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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..

May 18th

Roppongi Art Night, the annual event that makes the entire Roppongi area a museum space for a single night will be taking place again this year.

With the theme “Night journey, Daydream” the event will showcase dazzling art spots around the Roppongi area, featuring the works of various artists including some of the leading contemporary artists in Asia.  In addition to works of contemporary art, design, music, videos and performances, visitors can also participate in and experience various art-themed programs. Furthermore, special exhibitions and programs, as well as night time visits will be available at the surrounding museums, galleries and facilities. Roppongi Art Night 2019 takes place from 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 25th,  through 6 p.m. on Sunday the 26th. The core time for the main installations and events is from 6 p.m. on Saturday evening to Sunday’s sunrise at 6 a.m. The event will take place at Roppongi Hills, the Mori Art Museum, Tokyo Midtown, Suntory Museum of Art, 21-21 Design Sight, the National Art Center Tokyo, members of the Roppongi shopping streets and other participating facilities and public spaces in the Roppongi area. Admission is free for most events, although some programs and special museum shows may require an admission fee. Entrance is not allowed to those under 18 from 11 p.m. to 4 a.m. For details, check the official website at www.roppongiartnight.com/ (External link).

Tokyo Prefecture includes a number of remote islands in the Pacific Ocean, like Oshima, Niijima and Hachijojima.

A special event called the "Tokyo Island Fair" will be held to introduce the natural beauty, the culture, tourism opportunities and local products of these islands. At this event, shima-sushi and other local specialty from each island, will be displayed and sold at the venue. And to support the recovery of Tohoku region, there will also be sales of local produce and products from Fukushima prefecture. “The Tokyo Island Fair” will take place at the event area outside JR Yurakucho Station, from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday, May 24th, and from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday, the 25th. Admission is free.

May 11th

First, we have information about an exciting event taking place at Tokyo Port.

To celebrate the opening of the Port of Tokyo on May 20th, 1941, the Tokyo Minato Festival will be held again this year for 2 days at  Harumi Passenger Ship Terminal. One of the exciting events will be the public exhibition of 4 rare ships including the Kairyu, a dredging vessel that keeps Tokyo’s shipping lanes safe. This is a great chance to go onboard these ships that aren’t usually open for viewing. The festival will also feature the spectacular water-spray show put on by Tokyo’s firefighting ships and helicopters. You can also go inside a refrigerated shipping container, enjoy food truck cuisines and take part in other family events. The Tokyo Minato Festival takes place on May 18th and 19th, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Harumi Passenger Ship Terminal. Please note that different events take place on each day of the festival. There are various ways to get to the venue, including a free shuttle bus bound for Harumi Pier available from either JR Tamachi station or Toyosu station on the Tokyo Metro Subway Line.

The Kyu-Furukawa Gardens in Kita ward, is one of the few parks in Tokyo where you can enjoy a genuine European garden as well as a Japanese garden designed by Kyoto’s well known gardener.

The park is now hosting their annual Spring Rose Festival where you can enjoy around 200 bushes of 100 different types of roses that bloom in the elegant gardens arranged around the historical Western-style mansion. During the event, there will be live music, and the popular night-time illumination of the garden is taking place until May 19th, from sundown to 9 p.m. When you visit the park, make sure you stop by at the rose shop, to buy souvenirs and rose themed good. The Spring Rose Festival is held through Sunday, June 2nd. Hours are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. During the illumination event held until May 19th, hours will be extended to 9 p.m. Last entry is 30 minutes before closing time. General admission is 150 yen and 70 yen for seniors. Kyu-Furukawa Gardens, is a 7 minute walk from JR Keihin Tohoku Line’s Kami-Nakazato Station.

May 4th

In Yoyogi Park, there are two rose flower beds, the ”Rose Garden” and "Flower Land”.

In the spring and autumn when the flowers bloom, more than 50 kinds of around 700 colorful roses will be in full bloom. In this time of the season when the spring roses are at their best, the park will be organizing a workshop to make aroma cleansers using roses and setting up photo space for everyone to come take pictures. Please come enjoy and learn more about the beautiful roses. This event will be held on May 12th, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at Yoyogi Park “Rose Garden" and "Flower Land". Please note that the event may be canceled in case of bad weather. Yoyogi Park is a 3 minute walk from Harajuku Station on JR Yamanote Line and Yoyogi Koen Station on Tokyo Metro’s Chiyoda Line.

Next, we have information about an exhibition taking place at Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Art Museum.

For the first time in 12 years, an exhibition is being held in Japan to show the works of Kisling, a leading painter from the Ecole de Paris. While known as the “Prince of Montparnasse” in the 1920s to 30s Paris, Kisling developed a distinctive style with his use of glowing, sensual colors in his various portrait paintings. This exhibition features 60 works including some of his most famous portraits and others that have been kept safe by collectors and museums across the world. Please enjoy the world of Kisling at the exhibition. "Kisling, Grande Figure de I’Ecole de Paris" is currently shown at Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Art Museum, Main building and Annex Gallery 1, through Sunday, July 7th. Museum hours are from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Entry to the venue is allowed up to 30 minutes before closing. General admission is 1,100 yen. For details including holidays and directions to the museum, visit the official website at https://www.teien-art-museum.ne.jp/ (External link).

April 27th

The Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum is currently showing the exhibition “Gustav Klimt: Vienna - Japan 1900” commemorating the 100th anniversary of the death of Gustav Klimt - a leading painter from Vienna in the late 19th century.

This exhibition features more than 25 oil paintings by Klimt - the largest display ever to be realized in Japan, including his works from the "Golden Phase", sensual portraits of women and beautiful landscapes. In addition to his famous "Three Ages of Woman", which is on display for the first time in Japan, Japanese artworks inspirational to his style will also be exhibited. The show will be held through July 10th. Hours are from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., with Fridays closing at 8pm. Entry to the venue is allowed up to 30 minutes before closing. General admission is 1,600 yen. For details including holidays and directions to the museum, visit the official website at https://klimt2019.jp/ (External link).

The Tokyo (Under 14 ) International Youth Football Tournament 2019 will soon bring the next generation of football stars from major world cities to Tokyo.

This year’s tournament includes 11 teams from overseas, including superstar-producing clubs like Boca Juniors from Buenos Aires, Argentina, and the historic Tottenham Hotspur Football Club from London. From Japan, teams of selected players from Tokyo and youth team players will take part. The first round takes place on May 3rd and 4th, and the second round on May 5th and 6th, at the Komazawa Olympic Park General Sports Ground. Some matches from 1st round will take place at the Ajinomoto Stadium AGF Field in Chofu. Admission is free for all matches. To get to the Komazawa venue, take the Tokyu Den-en-toshi Line to Komazawa-daigaku Station and walk about 15 minutes. The Ajinomoto Stadium venue is a 5-minute walk from Tobitakyu station on the Keio Line. For more details, check the tournament website at www.tokyo-u14.com/ (External link). Please note that there may be unannounced changes to the roster of cities and teams taking part in the competition.

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