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..
To help foreigners who are coming to live in Tokyo for the first time, the Tokyo Metropolitan Government has prepared Life in Tokyo: Your Guide, a booklet filled with information for new residents.
This guidebook explains basic rules for daily life, Japanese traditions and manners, and advice from long-term foreign residents of the capital. It also includes helpful information on procedures that residents need to take care of and places to get advice when you need help, all in a compact, easy-to-understand format. This handy-sized booklet is one you’ll want to have by your side as you begin your life in Tokyo. It’s a bilingual publication in English and Japanese. Editions for Chinese and Korean readers are on the way soon. “Life in Tokyo: Your Guide” is available at the consultation booth on the third floor of the Metropolitan Government’s Main Building Number 1. If you need a copy, you can also pick one up at the resident registration window at your local municipal office or download it from the Bureau of Citizens and Cultural Affairs website.
Next, we have information about an exciting event taking place at Tokyo Port. To celebrate the opening of the Port of Tokyo on May 20th, 1941, the Tokyo Minato Festival is taking place again this year for 2 days at the Harumi Passenger Ship Terminal.
One of the exciting events will be the public exhibition of 5 rare ships including the Kairyu, a dredging vessel that keeps Tokyo’s shipping lanes safe. This is a great chance to go onboard these ships that aren’t usually open for viewing. The festival will also feature the spectacular water-spray show put on by Tokyo’s firefighting ships and helicopters. You can also go inside a refrigerated shipping container, enjoy food truck cuisines and take part in family events. The Tokyo Minato Festival takes place on the weekend of May 27th and 28th, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day at the Harumi Passenger Ship Terminal. Please note that different events take place on each day of the festival. To get there, take the Toei bus bound for Harumi Terminal and get off at the last stop. A free shuttle bus is available from either JR Tamachi station or Toyosu station on the Tokyo Metro Line.
The Tokyo Metropolitan Comprehensive Consumer Center offers a telephone consultation service in English, Chinese, and Korean.
If you’ve had any problems with products you purchased or contracts you signed, or if there’s anything else that concerns you in your life as a consumer, this Consumer Center is the place to call or visit. With this service, you can include the Center’s operators as interpreters to handle your communication with the service or product provider. The phone number for the Comprehensive Consumer Center is 03-3235-1155. The phone service is available to residents of Tokyo, as well as those working or attending school here. It’s open from 9:00 to 5:00 daily, Monday through Saturday, and is closed on Sundays, national holidays, and the year-end and New Year holidays. All consultation services are available for free, but you’ll need to pay for the telephone charges when calling. For more information on the service in English, Chinese, or Korean, see the Consumer Center’s website at www.shouhiseikatu.metro.tokyo.jp/for_foreign_residents-top.html
The Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum is now hosting an exhibition focusing on Pieter Bruegel the Elder’s “The Tower of Babel” from the collection of the Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen.
This is the first time in 24 years for Bruegel’s masterpiece, which amazed Europe in the 16th century, to appear in Japan. This time it is accompanied by pieces from the masters that Bruegels looked to for inspiration, including two oils by Hieronymus Bosch that have come to Japan for the first time ever. In all, this show includes some 90 works of art, including paintings and sculptures, that showcase the Netherlands of the 16th century. In an effort to make the main attraction easier to appreciate, this exhibition also features a new, beautiful display of The Tower of Babel blown up to 300 percent of its original dimensions. The exhibition runs through Sunday, July 2nd. Exhibition hours are from 9:30 to 5:30 each day, and until 8:00 on Fridays. The show is closed on Mondays. Admission is 1,600 yen for adults. To get to the museum, take the JR lines to Ueno Station and walk about 7 minutes from the park exit. There’s no parking area at the museum, so please use public transportation to get there.
The Tokyo Metropolitan Bureau of Transportation is now working to prepare Google Street View data for all Toei Subway stations.
Three stations on the Toei Oedo Line are now available for viewing. Google Street View is a free online service providing 360-degree panoramic views from any location selected on the map. It lets users see the surroundings as they actually appear in the real world. Street View lets people check where elevators and other universal access facilities are located in the stations, as well as showing foreign visitors what they can expect to see inside the stations before they arrive in Tokyo. Right now this service is available for three stations: Shinjuku-nishiguchi, Shinjuku, and Tochomae. Work is now underway to expand coverage to around 50 stations, mainly in the central Tokyo area.
The Kyu-Furukawa Gardens in Kita ward, is one of the few parks in Tokyo where you can enjoy a genuine European and Japanese garden experience.
Right now, the park is hosting their annual Spring Rose Festival where you can enjoy around 199 trees of 100 different types of roses that bloom in the elegant gardens arranged around the historical Western-style mansion. During the event, there will be live music and the rose garden will be lit up in the evening to create an elegant atmosphere. The concerts take place on May 6th, 7th and 27th. They will be held twice a day at 12 noon and 3 p.m. And the popular night-time illumination of the garden will take place from May 12th through 21st, from sundown to 9 p.m. When you visit the park, make sure you stop by at the rose shop, where you can buy rose themed goods and potted roses. The Spring Rose Festival will run through May 31st. The park is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. During the illumination event, hours will be extended to 9 p.m. Admission is just 150 yen. To get to Kyu- Furukawa Gardens, take the JR Keihin Tohoku Line to Kami-Nakazato Station or the Namboku Subway line to Nishigahara station. It’s a 7-minute walk from there.
The Tokyo Metropolitan Government is starting a new service for foreign visitors to the capital, providing multilingual tourist information via multifunctional digital signs.
This service is now available in places like Shinjuku and Ueno, Installation at other areas such as Shibuya, the Tokyo Station area, Akihabara, Roppongi, and other locations in the metropolis is now underway. The signs display information on tourism spots, lodging facilities, restaurants, ATMs, and more. They are also part of the network of public, free wi-fi base stations available in Tokyo. The information is offered in Japanese, English, simplified and traditional Chinese, and Korean, and is displayed from 6:00 in the morning until midnight. Please make use of them when you see them!
Next we have information on an upcoming sporting event.
The Tokyo U-14 International Youth Football Tournament 2017 will soon bring the next generation of football stars from major world cities to Tokyo.
This year’s tournament includes 11 teams from overseas, including superstar-producing clubs like Boca Juniors in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and Corinthians in São Paulo, Brazil. From Japan, teams of selected players from Tokyo, Iwate, Miyagi, Fukushima, and Ibaraki Prefectures will take on these global powerhouses. And this year, for the first time, South African club Mamelodi Sundowns and a team of J. League players will also take part. The first round of the International Youth Football Tournament 2017 takes place on May 3rd and 4th, and the second round on May 5th and 6th, at the Komazawa Olympic Park General Sports Ground. Some matches will take place at the Ajinomoto Stadium West Field in Chofu, Tokyo. Admission to all games is free.
To get to the Komazawa venue, take the Tokyu Den-en-toshi Line to Komazawa-daigaku Station and walk about 15 minutes. The Ajinomoto Stadium venue is a 5-minute walk from Tobitakyu on the Keio Line. For more information on game access and other details, see the tournament website at www.tokyo-u14.com/english/ Please note that the list of participating teams may change before the tournament begins.