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Thank you to everyone who reached out and expressed sympathy and support or lent a hand after the Kumamoto earthquakes last month. The airport and train lines are all running as normal now, although some buildings and areas are still off-limits due to concerns about structural integrity. 

We're back and better than ever with a new format, and this month's newsletter is jam-packed with exciting news. Read on!
 
JNTO Head Office Kumamoto updates
Insider Tip #13: Toilets in Japan

When faced with two doors with signs in kanji, no English in sight and no colours to differentiate by, how does one know which is the men’s and which is the women’s? Remember this adage: The man is the one with a rice field for a head (男), and the woman has her legs crossed (女).

Once you've made it past the entrance, you may be faced with another dilemma when the individual stalls have strange characters: 和 and 洋. The first, with the box that could easily represent a hole in the ground, means “Japanese style,” and behind that door you’ll find a squat toilet. The second, with the drops on the left and the toilet brush on the right, means “western style,” and behind that door you’ll find the familiar commode.

Or perhaps not so familiar, because many toilets in Japan are high tech, with washlets including seat warmers, bidets, and even a little blow dryer for post-bidet use. Three options here, then: Look up a guide to see what the buttons mean; experiment and get ready for a surprise; or just ignore them and use the toilet as normal.

Another fixture you will often find in women's public toilets is the 音姫 "oto-hime," or "sound princess," which can be either a panel on the wall or a button on the washlet control panel. The wall panel may be either a button or a motion sensor, and when triggered it will play a flushing sound for 20-30 seconds for privacy.
Announcements
Snow Travel Expo
MEL 22 May | SYD 29 May

JNTO will be exhibiting at the consumer Snow Travel Expo events in Melbourne and Sydney. Come by and say hi!
* Melbourne: Booth 37
* Sydney: Booth 7
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Japan Snow & Adventure Travel Mart
MEL 23 May | SYD 30 May | 1-4pm

If you haven't already registered for this trade event, it's not too late! If you don't want to take part in prescheduled appointments, you can still come and speak to suppliers who are free and attend presentations at your leisure. Please register your interest by emailing your name, company name, and job title to us.
Email [email protected] to register
Travel Industry Exhibition
MEL 11-12 July | SYD 18-19 July

JNTO will have a table at the Travel Industry Exhibition this July, in both Sydney and Melbourne. Come down and say hi, grab a couple of informational brochures, and ask any pressing questions you may have!
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Win a seat on a JNTO Famil!
We are giving twenty travel agents from Australia the chance to WIN a place on two famils to Japan later this year to explore the unique country first hand. For your chance to win a place on one of these famils, complete and pass the e-learning with a high score before 15th August 2016.
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Trade News
Haneda Airport Discounts
 
From 25 April 2016 to 30 June 2016, customers who present an “airline ticket stub” for arrival or departure from Haneda Airport can receive the following discounts and other benefits at selected stores in “Wing Airport Haneda”, a shopping mall inside Haneda International Airport. 
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Universal Jump Summer

Universal Studios Japan will be holding “Universal Jump Summer”, a limited time event, starting on Friday, 1st July 2016. It’s a wild and crazy summer extravaganza in celebration of Universal Studios Japan’s 15th anniversary for an unforgettable summer!
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Direct Bus from KIX to Koyasan

Airport Limousine bus has commenced a daily direct service from Kansai Airport to Koyasan, a UNESCO World Heritage listed site, from 1st April – 30th November 2016. 
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Mt Fuji 2-day Climbing Tour

Willer Travel is offering a 2-day bus tour from Tokyo to climb Mt Fuji. This tour has been designed so that even beginners will be able to see the sunrise at the summit.
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Partner Sites
20 Recommended Power Spots in Kyoto 
Kyoto, the old city that built the cornerstones of Japan, is full of places with superstitions about granting your wishes, spots where you can receive power, and more. 
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The Best of Tokyo Cuisine

Tokyo's Top 10 most mouth-watering dishes, as featured in local gourmet rankings and selected by travelers.
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10 Cultural Dos and Don’ts in Japan 
Travelers hear so many tales about the strict cultural rules of Japanese society and the cringeworthy faux pas foreigners are prone to commit. But behaving well by Japanese standards isn’t all that complicated. 
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Getting Around Kansai

Within Kansai there are numerous options for bus, train and subway lines that will help moving around a lot easier and significantly cheaper. This post takes a look at the most important ones.
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March's Most Popular Topics
 


Rose Festival at Huis Ten Bosch

Huis Ten Bosch is hosting their annual Rose Festival from now to 13th June 2016.

 
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Tokyo DisneySea’s 15th Anniversary Celebrations

Tokyo Disney Resort® is holding celebrations to mark the 15th year anniversary of the grand opening of Tokyo DisneySea® Park, from now to 17th March 2017, entitled “Tokyo DisneySea 15th Anniversary: The Year of Wishes”.
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