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"In 2012 we started this project called Venezia x Izu, to help creating a connection not only between Venice and Izu, but also between Izu and the rest of the World. In 2020 Japan will host the Olympic Games and Izu will host the cycling events at Shuzenji Velodrome. A big chance for less known local areas to become more open to foreign tourism and to build worldwide connections. Please feel free to contact us for whatever needs you should have while visiting Japan (including camping, water and electric supply)!"

イタリア、新型ウイルスの死者が急増 感染者は25%増

イタリア、新型ウイルスの死者が急増 感染者は25%増

イタリア当局は、新型コロナウイルスの新たな死者が24時間で133人増え、計366人に達したと発表しました。

新型ウイルスの大流行を封じ込めようと、8日に導入された抜本的措置に国民が対応を求められるなかで、死者数や感染者数が急増しました。

感染者は10日も1000人近く増えて1万人を超え、新たな対策が感染の封じ込めにつながるか注目されます。

イタリア政府は、人口約1000万人のロンバルディア州全域や、国内北部などの14県を4月3日まで封鎖したと発表しました。経済拠点ミラノや世界的な観光都市ヴェネツィアも含まれます。緊急時の移動の際には特別な許可が必要となります。

同国のジュゼッペ・コンテ首相はまた、学校や体育館、美術館、ナイトクラブなどの施設を閉鎖すると発表しました。

ヴェネチアの収入源は観光収入が中心となりますが、観光客が来れなくなりまして、ホテルやレストラン、ムラーノグラスのお店等の利益の減少で大きな影響がありました。普段、世界の観光都市と言われているだけあり、収入額は約1兆2000億円だそうですが、現在誰でもいらずゴーストタウンになってます。有名なカーニバルまで中止になりました。

ある意味で今行った方が歩きやすく、面白いかもしれません!

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世界的にまた普通の状態に戻りましたら僕の地元、長い歴史のある、グラスで有名なヴェネチアへ是非とも訪ねてください

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From Izu to Tokyo (Tokaido)

From Izu to Tokyo (Tokaido)

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Since three months ago it became difficult for me to find some time to travel through Izu with my daughter during the weekend as I used to do, as she started a rehab program at a clinic based in Ebisu (Tokyo) and so we have to go there every week's Friday.

It takes 1 hour and a half from Mishima/northern Izu, both by car and by Shinkansen train.

It is quite tiring to drive there back and forth every week and so during the weekend we prefer to stay in the Mishima/Nagaoka area, going to play at some parks nearby.

Mishima-Tokyo is part of the Tokaido (To=east, kai=sea, do=road) route, that goes from Kyoto to Tokyo.

The "eastern sea route," was the most important of the Five Routes of the Edo Period in Japan.

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Along the Tokaido there were 53 post stations for travellers rest, the modern day service areas, but considering that in the past people used to travel it by foot we can consider ourselves lucky to be able to get from Mishima to Tokyo so quickly.

Today, the Tōkaidō corridor is the most heavily travelled transportation corridor in Japan, connecting Tokyo and Yokohama to Nagoya and then to Osaka via Kyoto. The Tokyo-Nagoya-Kyoto-Osaka route is followed by the JR Tokaido Line and the Tokaido Shinkansen, as well as the Tomei and Meishin expressways. A few portions of the original road can still be found, however, and in modern times at least one person has managed to follow and walk much of it. It should be a very fascinating and hard experience to do.

Anyway, being able to go to Tokyo every week gives me the chance to do things and go to places I used to when I was living in Tokyo a few years ago.

For example I went to the barber shop I used to go then and last week I went to visit an old friend of mine, who's now President of Fender Japan. Yes, the most famous guitar company in the world.

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It is one of the stories that make you realize how small the world is and how interesting life is.

We met in Sapporo 15 years ago, when we were both studying Japanese at a Language School in Hokkaido.

We stayed at the same dormitory. He was 37 and I was 23 y.o.

Then we met again in Venice once he came as a tourist with his Italian fiancee and then we both continued our lifes in Japan.

He became President of Ralph Lauren Japan before and then now of Fender Japan, while I kept working in the construction industry in Izu.

We met a few times during the years and it has been always a pleasure to talk, exchange experiences and thoughts about anything.

He has two big passions. Music and motorbikes.

This is why his favourite place to drive thru in Japan is the Izu Peninsula! I hope you will follow his example and drive here too!

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Alberto

Beautiful Italy in winter

Beautiful Italy in winter

Last week I've been to my homecountry Italy with two clients and business partners.

We spent one week travelling around the beautiful peninsula (same as Izu!), eating delicious local food and visiting some very interesting companies, specialized in paints for interior/exterior walls and floors.

First we arrived at Milano Malpensa airport, on a not so cold Sunday evening.

First thing we did is eating a good pizza at a small pizzeria near our hotel.

As the next morning we had scheduled to visit Italy's top admixtures and adhesives maker Mapei's laboratories we stayed at a nearby hotel, a little bit far from the center of Milano.

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People use to say that Milano's air is not clean, but in the early morning we were lucky enough to see the Alps clearly.

After a three hours meeting at Mapei, where our business partners have been introduced to Mapei's line dedicated to walls protection and decoration, we saw some applications. I've been visiting Mapei many times but it was the first time to listen and watch a presentation and some applications of these kind of products. Very interesting!

Then we moved to the small city of Lainate, just outside Milano.

There we had a quick lunch and then visited a company called Cromas, specialized in paints.

Very beautiful and with a strong "Italian" accent. I've started to understand why Italians are famous all around the world for these kind of products. To perform beautiful decorations you need to specialize in the field, spend time and resources in creating and promoting some very particular products.

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The jet lag was still strong, we were quite tired, but found some strenght left to reach Milano Central Station and get to Brescia by train.

Had dinner with Federchemicals owner Federico at a (no need to say) delicious seafood restaurant (didn't know that also in Brescia you could eat very good fish!) and went to bed early, as the next morning we had a meeting at Federico's offices.

This is where I went back to the "world" I'm used to, concrete.

After a brief introduction about Federchemicals products we went to see an amazing application, at a local supermarket.

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Being able to obtain such a stunning concrete terrazzo floor just by polishing a concrete floor and using some of his products on it, is something that I never thought was possible. Very impressive!

We then left Brescia after an amazing lunch at a typical local restaurant. Good food, interesting products and applications, very good memories to bring back to Japan!

We then moved by train (after changing train twice, in Verona and Bologna) to a city called Cattolica, in the center of Italy, on the Adriatic Coast.

This area is famous for its clubs, especially in summer.

As we went in January we felt the typical "good sadness" of off season small cities life.

Very few people around, nobody at the beach, so we could enjoy the calm and peace of a brief morning walk and a nice talk at a local restaurant in the evening.

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Then we visited two other companies in the Cattolica/Rimini area.

Specialized in decorative paints for walls and floors, one with a Japanese dealer already, the other not yet.

So for this reason we spent more time in the last one, hoping to be able to build a cooperation and business opportunity in the near future, between Italy and Japan.

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Finally, pretty tired but satisfied with the interesting products we saw, we got on a night train to Venice, where we arrived at about 11pm.

We spent the last day walking around my hometown.

It was the first time for one of them and the second time for the other. I'm always very proud and happy to show some of my foreign friends and business partners the beauties of the city I will always consider HOME.

Now I'm back in Japan, but a piece of my hearth will always remain there...

Alberto

Izu Peninsula, lesser known destination you must see in Japan (part 27)

Izu Peninsula, lesser known destination you must see in Japan (part 27)

While my hometown Venezia is suffering from another "acqua alta", as every Sunday I'm driving through the Izu Peninsula with my daughter.

We are at the end of autumn and the cold winter has already began, so we can see and admire some very beautiful colors during our drive.

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I've always liked these colors of the trees, since I was a child and used to have some mountain trips with my grandparents.

Autumn and spring are my favourite seasons, as you can see the nature changing and renewing itself in all its beauty.

"She" is always the same and will never change, even if we humans are doing all we can to damage it and destroy is.

But as we can see in Japan with earthquakes and tsunami(s) or in Venice with the so called acqua alta floodings the nature is way stonger and powerful than us, small little human beings.

This is one of my favourite routes to drive through in Izu.

Going down to Mount Amagi and west to the village of Toi and then come back up driving on the western wild coast.

You can admire some very beautiful images of Mount Fuji and create your own postcard.

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I hope that these brief stories and these images will give you another reason to come and visit this beautiful area of Japan.

We are getting closer to the 2020 Olympics and Izu will host the cycling sports events!

Hope to see you here!

Alberto

Acqua Altaってご存知ですか? Have you ever heard about Acqua Alta? 2019版

Acqua Altaってご存知ですか? Have you ever heard about Acqua Alta? 2019版

1966年11月4日に発生したアクアアルタが194センチメートルと最もひどく、先日、水位187センチメートルを記録しました。

この現象は主には秋から春にかけての時期に見られ、潟から外海への水の流出を防いでいる風が普段よりも強く吹くことで、潟の水量が増し、そこに満潮が重なることで発生します。この特殊な風は、アドリア海の北沿いを吹くシロッコやボーラなどの季節風が、ヴェネツィアの潟の独特な地形の影響を受けることで起こります。

初めて見る人にとっては面白そうなのですが、ヴェネツィアに住んでいる人にとっては色んな意味で大変です。長靴をはいたまま仕事や学校に行ったり、一階にある荷物を片づけたり、水が下がった後に掃除したり。

先ほど、市長がインタビューされて、明日学校が休みになると言ってました。

今回、風も強かったので火事もあったり、木が折れて飛ばされたり、船やゴンドラも飛ばされたり、窓ガラス割れたりとのひどい状態になっているみたいです。

ヴェネツィアに住んでいるみなさん、大変ですが、頑張れ!

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