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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..

September 22nd

The Tokyo Metropolitan Government and the Metropolitan Police Department are working together to hold the "Autumn National Traffic Safety Campaign" through September 30th.

With the official slogan, "TOKYO as the world's safest driving city” there will be five main messages in the campaign, focusing on ensuring road safety for children and the elderly, and preventing traffic accidents by elderly drivers. The campaign will also call attention to the twilight hours and the nighttime traffic safety to prevent accidents involving pedestrians and bicycle riders, wearing seat belts in all passenger seats of a car, correctly using child-protection seats, the extermination of drunk-driving and preventing bicycle traffic accidents. Tokyo hopes that everyone will observe the rules and stay safe on the road. Let’s aim for a society with zero traffic accident deaths.

Next we have information on an event letting you experience a traditional Japanese autumn.

Mukojima Hyakkaen Gardens will be hosting a “Moon Viewing gathering,” known as Tsukimi, a traditional event that has continued since the Edo period. Visitors will indulge in the deep autumn evening under the gentle moon. During the event, the park will extend its hours until 9 p.m., welcoming guests to the magical garden illuminated by lamps and lanterns. On the first day, offerings of sweet dumplings and vegetables will be placed at the altar, with the festival commencing with the sound of Shinobue flute. Japanese Tea ceremonies will be held daily from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. for a fee, in addition to a Koto performance from 6 p.m. Please take this opportunity to visit Mukojima Hyakkaen Gardens. The event will be held from September 23rd to 25th from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Admission is 150 yen. To get to the gardens, take the Tobu Skytree Line and get off at Higashi-Mukojima Station. It’s an 8 minute walk from there.

September 15th

The Tokyo Metropolitan Government is holding the “Taste of Tokyo 2018” event.

This event aims to share the attractions of Tokyo’s agricultural and fisheries products with the world, along with the delicious cuisine made from them and the region’s traditional culture. This year, the event takes place at Tokyo Waterfront City, focusing on more than just Tokyo, offering the chance to taste and buy local dishes from all over Japan and from many different countries. There will also be cooking seminars with live demonstrations by famous chefs from restaurants and embassies in Tokyo. There’s also entertainment on the stage, including music and dance performances. “Taste of Tokyo 2018” takes place from September 21st to 23rd. Hours are from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. each day, except for the last day, when it ends at 6 p.m. The venue includes the Stone and Light Square, Symbol Promenade Park and East Promenade in Ariake. The event site is a 2 minute walk from Kokusai Tenjijo Station on the Rinkai Line and a 4 minute walk from Kokusai Tenjijo Seimon Station on the Yurikamome Line. This is an outdoor event that will take place even if it rains, but may be cancelled in case of rough weather. For more information, check the event website (External link).

”Rugby World Cup 2019 Japan" will be held at Tokyo Stadium on September 20th, next year.

To further support and liven up the tournament, Tokyo will be hosting the event " One year to Rugby World Cup 2019 Japan" in Ginza on September 23rd. The event will welcome Governor Koike as a guest and run exciting programs including an inaugural ceremony of the special supporter of Rugby World Cup 2019 from Tokyo, Rugby experiential workshop, natural grass experience and challenge-the-rugby-player games. Participation is free of charge. Please come and visit! The venue is a 5-minute walk from JR "Yurakucho Station", or right above B9 exit of "Ginza Station" on Tokyo Metro Ginza Line, Hibiya Line and Marunouchi Line.

September 8th

The Bureau of Waterworks offer services in multiple languages at the "Customer Center".

In addition to the existing customer support in English, the service will now be available in four other languages: Chinese, Korean, Portuguese and Spanish. Emergency inquiries such as accidental leakage will be handled in multiple languages 24 hours a day. This service will be operated through the installation of a multi-language center to act in between the customers and the customer center, providing simultaneous interpretation. Telephone number for inquiries regarding moving in and out and contract in the 23 wards of Tokyo is 03-5326-1100. For inquiries regarding fee and water leakage repair, please dial 03-5326-1101. General hours are from 8:30am to 8:00pm, excluding Sundays and public holidays. Please feel free to contact.

Tama Zoological Park is hosting an introduction event of long-living animals, in connection with the Respect for the Aged Day on September 17th.

The park has many animals that are some of the oldest in Japan, including 53-year-old African elephant, 57-year-old chimpanzee, 22-year-old Grevy's zebra, 19-year-old female lesser panda, 34-year-old golden eagle and 49-year-old male orangutan. During the period, celebration boards will be set up in front of the featured animals. Please come celebrate the longevity of the animals. The event may be cancelled in case of severe weather or depending on the physical condition of animals. The event will be held until September 18th. Tama Zoo is open from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. It’s closed on Wednesdays, but when a national holiday falls on Wednesday, it is closed the next day.  Admission is 600 yen for adults and 200 yen for junior high school students attending school outside Tokyo. Admission  is free for all children up through elementary school age and for junior high school students attending school in Tokyo. To get there, take the Keio Line or the Tama Monorail to Tama Dobutsu Koen Station.

September 1st

September 1st is Disaster Prevention Day in Japan.

Many precious lives and valuable property were lost in the Great East Japan Earthquake on March 11th, 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. City gas and propane tank systems are all designed to stop delivering gas automatically when they sense shaking of intensity 5 or greater. This means that there's plenty of time after the shaking stops to make sure that no fires have started. 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. These documents are based on the lessons learned from major earthquakes that occurred in Japan, including the Great East Japan Earthquake. You can download both of these documents as PDF files from the Tokyo Fire Department website.

The "Tsukiji Market" will be closing down this year on Saturday, October 6th.

To prepare for the relocation to a new site in Toyosu, the sightseeing tour of Tsukiji market will also end this month. The tuna wholesale section tour will be available until Saturday, September 15th, and the tour around other fisheries, fruit and vegetable section ends on Saturday, September 29th. Tsukiji market can be accessed from Tsukiji Shijo Station on Oedo Line, Tsukiji Station on Hibiya line or Shinbashi Station on JR Lines. Please use public transportation, as there is no parking lot available at the venue. For more details, please visit the Tokyo Metropolitan Central Wholesale Market website. Information can also be viewed in English.

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