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Cherry Blossom illustration by Heather Skovlund for 360 Magazine

Cherry Blossoms Celebrated

FROM HUMAN CHESS TO PADDLEBOARDING:
UNIQUE WAYS CHERRY BLOSSOMS ARE CELEBRATED THROUGHOUT JAPAN

With the much-anticipated arrival of their delicate pink flowers, the cherry trees blossoming in Japan is a yearly spectacle. According to the Japan Meteorological Agency, cherry blossoms in Tokyo are expected to bloom on March 15th this year. Associated with renewal and the coming spring, the cherry blossoms (or sakura) spur a variety of unique celebrations and experiences throughout the country, with many cities and towns forming their own yearly traditions and unique ways to see the cherry blossoms.

Cruise the Matsukawa River, Toyama Prefecture

Travelers can enjoy hanami (the custom of flower viewing in Japan) as well as the beautiful landscapes of Toyama Prefecture on a special cruise along the Matsukawa River. During cherry blossom season, cruises on the river drift along with the relaxing current and make their way through tunnels of cherry blossom trees. Cruises begin and end outside of the Matsukawa Tea House, so travelers can enjoy a nice cup of tea after a peaceful afternoon of hanami.

Horse-Drawn Carriage Ride Through Kitakami Tenshochi Park, Iwate Prefecture

A massive park spanning over 700 acres, the Kitakami Tenshochi Park has been a favorite for hanami among both locals and travelers for decades. 2021 is the 100th anniversary of the park’s opening and there is a myriad of ways for travelers to see the cherry blossoms, such as taking a riverboat cruise, or taking a ride on a horse-drawn carriage underneath the “tunnel of pink.” Cherry blossom branches stretch out from the trees on both sides of the walkway and form a floral tunnel that travelers can traverse

Human Chess Match at Tendo Sakura Matsuri, Yamagata Prefecture

Ninety percent of Japanese chess pieces, or shogi, are produced in the city of Tendo. Every April, as over 2,000 cherry blossoms bloom, locals and travelers gather to watch a human chess match, or shogi battle, in Maizuru Park, where two professional chess players compete with humans dressed as samurai and servants in place of chess pieces. The festival also features taiko (Japanese drum) performances and delicious festival food like yakisoba noodles and takoyaki balls.

Stand-up Paddleboarding in Shiga Prefecture

In Kyoto, travelers who want to partake in hanami can go stand-up paddleboarding on Lake Biwa to see cherry blossoms bloom along the coast. Shirahage SUP at the Shirahige Beach Campsite offers travelers the opportunity to see the cherry blossoms directly from the crystal blue waters of Lake Biwa.

Moka Railway Ride in Tochigi Prefecture

The city of Moka in Tochigi Prefecture is perhaps most known for the Moka Railway, which has been operating for over 100 years. During the spring when cherry blossoms begin to bloom, the railway line becomes a popular attraction since its track is almost completely surrounded by cherry blossoms and rape flowers. Travelers can book a trip on the scenic railway between Mogi station and Shimodate station for an unforgettable hanami ride.

Boating Under Hirosaki Castle, Aomori Prefecture

Hirosaki Castle is well-known as a top destination for hanami. Since local apple farmers prune the cherry trees the same way they do apples, the trees end up with two to three times more flowers than normal. To see the lush, pink flowers, guests often rent a rowboat and sail it out on the river surrounded by cherry blossoms. The sparkling river coupled with the towering castle and the bright petals makes for a fairy tale to come to life.

Noh Plays at Night, Tokyo

Under the lovely cherry blossoms of Yasukuni Shrine, a stage is set and traditional plays called noh are performed. These plays often date back to the 14th century and include kyogen (comedic spoken dramas) and maibayashi (a shorter version of noh with music). Performed, under the yozakura (cherry blossoms at night), the plays are enhanced by the atmosphere of the lit-up blossoms and the bonfire, two integral elements of this experience. Japan’s top actors and actresses are known to take the stage.

Events and experiences above are subject to change due to the COVID-19 pandemic. For updates on travel restrictions to Japan, please visit the website.

 

Vacation in Mendocino County

Now that shelter-in-place has been modified to allow Mendocino County to welcome visitors, it’s time to plan the perfect escape to bypass the crowds and refresh the soul. Visitors draw strength from redwoods that soar to the heavens and are reinvigorated by stunning views and crashing waves. Communing with nature reduces stress and can boost both mental and physical health. There’s even evidence that it helps build immunity. Here are three charming inns that offer specials and packages that enable guests to take advantage of the wild and wonderful woods and water that make the Mendocino Coast magical, along with a heritage train that offers a Railbikes experience, the ultimate way to get up-close and personal with nature.

Let Fort Bragg’s Noyo River wash life’s cares away. Noyo Harbor Inn & Restaurant, a gracious hilltop property with sweeping views over a quaint working harbor, offers a complimentary Noyo Meander Experience for two (via Liquid Fusion Kayaking) and a bottle of local wine with any three-night stay. Guests can relax with a guided float in a two-person tandem kayak along the placid waters of the Noyo River, where all ages are delighted by curious harbor seals, amazed by gigantic sea lions, teased by mischievous river otters, and intrigued by coastal birds. It’s a dry and comfortable 90-minute ride – no special clothes, previous experience, or equipment are required. The inn itself has refurbished and updated rooms throughout that provide spacious comfort while retaining some of the exquisite features left by the Norwegian shipbuilders who embellished the inn. Many of the elegantly appointed rooms boast fireplaces, soaking tubs, and private balconies. Their charming restaurant is currently serving diners on the outdoor patio overlooking the river and boat docks, and at select tables spread out across the lush grounds, and features pre-Prohibition era cocktails and California Coastal Cuisine, including fresh wild-caught fish from the harbor below and herbs and vegetables gathered from the Chef’s garden. Room service (including signature cocktails) is available. The Noyo Meander Experience special offer is available now through Labor Day weekend.

Information: Noyo Harbor Inn, Restaurant & Tavern, 500 Casa Del Noyo, Fort Bragg, CA 95437 | 707-961-8000 | Website

The iconic Little River Inn has a wonderful package for families who love the outdoors. The Stargazing Family Fun Package comes complete with a blanket and hot cocoa, the better to enjoy the nightly display that is spectacular so far from the lights of the city. Owned and operated by the same family for five generations, the inn is a turn-of-the-century stunner, surrounded by manicured gardens and just steps away from the hikeable Van Damme State Park and the scenic Van Damme State Beach. The Inn is appropriate for any budget, with 65 rooms – from the affordable to the downright luxurious – all with ocean views. Everything needed for a fabulous vacation is right onsite. The full-service resort boasts an Audubon-certified golf course, regulation tennis courts, a spa, and an award-winning restaurant that is currently serving diners in the heated garden area or at the ocean-view picnics tables set up in the front of the property. The Stargazing Family Fun Package includes two nights lodging in a Traditional Ocean View Room with two queen beds; a Little River Inn travel blanket; the loan of their stargazing kit (including special binoculars and a star map, star guide, and flashlight); hot chocolate to enjoy while stargazing; and information on stargazing for the area. The Stargazing Family Fun Package for four starts at $438 for a two-night stay, exclusive of tax and gratuity. More luxurious rooms are available for an additional price. Available year-round.

Information: Little River Inn, 7901 N. Highway One, Little River, CA 95456 | (707) 937-5942, | Website

The folks at the Brewery Gulch Inn know that no outdoor sojourn would be complete without a bonfire on a (mostly deserted) beach. Their Big River Bonfire Package finds guests watching the sun slip below the horizon and if they’re lucky, they will catch a glimpse of the mythical green flash while enjoying toasting marshmallows on Mendocino’s most beloved beach. As darkness falls and the stars begin their dance across the sky, a warm bonfire crackles, custom-built by the inn’s dedicated Fanner of the Flame. If the night is clear and moonless, stargazers may be rewarded by a picture-perfect view of the Milky Way. Included in this package are all the fixin’s for s’mores; beach chairs; a beach blanket; a Bluetooth speaker; and Northern California’s version of the Map to the Stars. Crafted from eco-salvaged redwood on a bluff high over stunning Smuggler’s Cove, Brewery Gulch Inn is an architectural masterpiece. Named as one of California’s Top Destination Resorts in the Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards (2020 marks their 4th time making the list), the property encompasses three acres of mature pines and redwoods, wooded glens, wetland ponds, and gardens for strolling. Inside there is warmly glowing arts and crafts furniture and a four-sided glass and steel fireplace. In the rooms, there are feather beds cloaked in Sferra linens, Molton Brown products, Himalayan bath salts, and thick Abyss towels. Their full-time executive chef prepares complimentary cooked-to-order breakfasts and a coveted nightly dinner buffet and wine hour that highlights locally-sourced, organic ingredients. For an additional $75, guests can add the Big River Bonfire Package to any room. Available year-round.

Information: Brewery Gulch Inn, 9401 N. Highway One, Mendocino, CA 95460 | (707) 937-4752 | Website.

The California Western Railroad’s Skunk Train, a 135-year-old heritage train line that takes visitors deep into ancient Redwood forests, offers an additional and highly unique way to enjoy the tracks – riding them on specially designed Railbikes. The Railbikes run in-between trains and sit securely on the tracks, allowing passengers to enjoy the redwoods in a peaceful, quiet, and highly personal way, observing trees that are more than 1,000 years old. Electric-powered and virtually silent, these custom-built, two-person Railbikes breeze along the world-famous Redwood Route, wending their way along scenic Pudding Creek, crossing over majestic wooden trestle bridges, and journeying into the heart of the ancient redwoods of Mendocino County. Bathed in dappled sunlight and a light breeze, without the need to steer, riders are unbound, able to look around at the wonder of this untouched stretch of the natural world, spotting wildlife such as blue herons and osprey, an occasional lounging turtle, and perhaps a playful river otter. The Skunk Train offers the only experience in the US where riders can enjoy electric-powered railbikes (vs pedal-powered; though riders can choose to pedal as well, or do a mix of both). The Railbikes run out of the Fort Bragg station and cost $250 per bike, with room for two riders. To elevate the experience, there is a luxury picnic package that includes a picnic basket with an assortment of charcuterie for two, a picnic blanket, two go-anywhere wine glasses, and a beverage of choice for $395 for two. The first ride of the day at 8:30 am is offered at an early-bird rate of $195 per bike. For a more traditional experience, the Skunk Train has carried passengers along the Redwood Route since 1885. Riders travel over bridges and deep into the heart of the redwoods, through terrain that has remained essentially undisturbed for centuries. Beginning on June 20, the Skunk Train reintroduced the Pudding Creek Express train out of Fort Bragg. This 7-mile round-trip journey to Glen Blair Junction snakes along the Pudding Creek Estuary, as riders travel over some of the first tracks laid down by the California Western Railroad in 1885. Or take the Wolf Tree Turn train out of Willits. This 2-hour round-trip train from Willits climbs up to the highest point of the line (elevation 1,740 feet), through Tunnel #2, and down into the Noyo River Canyon.

Information: Skunk Train, 100 W. Laurel Street, Fort Bragg, CA 95437 | 707-964-6371 (Fort Bragg Depot) || 299 E Commercial St, Willits, CA 95490 | 707-964-6371 (Willits Depot) || Website

As Mendocino County reopens to outside visitors, they are very mindful of their role as stewards, and ask all visitors to do their part to help keep the area safe. The businesses above have all been self-certified to host visitors to the utmost safety standards and strictest cleaning protocols, above and beyond what is mandated by the June 12 order of the Mendocino County Public Health Office. Masks must be worn in the county when not eating and drinking and people are asked to stay six feet away from anyone not in their household group.

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STUFFED PUFFS

Internationally-Acclaimed DJ Marshmello; Mike Tierney, founder of Stuffed Puffs®, Richard Thompson Managing Partner of Factory LLC, and Elected Officials Join in the Celebration.

“The texture and taste are a pure marriage. You can tell that Mike Tierney, CEO of Stuffed Puffs put some time into the conception of these bad boys because they are “MMM MMM good!”Tyler Jacob, 360 MAGAZINE

During a formal ceremony held today, Stuffed Puffs, the chocolate-filled marshmallow that took the summer S’mores season by storm, becomes the Lehigh Valley’s sweetest new employer. Stuffed Puffs Founder and CEO Mike Tierney, Richard Thompson, Managing Partner of Factory LLC, DJ Marshmello and his manager Moe Shalizi joined by Jim Petrucci, Founder and President of J.G Petrucci Co., Inc., Don Cunningham, CEO of Lehigh Valley Economic Development Corp, and Dennis M. Davin, Pennsylvania Secretary of Community and Economic Development, cut the 30’ ribbon on a the new 150,000 square foot plant in Bethlehem, PA.

“Stuffed Puffs will be available at retailers across the U.S. in the next year.  The Lehigh Valley offers great incentives for companies to build here,” said Tierney.  “With my partners, Richard Thompson and Marshmello, our plan is to have this new plant up and running quickly to meet demand. Meanwhile, Stuffed Puffs’ existing plant in Wisconsin is running 24/7 to satisfy America’s new-found craving for S’mores Indoors™.”

Stuffed Puffs received a funding proposal from the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED). The project was coordinated by the Governor’s Action Team, an experienced group of economic development professionals who work with businesses that are considering locating or expanding in Pennsylvania.

“Food processing is one of Pennsylvania’s most robust and vibrant industries, supporting thousands of jobs and generating more than $5 billion in sales annually,” said Dennis M. Davin, Pennsylvania Secretary of Community and Economic Development. “It is only fitting that Stuffed Puffs, a new, innovative food company, would make the Lehigh Valley in our commonwealth its new home, and we are proud to have helped.”

The building, located at 3900 Burgess Place in Hanover Township, Pennsylvania was formerly home to Guardian Life Insurance. J.G. Petrucci, began demolition and construction at the site in Q1 2019.  “We are very excited to welcome Stuffed Puffs to Lehigh Valley Flex Center,” said Petrucci. “Stuffed Puffs is a dynamic innovator in the food industry and perfect fit for this project.”

“The decision of Stuffed Puffs to expand its production operations to the Lehigh Valley is an example of the region becoming a national leader in food and beverage innovation and production,” said Don Cunningham, President & CEO of the Lehigh Valley Economic Development Corporation

The Stuffed Puffs brand is part of Factory LLC located in the dynamic southside of Bethlehem, Pa. “At Factory LLC we seek innovation and we know Stuffed Puffs is a big winner and the new plant will support our continued growth, because we can’t make it fast enough.” said Richard Thompson, Managing Partner at Factory LLC. “We are looking for the top100 employees to join our Stuffed Puffs team.”

For more information on the product or for employment opportunities log on to www.stuffedpuffs.com

About Stuffed Puffs

Stuffed Puffs is a confectionery manufacturer that uses a custom designed and highly secretive manufacturing process to make a chocolate-filled marshmallow. The company also has the ability to make multiple shapes and flavors of marshmallows with various fillings. Stuffed Puffs initially launched its product exclusively at Walmart stores and will be expanding to other retailers in 2020.

About Factory LLC

Factory is a team of experienced operators with $250M of investable capital who acquire meaningful equity stakes in high potential food, beverage and pet health companies, and partner with them to rapidly build value. Factory’s 31 team members have expertise in sales, marketing, product development, food science, manufacturing, distribution, supply chain, logistics, package engineering, food safety, consumer insights, social media, finance, and legal. Factory is based in a one-of-a kind, custom-built, 40,000 sq. ft. innovation and scale-up facility in Bethlehem PA, where the team is able to provide partner companies with support and resources so invested capital can be used for growth, not SG&A.

About J.G Petrucci

J.G. Petrucci is a privately held development and design/build construction firm with offices in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Founded in 1987, the firm has completed over 600 design/build projects for a diverse group of local, regional, and national corporations. The company’s design/build portfolio includes commercial, industrial, healthcare, mixed-use, residential, urban revitalization, and brownfield redevelopment projects.

About LVEDC

The mission of the Lehigh Valley Economic Development Corporation is to market the economic assets of the Lehigh Valley and to create partnerships to lead the recruitment, growth and retention of employers. Our vision is of a diverse Lehigh Valley economy that provides economic growth and opportunity for people of all skills and education and strengthens all our cities, boroughs and townships.

About DCED

The Department of Community and Economic Development’s mission is to encourage the shared prosperity of all Pennsylvanians by supporting good stewardship and sustainable development initiatives across our commonwealth. With a keen eye toward diversity and inclusiveness, we act as advisors and advocates, providing strategic technical assistance, training, and financial resources to help our communities and industries flourish.

Michael Tierney CEO/Founder of Stuffed Puffs
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Felix Jaehn

FELIX JAEHN RELEASES NEW SINGLE “LIKE A RIDDLE” FEATURING HEARTS & COLORS AND ADAM TRIGGER

DEBUT ALBUM I AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER NOW

WATCH MUSIC VIDEO FOR “LIKE A RIDDLE” HERE: http://youtu.be/iI5xWmeV_dw

Today, FELIX JAEHN launches his new single “Like A Riddle” [featuring Hearts & Colors, Adam Trigger] at all digital retailers via Casablanca Records. Get it HERE. Watch Official Music Video for “Like A Riddle,” which premiered today with PAPER Magazine, HERE.

The single also paves the way for the arrival of his anxiously awaited full-length debut, I [Casablanca Records]. Available for pre-order now and landing in stores February 16, 2018, the 25-track record collects all of his smashes including the multiplatinum remix of Omi’sCheerleader”, “Ain’t Nobody,” “Bonfire,” and “Hot2Touch” alongside 15 original new songs. Pre-order HERE.

“Like A Riddle” signals yet another evolution for the 22-year-old multiplatinum German producer, remixer, DJ, and artist. Incorporating strands of moombahton, marimba, hip-hop, and ethereal dancefloor melodies into this bright banger, he crafts an immediately infectious anthem in tandem with Swedish duo Hearts & Colors and up-and-coming French producer Adam Trigger. It’s signature JAEHN with a delightfully danceable twist!

FELIX JAEHN started heating up electronic dance music in 2015. His ubiquitous remix of OMI’sCheerleader” went RIAA triple-platinum, reached #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and Shazam in the U.S. Meanwhile, it hit #2 on Shazam Global, the Spotify Global Top 50, and U.S. Top 50. In over 50 countries, it took #1 on iTunes. “Ain’t Nobody (Loves Me Better)” continued that success as Billboard dubbed it one of “2015 Songs of the Summer” and it bowed in the Top 10 of iTunes in 18 countries. Collectively, his remix of “Cheerleader” and “Ain’t Nobody (Loves Me Better)” have reached over 1 billion streams. Furthermore, both “Ain’t Nobody (Loves Me Better)”and “Book of Love”, topped the playlist of Chill, one of SiriusXM’s most popular channels. Moreover, he continues to attract critical acclaim. Rolling Stone described him as an “Exploding producer,” and Grammy Pro claimed, “his rhythmic numbers are captivating to the ear—creating an escapist vibe that seamlessly blends the synths and original instrumentation. So much so, Electronic Dance Music and pop fans alike delight in his house rooted anthems.” Now after topping charts and playing stages around the world, Felix is ready to release his full-length debut February 2018.

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For More Information on Felix Jaehn, Please Contact:

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ABOUT CASABLANCA RECORDS

Casablanca Records, the legendary label of the 70’s, defined the sound of its era. During the infamous days of Studio 54, Casablanca launched the careers of artists such as Kiss, Parliament, Donna Summer and Giorgio Moroder. Re-launched by Republic Records executive vice president Rob Stevenson, the label now focuses on Dance, Electronic, and Future Pop music. Working with a global roster of both established superstars and emerging new talent, Casablanca Records is home to Stromae, ALMA, Kungs, Martin Solveig, Tiësto, Felix Jaehn, SG Lewis, Chase & Status and Crystal Castles.

 

ABOUT REPUBLIC RECORDS

A division of Universal Music Group, the world’s leading music company, Republic Records is home to an all-star roster of multi-platinum, award-winning legends and superstar artists such as Ariana Grande, Aminé, Black Sabbath, DNCE, Florence + the Machine, Gotye, Hailee Steinfeld, James Blake, James Bay, John Mellencamp, Jordan Smith, Julia Michaels, Keith Richards, Kid Cudi, Liam Payne, Marian Hill, Of Monsters and Men, Post Malone, Seth MacFarlane, Stevie Wonder, and more. Founded by brothers and chief executives Monte and Avery Lipman, it is also comprised of innovative business ventures, including American Recordings (The Avett Brothers, Towkio), Boominati Worldwide (Metro Boomin), Brushfire (Jack Johnson), Casablanca Records (Giorgio Moroder, KUNGS, Tïesto), Cash Money (Drake, Lil Wayne, Nicki Minaj), Hollywood Records (Sofia Carson, Zendaya), Lava Records (Greta Van Fleet, Jessie J, Lorde), Monkeywrench (Pearl Jam), XO (The Weeknd), Roc Nation (Belly, Justine Skye, The Dream), Tuff Gong (Damian Marley), Victor Victor Records (D Savage, Ski Mask The Slump God), among others. Republic also maintains a long-standing strategic alliance with country powerhouse Big Machine Records (Taylor Swift), and Universal Music Latin Entertainment (Luis Fonsi, J Balvin). In addition, Republic has expanded to release high-profile soundtracks for Universal Pictures (Fifty Shades of Grey, SING), Fox TV (Lee Daniels’ STAR), and NBC TV (The Voice), as well as other notable film and television franchises.