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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 26th

Ueno Zoological Gardens have been actively collecting and displaying native livestock that have lived in Japan since long ago.

The zoo has 3 types of horses: Tokara-uma, Yonaguni-uma, and Noma-uma. Among these, Noma-uma is the smallest kind of traditional Japanese horses which were raised for transporting agricultural products and goods near Imabari city in Ehime. In order to let the visitors get familiar with Noma-uma, the zoo will be holding a commemorative exhibition, "Experience Imabari, the home of Noma-uma!" The event is held from Saturday, May 26th through Sunday, June 17th at the children's zoo “Step”. Local products from Imabari will also be available for purchase on the 26th and 27th from 10:00 in the morning. Ueno zoo is open from 9:30 to 5 p.m. It’s closed on Mondays each week, but will stay open on May 28th. General admission is 600 yen. The zoo is a 5 minute walk from JR Ueno Station.

The Transportation Bureau will be hosting a commemorative event, "2018 Tram Day".

In addition to shooting sessions of the trains and tour of the garage, various events are being planned, including pre-sales of new goods of Tokyo Sakura Tram (Toden Arakawa Line) and other railway parts. Please come check out the exhibition of road-rail working vehicles used for overhead wire inspection, as well as demonstration of the crossing gate. The event will be held on Sunday, June 10th from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Arakawa Tram Office. To get there,  take the Tokyo Sakura Tram and get off at "Arakawa Shako-mae” station. Since there will be no parking lot available around the office, please use Tokyo Sakura Tram to visit. We work to provide safety within the venue, but visitors may experience poor footing in the factory. For those with small children, please make sure to keep your eyes on them. And please note that this is a rain-or-shine event, but may be canceled in case of stormy weather.

May 19th

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

With the theme “The City Dreams of Art”, the 2018 edition features a diverse range of works including modern art, design, music, movies and performances, to take place around the Roppongi neighborhood. 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 2018 takes place from 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 26th,  through 6:00 p.m. on Sunday the 27th. 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.on the following day. For more information, check the official website at www.roppongiartnight.com/2018/english (External link)

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

The Tokyo Minato Port Festival will be taking place again this year for 2 days at the 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 fun events. The Tokyo Minato Port Festival takes place on the weekend of May 26th and 27th, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day at the Harumi Passenger Ship Terminal. To get there, take the free shuttle bus available from either JR Tamachi station, Takeshiba station or Toyosu station. Please note that different events take place on each day of the festival. For details, please check the “Go Tokyo” official tourism website at www.gotokyo.org/en/ (External link)

May 12th.

The Tokyo Metropolitan Government has been striving to ensure the safety of visitors at some of the municipal cultural facilities, through the enforcement of drills, in cooperation with the security and police institutions.

However, terrorist attacks against soft targets is still frequent overseas, and with 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympic Games coming up, it is necessary to further enhance and strengthen security measures at the municipal cultural facilities. This year, the efforts will extend to baggage inspection by security guards at the time of admission to each facility, use of metal detectors and increasing the frequency of inspection and number of security guards. Such measures will be in force at Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Art Museum, Edo Tokyo Museum, Edo-Tokyo Open Air Architectural Museum, Tokyo Photographic Art Museum, Tokyo Arts and Space Hongo, Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum, Tokyo Bunka Kaikan and Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre. We apologize for any inconvenience and appreciate the understanding and cooperation of all visitors.

Next, we would like to inform you about the current situation of tuberculosis in Tokyo.

While the number of new TB patients is on a decreasing trend, the percentage of foreign-born citizens is higher than in other parts of the country. In order to provide foreign-born citizens correct understanding of TB and opportunity to receive proper examination and treatment, the metropolitan government has produced an educational DVD about tuberculosis. As an educational reference for international students at universities and Japanese language schools, or as a viewing material for foreign-born TB patients at medical institutions, the DVD clearly explains necessary information visually, including the characteristics of TB, examination, treatment, support from public health centers and so on. The DVD supports 7 languages, Chinese (Mandarin), Korean, Nepali, Vietnamese, Myanmar, Tagalog and English. The video can also be viewed on Tokyo Metropolitan Government’s Official Video Channel “Tokyo Douga” (External link) starting with the English version.

May 5th

The Kyu- Furukawa Gardens, celebrating its 100th year anniversary this year, is one of the few parks in Tokyo where you can enjoy a genuine European and Japanese garden experience.

Right now, the park is hosting their annual Spring Rose Festival where you can enjoy around 199 trees 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 rose garden will be lit up in the evening to create an elegant atmosphere. The popular night-time illumination of the garden will take place from May 11th through 20th, from sundown to 9 p.m. When you visit the park, make sure you stop by at the rose shop, where you can buy rose themed goods and potted roses. The Spring Rose Festival will run through May 31st. The park is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. On the 5th and 6th, it will stay open till 6 p.m. And during the illumination event, hours will be extended to 9 p.m. General admission is 150 yen and 70 yen for seniors aged 65 and over. To get there, take the JR Keihin Tohoku Line to Kami-Nakazato Station. It’s a 7-minute walk from there.

The Tokyo Metropolitan Government and the International Forum will be hosting a one-day fashion event "TOKYO FANTASHION 2018 May" created by the popular designers team "CREATORS TOKYO".

With its theme "Tokyo Real Clothes", the event aims to increase awareness of some of the finest fashion brands from Tokyo, expand their sales channels, as well as promote Tokyo's cool Japan culture. The event will introduce Tokyo as a city of fashion, through fashion shows, exhibitions and sales by participating brands. Please take this opportunity to check out the latest collection of up-and-coming fashion brands in Tokyo. The event is held on Saturday, May 12th from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. To get to the Tokyo International Forum, take the JR trains to Yurakucho Station and walk 1 minute from there. For more information, visit the official event site at http://fantashion.jp/ (External link) Information is available in multiple languages.

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