( welcome to Japan)
バイ エマ ケリー ( By Emma Kelly )
• Flights : Dublin - Amsterdam - Tokyo
• Capital- Tokyo
• Currency - Yen (¥)
• Languages - Japanese - Ryukyuan - Ainu
• Hello- こんにちは (Kon'nichiwa)
My name is - 私の名前はある (Watashinonamaeha
• Goodbye - さようなら (Sayōnara)
• main religions - Most Japanese do not identify themselves as being
members of a single religion, instead they incorporate elements of
various religions. Japan enjoys full religious freedom & religions such
as Christianity , Islam, Hinduism are practised.
• Culture- the culture of Japan has evolved greatly over years. The
Japanese culture was influenced by Asia, Europe & North America.
• -Clothing: Traditional clothing in japan consists of a full length
garment called a Naga-gi which is worn on special occasions by
women , mean & children. Men mainly wear darker colours where
women tend to wear brighter colours. Younger women often
wear complicated abstract and floral designs
• - Transportation in Japan is modern & highly developed.
It stands out for its energy efficiency as it uses less energy
per person compared to other countries.
• - railway transport is very popular in Japan for travelling
from city to city.
• -Japan currently has 98 airports.
• - There are 22 major seaports in japan
• Mount Fugi is located on the Honshu Island and is the
highest mountain in Japan.
• Mount Fugi is one of japans ' Three Holy Mountains'
along with Mount Tate and Mount Haku.
• Mount Fugi is a special place of scenic beauty and it is also
a historic site.
• There are 4 major climbing routes, historical sites such as
old shrines, teahouses & huts are found along these routes.
• There are 6 major sightseeing spots - an example is a site
called Isawa located at the east side of the mountain, where
there is a peach and grape production site. From August you
can enjoy fruit picking and tours of wineries.
National museum of modern art
• The Tokyo Museum of Modern Art is a museum
which only collects & exhibits modern Japanese
• The museum is most well known for its 20th
century art, western art and nihonga art.
• Nihonga art is basically Japanese style paintings
made with traditional Japanese techniques and
materials such as washi ( japanese paper) and
• Lake Yamanaka is located in the village of Yamanakako ,
near Mount Fugi.
• It is one of the largest Fugi five lakes.
• The lake was formed by flowing lava which came from an
ancient eruption of Mount Fugi.
• The lake is popular for boating, fishing, water-skiing,
windsurfing, sightseeing and swimming.
• There are also cabins and tent sites available for camping.
Around The World Trip
By Niamh Brannelly
• In just two weeks I’m going off to Croatia with a few of my
friends for 3 months. Here are all the places I am going to visit,
and all the facts I have researched to prepare for my journey.
• Croatia is an independent second world country
• Capital: Zagreb, it is the largest city in Croatia. It is a city of
green parks and beautiful scenery.
• Currency: Croatian Kuna. At the moment the exchange rate is
1 Croatian Kuna for €0.13, but I have to keep checking it
because I want to get the best rate for my money.
• Language: mainly Croatian
Language but many educated
Croats speak English. German and Italian are quite popular too.
• Government: presidential/ parliamentary democracy.
Currently the president of Croatia is Ivo Josipovid.
• Main religion: Roman Catholic, with the rest
either Orthodox, Muslim or no religion.
• Main things to do: I can’t wait to see all the
fascinating sites. Here are a few of my favorites.
Plitvice Lakes National Park, Brac, paklenica,
Pula Arena, to walk the Walls of Dubrovnik and
to go scuba diving on the Island of Mljet.
• Fun Facts: The White House in Washington DC
was made from using stones from Croatia,
dalmation dogs got their name after Dalmatia,
a coastal region of Croatia, the smallest town in
the world is in Hum, with only 23 people
• Croats have many customs which are a lot like the Irish. When they greet
people they shake hands, only close friends would give a kiss on each
cheek. When invited to parties, it is usually expected to bring flowers
(never chrysanthemums) or an expensive wine. They also have eating
customs such as when at dinner they place their napkins on their laps, and
• Croats celebrate mainly the same festivals we do such as Christmas,
Easter, News Years etc. something Croatia is very famous for is their
music festivals every year. I am definitely going to see the Hideout
• Food is a very big part of the Croats lives, as their saying goes “love
goes through the stomach” one of their traditional meals is prsut,
which is dry cured ham which is served with olives and cheese.
• The Croatian costume has very specific colours and shape. It is very
• On Wednesday 8th of January I am getting the flight
from Dublin Airport to Zagreb airport in the middle of
Croatia. It is very handy for me as I do not need to
catch 2 planes.
• When I get to Croatia I will have no car, I am relying on
public transport. I am hoping to get a part time job
while I am there to earn some money.
• It is a well run city with many trams and bus routes.
• There is a tram app that allows you to know when the
next tram is due, and there is never a tram too far
away. Day trams run every few minutes until midnight.
• I arrive on the 8th and I will book in to the Villa Mali Raj
which is situated in Zagreb. It is a 3 star hotel, which is all I
need, because it offers me all my necessities. It is also
within my budget.
• The room has air conditioning, a couch, a wardrobe and a
balcony. The room has a private bathroom with a shower.
There is a TV for my spare time. It offers free Wi-Fi which is
my source of communication with my family and friends.
• There is a restaurant, and grocery store to buy any thing I
• There is a bus stop that is 50 umetres away that brings me
to the middle of the Zagreb
Plitivice lakes national park
• The first place I am going to visit is the Plitvice Lakes National Park.
It is the oldest national park in Southeast Europe.
• Seeing the pictures of this amazing national park, I think it is one of
the most beautiful places in the world.
• The beautiful sites were made when the rivers flowed over the
limestone, the karst landscape for thousands of years creating
natural dams, waterfalls and lakes.
• There are about 20 pure blue lakes. There is a 18km wooden foot
bridge that brings you through all the fascinating sites.
• Not only is there the amazing scenery, there is also the animals that
flourish in the untouched land. The main animals are the wolves and
bears, along with the smaller animals, the rabbits, badgers etc. It is
also full of different species of birds. It really is the full package. I
can’t wait to take a tour.
• Brac is an island in the Adriatic Sea.
• The limestone part of the coast is rocky and steep, while the rest is
rather low and sandy, with some of the most beautiful beaches.
• Brac seems like a very relaxing and interesting place to visit. The
beautiful beaches and blue skies are definitely very attractive.
• The island is mainly karst limestone, which has been a source of
stone for building that is quarried out. This happens to be the stone
that was used to make the White House.
• It is very active, there is constantly boat rides and sailing so you will
never be bored.
• I can’t wait to spend some time here with my friends.
• This is an ancient Roman amphitheatre. It was built in
27BC-68AD and it is one of the 6 largest Roman towers
that is still standing today.
• It is mainly made of limestone. It was built for about
23,000 people. A series of underground passages were
also built. You can also see the gates where they
released the gladiators and animals.
• Since the Roman times it has been used for different
purposes such as grazing and tournaments, but today
it is used as a venue for concerts and tours.
• I decided to travel to Tuvalu because it is
known as the ‘lonely’ country. Being the
worlds 4th smallest country and only slightly
bigger then the Vatican, it is a country that I
never knew existed. Although the country gets
a small dozen tourists a year , I thought the
scenery was breath taking and the history and
geographical side very interesting. The country
is small and there is not a lot to see. Here is my
project on why I chose this 3rd world country
as my location to visit. Enjoy-
Capital – Funafuti
• Official language – English & Tulavuan
• Currency – Australian dollar & Tulavuan dollar
• Transport – Mainly motorbikes & bicycles for with
public transport mainly in the capital (minibuses &
• Religion – church of Tuvalu
• Government – Elected parliament & Prime Minister
officially headed by the reigning British Monarch.
• Tuvalu is one of the smallest countries on earth (26
sq km in total)
• It is halfway between Australia & Hawaii in the
Travel & accommodation
• When travelling to Tuvalu , I would travel in
June as this is tropical season. During the
months of November to march it is ‘storm’
season with heavy rain and wind.
• I would have to travel from Dublin to Fiji and
get a flight from fiji to Funafuti international
• To travel from island to island there is boat
trips regularly throughout the day.
• I would stay in the vaiaku lagi hotel in
• The underwater caves are 2km off the island of
Nanumanga. These are also known as the ‘fire
caves’ because charred coral fragments lie on the
floor of the caves. The interesting thing about this
is that the caves are 37-46 m below sea level &
were only above see level roughly 8,000 years ago
– but historians say that the first people to come
in contact with these islands was 3,000 years ago.
• The story goes that the caves were found because
of a local legend that a ‘large house’ was under
the sea and upon hearing this story 2 scuba divers
explored the coral in 1986 to find out if the legend
• The caves are a great tourist attraction because it
allows tourists to swim into the caves and look at what
is known as the biggest mystery to the island.
• It allows tourists to swim in the corals of Nunumanga
and look at the spectacular view of the species
underwater while scuba diving.
• The caves are located 2km down the coral wall of
Nanumanga & are easy access – they are also for free
so make sure not to give the caves a miss.
Tuvalu Philatelic Bureau
• The Tuvalu Philatelic Bureau was established
on January 1st 1976 - on this day Tuvalu was
established as its on separate British colony as
Tuvalu was formerly apart of the Gilbert and
Ellice islands. These stamps were produced for
specific use in the post offices of Tuvalu. They
are of rare design and are very popular around
• Tuvalu Philatelic Bureau also produces a
newsletter several times a year – it includes
information on general interest about Tuvalu ,
upcoming events & information on new
• Inside the Tuvalu Philatelic Bureau is a mini
museum with displays of rare stamps and
newsletter containing all the events from 1976.
Entry is free and is filled with historical
information about the islands past.
Motufoua Secondary School
• As the country is the 4th smallest in the world &
the country itself comes from the list of 3rd world
countries – Tuvalu does not lack education.
• The school is a boarding school for boys & girls. It
is on the island of Vaitupa. It includes teachers
from Tuvalu & other countries and accepts
volunteers who are on the island and would like to
• The school plays and important part in the
development of the country as it produces young
students with knowledge – the aim of the school is
to provide all students who attend the chance of an
education and good rights to better jobs both on
• Volunteering to work in the school is greatful from
staff and students . Not only do you provide the
students with other knowledge but you get to learn
yourself the life of students in a 3rd world country
and how the education is different.
• The schools show you how cheap the education is
and how little students can afford to attend.
• I think to go to a local school would really be
worth while during your stay in Tuvalu.
• One of the reasons why I’d like to go to Australia is
because of the beaches. It is said that the nicest beach in
Australia is Whitehaven Beach. It is the most
photographed beach and has been named "Queensland's
Most Beautiful Beach" by 'Keep Australia Beautiful‘, which
has to mean something. Self-sufficient boaties and
campers can even anchor overnight off the beach, or book
a national park campsite and camp on the southern end of
the iconic Whitehaven Beach itself. I’ve also discovered
that at Whitehaven Beach they have this sand that is
called"silica sand" Siclia is a substance that is contained in
an extremely high-purity form of sand, with extremely fine
grains that make it very soft to the touch and also prevent
it from getting too hot underfoot, which is great as it is
supposed to get really hot in Australia!
The great barrier reef
• The Great Barrier Reef is one of the seven wonders of the
natural world. The Great Barrier Reef is between 15
kilometres and 150 kilometres off shore and around 65 Km
wide in some parts, is a gathering of brilliant, vivid coral
providing divers with the most spectacular underwater
experience imaginable. A closer encounter with the Great
Barrier Reef's impressive coral gardens reveals many
underwater attractions including the world's largest
collection of corals (in fact, more than 400 different kinds
of coral), coral sponges, molluscs, rays, dolphins, over
1500 species of tropical fish, more than 200 types of birds,
around 20 types of reptiles including sea turtles and giant
clams over 120 years old. The main reason why someone
would visit the great barrier reef is because its very
• Fraser island is a place of exceptional beauty, with its long
uninterrupted white beaches flanked by strikingly coloured
sand cliffs, and over 100 freshwater lakes, some teacoloured and others clear and blue all ringed by white
sandy beaches. Ancient rainforests grow in sand along the
banks of fast-flowing, crystal-clear creeks. Fraser Island
stretches over 123 kilometres in length and 22 kilometres
at its widest point. With an area of 184 000 hectares it is
the largest sand island in the world. Fraser Island is the only
place in the world where tall rainforests are found growing
on sand dunes at elevations of over 200 metres. The low
"wallum" heaths on the island are of particular
evolutionary and ecological significance, and provide
magnificent wildflower displays in spring and summer.
• Ayers Rock is one of the most impressive landmarks in
Australia. A huge chunk of sandstone and a ‘true’
monolith, it resides in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park,
down towards the southwest corner of the Northern
Territory and close to the geographic centre of
Australia. Visitors can climb Ayers Rock as well as
explore the base of it, which is around 10kms by
footpath. The trip up takes a good couple of hours
there and back, although if you’re fit and hotfoot it, it
can be done in 20 or 30 minutes. It is best to observe
the rock during sunrise and sunset, when its terracotta
hue morphs into a violet/blue tinge.
Sydney harbour bridge climb
• The Sydney Harbour Bridge is one of Australia's
most well known and photographed landmarks. It
is the world's largest steel arch bridge with the
top of the bridge standing 134 metres above the
harbour. It takes people around three and a half
hours to climb up the bridge. There are exactly
1,002 steps. It seems to be a great experience if
you aren’t afraid of heights and it is said to be a
lovely view while you are on top. It is also great
exercise and a great achievement. It looks like a
very fun thing to do and it is something I’d
definitely do if I visited Australia.
There is a flight from Dublin airport to Australia on
the 3rd of January that arrives at Darwin airport
with the airline Etihad Airways
I would return home on the 31st of January from
Darwin airport back to Dublin airport .
Altogether the price of the travelling expenses
would be €1,873.75
I found this out on this website