【 February 04, 2014 】
On Tuesday, January 28th in 2014, a press conference was held in Tokyo to announce
that Mr. Yoshihide Muroya will participate in “Red Bull Air Race World
Championship 2014”, which is the fastest air race in the world. He is a pilot who
belongs to “Fukushima Sky Park” in Fukushima City and flies in the sky all over the
world. Approximately four hundred million people living in over one hundred
countries will watch the pilots compete in the sky on TV. At the press conference,
Mr. Muroya talked about his hope to reconstruct Fukushima prefecture and his
enthusiasm for the air race as follows:
“ I would like to tell people in host countries about what Fukushima is like now to
remove harmful rumors of Fukushima. I wish I could do something for Fukushima
through participating in this air race. I aim to win within the sixth place overall.”
This race will be held at seven places in six countries starting on Friday, February
28th in Japan time until November.
Warm encouragement from people in host countries will enhance the participants’
■Red Bull Air Race 2014
Period: From February 28th to November 2nd
Places: United States of America, United Kingdom, Poland, United Arab Emirates, Malaysia, China- Eight places in seven countries
For detailed information, please refer to the website below.
http://www.redbull.com/jp/ja/motorsports/stories/1331614796332/red-bull-air-race-2014-return (only in Japanese)
http://www.yoshi-muroya.jp/ (only in Japanese)
■Fukushima Sky Park
http://www.tif.ne.jp/jp/spot/spot_disp.php?id=6062 (only in Japanese)
【 December 27, 2013 】
Representatives from Fukushima prefecture participated in “Travel Mart” held at Pacifico Yokohama in Yokohama city from November 27th through 29th.
This 11th annual Travel Mart is the biggest business meeting in Japan involving foreign travel agencies and overseas media agencies.
During the two day business meeting, three employees from Fukushima prefecture Tourism & Local Products Association and the associate members had an opportunity to talk with ten travel agencies and thirty two media agencies from Korea, China and Southeast Asia. They explained to the agencies that Fukushima prefecture has some advantages such as sightseeing spots, food culture and easy access from Tokyo.
The attractions of Fukushima provided by “Travel Mart” will help develop new tourism and visits to Fukushima in the future.
【 December 25, 2013 】
Ski season has come. Ski resorts in Fukushima prefecture have easy access from Tokyo or Sendai and people can enjoy skiing for a long period, until early May.
Weather forecasts say that there will be a lot of snow this year and it is possible to
enjoy the best skiing on slopes covered with powder snow in January and February.
Last winter, the ski resorts were also crowded with large groups of families from Korea enjoying skiing.
Also, the Tohoku region preliminary in the international competition for ski and snowboard slope style, “Kumi Yama Japan” （http://www.nango-ski.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/Kumi-Yama-Release-2014.pdf）has been decided to be held at Aizu Kogen Nango Ski Resort. Every year this international competition, whose theme is “Japan”, is held in France. Japanese cultural symbols such as Samurai or Japanese animation characters entertain the audience in the ski resorts.
In addition, “FIS Freestyle Ski World Cup at Inawashiro in Fukushima” （http://freestyleski-worldcup.com/） organized by the International Ski Federation has been decided to be held at Listel Ski Fantasia this year. It was held there last year for the first time in three years. Top athletes from all over the world will show us that they ski in earnest.
Many skiers from children to adults are enjoying the slopes in ski resorts. Everybody is welcome to come and enjoy skiing.
Please refer to the following homepage about the information of each ski resort.
【 November 15, 2013 】
From October 23rd to 27th a Finnish blogger, Karolina Tammivuori, traveled around Fukushima Prefecture to show how a foreigner enjoyed the trip to Japan on home page. This is the project by “We love Japan Tour 2013”.
Ms. Karolina Tammivuori trekked Mt. Azuma, Fukushima City and then went to Kitakata City and Aizuwakamatsu City. She is introducing nature, history and food about Fukushima Prefecture on home page. You can read and see the introduction by her through the home page address below:
【 November 15, 2013 】
On October 12th and 13th, Fukushima Prefecture exhibited a booth in the 3rd annual “Japan Festival in Seoul”, which was jointly held with the “2013 Itaewon Global Village Festival” in Itaewon district, Seoul.
On October 12th some representatives from Fukushima Prefectural Government participated in the parade of the global village festival by marching with a placard on which “Japan” was written. They marched to the encouragement and cheering from the roadside.
At the booth there were some events such as painting of folk arts and tasting sake and peach juice produced in Fukushima Prefecture. The booth was crowded with people. PR activities will be continued to promote sightseeing exchange between Korea and Japan.
Scene of Participating in Thai International Travel Fair in August：http://www.tif.ne.jp/lang/en/newsrelease/topic_news.html?id=134
Scene of Participating in MATTA Fair Kuala Lumpur in September：http://www.tif.ne.jp/lang/en/newsrelease/topic_news.html?id=138