Thursday, July 31, 2014

Jeux Olympiques de Tokyo 2020 : La Francophonie mise en ondes par le Gouverneur Masuzoe

Le Gouverneur de Tokyo Yoichi Masuzoe parle de la Francophonie dans la ville hôte des Jeux Olympiques de 2020



Yoichi Masuzoe politologue, universitaire, écrivain et homme politique japonais a été professeur associé en sciences politiques et en histoire de la célèbre Université de Tokyo, il a été ministre de la Santé. Yoichi Masuzoe travaille sur dossiers et il travaille beaucoup. Ses prédécesseurs passaient une journée par semaine au bureau du Tokyo Metropolitan Government, lui, Masuzoe y est chaque jour de la semaine.

Il a exposé ses objectifs concernant la francophonie lors des Jeux Olympiques et Paralympiques de Tokyo 2020 mercredi 30 Juillet 2014 devant la presse internationale au Japon.

Le gouverneur de Tokyo prévoit sur sa feuille de route une série de financements et initiatives pour rendre visible la présence de la francophonie lors des JO de Tokyo 2020, par la signalisation, les aides linguistiques, la mobilisation de volontaires avec le concours de l’ambassade de France au Japon. Masuzoe veut utiliser l’événement olympique pour aider les japonais à parfaire et se familiariser davantage avec les langues étrangères, avec le français, l’anglais, l’espagnol, le chinois, le coréen. Yoichi Masuzoe est prévoyant et travaille par dossiers, il est intéressé, si nécessaire, par la participation éventuelle de Tokyo à divers événements de la francophonie, tels les Jeux de la Francophonie qui auront lieu à Abidjan en Côte d'Ivoire en Juillet 2017.

Le comité d’organisation des JO 2020 est présidé par l’ancien Premier ministre du Japon Yoshiro Mori, le comité d’organisation est composé de membres provenant de différents organismes comme le Comité Olympique Japonais, le Comité Paralympique Japonais, le gouvernement métropolitain de Tokyo et le gouvernement du Japon.

VDO http://youtu.be/fjc-W5UKfMM

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Paris Tokyo : Signature d'un accord de coopération militaire

Avec quelques collègues français j'ai rencontré le ministre français de la défense Jean-Yves Le Drian (photo) mardi 29 / 7 à l'ambassade de France à Tokyo. Il a annoncé ce soir la signature d'un accord de coopération en matière de défense avec le Japon. Paris et Tokyo vont en outre conduire des exercices militaires communs.


Ministre français de la défenseJean-Yves Le Drian

Le Japon s’interdisait du fait de sa Constitution pacifiste d’après guerre d’exporter du matériel militaire. Interdiction levée en avril par le gouvernement de Shinzo Abe. Chacun s’engouffre dans le créneau et le Japon n’est pas en reste car sa redoutable machine industrielle veut rapidement découvrir des débouchés sur de nouveaux marchés. Une politique qui longtemps a été mise sous la dernière pile des dossiers des premiers ministres précédents jusqu’à Noda puis Abe. Celui-ci a transformé le paysage politique japonais, moins colombe que faucon. Aujourd’hui les Etats-Unis poussent le Japon à oeuvrer davantage dans le domaine de la défense collective. Conséquence: booster les projets, les coopérations, la R and D et donc à  terme les budgets militaires japonais. Tokyo s'engage dans des partenariats de défense avec la GB, l'Australie et maintenant avec la France. La France envisage d'ores et déjà de multiplier son partenariat d’exception avec le Japon y compris dans le domaine militaire.  

Paris et Tokyo envisagent ainsi de coopérer dans le domaine des drones, des hélicoptères et de la robotique, nous a dit Jean-Yves Le Drian, n'excluant pas pour l'avenir des coopérations plus importantes, dans les domaines naval ou aéronautique par exemple. 

Durant cette visite éminemment politique, le ministre japonais de la Défense Itsunori Onodera a exprimé sa préoccupation avec la vente du "Mistral" à la Russie compte tenu de son impact potentiel "sur la sécurité en Asie de l'Est." En fait ce sont les américains qui ne sont pas satisfaits... 

L'accord gouvernemental franco japonais sera signé en fin d'année 2014 voire en 2015 lors de la réunion 2+2 qui sera tenue cette fois au Japon après celle de Janvier 2014 de Paris. 

Petite anecdote que je citais hier à un membre du cabinet du ministre: des universitaires qui enseignent à l'académie militaire de Yokosuka rêvent depuis 10 ans d'exporter des matériels de défense, et me disaient-ils, avec la même vigueur industrielle que celle qui a permis au Japon jadis de s'imposer dans l'exportation de fax ou de caméras...


Wednesday, July 23, 2014

"Les peuples qui aiment bien manger ensemble ne se font pas la guerre"


 Jean-Robert Pitte et Naomichi Ishige

Isao Kumakura et modérateur

Ravissement et pincement au coeur de l'assistance lorsque la phrase a été prononcée avec force: "Les peuples qui aiment bien manger ensemble ne se font pas la guerre". L'auteur de ces mots n'est autre que Jean-Robert Pitte, membre de l’Institut et président de la Mission française du patrimoine et des cultures alimentaires, connu pour ses sorties véhémentes, lors du séminaire tenu à la Maison Franco Japonaise d'Ebisu, Tokyo.

Les récents classements par l'UNESCO au patrimoine culturel immatériel de l'humanité du repas gastronomique des Français et du Washoku (la cuisine traditionnelle du Japon) ont mis en valeur la gastronomie comme élément essentiel de la culture des peuples, face à l’uniformisation des pratiques alimentaires. Intéressante discussion et regards croisés ont été portés sur les gastronomies françaises et japonaises.

Château d'Ebisu, à l'atelier de Joël Robuchon

Le Washoku aime "goûter la saison" a expliqué Naomichi Ishige, ex directeur du Musée National d'Ethnologie, et c'est une cuisine qui garde les ingrédients en leur état naturel, une philosophie paradoxale, sans assaisonnement trop fort qui gâche les saveurs naturelles de la cuisine japonaise dont l'Umami うま味, l’une des cinq saveurs de base avec le sucré, l’acide, l’amer et le salé, ce célèbre goût plaisant de "bouillon" que l'on connaissait déjà dans la Rome antique.

Pour lui, l'alimentation a été déséquilibrée au Japon dans les années 60 en raison de la vogue de la cuisine occidentale riche en graisse, sucre et manque de fibre, donnant naissance au processus de l'individualisation de la cuisine familiale et à une mauvaise hygiène de vie. Aujourd'hui conclut Ishige さん, il faut rééquilibrer la nourriture dite de "société" et la nourriture familiale. Deux maux qui frappent la gastronomie française et le Washoku. Idée partagée par Isao Kumakura(president of Shizuoka University of Art and Culture, president of the Washoku Japan Project)"Même au Japon, dit-il, les grands Chefs de Shoku Bunka (gastronomie japonaise) ne sont pas reconnus comme Trésor national vivant du Japon (人間国宝 Ningen Kokuho) par l'agence ministérielle japonaise de la Culture.

Atelier de Joël Robuchon, arrangements de foie gras

"Il faut faire vivre le Patrimoine" concluait Jean-Robert Pitte, soulignant le rôle joué par Auguste Escoffier et César Ritz dans la transmission de l'héritage des grands gastronomes. Intéressante confrontation entre le français et les 2 japonais, l'avenir de la gastronomie française servie au Palais Impérial lors des banquets officiels depuis l'Ere Meiji. Pitte veut les maintenir, mais Ishige et Kumakura estiment qu'une présentation du Washoku doit désormais faire son apparition au Palais... A-t-on frisé l'incident diplomatique? 2 secondes seulement, car de bon goût, les conférenciers ont été joliment ovationnés par l'assistance, un mix de public japonais et français, dégustant les bons mots de nos experts invités par la Sopexa, l'Ambassade de France, la Maison Franco Japonaise avant une réception sublime et arrosée à l'atelier de Joël Robuchon au château d'Ebisu...
 

(Summary in English: "Rapture and twinge of sorrow in the audience when the sentence was pronounced forcefully: "The people who love to eat together do not fight." The author of these words is none other than Jean-Robert Pitte, a member of the Institute and president of the French Mission heritage and food culture, also known for his spirited outputs, at the seminar held at the Maison Franco Japonaise d'Ebisu, Tokyo...)

JLK Au château d'Ebisu, à l'atelier de Joël Robuchon

Friday, July 18, 2014

Carlos Ghosn July 17, 2014 Renault Nissan Global Alliance strategy



Carlos Ghosn on my youtube channel: http://youtu.be/SgxKBZbOrYg


Stuck in traffic? Why not watch a movie or improvise a videoconference? It will soon be possible thanks to the autonomous car, the future of the automotive industry, said this week in Tokyo Carlos Ghosn, CEO of Renault-Nissan alliance. This news has been commented everywhere, because the PR service of Nissan works well. So, I propose you the other 4 main questions asked to Carlos Ghosn, philosophy and strategy of the world market by Renault Nissan alliance, women as executives, Nissan as a pioneer company, and what becomes now a ritual, each year, Japanese media repeat that he is the best paid CEO in Japan, Toyota CEO man gets 4 times less, and the press goes on with it… So I also asked him about his compensation, at the press club Tokyo, July 17th 2014 09:00am 10:00am.

Q1 (Jlk): What is Renault Nissan Global Alliance strategy today in regards to market share, profit margin, world market and platform strategy?

Q2: What is the benefit of having women as leaders in Japanese corporations?

Q3: EV, Nissan Pioneer strategy?

Q4 (Jlk): What is a Nissan Chief Executive salary?

Carlos Ghosn answers to these 4 questions 

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Defending the Politics of the Abe Administration. How? Repeat, Reiterate, Restate !

Chief Cabinet Secretary (CCS) Yoshihide Suga invited at the press club, Suga only information was that he hopes Abe will meet Xi at Apec summit later this year: "At Apec, Suga said, world leaders will convene, having talks, I think, is a natural practice of our leaders in the international community.” The CCS job is basically to lead Japan administration and be a solid bridge between the US and Japan.

Chief Cabinet Secretary (CCS) Yoshihide Suga

Too few questions asked here on Friday July 11th, too long speech of Chief Cabinet Secretary Suga. The Japanese way to express and convince, not explain or not engage in risk of criticism? Rule number 1:  Repeat, reiterate, restate...

Looks unfortunately like a bureaucratic "langue de bois" chat as in the Soviet Union time. It would be advisable that Japanese leaders engage into these events not with a lecture, seen as long and sometimes boring type, but in a short presentation, say 10 to 12 minutes and then enter into the Q&A providing THEN their policy lines for each question and add their numerous witted comments. 

That was a 38 minutes long speech and then Q&A on Defending the Politics of the Abe Administration: (with interpreter) No breakthrough on Constitutional and collective self defence, usual: "Possibility of a “minimum use of SDF activities is a fundamental thing, it exists within framework by previous government and it does not go beyond the Constitution, therefore no need to go to Constitution revision.” 

Suga did not exactly answer one press conference question asked by the moderator of the day. The moderator asked about new law on collective self defence and Japan public opinion on Constitution. We know people were not consulted by referendum, Abe says OK to reinterpretation not referendum. The moderator did not re-asked his question after Suga's answer but CCS Suga reacted and answered by reiterated his former words: “Abe administration has 3 pillars, since in office, 1 of them is to be able to ensure crisis management in thorough way, regardless the Constitution interpretation, Abe cabinet wants to guarantee life and peaceful life of its people and whatever surveys say, up or down" Suga said and this is via the interpreter. Did Suga convince? Not really after hearing chats in the corridors of the press club.

Thing is many media complained of not enough time to ask questions. "Schedule thing" you know. Also there was a lot of repetitions. But CCS Suga scored in his last answer to an hypothetical question about Asia future and prosperity. Saying Japan works under the rule of international laws. Goal! Face expressions show how CCS Suga was quite unhappy being here, just delivering a message to the "Gaijin media". I saw in the assistance the usual lot of extreme right wingers attending our event... Bizarre です ね ?


On youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KASu17o4914

Monday, June 30, 2014

Japan's crusade for renewable energies




Since Fukushima, Japan's huge need of energy and lack of fossil fuels oblige the archipelago to develop new technologies, Japan enters into a crusade for renewable energies.

My news-report on RTL Monde (French) broadcasted Sunday June 29th 2014.

RTL report here, in French: 3’47”
http://soundcloud.com/jo-l-legendre-koizumi/joel-legendre-rtl-monde-29-juin-2014-apres-fukushima-le-japon-se-lance-dans-les-energies-vertes

In “RTL Monde” anchored by Philippe Robuchon Sunday 13:00 Paris, France.
http://www.rtl.fr/actu/international/les-associations-humanitaires-luttent-contre-l-excision-au-mali-7772927303 

Tokyo, Japan Weather Forecast

Monday, June 23, 2014

June 23rd 鉄 の 雨 Battle of Okinawa "82 days of hell"






鉄 の 雨 Okinawa ferocious battle, "82 days of hell nicknamed tetsu no ame, literally a rain of steel." Ceremonies start today at 11:50 at the Peace Memorial Park in Itoman for the Okinawa Memorial Day 慰霊の日 Irei no Hi, "the day to console the dead." It is a public holiday observed in Okinawa Prefecture annually on June 23 to remember the lives lost during the war but it is not celebrated nationally in Japan. During the speeches, the Peace Declaration will stress the urgent issue of U.S. Marine Corps Futenma Air Station.

戦後69年 きょう慰霊の日
http://www.okinawatimes.co.jp/article.php?id=73954

戦没者足跡、地図が語る GIS沖縄研作成http://www.okinawatimes.co.jp/article.php?id=73962

Historic Battle of Okinawa anniversary today
http://www.japanupdate.com/archive/index.php?id=11251
by Bill Charles: "The bloodiest battle of World War II, the Battle of Okinawa ended with more than 12,000 Americans and 107,500 Japanese troops killed, along with at least 42,000 Okinawa citizens dead. It began as Operation Iceberg, a massive military invasion American planners expected to be the stepping stone to attacks on mainland Japan, the first step in bringing and end to the war. Instead, the Battle of Okinawa combined six weeks later with atomic bombs on Nagasaki and Hiroshima to abruptly end the conflict. Ceremonies remembering the tetsu no bow, the storm of steel that fell during 82 days of combat, usually take place at Memorial Peace Prayer Park in Itoman. Tens of thousands flock to the park each year to honor victims of the battle." (edited)


 

Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy' s staff cancelled her planned visit due to scheduling conflict to the Tsushima-maru Memorial Museum in Naha today Monday, dedicated to the sinking of the 6,754-ton Tsushima Maru. The ship was torpedoed by a U.S. submarine on Aug. 22, 1944, the submarine USS Bowfin, close to the island of Akusekijima, while evacuating schoolchildren and other people from Okinawa Prefecture to mainland Japan. Half of the over 1,400 people who died were children. Caroline Kennedy visited the National War Dead Peace Mausoleum at the Peace Memorial Park in Itoman, February 12, 2014.

Wednesday, June 04, 2014

天安門 Tiananmen Young Tigers



 Tiananmen 1976


Tiananmen 1989

天安門 Tiananmen 25 years since June 1989…

An other chapter of China turbulent history. I saw the anger coming from my Peking balcony. Prior to 1989 I worked and lived in Peking, a (very) young journalist assigned in China by France national broadcasters and the High Authority of Audiovisual Communication. Mission was to gain international professional experience, to teach journalism, modernise Chinese national broadcaster, teach how to anchor news programmes and start cooperation of programs exchanges between the ministry of the Radio Television and the Cultural services of  France and other institutions. I explained them how to report without the heavy hands of the propaganda, how to see and report within a certain context. I was the first Paris man inside the system in this new China thanks to a simple idea I had that attracted Paris and Peking. A professional of broadcasting, a "coach" and also correspondent for my French media (Radio France and RFI). Incredible freedom I had at that time under Deng Xiaoping, Hu Yaobang and Zhao Ziyang.

I started learning Chinese language with teachers of a prestigious nearby university and travelled a lot in China, even alone, thanks to some magical words and pass opening all doors. And this was one of the most interesting experience. Later on I even visited Tibet, Lhasa, alone again or this is what I felt, and free to go everywhere I wanted. I spent time alone in the Potala, stayed at the Dalai Lama private apartments on top of the Palace. I always remember my talks with monks on the top of the Potala. People used to talk then. A large and wide path was opened in front of China. I always kept myself far from the propagandistic announcements explaining this was counter-productive. When I lectured some young Party or League members, some of them are top officials today, there was nothing we could not talk about. Nothing. Imagine these promising young cadres driven in their huge Hongqi limousines, or some time modestly in the unit old bus, after 2 or 3 hours of free discussion for months with a young passionate French journalist. A simple wave of the hands from the entrance of the residence, we always ended with the same universal values, life, love, education, development, dignity, sovereignty. East met West.

But prior to 1989, I saw the first demonstrations starting from Beida (University of Beijing). Foreign students from Asia, Africa or Middle East or Europe mixed with Chinese students. The youth had great sympathy and expectations of a new China under the modernisation and Deng's open door policy, at China's speed. Everyone was enthusiastic and China economy started to take off. People of everywhere in the country had a fantastic energy. But I asked myself, until when and where would this freedom continue?

For my China watcher eyes, the Tiananmen Incident that took place on April 5, 1976 after Zhou En-lai death in January, prior to Mao’s death in September 76, then the fall of the “Gang of Four”, these two events are of equal importance. It reveals that the spirit of the “Young Tigers” could not fade away. These young Chinese with ideals and hopes of a new China. China Spring 1989 as China Spring 1976 were crucial episodes of contemporary China. To a difference, 1976 was not televised, China was to end the Cultural revolution, China in June 1989 was on every TV, live, with the global implications we see 25 years after.

To better understand the two events so different and so similar in the same pattern, I quote the book “The Coldest Winter in Peking” by Hsia Chih-yen, a fan of Lu Hsun and a former government official of the Academy of Sciences of China.

Hsia describes in the form of a novel what happened in 1976 in China explaining the “laboratory” that China is. First installment of Hsia’s book was published by Bungei Shunju in November 1976. His book describes the life of the people. As I saw it, as “ the eyes of the people see everything and see it truly” not as many foreign (non reading Chinese ideograms) governments and media describe it sometimes nowadays, looking for the never ending new Chinese entrepreneur billionaire bla-bla without really travelling 200 km of Peking where roads are still chaotic and where villages host some people who never heard of what is happening in Peking and Shanghai.

It is said in all history textbooks that, quotes: “The April 1976 incident occurred on the traditional day of mourning, the Qingming Festival, after the Nanjing Incident, and was triggered by the death of Premier Zhou En-lai earlier that year. Some people strongly disapproved of the removal of the displays of mourning, [Was it provoked NDJLK?] and began gathering in the Square to protest against the central authorities, [ Who organised them?] then largely under the auspices of the Gang of Four, who ordered the Square to be cleared. China's leaders, namely Jiang Qing (Mao Zedong's wife) and Mao Yuan-xin, saw the popular gathering as a threat to the forward movement of the Cultural Revolution.

They consulted with Party Chairman Mao Zedong, claiming these people to be "capitalist roaders" who were hitting back at the Proletarian Revolution. Action was taken on the night of April 5, when the number of mourners were a few thousand. Controlled by Jiang Qing and the mayor of Beijing, the militia encircled the area, then went in with clubs and batons to drive the people away from the monument. Four thousand were arrested. According to Jan Wong in Red China Blues, around 60 were dragged into the Great Hall of the People, beheaded and secretly cremated. [Who can say if there were not hundreds of them NDJLK]?

The media subsequently linked the event to Deng Xiaoping, then carrying out the daily duties of the Premier. It was rumoured that the Gang of Four had become apprehensive of Deng's influence and thus attempted his removal. Deng was an ally of Zhou En-lai, and was placed under house arrest in Guangzhou. After Mao's death and the fall of the Gang of Four in October 1976, Party leaders rehabilitated Deng and brought him back to Beijing, where he emerged as China's Paramount Leader in 1978." EoQ.

We know what happened after. Many of the people I met in Peking told me about Deng Xiaoping indecisiveness that might explain a lot of things that happened after 1976 and 1989, typical of the leaders theory ruling giant empires. Deng described by my old Peking friends as a capitalist who was influenced by his stay in the west (in France and as a coincidence in my own region of Normandie and also in other parts of France industrial regions). Deng remained indecisive, his close friends say, as we saw during the demonstration of June 1989. Hesitations, again, but Deng recovered and the foreign world came again to kowtow to Zhongnanhai China new collective ruling class, lead today by Xi Jinping. Many are expecting that East Asia will not fall under the sirens of alarmists and fanatics for it may be a war [I don’t think it will] that Peking’s enemy won’t win easily at all. Do not wake up the dragon.

More than ever East Asia should apprehend a community destiny. Japan should make its own research and draw its own strategy. History teaches why only 2 nations in Asia never lost again western guns after WW2: China and Vietnam. China where the “Coup d’Etat” is indefinite. China where ideals have not altered especially in the mind of these “Young Tigers” generation after generation on the roads of Peking, Guanzhou, Shanghai in the 30s, 40s, 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s, 90’s and who still exist.

Reminding that China exists for… China, at any cost.

Chang'an Avenue June 1989


“The Coldest Winter in Peking” by Hsia Chih-yen. page 227:
http://www.amazon.com/The-coldest-winter-Peking-inside/dp/0385134029



Wednesday, May 28, 2014

東京物語 A new Abenomics target could be : the "Love Society Arrow" ?



  Katsuhiko Fujimori

東京物語 Tokyo stories You know how I like Japan and the people here, but how unfortunate it is to see that Japanese seem to seal their eyes only on their smartphones and forget to watch people near by them in subway, office, cafes, sea side, mountain slopes… Impact is a withdrawal from the society? Almost true. But not necessary. There are also social and psychological reasons to this isolation on the rise. An other consequence is late marriage, no kids. Other impact: the aged society and lonely household with age parents abandoned from their kids. 

Why don't we get happy here to marry and live in family and get older with our beloved ones? The decrease of married couples living with aged parents and extended longevity, the number of single-person households in Japan is expected to reach 18.72 million in 2030, 36.5% of all the households!!  Now for the hard talk in particular, 1 out of 5 men in their 50s and 60s are expected to live alone in 2030. As the super single society approaches, solutions to such issues as social isolation and poverty are being sought out. 

 Yasujiro Ozu’s Tokyo Story

Fascinating briefing at the FPCJ Foreign Press center Japan yesterday with Mr. Katsuhiko Fujimori, Mizuho Information Research Institute, Inc., Chief Research Associate. My question to Fujimori san was related to the iconic movie Yasujiro Ozu’s Tokyo Story and what has Japan done in the last 50 years, since Tokyo Monogatari, to challenge the trend of  what can simply be sadness and loneliness of Japanese society. Can Abe and dynamic Tokyo Governor Masuzoe deliver or... is it just communication bla bla? 

Maybe a new policy for the Abenomics could be : the "Love Society Arrow!" 


Yasujiro Ozu’s Tokyo Story

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Tomioka Silk Mill 富岡製糸工場 recommended as "Unesco World Heritage"

Tomioka Silk Mill 富岡製糸工場 
Gunma prefecture 群馬県 Japan




Discovery travel of the Tomioka Silk Mill 富岡製糸工場, old city of Tomioka 富岡市, in Gunma prefecture 群馬県, Japan. It is located about 120 km northwest of Tokyo. it's Japan's oldest modern model silk reeling factory. Was established in 1872 by the government to introduce modern machine silk reeling from France and spread its technology in Japan.

In 1870, Paul Brunat, who worked in a French trading company in Yokohama, researched suitable locations for a silk mill in the Kanto region and selected the site in Tomioka City from among the candidates.

The construction began in 1871 and was completed in July the next year. Three months later the factory started operation. In the beginning, there were 150 silk reeling machines (300 basins), and about 400 female workers, many French teachers and workers came into Japan to teach the work to local Japanese women and operated the machines in the mill.

The lifestyle of the workers has been recorded in the diary of one, Wada Ei. In the silk reeling factory, 'you will be amazed by the huge area without supporting pillars for the silk reeling mill that was operated by 300 workers.'

I liked the detail about manpower: At first it was difficult to find workers, local people were afraid of what they called French "vampires" drinking blood... They enjoyed drinking a red liquid called... red wine

Late April 2014, Paris based Unesco advisory panel recommended giving "Unesco World Heritage" status to the Tomioka Silk Mill historic factory building as they are symbolizing Japan’s industrialization from the 19th century. Endorsement could be formalized at a meeting of the World Heritage Committee June 15-25, set in Qatar. Likely to be offered.

Already today tourists are visiting this attractive old city of Gunma prefecture. So, to go there, catch a Shinkansen to Takasaki, then ride the cute 2 cars train Joshin Dentetsu line to Joshu-Tomioka. It's a beautiful report / journey in the history of Japan industrialisation on the way to Karuizawa and near by Isobe Onsen.