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News, 11.09.2014

Dear readers,

At the end of summer, more and more people will be travelling to Japan. The colouring of the autumn leaves, the seasonal culinary attractions and the Onsen, the hot thermal baths make a holiday in Japan a special treat for many. Via Facebook, we receive a lot of very nice pictures from our customers.

It has been now already two years that „Negative: Nothing“ started, and still lots of people are taking an interest. The last occasion was a screening of „Negative: Nothing“ in Interlaken/Beatenberg. We had a very nice evening, with lots of interesting exchanges, in a relaxed atmosphere. See for yourself at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yA0qxKS7iWQ

I hope you enjoy a beautiful autumn season as well, and look forward to seeing you again next month. For October, we will be having some interesting news for you!

Best wishes, and take care,

Thomas Köhler

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News, 11.08.2014

Dear reader,

We got a lot of rainy days lately, but still I ventured for several excursions into the mountains. Being enclosed in an office normally, the pure mountain air is a welcome change!

Every time I immerse myself in the Alps, I think of my preparations for “Hiking through Japan”, because this is exactly what I did in order to prepare myself then three years ago: On weekends, I would test my tent and equipment on a mountain excursion.

On the 1st August three years ago, I was starting out from Capy Soya in Hokkaido. The third anniversary of this day, which is coinciding with the Swiss National Day, I celebrated together with my family. I still think very fondly of my walking tour through Japan and all those very pleasant people I met along the way, for whom I would be doing my best.

My company „japan-ferien GmbH“ has a lot of new ideas to work through, and we are looking forward to the upcoming autumn season. Also, for the 5th October I am planning to run a marathon again after a five year’s break, and this is something I will be enjoying very much, too.

Now have a good time, to all of you, and I am hoping to see you again next month, best wishes,

Thomas

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News, 11.07.2014

Dear readers,
The highlight of the month was a gift from some of my customers.

Last year I had the pleasure to arrange for Arno Meier and Susanne Beschart a trip to Japan. When they came for a first consultation, we had a very nice and interesting exchange. After that, we started planning their travel arrangement. Now that they are back, one year later, they handed me a photo book, with very personal impressions of their Japan experience, beautiful pictures, and funny and exciting stories around them. I received it while eating Sushi with them.
Thank you very much for this very personal and gorgeous present! I was very moved.

Of course, this month for me, as for everybody else, was dominated by the Football World Cup 2014 in Brazil, the matches being a change in my routine, and the office work in spite of the many and interesting Japan bookings I got.

Today, while I watch this beautiful rainbow from my balcony (please view the images), a saying came to my mind: „I do not know, where it comes from, I do not know where it will go, but it is now that I can see it.”

Dear readers, I am looking forward to next time, and wish you all the best – have a good time
Thomas Köhler

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News, 11.06.2014

Dear Readers,

Here in Switzerland it is getting warmer and warmer, finally summer is here after all!

We also were lucky with the weather at the 14th JAPANIMANGA Night. Again, as I did last year, I had the chance to do two presentations about my walk through Japan.

Last Saturday, we did our last workshop „Ready for Japan?“ before summer break. There are so many people now, who really want to go to Japan and our workshops are always full. For me, this is really something I love to do, to provide our participants with all kinds of information and advice for their trip to Japan.

When I was in Tokyo last November, I rode on the Yamanote Line for a full day, and took pictures everywhere. If this is something you plan to do as well, please take a look at the photos and explanations of the 29 stations at http://www.jr-plus.ch/japan-railways-in-tokyo/yamanote-line-tokyo_277-de.html.

Have a good time and see you again for my next blog entry in about a month!

Wish you a beautiful summer time, and best regards from Switzerland,

Thomas Köhler

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News, 11.05.2014

Dear Readers,

For weeks we had been looking forward to celebrate Hanami at the Eula Park in my home town Winterthur. The weather was not very good, unfortunately, but still, lots of people joined the Cherry Blossom Festival, among them the Ambassador of Japan to Switzerland, and the city mayor. I also had a minor part in it, by doing a presentation about my walking trip through Japan of three years ago.

For those interested in Japan, with the 14th JAPANIMANGA Night on 24th and 25th May, there is already the next Japan event coming up. For more information, please have a look at http://www.japanimanga-night.ch/jan14/Programm/Workshops.281.html. Again, my walking trip through Japan will be a part of the program. In Winterthur, which is Switzerland’s sixth largest city http://www.winterthur-tourismus.ch/en/visitor, we really have lots of people interested in Japan!

Also, I would like to inform you that we will show the documentary „Negative: Nothing“ on 7th June 2014 at the TAMA CINEMA FORUM. Producer Jan Knüsel even will be present for a „Guest Talk“. For more information please look up the program at http://www.tamaeiga.org/special/nn/.

Dear readers, enjoy spring, I wish you lots of sunny days, and send you my best regards from Switzerland,
Thomas Köhler

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News, 11.04.2014

Dear Readers,

Aside from a few presentations and lectures on my trip „Walking through Japan“, and some preparation classes „Ready for Japan?“ I did together with Yoshi Huggler and Yoshiko Märki, I concentrated on my travel business for the last month.

In extensive consultations with our customers, we set up quite exciting routes for them, and organized their travel. It is not that everybody, who plans a visit to Japan, “just” wants to see Tokyo, Kamakura, Nikko, Hakone und Kyoto.

Actually, we do actively recommend some less known, but worth visiting places all over Japan. Of course, we follow the requirements of our customers, and show them how to use the best route to travel from A to B.

For example: It happens quite often that on our recommendation people, who visit Southern Japan, go to see places like Shimonoseki, Unzen, Yufuin, Aoshima and Yakushima.

Our new webpage, JR-PLUS, is getting more and more popular. JR means Japan Rail, PLUS stands for „additional information“. We show, for instance, that eating Fugu in Japan is not dangerous at all. More on that topic you will find at Fugu.

Another of our suggestions concerns Kojima (Okayama prefecture), which is famous for its high quality jeans production. More about that at Kojima-Jeans.

For me, it is Japanese jeans only, since I first fell over them!

Best wishes, have a good time, and see you around,

Thomas Köhler

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