leave Your Trash Behind, Sort It OutAt cherry blossom viewing parties, people enjoy dining with their friends and families in public parks and the like. The amount of trash will grow with the number of participants, but leaving your trash behind or just throwing it away is out of the question.Trash boxes are set up at the major viewing spots, so be sure to use them. The trash should be sorted out in categories, such as burnable waste, non-burnable garbage, and recycling items, like plastic, cans, and bottles.Our article Clean Up The Right Way: Dealing With Trash After A Hanami will tell you more on how to handle the trash.Do Not Harm the Cherry Blossoms Cherry blossom forecast for 2019. Source: Weathernews.comThe sakura trees bloom in spring, but their cycles differ in each area. The list below shows the blooming dates of major areas, in an average year. The date changes every year, so if you are planning a visit, be sure to check the latest information in advance.If you are trying to plan your trip to coincide with the cherry blossoms in 2019, check out the following article too: At hanami parties, people can enjoy the cherry blossoms at arm’s length. Some break off a branch to take back home, or rustle the tree to make the petals fall. Sakura are delicate plants and such acts may make them wither or not capable of blooming in the future. When you go to a hanami party, don’t touch the trees, and just enjoy the view.Bonus! Enjoy Spring with Cherry Blossom Flavored Sweets Cherry blossoms have been regarded as a symbol of spring since the Heian era (794 – 1185), and this has been woven into the cultural consciousness of Japan. They bloom in April, which is considered to be the beginning of a new year in Japan in regards to business and academics. Cherry blossoms are also a symbol of a new start, such as graduation, entering a new school or starting new employment. They are truly special flowers for the Japanese.In the language of flowers, cherry blossoms are said to represent innocence and the spirit of beauty, as they bloom quickly, live for a short time, then quickly fall away. This transience is part of their appeal. Furthermore, the graciousness that this life cycle represents is also seen as being symbolic of the bushido or warrior spirit in Japan.Currently, there are more than 600 types of sakura in Japan, but the Somei-Yoshino, which spread after the Meiji Period (1868 – 1912), is the most abundant. It’s actually quite fun to travel around Japan and check out the differences between the various types of cherry blossoms.
JUNEAU, Alaska — The newest member of the board that regulates marijuana in Alaska has concerns about onsite consumption.Lt. Christopher Jaime (HI’-mee), an Alaska Wildlife Trooper from Soldotna, acknowledges that Alaskans voted to legalize so-called recreational use of cannabis. He tells The Associated Press that respecting the wishes of the people is important but “sensible regulations” also are needed.Even though he has concerns, he wasn’t sure if the onsite debate could be reopened.Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy appointed Jaime to the public safety seat on the Alaska Marijuana Control Board, replacing Sitka Police Chief Jeff Ankerfelt.Ankerfelt was a critical vote last month to approve rules for allowing onsite use of marijuana at authorized stores. A Dunleavy spokesman has said the decision to replace him wasn’t based on prior policy positions.Becky Bohrer, The Associated Press
LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Advertisement TORONTO — Meryl Streep accepted her TIFF Tribute acting award on Monday with a message for her fellow performers and filmmakers: be mindful of what you send out into the world.The three-time Oscar winner used her speech at the exclusive fundraiser for the Toronto International Film Festival to reflect on the power of cinema, and how it can affect the discourse, for better or worse.In explaining how she chooses roles, Streep said for the past decade she has frequently asked herself “does this help or does this hurt?” Advertisement Facebook “Every artist here has made a choice about the material they’ve done and they’ve decided to contribute — either by default or intention,” she said, before turning to the current social climate.“Even though we didn’t create the moment we find ourselves in, we can’t cure it individually, we can’t control it, but we sure can contribute to its toxicity.”At the inaugural TIFF dinner-and-cocktails soiree, Streep praised organizers at the Toronto film festival for showcasing more female directors in their lineup, an effort she called “moving the needle by intention.”“Time is short, as you reach a certain milestone you realize that, so we should all do the things that count, even if it’s just do have a laugh,” she added.Fellow actor Joaquin Phoenix later stepped onto the stage to accept his own TIFF Tribute actor award, pausing for a moment to reflect on how his parents and siblings all contributed to his career.He recalled a pivotal moment in his teenage years, after he’d stopped working as a child actor, when his late brother River Phoenix came home with a VHS copy of Martin Scorsese’s “Raging Bull.”“He sat me down and made me watch it,” he said.“The next day he woke me up and made me watch it again. And he said, ‘You’re going to start acting again, this is what you’re going to do. He didn’t ask me, he just told me. And I am indebted to him for that because acting has given me such an incredible life.”Both Phoenix and Streep received their honours on the same night their films screened at the festival.Phoenix is in town for the North American premiere of “Joker,” a dark comic book origin story where he plays the titular character. The drama picked up the Golden Lion award at the 76th Venice film festival on Saturday and has put Phoenix at the centre of Oscar buzz for his portrayal of a man pushed to the brink.Streep is showing “The Laundromat,” a Netflix film directed by Steven Soderbergh that dives into the story behind the Panama Papers documents leak.Other honourees for the evening included New Zealand filmmaker Taika Waititi, whose satire “Jojo Rabbit” tells the tale of a German boy in the Second World War who discovers his mother is hiding a Jewish girl in their attic. The film includes Waititi playing the boy’s imaginary friend, a cartoonish version of Adolf Hitler.Waititi received the TIFF Ebert Director Award, named after the late film critic Roger Ebert, as well as the Roger Ebert Golden Thumb award, presented by the critic’s widow Chaz.After being introduced by fellow director Guillermo del Toro, Waititi launched into an improvised speech loaded with punchlines about growing up in New Zealand.“We don’t like compliments; they’re very uncomfortable for us, so I really didn’t quite know how to deal with the situation,” Waititi explained from the stage.“What makes me happy is making Guillermo stand up here while I try to come up with a thank you speech.”The evening also included a tribute to David Foster, who played several songs be produced with Whitney Houston and Celine Dion, accompanied by vocal powerhouses Pia Toscano and Shelea Frazier.French director Mati Diop, whose film “Atlantics” is playing the festival, received the Mary Pickford Award for an emerging female talent. Advertisement Twitter And British cinematographer Roger Deakins, whose career includes “The Shawshank Redemption,” “Blade Runner 2049” and this year’s “The Goldfinch,” reluctantly accepted his TIFF Variety Artisan Award while tipping his hat to his on-set colleagues.“I don’t feel comfortable being here tonight by myself because I’m usually here with a crew,” he said.“So many memories, so many movies, and hopefully so many more to come.”The Toronto film festival runs until Sept. 15.David Friend ~ The Canadian Press Actor Meryl Streep waves from the red carpet of the special presentation for the film “The Laundromat ” during the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival in Toronto on Monday, September 9, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Tijana Martin
THE BLOCKBUSTER THAT WASN’T: INSIDE AN ALLEGED $14M SCAM TO MAKE THE NEXT NETFLIX HITOn paper, Legends looked like a box-office hit. Adam Joiner billed his movie as an anachronistic mash-up of legendary 19th-century American figures, a steampunk Avengers – tailor-made to satiate the ever-expanding appetite for big-ticket, fantasy-action pictures.With Endgame, the latest Avengers installment, grossing more than $1.2bn in its opening weekend, it isn’t hard to understand how Joiner was able to secure a relatively measly $14m in investment for the project.The only problem? Beyond its screenplay, Legends didn’t exist – and it never would. READ MORE Advertisement The film appeared on paper to target the market for big-ticket, fantasy-action films. (Composite: Rex/Marvel/20th Century Fox) Login/Register With: CALIFORNIA MAN ACCUSED OF SCAMMING INVESTORS OUT OF $14M WITH FAUX NETFLIX DEALAdam Joiner has been charged with wire fraud, money laundering and aggravated identity theft.A Manhattan Beach resident on Tuesday surrendered to federal authorities to face federal charges that he allegedly bulked investors out of millions over a fake Netflix deal.Adam Joiner, 41, allegedly collected $14 million from investors who were falsely told their money would be used to produce a Netflix feature film packed with stars, according to the U.S. Department of Justice. READ MOREFBI ARRESTS MANHATTAN BEACH MAN FACING FEDERAL CHARGES RELATED TO MOVIE INVESTMENT SCAM THAT COST VICTIMS $14 MILLIONLOS ANGELES – A Manhattan Beach man surrendered this morning to face federal charges that allege he collected $14 million from investors who were falsely told their money would be used to produce a feature film that Netflix would distribute and would involve several notable Hollywood figures.Adam Joiner, 41, is expected to make his initial appearance this afternoon in United States District Court in downtown Los Angeles. A criminal complaint filed August 13 and unsealed this morning charges Joiner with wire fraud, money laundering and aggravated identity theft.According to the affidavit in support of the complaint, Joiner used fake documents and forged signatures to raise millions of dollars from foreign investment firms based in South Korea and China for a project he said would be called “Legends,” which is described in court papers as “an anachronistic mash-up of legendary and historical figures from nineteenth century America, such as Davy Crockett, Calamity Jane, Paul Bunyan, and John Henry.”Joiner, who operated a company called Dark Planet Pictures, LLC, allegedly defrauded Korea Investment Global Contents Fund, a South Korean investment fund whose assets are managed by Korean Investment Partners Co., Ltd. (KIP). The complaint also accuses Joiner of defrauding a Chinese investment firm called Star Century Pictures Co., Ltd. and a related company called PGA Yungpark Capital Ltd.The scheme allegedly began in late 2015 when Joiner met a director of KIP and provided him a script for “Legends,” which Joiner said had been written by his brother. As KIP considered making an investment in the film, Joiner falsely told company representatives that Netflix had agreed to distribute the picture, a claim Joiner supported with a bogus distribution agreement that appeared to be signed by a Netflix executive, according to the complaint. After Joiner provided a copy of the purported distribution agreement, KIP agreed to invest $8 million in the project and, in April 2016, transferred the first half of the investment to Dark Planet Pictures.During the investigation, FBI agents spoke to the Netflix executive who appeared to have signed the distribution agreement. That executive told the FBI that he had never heard of Joiner, his company or the “Legends” project, nor did he sign the purported distribution agreement, according to the affidavit.Soon after KIP sent the $4 million to Dark Planet Pictures, Joiner entered into an agreement with the Chinese investors that was supported by the same bogus Netflix distribution agreement, according to the complaint affidavit. As a result of this fraudulent misrepresentation, Yungpark wired $6 million to Dark Planet Pictures in June 2016. READ MORE Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Facebook Twitter
Advertisement Twitter A Canadian artist’s statue depicting “the different states of mind and emotion” of refugees in a boat was unveiled Sunday in St. Peter’s Square in Rome following a mass by the Pope, who decried indifference to the plight of migrants around the world.Timothy Schmalz, of Kitchener-Waterloo in southwestern Ontario, created the bronze, six-metre-high Angels Unawares statue that was unveiled in the historic piazza, located in front of St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome.The Pope and four refugees from various parts of the world together uncovered Angels Unawares on the World Day for Migrants and Refugees. Advertisement Advertisement Schmalz said his goal in creating Angels Unawares was to elicit the same empathy and identification with the subjects as his Homeless Jesus series, featured in front of churches around the world — in this case, for another group of people often considered a burden to society. Login/Register With: Facebook Canadian artist Timothy Schmalz’s bronze statue Angels Unawares was unveiled in St. Peter’s Square in Rome after the Pope’s mass on the World Day of Migrants and Refugees at the Vatican on Sunday. ‘I wanted to reflect the different states of mind and emotion involved in a migrant’s journey,’ says the Kitchener, Ont., sculptor. (Remo Casilli/Reuters) LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment
FedDev Ontario’s recent $3.9 million investment in Toronto-based digital identity technology firm, BioConnect, will help Canada’s Digital Charter achieve its goals to increase the safety and security of its citizens, according to the organization.BioConnect, founded in 2010 and named one of Canada’s 20 most innovative companies in 2017 by the Canadian Innovation Exchange, specializes in the design of biometric access control solutions that can be used by individuals to verify their identity across physical, IoT, and digital applications.“Virtually every aspect of our modern lives depends on information technology. The Government of Canada is supporting Canada’s cybersecurity firms, like BioConnect, in the development and commercialization of their innovative technology to compete in new markets, while providing new solutions to safeguard digital security and privacy,” said Navdeep Bains, the minister of innovation, science, and economic development, in a press release. “We continue to invest in innovative, forward-thinking companies to ensure Canada remains at the forefront of advanced information technology, creating good jobs and keeping our economy globally competitive.”The investment, which is being leveraged along with $9.1 million in private investments, will be used by BioConnect to execute a growth plan to scale up its operations. This investment – and the resulting growth plan – will allow BioConnect to create 40 new positions in Toronto, including 16 jobs in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.“We are tremendously grateful for the partnership we have formed with FedDev Ontario. This program is a perfect example of the Government of Canada supporting young, innovative Canadian companies and providing them the support needed to compete on a global scale,” said Rob Douglas, the founder, chairman, and chief executive officer of BioConnect. “FedDev Ontario’s support is a material catalyst for us to continue to invest aggressively in BioConnect’s future. We are a very proud Canadian company committed to the GTA and we will leverage this partnership to continue to grow our presence globally.”BioConnect currently boasts 1,600 customers and 60 partnerships in Canada, the U.S., and the U.K.This section is powered by IT World Canada. ITWC covers the enterprise IT spectrum, providing news and information for IT professionals aiming to succeed in the Canadian market.
LAUSANNE, Switzerland — The president of the amateur boxing association says the body has “finally and fully left the troubled past behind,” despite being put under an International Olympic Committee inquiry.AIBA president Gafur Rakhimov, who the U.S. Treasury Department says is a heroin trafficker linked to organized crime, has written to reassure national boxing federations about the governing body’s future.The IOC appointed an inquiry panel last week to examine AIBA’s governance, finances and ethics.AIBA is banned from contacting 2020 Tokyo Olympic organizers and risks being derecognized by the IOC.In a letter Wednesday, the businessman from Uzbekistan told AIBA members his problem with American authorities is “based on false allegations by the previous regime of my country is being addressed.”___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_SportsThe Associated Press
Rishabh Pant flays one through the offside (BCCI)Sunrisers Hyderabad played almost the perfect experience game after losing the toss, but made one big mistake in the 18th over to give Delhi Capitals their first win in the 12-year history of IPL playoffs. Capitals played some sublime cricket at times, but nearly bottled it in the end after Rishabh Pant took 22 off the 18th over to turn it into what should have been a cakewalk.On a slow pitch that was described as “tacky” by both captains, Sunrisers were disadvantaged by having to bat first, but their experience showed in how they found their way to what they thought was a winning total of 162. It looked like that for a major part of the first 17 overs of their defence, but Basil Thampi bowling ahead of in-form Khaleel Ahmed proved to be the gamebreaker.Guptill goes big in PowerplaySunrisers knew this pitch would be difficult to score on in the middle overs so Martin Guptill had the license to play big shots while the ball was new. He tucked into Trent Boult, whom he was facing for the first time in a competitive T20 match, after having dismissed Ishant Sharma from his presence. Ishant bowled a pretty good sixth over – the most difficult over statistically – but was let down by some nervous fielding.Sunrisers made their way to 54 for 1 in the Powerplay, but Guptill kept on with his aggressive intent. He strikes at over 8.5 an over against legspin in all T20 and at above 9 an over in the IPL, but when he went after Amit Mishra in the seventh over, the lack of bounce and pace meant he only managed to hit the shot off the toe end, offering a simple catch to deep square midwicket. Sunrisers 56 for 1 in the seventh over.The spin chokeAxar Patel and Mishra against a predominantly right-hand batting unit on a turning track was always going to be a difficult proposition. Had Manish Pandey and Kane Williamson tried anything too fancy, there was a very good chance Sunrisers might have lost the game in this spell. They chose to respect the bowlers and wait for the quicker ones to come back. Mishra, second-best among all bowlers when it comes to balls per boundary this season, bowled his four overs without conceding a single four or six. The middle overs produced just two boundaries, but Sunrisers did well to lose just one wicket in this period. Sunrisers 104 for 3 in 15 overs.The final kickNow Sunrisers finally got pace on ball. Capitals had in their ranks Ishant and Boult, whose economy rates at the death are among the five worst of the bowlers who’ve bowled more than 40 overs in this phase in the IPL. Ishant went for 11, Boult for 14, and almost everybody in the lower middle order played a role in taking Sunrisers to 162. It was a good score on a low pitch, especially if there was no dew and if Sunrisers could limit the damage in the Powerplay.Shaw steals PowerplayPrithvi Shaw has been dismissed 10 times inside the Powerplay this season, the highest for any batsman, but there is a good reason for it: he has stuck to his role selflessly. Shikhar Dhawan is the one to bat through, Shaw the one to create the impact in the Powerplay. And he created some impact in this Powerplay by taking 39 off 24 balls. This involved dismantling Bhuvneshwar Kumar and hitting three fours off a Khaleel over.Sunrisers were forced to bowl Rashid inside the Powerplay; his excellent sixth over went for just six, but Capitals had scored 55 in the first six.Sunrisers claw backThe towels were out – although they weren’t unduly in use – and the pitch seemed to have quickened up, but Sunrisers managed to stay in the hunt. Deepak Hooda got an over to produce the bonus wicket of Dhawan. Sunrisers now didn’t go looking for wickets. They tried to take the game deep, waiting for Capitals’ inexperience to show up. It turned up in the 11th over when both Shreyas Iyer and Shaw – 56 out of the 87 scored till then – fell in the same Khaleel over.The Rashid gambitWilliamson was in no mood to sit back now. He had new batsmen at the wicket, and he went all out with Rashid. Even though his third over didn’t bring a wicket, Williamson took the bold call to finish his quota off with five overs to spare. Rashid repaid the faith, bowling a double-wicket maiden, taking out Colin Munro and Axar Patel. With 52 required off the last five and a lot of monsters of botched-up chases in their closet, Capitals were somewhat the underdogs now.Thampi ahead of KhaleelTwo more good overs followed. Now it was 34 off three overs. Khaleel had two left, Bhuvneshwar one. It would have made sense to bowl them, but Williamson took the gamble of going with Thampi. Not only was the choice of the bowler wrong, he also executed poorly. He bowled length from round the wicket. Before this innings, Pant had hit 13 sixes off pace this IPL, all over the leg side. It would have made sense to bowl over the wicket and angle it away from his arc; this played right into Pant’s hand. It was now down to 12 off 12 after the carnage in this over.Never straightforward with CapitalsNow Capitals began to mess up. First Pant got out trying to finish it with a six, leaving his side five to win off seven. Then some nervous swings and one obstruct-the-field later, it was all twos. Two balls, two runs required, two wickets in hand. Keemo Paul, though, managed to hit the fifth ball wide enough of deep midwicket to take Capitals through to the second Qualifier against Chennai Super Kings. The animated celebration of Ricky Ponting, who has won just about everything there is to win in cricket, showed how much it meant to them. (ESPNCricinfo) Delhi Capitals 165 for 8 (Shaw 56, Pant 49, Rashid 2-15) beat Sunrisers Hyderabad 162 for 5 (Guptill 36, Paul 3-32) by two wickets Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedIPL: Pant’s epic ton in vain as Sunrisers reach playoffsMay 10, 2018In “Sports”Daredevils upset Sunrisers in powerful comeback winMay 2, 2017In “latest news”Brathwaite shines with ball as Delhi win to keep hopes aliveMay 21, 2016In “latest news”
Teachers at the Smith’s Memorial Primary School, Hadfield Street, Georgetown, are concerned about a leaking roof at the institution, which is currently affecting the pupils as the daily downpours continue.The leaking roof went unnoticed at the school for months during the dry weather but now that the rainy season has begun, students and teachers are being forced to move around their classrooms to avoid getting wet.Head Teacher, Iyodele Hamilton explained that the Education Ministry was informed of the situation since last term and promises were made to have the issue rectified as soon as possible.According to the Head Teacher, the school was visited on Tuesday by an official who seemed as though he was assessing the situation. She, however, complained that several other parts of the building also leak whenever it rains, especially the auditorium which is generally used to facilitate formal events.“We are looking for help in that area, with immediate effect that would be good,” Hamilton pleaded. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedMoE places student who beat teacher on 4-month bondJanuary 4, 2019In “Crime”Education Minister says new buildings likely for Brickdam Secondary, Buxton PrimarySeptember 3, 2016In “latest news”Mother of autistic 8-y-o alleges child abuse at the hands of teachersJuly 16, 2018In “Crime”
MICROMINE says machine learning has the potential to transform mineral exploration, and the company’s Ian Whitehouse intends to discuss just how at the upcoming APCOM 2019 conference, in Poland.More than 500 delegates from across the globe are expected to travel to Wroclaw, in June, to discover the latest developments in the application of technology in the mineral industry at the 39th Application of Computers and Operations Research in the Mineral Industry (APCOM) conference.Whitehouse, MICROMINE’s Geobank Product Strategy Manager, will be a keynote speaker at the symposium, which has the theme “Mining Goes Digital”.Whitehouse said the application of machine learning to the process of collecting and analysing geological data in mineral exploration has the “potential to transform the way explorers operate”. He will delve into just how during his “Transforming Exploration Data Through Machine Learning” presentation on June 6.“By adding machine learning to the process of collecting and analysing geological data, we vastly reduce the time a geologist spends doing administration work, enabling more time to concentrate on the quality and analysis of the data collected,” he said.“This type of offering creates opportunity to lower exploration costs and increase the amount of data that can be collected, which are key drivers of the mining industry and will contribute to more exploration projects being approved.”The traditional process of plan – drill – observe – measure – analyse, can be inefficient, and the application of technology and machine learning can address common issues such as inconsistent data collection and categorisation, Whitehouse said.“In the exploration industry it is very common to find that one geologist has classified a rock and the next has classified it as something different. This has huge complications when trying to model the data. However, machine-learning algorithms can be used to fix these inconsistencies and errors in the databases prior to the resource geologist working with the data.”Machine learning can be tapped by the resources industry to streamline geological processes, such as cleansing and validating data prior to starting the modelling process, according to MICROMINE.Whitehouse said high quality DSLR cameras can provide a tool for exploration companies to collect high-quality imagery of core and chip trays, with machine-learning algorithms able to recognise features in the images.“It is feasible for this data to be automatically collected and stored in a database,” he said.To illustrate the power of machine learning, MICROMINE has built an algorithm to determine and map the spatial extents of core imagery in a core tray photo. The application of this technology will result in the reduction of man-hours required to manually review and analyse core tray photography, the company said.MICROMINE is incorporating machine learning into its solutions, with the results of the research project leading to the functionality being incorporated into the Geobank data management solution, enabling core tray images to be transferred into the database and displayed in Geobank drill-hole trace along with other downhole data, the company said.MICROMINE’s presentation is part of APCOM’s technical program, which is presented within six streams: Geostatistics and Resource Estimation; Mine Planning; Scheduling and Dispatch; Mine Operation in Digital Transformation; Emerging Technologies and Robotics in Mining; and Synergies from Other Industries.Whitehouse will be joined by around 100 international presenters from science and industry at the three-day APCOM conference (June 4-6).You can read more about the event here.International Mining is a media partner for APCOM 2019.
One of the pioneers in Virtual Reality solutions for augmented mine tours for anaylsts, executives and other parties is UK-based Reality Check, which made a big step forward recently when it joined the London Stock Exchange Issuer Services Marketplace as their trusted platform for industrial assets tours. David van Eeghen, Realith Check VP Planning & Communications told IM: “The mark of trust in Reality Check’s ability to consistently deliver a high value service at a very competitive price point to clients operating in a very sensitive stage of their growth and evolution was a major win for us and a stamp of confidence in the technological progression supporting investor transparency.”The company told IM that it has found the client response to Version 1.0 of its ‘live action’ (not digitally modelled objects) tours for presenting information in context to audiences with a broad spectrum of expertise very encouraging. “The mining sector clearly recognises the value of Virtual Reality through its flexibility of application to different use cases. The opportunity for asset owners to offer both event based and on-demand, scalable access to remote sites, enhanced with pertinent information is very powerful in facilitating responsible levels of transparent communications with multiple stakeholder groups.”Van Eeghen adds: “As the asset owners become more aware of the value and potential applications of the data they already own, when put in context of a VR tour we expect to see the use cases to multiply beyond our initial proposals of IR and fundraising. This will be accelerated further as data sensor technology and associated transmission infrastructure matures.”And the list of major clients is growing as well. Anglo American commissioned a Reality Check tour of their Minas-Rio iron ore Asset in Brazil. Reality Check delivered an augmented VR tour of the Minas-Rio and supporting infrastructure in time for Anglo’s Socially Responsible Investor day. The tour focused on two key areas of interest: the safety of the site’s tailings dam, and details of the reclamation work carried out on the 500 km pipeline transporting iron ore from the minesite to the sea terminal“The key value add of the VR tour element of the presentation was the increase in engagement with the information being presented and improved clarity on context dependent points. Of particular note was the augmentation of the tour with details for the tailings dam construction method to illustrate its safety and maps of risk zones showing the disaster avoidance approach to community centres and staff infrastructure placement. The tour element achieved this by offering a rich, multi media and multi sensory experience of the points of interest that showed key information in context of the asset.”Anglo American is also the first major client to fully commit to the Reality Check recommended ‘Best Value’ production and usage models. By using an in country camera team and drone operator, combined with augmenting the tour with pre-existing media, re-purposed for the task, the initial costs were minimised without compromise to the delivery of a premium tour experience. To get further value from the tour, it is also being used internally for the orientation of head office staff and will be a key foundation for wider public and investor engagement programs.Elsewhere, Resolute Gold recently commissioned a Reality Check tour of their Syama gold mine in Mali. “Resolute bought in to the flexibility of application of a VR tour and the level of transparency and trust it delivers. Reality Check were engaged by Resolute Gold to produce, host and distribute a tour of their Syama Gold asset in Mali to support multiple programs including fundraising, developing Africa’s first autonomous mine (partnering with Sandvik); re-engineering elements from open pit to sub level caving methods and development of the Tabakoroni asset”The Reality Check solution also supports community investment in economic, social and environmental programs like farming and kitchen garden projects as well as water resource management, health management, reforestation and even a human resources showcase of the onsite facilities for staff comfort.“The Virtual Reality tour achieved these goals by filming a comprehensive site tour with over 150 media spheres, covering the primary pit as it was being re-engineered from open pit to sub level caving operations, augmented with digital models of the planned subsurface infrastructure, and key safety features such as survival pods, ventilation and water management.” Also included in the VR tour are a secondary pit in production phase, a recently drilled prospect, the tailings facilities and management, the onsite plant infrastructure, sulphide and oxide circuits, crushing and milling area, and onsite power and future grid connection work. But the scope goes beyond the industrial assets as the tour also covered the contractors camp including mess, refectory, accommodation blocks, 9 hole golf course and driving range, swimming pool, gym, rugby/football pitch and squash courts.Finally, Knight Piesold are now using Reality Check’s VR tours and platform to keep clients appraised of mine closure progression. The specialist mine engineering consultancy used a Reality Check tour and distribution platform for reporting on the closure program for Pierina gold asset in Peru. “The ability to use the tour as a ‘live document’ that was updated with new information, as the closure project matured, without needing distributed teams to travel to a high altitude, remote site was a key value add to the process.”
← Previous Story Strong THW Kiel win in Granollers Next Story → Buric and Wanne save Flensburg victory against RK Celje PL The reigning Women’s EHF Champions League winners Gyori Audi ETO KC announced arrivals of two strong profiles on left back and right back position.Goalkeepers: Kari Aalvik Grimsbö, Kiss Éva, Amandine Leynaudright wings: Bódi Bernadett, Faluvégi Dorottya, Jana KnedlikovaRight back: Amanda Kurtovic, Kürthi LauraPlaymakers: Farkas Johanna, Estelle Nze Minko, Stine Oftedal,Line players: Kari Brattset, Beatrice EdwigeLeft back: Eduarda Amorim, Anne Mette Hansen, Veronika Kristiansenleft wings: Fodor Csenge, Görbicz Anita, Puhalák Szidónia Amanda KurtovicEstelle Nze Minko
Here are the schedule for the Youth World Handball Championship 2019 – Day 4.Group A:16:30h CROATIA – SAUDI ARABIA18:30h SPAIN – SLOVENIA20:30h NORWAY – CHILEGroup B:10:30h SWEDEN – CANADA12:30h FRANCE – HUNGARY14:30h EGYPT – CHINESE TAIPEIGroup C:16:30h DENMARK – NIGERIA18:30h JAPAN – ARGENTINA20:30h BAHRAIN – MACEDONIAGroup D:10:30h ICELAND – PORTUGAL12:30h GERMANY – SERBIA14:30h TUNISIA – BRAZILPHOTO: Filip Viranovski ← Previous Story VIDEO: Costa makes Portugal happy Next Story → “KEZILABDA ON FIRE”: Hungary beat France!