Travel Voice Japan: Meta Tourism, a new tourism concept, kicks off in Japan, visualizing meanings and values of contents on a digital map

Travel Voice Japan: Meta Tourism, a new tourism concept, kicks off in Japan, visualizing meanings and values of contents on a digital map. “Tomoe Makino, the Institute president and former TripAdvisor Japan manager, explained, ‘Old Japanese cafe “Takemura,” for example, is not only a cafe but also has a variety of meanings, such as a scene in a novel by a Japanese famous novelist, a location of popular TV program or a location of a big-hit animation. You see the same place, but each of you consume different meanings from the place.’ In other words, meaning of the big-hit animation is a fresh tourism content for a fan of the novelist. ‘If you can enjoy seeing a particular place from the different viewpoints, tourism will be more fun,’ Makino said.”

The English is a little hard to follow in a couple of places, but it’s more than solid enough to put across the idea of deliberately aggregating different cultural lenses and providing them all for a tourist to explore. It makes me wonder how that might work as search. We work so hard to delineate ambiguous meanings. What if we didn’t, or at least explored some way to provide those with meaningful commonality?

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