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Planners packed with info on Narita airport, surroundings, aircraft a hit in Japan

Planners for 2020 packed with information on Narita International Airport, its surrounding areas and aircraft is seen on display in the city of Narita, Chiba Prefecture, on Nov. 30, 2019. (Mainichi/Tadakazu Nakamura)

NARITA, Chiba -- Planners for 2020, packed with information on Narita International Airport and its surrounding areas as well as on aircraft, is attracting attention as 6,400 copies initially printed in October sold out in only about a month.

The planners, of which an additional 2,500 copies went on sale on Nov. 30, are published by a project committee formed by officials from Japan's All Nippon Airways Co., Japan Airlines Co., Narita International Airport Corp., Aeon Mall Narita and other entities. The calendar section shows the highest and lowest temperature recorded in the previous year for each day of the year.

In addition to having the function of a planner, the notebook is filled with information about the airport in Narita, Chiba Prefecture, east of Tokyo, aircraft and the local area, such as "An airplane is manually washed by about a dozen people," "You can hold wedding ceremonies at the airport," and, "You can experience Buddhist fasting training at Naritasan Shinshoji Temple."

Furthermore, it includes descriptions of specialized jobs at the airport, unique vehicles that are used inside the facility, tail fin logos of airlines in service, types of aircraft, spots near the airport to take photogenic images of airplanes and a list of aviation terminology.

There is also a list of basic English, Chinese, Korean, Thai and Vietnamese phrases, useful for people who often communicate with foreigners at airports and other locations. Moreover, people can show the notebook at approximately 150 stores inside and near Narita International Airport to receive maximum discounts of 10%.

"So many people want to know more about the airport and its surrounding areas, and it shows their love for their hometown," said Kotaro Kai, 34, of the project committee's secretariat.

Measuring 16 centimeters in length and 8 centimeters in width, the 192-page planner comes with three different types of covers: black with two yellow stripes intended for business use, blue with a simple design of an airplane and red with Narita airport's three-letter code "NRT" printed in white.

The planners are sold in various local places including Narita International Airport, Aeon Mall Narita and convenience stores, each for 990 yen.

(Japanese original by Tadakazu Nakamura, Narita Bureau)

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