At first glance, Hostel 64 Osaka, in Japan, seems like many other boutique hostels that travelers might use as a base to explore the city. Yet, the building itself has a more interesting story than first meets the eye – it used to be a 1960s office building which was condemned to be demolished before being rescued by an architectural design firm and turned into an affordable guesthouse. The transformation was an enormous challenge as the laws around this type of renovation are strict in Japan.
The British summertime is the perfect time to get back to nature. But for those wary of camping (or if it’s just too impractical – we had a four-month-old baby in tow so needed something more significant than a tent), The Original Hut company is a perfect solution. We booked via Host Unusual; a company which lists unusual accommodation across the UK – from tree houses to lighthouses and boats to buses.
I’m staying at Cocoroom – a guesthouse bursting with colour and pattern. There are pictures, patterns and drawings pervading every surface and lurid designs painted directly onto the walls, floor, ceiling and banisters. This guesthouse in Kamagasaki, the most densely populated area in the whole of Japan, is using art to help the huge number of homeless people in the neighbourhood. As we have our breakfast, the residents of the area – who created these designs – begin to arrive.
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Obama AND Romney or Obama + Romney.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used.) For example, search for democrat OR republican to find results that refer to
Democrats and/or Republicans.
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
find results that match your exact query by adding matchcase: before the keyword you're searching for, like matchcase:E*TRADE .
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".