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Bizan Ropeway Discounts

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Good news for fans of Mt. Bizan or those looking for a cheap way to climb the mountain with family and friends. The Bizan ropeway is offering discounted tickets at 500 yen for adults for a round trip. In other words, a full 50% off the normal price!

But how?

This deal is for customers of Sogo, Amico, and the Tokyu Inn. If you make a purchase at either Amico or Sogo, or stay at the Tokyu Inn, take your receipt to the information counter on 1F for Amico, 2F for Sogo, or the front desk of the Tokyu Inn and you can get your ticket there.

That’s all there is to it, so happy shopping, and happy climbing!


Tokushima TV Spot

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For those interested, there will be a short spot on TV focusing on a tourist locale in Tokushima. The show is Good Morning – Live Travel Info (朝だ!生です旅サラダ) and will be showing from 8:00 am this Saturday, March 13, on ABC. Stay tuned!

Association of Foreign Wives of Japanese

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The Association of Foreign Wives of Japanese is having a New Members’ Special Offer!

Join now to be a member from September 2009 to the end of the calendar year 2010 for ¥8000.

You will receive the AFWJ Journal every two months, be eligible to join our members-only e-groups, and have to opportunity to attend annual convention weekends!  Recent events in Shikoku have included “The Tacky Tourist Round-Up” in Matsuyama; A Potluck Lunch and Egg Roll at Kagawa’s Sanuki Mannou Park; cherry blossom viewing at Matsuyama Castle; The Driving and Safety Remedial Course for Foreign Residents; as well as regular coffees and lunches in which we often exchange information, sometimes commiserate, and always laugh.

For more information, go to or contact AFWJ’s Shikoku Rep. at

Preventing the Spread of Swine Flu – Tokushima

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For Those with Swine Flu Symptoms

First, call your local medical institution and consult a doctor.

  • Confirm the correct procedures for visiting the institution on the phone.
  • When visiting, ensure you wear a face mask if you have symptoms such as a fever or coughing.

Viruses can travel up to a meter with a cough or sneeze, but wearing a mask can help prevent these molecules from spreading. Please ensure that you wear a mask to help prevent the virus from infecting other people. In particular, patients of hospitals may have low resistance levels due to being in poor health. Therefore, it is important to be mindful of your personal hygiene in order to help prevent the virus from spreading. Read the rest of this entry

Swine Flu Confirmed in Tokushima

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A message from the Tokushima Prefectural Government. The original message can be found here.

On Tuesday, June 2, a women recently returned from a stay in the US was confirmed by the Tokushima Health Care Centre as being infected by the swine flu.

However, due to following instructions from the prefecture on the correct behaviour after returning from a trip abroad, the patient has had little contact with other people since their return, and there is little possibility of the infection spreading.

Accordingly, Tokushima Prefectural Government has released the following statement:

1. After graduating from university in New York City in the US, the patient returned to Japan and then Tokushima. Shortly afterwards, the patient contacted the Swine Flu Hotline, and has been reported as having little close contact with other people since. Therefore, there is NO current need for the temporary suspension of schools, kindergartens, facilities for the elderly and other facilities.

2. There is no need for any public facilities to be closed at current, and no events need to be cancelled as a result of the confirmation of infection.

Tokushima Prefecture & Swine Flu

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A notice from the Tokushima Prefecture Risk Management Office regarding precautions to prevent an outbreak of swine flu in the prefecture.

1. Act calmly.
Ensure you have access to correct information and act according to this.

2. Gargling, Washing Hands, and Masks
Wash your hands and gargle after going inside a building and avoid large crowds whenever possible. Persons displaying symptoms such as a fever, coughing or sneezing should wear a mask at all times.

3. If You Feel Ill
The Tokushima Prefectural Government has established an Influenza Guidance Hotline. If you have symptoms such as fever, fatigue, loss of appetite or coughing within seven days of visiting a region where the flu infection had been confirmed, please contact the Influenza Guidance Hotline directly without visiting a medical institution.

Influenza Hotlines

Health Promotions Department
Infectious Symptoms and Illnesses Office
Open 24 hours.

Tel. 088-621-2228
Fax. 088-621-2841

Healthcare Centres
Open from 9:00am – 5:00pm

East District – 088-602-8907
Yoshinogawa – 0883-24-1114
South District – 0884-28-9867
Minami – 0884-74-7343
West District – 0883-52-1017
Miyoshi – 0883-72-1122

Furthermore, if you have any queries about the influenza, then don’t hesitate to call the line below.

Swine Influenza Enquiries Line
Tel. 0120-960-005 (Free dial)
Hours: 9:00am – 5:00pm

Tokushima Prefecture Homepage Photo Competition

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Good news for avid photographers in Tokushima Prefecture.

In October this year, the Tokushima Prefecture homepage is going to be updated, and along with it a total of 30 photos are wanted for use on the main homepage.

The information that follows is a translation of an announcement on the Tokushima Prefecture Homepage.

Number of Places

A prize of roughly 3,000 yen in value will be given to winning submissions, in the form of local goods.

Photographs focusing on culture, tourist spots, local goods of Tokushima Prefecture. Subjects might include Awa Odori, Ningyo Joruri, the Naruto Whirlpools, Mt. Tsurugi, the Iya Vine Bridge, sea turtles, sudachi, etc.

How to Submit
Fill out your name (氏名), age (年齢), address (住所), phone number (電話番号), photo title (作品タイトル), location of photo (撮影場所), name of subject (被写体名), date the photo was taken (撮影年月日), purpose of the photo (within 30 characters – in Japanese) (撮影のねらい), whether the photo may be trimmed to size or not (トリミング等お任せの有無) and send via email or by regular mail with a CD to the address below.

〒770-8570 徳島市万代町一丁目1番地

〒770-8570 Tokushima-shi, Bandai-cho 1-1
Tokushima-ken Kikaku Soumubu Hisho-ka Koho Kocho Tanto

Tel: 088-621-2014

Submission Deadline
August 31, 2009

Check out the homepage for the application forms and email address to send you submissions!