Volume 8 Issue 5
September 2021
Marking the passage of time, Otsukimi (お月見), or Moon-viewing, is a Japanese autumnal tradition of sharing an evening outdoor picnic of seasonally harvested foods, such as chestnuts and persimmons, or moon-shaped delicacies, while gazing at the heavens. This year's Otsukimi occurred on September 21st, and was particularly special because a full Harvest Moon coincided with the event for the first time in 8 years.

However, if you missed out on this year's Otsukimi, no need to fret! Many family and friends celebrate well into October while the cool nighttime weather and clear skies offer a beautiful opportunity to spend time outdoors before early winter frosts begin to appear. We encourage you to give it a try!
New Published Research
JITTI USA analysts produce reports on timely US-Japan transportation and tourism issues. These reports are now published in English on our website! Why not check them out?

Recent publication topics include:

  • Mobility on Demand Trends in Washington, D.C. (Part 2)

  • New Noise Standards and Flight Authorization of Civil Supersonic Aircraft
In This Issue
Feature Article:

With the pandemic upending many traditional notions of work, and with Japan's common issue of limited personal spaces, Japanese train stations have begun implementing a innovative solution for the busy teleworking individual to attain office space on the go.
Cultural Article:

By the end of 2020, 125% more chess boards and accessories were sold in the U.S. than the year previous after Netflix aired The Queen's Gambit, which tells the fictional story of an orphaned chess prodigy. One year later, chess players of all levels may find a new passion in Japan's Shogi, which some argue is a more interesting game with surprises and upsets right up to the end of every match. Why not see if it's for you?

Articles of Note:
Final Thoughts
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The JITTI Journal is a bimonthly publication of the Japan International Transport and Tourism Institute, USA (JITTI USA), in which JITTI USA shares information on transport and tourism developments in Japan and elsewhere, as well as recent JITTI USA programs. As a supplement to our regular events, we hope that the Journal likewise serves as a resource for the transport and tourism communities.