|Above, Gert Frobe and Sean Connery at Stoke Park Golf Club in England.|
Lonely Planet's Robert Reid takes a look at the iconic locations that James Bond fans can travel to.
To see the video, go here.
|Above, Gert Frobe and Sean Connery at Stoke Park Golf Club in England.|
|Above, heavy rains from typhoon Jelawat is expected to hit Akihabara, Tokyo late Sunday. Photo by Armand Vaquer.|
Tokyo, Sept. 29 (Jiji Press)--A powerful typhoon is likely to reach the Kanto region including Tokyo late on Sunday after hitting Okinawa Prefecture on Saturday, the Meteorological Agency said.
The 17th typhoon this year, named Jelawat, engulfed Okinawa's main island in its storm zone. Trucks and passenger cars were rolled over in Naha, while 4,206 households were instructed to evacuate in Nago and Higashi.
According to the Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratory, a “hurricane” and a “typhoon” are simply different names for a “tropical cyclone.”
|Above, the Wako Department Store in Ginza. Photo by Armand Vaquer.|
TOKYO —Japan Airlines (JAL) and British Airways will begin a joint business agreement with the two airlines sharing revenue on applicable flights between Europe and Japan.
The joint business, which starts on Monday, will benefit customers by providing better links between Japan and Europe, greater choice of flights to more destinations, enhanced frequent flyer benefits and the potential to launch new routes.
JAL and British Airways, both members of the oneworld alliance, have been forging ever closer ties in their evolution to the joint business. Earlier this month, JAL and British Airways began offering codeshare flights between Tokyo (Haneda and Narita) and London (Heathrow).
|Above, the Saikai Bridge in Kyushu, Japan. Photo by Armand Vaquer.|
TARZANA, CA — The U.S. Postal Service will honor tomorrow one of the most prolific authors of the early 20th century and inventor of the iconic character Tarzan with the issuance of the Edgar Rice Burroughs Forever Stamp.
The stamp issuance coincides with the 100th anniversary of the publication of Burroughs’ first story, Under the Moons of Mars, and his first Tarzan story, Tarzan of the Apes, in 1912.
The Edgar Rice Burroughs Forever Stamp will be dedicated tomorrow at 11:30 a.m. PT at the Tarzana Community and Cultural Center in Tarzana, CA, and will go on sale tomorrow at Post Offices nationwide, online at usps.com and by phone at 800-782-6724.
Best known for inventing the legendary character Tarzan,Burroughs wrote more than 70 books, including historical fiction and several popular series of science fiction tales.I finally got my hands on a few of the stamps today and posted a scan of them at top. Burroughs once owned a ranch in the San Fernando Valley, Tarzana Ranch, for which the community (part of the City of Los Angeles) of Tarzana (my base of operations) is named.
Fresh claims that U.S. intelligence officials knew practically from the start that the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi was terrorism possibly tied to Al Qaeda have lawmakers alleging they were misled and questioning whether the administration has something to hide.The story was fishy from the start. First, it was claimed that protesters got out of hand and attacked the "safe house" the ambasssador was at. Since when do "protesters" bring rocket launchers to a protest? Then, it was claimed that the protest was "spontaneous" over an amateur video attacking Islam. But the video has been on YouTube since July. They just decided to "protest" on the 11th anniversary of the attacks in New York and the Pentagon? Not likely.
"This is turning into something not short of Benghazi-gate," Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., told Fox News, adding he's "very suspicious" about the way the administration has handled this.
Two senior U.S. officials told Fox News on Thursday that U.S. intelligence officials knew within 24 hours of the assault that it was a terrorist attack and suspected Al Qaeda-tied elements were involved.
The account sharply conflicted with claims by U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice on the Sunday after the attack that the administration believed the strike was a "spontaneous" event triggered by protests in Egypt over an anti-Islam film.
|Above, Miki Hayashi with "The Monster Movie Fan's Guide To Japan." Photo by Armand Vaquer.|
|Above, Herbert Lom (left) with Peter Sellers.|
Herbert Lom, the versatile Czech-born actor who could play Napoleon Bonaparte or a witch hunter with equal aplomb but who was perhaps best known as Peter Sellers’s frustrated boss in the “Pink Panther” franchise, died on Thursday at his home in London. He was 95.
|Above, Sendai Station, featured in two kaiju movies. Photo by Armand Vaquer.|
THE city of Sendai, Tohoku Tourism Promotion Organization, Japan Railways and inbound travel experts in the Tohoku region are coming together to roll out a rejuvenated Welcome to Sendai campaign from April to June 2013, in the hope of regaining tourism numbers.
Campaign details were still being worked out at press time but are expected to be ready by year-end. Unlike the first Welcome to Sendai campaign held in 2008, which was only targeted at the local market, the second edition will have more international appeal as the global audience comes into the cross hairs this time, with Asia as its core focus, said Sendai City’s economic affairs bureau senior officer, Osamu Arakida.
The campaign aims to show that Sendai City, the largest city in Tohoku, is safe from harmful radiation and that business is as usual after last year’s earthquake and tsunami, said Arakida, who revealed that foreign arrivals to Sendai dipped from 90,000 in 2010 to 24,000 last year.To read the full article, go here.
|Above, the Godzilla statue in Hibiya, Tokyo. Photo by Armand Vaquer.|
Andy Williams, whose corn-fed good looks, easygoing charm and smooth rendition of "Moon River" propelled him to the heights of music stardom in the early '60s, died Tuesday at his home in Branson, Mo., following a battle with bladder cancer, his family announced.
He was 84, and 2012 had marked his 75th year in showbiz. Williams is survived by his wife Debbie and his three children, Robert, Noelle and Christian.
|Above, Armand at the Great Buddha of Kamakura.|
TOKYO —A panel of experts from UNESCO inspected Kamakura on Tuesday as part of a process to decide whether or not the city will be listed as a World Heritage Site.
In February, the Japanese government submitted a request to UNESCO to register Mt Fuji and Kamakura as World Heritage sites in 2013.I visited some of Kamakura's historical sites in 2004, including the Great Buddha of Kamakura.
|Above, tour boats in Nakasaki. Photo by Armand Vaquer.|
Tokyo, Sept. 25 (Jiji Press)--The dollar fell below 78 yen in Tokyo trading Tuesday, as investors snapped up the yen as a safe-haven currency, chiefly against the euro, amid lingering concerns over the course of the global economy.It appears that neither of these problems will be resolved anytime soon.
At 5 p.m., the dollar was quoted at 77.76-76 yen, down from 78.07-11 yen at the same time Monday.
|Above, Brian Wilson.|
Through the news release issued by the Beach Boys tried to portray their latest split as a planned event following a celebrated 50th anniversary album and tour, new comments from ousted leader Brian Wilson tell a different story.
Mike Love, it’s now clear, has decided to retake a central role in the Beach Boys, having led an offshoot group that only includes second-generation member Bruce Johnston for the last 14 years. Wilson, in new comments to CNN, says Love told him in no uncertain terms that Wilson, Al Jardine and David Marks — the only other surviving original members of the Beach Boys — were not welcome. Seems Love thinks too many shows with them will dilute the reunion concept’s impact.Over the years, Love has garnered the reputation of being an egotist. I attended Hawthorne High School about ten years after the Wilson brothers (Brian, Carl and Dennis) and the old timers with the school's alumni group constantly complain about Love and his ego. The general reaction concerning this story is, "Mike Love is up to his old tricks!"
|Above, shops at Narita Airport's departure area. Photo by Armand Vaquer.|
The tourism ministry plans to allow duty-free shops to open outlets in the arrival area at Narita Airport and other international airports to enable travelers to buy duty-free goods before going through entry procedures, ministry sources said.This, if approved, will mean that travelers entering Japan can purchase tobacco, alcohol and cosmetics at the airport.
|Above, Tony Strickland.|
This week I called it incompetent, but only because I was being polite. I really meant "rolling calamity."
|Above, Shin-Saikai Bridge in Kyushu. Photo by Armand Vaquer.|
[Sheffield] met his idol one Saturday at the fading star's modest apartment. Although Lugosi was failing, Sheffield sensed the power of the old magic (as well as the man's genuine charm and kindness) and fell under his formidable spell. He became the star's devoted acolyte for the last three years of Lugosi's life, and throughout the actor's final real-life melodramas -- including his drug addiction, alcoholism, and final (and stormy) marriage. (He even watched Bela acting his never-finished role in his posthumously released Plan 9 from Outer Space.)
|Above, artist Neal Adams at Comikaze Expo. Photo by Armand Vaquer.|
More than 50,000 people attended last weekend’s comic book/gaming/sci-fi/horror convention, Stan Lee’s Comikaze Expo, at the LA Convention Center. Debuting in 2011 with the largest first-time attendance of any comic book convention in history, this year’s convention definitely built on that success and featured a great roster of guests, exhibitors, and events. I was there and got some great pictures of guests, events, plus fanboys and fangirls decked out in their best cosplay — so read on and enjoy!
|Above, Shibuya Station. Photo by Armand Vaquer.|
|Above, the Bandai Bridge in Niigata. Photo by Armand Vaquer.|
The number of foreign visitors to Japan in August surged 42 percent from a year earlier to an estimated 776,000 — the second-highest figure for the reporting month, the Japan National Tourism Organization said Friday.
To read the full article, go here.The figure is 3.3 percent lower than in August 2010, when the monthly record was set, it said.
|Photo courtesy of Thomas Cotrel.|
Government regulations impact all agricultural-related operations (farms, processors, shippers, etc.) regardless of size. Larger operations often hire employees to strictly work to ensure the farming enterprise complies with government requirements, Selvidge says. The costs are often spread out across the larger operation.
Yet smaller farmers — the same ones government says it wants to protect — are actually hardest hit financially by regulations.
"Everyone loves to hear about small farms and the need for the small family farmer," Selvidge says. "What really happens when government develops regulations and the related rules is overhead costs are driven higher which in turn drives smaller farmers out of business faster. They cannot financially handle the regulations."
|Above, Adam West at Stan Lee's Comikaze Expo in Los Angeles last weekend. Photo by Armand Vaquer.|