Hope Solo has settled a grievance with US Soccer over her suspension from the women’s national team following comments she made at the Rio Olympics.The settlement was first reported by the San Francisco Chronicle. The 35-year-old goalkeeper was suspended for six months and her contract with the federation was terminated after she called the Swedish team “a bunch of cowards” following the U.S. team’s quarterfinal loss.Details of the settlement, reached last month, were not released. The U.S. Women’s Soccer Team Players Association filed the grievance on Solo’s behalf.In a statement provided Friday to The Associated Press, Solo reiterated her regret over the comments.”As I expressed in my apology to the Swedish captain immediately following the match, I have tremendous respect for the Swedish team, and in describing the style of play, I used a choice of words that was both offensive and not at all what I had intended to convey,” she said.”We have amicably resolved the matter and are moving forward in a positive way,” she added.U.S. Soccer also put out a statement. “Hope Solo has been a fierce competitor for the Women’s National Team. She has set new standards for goalkeeping in the U.S. and around the world, and helped the U.S. Women’s National Team achieve its historic on field success. We have amicably resolved the matter and are moving forward in a positive way,” the statement said.The players’ association declined to comment.Solo anchored the team in goal for the 2015 Women’s World Cup victory, allowing just three goals in seven games with five shutouts during the tournament — earning her a second straight Golden Glove Award.advertisementAP PhotoFor her career, Solo has made 202 total appearances with the national team, with 153 wins and an international-record 102 shutouts.The defending champion U.S. women were ousted from the Olympics last summer when Sweden advanced 4-3 on penalty kicks following a 1-1 draw.Solo’s “cowards” quote came immediately following the loss. Sweden went on to play in the gold-medal match against Germany.Solo told the AP in an interview late last year that she spoke to coach Jill Ellis and U.S. Soccer President Sunil Gulati following the loss, and felt that the issue was put to rest. After she returned to the United States, she said she was blindsided by the announcement about her suspension.She said she believes U.S. Soccer wanted her off negotiations for a new collective bargaining agreement. Solo has been an outspoken advocate for equal pay and was among the players who filed a complaint against the federation with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission alleging wage discrimination.”Let’s call it what is, which is a firing,” Solo told AP then. “It was a termination of my contract effective immediately with severance. That is a firing. It wasn’t a suspension, that’s what they told the media because it looked better. But I got fired. I got fired for what they say was using the word ‘cowards’ but in reality they got rid of an adversary in the fight for equal pay.”U.S. Soccer said at the time that Solo was suspended following a culmination of actions, and separately her contract was also terminated with the team.
With debates, caucuses, and primaries flooding the public’s attention, it can feel like it will be even more difficult to connect with donors (and raise funds!) this year. Many nonprofits might wonder if there is a magic formula for standing out during an election year.There is, but it’s more common sense than magic. Nonprofit advisor Joan Garry collected some great insight from fundraising and marketing experts on this very topic. Be sure to check out her recent roundup of advice, which includes my own take on the subject:In 2016, just like every other year, your fundraising appeals and donor communications should seek to strengthen your relationship with supporters. You can do this by speaking to them in a way that is more personal and highly relevant.Here are four ways to better connect with your supporters and stand out in a crowd:Plan consistent, compelling communication.Want to be first in line for a charitable gift? Start now and create a meaningful dialogue with your donors. Regular outreach that evokes the reasons why your supporters care about your work will help build a relationship that will pay off when it comes time to send your next appeal. (Learn how to create your own editorial calendar.)Get the right message to the right donors.Do your campaigns feel generic or custom-made for your donors? Create a basic marketing strategy for each segment of donors based on why, when, and where they give. The more tailored a message, the more it will stand out in a sea of mass communications. This is always important, but will be even more so in 2016. Yes, it’s a little more work, but with the right data and tools, your job will be easier and your results will be significantly better. (Network for Good’s easy-to-use donor management software can help!)Focus on the impact a donor’s gift has—and will have.When you tell the story of how your work gets done, keep your donors at the heart of it. Consider how many ways you can highlight how your donors make a difference for your cause, your beneficiaries, and your community. Tell authentic stories about your work so your donors can feel their impact come to life.Help donors see themselves in your work and let them feel like part of your team.This is where political campaigns shine, so follow suit. Generate a sense of community with social proof and the leverage the pull of identity. Illustrate these powerful concepts when you ask for a gift through your nonprofit’s donation page or during peer-to-peer fundraising campaigns.
Congratulations on a stellar #GivingTuesday! Now that you’ve had a chance to catch your breath and high-five your team, it’s time to tie up loose ends, take stock of the day, and maximize your efforts going forward. Big opportunities for furthering your cause lie in the long-term potential of your giving day supporters.Follow these six steps to keep that momentum rolling and take donors (and your fundraising) to the next level. Give ThanksIdeally, thank you emails should go out to donors within 24 hours of their gift. If you haven’t sent a note of thanks yet, jump on it ASAP. Remember: A receipt is not a thank you, and even an automated thank you message should be followed by a more personal and thorough email or letter.Level-up tip: Download this mini-guide that’ll help you craft more meaningful, fridge-worthy thank yous. In a hurry? Check out this easy-to-follow thank you template. Dive into Donor DataAn event like #GivingTuesday often brings out donors and funds from new and possibly unexpected sources. Using your database, take a look at donor information and behavior.Do your #GivingTuesday donors look different than your normal annual fund supporters? (For example, greater donation amount, more recurring gifts, responding via social channels versus snail mail appeals.)Did your existing donors give in new ways (transitioning to online giving, creating a peer-to-peer page, offering up matching funds)?Analyzing these details will help you understand how the DNA of your donor might be changing and how giving days fit into your overall fundraising strategy to know where to focus future efforts.Level-up tip: Network for Good’s donor management system makes visualizing this data super simple for your staff and board with ready-to-go dashboards and built-in filters. Identify SuccessesDetermine which methods and promotional efforts resulted in the most support. Did a specific social channel drive the most traffic to your donation page? Or was it a series of scheduled emails throughout the day? (And if so, did certain times perform better than others?)If you had supporters and volunteers helping to raise funds, pinpoint who had the most influence and be sure to cultivate them as champions of your work.Level-up tip: A peer-to-peer fundraising platform makes it easy to see which supporters excel at rallying people around your cause. Get to Know Each OtherOdds are your new #GivingTuesday donors aren’t as familiar with your organization as other prospects. Create a welcome series to introduce your work and let these new supporters know why your community is so special. A casual in-person meet-and-greet is another great way to engage people more deeply in your mission and even inspire them to join a committee or sign up to volunteer.Level-up tip: This free eGuide is chock-full of tips and strategies for building an awesome welcome series that’ll drive donors all the way to next year’s big campaign. Foster Relationships#GivingTuesday is a great time for new and returning donors to rally around your cause. Be sure that relationship doesn’t start and end on the giving day: Follow up with ongoing communications reporting how their gift is making an impact and offering ways they can further support your work.Level-up tip: Every relationship takes care and skill to grow. Check out this on-demand webinar presentation with donor relations guru Lynne Wester for tips to help you think through your communications and stewardship plans. Repeat Your Wins Through Year-End and BeyondNow that you’ve seen what sparks your supporters into action, deploy those winning strategies through December and into next year’s fundraising efforts. For example, share key data with your team about the most effective subject lines, calls to action that got the most clicks, and social media posts that drove donations. Apply what you learned during your #GivingTuesday campaign and make the rest of the year’s fundraising efforts even better.
Mario Mandzukic has turned down the chance to join Ligue 1 champions Paris Saint-Germain this summer. The French giants are going through something of a crisis in the attacking third with both Edinson Cavani and Kylian Mbappe injured and Brazilian star Neymar seemingly on his way to Barcelona in the coming days. As such, they were hoping to bring in Croatian Mandzukic, a 33-year-old who looks to be surplus to needs with Juventus. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? The forward is not Juve’s list for the Champions League, with Maurizio Sarri preferring to use Argentine pair Gonzalo Higuain and Paulo Dybala to lead the line alongside Cristiano Ronaldo. PSG reached out to Juventus to gage the availability of their aging striker and, while the club were willing to listen to offers, the player is not ready to leave. Goal has received confirmation that Mandzukic is ready to stick it out with Juventus until the winter transfer window before making any decisions on his future. PSG still have time to convince him to make the move, with the European transfer window open until September 2, but the French outfit will have a hard time rushing a decision out of Mandzukic. The Croatian scored nine league goals for Juventus last season and could still have a part to play for the club even if he is left out of their UEFA roster. His return in the 2018-19 campaign was his best in the league since his first season with Juventus, though he added just one goal in eight European matches. While his goal return was solid enough, Mandzukic played his lowest number of matches for the club with 33 appearances across all competitions last term, and his usage rate looks to decrease under Sarri. And more offers could still come in for the big forward, who was linked to Manchester United earlier in the summer and has also reportedly drawn interest from Roma. A lucrative move to China this winter has also been muted as a possibility, and it seems Mandzukic would like to explore all of his options before making a decision on his next destination, which will represent the seventh club of his illustrious career.
Mexico star Hirving Lozano made an immediate impact on his debut for Napoli, scoring in the second half of Saturday’s 4-3 defeat against Juventus in Turin. Napoli trailed 2-0 at halftime against the eight-time defending Serie A champions, leading manager Carlo Ancelotti to bring on Lozano as a substitute after the interval in place of Lorenzo Insigne. Cristiano Ronaldo would go on to score in the 62nd minute to make it 3-0 for the home side, and the game appeared to be out of reach for the visitors. Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? But instead, Ancelotti’s side embarked on a remarkable comeback that started with a headed goal from Kostas Manolas in the 66th minute. Just two minutes later, it was Lozano who got on the scoresheet in his first half of action for his new team. Piotr Zielinski got free down the left flank and put in a perfect low cross which Lozano slotted home with his first touch from close range. The comeback is on … Chucky Lozano opens his account in Serie A to cut the deficit to one goal! pic.twitter.com/tGvAeHN3IZ— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) August 31, 2019Napoli completed the comeback in the 81st minute as Giovanni Di Lorenzo got on the end of a set-piece to make it 3-3 and leave the Juventus Stadium crowd stunned.But there would be one final cruel twist for the away side, as Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly scored a brutal own goal in the 92nd minute to give Juventus a dramatic 4-3 victory. It was still a dream debut for Lozano, who only joined Napoli from PSV last week in a deal worth a reported €42 million (£38.5m/$47m).Lozano has made a habit of scoring on his debut, as the El Tri star also netted in his first game for Pachuca and PSV, as well as on his competitive debut for Mexico.The winger has also netted on his Champions League debut with PSV, as well as his World Cup debut for Mexico in a win over Germany in last summer’s tournament in Russia.The 24-year-old developed into a star in the Eredivisie, tallying 40 goals and 23 assists in 79 appearances over two seasons with PSV.By making his debut, Lozano became the fifth Mexican to play in Serie A after Miguel Layun, Rafa Marquez, Hector Moreno and Carlos Salcedo.
Here’s all the details for Saturday’s game:Game Time: 3:30 p.m. ETChannel: ABCSpread: Texas -10Over/Under: 60.5Announcers: Steve Levy, Brian Griese, Todd McShayTexas is a 10-point favorite over West Virginia. Based on recent history between these two teams, it may be tempting to expect Texas to win, but WVU to cover. The Mountaineers always manage to make this a competitive game. WVU is also playing at home.Will West Virginia pull off the upset on Saturday?Texas-WVU kicks off at 3:30 p.m. ET on ABC. Steve Levy, Brian Griese and Todd McShay are on the call. AUSTIN, TX – NOVEMBER 03: Tre Watson #5 of the Texas Longhorns is tackled for a loss by David Long Jr. #11 of the West Virginia Mountaineers and Jovanni Stewart #9 in the second half at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium on November 3, 2018 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images)Despite losing to LSU in week three, Texas controls its own destiny. A one-loss Big 12 champ has a very good shot to reach the College Football Playoff. The Longhorns must take care of business on Saturday though to have a chance.In recent years, West Virginia has given Texas a whole lot of trouble. The Mountaineers have won three of the last four games against the Longhorns including last year’s 42-41 thriller.Texas heads into this contest with a 3-1 record with wins over Oklahoma State, Rice and Louisiana Tech. The Longhorns’ lone loss came against LSU.WVU is also 3-1. The Mountaineers have beaten NC State, Kansas and James Madison including a loss to Missouri in week three.
Christian Eriksen’s Tottenham future will be settled one way or another on Saturday, according to manager Mauricio Pochettino.The influential playmaker has been linked to La Liga giants Barcelona and Real Madrid after saying in June he was open to a new challenge.Eriksen, 27, has been at Spurs since 2013 and is out of contract at the end of this season, with the transfer deadline in Europe looming on Monday. Article continues below Editors’ Picks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream Pochettino insists the wheels must be in motion for any move by Saturday, with Spurs facing Arsenal in the North London derby at Emirates Stadium on Sunday.”The good thing is if nothing happens on Saturday,” he told reporters. “Because Sunday’s the game and it’s not going to happen on Monday – there’d be no real time to do something.”On Saturday we are going to know if Christian is going to be with us or not.”Spurs have made an unconvincing start to the season, losing at home to Newcastle United last weekend on the back of a 2-2 draw at Manchester City and a come-from-behind win over newly promoted Aston Villa.Eriksen’s emergence from the bench prompted the turnaround in the Villa match, while the Denmark international has only started against City as speculation over his future continues to swirl.”People will say: ‘Why are you playing Christian?’ The team-mates can say: ‘Why are you playing Christian if the rumour is he’s going to leave? Gaffer, why am I not playing when Christian is looking to go away?'” Pochettino added.”In this situation there are plenty of things that happen inside that I cannot translate to the media and our fans.”The most important is to trust in our judgement. If people have the information to make this decision, it’s us.”Arsenal have fared slightly better than their cross-city rivals ahead of Sunday’s showpiece clash, recording wins over Burnley and Newcastle and losing to European champions Liverpool to sit in third place in the Premier League.New signing Tanguy Ndombele will miss the match-up, while Heung-min Son will hope for a better showing than in Newcastle’s trip to London following his return from suspension.
Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu has confirmed that Lionel Messi is free to leave Camp Nou for nothing at the end of the season if the Argentine wizard wishes. Spanish daily El Pais caused a stir this week by revealing a clause in Messi’s contract which gives him the option to rescind his deal in Catalunya with no cost from June 2020 onwards. Messi is currently under contract until 2021 with Barca, having spent the entirety of his professional career at the club. Article continues below Editors’ Picks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream That revelation, subsequently confirmed by Goal , caused certain anxiety amongst Barca fans worried they could lose their star when 2019-20 comes to a close. Supporters of other clubs, most notably hometown idols Newell’s Old Boys, conversely are dreaming of a transfer coup unthinkable prior to the clause becoming public knowledge. But Bartomeu moved to calm concerns by explaining it was a common courtesy that the club extends to its playing legends. “Messi signed until 2021. It was agreed that at the end of the penultimate season he is at liberty to leave for free,” the Blaugrana president told Barca TV . “He has earned that freedom to decide his future, but he is very Cule and I am calm. Xavi, Iniesta and Puyol had the same clause.”We couldn’t give Messi a different clause, but I repeat, I am in no doubt he will stay for many years.”Bartomeu’s statement echoed sentiments expressed by Gerard Pique, who confirmed on Friday that he was also aware of the Argentina’s contract situation. “I already knew Messi is able to leave for free at the end of each season,” Pique explained to Cadena Ser .“But we all know the commitment Leo has to Barca and it doesn’t worry me at all. He’s earned the right to be able to choose what he does with his future after everything he’s given the club.”Messi arrived at Barca at the age of 13 after leaving Newell’s when the Rosario side could not continue funding his hormone growth treatments. He has gone on to become the greatest player in Blaugrana history, with 671 competitive goals for the club and 34 major titles, including four of the five Champions League titles ever lifted by Barca.
Sadio Mane has netted his 50th Premier League goal for Liverpool on his 100th appearance for the Premier League leaders.The Senegal international opened the scoring for the Reds in their top-of-the-table clash with third-placed Leicester City, slotting home comfortably after being found by a sumptuous ball from James Milner.It was Mane’s fifth goal this season and saw him break a tie with Mohamed Salah to become Liverpool’s leading scorer in 2019-20. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream Time for another transfer? Giroud’s Chelsea spell set to end like his Arsenal career Mane also won the penalty that James Milner swept home in injury time to give his team all three points in a 2-1 win.They had looked in danger of dropping their first points of the year after James Maddison had equalized for the Foxes with 10 minutes remaining, but a clumsy challenge by Marc Albrighton on Mane saw them secure a 17th straight Premier League win.They are the last club in England’s top four divisions who are yet to lose this season, and the win sees them one shy of equaling Manchester City’s record of 18 consecutive wins in the top-flight.Mane is the third current Liverpool forward to cross the half-century mark in the Premier League, joining Salah and Roberto Firmino.He’s the sixth fastest player to 50 for the Anfield club, behind Salah (69 games), Fernando Torres (72), Luis Suarez (86), Robbie Fowler (88) and Michael Owen (98).50 – Sadio Mane has scored his 50th Premier League goal for Liverpool. He’s the 10th player to reach the milestone for the club in the competition, more than any other side. Nifty. pic.twitter.com/XvpojW5a9v — OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) October 5, 2019 He’s also the 10th Liverpool player to notch so many goals – no other Premier League team has as many individual players with 50 or more in the competition.Mane has enjoyed a couple of fantastic seasons on Merseyside, mirroring the success of his team.Last season the former Southampton man shared the Premier League Golden Boot with team-mate Salah and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, all three men scoring 22 goals in the English top-flight.His goals were also vital as Liverpool swept to Champions League glory, as he tallied four, plus three assists as the Reds lifted the trophy by defeating Tottenham in the final. These individual marks saw Mane end up finishing fifth in the voting for FIFA’s The Best award last month.His Liverpool colleague Virgil van Dijk finished second in the voting for that award, behind Barcelona’s Lionel Messi. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web
Turkey’s players celebrated their draw with France in Euro 2020 qualifying by making a military salute, despite already facing an investigation for a similar celebration in their previous match.UEFA confirmed it would be opening an investigation into the celebrations made by Turkey’s team following the win over Albania on Friday.It comes as the Turkish army clashes with Kurdish fighters in northern Syria, with France among a number of nations to impose sanctions on Turkey and condemn the actions of president Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Editors’ Picks Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream Time for another transfer? Giroud’s Chelsea spell set to end like his Arsenal career Everton striker Cenk Tosun scored the winner against Albania, and subsequently posted a picture of the celebration to his official Instagram account, stating: “For our nation, especially for the ones who are risking their lives for our nation.”UEFA, which does not allow players to make political gestures, vowed to open an investigation, though it appears Turkey’s players took little heed of UEFA’s warning, making the same gesture after equalising in their 1-1 draw with France in Paris.The Turkish national team’s official Twitter account also displayed an image of the players making the salute, using it in a post showing the Group H table, which Turkey top.Son sözü biz söyleriz! #EURO2020Yolunda 8. maçlar sonunda grubumuzda 19 puanla lideriz.Bekle Avrupa geliyoruz! pic.twitter.com/VyREmsNr4B— Milli Takımlar (@MilliTakimlar) October 14, 2019Several French politicians had called for the match to be cancelled, with security having been tightened at Stade de France, while there were also reports of altercations in the crowd over a pro-Kurdish banner.Turkey head coach Senol Gunes, meanwhile, said: “Like all countries, we don’t want our soldiers to be deployed. It’s just a mark of support to our soldiers. It’s a gesture of support. As for the rest, these are questions for [US President] Donald Trump or [French President] Emmanuel Macron – I’m only the national team coach.”Earlier on Monday, German second-tier side St Pauli released Cenk Sahin after he took to Instagram to show his support for Turkey’s military action in Syria.On Saturday, Turkish gold medalist Ibrahim Colak made the gesture at the Gymnastic World Championships in Stuttgart. Monday’s result left France second in Group H, adrift of leaders Turkey on their head-to-head record after eight matches.
Norwegian Cruise Line is kicking off 2018 with a limited time offer, perfect for those looking to escape the Arctic temperatures across the nation with a cruise vacation to paradise. Now through January 15, guests can take advantage of the Super Splash Sale* and receive up to $500 in free onboard spending on select five-day or longer sailings. Norwegian is giving guests another reason to celebrate the New Year as the offer is combinable withFree at Sea, providing up to $3,100 in added value to their cruise. Even though the holidays are over, Norwegian will be continuing the giving spirit with incredible offers throughout the month of January.Norwegian’s popular Free at Sea promotion will be extended through January 31. This signature value-added offer provides guests who book a new three-day or longer sailing in an oceanview, balcony or minisuite category stateroom with the opportunity to select their preference of two free choices from five spectacular onboard amenity offers†, including free unlimited open bar, a free specialty dining package, $50 towards shore excursions in each port per stateroom, 250 minutes of free WiFi, or Norwegian’s Friends & Family Sail Free offer that allows the third and fourth guests to sail for free on many 2018 sail dates. Inside staterooms, as well as Norwegian’s Studio staterooms for solo travelers, can choose one free offer. Those who want to enjoy the more luxurious things in life, can book a cruise in a suite or The Haven by Norwegian® and enjoy all five free amenities†, providing up to $2,600 in added value to their cruise.Guests looking to soak up the sun and find their paradise in the South Pacific can take advantage of Norwegian’s Free at Sea Hawaii offer, which has also been extended through January 31. Guests who book a new cruise vacation aboard Pride of America, the only ship in the world that can sail seven-day inter-island cruises in Hawaii, have the freedom to select one of fiveoffers†* to enrich their cruising experience, including a free one-night pre-cruise hotel stay with an option to select reduced airfare starting at $399 from select gateways, a free specialty dining package, free pre-paid service charges for the first and second guest in the stateroom, free $50 per port shore excursion credit per stateroom, or Norwegian’s Friends & Family Sail Free, allowing the third and fourth guests in each stateroom to sail for free on many 2018 sail dates. Guests who book asuite aboard Pride of America can enjoy all five offers.Guests who are seeking exciting adventures in the New Year and looking to explore the rich history of Cuba can enjoy $50 in free onboard spending money** with Norwegian’s Havana Nights promotion now through January 31. Cruisers who book a new cruise to Cuba can take advantage of an all-inclusive onboard experience with unlimited open bar on Norwegian Sky from Miami or Norwegian Sun from Port Canaveral. To book a cruise aboard a Norwegian ship, contact a travel professional, call Norwegian at 866-NCL-CRUISE (625-2784), or visitwww.ncl.com. *Offer not applicable to Sail Away Categories (categories IX, OX, BX or MX). Onboard credit amount is per stateroom based on category booked, in U.S. Dollars and will be applied to 1st and 2nd guest on the reservation.†All sailings 3 nights or longer. Offer is not applicable to categories IX, OX, BX, MX (Sail Away Categories).Norwegian Sky, Norwegian Joy, Pride of America, and Norwegian Sun’s all-inclusive sailings from Port Canaveral are not eligible for this offer. Friends & Family sail free applicable only on select sail dates. Guests are responsible for a 20% gratuity for retail value for Specialty Dining Package, Unlimited Beverage Package, and/ or the Soda Package, with pricing based on number of cruise nights. Number of meals for specialty dining package based on length of itinerary. $50 USD per port shore excursion credit is per stateroom and is applicable for each port; it is not transferable to other ports. Overnight stays count as one port, except Bermuda sailings which can receive up to 3 individual days of shore excursion credit. Wifi package offers one login per stateroom. On Norwegian Breakaway, stateroom receives an internet package of 250 minutes or 1000 MB of data.†*Pride of America offer available for bookings for cruises through April 27, 2019. Offer is not applicable to categories IX, OX, BX (Sail Away Categories). Cruises must be booked more than 30 days prior sailing, when selecting hotel option; if choosing hotel option with air option cruises must be made more than 60 days prior to sailing. Offer valid for Waikiki Marriott Resort-city view room. In the event that the hotel scheduled to be used in package is unavailable, for any reason, Norwegian Cruise Line reserves the right to substitute the hotel included in package. One night pre-hotel offer is available on reservations with 4 guests or less.**Offer not applicable to Sail Away Categories (categories IX, OX, BX or MX).
zoomImage Courtesy: NYK Line Japan’s Nippon Yusen Kaisha (NYK) has unveiled its plans to offer Green Bonds within the domestic market in May, thus becoming the world’s first shipping company to issue labeled Green Bonds in the shipping sector.The move is in line with NYK’s medium-term management plan “Staying Ahead 2022 with Digitalization and Green,” under which the company plans to integrate environmental, social, and governance (ESG) principles into management strategies.The proceeds of a green bond are used solely for the purpose of funding environment-friendly projects.The amount to be issued is JPY 10 billion (USD 93.5 million), with bonds having a maturity of 5 years.NYK said it would use the bonds’ net proceeds to pursue investments in technologies such as LNG-fueled ships, LNG-bunkering vessels, ballast water treatment equipment, and SOx (sulfur oxides) scrubber systems.NYK’s Green Bonds have been approved as “a model case for the Green Bonds issuance in the fiscal year 2018” by Japan’s Ministry of the Environment. The shipping company is now under verification process by the ministry and its contractors, pending confirmation.“NYK will participate in a shipping industry working group to be established by the Climate Bonds Initiative and will cooperate in formulating evaluation criteria for Green Bonds issued by shipping companies,” the company said in a comment.The Climate Bonds Initiative is an international, investor-focused not-for-profit working to mobilize bond markets for climate change solutions. It also provides a journal of record for relevant bond issuance, develops Green Bond evaluation criteria such as the Climate Bonds Standard, and provides policy proposals to government, finance, and industry sectors.
Hokkaido is known for the juiciest and freshest salmon roe in Japan. If you like seafood, you must try the “ikura don”, or salmon roe bowl. It is a special kind of sushi bowl unique to Hokkaido. While you might be able to get it at Hokkaido themed restaurants in other areas of Japan, nothing matches the fresh Hokkaido salmon roe in flavor and texture.Sanchichokuso’s salmon roe bowl is known for the fact that the salmon roe is overflowing the bowl. It even needs to be served with a dish underneath. Its original name is “Namara Koboshi Ikura Don”, which roughly translates to “Very Overflowing Salmon Roe Bowl”. There is a great variety of delicious dishes at Sanchichokuso. We picked up three dishes that are unique to Hokkaido that we recommend if you need help making a choice.1. Overflowing Salmon Roe Bowl Sanchichokuso is first and foremost an izakaya and sashimi goes excellent with alcoholic beverages so it is one of the main dishes on the menu. The fish and seafood on the menu are brought in daily from the local fish market.Everything you eat here is fresh from the market. The only difference to the market is that customers can enjoy their meals here late at night as well. The izakaya also offers private rooms for two or more people. You can actually choose where you want to be seated. Sanchichokuso Hokkaido – Affordable Seafood Izakaya near Sapporo Station Sanchichokuso Hokkaido is one of the most popular choices to enjoy fresh and affordable seafood near Sapporo Station. The main branch of this izakaya (Japanese pub) is located just about a one to five minutes away from the station, depending on the exit used. The main branch of Sanchichokuso boasts more than eighty years of history and has a pleasant antique atmosphere. Customers take off their shoes at the entrance to make themselves comfortable. Put the shoes in one of the lockers and make sure you put the locker key somewhere safe as you need it to retrieve your shoes.The customers can sit directly around the bar or at the big open grill. From here, you can watch how the dishes are being prepared. Hokkaido Travel Guide: Points Of Interest, Weather, Events, And More! Hokkaido boasts many delicious specialties and an izakaya is a great place to try a little bit of everything. If you are in the Sapporo Station area and feel hungry, Sanchichokuso Hokkaido is the best place to enjoy a delicious meal and a couple of drinks.The store is open until midnight, so why not drop by to recharge after a day of exploring Hokkaido?Sanchichokuso HokkaidoAddress: Hokkaido, Sapporo, Kita ward, Kita 6 jonishi 1-chome, under the JR lines Google MapBusiness hours: 16:00 – 24:00 (Friday, Saturday, and public holidays – until 3:00 a.m. the next morning)Credit cards: VISA, MasterCard, UC, American Express, DC, DINERS, JCB, NC, UFJTelephone: 011-206-0820Website: http://www.gcompany.co.jp/sanchichokuso-hokkaido/shop/index.html You can rest assured that you have plenty of delicious salmon roe from the first to the last bite. The mild white rice and the slightly salty salmon roe make for a very satisfying combination. Every piece of salmon roe will pop like a little firework in your mouth.The salmon roe bowl costs 1,990 yen plus tax and is limited to one per person.2. Grilled Atka Mackerel Most regions in Japan have their own area-specific style of karaage, or Japanese deep fried chicken. Zangi is Hokkaido’s version of karaage. Some people say that zangi is simply another word for karaage while others say the flavor is completely different.Zangi pieces are usually slightly larger than regular karaage. The chicken is flavored with a special spice mixture that does make it taste slightly different if you have a sensitive palate.The best way to find out if karaage and zangi are similar is to try them for yourself. Three large pieces of zangi served with sweet-sour sauce cost 690 yen plus tax.Enjoy the Flavors of Hokkaido in the Heart of Sapporo Sapporo Travel Guide – Sightseeing, What To Wear, Local Food, And More! Read also Hokkaido is Japan’s seafood capital and, naturally, the menu offers mainly fish and seafood-related items. If raw fish isn’t your thing, no need to worry. There are grilled, fried and baked varieties as well as vegetable, meat, and handmade tofu dishes as well.Top Three Local Dishes to Order at Sanchichokuso Hokkaido Sapporo – 10 Destinations to Visit in Hokkaido’s Largest City! The sunken kotatsu seat area offers some privacy while still being located in the main area. It is also suitable for two or more people. Since it’s very popular, it’s best to reserve it in advance.Fresh Seafood from the Local Fish Market If you prefer something cooked instead, the grilled atka mackerel is another Hokkaido specialty. Hokkaido’s mackerels are known for their large size and rich flavor. You can easily fill your stomach without any side dishes with just one mackerel but it is usually a dish that is meant to be enjoyed alongside other side dishes.Please be careful about the bones. The fish is usually grilled without removing any of them. The best way to remove the majority of bones is to grab the tail and remove the spine by pulling towards the head. You’ll be rewarded with creamy meat and a delicious, slightly smoky flavor.A large grilled atka mackerel costs 1,390 yen plus tax and goes great with Japanese sake or a cold Sapporo beer.3. Zangi – Hokkaido Style Fried Chicken In cooperation with Sanchichokuso Hokkaido
Once you’ve registered as a member, log in and find the port that you wish to rent your bicycle at. The Docomo Bike Share Port Navi app (iOS/Android in Japanese) is useful when searching for ports. On the app, the nearest ports will be displayed on a map and you can check for the number of bicycles available.If you’re heading to the National Diet Building, then the port next to Nagatacho Exit 2 (A4-03. House of Councillors Annex 2/Nagatacho Station Exit 2) is the closest port. It’s also completely fine to rent your bicycle from a port nearby your lodgings.Once you find the port, select a bicycle. You will be sent a pass code for unlocking the bicycle to the email address you provided during registration.By the way, the port near Nagatacho Exit 2 is popular and there were only three bicycles left at 9:00 on the day our writer visited. There are times when there are no bicycles at popular ports, so be sure to check how many bicycles are available when making your reservation.3. Unlock Your Bicycle at the Port Use Bicycle Share to Enjoy the Streets of Tokyo Sightseeing areas in Tokyo, such as Ginza, Tsukiji, and Odaiba, are scattered across the map within a close range of each other. As such, you can travel more efficiently with bicycles depending on the route rather than using the train.Bicycle sharing is a service through which you can freely use bicycles at designated ports (bicycle parking areas) located throughout the city.Among the services available, the bicycle sharing offered by DOCOMO BIKE SHARE, INC. is available for 24-hour use with the number of ports totaling a large number of 460 locations within the city of Tokyo (ten wards) as of February 2018. As long as there is a port in the area, then you are free to rent or return a bicycle from anywhere.Shared usage is possible in seven wards of Tokyo (*1) including Shinjuku, Shibuya, Minato, which is famous for Tokyo Tower and Roppongi, and Chuo, where you can find both Nihonbashi and Ginza.The service is available at a reasonable price through which you can enjoy the change in the cityscape, making it perfect for Tokyo sightseeing.In this article, we visited the National Diet Building, the Imperial Palace, Ginza, Tsukiji, and Odaiba, all of which are popular sightseeing spots, through the bicycle sharing service!*1: The seven wards in the city include Chiyoda, Chuo, Minato, Shinjuku, Bunkyo, Koto, and Shibuya. 9:00 From Registration to Your Departure: Cycle to the National Diet Building!1. Free to Register! Become a Member There are two areas in Tsukiji: the Tsukiji Inner Market and the Tsukiji Outer Market. The Tsukiji Inner Market is where auctions take place and where restaurant and supermarket professionals come to make their purchases. The Tsukiji Outer Market is where general customers are able to enjoy shopping and food. Once you’ve found your bicycle, press the START button on the panel at the back of the saddle. The lock will be released after inputting the pass code. You can now ride your bicycle.You are given 20 minutes to unlock your bicycle after reserving it. Your reservation will automatically be cancelled after 20 minutes have passed, so please take note of this.9:10 Arrive Right Away at the National Diet Building! You will arrive in Ginza in ten minutes from the Imperial Palace. The roads to Ginza are filled with pedestrian traffic and cars, so be sure to pay extra attention.A complete change from the Imperial Palace, this urban scenery features streets lined with high-rise buildings and classy boutiques. This building, which draws attention for its clock tower, is the Ginza Wako Flagship Store. It is a popular Ginza photo spot, so many people take commemorative photos here!9:35 Stroll Through Tsukiji Market for Fresh Fish in Tokyo! Return the bicycle to the port near Rainbow Bridge (C5-15. 7-Eleven Minato Shibaurafuto Store) and take the train at Shibaurafuto Station (Tokyo Monorail).As ports are scattered throughout various areas, we were able to flexibly rearrange our schedule even after a problem had occurred.11:15 Odaiba – The Place for Leisure Facilities and Photo Spots Continue past the National Diet Building to the area by the Imperial Palace. The area of the Imperial Palace was originally the location of Edo Castle (*1). Even now, traces of Edo Castle still remain through its stone walls and gates.Chidorigafuchi Moat, famous for its cherry blossoms, and the Tokyo National Museum of Modern Art, where traditional works from both Japan and overseas have been exhibited since the Meiji period, are also located in the vicinity of the Imperial Palace.Snow had piled up on the bank of the moat as it snowed the day before. We were able to experience a beauty there that was unique to spring in Tokyo.*1 Edo Castle: the main castle of the shogun (military general) that ruled the Edo period from 1603 – 1868. 9:25 Rows of High-Class Shops! The Shopping District of Ginza You will then arrive at the Tsukiji port (B3-04. Tsukiji Market Station Underground Bicycle Parking Area) after ten minutes from Ginza.After we left Nagatacho, we were able to visit three sightseeing spots in approximately 30 minutes. The fee up until this point is 162 yen plus tax!Want to Return Your Bicycle and Keep Sightseeing? To better sightsee in Tsukiji, we returned our bicycles. When returning your bicycle, insert the front wheel into the rack and manually lock it with the key that comes with it. Lastly, the return will be finished once you’ve pressed the ENTER button.To rent your next bicycle, you will need to make a reservation once more.Read Also:Ginza Travel Guide: Feel Classic Luxury In Tokyo’s Most Elegant AreaFeast on Fresh Seafood Bowls & Rice Balls at Tsukiji The Odaiba area is bustling with couples, tourists, and families that go to visit tourist attractions such as the Statue of Liberty, the Life-Sized Gundam, and the Ferris wheel.During this visit, the bicycle sharing fee was 324 yen plus tax. If you were to take the same route by train, it would cost 950 yen plus tax. With a different of 626 yen, we were able to sightsee economically!Read Also:Have A Great Time In Odaiba! 5 Recommended Spots Along The Rinkai LineOdaiba Travel Guide: Enjoy Tokyo’s Entertainment Haven All Day LongWalk Across Rainbow Bridge And Enjoy The View Over OdaibaSightsee Differently From the Norm With Bicycle Sharing! Let’s stroll through the Tsukiji Inner Market and eat at the onigiri (rice ball) restaurant Marutoyo. We ordered the Kaisen-don (Seafood Bowl) served with sashimi, including freshly caught tuna and salmon, and the specialty Bomb Onigiri filled with an entire soft-boiled egg.The sashimi in the Kaisen-don was outstandingly fresh! Your chopsticks won’t stop when you eat the fatty, delicious meat together with the rice. When you take a bite of the Bomb Onigiri, the egg yolk will immediately ooze out as a salty and sweet flavor spreads completely throughout your mouth.The Bomb Onigiri sells out quickly, so be sure to purchase it in the morning if you want to eat it.Read Also:Jonai And Jogai: Find Your Way Around Tsukiji Fish Market Like A ProSpecial Hands-on Tour – Visit Tsukiji Market And Try Making Sushi!Tsukiji Market – Information About Its Relocation To Toyosu5 Sushi Restaurants With Multilingual Support In Tsukiji10:15 From Tsukiji to Odaiba: Bicycle Share Even in Emergencies! Rent a bicycle once more from the port you previously returned your bicycle to and head over to Rainbow Bridge to travel from Tsukiji to Odaiba. The Rainbow Bridge promenade is free to travel through, but you are not allowed to travel by riding your bicycle, so you must cross the bridge while walking your bike.Unfortunately, on this day, the road had been blocked off due to a traffic accident and we were unable to cross the promenade. We returned our bicycle and traveled to Odaiba by monorail. The travel fee is 162 yen plus tax. You will arrive at the National Diet Building, the center of the Japanese government, three minutes after leaving the Nagatacho port.It is an electric bicycle and will immediately move forward by pedaling once, so even hills are easy! Those that don’t have confidence in their stamina can rest assured. You can also check the meter for how much battery is remaining.9:15 Fully Enjoy History and Nature by the Imperial Palace You are required to be a registered member to utilize the bicycle sharing service. Access the member registration page and fill out the required items following the instructions on the screen.Language support is available not only in Japanese, but also in English. You are required to provide a credit card number and an email address to be sent the unlocking pass code when registering.Payment is made through credit card. Bicycles can be used for every 30 minutes for 162 yen plus tax.There are two memberships available. The Monthly Membership will always give you your first 30 minutes free for a monthly payment of 2160 yen.The One Trip Membership will cost 162 yen for the first 30 minutes and 108 yen for every additional 30 minutes. Both fees include tax.If you want to use bicycle sharing to sightsee, then the One Trip Membership is a bargain!2. Select Your Bicycle Parking Area and Receive a Pass Code! The fact that you can experience the change of the cityscape as if you were traveling through time from the Imperial Palace to Ginza or witness the magnitude of the Rainbow Bridge up close is the real charm of bicycle sharing.Furthermore, another perk is the fact that you can also return your bicycle even when sudden problems occur.On the other hand, there is also possibility of there being no bicycles at the ports that you want to rent your bicycle at or that the bicycle will become harder to ride if the battery dies as the only cons of the service.If that’s the case, then it’s best to check for ports that have many bicycles available beforehand and to also check the state of the meter at the port before reserving your bicycle.How about not only enjoying your Tokyo sightseeing by train or taxi, but also by utilizing this bicycle sharing service?Read Also:Popular Places In Tokyo: Shibuya, Shinjuku, Asakusa, Ginza And More!The Temperature In Tokyo And What To WearBus Or Train? Going From Haneda Airport To Major Stations In TokyoAccess From Skytree And Senso-ji Temple! Three Bathhouses In AsakusaMade in cooperation with: DOCOMO BIKE SHARE, INC.
Read also Kyoto Complete Guide: Travel Tips, Sightseeing, Festivals And More! Noh Performance Schedule and Highlights Noh is one of Japan’s traditional performing arts, boasting a history of over 600 years. Beautiful Noh masks – some dating centuries ago, gorgeous kimonos, elegant dances, and deeply moving stories are the main features that make Noh a fascinating stage art that has been treasured by the Japanese people for centuries.Noh performances with English guidance are still rare, so if you’re in Kyoto this year, do check out these events! They will surely leave a deep impression. Noh Theater In English! SUMIDAGAWA: Sound of prayer cradled in sorrow Izutsu is a Noh masterpiece, taking inspiration from an old love story featured in the “The Tales of Ise”, a book written around 980 in the Heian period (794-1185). It tells the story of a woman, whose ghost still haunts the place where she used to live together with her husband, even after hundreds of years after they both left this world.Ukifune, scheduled for December 15, is a Noh play inspired by an episode in “The Tale of Genji”, Japan’s (and the world’s) first novel, written in the early years of the 11th century.Most of the plays included in this programme are related to Kyoto. This means that you can enjoy your stay in Japan’s old capital city by exploring it through the images and legends of Kyoto that traveled through the centuries through Noh theater.Read also Yuya, performed by Katayama Kuroemon. Picture courtesy of Kyoto Kanze Noh Theater. Photograph by Kinnohoshi Watanabe ShashinjoKamo, which will be performed on May 26, is based on an old legend about Kyoto’s famous Kamo Shrine. After watching the performance, how about visiting the shrine itself? You’ll probably see it in another light.Sumidagawa is the heartbreaking story of a mother who traveled all the way from Kyoto to the Sumida River (present-day Tokyo) looking for her son, only to find the grave of her child. Watch Noh, Japanese Traditional Theater, in Kyoto!The Kyoto Kanze Noh Theater will host a series of Noh theater performances with guidance in English. The audience will be able to follow the performances using tablets that show subtitles and explanations of the story. Picture courtesy of Hinoki ShotenThe performances introduced above can be followed using Noh Support, an application that can be installed on tablets, iPhones, and smartphones, offering English subtitles and explanations during the performance.Smartphones with the Noh Support installed on them will be available for a small fee at the Kyoto Kanze Noh Theater.Subtitles and guidance are provided in Japanese and English, and you can switch the screen to your preferred language.In addition to basic information that makes it easy to follow the story performed on the stage, Noh Support also explains the main points of interest of each play. You’ll be able to learn the background of each Noh play and the reasons why these works have been enjoyed by the public for centuries.Noh Theater with English Guidance in Kyoto – DetailsVenue: Kyoto Kanze Noh Theater2019 Dates: April 28, May 26, June 23, August 25, September 22, November 24, December 15Reservations: Please contact the Kyoto Kanze Noh Theater (075-771-6114)Ticket Price Range: 6,000 yen*Main image: Takasago, performed by Katayama Shingo. Picture courtesy of Kyoto Kanze Noh Theater. Photograph by Kinnohoshi Watanabe Shashinjo Kyoto Kanze Kaikan Noh Theater View Information 2019 Performance DatesProgramme Read also Noh Theater – Stories About Staying Human In Times Of War Kyoto Complete Guide: Travel Tips, Sightseeing, Festivals And More! November 24Kikujido, Izutsu, Adachigahara September 22Nishikigi, Miidera, Tenko Encounter The World Of Noh At Yokohama’s Noh Theater! Read also Noh Theater In English! SUMIDAGAWA: Sound of prayer cradled in sorrow May 26Kamo, Yugao, Fujito Read also Noh Support – English Guidance for Noh Performances April 28Utaura, Yuya, Funabashi June 23Kayoi Komachi, Sumidagawa, Ukai December 15Kiyotsune, Ukifune, Momijigari How To Enjoy Noh Theater – 3 Practical Tips August 25Kanehira, Teika, Zegai The Noh plays in this programme will be performed by professional Noh actors of the Kanze school. All the plays are famous works from the Noh repertory, with some of them dating back to the 15th century!For example, Yuya, which is part of the April 28 programme, draws inspiration from a legend related to Taira no Munemori (1147-1185) and features famous places in Kyoto, such as Kiyomizudera Temple.
Isn’t the roof beautiful? This type of construction is known as the kokerabuki method, wherein three millimeter thin wooden plates are expertly connected together without nails or glue. This is a work of art, and one that visitors to the garden should definitely take a moment to appreciate.InformationHamarikyu GardensAddress: Tokyo, Chuo, Hamarikyu Gardens 1-1Hours: 9:00-17:00Closed: December 29th-January 1stOther Languages: Japanese, English, French, Chinese (Simplified and Traditional) and Korean. Free English guided tour every weekend from 11:00 in the morning.Nearest Station: Tsukiji Market Station (Toei Metro Oedo Line), Shiodome Station (Yuri Kamome Line), Shinbashi Station (JR, Tokyo Metro Ginza, Toei Asakusa lines)Access: 7 minute walk from E18 Exit of Tsukiji Market Station or E19 Exit of Shiodome Station; 12 minute walk from G08/A10 exits of Shinbashi StationPrice Range: adults 300 yen, seniors (over 65 years old) 120 yen, elementary school age and under children are freeOfficial Website: http://www.tokyo-park.or.jp/park/format/index028.html Tokyo, the capital of Japan, is famous for being a city where both modern cityscapes and traditions coexist.In the Shiodome area, Tokyo, you can find the Hamarikyu Gardens, a popular traditional garden right in the heart of the bustling Tokyo business district.Traditional Views and Skyscrapers Coexisting Side by SideAccording to many, the Japanese seem to prefer to see historical traditions and modern metropolitan views separately, while visitors from abroad are interested in seeing the combination of the two. What do you think of this view?A Japanese garden and modern skyscrapers in the background. It really is a unique view – one that astonishes all its viewers. To those that have studied Japanese gardens, this could be seen as a modern interpretation of shakei, the idea of making use of the surrounding landscape in the design of the garden.Here you can see one of the most viewed spots in the garden: the over 300 year old pine tree, symbol of Hamarikyu.For some context, Hamarikyu Gardens marked its 360th anniversary in 2015. This tree was planted in the period when Ienobu Tokugawa, the sixth generation of the Shogun Family, ruled Japan, and it is one of the biggest Japanese black pine trees in Tokyo.Walking further through the garden, you will find the Nakajima Tea House.The tea house can be freely entered by visitors to the garden.You can order green tea and sweets to enjoy as you view the Japanese garden. This teahouse, where you can enjoy sweeping views, is best if you are hoping to enjoy the “present day views” of Hamarikyu.Multilingual SupportOne of the most helpful services for international visitors here are the multilingual guidance devices, which are free to borrow!Along with the beautiful views, learning more about the historical background of the garden is a great way to better appreciate the sights.The devices can be picked up at the entrance, and play automatically when you approach the main spots within the gardens.These devices are available in five languages: Japanese, English, French, Chinese (Simplified and Traditional), and Korean. This is one of the few gardens in Japan that offers multilingual guidance.Seeing Traditional Japanese Architecture Up CloseThe Hamarikyu Gardens were originally part of the Tokugawa family’s vacation home. In the past, there were many different structures located within the garden, but over time and as a result of earthquakes and other disasters, several have been lost.Restoration projects have been carried out since 2014, as have excavations done in cooperation with the Agency for Cultural Affairs. This has enabled some of the buildings to be restored to their historical appearance – one of the first of which being the Pine Tea House.There are special tours available for this tea house. Those interested should check their official website for more information.The Swallow Tea House while it was under constructionAt the time of writing, the Swallow Tea House was under construction (completed in spring 2015), but the writer was given special permission to view the structure as it was being rebuilt.
On the eighth floor of the building, you’ll find Goemon, with a very traditional atmosphere that you can even sense coming from the letters written on the restaurant’s name board.The interior, however, is a mixture of a Japanese traditional and modern feel – in a refined, serene ambiance, you will hear jazz music soothingly spreading through the air, giving this restaurant an even more tranquil and peaceful atmosphere.Their Very Own “Japanese Spaghetti”At Goemon, not only the noodle cooking techniques but the tableware as well show off this restaurant’s subtle but fervent devotion to detail and tradition. The name Goemon tells a story of that devotion and peculiarity itself – it comes from the name of the cauldron in which the spaghetti are carefully prepared, or the so-called Goemon cauldron.The cooking method is a wonderful process through which the spaghetti are placed in the large Goemon cauldron filled with a great amount of hot water and then boiled to the perfect al dente texture (noodles that are still slightly firm). The bowls and plates in which the pasta is served give off the “wa” feeling, keeping to a Japanese tradition inside this revolutionary restaurant.Most of the tableware used at the restaurant is Goemon’s original Arita ware (*1). In order to provide another enjoyable sensation to their customers, aside from the great taste, they’ve prepared the tableware with traditional designs and patterns that are pleasing to the eye and the mind of the person using them. This also is another example of Goemon’s desire to nurture the traditional spirit of Japan – by bringing forth a meal that brings joy both to the taste buds and the eye, they continue to demonstrate a part of Japanese aesthetics that has been preserved over the centuries.Therefore it is safe to conclude that Goemon’s spaghetti deserve a slightly different name with all those peculiarities and preferences – they serve not so much Italian, but rather Japanese spaghetti to their customers.*1 Arita ware: Arita ware is a type of porcelain mainly created in Arita City in Saga prefecture. Since the distribution and shipment of the ware is done from the close-by Imari Port, it is also called Imari ware.Menu – the Alluring Piece of ArtMediterranean style crab, shrimp, and Manila clam-based soup spaghetti; price: 1200 yen (plus tax) per plate. Photo courtesy of Official Website of Yomenya GoemonThe menu consists of a variety of Japanese dishes and Western dishes, and precisely that magnificent range of different dishes is another great point of Goemon’s. Considering that and the fact that they regularly refresh their menu with some new and delicious-sounding dish, each time you come to the place and try to decide on your today’s choice ought to be a great battle with yourself. Our advice is not to overlook the rich and filling soup-pasta or the seasonal menu that might not be there the next time you visit.Spring vegetable garden spaghetti with bagna cauda sauce; price: 1100 yen (plus tax) per plate. Photo courtesy of Official Website of Yomenya GoemonThe spring menu spaghetti dish will suit any vegetable lover’s palate in the most pleasurable manner – served with the savory bagna cauda (a dip made from garlic, anchovies, olive oil, and other ingredients).There are also drink sets and sweets sets for those in the mood for a little something on the side. Finally, for those who are at a loss with what to choose, there is a half and half option, a greedy set offering both tarako (cod roe) and yuba (tofu skin) Kyoto style dashi pasta and mozzarella and eggplant meat sauce pasta.At the main store in Shibuya, you can also serve yourself to a portion of salad at the salad bar. However, try not to fill up on salad before the main dish makes its special appearance! Please keep in mind that the types of salad, as well as whether it is available or not, varies from store to store.Let’s Eat Our Spaghetti with the Chopsticks!Probably the first thing to catch your attention is the tray and chopsticks in front of you. One more characteristic is the Japanese style soup served with every dish on the menu.What adds a little special flavor to the comforting Japanese soup is mitsuba, or Japanese honewort. The taste, however, is certainly not too aggressive, but mild enough to complement the spaghetti very well.This time, among countless tempting dishes on the menu, we have picked the Western-style Camembert cheese and crispy bacon carbonara, and Japanese-style tarako and shrimp shimeji aojiso pasta (shimeji: a type of mushrooms; aojiso: green perilla). The pasta used for these dishes is made in Italy and has a flavorsome and rich taste to it, enough to satisfy any gourmet lover’s growling stomach.Camembert cheese and crispy bacon carbonara; price: 1100 yen (plus tax) per plateThe spaghetti is done al dente style, prepared in the special cauldron. Slowly beat the eggs using the tip of your chopsticks, then stir it in the creamy sauce, and enjoy! You won’t be able to stop yourself from gobbling down this delicious meal.For the ones whose hearts are yelling “More, give us more”, you can choose a larger portion of noodles to satisfy your appetite properly. Also, on the drink menu, wine is also included as one of the options, so feel free to savor a glass of fine wine while enjoying your gourmet pasta.Walleye Pollack roe (tarako), shrimp and shimeji mushrooms with green perilla spaghetti; price: 950 yen (plus tax) per plateAs for the Japanese-style pasta, the gritty walleye Pollack roe mixes beautifully with the warm pasta, and when you bring a hearty portion of the heavenly dish to your lips, the refreshing aroma of the perilla will spread all through your mouth, overwhelming your senses.Surely, you will find that there is something different and incomparable about eating your spaghetti with chopsticks, rather than with the usual fork. The whole offbeat sensation is created first and foremost thanks to the Japanese-based flavors and spices, but other than that, it feels like a whole new experience to relish gourmet Italian food that doesn’t quite seem Italian because you’re using the “wrong” tableware. But rest assured and let the taste overpower your senses – you are now discovering the wonderful world of “Japanese spaghetti”.By the way, if, by chance, there are people who still prefer fork and spoon to the daring chopsticks, just ask the staff and they will provide with the preferable utensils. Still, since you’re already here at this distinctive, revolutionary Goemon, take our advice and give chopsticks a chance to give you an original sensation while eating your pasta.InformationYomenya Goemon Shibuya Main StoreAddress: Tokyo, Shibuya, Udagawa 23-3 Shibuya Daiichi Kangen Kyodo Building 8FHours:11:30-23:00 (last order by 22:15)Closed: December 31st and January 1stWiFi: -Credit Cards: -Other Languages: menu only in JapaneseNearest Station: Shibuya Station (various lines)Access: 5 minute walk from JR Shibuya Station/directly connected to Gourmet Town exit from Tokyo Metro Shibuya StationPrice: from 1000 to 2000 yenPhone: 03-3462-5959Website: http://en.yomenya-goemon.com/(Photos taken by Keita Sugano) Spaghetti is an internationally known Italian noodle dish eaten by wrapping the noodles about the tines of a fork. But if we take a look at the noodle culture in Japan, which has dishes like soba, udon, and ramen that are slurped up and eaten with chopsticks, eating spaghetti the European way seems somewhat difficult.A great many Japanese people, the author included, get cold sweat down their spine every time they try to get their spaghetti quietly with a fork. But, just as you might have suspected, they’ve found a lovely solution to these worries. Today, we will introduce a restaurant in Japan, called Yomenya Goemon, where everyone can eat their spaghetti without worrying about the manners. In other words, Yomenya Goemon is a place where you can eat your Italian dish using chopsticks.To give you an insight to this extraordinary restaurant, we have visited Shibuya’s Gourmet Town, where this restaurant’s main store is located.To find Gourmet Town, head to 109 from the Hachiko Exit of JR Shibuya Station, and you should be able to recognize it on the right side. It is also directly connected with the underground passage from the subway station in Shibuya, and if you take this road, you will get to see numerous charming restaurants and cafes lining along the way.
Get A Mid-Trip Haircut For Only 1000 YenThe “1000 Yen Cut” is a term commonly used to describe a barbershop where you can pay a thousand yen for a haircut that will take up to ten minutes. Due to the speed and excellent technique at these barbershops, they enjoy great popularity in Japan with busy businessmen and students looking to save a few yen.The longer your trip, the longer your hair will get. Stylists are expensive, and ordering exactly what you want can be complicated. We would like to explain the appeal of “1000 Yen Cut” barbershops, and tell you what to remember when you visit one.How They Differ From Regular BarbershopsIn Japan, a visit to a barbershop typically costs between 3500 to 4000 yen; the barber also shampoos and rinses your hair, then gives you a shave. It usually takes 30 minutes to an hour. The vibe is relaxed, and you can have a peaceful styling session without really thinking about the people around.In comparison, 1000 yen cut barbershops only offer haircuts, with no shampooing or shaves. Most of these barbershops have very small waiting rooms and spaces for haircuts, but the chairs are set up to put some space between customers.The Draw of the 1000 Yen Cut Barbershop1000 yen cut barbershops are appealing because they offer haircuts from skillful barbers that take barely any time at all. The haircuts take a maximum of 10 minutes from start to finish, which is perfect for people who don’t want to spend a lot of time or money on their hairstyle. Moreover, the haircuts are neat despite only taking 10 minutes, so you’re guaranteed to be satisfied with the final product.In addition, since there’s no expectation to engage in chit-chat other than telling the barber what kind of cut you want, it’s fine even if you don’t speak Japanese. QB House, a 1000 yen cut barbershop which boasts more than 600 branches nationwide, puts a great deal of effort into its customer service. Special vacuum cleaners are placed next to the chairs at a QB House in order to remove fallen hair, so that customers’ clothes are left spotless.It’s not every day that you can get your hair sucked up in an instant by a giant vacuum cleaner, so it’s a valuable experience. QB Houses can be found in train stations, Aeon malls and other shopping establishments, so by all means, stop by.What To Remember When You VisitSince 1000 yen cut barbershops aim to have you in and out in ten minutes, you need to be precise about the kind of haircut you want. Another thing to remember is that if you have too many requests, it may take more than 10 minutes, so we recommend going when you want a small amount of grooming done. When you make your haircut request, make sure to address the overall length, bangs, sides, volume, the specific hairstyle, and any other points you want the barber to be careful about.For travelers who can’t speak Japanese, it would be a good idea to bring a picture of your desired hairstyle to show the barber. However, these barbershops cannot accept requests for complicated cuts, as well as dye jobs and perms.In addition, 1000 yen cut barbershops do not accept reservations, so on weekends, the wait can be more than an hour. If you’re lucky, you can get a spot quickly, but since these barbershops are so popular, you should expect to spend some time waiting.That’s the end of our introduction to 1000 yen cut barbershops. Next time you think your hair is getting a little long, visit one of these places to experience the high-quality haircut artistry and excellent customer service that Japan can offer in only ten minutes.For more services available in Japan:Get Your Dream Haircut At ASSORT TOKYO, A Hair Salon In AoyamaWelcome Customers From Abroad, A Secret Salon loved by Popular Models, “MERKMAL”Halal-Friendly Nail Salon: “Silis Nail Salon” In OsakaSave Money: How to Charge a Suica Card in 10-Yen Units Useful For Everyone! The Tokyo Metro 24-Hour All-You-Can Ride Ticket