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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..

April 22

To help foreign travelers get the care they need at medical institutions, the Tokyo Metropolitan Government has prepared a multilingual guidebook.

If you come down with an infectious diseases while in Tokyo, the most important thing is to quickly see a doctor and get the appropriate treatment. This is the key to ensuring a speedy recovery and preventing sickness from spreading. This multilingual guidebook aims to help foreigners overcome language barrier and understand Japan’s medical system by explaining how to search for a medical facility, how to receive care, how the care process works in Japan, where to get help in their own language, and issues to watch out for. The guidebook is available in six languages, English, simplified and traditional Chinese, Korean, Thai, and Spanish, along with Japanese. It comes with a communication chart that lets the user point to symptoms and other health conditions to share them with the care provider. Right now this guidebook is being distributed for free at four Tokyo Tourist Information Centers: in the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building, the Shinjuku Expressway Bus Terminal, Haneda Airport, and Keisei Ueno Station. There are plans to place it at hotels, traditional ryokan inns, and other lodging facilities in Tokyo, as well as other tourist information spots. You can also download the guidebook in digital format from the Tokyo Metropolitan Government website. Please put it to use when you need medical care.

Next, we have details on a Golden Week sports event for the whole family.

The Ariake Tennis Park and Ariake Coliseum will host a daylong event, “The Ariake Sports Festa 2017.” In addition to tennis classes, there will be workshops with instructors offering free lessons on bouldering, slacklining and hula hoop trials. You’ll also have the chance to measure your physical strength, take part in parent-and-child balloon exercise classes and experience blind soccer and other sports. The event takes place on Saturday, April 29th, a national holiday, from 8:30 in the morning to 4 o’clock in the afternoon. All events are free of charge.

April 15

The Tokyo Metropolitan Government is promoting “Unique Venues,” which allows people to use museums, Japanese gardens, and other special facilities for exceptional conferences, receptions, and events.

To explain the appeal of these “Unique Venues.” a brand new pamphlet has been created for companies in Japan and overseas. There are two pamphlets, one on the public venues available and one on private venues. Each has explanations in English and Japanese, as well as many beautiful photographs that give powerful visual images. The pamphlets give readers information on the venues, conditions for utilizing them, and the contact information for each. The pamphlets contain information on eight public venues, including gardens, museums, the Metropolitan Offices, and information on 14 private venues, which include museums, temples, shrines, theme parks, and more. The pamphlets are distributed to non-Japanese companies, domestic companies, travel agencies, foreign embassies, and other places. If you see one, please pick it up and have a look. If you would like more specific information, please check out the Tokyo Metropolitan Bureau of Industrial and Labor Affairs website at www.sangyo-rodo.metro.tokyo.jp/eng/

Rikugien Gardens in Komagome are holding a special event through Sunday, May 7th, to let visitors enjoy the spring azalea blooms in the Daimyo garden.

In the Genroku period, from the late 17th century to the beginning of the 18th century, the old capital of Edo saw a boom in azalea gardening. Rikugien was at the center of this boom, and to this day there are many old strains of the flowers growing on the grounds. This is a great chance to see these flowers just as they bloomed hundreds of years ago. The park also offers a guided tours of the gardens in English on the first and third Sunday of each month, beginning at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.. If you’d like to take part in the tour, gather in front of the park’s service center. There is no charge for the tour. Rikugien is normally open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., but during Golden Week, from April 29th to May 7th, the opening hours will be extended until 6:00 p.m. Admission is 300 yen. To get to the park, take the JR Yamanote or Tokyo Metro Namboku Subway Line to Komagome Station and walk about 7 minutes from there. On the weekends in April and throughout the Golden Week, the park will also open its Somei Mon Gate, which is just two minutes from Komagome Station.

April 8

The Tokyo Metropolitan Government is implementing this spring's national traffic safety campaign from April 6th through 15th, with the goal of helping to bring the annual number of traffic accident deaths in Tokyo below 140.

This year's campaign focuses on preventing accidents involving children and the elderly. Activities aim to prevent traffic accidents involving pedestrians and cyclists, to boost correct use of seatbelts and child seats in all seats of the car, including passenger seats in the back, to do away with drunk driving, and to reduce accidents involving two-wheeled vehicles. The Tokyo authorities ask for cooperation from all residents during this campaign. More and more people head outside in the warmer weather of spring, and increased road traffic can lead to a higher accident rate. All of us need to follow the rules of the road and show caution and respect for others sharing the road with us. Please stay safe, and do what you can to avoid causing or being involved in accidents.

The Tokyo Metropolitan Government has prepared a free smartphone app for foreign tourists coming to Tokyo.

"Tokyo Handy Guide" is an official tourist guide app with plenty of information on the metropolis for visitors. The app has recently been updated with new visual content showcasing Tokyo's traditional crafts and culture, as well as ways to experience them in person. The latest version of "Tokyo Handy Guide" includes information on crafts and cultural activities that even first-time visitors can observe and take part in themselves. They include (1) dressing up in costumes of maiko, geisha, and samurai; (2) traditional calligraphy and the tea ceremony; (3) taking part in ninja activities; (4) creating your own food display sample; and (5) making an Edo-style furin windchime. "Tokyo Handy Guide" is a great app for people planning their visit to Tokyo. It's available in five languages: Japanese, English, Korean, and both simplified and traditional Chinese. Download it for free from the App Store or Google Play. The app requires at least iOS 7.0 or Android 4.0 to operate.

April 1

The warm spring weather is here and it’s the perfect time to enjoy the sun, fresh air, and music outdoors. Tokyo’s Hibiya Park will begin its live music concert from this April.

The Metropolitan Police Department band will perform on Wednesdays, beginning April 5th, and the Tokyo Fire Department band takes the stage on Fridays starting from April 7th. The concerts will be held every Wednesday and Friday until October 20th from 12 noon to 1:00 p.m. and admission is free. There are no concerts on national holidays. In case of rain or if unavoidable circumstances arises, they will be cancelled and not be rescheduled. Also during the summer season, these concerts will not be held from July 13th through August 31st. Hibiya Park is full of beautiful nature where business workers come to enjoy the flowers and the shade of the trees. If you’re in the area, why not stop by during your lunch break to listen to the music? The small outdoor music hall is near the center of Hibiya Park. You can access the park from Kasumigaseki Station on the Marunouchi or Chiyoda subway line or from Hibiya Station on the Hibiya Line.

Next, we have information on a brand new website that offers old maps of Ueno area and illustrated guides.

You can use The Ueno Cultural Park website on your smartphone or tablet to look at old maps as you walk through Ueno Park, to check out the best locations for hanami flower viewing during cherry blossom season, and to enjoy the Ueno area in many other ways. The website offers more than 10 maps of Ueno, along with information on more than 200 spots of interest in the area. You can add your own comments to the maps and share locations on your own social media accounts. Information is available in both Japanese and English. This website lets you compare Edo-period maps with modern ones as you walk through Ueno, tracking your own location in real time with GPS. You can even switch to the classical map interface to make it look like you’re strolling through the Ueno of the past! This is a great way to rediscover the charms of Ueno. The Ueno Cultural Park website is located at http://ueno-bunka.jp/en/ This site will be updated with new maps and information on the area, so check back frequently.