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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..

July 21st

In celebration of two years before the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, a countdown event "Minna no Tokyo 2020 - 2 Years to Go" will be held at Tokyo Sky Tree Town on Tuesday, July 24th.

At the countdown ceremony, Olympians and Olympic mascots will make their appearance and celebrate the milestone together. Tokyo Sky Tree will light up on the day of the event, while Tokyo Olympics 2020 dance performance will take place for everyone to participate. Please also stop by at the PR booth, introducing volunteer opportunities at the Tokyo Olympics. The event will be held from 2 to 8 p.m., and the ceremony starts at 7 p.m. To get to Tokyo Sky Tree, take the Tobu Skytree Line to Tokyo SKYTREE station. It’s a minute walk from there.

Next, we have information on some beautiful fireworks exhibitions.

On July 28th, the Sumidagawa Fireworks Festival, one of Tokyo’s summer traditions will take place along the Sumida River near Asakusa and Mukojima. This year around 22,000 fireworks will be set off in 2 locations. Area No. 1 goes from just below Sakurabashi to just above Kototoibashi. And Area No.2 is from just below Komagatabashi to just above Umayabashi. The fireworks will begin at 7 p.m. and continue through 8:30 p.m. In case of inclement weather, the fireworks will be postponed to the following day. If the weather doesn't improve, the event will be canceled all together. To get to Area No. 1, take the Tokyo Metro Ginza Line or Tobu Skytree Lines and get off at Asakusa Station. It’s a 15 minute walk from there. Area No. 2 is a 5-minute walk from Kuramae Station on the Toei Oedo Line. The Ginza Subway Line will also run additional trains to accommodate large crowd of spectators attending the fireworks event. For details, check the official website (External link). Information is available in English.

July 14th

This week we have information on 2 events happening at Tokyo Midtown Hibiya.

Before the countdown event on July 24th celebrating 2 years to Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, Tokyo 2020 mascot debut event will be held on Sunday, July 22nd. The Mascot selected by elementary school students from across the nation will finally be on the move. Please come enjoy the event featuring presentation of the mascot, announcement of names and screening of animated story behind the birth. This event is scheduled to be held at the Hibiya Step Square in "Tokyo Midtown Hibiya", from 11:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Celebrating the 150th anniversary for the renaming of Tokyo from “Edo”, and the establishment of Tokyo prefecture, the Tokyo Metropolitan Government has developed the project “Old meets New - Tokyo 150 years” to further promote Tokyo.

As part of this project, Tokyo aims to promote "Uchimizu", a water-sprinkling custom practiced in Edo period to cool down in summer. We have been hosting various Uchimizu events in Tokyo to establish the practice as a way of showing “Omotenashi (hospitality)”. On this coming Monday, July 23rd, an Uchimizu event will be held at Tokyo Midtown Hibiya from 3:15 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. At the ceremony, Tokyo Governor Koike will appear on stage to perform Uchimizu. Visitors will also have the chance to experience Uchimizu and take home a souvenir. We look forward to your participation. Please note that the event may be canceled in case of water restriction due to rain or drought. To get to Tokyo Midtown Hibiya, take the Tokyo Metro Chiyoda Line, Hibiya Line or Toei Mita Line and get off at Hibiya. The venue is directly connected to the station.

July 7th

Summer is one of the seasons when energy demand rises in Japan.

Today we’re going to introduce some steps you can take at home to reduce your energy usage during the hot months. First, remember to set your air conditioner to 28 degrees Celsius, and use fans to circulate cool air in your rooms. Another surprisingly big energy user is your hot-water heater. During the summer season when shower is more often used, it’s important to be conscious of how we use hot water. Try taking shorter and cooler showers. There are lots of other little adjustments you can make to save energy. For example, change your refrigerator setting from “strong chill” to “medium chill.” or try turning down the brightness setting on your TV,  or turning down the temperatures on your heated toilet seat or Washlet. And lastly, turn off the lights during the day, minimize lighting at night, and replace the incandescent bulb with a long-lasting LED bulb to save energy. Your energy saving efforts will lead to a greater effect. Learn ways to save energy in the summer, and start being nice and friendly to both the Earth and the household.

This year is the 150th anniversary for the renaming of Tokyo from “Edo”, and the establishment of Tokyo prefecture.

In celebration of this, the Tokyo Metropolitan Government has developed the new project “Old meets New - Tokyo 150 years”. During the event, two "TOKYO TIME TRAVEL SCOPE" binoculars will be installed at Tokyo Metropolitan Government South Observation Room, where visitors can experience the landscape of Tokyo from Meiji era in VR. These VR binoculars will be available from July 19th through 23rd. Hours are from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. During busy days, numbered tickets will be handed out. To get there, head out the west exit of JR Shinjuku Station and walk for about 10 minutes, or take the Toei O-Edo Line to Tocho-Mae Station.

June 30th

To celebrate Marine Day, the Bureau of Port and Harbor is inviting foreign residents and their guests to a special sunset cruise that offers beautiful sites of Tokyo Bay.

On the day of the cruise, participants will board the inspection ship "Shin Tokyo-Maru” and travel around the harbor, viewing sites including maritime terminals that handles Japan’s largest share of international container cargo, the Rainbow Bridge, the Tokyo Waterfront area, followed by a visit to the exhibition room "TOKYO Minatorie", which introduces various aspects of the Tokyo Port and Rinkai Fukutoshin area. A guide will give detailed explanation of all these locations in Japanese and English. The cruise takes place on Sunday, July 15th. The ship will depart from Takeshiba Passenger Ship Terminal at 4:30 in the afternoon and ends at 6 p.m. To participate, you need to be a foreign resident of Tokyo or part of a group of up to 6 people with a foreign resident among them. All participants must be aged 15 or older and cannot be students in junior high school. The cruise is open to a maximum of 60 people and is free of charge. If the number of applications exceed the number of spots, participants will be chosen by lottery. If you’d like to take part in the “Port of Tokyo Sunset Cruise”, send an email to kouwan_kouhou(at)section.metro.tokyo.jp Application emails must be received by July 4th. After the application period, an invitation will be sent to the e-mail address provided. Please note that the cruise may be canceled in case of bad weather.

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Tokyo Metropolitan Zoo and Aquariums have been enjoyed by many people, especially children, as social educational facilities that allow visitors to learn about animals and their habitat.

In order to prevent the second-hand smoking of visitors, the non-smoking efforts that had been made at the Ueno Zoological Gardens will also be installed in three other parks: Tama Zoological Park, Tokyo Sea Life Park at Kasai, and Inokashira Park Zoo. All parks will be non-smoking starting from July 5th, in all areas of the facility. We appreciate your understanding and cooperation.

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