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Izu Hokkawa Onsen Bousui: Another Location in Japan That Brings You That Much Closer to Heaven




Japanese Inns (Ryokan) Are the Destination!

My first experience at Bousui was just 5 years ago and then the second was last month. In 2006 I was a newbie exploring the Hokkawa Hot Spring district, in 2014 it was my second visit as a devoted fan of hot spring perfection wanting to share this haven with my life partner and best friend.

We took the Shinkansen from Tokyo station to Atami station and then switched trains to a local train JR Ito line which took us to IzuHokkawa station. I wrote about this onsen and the perfect level of Japanese Omotenashi Hospitality here in my last book “33 More Reasons to Be Proud” and since one of Bousui’s clients had alerted them to my chapter, I was happily surprised to see that part of the book displayed prominently on their website. More surprising was the VIP treatment they gave us from the moment we stepped off the train onto the aged wooden platform at IzuHokkawa station.

We stepped off the train and right there on the platform was our Bousui driver waiting to take our bags and lead us to the vehicle for our short to one of my favorite bits of heaven in this beautiful Land of the Rising Sun.

A thin, winding drive took us past fishing boats bobbing in choppy surf festooned with tightly rolled nets, rusted and long forgotten vacation homes built during Japan’s bubble time of opulence known as the Japanese “Economic Miracle”, shuttered ice cream shops waiting for the onset of Summer and the smiling children after the cool of delicious “Soft Cream” available all over Japan from June to August.

From ancient days, Ryokan was a place to Rest. We need this more than Ever.

Our visit was during the quiety, lazy times of early June so we were missing the summer rush and all the more happy with the silence and bareness of this sleepy town.

Pulling up at the entrance to Bousui, it is hard to imagine we’ve just climbed a hill and am now entering the Japanese Inn at floor 7. That is, until you step through the sweetly smelling wooden-framed lobby, remove your shoes on the cool tiled floor, slip into indoor-slippers and glide over the huge beige carpet to a glass encased coffee room designed to jut out over the sea and give you a feel of oneness with the ocean, sky, horizon and wind.

On brightly Moonlit nights, Bousui is one of the rare places in Japan where you can catch a “Moon Road” shining on the sea. In fact, the Ryokan owner consigned a professional musician to compose a rhapsody of sweetly inspiring music to herald the moon road and all the joyous nature in clear view from this, your perch atop the Pacific.

There is something special about a simply constructed building that has oneness with nature as its utmost goal. The ceiling to floor windows are the lookout over the expansive sea, the light greens, oranges and beige in the interior make for a traditional comfort that will lull you into a deeper sensitivity for thought and intensify your attention to the outside view.

We sat there for 20 to 30 minutes sipping warm tea. Ushered with a kind explanation of where the baths are, the history of the building and our menu for the evening, we again found ourselves peering our over the grand Pacific from our room. We watched fishing boats chug by, wondering what they accessed under this rich sea, thought about how the rain over distant Oshima might be heading our way, observed the changing colors in the clouds as the sun set, noticing the crows and seagulls as they flew over the evening ocean and lounged back on soft Zabuton pillows in our room heavy with the warm scent of tatami. It was a perfect moment of gratitude and reflection. How lucky we are to be alive and be able to drink in the peace of this, most perfect day.

Japanese Inns have a way of affecting you. The pace is easy… arrive, go to your room, take a bath, eat your fill and sleep. There is very little interruption or canned amusement going on in a traditional Japanese Inn. Maybe from days long past, since these locations were not for entertainment but for rest, the act of restful hospitality has been perfected. No one is going to pass you a complicated menu or ask you to transcribe passport details or address upon your arrival. The food is usually decided by the package you have ordered in advance included in your rate and your accommodation will be fitted perfectly for rest.

Comfortable Japanese futon on a tatami mat floor. Ability to make the room perfectly dark, tea and water on hand to keep you hydrated and always, always the quiet of a secret garden getaway to heal and revive you.

I remember a similar rustic quiet in the mountains of Wyoming during a family trip to a ranch, I think of waves hitting sand outside my tent during beach camping in my home, Hawaii and then, I think now of how I can access that same solace with a quick train ride to one of the countless Ryokan getaways in Japan. For me, a lover of ocean, Bousui will always be my favorite.

When you look at the pricing you may feel it high. You will be tempted to stay in cheaper accommodation to save money for exploring the area and visiting spots of interest. But, the thing about Ryokan, the Ryokan IS the spot of interest for that area. The architecture, the food, the room itself, the furniture, the futon, the various baths, the cultured Omotenashi hospitality; there is no need to step outside and find Japanese culture elsewhere. This is it. This is the epitome of a Japanese experience.

Pay the 20,000 to 50,000 yen per person fee and trust me, you will see how this experience in and of itself will remain with you as Your Japan for a lifetime.


Source by Ruth Jarman Shiraishi

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iPhone Application Development – Earn Money Through iPhone App Store




The Internet Revolution! I’m sure you read and heard a lot about it and so I won’t list the myriad ways in which it has changed everything. Professionals capable of working independently and creatively have benefited the most from the ubiquity of the internet.

There are so many ways I which you can showcase your talent to the world (or hawk your wares): you can write a novella, self-publish it over Amazon, and if people like it, you will mint money; you can post a funny video over YouTube (or start you own ‘Channel’), and using nothing more than your skills and ingenuity, find fame and fortune; or you can use your iPhone application development skills, sell your app(s) in the Apple App Store, and buy that yacht you’d always wanted!

Over 2 billion apps are downloaded from the iPhone App Store every year, and as the sales of iPhones continues to rise and more people start using iPhone, the demand for iPhone apps will increase. iPhone apps are constantly making the news and they are one of the prime reasons for the success of iPhones. Experts predicts that 3G smartphones which offer all the facilities of internet will replace PCs and laptops, and apps are the things that make it easier for the users to use their smartphones in lieu of computers: the market for apps is huge, and it will only grow further over time.

Do you have creativity, talent and innovative ideas? There are school students out there who are making serious money developing iPhone apps and selling them using the iPhone app store. Do you think you have the app idea of the decade? You don’t necessarily have to have a scientific and technical mind to gain success at iPhone application development: all you need is an idea and the ability to transform it into reality.

The best thing is that there are a number of free tutorials and SDKs available on the Internet; you can use download them for free and learn how to develop apps for iPhone apps. You might need t invest some time to study how to develop the best apps, and then how to market them over the net, but thereafter your creative ideas will take you far.

Even if you are not good at logic and math and programming is just not for you, you can still take help from professionals and pay iPhone developers to develop an app based on your idea. If your idea is really good, you could convince them to work for royalty from the sales of the app. And if your idea is really good and you are sure that the app based on your idea is going to sell like hot cakes, its best to pay the developer upfront and have complete control over all the profits on your iPhone app!

Once the app is ready, you just need to follow the simple guidelines on the iPhone app development store and list your app on the list of available apps. But there are millions of apps on the iPhone app store, and so you will need to do things to get publicity for your apps: get a website in the name of the app, try and make someone do a piece about in a magazine, keep your fingers crossed, and wait for the world to wake up to the proof of your genius!


Source by Vatsal M

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What Can I Use Bitcoins For?




Practically, almost any product or service that can be bought with dollars or other currencies can also be bought with bitcoins. On the other hand, the high volatility of bitcoins is a huge risk for some people that might want to use this cryptocurrency, but they are afraid about price differences. Even so, the characteristics of bitcoins make them perfect for internet payments:

1. Fast transactions

A bitcoin transaction is processed in 10-15 minutes. In case of a bank transfer, it might take hours or even days for the money to get from one account to the other. Some might say that PayPal or other ewallets are even faster. It is true, but there are other aspects that ewallets can’t give: privacy and smaller commissions.

2. Privacy

When you send bitcoins to a partner over the internet, the transaction will be registered in a blockchain. The list of transactions is public, and it can be verified on specialized websites. Only the identification number, the sum and the time are recorded. There is no way for somebody to find out from where the bitcoins come, and where they go. This is characteristic of bitcoins attracted many people. Well, some of those are interested about it because they can buy illegal goods with those, but the majority of bitcoin users are people that want to buy legal items and services, but which don’t want to disclose their identity. Porn and gambling websites might be immoral, but they are not illegal, so people that want to subscribe for those services can safely pay in bitcoins on the websites that accept this currency, knowing that their reputation will not be affected.

3. Smaller commissions

The average commission is 0.002 BTC for a transaction. It is significantly smaller compared with the PayPal or banking commissions. Moreover, you are not even obliged to pay it. By paying a commission, you “reserve” the computational power of a pool (or at least a part of it), to process your transaction faster. You even have the possibility not to pay the commission. In this case, you might need to wait two or even three days for your transaction to be processed. If you are not in a hurry, this might be the perfect opportunity to make money transactions with zero costs.

Of course, there are also disadvantages for using bitcoins, such as the possibility to lose them. If somebody steals your bitcoins, or if you delete the wallet files, it is impossible to recover those. As long as the bitcoin is not regulated, there is no central organism for arbitrage between divergent parts. In other words, you can’t complain if you lose or you are robbed by your bitcoins, simply because there is nobody to complain to.


Source by Stanculescu Mihai Bogdan

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Things You Should Know About Bitcoin Black




What is Bitcoin Black?

Bitcoin Black is basically the cryptocurrency of the people, by the people for the people. It will be adopted for use as a peer 2 peer payment system which gives the power back to the people.

If we talk about Bitcoin, Bitcoin has failed at this, real value comes from real use of the ecosystem and empowering people. Bitcoin transactions are slow and expensive, and it can be said that Bitcoin is somewhat centralized. Bitcoin takes power of people because it is heavily manipulated and through cycles that discourage participants from cryptocurrency in general.

People buy bitcoin to get rich, not to be involved in the ecosystem. The one percent elite takes advantage of bitcoin and creates discouragement, strategically increasing the price and attracting entry for the dream of wealth and dumping coins for their benefit. In fear of adoption. Bitcoin is completely controlled, pumped and manipulated at will, for many different reasons.

Bitcoin Black is focusing on solving these problems as the coin is a cryptocurrency with a fair distribution Airdropped to 1 Million wallets prior to IEO which all funds will go to community groups voted by the community to move the project forward with focus on fair distribution, mass adoption, usability, education, ease of access, simplicity and community.

The goal is to make it a real decentralized autonomous network giving back power to the people. He does not belong to a group, but belongs to many branches of the community.

Distribution of Coins

Bitcoin Black is aim to have airdrop to at least 1 million wallets initially with not more than 0.5% of supply owned by 1 founding member making it truly decentralized cryptocurrency.

The project have a pre-sale of 2.5% of total supply which is almost 900 Million coins.

If we take a take a look at the IEO, 7.2 billion IEO coins will be allocated to several community foundations that will help the community move the project forward in the future.

Counterpart funds for manipulation (around 5%). Part used for the stability control fund to eliminate the possibility of early manipulation at low volume and maintain currency stability.

Finally, the rewards for introducing the application will be 14.4 billion coins.

Introduction of 30 million members with an increase in the rate of new users. A method of bringing the coin into every schoolyard / university / workplace and community.

Total Supply

A maximum supply is 36 billion coins.


3.6 billion coins to be claimed by members who help share Airdrop.

Simple social sharing platform in one click. Share a social message that provides an introduction to encrypted video and the app download link that will allow your friends to download it. Currently the platform is active and functioning well.


The best innovation is the Fee free transactions. You can send bitcoin black to anyone free of charge. The transactions are Instant and you can send money as easily as sending an message.

The wallets are easily accessible and very simple to use.


Bitcoin black have a fair mass distributed currency with supply spread widely that it will create less volatility by synchronized pumps and dumps and lead to a more stable price. Bitcoin black is going to be the next bitcoin. You can register for the airdrop by clicking here. I wish someone back in 2008 would have included me on the Bitcoin airdrop. Bitcoin Black will be life changing and we want to tell this to as many as possible.


Source by Mark West

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