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..
The Tokyo Metropolitan Government has launched a new portal site called “Tourism of All Japan & Tokyo,” that features tourist attractions in both Tokyo and other areas of Japan.
With this new information, foreign independent travelers can find out about the best places to go and just how to get there, whether the destination is in Tokyo or other locations in Japan. The site gives the latest information on Tokyo and the Tohoku region, the Shikoku region, Kumamoto, Oita, Nishitama, and various island areas as well. Other information includes traditional omatsuri festivals and seasonal festivals. There is also basic information about antenna shops run by local governments in Tokyo, and recommended products special to each area. The website is available in 5 languages including Japanese, English, simplified and traditional Chinese and Korean. Please add the places you’re interested in to the bookmark tool of your smart phone or PC and make the best of Japan’s interesting tourist attractions. For details, access http://www.tourism-alljapanandtokyo.org/?lang=en
The Camellia and Sakura Matsuri festival is now taking place at the Jindai Botanical Garden.
You can enjoy approximately 620 trees of around 250 species of Japanese camellia trees in the garden, including Edo Camellia, Higo Camellia, and many more. Camellias have been botanical garden plants since olden times and even today you can enjoy their beautiful shapes. Also at the Sakura Garden and many other spots in the park, you can enjoy 750 cherry blossom trees of 56 varieties, including the fast blooming Okanzakura and late-blooming Satozakura. Throughout the season, various events such as concerts and camellia exhibitions are also scheduled to take place. Please check to find out the state of the flower blossoms, before visiting the Jindai Botanical Garden. The Camellia and Sakura Matsuri festival will last until Sunday, April 9th. However, the park will be closed on Tuesday, March 21st. The gates open at 9:30 a.m. and close at 5:00 p.m. Admission is 500 yen. Access the garden by taking the Odakyu bus headed for either Chofu Station or Jindaiji. You can take the bus from JR Mitaka Station or Kichijoji Station, and get off at Jindai Shokubutsu Koen Mae bus stop.
Machida International Center will be offering free Professional consultation services for foreign residents on Sunday, March 12th.
Lawyers, administrative scriveners and other professionals will answer your questions on issues like visa status, international marriage and divorce, labor issues, health insurance, employment insurance, pension, child rearing and other daily problems. Interpreters speaking English, Chinese, Korean, Spanish, German and Filipino will be present. Consultations will be kept in strict confidence and no reservations are required. The consultation services will be available on Sunday, March 12th, from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. on the 4th floor of Machida Citizens' forum near Machida Station on the JR Yokohama Line or Odakyu Line. For more information, please check the Machida International Center website at https://www.machida-kokusai.jp/archives/5519
Next we’d like to introduce an event that lets you encounter Japan’s culture. On Monday, March 20th, a national holiday, there’s an event that highlights the culture of storytelling that originated in the Higashi Nihonbashi area of Tokyo’s Chuo Ward.
The event is divided into four themes: food, performance, sentiment and art. Besides storytelling, there are workshops in brush calligraphy, tea ceremony, origami, and handicrafts that include making coasters. You’ll also get the chance to enjoy traditional Japanese music played on instruments such as koto and biwa. What’s more, between 2 p.m. and 9 p.m., 15 well-known restaurants in the Ningyocho area will prepare special meals which you can enjoy for just 500 yen. However, these meals are limited to the first 30 customers at each restaurant. Again, the event is on March 20th, starting at noon and continuing through 10 p.m. At this event, you can experience Japanese culture for a whole day. Please come along and experience something new. There is no admission charge and no reservation are needed. The event takes place at Hamacho Park, near Hamacho Station on the Metro Shinjuku Line. For further details, check the website: https://www.koudan.jp (Japanese).
In preparation for the Tokyo Olympics in 2020, the organization committee has launched the “Tokyo 2020 Medal Project.”
This projects aims to collect and recycle unused cell phones and other electronic devices, to create medals that will be awarded to athletes at the Games. You can donate nine items, including cell phones, digital cameras, portable video cameras, mobile music players, mobile game devices, portable car navigation systems, electronic dictionaries, calculators, remote control devices and other small electronic devices including AC adapter cables and accessories. The collection box is placed next to the convenience store on the first floor of the No.2 tower of the Metropolitan Government Building. Donations will be accepted from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on weekdays, weekends and holidays. Collectable items are limited to those personally belonging to the donator. All personal information on the devices should be deleted before donating, but if you wish, a staff at the collection center can drill a hole in your old cellphone to make the device inoperable. And please note that a device once donated will not be returned.
Next, we have information on an evening art event.
The Ueno Park will be offering new ways to enjoy the park after dark, with the popular “Ueno Park Night Event Series” on Friday, March 10th.
There will be a “Projected Art Screening” that will use wooden projectors to show animation of the Edo Era. At the same time, music presentations will take place at the art museums and museums in Ueno. The Projected Art Screening will take place at the “Music Hall on Water,” beginning at 6:00 p.m. and classical music concerts at the Tokyo National Museum, the Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum, and the Tokyo Bunka Kaikan, will begin at 4:00 p.m.. Ordinarily, people’s image of Ueno Park is of daytime scenes, but this event will offer new ways to experience and enjoy the park. For details, check the event website at http://nightpark.tokyo (Japanese)
Many foreign visitors to Tokyo ride the Toei Subway lines. To help them ride these trains comfortably and conveniently, the Toei network’s stations are installing new ticket machines.
These new ticket machines come with a newly designed 32-inch high-resolution displays and all-new user interfaces that provide easy viewing and operation. There are now four ways to search for your destination: by station name, by train line, by station number, and by tourist destination. The machines already offer services in Japanese, English, simplified and traditional Chinese, and Korean, and by the end of March, they will also work in French, Spanish, and Thai, for a total of eight languages. These brand-new ticket machines are being installed at Tochomae Station and 30 other Toei Subway stations around Tokyo. Please make use of them when visiting Tokyo's sightseeing spots.
The Hachioji International Association will be offering free Professional consultation services for foreign residents on Sunday, February 26th.
Lawyers, administrative scriveners, social insurance specialist and other specialists will answer your questions on legal issues like visa status, international marriage or divorce, inheritance, pension, social insurance, labor problems, tax, child rearing, education and and other problems in daily life. Interpreters speaking English, Chinese, Korean, Tagalog, Spanish, Thai, Russian and Vietnamese will be present. No appointments are required, and all consultations will be kept in strict confidence. The consultation services will be available on Sunday, February 26th, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on the 11th floor of Hachioji Tokyu Square Building. To get there, take the JR Line to Hachioji station. It’a a minute walk from the north exit. Or you can take the Keio Line to Keio Hachioji station and walk from there. For more information, check the Hachioji International Association website at http://hia855.com/