BC: DEPARTED | AUSTRALIA | 2 FEB 2012
FC: My Scrapbook Of Memories. JAPAN
1: A cool journey that only started a while ago, has been recorded into this book of memories! | Table Of Contents: Pg 3: Day 1 and 2 Pg 4: Pictures I took there Pg 5: Day 3 and 4 Pg 6 : Pictures I took there Pg 7: Day 5 Pg 8: Pictures I took there Pg 9: Letter I wrote Pg 10: A skill I learned Pg 11: Extra Extra Pg 12: Extra Extra Part 2 Pg 13: Cool stuff made in Japan Pg 14: Cool Souvenirs
2: 12:00 pm: Board the plane leaving Edmonton behind 10:14 pm: Arrive in Tokyo 10:45 pm: Take a taxi to my hotel called Four seasons hotel at chinzan-so 11:00 pm: Go to sleep | 8:00 am: Woke up did my morning regimen 9:00 pm: Took a taxi to mount Fuji 12:00 pm: Had a picnic near the mountain with guide and other tourists 1:00 pm: Drove to town and went shopping 4:00 pm: Went to a geisha show and talked with her for quite a while 7:00 pm: Drove back to the hotel 8:00 pm: Did night regimen 9:00 pm: Bed | Day 1 | Day 2
3: In Japan | Tokyo | ARRIVED 21 DEC 2011 | Japan is a group of islands that are grouped North Pacific off the coast of Russia and the Korean Peninsula. | Mount Fuji is the most popular mountain in Japan. Known for beauty and symmetry. | This is a Japanese female entertainer called a geisha. I got to see her perform!! | My hotel from the outside!!
4: 9:00 am: Wake up and do morning regimen 10:00 am: Take a taxi to a pro chef shop and learn to make traditional dishes 2:00 pm: Eat and serve the sushi food 3:00 am: Go shopping for food 5:00 pm: Make a dinner for some friends and socialize 7:00 pm: Night time regimen 8:00 pm: Bed time | 9:00 am: Wake up and do morning regimen 10:00 am: Drove to Kyoto and got WAK 7:30 pm: Arrive at the hotel and do night regimen 8:30 pm: Bed time | Day 3 | Day4
5: The sushi i made with raw fish, and it ended up tasting pretty good. | A different style of sushi made with seaweed. :P | Me and my WAK guide.
6: Japan was an amazing experience and i would love to go back again! | 8:00 am: Wake up do regimen 9:00 am: Pack and Checkout 10:00 am: Drive to Tokyo Disneyland 4:30 pm: Drive to the airport 5:00 pm: Get on plane and leave for Edmonton | Day 5
7: THAT WAY TO.............
8: Dear Mom, I miss you so much, I wish you were here with me. The people of japan are a very respectful and giving culture. Their knowledge is very intricate and their buildings are gorgeous. The way they live is very interesting. The food here is different and succulent or good. I will be home soon so you won't have to miss me. I found out that they their buildings are different here, because of the natural disasters that consistently happening. It is as if they wave like an illusion but it is actually happening. I loved the hotel it had a beautiful scenery. I bought a kimono for a girl of course cause there is 2 different kinds. Did you know that they have vending machines with random items in them, like toothbrushes and socks and stuff like that. Well I miss you mom And i will see you when you get home. Love, Robitellia
10: ERTERTVisually impaired coached on how to use smartphones By TOSHIYUKI INABA Kyodo NAGOYA — For the blind or visually impaired, operating smartphones and tablet computers can be a challenge as their flat touch displays provide no means of reading by touch, unlike Braille. Hands on: A man is shown how to operate the zoom function on an iPad during a study group for the visually impaired in Chiyoda Ward, Tokyo, in February. KYODO In response, study groups are examining ways to teach the use of certain functions, such as screen reader and zooming, to at least enable some visually impaired users to better use the gadgets' features and access a broader range of information. "If the sight-impaired get to learn appropriate iPad functions, they will have far greater access to information," said Hisami Baba, director of harmony-i, a Tokyo-based nonprofit organization that sponsored an instructional gathering in February. At the meeting in Chiyoda Ward, Tokyo, an instructor talked six volunteers through the basic steps of operating an iPad, tailored to their needs. "Double-tap the screen with three fingers and drag your fingers down" the instructor told them, as the characters displayed suddenly magnified many times over. Some among the group found that black text on a white background was too bright to read. But after switching the settings on their iPads to show white text on a black background, they found it much easier to read. Even so, "it is difficult (to operate the device) as I can't feel I'm pressing buttons or anything," Ikuo Takahashi, a 59-year-old company employee, said as he stared at an iPad screen. Tsukasa Ono, former vice president of Tsukuba University of Technology in Ibaraki Prefecture, said there is growing demand for such instructional meetings.
11: "They formerly thought it's impossible for them to use the touch displays. But with the wide spread of smartphones and tablets, they have become afraid of being left behind by technological advances," he said. Smartphones and tablets allow the visually impaired to help improve their quality of daily life readily through apps, or software programs, such as for searching for their locations or downloading books and music. Following last year's Great East Japan Earthquake, Michio Matsumura, a blind resident of Aoba Ward in Yokohama who has been using an iPhone with screen reader function since 2010, tried to check out Tokyo Electric Power Co.'s website to learn about the utility's rolling blackouts amid the nuclear disaster. But since the device's screen reader couldn't read a PDF file containing the times and durations of the power cuts, he had to turn to Twitter, where he spotted a message from a friend with impaired hearing and obtained the relevant information from him. "I hadn't imagined that I could communicate with a hearing impaired person this easily before," Matsumura, 35, said. "It might be hard for the visually impaired to operate iPhones, but I want them to know that using the same tools as others can expand the possibility of what they can do." Matsumura, who runs a business that provides corporate human resources training, started a series of lecture meetings in March to teach visually impaired people and senior citizens how to use iPhones. In addition, there is a mailing list for the disabled to share and exchange information on using smartphones and tablets. According to Masamitsu Misono, a 34-year-old blind man from Yotsukaido, Chiba Prefecture, the list now contains more than 200 names, compared to the fewer than 10 when he started it in 2009. "Visually impaired people have been awakened to new possibilities and want to find out how they can use their touch-screen devices better," said Misono.
12: 10 Cool Things Made In Japan: 1. Bullet Train 2. Honda 3. Sony 4. Yamaha 5. Suzuki 6. Sushi 7.Origami 8. Matsuya (baby food products) 9. Panosonic 10. Toshiba
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