TOKYO City Information
This page shows material that was broadcast on Tokyo Metropolitan Government’s “TOKYO City Information” radio program (Inter FM 89.7 MHz) every Saturday 09:56-09:59 a.m., (Rebroadcast) Sunday 09:56-09:59 a.m..
Ecute Tachikawa, the commercial facility inside the JR Tachikawa Station building, is now home to the first Tokyo Metropolitan Tourist Information Center in the western Tama district.
Located on the 3rd floor of Ecute Tachikawa, this center provides information on tourist destinations in the western Tokyo region, the metropolis as a whole, and the entire country. Visitors to the center can get details on local tourism spots and routes to get there, transportation networks, lodging facilities, and the attractions and local products of the Tama district. There’s also free wi-fi service available at the center, and tablet computers are on hand to help visitors find the information they need. Information is available in English, Chinese, and Korean. The Tourist Information Center is open year round, from 10a.m. to 9:30 in the evening, Monday through Saturday. On Sundays and holidays it closes at 9:00 in the evening. To celebrate the opening of this new center, other shops in Ecute Tachikawa are collaborating to showcase the attractions of the Tama district. Through July 9th, the shops on the third floor will be introducing local products and holding special tourist events; on the second floor, the food shops will be selling desserts and other treats made with local ingredients. Stop by and check it out!
The Tachikawa Multicultural Center will be offering free multi-lingual consultation services for foreign residents on Saturday, July 1st.
This is a chance to get free advice from a lawyer, administrative specialist, social insurance consultant, doctor and educational consultant on visa and residence problems, labor issues and social insurance, education, marriage and divorce and other problems in daily life. Volunteer interpreters are available for languages in English, Chinese, Korean, Tagalog, Russian, Spanish, Portuguese, French and Indonesian. No appointments are required, and all consultations will be kept in strict confidence. Consultation hours are from 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 1st, at Tachikawa Multicultural Center located on the 5th floor of Tachikawa Josei Sogo Center Aim. The building is a 5 minute-walk from the North exit of JR Tachikawa station. For more details, check the The Tachikawa Multicultural Center website at http://www.tmc.or.jp/
Today the oceans around the world are seeing garbage become a serious problem impacting the marine biosphere.
Some of this refuse comes from sea, like broken nets from fishing vessels and trash discarded from ships, but there is also plenty of trash that comes from our lives on land. When this is handled inadequately, it can be washed into rivers by rain or wind, eventually flowing to the oceans and becoming marine waste. The Tokyo Metropolitan Government has created an educational tool to help reduce the amount of marine refuse created on land. This is a short movie created by children in two cities, titled “What We Can Do to Reduce Marine Litter: A Message from Kids in Tokyo & New York City.” This film presents an easy-to-understand explanation of the marine garbage phenomenon. It’s a great way to learn about the problem along with the children of New York and Tokyo. Check it out on YouTube!
Next, we’ve got an announcement about a sports-related event.
On Saturday, June 24th, Ajinomoto Stadium will host the Lipovitan D Challenge Cup 2017, a rugby match between the national teams from Japan and Ireland. On the day of the match, an event titled, Tokyo Rugby Fan Zone 2017 will take place at the West Field, next to the stadium. This free event aims to promote rugby and attract new players and fans. At the site, you will have the chance to experience various rugby related sports and enjoy Irish cuisine and other dishes at the food corner. The event space will be open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission is free. To get to Ajinomoto Stadium West Field, take the Keio Line to Tobitakyu Station and walk about 5 minutes to the entrance.
Itabashi Culture and International Exchange Foundation will be offering free Professional Consultation services for Foreign Residents on Sunday, June 18th.
You can talk with lawyers and other professional consultants about visas, residence status, health insurance and pensions, as well as other problems you may face in everyday life. No appointment is necessary and confidentiality will be strictly observed. Interpreters speaking English, Chinese, Korean and Tagalog will be available. The free consultations will be held from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Sunday, June 18th, at Itabashi Green Hall. To get there, take the Toei Mita Line and get off at Itabashi Kuyakushomae station. It’s a 5 minute walk from there. For more details, check the Itabashi Culture and International Exchange Foundation website at https://www.itabashi-ci.org/int-en/
The World Press Photo 2017 exhibition will open at the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography on June 10th.
This traveling exhibition, presented in over 100 venues around the world, features a collection of award-winning images from the World Press Photo Contest, judged annually in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. This year, a total of 5,034 photographers from 125 countries and regions around the world entered more than 80,000 photos for consideration. This show displays the 45 shots that were selected as winners in the contest’s 8 categories. The World Press Photo of the Year for 2017, taken by Turkish photographer Burhan Ozbilici, shows the moment when an off-duty Turkish police officer assassinated Russian ambassador to Turkey Andrey Karlov. Other winning photos this year show decisive instants at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics, the threat to sea turtles posed by human pollution, and much more. This show is a great chance to experience unique scenes of conflict, environmental destruction, athletic competition, everyday life, and other images showing the world as it is today. The World Press Photo exhibition will run through Sunday, August 6th, at the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography. The museum is in Ebisu Garden Place, about 7 minutes from JR Ebisu Station. The museum is closed on Monday and admission is 800 yen for adults.
This week, we begin by giving you the observation results of cedar and cypress pollen level in the Tokyo metropolitan area.
The amount of cedar and cypress pollen this spring was about 60% compared to last year. The data also shows that it was about 60% compared to the average over the last 10 years. The cedar and cypress pollen levels has been decreasing since mid-April and there are almost no airborne pollen observed in Tokyo at this time. The spring allergy season may be over, but the amount of rice-plant, ragweed and artemisia will begin to increase, so please pay close attention to air quality forecasts in your area.
From early June to mid June, the Koishikawa Korakuen, a Japanese style garden located in Bunkyo City is the place to see around 660 Japanese iris plants in full bloom.
Through June 18th, there will be a wooden walkway set up near the blossoms in their watery flowerbed to let visitors view the flowers up close. On Saturday, June 10th, there will also be free concerts of ancient Japanese court music starting at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Don’t miss the chance to enjoy the elegant beauty of these blooms in an oasis of greenery in Tokyo. The special event runs through Sunday, June 18th, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is 300 yen. The park is a 3 minute walk from C3 exit of Iidabashi Station on the O-Edo Line, or 8 minutes from Iidabashi Station on the JR Sobu Line. Each Saturday, the park is offering free English-language guided tours beginning at 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. If you’d like to take part, please gather in front of the weeping cherry tree area. Please note that the garden tour may be cancelled in case of rain.