・Selectable different departure locations in Sapporo; direct and hassle-free transportation to Biei and Furano area. ・Grasp Hokkaido's seasonal beauty on the undulating flowery slope and feel jovial breathing the fresh air on this vast land. ・View the signature trees “Ken&Mary”, "Seven Star" that used to be filmed in TV commercial hits! ・A closer look at the sublime Blue Pond (Aoi-Ike) which shows an appearance different from cold times. Premier spot for SNS photograph! ・Local curry omelet rice is served as lunch. Vegetarian lunch is available upon request. In this case, basil pasta and salad will be served instead of omelet curry. ・English speaking guide will accompany the tour and less worry for language communication.
・Explore Hokkaido’s signature spots in winter and spend a cheerful day with different activities. Considerately late departure and less morning rush to start a laid-back day trip.・Go for Japan's one of most popular zoos Asahiyama Zoo, home to various animals! "Penguin's Parade" is the symbolic gesture in winter. It has drawn many visitors for the admirable scene of strolling penguins!・The can't-miss alluring Blue Pond (Aoi Ike) in Biei of Hokkaido! The pond light up only in winter just creates a dreamlike mysterious wonderland! ・Another illumination sightseeing spot will be Shirohige Falls. There will be time for stop-by and taking photos. ・During February and March, visit to local dessert souvenir shop and Japanese sake museum will be included. ・Hotel pick-up from three locations are available, and drop-off locations are also selectable. English speaking tour guide will accompany this tour.
Ready to discover one of Japan’s hidden gem towns? Located a mere hour train ride from Kyoto, Nara is the ideal destination for a day trip. On this private day trip, you’ll be left in awe at the sight of Buddhist shrines, temples, and the ancient architecture of Japan’s first permanent capital city. And the cherry on top, deers!Once the center of Japan during the 8th century, Nara contains some of Japan’s most ancient sites and is now considered one of Japan’s most notable destinations. Together with your local host, you’ll visit some of Nara’s many Buddhist temples and shrines, including the towering Daibutsu (Great Buddha) and some of Japan’s oldest and largest temples. Take a trip back in time as you explore Nara and get a peek into the nation’s ancient past!Experience the natural beauty of Nara with a visit to the Kasuga Primeval Forest in Nara Park and Sarusawa-ike Pond. Nara Park is home to friendly deer that allow people to feed and even pet them.
ON NOVEMBER 22, 1963, THREE SHOTS RANG OUT IN DALLAS, PRESIDENT KENNEDY DIED, AND THE WORLD CHANGED. WHAT IF YOU COULD CHANGE IT BACK? In this brilliantly conceived tour de force, Stephen King—who has absorbed the social, political, and popular culture of his generation more imaginatively and thoroughly than any other writer—takes readers on an incredible journey into the past and the possibility of altering it. It begins with Jake Epping, a thirty-five-year-old English teacher in Lisbon Falls, Maine, who makes extra money teaching GED classes. He asks his students to write about an event that changed their lives, and one essay blows him away—a gruesome, harrowing story about the night more than fifty years ago when Harry Dunning’s father came home and killed his mother, his sister, and his brother with a sledgehammer. Reading the essay is a watershed moment for Jake, his life—like Harry’s, like America’s in 1963—turning on a dime. Not much later his friend Al, who owns the local diner, divulges a secret: his storeroom is a portal to the past, a particular day in 1958. And Al enlists Jake to take over the mission that has become his obsession—to prevent the Kennedy assassination. So begins Jake’s new life as George Amberson, in a different world of Ike and JFK and Elvis, of big American cars and sock hops and cigarette smoke everywhere. From the dank little city of Derry, Maine (where there’s Dunning business to conduct), to the warmhearted small town of Jodie, Texas, where Jake falls dangerously in love, every turn is leading eventually, of course, to a troubled loner named Lee Harvey Oswald and to Dallas, where the past becomes heart-stoppingly suspenseful, and where history might not be history anymore. Time-travel has never been so believable. Or so terrifying.
Twenty-two years ago, Ike Rossi’s life was shattered when his parents were murdered in cold blood. He surrendered his football scholarship and returned home to find their killer and raise his nine-year-old sister. Now, the crime of a local 10-year-old genius, Jack Cole, threatens to unearth old wounds rather than provide the closure Ike desperately wants. When Ike meets Jack inside the Pittsburgh courthouse, he doesn’t see a murderer but instead a boy who has been victimized by a system that has left them both without justice. Despite knowing the case will resurrect the painful demons of his parents’ unsolved murders, Ike agrees to clear Jack’s name. The court of public opinion and the district attorney have an airtight case. Worse, taking Jack’s side thrusts Ike into the crosshairs of the most powerful family in Pittsburgh, the Falzones. Now, with only days before the trial, Ike confronts the Falzones’ crumbling empire to find the shocking evidence that could save Jack. At the same time, he races to decipher a series of cryptic clues from Jack’s dead father that could hold the key to his son’s freedom. But each step closer to the truth draws them further into danger, and as three fractured families collide, Ike is forced to choose between saving Jack - and saving himself. The Victim of the System is a powerful and entertaining thriller about the justice system, closure and the abyss between them. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Stephen Bowlby. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/145242/bk_acx0_145242_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Ike Schwartz, sheriff of Picketsville, Virginia, and his fiancée, Ruth Harris, president of a local university, survived a trying year of academic and local politics and now seek some peace and quiet on Scone Island, a rocky piece of land four miles off the coast of Maine. Its lack of electricity, a reliable water supply, and phone service guarantees their peaceful seclusion. The fact that there has been a suspicious accident resulting in the death of the mysterious Harmon Staley need not concern them at all. And it doesn’t - until Ike’s past as a CIA agent rolls in on him like the area’s famous 12-foot tides. Two more murders involving former colleagues elsewhere in the country have Ike’s old friend from the agency, Charlie Garland, searching the files for a connection. However, stonewalling by the CIA, as well as conspiracies, real and imagined, mean that Ike and Ruth are alone on the island and facing an unknown number of determined assassins. To complicate matters, Ruth’s mother decides to drop in on them just as the excitement begins. Late arrivals by the director of the CIA and Charlie Garland only make matters worse. Meanwhile, Ruth daydreams of Plan B - Las Vegas - in hopes that she and Ike will finally be able to get away from it all while lost in the crowds. Frederick Ramsay was born in Baltimore and received a doctorate from the University of Illinois. In addition to his Ike Schwartz mysteries and other novels, he is the author of scientific articles, tracts, and theses. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Lloyd James. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/blak/005331/bk_blak_005331_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Dwight D. Eisenhower earned public acclaim during World War II as supreme commander of Allied forces in Europe. The first Republican since Herbert Hoover to occupy the White House, “Ike” planned to hold the line against further expansion of federal powers. He worked assiduously to avoid being dragged into the school desegregation issue, believing in a “gradualist” approach to eliminating racial discrimination. Eisenhower helped steer the Supreme Court toward a middle-ground “with all deliberate speed” approach in Brown v. Board of Education II and hoped to allow states and local communities to work out the desegregation issue themselves. When the governor of Arkansas refused to allow black children to attend public school in Little Rock, however, Eisenhower was forced to send in National Guard troops to restore order. In the end, Eisenhower’s commitment to “gradualism,” albeit well-intentioned, allowed those dedicated to preserving segregation to advance their agenda, ushering in the period of violence and civil rights protests that would plague the nation in the 1960s. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Sean Runnette. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/027540/bk_adbl_027540_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Marry new technology to old-fashioned policing, and you've got something special. The car is found just outside Picketsville, Virginia, a smoking ruin of twisted metal and shattered glass. It takes only a glance to confirm that this is Ike Schwartz's car. Ever since he left the CIA, the incorruptible Picketsville sheriff has made enemies at home and abroad. Now one has caught up with him, with a bomb powerful enough to turn quiet Main Street into a smoking crater. Is this a cop killing - or domestic terrorism? The town plunges into mourning, and Ike's wife, Ruth, the president of the local college, puts on a brave face as the sheriff's department organizes a manhunt, the likes of which Picketsville has never seen. Back at the CIA, Ike's old colleague, Charlie Garland, joins the hunt, becoming fixated on a blurry videotape of the crime scene. Charlie's elastic job description includes monitoring Ike's life. Investigations - led by more than one player - fan around and out of Picketsville as far as a small town in Idaho, where Martin Pangborn, head of the radical militia called the 51st Star, runs his organization. If some banks and businesses are too big to fail, are some people too deeply connected or too wealthy to bring to justice? Is Martin Pangborn such a person? The 51st Star's tentacles run long and deep. But the Vulture is something no one, not even Martin Pangborn, is prepared for. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Lloyd James. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/blak/008204/bk_blak_008204_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy died, and the world changed. What if you could change it back? In this brilliantly conceived tour de force, Stephen King - who has absorbed the social, political, and popular culture of his generation more imaginatively and thoroughly than any other writer - takes listeners on an incredible journey into the past and the possibility of altering it. It begins with Jake Epping, a 35-year-old English teacher in Lisbon Falls, Maine, who makes extra money teaching GED classes. He asks his students to write about an event that changed their lives, and one essay blows him away: a gruesome, harrowing story about the night more than 50 years ago when Harry Dunning’s father came home and killed his mother, his sister, and his brother with a sledgehammer. Reading the essay is a watershed moment for Jake, his life - like Harry’s, like America’s in 1963 - turning on a dime. Not much later his friend Al, who owns the local diner, divulges a secret: his storeroom is a portal to the past, a particular day in 1958. And Al enlists Jake to take over the mission that has become his obsession - to prevent the Kennedy assassination. So begins Jake’s new life as George Amberson, in a different world - of Ike and JFK and Elvis, of big American cars and sock hops and cigarette smoke everywhere. From the dank little city of Derry, Maine (where there’s Dunning business to conduct), to the warmhearted small town of Jodie, Texas, where Jake falls dangerously in love, every turn is leading, eventually of course, to a troubled loner named Lee Harvey Oswald and to Dallas, where the past becomes heart-stoppingly suspenseful - and where history might not be history anymore. Time-travel has never been so believable. Or so terrifying. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Craig Wasson. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/sans/005699/bk_sans_005699_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.