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 Asia Junior Sports Exchange Games 2017 will be taking place again this year as one of the top sports events for young athletes who will lead their sports in the future.
These games bring together participants from 19 cities across Asia including Tokyo, Iwate, Miyagi, Fukushima, and Ibaraki Prefectures. The junior athletes together with young disabled athletes will take part in badminton and table tennis competition from Friday, August 25th, through Sunday, the 27th. The event will be held at the Komazawa Olympic Park facility in Setagaya City, with the badminton games taking place at the Gymnasium and the table tennis matches at the Indoor Ball Sports Field. On the 26th and 27th, the popular Tohoku Market will open at the venue with special shops and food stalls selling goods from the Tohoku region. There are other events planned for the weekend, so come check them out with your family and friends. Admission is free. For more details, check out the official website at jsa2017.jp/ Information is also available in English.
The Tokyo Traditional Craftsman Association is hosting its Traditional Crafts Exhibition. This event gives visitors the chance to experience the traditions built up through centuries of old Edo culture and the charms of the items these craftspeople create.
These traditional artisans aren’t easy to meet most of the time, but at this event they become teachers and lead workshops for participants of all ages. Come try your hand at making a misanga, or friendship bracelet, with the thread-braiding technique that appeared in the popular movie “Your Name.” You can also try creating your own dyed placemat with embedded gold flakes or painting messages onto a paper lantern. In all there are 17 items for participants to make themselves. This event takes place on Tuesday and Wednesday, August 22nd and 23rd, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The location is 4th-floor exhibit hall at the Taito-kan, the Tokyo Metropolitan Industrial Trade Center. Admission is free, but some workshops may require additional fees to cover material costs. To get to the Taito-kan, take the Tokyo Metro Ginza Line or another rail line to Asakusa Station.
To help foster the next generation of craftspeople who will take Tokyo’s traditional craft industries into the future, the Tokyo Metropolitan Government is now holding a special exhibition to showcase and sell works by young creators.
At this event you can watch the craftspeople put their skills on display before your eyes and even take part in activities to experience the crafts for yourself. There will be 12 traditional craft works on display, including hand-painted yuzen silk, Edo wood joinery, Edo-style woven bamboo blinds, Tokyo silver smithery, and engraved lacquerware with gold inlay. These will all be available for sale too. The Tokyo Craftsmanship Fair runs through August 16th at the Japan Traditional Crafts Aoyama Square located in Akasaka, Minato City. Hours are from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily, except for the last day, when the event closes at 5 p.m. Admission is free. To get to the venue, take the Tokyo Metro Subway Line to Aoyama Itchome Station. Go out from North Exit 4 and walk around 5 minutes toward Akasaka Mitsuke.
Next, we have an announcement about a new guide book for foreign travelers visiting Tokyo. “THE INSIDER’S GUIDE TO TOKYO” published by “Timeout Tokyo” comes in 4 languages, Japanese, English, traditional Chinese and Korean.
It’s a guidebook for foreigners to enjoy Tokyo sightseeing while using Tokyo Metropolitan Transportation. Timeout Tokyo staff have selected spots in their unique perspective transmitting new allure of Tokyo. Also, there are recommended Tokyo sightseeing routes, user’s guide for Tokyo Metropolitan bus and train and contents to introduce the backside of Tokyo Metropolitan Transportation. The guidebook comes in A5 format so you can enjoy reading while traveling. You can find it on the website of Tokyo Metropolitan Transport Bureau. You can also get it for free at Arakawa Train Business Office, Nippori station of Nippori Toneri Liner and at each station of Tokyo Metropolitan Subways (except for Oshiage, Meguro, Shirokanedai, Shirokane-Takanawa and Shinjuku of Shinjuku Line).
During summer vacation season, many people travel abroad, but there are various diseases in foreign countries that don’t exist in Japan, and it is important to take extra steps to protect yourself from infectious diseases while traveling overseas.
To prepare for a safe trip, it is important to gather information on infectious diseases and check if there is any necessary vaccination before departure. While you travel, remember to wash your hands with clean water. Since you’ll be in a different environment, it is also necessary to pay close attention to food, water, animals and insects. After returning home, know what symptoms to pay attention to and take care of your health status. If you become ill, consult your doctor and let them know your travel history, in addition to what symptoms you are experiencing. To enjoy your vacation, please be sure to take all the precautions necessary to prepare yourself for a healthy trip abroad.
This summer, Ueno Zoo will extend its opening hours until 8 p.m. as part of its special “Nighttime Zoo” event.
This is a great chance to observe the animals at night, when they behave differently from what you’re used to seeing during the day, and to enjoy the cooler evening temperatures in the zoo’s natural environment. This is a limited time only event which runs from August 9th through 16th, and the gates will be open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily. The animals on display include the always-popular giant pandas, as well as the polar bears, tigers, lions and many other rare species. Depending on the animals’ condition, certain exhibits may be closed down earlier. Meanwhile, the open-air beer garden on the terrace by Shinobazu Pond will also be operating again this year. The zoo will also host night-time music concerts on the weekend of August 11th, 12th and 13th starting at 6:30. There will be plenty of other events to enjoy for free in the zoo during this period, so bring the whole family and come check it out. Admission is 600 yen for adults, and free for elementary school students and junior high school students living or attending school in Tokyo. To get to the zoo, take the JR trains to Ueno Station and walk about 5 minutes from the park exit.
During the summer season, children can suffer from infectious diseases like hand-foot-and-mouth disease, herpangina, or the so-called summer cold, and the adenovirus infection known as “pool fever.”
These illnesses are now on the rise, with reported cases of hand, foot and mouth disease, reaching the alert level in Tokyo. Hand, foot and mouth disease is caused by viruses and shows up in the form of painful sores in the mouth, and a rash on the hands and feet. In some cases, the patient can come down with sudden high fever. The virus is transmitted mainly by sneezing and coughing and by viruses on the hands that are transmitted to the mouth. To help prevent from spreading the virus, it is important to wash your hands regularly and use tissues to cover your mouth and nose when you sneeze. Even after the symptoms go away, the virus can remain in fecal matter for two to four weeks. So please be extra careful when handling diapers or toilet duties, and wash your hands well before every meal.
Next we’re going to tell you about an event that is perfect for summer. The annual Morning Glory Festival will take place at Mukojima Hyakkaen Gardens in Sumida City.
For the Japanese, Morning Glories have long been one of the best-loved summer flowers, and the gardens have some blossoms 20 centimeters across! There will be more than 500 plants on display so don’t miss these classic views of Japanese summer. These flowers are at their best in the morning, so the park will have special opening hours beginning at 8:00 each morning to let people enjoy the pink, blue, and violet blossoms. The Morning Glory Festival is held from July 30th through August 6th. To get to Mukojima Hyakkaen Gardens, take the Tobu Skytree Line to Higashi Mukojima Station. It’s an 8 minute walk from there. Admission is 150 yen. The park is open from 8:00 a.m. until 5 p.m. each day during this week-long exhibit, but the flowers will only be displayed during the morning hours, so please get there early.