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  • (Air ticket) An airline ticket is a document, created by an airline or a travel agency, to confirm that an individual has purchased a seat on a flight on an aircraft. This document is then used to obtain a boarding pass, at the airport.
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  • a string of more than 3,000 islands to the east of Asia extending 1,300 miles between the Sea of Japan and the western Pacific Ocean
  • Cover (something) with a hard black varnish
  • coat with a lacquer, as done in Japan
  • a constitutional monarchy occupying the Japanese Archipelago; a world leader in electronics and automobile manufacture and ship building

The resourceful taxi driver
The resourceful taxi driver
Tuesday, 3 May 2011 The missing foreigners. I had already noticed the lack of arriving foreigners at Kansai International Airport. And so far throughout my stay, I have seen very few Europeans / Americans / Australians. Those few with whom I talked, were permanent residents of Japan. Many of them or their friends had been given a hard time by their families abroad, had been urged to fly from Japan and return to their safe roots. Take their children out of school, leave their husbands behind, and get out of Japan. Or simply get out of Japan and start a new life elsewhere. A friend of mine, originally from Spain, with a highly responsible position caring for others in Tokyo, was urged to move to Canada... Some had given in to this pressure, others had not, and some vocally praised their families for having stood by them as they decided to stay. Japan is a huge country -- the areas directly affected by the tsunami and the radiation emergency, are only a small part of the territory. In the rest of the country, life is close to normal. Golden Week has arrived, and we have been wondering how it would turn out this year. Together with the festival of Obon in August, this is the holiday season in Japan, a week in which almost every day is a public holiday and all of Japan seems to take to the roads, the rails and the air for a break. Transport has to be booked early, and accommodation becomes impossible to find. I had decided to use Golden Week to travel around a bit myself, thinking that the current situation would make many Japanese hesitate about holiday plans and that I would therefore have a chance to book a seat on the trains and find myself accommodation. Kyushu seemed a good place to go to -- a pleasant climate, far from the disaster areas and with several towns which I had long wanted to revisit. But I had waited for too long... when I finally went to book my railway tickets, all reserved seats had been sold out. Would I want to risk trying for an unreserved seat? Would I be prepared to stand in the Shinkansen for a few hours if necessary? This was not the best time to go to Kyushu, I felt -- and so, I opted for a stay in Hineno and a first exploration of the coastline to Shirahama in the local trains. A good decision! But the hotel could only take me for two nights; it was totally booked out for the other two. On the spur of the moment, I decided to travel to Nikko, in Tochigi Prefecture. This beautiful old town is in the mountains, well inside the zone where the earthquake had been severe -- and also inside the zone, extending as far as Tokyo, for which radiation readings are given each day in the newspaper. The same newspaper was just the other day encouraging holidaymakers to travel to the zones close to the areas hit by the crisis, as these are now suffering not just from the effects of the earthquake but also from dearth of tourists. Nikko seemed a safe choice. A lovely place, with friends to visit, and presumably no problem at all regarding accommodation. So I thought. And indeed, there was no problem getting railway seats for the journey up to Tokyo. Beyond Tokyo, surprisingly, the trains had been booked out. But the stretch of railway I would be taking, was only short, and if necessary I would stand. As it turned out, this was not necessary -- there were still a couple of seats to be had in a non reserved carriage of the train. The local train up to Nikko ran as usual, not particularly full and no foreigners to be seen. Nikko is one of the star attractions of Japan, and there is always a trickle of foreign tourists on this route. Arriving at the terminus, I realised that the drizzle had developed into a downpour -- and the bus I needed to get to the hotel had just left, with the next one only going after another hour. So, I opted for the one and only taxi waiting by the station. A good decision! To my astonishment, Nikko was bursting at the seams! The traffic jams were interminable and exceedingly slow, and the crowds of pedestrians thronging the footpaths were walking rather faster than the cars could move. As the rain poured down and we edged forward, I chatted with the taxi driver, who told me that the earthquake had been serious, but had not caused all that much damage. The aftershocks were now over and life was returning to normal. Only problem : no tourists! I looked out at the crowds of cars, people and umbrellas and he must have seen me wondering... All the people here now have just come for the few days of Golden Week. Next week, the town will be deserted again. The foreigners, who are a steady trickle throughout the year, are not coming... and it is they who keep Nikko working outside the week-ends and the major festival seasons. When we finally made it to the hotel, I was beginning to worry. And rightly too -- as soon as the taxi driver opened the passenger door, a hotel staffer with an umbrella hastened to greet me, then urgently told me that all rooms had been booked
Off to Asia
Off to Asia
365 Days - Day 138 ----- I had to do a trip for a week to Japan and South Korea to visit our international subsidiaries in each country. Due to cutbacks in budgets, we have to fly economy regardless of how long the flights are. Luckily, Northwest was having a promotion where I was able to upgrade my tickets to Business Class for only 1 air mile! Here I am in my seat right before take-off with a glass of champagne. Air miles to the rescue!

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