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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.

October 25

The Tokyo Metropolitan Bureau of Waterworks runs a Water Quality Monitor program that lets customers check the quality of their tap water at home with a simple measurement kit. In the program held in August and September this year, around 1,400 people used these kits and found that all levels were normal for residual chlorine, total water hardness, and iron. In a survey, fully 83 percent of the monitors agreed that they felt more confident in the safety of their tap water than they had been before the monitor program. Many of them also noted that checking the water for themselves helped them to realize the safety and delicious taste of Tokyo’s tap water. The Bureau of Waterworks will continue spreading the word about Tokyo’s tap water, with easy-to-understand information on new factors like its eco-friendliness, affordability, and vital importance to people’s lives, in addition to its safety and taste.

Once again this year, the “Dream Yosacoy” autumn festival will take place in November. This is one of the biggest and best festivals in Tokyo, and it has its roots in the yosakoi of Kochi Prefecture, one of Japan’s major dances. In this event, 6,000 dancers in about 80 teams from all over the country will be wearing colorful outfits and perform dances that match their regional characters. It’s a chance to see dances set to all sorts of music on the streets of Tokyo. This event will also include food booths offering world gourmet, displays of products from the Tohoku region to support the disaster-afflicted area, as well as special performances in between the teams’ dances. During the grand finale, all spectators are welcome to join in the dancing, so it’s a fun event to come and watch! “Dream Yosacoy” takes place on Saturday, November 1st, from 12:00 noon to 9:00 p.m., and on Sunday the 2nd from 10:00 to 9:00. The event will take place in 9 locations, including spots around the Tokyo Waterfront area, in the Marunouchi area and in the Yurakucho area. For details, check the website at www.dreamyosacoy.jp/

October 18

From October 22nd through 31st, the Tokyo Metropolitan Government will hold a campaign to clean up abandoned bicycles around train stations. Last year, there were an estimated 43,000 abandoned bikes near stations within Tokyo, making the neighborhoods look unsightly and making it harder for pedestrians to walk through them. In case of a natural disaster or other emergency, they can also be an obstacle leading to all causing all kinds of problems. This is a serious problem affecting our society, and cleaning it up will cost a considerable amount of taxpayers’ money. If you ride a bicycle to the station, be sure to park it in a designated parking area. If you’re close enough to the station to walk, consider choosing that option for your health. And remember, while you’re on the bike, please follow the rules of the road and ride safely!

The Tokyo International Film Festival, one of the largest film-related events in Asia will kick off this Thursday, October 23rd. This year’s event goes beyond the festival traditionally hosted in the Roppongi area to take place in Nihonbashi as well. This year’s opening and closing entries will both be world premieres. The opening film is Disney’s latest animated feature, Big Hero 6. The closing film is Parasyte, a Japanese live-action film based on the hit manga series by Hitoshi Iwaaki that has sold more than 11 million copies. At the festival, these movies will be joined by some 200 excellent works from all around the world. There will also be a major feature looking at the works of Hideaki Anno, one of Japan’s top animators and filmmakers, with screenings of films including his Neon Genesis Evangelion and excerpts from Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind. The 27th Tokyo International Film Festival takes place from October 23rd through 31st at event spaces in Roppongi Hills and Nihonbashi. You can purchase tickets from your computer or cellphone. For more information, check the official website at http://2014.tiff-jp.net/en/

October 11

During the month of October, the Tokyo Metropolitan Government is holding a campaign focusing on the city’s sewage systems. When homes and businesses discard cooking oil in their water drains, it can cool and harden in sewage pipes, leading to blockages and bad odors. The oil balls that form inside these pipes can also wash into rivers and the ocean during heavy rain, which can harm the natural environment. The Tokyo Metropolitan Bureau of Sewerage is making October its month for a campaign to help stop homes and businesses from discarding oil in water drains. During this month-long awareness campaign, the Tokyo authorities are urging households and businesses not to discard oil in their drains. To protect the environment, you are also asked to wipe off oily residue from dishes and pans before washing them. Please do your part to keep the sewerage system and ocean clean.

The annual Autumn Rose Festival has started at the Jindai Botanical Gardens in Chofu City. This event features various displays and special shows to celebrate the beautiful fall rose blooms. The park will also open up early in the morning to let visitors enjoy the flowers from early hours. During the festival, there will be live musical concerts on Sundays in the rose garden. The café terrace will also be serving coffee and light meals. And there are a number of rose-themed souvenirs for you to take home. The rose festival runs through Sunday, October 26th. Opening hours are from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays and Saturdays, and on Sundays and national holiday, the hours are extended, with the park opening at 8:00 in the morning and closing at 5:00 in the afternoon. Admission is 500 yen for adults and 250 yen for seniors. You can get to Jindai Botanical Gardens from JR Mitaka or Kichijoji Stations. Take the Odakyu bus for 【Chofu Station North Exit】 or 【Jindaiji】 and get off at the Jindai Shokubutsu Koen Mae bus stop.

October 4

This week we’ve got information on an event to share Tokyo’s cuisine and traditional culture with the world. The “Taste of Tokyo” festival will take place along the Marunouchi Naka-dori and Gyoko-dori streets from Friday, October 10th, through Sunday the 12th. Famous chefs will be preparing ingredients from around Tokyo to produce special menus and serve them from special food trucks. Visitors will also have the chance to enjoy locally brewed Tokyo sake and craft beer from all around the world. There will also be sales of produce from Tokyo like fresh vegetables and fruit, products manufactured in the metropolis, shochu liquor from the Izu islands, and much more. The event will take place  from 11:00 to 9:00 on Friday, October 10th, and from 11:00 to 5:00 on the weekend of the 11th and 12th. The venue is just outside of the Marunouchi exit of JR Tokyo Station, along the Naka-dori and Gyoko-dori streets.

This autumn, you can experience the culture of the tea ceremony in one of Tokyo’s classic Japanese gardens. For two days, on the weekend of October 11th and 12th, the Hamarikyu Gardens will host the Tokyo Grand Tea Ceremony 2014. There will be special outdoor tea ceremonies carried out for foreign visitors with explanations in English. For those who have never attended a tea ceremony, this is a great way to learn the basic etiquette and to experience traditional Japanese music.
The Tokyo Grand Tea Ceremony 2014 will be held on the weekend of October 11th and 12th.Entrance fee is 300 yen for adults. Fees  for participating in the outdoor tea ceremonies in English are 300 yen. The event runs from 9:30 a.m. until 4:10 p.m. on both days. To get to Hamarikyu Gardens, take the Toei Oedo Line to Tsukiji Shijo or Shiodome station. It’s a 7 minute walk from there. For more details in English go to http://www.tokyo-grand-tea-ceremony2014.jp

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