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Taiwan Media “GTV; Gala Television Corporation”

On October 3rd, Taiwan TV media GTV came to Tanabe to cover the region for an upcoming travel TV program “Beautiful World”, featuring places in the Kansai region including Osaka, Mie Prefecture and Wakayama Prefecture.

It will be a 60 minute program aired mid-October. Wakayama prefectural officials and the Tanabe City Kumano Tourism Bureau supported their visit. There were 9 crews members in total.

Blessed with fine weather, a popular reporter from Taiwan “Yazi” joined Geta-odori parade. In the parade people wear Japanese traditional wooden clogs (geta) and dance (odori). Yazi seemed to be a little puzzled with this whole new experience. But once she put the yukata on like everyone else in the team and started dancing through the streets with her team mates, she quickly mastered it and joined in the fun. Through this experience she started to cultivate personal exchanges with her team mates and the local people who were watching.

The fireworks finale of the Benkei Matsuri Festival was held that evening, which included two 2-shaku explosions of light. When a 2-shaku fireworks ball (60 centimeters in diameter) is fired in the sky, the diameter of the firework reaches about 500 meters. It is a truly beautiful scene. The crews, who had a very busy schedule during their trip, truly enjoyed the 3,000 plus fireworks extravaganza. With every colorful explosion and joyful reaction of the crowd, the crew became more and more relaxed. They had such a good time that they said they would like to come back to Tanabe for their private vacations.

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NEW Ise-Kumano-Wakayama Area Tourist Pass

NEW Ise-Kumano-Wakayama Area Tourist Pass
This is an easy way to do a loop of the Kii Peninsula.

From July 15, 2016 (Friday)
PRICE Adult 11,000 yen Children 5,500 yen (Children 6 to 11 years old)
NOTE: This pass is not available for purchase in Japan.
VALIDITY PERIOD Five consecutive days
AREA ●JR conventional lines: Nagoya-Shingu-within Osaka City (via lse Tetsudo Line or Kameyama, via Kisei Main Line/Hanwa Line) ●Nagoya-Kameyama-Nara-within Osaka City (via Kansai Main Line) Taki Toba (Sangu Line) ●Kansai International Airport-Hineno (Kansai Airport Line) ●Bus routes for accessing Kumano Kodo, Kumano Hongu Taisha, Kumano Nachi Taisha (Only Kumano Kotsu Bus); and Select bus routes
TRAIN TYPES ●Unlimited use of non-reserved seats on ordinary cars on all JR conventional line trains in the subject section. ●Reserved seats can be used up to four times on ordinary cars of limited express and rapid trains. ●Only non-reserved seats can be used on the limited express "Haruka' between the Kansai Inte…