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Japan – Aichi Prefecture

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After the country suffered greatly at the end of World War II, in a few short years, Japan transformed itself into one of the world’s biggest economies, with their electronics and cars topping the sales tables globally. Despite the economic downturn and the devastating earthquake which struck the north of the country, many of the biggest companies are still based in Japan. One of the regions, or prefectures, in Japan with the highest concentration of industry is Aichi, in the south of the main island.


Everyone’s heard of Toyota as a brand of Japanese vehicles, but it’s more surprising to learn that there is a city of the same name in Aichi too. The company was formed just before the outbreak of WW2, and started off producing passenger vehicles and engines. They soon diversified into light trucks and pick-ups and pioneered Japanese production techniques such as quality management and just in time inventory control, which lowered the cost of the end vehicle and drastically improved quality. Toyota has also moved into other markets such as getting involved in F1 racing, hybrid vehicles with the top selling Prius and robotics.


Part of Toyota’s diversification was a move into the luxury car market, and the brand of Lexus was born in 1989. Lexus has been successful in taking on the European luxury car manufacturers such as BMW and Mercedes with its range of vehicles which are competitively priced and full of all the latest gadgets and gizmos. As well as standard saloon cars, Lexus produces a range of larger SUV type vehicles and also more environmentally friendly hybrid models.


If you’re a knitter, you’ll definitely have heard of Noro yarn, and this also comes from the same small area of Japan. The company was founded by Eisaku Noro and produces a range of high-quality space dyed yarn which produces a distinctive stripey pattern when it is made into sweaters, scarves or socks. Noro yarn is unusual in that the company often combine several different fibres together to form the end product and this makes it popular with knitters and crochet fans across the world.

Brother Industries

It may not sound particularly Japanese, but Brother Industries is one of the biggest electronics companies based in Aichi. It was founded in the early part of the 20th century as Yasui Sewing, and for the early years concentrated on supplying sewing machines to the domestic market. The main focus of the business remained sewing machines until the 1970s, when people started to move away from making their own clothes at home. Now Brother produces a vast range of electronics products including printers, fax machines and industrial machine tools.


If you’ve even serviced your own car, you’ll be familiar with the brand of NGK sparkplugs. It originates in Aichi but now manufactures all over the world, including factories in Germany and California. NGK has won several industry awards for the quality of its products, and is one of the most recognised automotive brands in the world.

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Japanese yarn ‘Noro Yarn‘ can be bought online here in the UK from specialist yarn and knitting retailers such as Pack Lane Wool.

Getting the Best Trip Advisor for an Upcoming Voyage

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Whether traveling across the globe or simply visiting another part of the country, preparing for a vacation takes a lot of research and careful attention to detail. Although there are several different resources available to travelers that can help shed light on the different options available for particular destinations, few things can compare to the insight of a trip advisor with experience booking travel to the area in question. Travel agencies are often one of the best such tools available, with professional travel agents offering travelers information about the different packages and deals available. Travel agents can also help arrange special events and activities that travelers may have difficulty arranging on their own.

Exploring the Role of the Modern Travel Agent

The advent of the Internet changed the travel game significantly, allowing everyday travelers to book itineraries without the assistance of a professional. While some have lauded this development, many voyagers have been disappointed to discover their trips lack the same atmosphere and ease of a vacation expertly planned by a travel professional. From arranging seamless airport pickups to booking hotel rooms months in advance, travel agencies have the resources and wherewithal to assist voyagers visiting all different corners of the earth.

Narrowing Down Options

One of the major challenges modern travelers face is determining where to visit. With a particular budget in mind, many consumers try to plan a vacation, only to be deterred by high prices and the lack of information available for many areas. Travel agents can play an important role in this process, offering information about large cities, picturesque countrysides, and small villages off the beaten path. This can help travelers who are uncertain about the best option available to them to narrow down destinations and settle on a dream destination for an upcoming vacation.

Many consumers are also unaware of travel agent’s abilities to obtain airfare, hotel reservations, and car rentals at preferential rates. Many agents have contracts or connections within particular organizations that can help score an out of this world vacation for much less than the ticket value. This makes exploring the globe on a budget a much more plausible activity.

Social Media and Travel Agencies

Modern travel agents are increasingly turning to social media as a manner of connecting with customers looking to travel the world. Through content marketing and one-on-one interactions, travel agents are able to reach a wider swatch of individuals looking to embark on vacation. Not only is this beneficial for the travel agent, but it can also help travelers who would never have considered using a travel agency to find a solution for an upcoming vacation.

Exploring different countries and experiencing what other cultures have to offer is an exciting and enjoyable pastime. Travel agents make fantastic travel advisors that can help share that world with everyday travelers who are uncertain how to take the first step. Using the guidance and assistance received, consumers can expect to experience one of the most relaxing and unique vacations they have ever had.

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This post was provided by Kira Simpson, an experienced world traveler. She recommends visiting travel agencies Toronto for the best travel advice. Her favorite chain is Marlin Travel.

Packing Your Bags For Mexico – What To Take


Mosquito bites and sunburn are also common problems for holidaymakers, so packing a first aid kit is a good idea – even if you just pack a few over-the-counter medications in a plastic food bag. Some good ideas for your Mexico holiday First Aid kit are:

  • Antibacterial hand wipes
  • Calamine cream for sunburn or bites
  • Domperidone for vomiting
  • Loperamide for diarrhoea
  • Painkillers
  • Plasters and plaster strip
  • TCP or other liquid antiseptic
  • Tweezers and scissors.

Sun sense in Mexico

The sun is ferocious in Mexico so make sure you drink plenty of water – always mineral water from sealed bottles only – and stay in the shade when the sun is at its hottest. You should also take:

  • Factor 50 or 60 sun cream
  • Aftersun
  • Sunhat
  • Sunglasses
  • Loose shirt or cover-up for beach or pool.

Dress sense in Mexico

As well as the beach, there are plenty of archaeological sites to visit in Mexico, so comfortable loose clothing like shorts (knee length are best to protect your knees from getting sunburned) or long loose skirts for women are a good idea.

Shoes should be comfortable rather than high fashion – opt for closed toes for sightseeing and avoid metal decorations on sandals or plastic sandals, as these can overheat in strong sunshine and burn your feet. Choose soft leather shoes with comfortable soles – and take two pairs so you can alternate them.

Mexico is a Catholic country and if visiting religious sites, take a shawl to cover shoulders and avoid wearing tiny shorts or skirts and low-cut T-shirts when visiting churches. The monsoon season in Mexico is between June and November, so pack a light raincoat and brolly if visiting at these times.


The peso is the official currency of Mexico, but taking travellers’ cheques is the safest bet – and keep any currency in a moneybelt. The US dollar and even the Euro are also accepted at some outlets in Mexico.


Crime in Mexico is always a risk, although tourists should be alert rather than permanently terrified – stick to your tour party and do not go wandering off or drive into areas you do not know.

Car jackings are not unknown in Mexico, so make sure you know your way around if you are driving in Mexico – buy a map and study it, take a reputable travel guide and use GPS on your smartphone to get about. Apps are widely available and easy to download, so use all the travel resources available to you to keep safe.

And if you are driving in Mexico, make sure you take out holiday insurance to cover any accidents and medical care needed as a result.

When pursuing Mexico illness claim abroad it is key to instruct someone who knows the law and exactly what they are doing. A holiday illness solicitor is the best person to hire.