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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..

November 17th.

This week, we have information on a great way to enjoy the autumn season.

The Icho Namiki avenue in Meiji Jingu Gaien Park, one of the famous spots to view autumn leaves in Tokyo, will celebrate the season with a light up event, where the ginkgo trees will be illuminated in the evening. The 300-meter long avenue of ginkgo that extends from Aoyama Street to the Meiji Picture Memorial Gallery offers a brilliant, movie-scene-like landscape, featuring the beautiful golden tunnel made up of 146 ginkgo trees. The light-up event takes place from November 23rd through December 2nd, from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Please enjoy the autumn scenery under the Icho Namiki Avenue. Admission is free. The park is near Aoyama Itchome Station or Kokuritsu Kyogijo Station on the Tokyo Metro Line.

Next, we’d like to introduce an event that lets you enjoy Japanese art and culture in an autumn atmosphere.

The Fuchunomori Park in Chofu will host the “Japanese Culture Festival” on November 23rd. The event welcomes visitors to enjoy music performances of Japanese drums and flutes, as well as experience writing Kanji on a colored paper, while surrounded by the beautiful landscape of autumn leaves in the Japanese gardens and water facilities. The event is held on Friday, November 23rd from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. In case of rain, the event will be postponed to Sunday, November 25. Anyone is welcome to visit the venue on the day of the event. To get to Fuchunomori Park, take the Keio Line to Higashi-Fuchu station. It’s a 10-minute walk from there. Toll parking is also available for those coming by cars.

November 10th.

The Tokyo Metropolitan Government has launched the "JAPAN SPORTS JOURNEY” website, which provides tourist information for travelers visiting Japan to watch the Rugby World Cup 2019 and other sports games.

The website introduces various information on sports bars, art, shopping, sports experiences in Tokyo, as well as access to the Rugby World Cup 2019 venue, sightseeing in the host cities and other international sports games to be held after 2019. Information is available in English and French. In the future, articles introducing the match venues and local sightseeing spots will be published on famous foreign magazines, and the electronic version of these articles will be sequentially released on the "JAPAN SPORTS JOURNEY" website. Come check it out at link)

The Bureau of Transportation has been hosting the annual "Toei Festa” to allow customers to familiarize with and learn about the transportation projects by offering tours in the garage and photo shooting of the trains.

This year, the Toei Festa will be held on November 17th, to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Toei Mita Line. Event programs include vehicle photo shooting, tour in the factory that is usually not open to the public and exhibition of historical materials looking back at the 50 years since the establishment of Mita Line. Special merchandise, as well as railway and bus parts, will also be sold. “Toei Festa 2018 in Mita Line” takes place on Saturday, November 17th, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The venue is “Shimura Sharyo Kenshujo”, located 7 minutes on foot from "Takashimadaira Station" on the Mita Line.This is an outdoor event that will take place even if it rains, but may be cancelled in case of rough weather. There is no parking lot available, so please use public transportation to get there.

November 3rd.

The Tokyo Metropolitan Central Library will be hosting a library tour in English.

Located just 8 minutes walk from Hiroo Station, the Tokyo Metropolitan Central Library is one of the largest libraries in Japan with a collection of approximately 2 million and 60 thousand books, including numerous foreign language books and newspapers. This tour will take you around the “Books on Japan” made for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games, special collections of Ukiyo-e from the Edo period, and the basement archive that is usually disclosed to the public. The tour will also show the restoration process of old books. The tour will take place on Tuesday, November 13th from 2 p.m., for about 1 hour 20 minutes. Those that are interested may also participate in the short guidance of the library after the tour. This will be held for around 30 minutes from 3:30 p.m. If you wish to participate, please sign up by completing the application form for "Library Guided Tour and Library Guidance in English" on the Tokyo Metropolitan Library website’s foreign language page. Don't miss the chance, as the tour will be limited to the first ten applicants. We look forward to receiving your applications.

The annual Chrysanthemum exhibition is currently taking place at Tokyo’s Hibiya Park.

This is a great chance to see some 1,200 highly cultivated chrysanthemum, including the winners of prizes from the prime minister and the governor of Tokyo. The gardeners have dedicated themselves to creating these beautiful flowers that are a symbol of Japan’s autumn season and it will be a perfect timing to view them. The show runs through Friday, November 23rd. Hours are from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily, with events ending at 12 noon on the final day. The event takes place at the grass field at Hibiya Park. To get there, take the Tokyo Metro lines to Kasumigaseki or Hibiya stations and walk about 2 minutes. There is no admission fee for this event. For details, check the “Go Tokyo” official tourism website(External link).

October 27th

The Dream Yosacoy Festival, one of the best and largest dance festival in Tokyo will take place from November 2nd to 4th.

Every year dancers from all over the country bring their colorful costumes and perform to all kinds of music on the streets of Tokyo. This year, the event is expecting 900,000 audiences and 6,000 dancers from across Japan to perform dynamic  and magnificent dance stages. Special music performances will be shown on the eve of the festival on the 2nd, and for the finale on the 3rd and 4th, the event’s first tug-of-war event, "DREAM TSUNAHIKI" will be held, in addition to other dance programs including Tokyo Olympics 2020 dance event where visitors can participate. Please also stop by at the food booths and local product exhibitions by some of the stricken areas of Japan. The “Dream Yosacoy” event will be held in 7 locations, throughout the Tokyo Waterfront area, Marunouchi area and in Akihabara area. Admission is free. For details, check the festival website (External link).

Next we have information on  a sports related event.

On November 3rd, a rugby test match, “Lipovitan D Challenge Cup 2018 Japan vs. New Zealand” will take place at Ajinomoto Stadium. In association with this match, a public viewing event  “Tokyo Rugby Fan Zone 2018” will be held in Yurakucho. At the venue, visitors can enjoy their own ways, such as at a sports bar with a drink, in a cafe style with food, or concentrate on watching on a bench seat. DJs and artists will rock the house on the stage, while other programs such as a mini rugby experience and gourmet food booths by the rugby powerhouse, New Zealand, can be enjoyed. Come experience and feel the energy from the match venue! The game kicks off at 2:45 p.m. Admission is free. The venue is “Yurakucho Infos” near JR Yurakucho station’s Kyobashi Exit.

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