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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..

January 19th

The Jindai Botanical Gardens is hosting an emergency drill event as an enjoyable way to familiarize with disasters.

This event introduces important knowledge about self-help, mutual assistance and public assistance, as well as various efforts made as a "disaster prevention park". Programs include exhibition and demonstration of emergency vehicles, fire extinguishing and AED experiences, pet evacuation advice, CPR training for dogs and more. The event will offer new and helpful experiences for all ages. It all takes place at the front gate space of the Jindai Botanical Gardens from 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m on Sunday, January 27th. Admission is free. Please note that the event may be canceled in case of stormy weather. You can get to Jindai Botanical Gardens from JR Mitaka or Kichijoji Stations. Take the Odakyu bus bound for Chofu Station North Exit or Jindaiji, and get off at the Jindai Shokubutsu Koen Mae bus stop.

At the Toyosu Market and its surrounding areas, the "Toyosu Market Oishii Saturday Marche" is being held every Saturday until March 30th, offering food and ingredients from the Toyosu Market.

Hours are from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Products include charcoal-grilled fresh seafood, Toyosu-nabe with fresh ingredients, and exclusive menu by the Toyosu Market sold on kitchen cars, in addition to fresh fish, fruits and related goods from the market. Monthly themed contents and stage events will also be shown. The January event will take place on the 26th, and souvenirs will be given out to the first 2000 visitors. The venue is the outdoor space of the Toyosu Market Block 5 (Seika building) near Shijo Ekimae Station on the Yurikamome Line. There’s no parking available, so please take public transportation to get to the event.

January 12th

The Tokyo Metropolitan Government has produced a series of videos, to introduce the various efforts made for the reconstruction of the affected areas of The Great East Japan Earthquake.

The video titled “Never forget you from IWATE, MIYAGI, FUKUSHIMA”, features people in the affected areas challenging for the "future" through the restoration of local industries and traditional culture, while showing their deep respect to those who died and gratitude for all the support from overseas. It aims to spread a proper understanding of the disaster-stricken areas, as well as prevent harmful rumors and misunderstandings about the disaster and prevent the memories of the disaster from fading away, so that more people would be willing to visit the sites with the holding of Tokyo 2020 Games. Three movies, each 3 minutes and 20 seconds long and headlining Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima, have been made. The videos are currently released on YouTube, with captions available in English, traditional and simplified Chinese, Korean and Japanese. They will also be uploaded on the TOKYO DOUGA website(External link).

Takashimaya Department Store in Shinjuku will be holding the “62nd Tokyo Traditional Crafts Fair” to showcase the attractions of handmade crafts that carry the traditions of the past into the present.

This event features a collection of 46 traditional crafts produced by Tokyo artisans. You can even see live demonstrations and purchase items too. For a fee, visitors will also be able to take part in a production workshop, as well as learn the beauty of crafts and interact with the craftsmen through booth tours and enjoy Omikuji lottery to win traditional crafts of Tokyo. English and Chinese interpreters will be available at the event site. The fair runs from January 18th through 23rd. Hours are from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., except for the 18th and 19th, when it stays open until 8:30, and the final day, January 23rd, when doors close early at 6 p.m. The event takes place at the exhibition space on the 11th floor of Takashimaya Shinjuku store and admission is free. To get there, take the JR trains to Shinjuku Station. It’s a 2 minute walk from the New South Exit.

January 5th

For the first Tokyo City Information of 2019, we’ve got an announcement about a Heaven Artist street performance event in Shibuya.

On January 14th, Coming of Age Day, the Shibuya streets will host a show by the Heaven Artist street performers. These artists have passed special auditions held by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government, and they perform at public and private facilities all around the city to let people enjoy their artistic and cultural talents. At this year’s event, there will be magic shows, tap dance performance, Chinese acrobats, juggling, comedy, pantomime & dancing and more. You can see great performances put on by 18 Heaven Artist troupes and one group of foreign guest artists. The street performer’s event is free of charge and everyone is welcome. It takes place in front of Shibuya Dogenzaka, Bunkamura-dori and Shibuya Mark City on Monday, January 14th, from 1:00 to 3:40 in the afternoon.

The Kiba Park in Koto ward is a forest park rich in nature. The park is also home to the Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo.

Coming up next week, an art event will be held at Kiba Park, offering craft making experience and outdoor art workshop. The event will feature many family-friendly art programs including, "CHALK ART” which turns the park ground into a canvas for your drawing, "Giant Sleeping ART” in which people lie down to create illustrations, "ART with trees” to make a one-of-a kind tree, and “ART de CAFE”, offering roasted marshmallows and warm, healthy soup for free to the first 300 visitors. The event will take place on January 12th from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. around Kiba Midorium in Kiba Park. Admission is free. Please note that the event may be canceled in case of stormy weather. To get to the park, take the Tokyo Metro Tozai Line to Kiba station. It’s a 10 minute walk from there. Toll parking is also available for those coming by cars.

December 29th

For the last Tokyo City Information of the year, we have some information on special New Year events.

The Tokyo International Forum in Yurakucho will host the “J-Culture Fest” on January 2nd and 3rd. This festival will feature original performances of Kyogen by traditional artists and "Shogatsu Theme Park", an opportunity to experience and explore the Japanese New Year’s culture, livening up the "Last New Year in Heisei era.” The "Shogatsu Theme Park" offers a variety of traditional New Year’s activities including ozoni soup tasting, festive mochi making, kaku-uchi- style sake tasting, festival stalls and exhibition of Bonsai and Ikebana. The event takes place at Tokyo International Forum on January 2nd and 3rd from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. And in the lobby gallery, various materials on the imperial throne will be exhibited until January 15th, to welcome the milestone in history next May. The transition of "formal attire" used for New Year's court events will also be introduced. To get to Tokyo International Forum, take the JR Line to Yurakucho station. It’s a minute walk from there. For more information on the event, check the official website at link)

Next, we have some information for all animal lovers. On January 2nd and 3rd, Ueno Zoo will be holding a special New Year event.

On both days, visitors will be welcomed by animals in costumes, and will have the chance to see a Shishimai Lion, dancing around the park. You can also create your own Ema (a wooden wishing plaque) for the new year with the original stamp of Ueno Park given to the first 200 visitors. The zoo will also be giving away free senbei rice crackers with an illustration of a pig, the Chinese zodiac sign of 2019. Please arrive early as the senbei will be only given to the first 500 visitors. Why not begin the new year by having fun with the adorable animals! The zoo is open from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is 600 yen. To get to Ueno Zoo, take the JR or Tokyo Metro Lines to Ueno station. It’s a 5 minute walk from there.

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