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Short Video at Tama-Center

 A short video of Tama-Center Illumination by closertojapan.

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Tama-Center Winter Illumination

In winter, Tokyo becomes more beautiful in the night, with fantastic-romantic illuminations. One of  the great spot to enjoy the lights is Tama-Center with 15m-high decorated tree with LED lights.

Period : November 7, 2009 – January 7, 2010
Time : 4.30 pm – 11 pm
Place : Paternon Street Tama-City, Tokyo
Access : Odakyu Line Tama Center Station or Keio Line

Tama Center Illumination's Gate

Tama Center Illumination's Gate

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Tama-Center Illumination's Gate

Under a big lighting tree...

Under a big lighting tree...

Reflected lights

Reflected lights

Go shopping

Go shopping

Fantastic, romantic winter

Fantastic, romantic winter

The more we get together... the warmer we are.

The more we get together... the warmer we are.

One Night at Tama City

One Night at Tama City

Meishi (Name Card)

meishiIt is usual practice in Japan to offer one’s meishi, or name card, when meeting someone for the first time.In addition to one’s name, meishi are usually printed with the name of one’s company or organization, one’s official job title, and the organization’s address and it’s telephone, telex and fascimile numbers. Some cards also carry a company logo.

Most meishi are printed in black Chinese characters on white or cream card. Recently, many people have the same information in the Roman alphabet on the reverse of the card.

There is no distinctions as found between the calling cards and business cards used in Europe and the USD since the nineteenth century; the same meishi is used on both social and business occasions.

Meishi are sometimes used in place of a letter of introduction. In this case, a note introducing the bearer is written on the card.

Etiquette calls for the lower ranking or younger person to offer his card first. When the card is extended, it should be turned so the other person can read it as he accepts it. It is considered impolite to use a damaged card or one that bears a memo not intended for the receiver.

:: Japan, The Land and It’s People, &  Gates to Japan; Gen Itasaka