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This page shows material that was broadcast on Tokyo Metropolitan Government’s “TOKYO City Information” radio program.
(Inter FM 76.1 MHz)
Saturday 10:30-10:33 a.m., (Rebroadcast) Sunday 10:30-10:33 a.m.

April 19 Broadcast

First, we have an announcement about the Tokyo International Youth Football (U-14) Tournament 2014. This tournament brings together the young players from major cities around the world, who will one day be at the core of the sport. In this year’s tournament, the Boca Juniors, from Buenos Aires, Argentina, will go for their second straight championship. They will be one of 9 teams from overseas, including Palmeiras from São Paulo, Brazil, the host country of the FIFA World Cup finals in June this year. From Japan, teams will come from Tokyo, Iwate, Miyagi, Fukushima, and Ibaraki Prefectures to take on some of the world’s top youth teams. The Tokyo International Youth Football (U-14) Tournament 2014 runs from May 2nd to May 5th. Admission is free for all matches. To get to the Komazawa Olympic Park General Sports Ground, where the games will be held, take the Tokyu Den’en Toshi Line to Komazawa Daigaku Station and walk about 15 minutes from there. There’s information in English on the tournament and related events at the official website. Check out http://tokyo-u14.com/ Please note that the participating cities and teams are subject to change.

Up next we have an announcement about a flower event at Rikugien Gardens. Through May 6th, the Rikugien Gardens in Komagome will be holding an event to 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. Rikugien Gardens is open from 9:00 to 5:00 each day. During Golden Week, from April 26th to May 6th, the evening hours will be extended until 6:00 p.m. Admission is 300 yen for adults and 150 yen for seniors. To get to the park, take the JR Yamanote or Tokyo Metro Nanboku Line to Komagome Station and walk about 7 minutes from there. On weekends during April and during the Golden Week period, the park will open its Somei Gate, just two minutes from Komagome Station.

April 12 Broadcast

Later this month, get ready for Roppongi Art Night, the annual event that makes the entire Roppongi area a museum space for a single night! This year, the theme is “Move Your Body!” and the event will explore the physical nature of art. The displays and activities will include “The One Body Project,” an exhibition of patchwork art made with recycled clothing; the dance performances that are part of the “Roppongi Parade”; and many more installations and shows to enliven the town. There are also plenty of programs that will see the area’s art museums and galleries putting on special shows and extending their hours all through the night. It’s Roppongi like you don’t usually get to see it so don’t miss out! Roppongi Art Night 2014 takes place from 10:00 a.m. on Saturday,  April 19th, through 6:00 p.m. on Sunday the 20th. The core time for the main installations and events is from sunset, at 6:17 on Saturday evening, to Sunday’s sunrise at 5:03. It all happens at Roppongi Hills, the Mori Art Museum, Tokyo Midtown, the Suntory Museum of Art, the National Art Center, Tokyo, and the shopping districts around the Roppongi area. Admission is free for most events, although some programs and special museum shows may require an admission fee. For more information, see the official website athttp://www.roppongiartnight.com/

To mark the 101st year after the birth of Robert Capa, one of the 20th century’s leading photographer of wars and people’s lives all around the world, the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography is holding a special exhibition, “Robert Capa, the 101st Year: They All Adored Bob.” This show is a celebration of Capa’s photos displaying the humor that was at the core of his work, as well as the joy he felt in living. It’s a chance to view not the legendary photographer, Robert Capa, but Bob, as he was called—a man who experienced setbacks and hard times even as he deepened his friendships and romanced women, never forgetting to smile along the way. “Robert Capa, the 101st Year: They All Adored Bob” runs through Sunday, May 11th, at the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography. Hours are from 10:00 to 6:00 daily, with extended hours until 8:00 in the evening on Thursdays and Fridays. Admission is 1,100 yen for adults, 700 yen for seniors aged 65 and up. To get to the museum, take the JR train to Ebisu Station and walk about 7 minutes from the east exit to the Ebisu Garden Place. For more information on when the museum will be closed and other details, check out the website at http://www.syabi.com/ There’s information available in English as well.

April 5 Broadcast

First this week, we have news on a spring traffic safety campaign.
For 10 days beginning on Tuesday, April 6th, the Tokyo Metropolitan Government will hold its annual spring traffic safety campaign. This year the focus is on reducing accidents involving children and the elderly. Campaign activities will alert people to the deadly dangers of drunk driving, teach the public about proper use of child restraint systems and the need to use seatbelts in all seats, and help people learn more about safe bicycle riding. We’re coming up on the busy spring season, when roads fill up with drivers on holiday trips. The warmer weather can tempt people to enjoy the freedom of driving at higher speeds, leading to more accidents. Each and every person using the roads needs to follow traffic rules carefully so they won’t cause an accident or be caught up in one. Drive safely, Tokyo!

Up next, we've got an announcement about a spring festival to celebrate the tulip. At the Metropolitan Symbol Promenade Park in Odaiba, the Tokyo Waterfront Tulip Festival is happening now, and the flowers are in full bloom. This is one of the biggest festivals of its kind in the Tokyo area. About 100,000 blooms of 400 different types make Symbol Promenade Park a very colorful place. You can view the tulips through Sunday, April 20th. During the festival period, there will also be events with a tulip theme. On Sunday the 13th, from 10:00 to 4:00, come take part in a free lottery event or a floral art workshop. There will also be a sale of goods from Toyama Prefecture. And you can take some flowers home: twice on that day, at 11:00 and 2:00, free cut tulips will be handed out on a first-come, first-served basis. Why not come out and enjoy the flowers? It all happens at Symbol Promenade Park. To get there, take the Yurikamome to Daiba Station and walk from there.

March 29 Broadcast

First this week, we’ve got an announcement about a “springtime fireworks and cherry blossoms” festival at Toneri Park. This fun event features fireworks lighting up the sky above the blooming cherries at the height of the season. First, on Saturday, April 5th, around 3,000 fireworks are set to go off beginning at 7:00 in the evening. On both days that weekend, there will be a “Thousand Cherry Tree Festival” during the daytime in the park. Come enjoy the concerts on the stage, performances by street artists, bouncy inflatable attractions for kids, sales of regional goods, and much more. It all starts at 10:00 in the morning on each day. To get to the park, take the Nippori-Toneri Liner to Toneri Koen Stationand take a short walk from there. Please use public transportation instead of your own vehicle to come to the festival!

Next we have an announcement about a concert series for residents of the Tokyo Metropolis. Now that the spring weather is here, why not enjoy the warm sunshine and fresh air while you listen to some music? The Small Open-Air Concert Hall at Hibiya Park will begin hosting the brass-band concerts this April. Beginning on April 16, the Metropolitan Police Department Band will put on concerts each Wednesday. On April 4th, the Tokyo Fire Department Band will launch its series of Friday concerts. These concerts will take place every Wednesday and Friday all the way through October 24th, from 12:00 noon to 1:00 each day. Admission is free. The concerts may be cancelled in case of rain or other unforeseen event, as well as on national holidays, with no additional shows scheduled to make up for the missing ones. The performances will also halt for the summer season from July 3rd through September 2nd. Hibiya Park is a green place with beautiful flowers. It’s a restful oasis for people working in central Tokyo’s business districts. If you work nearby, why not head over to the park on your lunch break to enjoy these concerts? To get to the park’s Small Open-Air Concert Hall, take the Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Line or Chiyoda Line to Kasumigaseki Station, or the Hibiya Line to Hibiya Station. It’s a short walk from any of those stops.

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