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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 09:56-09:59 a.m., (Rebroadcast) Sunday 09:56-09:59 a.m.

August 30 Broadcast

This week we begin with an announcement on an earthquake preparedness manual from the Tokyo Fire Department. Many precious lives and property were lost in the Great East Japan Earthquake on March 11, 2011. Many people might move first to turn off the gas and other fire sources as soon as they hear the first quake warnings or feel the first shakes, but the most important thing is to protect your life first and make sure you don’t get injured. Please wait until after the shaking has subsided to turn off the gas. Today’s city gas and propane gas systems are designed to shut off automatically when the shaking hits level 5 on the intensity scale. The Tokyo Fire Department has put together two documents—“10 Ways to prepare for an earthquake” in English, and “10 Tips for Earthquake Safety” in English, Chinese, Korean, Thai, and Philippino. You can download both of these as PDF files from the Tokyo Fire Department website at http://www.tfd.metro.tokyo.jp/

Every year, the Mukojima Hyakkaen Gardens host a special autumn event to let you enjoy the season’s charms. The Tsukimi (moon-viewing) gathering takes place from Sunday, September 7th, through Tuesday the 9th. At 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, the event starts with the traditional offering of rice dumplings, vegetables and other offerings on the festival altar, along with a performance of traditional music on the shinobue flute. On all 3 days of this event, from 6:00 to 8:00 in the evening you can enjoy concerts of koto music as well. And from sundown until the gardens close at 9:00 pm, the first 35 visitors will be able to help light the lanterns decorated with haiku poetry and ink paintings. It’s all a great way to feel that autumn is truly on the way and to make some fall memories of your own. Why not take part in Mukojima Hyakkaen Garden’s traditional moon-viewing event? The gardens are located about 8 minutes walk from Higashi-Mukojima Station on the Tobu Skytree Line. Admission is 150 yen for adults and 70 yen for seniors aged 65 and over. During this event, park hours will be extended from 9:00 in the morning until 9:00 at night.

August 23 Broadcast

First, we have information on the “Edo-Tokyo Digital Museum,” a website that introduces the history and culture of the old city of Edo, later known as Tokyo. The Tokyo Metropolitan Central Library has launched the “Edo-Tokyo Digital Museum” website to let people learn about the city’s history and culture in an enjoyable way. The 8 themed sections on the website include “O-Edo Entertainment,” which introduces the sumo and kabuki that people of the old capital enjoyed; “O-Edo Style,” with information on the fashion and cuisine of the Edo Period; and “Edo Games,” where you can experience some of the fun pastimes of the era. Images of the priceless materials in the Tokyo Metropolitan Central Library’s collection are accompanied by explanatory text for users. You don’t need any specialist knowledge about history or these resources to use this website. Just flipping through its pages will let you enjoy the information on display. It’s also a great educational resource, with the explanations attached to each item in the database. There are English-language pages as well, letting you learn about Tokyo’s historical and cultural past in your own language. The URL for the Edo Tokyo Digital Museum is
http://www.library.metro.tokyo.jp/Portals/0/edo/tokyo_library/index.html

The Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum in Ueno is how hosting “Art as a Haven of Happiness.” This exhibition introduces works produced by people with Down syndrome and other developmental disabilities at the Atelier Element Present art studios in Tokyo and Mie and the Shobu Gakuen facility in Kagoshima. All together, there are around a hundred colorful, creative artworks, including paintings, 3D works, embroidery, and more. At this show you’ll also be able to witness the creative process that goes into making these works, something that ordinarily only the atelier staff get to see. It’s sure to be a festive atmosphere with the fresh attraction of the true nature of creativity. “Art as a Haven of Happiness” runs through Wednesday, October 8th, at the Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum. Hours are from 9:30 to 5:30 daily. The museum is closed on Mondays and on Tuesday, September 16th; it will be open on the two Mondays of September 15th and 22nd instead. Admission is 800 yen for adults and 500 yen for seniors. To get to the museum, take the JR lines to Ueno Station and walk about 7 minutes from there. For more information on this exhibition, check the museum website at http://www.tobikan.jp/.

August 16 Broadcast

The Asia Junior Sports Exchange Games 2014 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 18 cities across Asia including Tokyo, Iwate, Miyagi, Fukushima, and Ibaraki Prefectures. The junior athletes will take part in badminton and table tennis competition on Friday, August 29th, through Sunday the 31st. The badminton takes place at the Komazawa Olympic Park facility in Setagaya City, and the badminton matches are held at the Tokyo Budokan in Adachi City. On the weekend days of August 30th and 31st, there will also be special shops and food stalls selling goods from the Tohoku region at both locations. There are other events planned that will make these events lots of fun, so come check them out with your family and friends. Admission is free. For more information, check out the official website at  http://jsa2014.jp/english/index.html Some information is available in English.

Once again this summer, the Yumenoshima Tropical Greenhouse Dome will be open for late evening hours. Ordinarily the facility closes at 5:00 p.m., but during this popular event, it will stay open until 8:30 to let visitors get a nighttime jungle experience in the greenhouse. You’ll also be able to view flowers that bloom only at night and see exhibitions of blossoms whose scents grow stronger after dark. The event takes place from Friday, August 22nd, through Sunday the 24th. There will also be music concerts to liven the mood. On Friday and Saturday, the “Yumenoshima Bar” will be open for business, offering drink sets and snacks for under 500 yen, as well as non-alcoholic drinks. The Yumenoshima Tropical Greenhouse Dome is open from 9:30 to 8:30 during this event, except for Sunday the 24th, when it will close at 6:00 in the evening. Admission is just 250 yen. To get there, take the Tokyo Metro Yurakucho Line, the JR Keiyo Line, or the Rinkai Line to Shinkiba Station and walk about 15 minutes from there. Don’t miss this chance to experience the mysterious midsummer mood for yourself.

August 9 Broadcast

First, we have an announcement about Ueno Zoo, where from Saturday, August 9th, through Sunday the 17th, the “Night Zoo” event will take place, with closing hours extended until 8:00 each evening. This is a great chance to see nocturnal animals like the Sumatran tiger and the maned wolf, as well as to watch the after-dark activities of the giant panda and shoebill stork, which can’t usually be seen at the zoo. You’ll also be able to take part in fun events, entering the exercise ground of the giraffes and elephants and petting rabbits and guinea pigs. As a special event, there will also be live musical performances by a calypso band and jazz duo. Relax in the open-air beer garden while you enjoy the tunes. Ueno Zoo admission is 600 yen for adults. To get there, take the JR Line to Ueno Station. It’s a 5 minute walk from there.

Tokyo Sea Life Park, located in Kasai Rinkai Park, will also extend its evening hours until 8 p.m. from Wednesday, August 13th, through Saturday the 16th. This is the “Night of Wonder” event, a wonderful way to spend midsummer evenings. In this event, the facility will turn off the lights in its tanks, letting you experience the aquarium in a whole new, mysterious way. In another event, titled “Caribbean Nights,” you’ll be able to enjoy beer and Caribbean drinks in the restaurant terrace beer garden while you watch the sights of the Caribbean islands and their seas projected on a large tent. There will also be a Caribbean music festival, including performances by the Jamaican singer Monique. Admission to Tokyo Sea Life Park is 700 yen for adults. To get there, take the JR Keiyo Line to Kasai Rinkai Koen Station and walk about 5 minutes.

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