All eyes on Iceland, again.

Is there another major volcanic eruption in the near future in Iceland? An eruption that will ground even more flights because of the ash clouds? And would it cause terrible damage to the population there, by causing major floods?

An increase in earthquake activity at the site of Katla have scientists and residence worried that one of the most dangerous volcanoes in Iceland will soon erupt. Oh yes, and it is covered by a large glacier…

All eyes on Katla, we shall see what happens.

Japan and miso


I successfully made my miso soup yesterday and suddenly my thoughts went to Japan. After their recent devastation from the earthquake and following tsunami in this amazing country, I realized that to get this country recharged, it will involve some tourist money to fuel some of the rebuilding and rejuvenation to bounce Japan back. My heart goes out to all of those in Japan (and my friends here that have been involved) that have been affected and even lost some loved ones.

Please visit the official Japan Tourism Organization to look into visiting this stunning country.

Following is a message from the president of the organization:

Five months have passed since the Great Eastern Japan Earthquake. During that time, we have received all manner of support from people across the globe. The Japan National Tourism Organization, on behalf of the country it represents, would like to express its heartfelt gratitude. Thanks to your support, the number of those visiting Japan is gradually recovering. We will continue to do our utmost to repay the kindness of our friends overseas by getting things back to normal as soon as we can.

We at the Japan National Tourism Organization have kept the world informed with up-to-date, accurate and in-depth information about Japan, and have sent out a positive message that from a tourism point of view, Japan is in good shape.

We have also made sustained efforts to get members of the media and those in the travel industry not just to take our word for it, but to come and see for themselves how the Japan of today offers as memorable and diverse a travel experience as ever.

The allure of Japan as a tourist destination remains unchanged. Numerous visitors over the past five months have told us that they found Japan to be as memorable as ever. Such comments give us the confidence to continue to send out our positive message that Japan is an attractive tourist destination.

Japan is currently in the midst of a lively summer. As we head into Autumn, the green foliage covering our mountain ranges will gradually metamorphose into a glorious seasonal display of many colors, just like a traditional Japanese woodblock print picture. Japan is a country where each of the four seasons has its own distinct character. We are ready to greet travelers from all over the world with unparalleled hospitality to make their “Japan experience” even more enjoyable. As a way of expressing our thanks for the support shown to us since the earthquake, we are doing all we can to encourage as many people from all over the world to visit our country. Please do come and see Japan!

Tadatoshi Mamiya, President
Japan National Tourism Organization


Disaster Addition

Earthquake news! A 5.9 earthquake originating in Mineral, Virginia is the latest natural disaster to hit North America. Combined with the tornado in Goderich and the developing hurricane threat of Irene, seems like everything comes in 3’s.

Apparently the earthquake was felt in Toronto at 2pm today, and aftershocks are still occurring as I type this. Let’s hope everyone is ok. So far no injuries!