Friday, February 24, 2012

Okinawan Languages - Myakufutsu, the language of Miyako Island

jts-logo.jpg Do you know about the languages of Okinawa? Check out this article for some interesting information about the different languages of Okinawa, which are different both from Japanese and from each other. We’ll be going to Miyako Island this October to check out their unique kind of Okinawan on the Naka’s Travel Hawaii United Okinawa Association Study Tour and Okinawa Naha Matsuri Tour from October 4th - October 15th 2012

We’ll also be visiting Ikema Island, which has a unique dialect all its own, even though it is just across the bridge from Miyako Island!

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Explore Japan by Rail: JR Pass Rates February 23 2012

The Japan Rail Pass, which is issued by the JR (Japan Railway) Group, offers travelers excellent value for money and convenience. The Rail Pass enables the almost unlimited use of JR trains and its affiliated bus and ferry services within various areas of Japan. The Japan Rail Pass can also be used for the Tokyo monorail to Haneda Airport and the Narita Express to Narita Airport.

The Japan Rail Pass is available only to people from abroad who wish to travel to Japan as “temporary visitors” for sightseeing. The pass must be purchased before entering Japan.

Japan Rail Pass exchange rate for February 23rd 2012 through February 29th 2012 - 1 USD =79.94 JPY

JR Pass prices are updated for the current exchange rate every Thursday.

See http://www.nakastrav … l.com/rail-pass.html for details and current pricing.

jrrail.jpg

Japan’s four major islands, Honshu, Hokkaido, Kyushu and Shikoku are covered by an extensive and reliable network of railways. About 70 percent of Japan’s railway network is owned and operated by the Japan Railways (JR), while the remaining 30 percent belongs to dozens of other private railway companies, especially in and around metropolitan areas.

The Japan Railways Group, more commonly known as JR Group (JRグループ), is made up of six regional passenger railway companies, which are JR Hokkaido, JR East, JR Central, JR West, JR Shikoku, and JR Kyushu, and one nationwide freight railway company, JR Freight. Together they operate a nationwide network of urban, regional and inter-regional train lines, night trains and shinkansen (bullet trains).

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Explore Japan by Rail: JR Pass Rates February 16 2012

The Japan Rail Pass, which is issued by the JR (Japan Railway) Group, offers travelers excellent value for money and convenience. The Rail Pass enables the almost unlimited use of JR trains and its affiliated bus and ferry services within various areas of Japan. The Japan Rail Pass can also be used for the Tokyo monorail to Haneda Airport and the Narita Express to Narita Airport.

The Japan Rail Pass is available only to people from abroad who wish to travel to Japan as “temporary visitors” for sightseeing. The pass must be purchased before entering Japan.

Japan Rail Pass exchange rate for February 16th 2012 through February 22nd 2012 - 1 USD =78.17 JPY

JR Pass prices are updated for the current exchange rate every Thursday.

See http://www.nakastrav … l.com/rail-pass.html for details and current pricing.

jrrail.jpg

Japan’s four major islands, Honshu, Hokkaido, Kyushu and Shikoku are covered by an extensive and reliable network of railways. About 70 percent of Japan’s railway network is owned and operated by the Japan Railways (JR), while the remaining 30 percent belongs to dozens of other private railway companies, especially in and around metropolitan areas.

The Japan Railways Group, more commonly known as JR Group (JRグループ), is made up of six regional passenger railway companies, which are JR Hokkaido, JR East, JR Central, JR West, JR Shikoku, and JR Kyushu, and one nationwide freight railway company, JR Freight. Together they operate a nationwide network of urban, regional and inter-regional train lines, night trains and shinkansen (bullet trains).

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Explore Japan by Rail: JR Pass Rates February 9 2012

The Japan Rail Pass, which is issued by the JR (Japan Railway) Group, offers travelers excellent value for money and convenience. The Rail Pass enables the almost unlimited use of JR trains and its affiliated bus and ferry services within various areas of Japan. The Japan Rail Pass can also be used for the Tokyo monorail to Haneda Airport and the Narita Express to Narita Airport.

The Japan Rail Pass is available only to people from abroad who wish to travel to Japan as “temporary visitors” for sightseeing. The pass must be purchased before entering Japan.

Japan Rail Pass exchange rate for February 9th 2012 through February 15th 2012 - 1 USD =77.1 JPY

JR Pass prices are updated for the current exchange rate every Thursday.

See http://www.nakastrav … l.com/rail-pass.html for details and current pricing.

jrrail.jpg

Japan’s four major islands, Honshu, Hokkaido, Kyushu and Shikoku are covered by an extensive and reliable network of railways. About 70 percent of Japan’s railway network is owned and operated by the Japan Railways (JR), while the remaining 30 percent belongs to dozens of other private railway companies, especially in and around metropolitan areas.

The Japan Railways Group, more commonly known as JR Group (JRグループ), is made up of six regional passenger railway companies, which are JR Hokkaido, JR East, JR Central, JR West, JR Shikoku, and JR Kyushu, and one nationwide freight railway company, JR Freight. Together they operate a nationwide network of urban, regional and inter-regional train lines, night trains and shinkansen (bullet trains).

TSA Pre-Check Program Comes to Honolulu

Hawaii Destination Specialist Logo.  4 color jpg file. Changes are coming to the security line at the Honolulu airport.

The Department of Homeland Security announced an expansion of a program that allows some passengers to go through pre-screening to expedite their trip through security. The program is called TSA PreCheck, but uses a checkmark in the logo. The expansion follows a pilot program at seven airlines.

More than 336,000 passengers have already been screened through TSA Pre-Check, which enables passengers to undergo screening free of charge before they fly. After being identified as low risk, fliers acquire special passes that allow them to speedily pass through security without removing shoes or belts.

TSA PreCheck is currently operating with American Airlines at airports in Dallas, Miami, Las Vegas, Minneapolis and Los Angeles, and with Delta Air Lines at airports in Atlanta, Detroit, Las Vegas and Minneapolis. US Airways, United Airlines and Alaska Airlines are all opting in new passengers and will begin operations later this year.

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano called the expansion of the program “part of a fundamental shift in how we approach aviation security.”

“Immediately after the attacks of 9/11, we simply did not have the information and analytic capability to identify travelers who posed the greatest potential risk and so we had to take a one-size-fits-all approach.” Napolitano said during a press conference this morning at Reagan National. “Our experience over the past several years has made us smarter about the evolving threats we face and how best to deal with them.”

TSA PreCheck will be implemented at the following airports this year: Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI); Boston Logan International Airport (BOS), Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT), Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG), Denver International Airport (DEN), Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL), George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH), Honolulu International Airport (HNL), Indianapolis International Airport (IND), John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK), LaGuardia Airport (LGA), Lambert-St. Louis International Airport (STL), Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport (MSY), Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport (SJU), Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR), O’Hare International Airport (ORD), Orlando International Airport (MCO), Philadelphia International Airport (PHL), Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX), Pittsburgh International Airport (PIT), Portland International Airport (PDX), Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA), Salt Lake City International Airport (SLC), San Francisco International Airport (SFO), Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA), Tampa International Airport (TPA), Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport (ANC) and Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD).

See http://www.globalentry.gov/ for more information.