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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..

December 7th

The Tokyo Metropolitan Government will be holding the "Disaster Preparedness Drill for Foreign Residents" as an opportunity for foreigner nationals to learn and experience disaster prevention and preparedness.

On the day of the event, participants will be able to experience disasters through VR and earthquake simulation vehicles, learn about evacuation centers, take part in hands-on workshops such as firefighting and smoke experience, learn about translation apps for emergencies, make crafts that can help in the event of an earthquake or a fire, and take part in cooking drills. Volunteer interpreters will be offering instructions in foreign languages, so even if your Japanese isn’t strong, you will be able to take part. The drill is scheduled to start at 10 a.m. and should conclude at 12:40 p.m. on Tuesday, January 28th, at Musashino Forest Sports Plaza. The venue is a 5 minute walk from Tobitakyu Station on the Keio Line. To participate, you must apply in advance from the official website(External link). Applicants must be foreign nationals living, working or studying in Tokyo. The event is free of charge and is limited to the first 300 people. The deadline for signing up is Wednesday, January 15th. For more details, check the Disaster Preparedness Drill official website. Information is available in English.

This winter, the Rainbow Bridge will be lit up again to celebrate the season.

While Odaiba attracts people with various events such as fireworks and illuminations, the special light up of the Rainbow Bridge will add more beauty to the night view. The light up will take place from December 7th, through January 5th, next year. Meanwhile, ”Odaiba Rainbow Fireworks 2019" will also be held every Saturday in December for 5 minutes starting from 7 p.m. For the winter season, Odaiba area will feature Christmas illumination creating a fantastic atmosphere for visitors to enjoy, so don’t miss it! Details on the fireworks are available on the Odaiba Rainbow Fireworks website(External link).

November 30th

Exclusive footage from the 1964 Tokyo Paralympics is now available online.

This video titled "A Song for Social Rehabilitation -- Tokyo Paralympics" is a valuable record that captured the 5-day Tokyo Paralympic Games, including the opening ceremony held at Yoyogi Park Athletics Stadium on November 8th, 1964, as well as athletics events, the Olympic Village, cafeteria and the closing ceremony. The footage is currently available on the Tokyo Metropolitan Government's official video channel "Tokyo Douga" to be shared with citizens of Tokyo and throughout Japan. To watch the video, visit the foreign language page of the “Tokyo Douga” site (External link). You will find the movie on the top page.

The Edo-Tokyo Museum in Ryogoku is hosting a special exhibition titled "Five Ukiyo-E Favorites - Utamaro, Sharaku, Hokusai, Hiroshige, and Kuniyoshi" to introduce the outstanding works in the history of ukiyo-e.

This exhibition will focus on five beloved ukiyo-e artists: Kitagawa Utamaro, Toshusai Sharaku, Hokusai Katsushika, Hiroshige Utagawa, and Kuniyoshi Utagawa. Leading Nishikie or colored woodblock prints created by these artists have been gathered from museums, galleries and personal collections around the world are on display. This is a great chance to check out the “must-see” lineup of world-famous ukiyo-e works. The exhibition is being held at the Edo-Tokyo Museum’s Special Exhibition Room on the 1st Floor until January 19th, next year. The museum is open from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and until 7:30 p.m. on Saturday. Please note that entry to the venue is allowed up to 30 minutes before closing. General admission is 1,400 yen. To get to Edo-Tokyo Museum, take the JR Sobu Line to Ryogoku Station and walk about 3 minutes from the West Exit, or take the Toei Oedo Line to Ryogoku station and walk 1 minute from exit A4. For details including holidays, visit the official website (External link).

November 23rd

Tokyo's air environment is improving under the efforts of citizens and business entities, however the air tends to stagnate during winter, and the concentration of air pollutants such as nitrogen oxide (NOx), which is the major cause of PM2.5, becomes relatively high.

As part of the efforts to improve the air environment in winter, the Tokyo Metropolitan Government has set November 1st to January 31st as the "Winter Air Pollution Measures" period with the aim of reducing air pollutants. In order to reduce PM2.5, it is important for us to practice life that is friendly to our atmospheric environment. We should avoid excessive use of heating at home or offices, and when necessary, try to set the temperature at around 20°C. Put on extra layers of clothing so you do not have to rely too much on heating equipment. Also, the exhaust gas from cars and increasing traffic will adversely affect the air environment. When going out, try to use public transportation or bicycles, and refrain from using your own cars as much as possible. When you drive a car, practice eco-driving by avoiding sudden acceleration or deceleration, excessive engine revving and unnecessary idling. We appreciate your cooperation.

The Rikugien Gardens, one of the best places in Tokyo to view the autumn leaves, is currently holding its annual “Autumn Leaves and Daimyo Gardens Light Up.”

During the event, the park will stay open until 9 p.m., inviting visitors to admire the trees colored in red and gold, lit up in the autumn evening, and reflected brilliantly on the surface of the water. Please enjoy the calm autumn atmosphere and the colorful leaves at Rikugien Gardens during this magical and spectacular event. And while you’re at the park, you can enjoy light meals and sets of Japanese sweets and green tea at the Tea House and purchase Rikugien souvenirs at the service center. The light-up event runs through December 12th. Rikugien Gardens opens at 9 a.m. and park hours will be extended to 9 p.m. during the event. Admission is 300 yen. To get to Rikugien Gardens, take the JR Yamanote or Tokyo Metro Namboku Lines to Komagome Station. It’s a 7-minute walk from there. During the illumination event, the Somei gate near the station will be opened as well.

November 16th

The Fuchunomori Park in Fuchu City will be hosting the Japanese Culture Festival on November 23rd.

Starting at 10 a.m., the event will feature various programs including the installation and demonstration of Yukitsuri, a protection of trees from snow in the Japanese garden. From 11 a.m., the popular Kanji writing event will be held, as well as Autumn Concert of Japanese drums and flute performance. Please enjoy the traditional arts of autumn while surrounded by colorful leaves and waterscape around the historical Japanese gardens. The festival takes place on November 23rd, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. No reservation is required. Feel free to visit the venue directly. Please note that the event will be canceled in case of rain. To get to Fuchunomori Park, take the Keio Line to Higashi Fuchu Station. It’s a 10 minute walk from there. If you are coming by car, a toll parking lot is available nearby.

Commercial facilities in Tokyo’s Waterfront area is now taking part in the “Illumination Island Odaiba 2019” event, decorating their spaces with beautiful illuminations.

This year, various facilities in Odaiba is featuring  a variety of light displays, transforming the entire area into an island of illumination. Other events starting in December include the Special Illumination of Rainbow Bridge and the Odaiba Rainbow Fireworks show. The winter season provides the most fantastic atmosphere of the year, so please come and enjoy the spectacular night views. “Illumination Island Odaiba 2019” is held through December 25th.

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