Posts tagged with "city"

Marita Kelly for use by 360 MAGAZINE

PANAMA RANKS AS NO.1 RETIREMENT DESTINATION

In accordance with International Living’s 31st Annual Global Retirement Index, Panama has been named the world’s #1 destination for 2022. This Index, produced in accordance with numerous statistics and on-the-ground input from in-country correspondents, ranks and rates the world’s leading retirement locations. The index surveys 10 major categories that include cost of living, retiree benefits, healthcare and more.

Panama snatches the top spot in InternationalLiving.com’s 2022 Annual Global Retirement Index. Panama capped the categories of opportunity, visa/ residency and benefits/ discounts, while scoring at the top amongst the fitting in and healthcare categories.

For such a small country, Panama is truly emerging – this marks the 11th time that Panama has dominated in International Living’s Annual Global Retirement Index, for all the right reasons.

In 2022, Panama ranks as one of the simplest retirement destinations for travel from the United States or Canada. Panama City, the capital of Panama, is the one true First World city in Central America. Easy access to Panama from all over the U.S. increases the flexibility for travel, with several one-way flights available across the U.S., and cities in Canada and Europe. The modernity of Panama is only a short three hours from Miami, and five hours from New York. Not to mention, the currency is also the U.S. dollar!

Jessica Ramesch, the International Living Panama editor reflects on her experience in the country, stating, “as a single woman I feel safe and free to live my life here, whether I’m going out to dinner and Ubering home late at night or driving cross-country to visit friends. Perhaps that’s because this is truly a land of opportunity, home to thousands of hard-working, upwardly mobile locals and immigrants.”

Ramsech continues her advocation for Panama, touching on the accessibility, indulgences, and credibility of the country. She states, “My favorite spot right now is Coronado, a happening beach town just an hour’s drive from the capital. In fact, I like it so much I bought an apartment there, and am packing up to move. Coronado is home to one of Panama’s most active and welcoming expat communities. I’m not even there yet, and I’m already getting invites to potlucks and happy hours.”

No matter where retirees choose to live in Panama, Ramesch says, they’re likely to be only an hour away from hospitals. In Coronado there’s access to the San Fernando facility. It’s a satellite of the San Fernando in Panama City—a JCI-accredited hospital affiliated with the Miami Children’s Hospital, Baptist Health International of Miami, and Tulane University Health Services Center and Hospital Clinic.

“Panamanian doctors make patients feel truly cared for,” says Ramesch. “They don’t rush through appointments, and they’ll often give you their cell phone number so you have direct access to them while you’re going through treatment or recovery.

“In fact, I’d say Panamanians in general are the best part of living in Panama. I have made so many wonderful friends here. People who are welcoming and fun and have a wide range of interests, so the conversation is always engaging.”

According to International Living, one of the most attractive features of living in Panama stems from the Pensionado program suitable for retirees.

Ramesch declares her support for the program, declaring, “the Pensionado program is, hands down, the best retirement visa program in the world. It’s a big reason Panama has taken the number one spot on International Living’s Annual Global Retirement Index so many times.”

Part of the reason for why Panama continues to steal those number one spots is due to the discounts that retirees with this visa have access to. The program makes it exceptionally simple – and inexpensive – to become a permanent legal resident. All of Panama’s legal residents are permitted to 20% off prescription medications if they’re of “pensioner” age. The base age is remarkably low, too – just 55 for women, 60 for men.

The Pensionado advantages expand to other discounts on dental care and transportation. Other leisure’s such as entertainment and hotel stays are available at low-cost rates, too.

Applicants with income of at least $1,000 a month qualify for the Pensionado program, and once you’re approved, you can appreciate all of the reductions.

“If you’d like to apply with your spouse, you can qualify with less than $1,000 each. You can even include dependents if you need to,” says Ramesch. “You just need a pension of at least $1,000 plus $250 for each additional person on your application.

“The $1,000 pension requirement reflects the low cost of living here in Panama. While it’s true that most of the North Americans who’ve chosen to retire here spend upwards of $2,000 a month, there are expats living here on far less.”

There are great areas in Panama that have rent prices as low as $300 to $500 a month, leaving extra money for retirees to spend elsewhere.

For those not 100% ready to make the permanent move just yet, Panama has a variety of alternatives for legal residency.

“The country has just unveiled a new extended-stay visa for digital-nomad types: The Temporary Telework Visa,” Ramesch says. “It allows you to come down and stay here—not for three months or even six, but for nine months. And you can extend for an additional nine months. That’s a generous total of 18 months, and the main requirements are simple: you must have medical insurance and an external source of income (at least $3,000 a month).”

Panama, too, has a “Foreign Professionals” Visa that has been available for over eight years. It allows foreign nationals to work in Panama, with easy requirements; you need a university education and a job arranged in Panama.

Though Panama ranks at the top in this year’s Annual Global Retirement Index, there are 25 other countries that were evaluated in the 10 categories used for judging, including; housing, benefits/ discounts, visa/residence, cost of living, fitting in/ entertainment, healthcare, development, climate, opportunity and governance. The full index country rankings for the year of 2022 can be found HERE.

Bugatti Electric Scooter via Extension PR for use by 360 Magazine

Bugatti × Bytech

Bugatti has partnered with industry-leading Bytech International to create a new scooter that was revealed for the first time at the CES 2022 expo held at the Las Vegas Convention Center on January 5, alongside prominent technology companies from around the world. “Bugatti is at the pinnacle of automotive excellence,” said Wiebke Stahl, Managing Director at Bugatti International. “Partnering with a company such as Bytech gives us an opportunity to expand our reach in the electric mobility space with an experienced partner and a product that can be enjoyed by consumers around the world.” 

Fabricated with the everyday consumer in mind, the electric scooter features a unique aerodynamic yet functional folding design that is available in three colors: Agile Blue, Silver, and Black. Weighing only 35lbs, the scooter is constructed with a magnesium alloy frame that allows for easy transport and has a large LED screen that displays speed, mode, battery life, and headlights. The electric scooter boasts a 700w motor capable of traversing any type of terrain with a 15° incline, 9″ run-flat tires, three speeds with cruise control, and a 36v/10ah battery with a range of approximately 22 miles, as well as over-heating, short circuit, over-current and overcharge protection. The battery is portable, easily removable, and uses a standard wall outlet to charge, only takes four hours.

Recognizing safety as a first and foremost concern, the electric scooter is equipped with cutting-edge technologies to ensure driver protection. For those purposes, this scooter features unique lighting functions. Its dual-turn signals are located on the ergonomic handle grips, as well as above the rear mudguard. Additionally, there are illuminated base lights on the sides of the deck, and a back “EB” monogram projection logo for enhanced artistry, style, and performance. The scooter also features a dual-braking system, a front left-hand brake lever, and a rear E-ABS electronic brake for added security and comfort.

“We are excited to partner with such an amazing brand that represents luxury and top quality in a growing industry yearning for enhanced design, while also incorporating the evolving needs of its customers,” said Eli Mizrahi, Executive Vice President at Bytech International. “By joining forces, we are able to expand our consumer base, which began with the debut of our new scooter at CES.”

The superior style, extra power, and performance of the scooter are designed to make it an alternative and comfortable mode of transportation for both work and play. The scooter has a weight capacity of up to 242lbs and a top speed of 18.5mph. Owners can enjoy three settings: Economy mode (9mph), City mode (12.5mph), and Sport mode (18.5mph).

Jason Henley for use by 360 Magazine

Vera Blue × Temper Music Video

Australian indie pop artist Vera Blue has just released her new video for her current single “Temper.” The video was directed by Sydney filmmaker Maddy King. Watch the new video HERE.

Vera Blue performed “Temper” on the Sydney Harbour for ABC’s The Sound. She returns back to the city for the official music video shoot that takes place late a night.

Temper” is a follow up to Vera Blue’s hit single “Lie to Me.” “Lie to Me” took off, being streamed over 11 million times globally. The single took her overall music streams to a surplus of 300 million.

Instantaneously being addle to the triple j, “Temper” is a piece of work that communicates the turmoil that can be experienced with new love. The single has an 80s-inspired pop feel, written with songwriter friend Carla Wehbe and producer Robby De Sa. “Temper” has gained a lot of attention, with already over 1 million streams globally. With the release of this single, the multi-platinum, ARIA nominated and ARPA Award winner Vera Blue has been transformed into a new realm.

Costa Rica illustration created by Allison Chritstensen from 360 Magazine for use by 360 Magazine

Airbnb Announces 12 Popular Latin cities

Latin America is a region full of culture, history, and great tourist attractions that in recent years has increased in popularity amongst travelers from the United States. In addition, having an extensive Latino community, there has always been a trend of trips to the region to develop and maintain family relationships which are necessary today more than ever.

According to data from Airbnb, the Latin American region has become a trend for travelers from the U.S. Based on the number of searches made on the platform, the top 12 most popular Latin cities are:

  1. Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
  2. Tulum, Mexico
  3. Cancun, Mexico
  4. Mexico City
  5. Bahamas
  6. Playa del Carmen, México
  7. Ensenada, Mexico
  8. Medellin, Colombia
  9. Puerto Penasco, Mexico
  10. Aruba
  11. Cartagena de Indias, Colombia

When it comes to the summer period, the most popular destinations were beaches, especially in Mexico where Playa del Carmen and Ensenada were trending destinations in 2021, rising 6 positions compared to 2019, as well as Tulum, which went from number 7 to number 3 in the list, based on the number of searches. City destinations also stand out from the list, including Mexico City and Medellín, both recognized for their high cultural offer.

The region represents an accessible option for North American visitors with an average cost per night of less than $150.00 USD.

“Not only are US travelers looking for destinations that offer cultural attractions and tropical beach escapes, but many from the Latinx community are looking to reconnect with their roots and visit their place of origin to see parents, grandparents, and extended family. Airbnb offers the possibility of finding accommodations in both large and small cities in all parts of the region,” said Stephanie Ruiz, Director of Communication for Latin America.

We’d be thrilled to have you consider for your upcoming travel and destinations stories for year-end and for 2022. Happy to schedule an interview with a spokesperson from Airbnb as well.

LOS ANGELES TOURISM KICKS OFF MEGA SPORTING EVENTS

LOS ANGELES TOURISM & CONVENTION BOARD CELEBRATES LA’S COMEBACK, KICKS OFF THE DESTINATION’S HISTORIC DECADE OF MEGA SPORTING EVENTS WITH SERIES OF EVENTS IN NEW YORK INCLUDING A LOS ANGELES-THEMED TAILGATE OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

For its first client, media and consumer events since the beginning of the pandemic, Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board (Los Angeles Tourism) set its sights on New York, LA’s largest domestic visitor market. Aligned with the timing of the Rams vs. Giants game taking place at MetLife Stadium on Sunday, October 17, Los Angeles Tourism is hosting four days of activity beginning this Friday, October 15, with a preview of the Los Angeles-themed tailgate experience that is open to the public on October 16 and 17 and concluding on October 18 with an intimate luncheon for key sales clients.

Serving as a kickoff to the decade of mega sporting events LA is hosting beginning with Super Bowl LVI in February 2022, Los Angeles Tourism officials will visit with key clients and media to share information on the destination’s safe and responsible reopening and LA’s seemingly endless supply of new hotels, restaurants, venues and cultural exhibitions.

“New York is an important market for us, both in terms of leisure and group business, so when the time was right to host our first mission since the pandemic, we knew it had to be in the Big Apple,” stated Adam Burke, the President & CEO for Los Angeles Tourism. “While technology has been instrumental in keeping us connected during these challenging times, I think we can all agree there is no replacement for meeting in person. We are elated to see our industry colleagues and share all that’s new in the destination as LA continues its comeback.”

On Saturday, October 16, and Sunday, October 17, Los Angeles Tourism is hosting an “LA Tailgate,” which is open to the public, at the aptly named TailGate Outdoor Sports Bar in Brooklyn. The experience features tacos from Enrique Olvera’s new LA taqueria, Ditroit; beer and wine from LA brands Golden Road Brewing and Angeleno Wine Co.; LA trivia hosted by dumbfoundead; major trip giveaways including round-trip air transportation to LA courtesy of American Airlines; and a limited-edition merch drop from LA Tourism x Obey Clothing by House Industries and Studio Number One.

Over the next decade, Los Angeles plays host to an historic line up of sporting events including the 2022 Super Bowl LVI; 2022 MLB All-Star Game; 2023 College Football Playoff National Championship; 123rd U.S. Open Championship at LA Country Club; 2024 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball West Region Championship; and, the 2028 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

To learn more, visit @discoverla on TwitterInstagram or Facebook. Visitors are encouraged to #TravelResponsibly and follow all guidance from Los Angeles County Public Health.

ABOUT LOS ANGELES & LOS ANGELES TOURISM

Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board (Los Angeles Tourism) is the non-profit destination marketing and sales organization for the Los Angeles tourism industry and the ultimate resource for where to stay and play in the L.A. area.

Los Angeles is a dynamic, ever-evolving destination – where diversity thrives, and everyone is welcome. Discover the true L.A. by exploring its more than 30 culturally rich neighborhoods, each one offering a distinct vibe. L.A. is home to more than 300 days of warm sunshine, 75 miles of idyllic shoreline, more museums and performing arts venues than any other U.S. city, and an innovative culinary scene led by influential tastemakers. A global creative capital and the epicenter of the sports universe, L.A. presents limitless possibilities for visitors from around the world. For more information, visit discoverlosangeles.com, follow at facebook.com/DiscoverLosAngeles, or @discoverLA on TwitterInstagram and Pinterest.

Restaurant via Tara Ink PR for use by 360 Magazine

Miami Restaurants Celebrating National Hispanic Month

Hispanic Heritage Month is officially in full effect in the 305, reinvigorating the appreciation and education of Hispanic cultures. What better way to celebrate the flavors and energetic spirit of Hispanic Heritage Month than with the most iconic Latin and Spanish dining destinations in all of Miami—Salvaje, Chotto Matte, and The Bazaar by José Andrés!
These unique culinary hotspots offer curious and bold diners an experience of a lifetime, providing top-tier service, immersive ambiances, attractive designs, and, of course, over-the-top dishes and cocktails whose enticing flavors and presentations will surely have you dancing out of your seat, shakin’ to the stimulating Latin beats!

Salvaje
Spain’s famous restaurant group makes its US-landfall on the shores of Miami in the middle of our Wynwood Arts and Design District, Midtown. World-renowned for its eccentric menu offerings, expansive rooftop cityscape views, and dynamic energy, Salvaje lives up to its name, translating from Spanish to the word “wild.” Every hour on the hour, Salvaje professional salsa dancers perform eye-catching choreography, engaging with diners and encouraging them to dance along. Don’t be surprised when your beautifully hand-crafted concoction is served in an unorthodox tusk or bee glass! And as if we needed another reason to visit, Salvaje’s ‘Sunset Sessions’ are sure to provide some ease for your energetic spirit, offering incomparable views of the sun-bathed cityscape and specially priced menu items Monday through Thursday from 5-7 PM.

Chotto Matte
Selecting the best of Peruvian cuisine and pairing it perfectly with Japanese flavors, Chotto Matte is a must-do for Hispanic Heritage Month. Nestled just off of South Beach’s main pedestrian thoroughfare, Lincoln Road, Chotto Matte embraces the very best of Nikkei (Japanese—Peruvian) cuisine, with bold eye-catching natural colors and mouth-watering taste sensations. This unique combination of culinary traditions has amassed international esteem, as both share a deep appreciation for fresh fish and seasonal ingredients, with Japanese sushi and sashimi, and Peruvian ceviche central to their gastronomy. Chotto Matte is known for its delicious marriage of these two unique cultures’ cuisines, hip and intriguing guests, and a playlist curated by some of South Florida and Europe’s top DJs.

The Bazaar by Jose Andres
The Bazaar by José Andrés is a groundbreaking culinary experience from the innovative artistry of the award-winning Spanish master chef José Andrés paired with the prodigious mind of visionary designer Philippe Starck. The Bazaar takes visitors on a wild sensory adventure, blending Old World delicacies with avant-garde delights in a bold, multifaceted atmosphere where anything is possible. A vibrant mix of sophisticated cuisine, artful service, and playful theatrics where dining transcends into fête extraordinaire, The Bazaar by José Andrés invites you to explore a collection of magical dining experiences, with each new location adding a fresh, distinctive dimension to the world of The Bazaar.

Corolla Cross

2022 Corolla Cross: Just Right! Feels Right!  

By: Conan Zhang, Armon Hayes × Vaughn Lowery

Toyota has announced its first-ever 2022 Corolla Cross, it is designed with everyday capability and Inspiring design. Toyota Motor Corporation invited 360 Magazine to fly with Delta Comfort+ to their National Press Preview in Texas. The Preview was organized thoughtfully, providing a Covid-friendly environment along with a video and photography team on-site available. The event was held at the LINE hotel, and they offered our team a comprehensive test drive on their prototype of the car.

THE LINE AUSTIN

On the three-day lifestyle trip, our team was provided with refined accommodation. We got reception and dinner by the lakeside at Kristen’s Kish’s Arlo Grey, and after party drinks in the open air at P6. 

The room that we stayed in was designed for comfort. The King bed was set aside by the minibar that allowed us to satisfy our cravings day and night; the walls are decorated with custom artwork by emerging local artists and the mini library indoor was decked with vintage books about the city. Bath products by American Medicinal Arts were offered, a modern domestic urban brand. This is the place for both indoors and outdoors types alike. Just right, feels right.

Overview

The prestigious Corolla is the best-buy sedan in the world. Therefore, it has become a signature of Toyota. Borrowing Corolla’s wind, the new models will certainly help sales. Sure enough, recently, Toyota’s 2022 Corolla Cross is the chosen one. This might sound like the cross-border or cross-country version of Corolla, but it is not. This is an SUV that has nothing to do with Corolla itself.

Performance

Corolla Cross is based on Toyota’s new global platform TNGA-C, equipped with Toyota’s latest rear torsion beam suspension, which will provide greater stability and comfort to the body.

Equipped with a 2.0L 4-cyl naturally aspirated engine and with continuously variable transmission(CVT), it has 169 horsepower and 150 lb.-ft torque. There is 1500lb towing capacity, which means it has the capability to carry a jet ski or kayak for a weekend getaway. Additionally, it brags an outstanding fuel economy at 32 mpg in the city and 33 mpg on the highway. 

Design

Corolla Cross has nothing to do with Corolla, inheriting the exaggerated looking Toyota SUVs. The inverted trapezoidal honeycomb mouth is connected to the slender LED headlights, which gives people a sense of aggressiveness.

The side of the car body shows strong muscles vividly through the shaping of light and shadows. The front and rear waistlines sharply surround its characteristic; the wheel eyebrow guards well show the off-road feel of an SUV. While the heavy bottom guard plate at the rear is still reminding the customer that this is still an accountable SUV. The XLE version is equipped with 18-inch Alloy Wheels with Black-Painted Machined-Finish along with reflectors set up on both sides, it is perfectly presenting the sporty posture of this car.

Technology

Corolla Cross will give you a familiar visual when you step inside the car. It is indicative of Corolla heritage. Suspended central console, LCD instrument display, rear air outlet, etc. It is very crucial for modern drivers to have an outstanding sound system, and Toyota offers the Audio Plus with JBL® 9-speaker system add on for $1,465. Technology will accompany every trip with this car, Apple CarPlay®, Android Auto™, and Amazon Alexa has become a standard configuration. They are all representative works of Japanese practicality and simplicity.

Safety 

The new car is equipped with Toyota’s latest Safety Sense system, which includes functions such as collision warning and blind spot monitoring. 9 airbags are installed into the system and configurations include lane departure alert with Steering Assist, lane tracing assist (LTA),road sign assist (RSA), and also full-speed range dynamic radar cruise control. Safety always comes first, and Corolla Cross cares about you.

Additional Features & Price 

  • The luggage space volume can reach 26.5 cu.ft.space, which has good storage properties.
  • Dual-zone air conditioning and rear seat vents are features of Corolla Cross.
  • The designer of this car added 20 icons hidden within the cross to brand his work 
  • The price is starting at $22195 for the base model of Corolla Cross L FWD  and at this price range there is Honda CR-V,Nissan Rogue Sport, VW Taos and also Toyota C-HR. Compared with these competitors, the all new Corolla Cross is more fuel efficient and friendly for family usage.

2022 Corolla Cross Pricing*

Grade

FWD

AWD

Corolla Cross L

$22,195

$23,495

Corolla Cross LE

$24,545

$25,845

Corolla Cross XLE

$26,325

$27,625

Corolla Cross is a perfect match for stylish Gen Z drivers – college students, young white-collars, and junior managers. At $25,000, this vehicle will give you not only practicability but also lifestyle. With the funky design and remarkable performance, this car will make you just right under the spotlight of your peers and feels right on every ride!  

Pre-order NOW!

Watch us on YouTube.

photo by Vaughn Lowery for use by 360 Magazine
photo by Vaughn Lowery for use by 360 Magazine
photo by Vaughn Lowery for use by 360 Magazine
photo by Vaughn Lowery for use by 360 Magazine
photo by Vaughn Lowery for use by 360 Magazine
photo by Vaughn Lowery for use by 360 Magazine
Toyota Cross XLE for se by 360 Magazine
Toyota Cross XLE for se by 360 Magazine
Toyota Cross XLE for se by 360 Magazine
photo by Vaughn Lowery for use by 360 Magazine
photo by Vaughn Lowery for use by 360 Magazine
Reebok Courting Greatness campaign image via Vicki Scarfone at M&C Saatachi Sports and Entertainment for use by 360 Magazine

Reebok’s Courting Greatness Campaign

Reebok’s “Courting Greatness” AR Tool, Campaign Empowers Players to Create Basketball Courts Anywhere

Local artist installations offer creative inspiration, tipped off in NYC by New York Sunshine Install Team for Question Mid “Iverson Four”

Today, Reebok officially launches “Courting Greatness,” its FW21 basketball campaign empowering youth to create playable basketball spaces where they may not exist. Central to the campaign is a digital tool that utilizes augmented reality to help players map out court features anywhere – on walls, fences, parking lots and alleyways. Throughout the season, to inspire creativity and build awareness around the tool, Reebok will work with local artists in major cities to construct playable basketball art installations, with the first coming from NYC creative collective New York Sunshine Install Team that will honor the upcoming Question Mid “Iverson Four”.

Carrying forward themes from Reebok’s latest film, CrateMaster, which shines light on the grit and creativity of inner city youth, as well as on accessibility issues in urban areas, “Courting Greatness” celebrates players on a local level. Using existing camera and measurement features in mobile phones, the “Courting Greatness” digital tool enables users to map out the exact (or rough) dimensions of a court, be it a free throw line, 10-foot hoop, three-point line or key.

“For kids and teens living in the city, basketball is the pre-eminent sport, but finding space to play can be especially challenging,” said Inga Stenta, Head of U.S. Marketing for Reebok. “We are continuously inspired by athletes who reimagine competition and find alternative ways to play. ‘Courting Greatness’ will help create access for these kids – and players of all levels and walks – whether they have a court or not.”

Demonstrating the tool’s creative potential and how a makeshift court may come to life, Reebok partnered with New York Sunshine Install Team, a contemporary art and fashion collective based in NYC, to create a court using raw, industrial materials, to initiate the campaign. The temporary installation is located at 36 Fifth Avenue in Brooklyn. Local artists in LA, Philly and Atlanta will then be tapped for subsequent installations throughout the FW21 season, each uniquely bringing to life forthcoming Reebok basketball product releases.

Coinciding with the launch of “Courting Greatness” and this year’s summer games, Reebok is set to release its Question Mid “Iverson Four” sneaker inspired by the ’04 national team uniforms worn in Greece, where A.I. adorned jersey number “4”.

Hoopers can visit HERE today to access the augmented reality tool and get to work. The Question Mid “Iverson Four” is available globally in adult and kids unisex sizing from Foot Locker, Finish Line, Champs Sports and Reebok’s website, among other select retailers, beginning July 31.

Reebok Courting Greatness campaign New York Sunshine Install Team for Question Mid "Iverson Four" image via Vicki Scarfone at M&C Saatachi Sports and Entertainment for use by 360 Magazine

Tokyo via Tokyo Tourism for use by 360 Magazine

Reasons to Visit Tokyo this Summer

There are plenty of reasons to come to Tokyo this summer. Even during these hot and humid days, there are plenty of ways to appreciate and enjoy this season in Tokyo. If you decide to go, there are plenty of unique ways of immersing in and succumbing to this time of year.

Unagi Day

Doyo No Ushi No Hi, “the Ox Day during Doyo,” is a day in mid July, this year falling on July 28, dedicated to eating unagi or eel. This tradition began in the Edo period. At that time, it was believed that eating unagi during summer would boost stamina and relieve oneself from the oppressive heat and humidity. According to legend, there was an unagi restaurant owner whose business struggled due to his trouble selling unagi in the hot summer. The owner asked a friend, Hiraga Gennai (1728~1780), a well-known physician and pharmacologist, for help. Gennai advised him to place an advertisement in front of the restaurant stating, “Doyo No Ushi No Hi” or Eat Unagi Today, and You Will Never Suffer from Summer Heat.” The restaurant became successful, and soon other restaurants followed. This may be the first instance of commercial copywriting in Japan.

WATERS Takeshiba

In olden days, Tokyo was a city of crisscrossing waterways, often known as the “Venice of the East.” Water transportation became the norm, as warehouses and markets sprung up at each wharf. The surrounding area was soon crowded with workers and residents, as depicted in ubiquitous Ukiyoe woodblock prints of the time. Culturally, people also enjoyed waterside attractions, such as fireworks, which became a popular summertime evening pastime, watched from both the shore and boats. WATERS Takeshiba is the latest waterfront complex that is a modern interpretation of Tokyo’s waterside culture. Ferries and cruise ships depart from this wharf to waterfront neighborhoods. The adjacent buildings also house the fashionable new lifestyle hotel, the Mesm Tokyo, Autograph Collection, as well as restaurants, shops, and three dedicated theaters for the Shiki Theatre Company. WATERS Takeshiba is a not-to-be-missed new Tokyo experience.

Tokyo Tourist Information Centers Are Ready to Welcome Foreign Guests

Tourist information centers inside and outside the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics venues have worked long and hard to prepare for the event and are now welcoming foreign guests.

Village Plaza, a brand-new facility built to host the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics athletes, opened on July 13 in Harumi, Tokyo. To support the life of the athletes and supporting staff during their stay, Village Plaza provides many services such as an internet lounge, café, and post office. Here also is Tokyo City Information, a tourist information center where the smiling staff, all of whom are expert guides of Tokyo tourism, welcome guests and introduce them to Tokyo.

“We know this is a very important time for athletes and other people who stay here,” said the staff, “so we will try to provide the best hospitality and do everything we can to make them feel at ease. And while its not possible for people to visit Tokyo freely at the moment, we will do our best to provide information about the charms and attractions of the city, so that when it becomes safe to travel again people might want to come back.”

Among the special projects to promote future travel to Tokyo is an origami in the shape of Mt. Fuji containing a collection of QR codes of websites that provide a variety of information about Tokyo. Along with the Tokyo City Information facility, they are distributed in two other temporary information centers in Tokyo. The hope is that people will take them home as a souvenir until the next time they visit Japan.

The five Tokyo Tourist Information centers operated by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government have completed their preparations for the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games.

While the number of people visiting the facility has greatly decreased since the spreading of COVID-19, the staff continues to offer guidance and assistance to Japanese and foreign travelers. The staff is also offering online assistance through the multilingual service “Online Tourist Guide,” where people can use their device to speak with a tourist guide expert that will answer their questions. The Online Tourist Guide is currently available in Japanese, English, Chinese and Korean.

The information center is also mindful of accessible tourism, offering special guidance to people with hearing disabilities and providing information about accessibility in Tokyo.

With the opening of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games, the priority of the Tokyo Tourist Information centers is to ensure that visitors have a safe stay by providing up-to-date information about places in Tokyo. In addition to this, dedicated spaces have been set up with Olympics-related materials and information.

“When the whole situation calms down and people will be able to travel again,” says a staff member, “we would love for them to experience all the different aspects of Tokyo. The traditional atmosphere of places like Asakusa, the modernity and nightlife of Roppongi, even the everyday experiences of punctual trains and peopleʼs good manners are all things that we want to help people discover when they come here.”

For the safety of visitors, all Tokyo Tourist Information centers are implementing measures to prevent the spreading of COVID-19, such as hand sanitizing, social distance, air ventilation and mask use. We appreciate your cooperation with these measures.

 

Miami Florida illustration by Kaelen Felix for 360 Magazine

Clean Cities Clean Future campaign

Investing in Digital Twins can prevent US cities from under-reporting their carbon emissions.

Cities across the United States are underreporting their carbon emissions by an average of 18.3% according to Nature Communications, the journal for research across the natural sciences.

It has reported huge discrepancies in measurement, with some cities under-reporting emissions by as much as 145.5%, and the total amount of potentially unreported carbon equating to 129 million metric tons. But, a Clean Cities – Clean Future campaign launched by leading Digital Twin provider Cityzenith has offered to help them address this.

Kevin Gurney of Northern Arizona University said the cities’ problem is not so much that they are deliberately under-reporting carbon emissions, but the fact that they simply do not have the technology to measure them.

Gurney and his team have developed ‘Vulcan’, an automated measurement system that can estimate fossil-fuel emissions at specific geographic points and across large areas.

The team compared Vulcan’s estimates of greenhouse gas emissions between 2010 and 2015 with those reported in 48 city inventories, which discovered that many US cities were not measuring their emissions accurately.

Gurney used measuring heating emissions as an example: “Heating oil statistics are difficult to get. Cities will often just not include the heating oil in their total building estimates.”

He added that cities are also using different methods to measure emissions from various sources, such as airborne, on-road, and marine:

“The analysis highlights the need for a systematic, consistent approach to accounting for carbon emissions across the US, because inaccurate estimates make it difficult to assess how effective emissions reduction efforts are.”

The World Economic Forum says cities are crucial for the journey to net-zero emissions. Despite only covering 3% of the Earth’s land surface, urban areas are responsible for more than 70% of global carbon emissions.

Emily Tan, City Solutions General Manager at Shell Renewable and Climate Solutions also called for a consistent approach to the problem: “Integrated solutions need to be innovated and delivered. This will require unprecedented collaboration between the government, industry, and society.

“But the urgency has never been greater. After all, making cities sustainable places to live and work for future generations will be imperative if the world is to meet the broader goals of the Paris Agreement and move closer to a net-zero emissions world.”

Cityzenith CEO Michael Jansen is adamant that the solution to effective measurement and management of carbon emissions within urban areas is Digital Twin technology:

“This report should be a real eye-opener to everyone working to address the 2016 Paris Agreement and push back against Climate Change.

“We already knew that urban emissions were by far the biggest contributor to the greenhouse gases, causing our world to heat up and threaten human life and prosperity, but it now seems that some of the parameters must change through this inadvertent under-reporting.

“Fortunately, Digital Twin 3D modelling through a powerful platform like our SmartWorldOS software can aggregate all new data, and then use AI to develop lasting solutions to the problems highlighted by Nature Communications and the Vulcan team.

“We are raising $15 million through Regulation A+ crowdfunding and as part of our Clean Cities – Clean Future’ campaign, we are donating our SmartWorldOS technology platform to one city at a time for every $1m raised to help create carbon neutral cities.

“And the great news is we have already raised more than $2 million from more than 1,000 new shareholders since launching our investment platform on our website at the end of last year, which will allow the first cities to benefit to be announced in the second quarter of 2021.”