Friday, July 1, 2011
Three-Alarm Firecracker Chicken
With fresh jalapeno chili, dried red chilies and chili garlic sauce ‘ this dish is hot and spicy! In China the dried chilies are typically eaten, but unless you like very hot food, you will probably want to remove them before serving.
Visit this link for the recipe by Martin Yan
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Tuesday, June 28, 2011
“Hospitality Needs No Translation”
Princess Cruises reveals Tokyo, Japan as “Essential Experience #36” on its blog, “50 Essential Experiences: The Travel Bucket List.” This week Passenger Programs Specialist Chris Nicholson relives a special visit to the Tokyo home of a Japanese family he’d met on a previous cruise.
He writes: “Before me stood a house that I can only describe as coming straight off of an antique porcelain plate. With peaked roofs and gabled eaves, the house was a charming relic of a bygone era.” read more
These and other stories can be found online at www.50EssentialExperiences.com, where a new experience is unveiled weekly. Each is authored by a Princess destination expert – a long-serving and well-traveled shipboard or shoreside employee.
One of the best-known names in cruising, Princess Cruises first set sail in 1965 with a single ship cruising to Mexico. Today, the line has grown to become the third largest cruise line in the world, renowned for innovative ships, an array of onboard options, and an environment of exceptional customer service. A recognized leader in worldwide cruising, Princess offers approximately 1.3 million passengers each year the opportunity to escape to the top destinations around the globe, aboard a fleet of 17 modern vessels.
Princess Cruises was catapulted to stardom in 1977 when one of its ships, Pacific Princess, was cast in a starring role on a new television show called “The Love Boat.” The weekly series, which introduced millions of viewers to the concept of a sea-going vacation, was an instant hit and both the company name and its “seawitch” logo have remained synonymous with cruising ever since. The show, which can still seen around the world, has been widely credited with fueling the dramatic expansion of the industry.
Thursday, June 9, 2011
Celebrate the birthday of Hawaii’s “Father of Surfing,” Duke Paoa Kahanamoku, in true Waikiki Beachboy style with the 10th Annual Outrigger Duke Kahanamoku Foundation’s Oceanfest, August 24 – 28, 2011! Participate in or simply enjoy watching a host of ocean sports including longboard surfing, surf polo, swimming, stand up paddling and paddleboarding all along Waikiki Beach. The Oceanfest culminates with a lei draping ceremony of over 500 feet of lei on Duke’s statue.
Proceeds from the week of events provide scholarships for Hawaii’s scholar-athletes and charitable organizations throughout Hawaii. Duke Kahanamoku had a long and distinguished list of athletic achievements, including Olympic gold medals and world swimming records that stand tall and proud in the annals of sports history. Moreover, the Duke may be more well known as Hawaii’s ambassador of aloha and father of international surfing.
The events are free to attend, with food booths and entertainment.
For more information, please visit: www.DukeFoundation.org
Tuesday, June 7, 2011
“Eisa” is an Okinawan ceremonial dance using drums, originally performed to welcome and console the souls of one’s ancestors during the Summer “Bon” season. The steady beat of various drums, colorful and exotic costumes, sweetness of the women’s dance, and dynamic moves by young men, are all the essence of exciting Eisa.
Naka’s Travel Service escorts tours to Okinawa from Honolulu every year, see the Okinawa tours page for information on current and future escorted tours.
August 7, 2011: 10,000 Eisar Dance Festa 2011
Dynamic and colorful Eisar dance is what Okinawa’s summer is all about. Out of many Eisar festivals, this is one of the must-see! In this event, the popular Naha shopping street goes completely Eisar for a whole week, concluding with the final parade by 10,000 Eisar dancers. Enjoy watching various Eisar styles, both traditional and new, from youth to elderly dance on-stage and throughout the street.
For more information see http://www.kokusaidori.org/
August 18-21, 2011: The 56th All-Okinawa Eisa Festival
Okinawa City, the home of many famous Eisa teams, has hosted the festival since 1956. There is no such opportunity as this festival where you can see Eisa teams from all over the island together on one field.
For more information see http://www.koza.ne.jp/
Wednesday, May 25, 2011
The city of Hiroshima, in western Japan, has redesigned the Hiroshima online sightseeing site “Hiroshima Navigator” (www.hiroshima-navi.or.jp/en). It features information about sightseeing spots, information about accommodation, shopping, restaurants and more.
With six beautiful rivers flowing through it, Hiroshima is called the City of Water. The origins of the City date back to 1589 when Mori Terumoto, a feudal lord, built Hiroshima Castle (also referred to as Rijo, or Carp Castle) at the large delta of the Ota-gawa River. (The current castle was reconstructed after the original was destroyed by an atomic bomb during the war.)
Because the delta resembled a large island, the area was called “Hiroshima,” or ‘wide island’ in Japanese. The town was the seat of the Mori and Fukushima families, and later of the Asano, who laid the foundations of Hiroshima’s further development as the most lively castle town in western Japan.
Upcoming events in Hiroshima:
Hiroshima established the Hiroshima Art Prize in 1989. The purpose is to recognize the achievements of artists who have contributed to the peace of humanity in the field of contemporary art, and through contemporary art aim to appeal to a wider world and the spread the “Spirit of Hiroshima,” which seeks everlasting world peace. This prize is awarded once every three years. The winner of the eighth Hiroshima Art Prize is Yoko Ono. An award ceremony will be held in July. At the Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art, a special exhibition about Ono will start from July.
The Peace Memorial Ceremony is held on Aug. 6 every year. The ceremony starts at 8 a.m. Many visitors come to the peace memorial park to attend the ceremony in early morning. At night, a Lantern Floating ceremony will be held. Originally, lantern floating is an event to mourn for the departed souls. But in this Lantern Floating ceremony, participants float their lantern not only to mourn for the souls of the victims by A-bombing, but also to promise to make efforts toward the realization of world peace.
In late October, the Hiroshima Food Festival will be held in Hiroshima Castle and the Central Park featuring various foods from all over Hiroshima prefecture. Many stalls are opened at the site. From the end of October to the end of November, the fall foliage is at its finest in Hiroshima. Miyajima is famous for foliage sighting as is Hijiyama park and the Mitakidera temples and in the northern part of Hiroshima scenic areas such as Sandankyo Gorge and Taishakukyo Gorge.
See the Naka’s Travel Service Japan Tours page for information on package tours to Hiroshima and other parts of Japan. There is more information about Hiroshima on the Hiroshima Navigator page at http://www.hiroshima-navi.or.jp/en/ or from the Japan National Tourism Organization page at http://www.japantravelinfo.com.