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Free Hello Kitty App to Guide You in Japan

The Hello Kitty App is available to help guide you in Japan. The app is called, Visit Japan with Hello Kitty, and you can “discover the Japan you didn’t know”. The cool thing, you can shoot photos and Hello Kitty will be on the screen too. You can keep track of your trips, sort of like a FourSquare check in, and that’s about it. The magic word… it’s FREE.

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The Ichiro Effect

The Ichiro Effect is now gone from Seattle, a west coast location that’s not as far from Japan and New York City. Tourism will be affected as people will now perhaps defect to New York for visits. But even that will be less. Seattle is a much simpler place to visit. “Japan sends more tourists to Seattle than any other country, according to U.S. Commerce department officials, the newspaper notes. In 2011 alone, 64,000 Japanese tourists visited the region.” (USA Today – Ichiro Effect)

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Singapore’s Artificial Eco Super Trees

They’re 25-50 meters tall, solar powered, will collect rainwater, provide shade (obviously), will have plants growing on it, will be a temperature gauge (need more than 1?) and will look cool. They’re part of a development called Gardens by the Bay. There’ll be more including a plant conservatory that will cost admission, and if it’s anything like the Singapore we know, they’re going to be plenty of food. Does eco tourism really work? (CNN – Singapore Gardens by the Bay)

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No Tibet For You!

No, you aren’t going to Tibet. The latest self immolations by Buddhist sealed the fate, no more tourism which means less attention towards the injustice. Does this mean news orgs will be left out too? Tourism is a big part of making money there and now it’ll be cut off. How will the folks there make a buck? Government money? Fat chance. It’s a strategy of some sort for sure to keep the news out, keep attention out and bleed the place dry. (ABC – Tibet)  

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