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March 29, 2009

Japanese Tourism Follow-Up

Donald PIttenger writes:

Dear Blowhards --

A few days ago I posted about, among other things, Japanese tourists and how they seem to be found in a comparatively small number of places. This was in reference to a lack of them in Maui and scads of them in Oahu.

In describing that contrast, I mentioned that "I always see two, three or more Japan Airlines 747s at the Honolulu airport". Now that I'm home from the islands and in the process of adjusting to a change of three time zones (and not really ready to resume normal blogging), I thought I'd pass along support for that statement. Behold:


I took this photo late morning yesterday (29 March) documenting four such aircraft. One or two departed before we left at 1:20.

And just for the heck of it, consider this.


That's a Korean Air Lines ("Korean Air") 747. I'm not up to speed on Korean tourist habits, but guess that the Honolulu area is their main focus too. I'll assume that the fact that the JAL and KAL gates are widely separated is simple happenstance even though Koreans don't consider the Japanese to be pals.

The previous shot was taken outside and this one was from inside the gate area (you can see some reflections on the window and the outdoor scene isn't quite in focus). Besides the plane, it offers a glimpse of the setting of the airport. That's Diamond Head on the horizon towards the right. And yes, in the foreground there are two people snoozing head-by-head on a ledge under the window.



posted by Donald at March 29, 2009


One quick note: I visited family in Iran when I was 12 or 13, and there were bus-loads of Japanese tourists at the main cultural sites. They were probably the largest groups of foreigners that I saw.

Posted by: azad2002 on March 30, 2009 12:26 PM

I can see the headline nw.. japanese planes bomb the japan airlines pacific fleet at pearl..uh...oahu airport

Posted by: Ramesh on March 30, 2009 5:00 PM

Comfort in herds.

Posted by: dougjnn on March 30, 2009 5:58 PM

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