Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Disney Soundsational Summer, June 3 - Sept. 5

disney-soundsational.jpg The perfect symphony of experiences new and old comes to life as “Disney Soundsational Summer” comes to the Disneyland® Resort, June 3 –Sept. 5, 2011. There are more new stories to experience than ever before, giving you more to do and see than you might imagine.

At Disneyland Park, you will feel the Force in Star Tours® – The Adventures Continue, a completely re-imagined 3D attraction that will take you to new places in the Star Wars™ galaxy – and with more than 50 different story adventures, you can have a new experience each time you return!

Also new this year, “Mickey’s Soundsational Parade” will celebrate the songs of classic Disney movies from “The Three Caballeros” to “Mary Poppins” to “Tangled” in a procession starring the “leader of the club,” Mickey Mouse! And evenings will light up with the return of “Magical!” – the summertime fireworks spectacular, high in the sky over Disneyland Park.

Over at Disney California Adventure™ Park, you can be magically transported “under the sea” in The Little Mermaid~Ariel’s Undersea Adventure, where you can become part of Ariel’s world, singing along with Sebastian and Flounder – but you’ll need to keep an eye out for the evil Ursula and her henchmen, Flotsam and Jetsam.

Opening in July, Goofy’s Sky School will take you for a wild ride, as Goofy offers lessons in barnstorming on this classic “wild mouse” coaster, inspired by the “How To” cartoon series of the 1940s and 1950s. (Goofy’s Sky School will open in July.)

And after your memorable day of fun in the sun, you will definitely want to enjoy “World of Color,” the one-of-a-kind nighttime water spectacular that continues to wow audiences nightly on the waters of Paradise Bay.

When you check in at one of the three Hotels of the Disneyland® Resort from June 3 to Sept. 5, 2011, you will receive two Disney’s FASTPASS® tickets for each person in your party per stay.

Combined with valid theme park admission, it’s a great way to experience Disney Soundsational Summer, whether you go under the sea to experience the all-new “The Little Mermaid~Ariel’s Undersea Adventure” at Disney California Adventure™ Park, or find out where the Force will take you – in 3-D for the first time – onboard “Star Tours® – The Adventures Continue” at Disneyland Park.

See more information about Naka’s Travel Service’s Disney Packages.

See more about Summer at Disney.

Offer includes two (2) Disney’s FASTPASS® tickets for each registered guest (ages 3 and older) per Disneyland® Resort hotel reservation for arrivals from 6/3/11 through 9/5/11. Separate theme park admission is required. Each of these Disney’s FASTPASS® tickets will allow a guest one (1) entrance to the Disney’s FASTPASS® return line of any Disney’s FASTPASS® attraction at the Disneyland® Resort Theme Parks or one (1) entrance to a specially created, limited-time Disney’s FASTPASS® return line for The Little Mermaid~Ariel’s Undersea Adventure attraction. Tickets are valid 6/3/11 through 9/11/11. Disney’s FASTPASS® attractions and return lines may not operate daily and Disney’s FASTPASS® tickets are subject to attraction changes, closures and capacity. No cash value; no substitutions. Tickets may not be sold, copied or transferred for commercial purposes and will not be replaced if lost or stolen. Subject to restrictions and change without notice.

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Thursday, May 12, 2011

Oahu, Hawaii: 41st Annual Ukulele Festival

Since 1971, Roy Sakuma and his sponsors have been keeping the ukulele alive and well by presenting the Annual Ukulele Festival every July at Kapiolani Park in the heart of Waikiki. The Ukulele Festival is a summer tradition attended and enjoyed by locals and visitors alike. By far the largest of its kind in the world, the Ukulele Festival showcases ukulele artists from Hawaii and around the world and an ukulele band of over 800, mostly children. Feel the irresistible magic of the ukulele. Food booths, ukulele displays, ukulele giveaways and more - July 17, 2011 from 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. at Kapiolani Park Bandstand.

For more information, please visit the Ukulele Festival Hawaii website:

http://www.ukulelefestivalhawaii.org/

The ukulele originated in the 19th century as a Hawaiian interpretation of the cavaquinho or braguinha and the rajão, small guitar-like instruments brought to Hawaiʻi by Portuguese immigrants.

The name “ukulele” roughly translates as “jumping flea”, due to the action of one’s fingers playing the ukulele resembling a “jumping flea”. According to Queen Lili’uokalani, the last Hawaiian monarch, the name means “the gift that came here”, from the Hawaiian words uku (gift or reward) and lele (to come).

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Fukushima’s Hawaii girls go on tour

Hawaii in Japan? If you’ve seen the film Hula Girls then you already know why a remote mining town in Japan boasts a local troupe of hula dancers and a Hawaiian resort , but if you haven’t then you might find this article from the Telegraph interesting.

Spa Resort Hawaiians (スパリゾートハワイアンズ), located in the city of Iwaki, Fukushima Prefecture, opened on January 15, 1966 as the Joban Hawaiian Center, becoming the first theme park in the country.

The resort was a response to the decline of the mining industry in Japan and its impact on the small mining town of Iwaki. The Joban Mine had become the Japan’s largest mine in 1944, but as Japan’s economy shifted from being powered by coal to oil in the 1960s, the mining company president hit upon the idea of using the area’s hot springs to open a Hawaiian themed resort. Instead of hiring outside dancers, the company decided to create its own, and initially trained 18 daughters of the mining company employees. In the very close-knit mining community, entire families would work at the Resort.

The 2006 film Hula Girls was based on the story of the founding of the resort.

The resort has been closed since the Japan earthquake and tsunami of March 11th 2011, but the Hula Girls have gone on tour to campaign for the safety of the resort and attract tourist back to the Fukushima area.

Read the full text of the Telegraph article here.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Cherry Blossoms - Not Only for Japan

cherry-blossom.jpg You may not know it, but Japan isn’t the only place to see cherry blossoms in the spring!

Each year, the National Cherry Blossom Festival celebrates spring in Washington, DC, the gift of the cherry blossom trees and the enduring friendship between the people of the United States and Japan. This year’s Cherry Blossom Festival runs from March 26th through April 10th 2011.

The National Cherry Blossom Festival commemorates the March 27, 1912, gift of Japanese cherry trees from Mayor Yukio Ozaki of Tokyo to the city of Washington. Mayor Ozaki donated the trees in an effort to enhance the growing friendship between the United States and Japan. 12 varieties of cherry blossom trees - 3,020 trees total were donated to the people of Washington D.C.

Take a look at what Washington D.C. looks like in cherry blossom season:

http://havecamerawil … erry-blossoms-photos

Interested in a trip to the East Coast? Check out Naka’s Travel’s tours to the mainland:

http://www.nakastrav … m/tours-america.html

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

5th Worldwide Uchinanchu Festival Logo Unveiled

uchinanchu-taikai.jpg On March 11th Nakaima Hirokazu, the Governor of Okinawa, unveiled the logo symbol for this year’s 5th Worldwide Uchinanchu Festival.

The logo was selected from over 200 submissions and features a combination of Okinawan “Kachashi” dancing and the character “kokoro” (”heart”). The colors represent each of the five continents.

The Uchinanchu Taikai is a rare opportunity developed to allow Uchinanchu from all over the world to return to the islands and reconnect with their heritage and culture. The First Worldwide Uchinanchu Festival was held in 1990, and the Fifth Uchinanchu Taikai will be held from October 13-16, 2011 in Okinawa, Japan.

Naka’s Travel Service will be escorting a special tour to the 5th Worldwide Uchinanchu festival from Honolulu.