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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 18th

The Tokyo Metropolitan Government has launched a portal site that provides entertainment related information for foreign travelers.

This website, “Your Guide To Tokyo", offers a wide range of content including information on various Attractions, Art&Design, Sports, Nature, Kabuki and other theatrical performance shows, Cultural experiences, Food and Nightlife.  It also has an online booking and payment function, as well as English customer support through the call center and chat, providing a one-stop service for the users. “Your Guide To Tokyo" is available in multiple languages including English. Please use the website for your sightseeing needs in Tokyo. To get more information, go to https://www.govoyagin.com/(External link).

To support visitors from overseas, Ueno Zoo has opened “Tokyo Zoo Welcome Center" for a limited time next to the Higashi General Information Center.

This information center provides information about the zoo and local tourist spots, as well as guided tours around the park in English and Chinese. Guided tour is held twice a day. The English tour starts at 10 a.m. and Chinese tour at 10:30 a.m. The afternoon tour is held at 2 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. respectively. Each tour will be available for 10 participants. If you wish to participate, please come to “Tokyo Zoo Welcome Center” before the starting times and consult the staff. Please note that the times may be changed or canceled depending on the park conditions and weather. Ueno Zoo is open from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. with last entry at 4 p.m. The zoo is closed on Mondays. General admission is 600 yen and 300 yen for seniors aged 65 and over. To get there, take the JR lines to Ueno Station and walk around 5 minutes from the park exit.

January 11th

The Tokyo Metropolitan Government provides "Guidelines for Preventing Tenant-Landlord Disputes" in multiple languages, in order for foreign residents in Tokyo to safely rent housing.

The guideline introduces the customs, rules and manners of rental agreements in easy-to-understand illustrations. It also explains the basic idea and common troubles of restoring the property to its original state at the time of moving out and repairing when moving in, as well as example cases and information on consultation desks. The detailed 81-page version of the "Guidelines for Preventing Tenant-Landlord Disputes" is available in English, while the 9-page summary version is available in English, Chinese and Korean. You can download the guideline( External link ) and summary versions( External link ) at the Tokyo Metropolitan Government website. Please search for “Guidelines for Preventing Tenant-Landlord Disputes” and visit the website.

Next, we have information on a family event.

Ueno Zoo, Tama Zoo, Inokashira Park Zoo and Tokyo Sea Life Park are holding the "Visit HOT Zoo 2020” campaign, which introduces the charm of zoos and aquariums that can only be enjoyed in the winter. This year, the event focuses on the diverse environment of Tokyo and the creatures living there. Join the stamp-rally and collect stamps from zoos and aquariums while exploring by train to receive a special gift during the period. Also, please check out the exclusive winter food menu at each of the zoos and aquariums. "Visit HOT Zoo 2020" campaign will continue until Sunday, March 1st.

January 4th

For the first Tokyo City Information of 2020, we’re going to bring you information about some fun family events.

The Takashimaya Department Store in Shinjuku will be holding the 63rd Tokyo Traditional Crafts Fair to showcase the attractions of handmade crafts that carry the traditions of the past into the present. This annual event features a collection of 45 Japanese traditional crafts produced by Tokyo artisans. You can even see live demonstrations and purchase goods to take home too. Visitors to the fair will also be able to try their own hand at making these items. For a fee, you can take part in a handicraft class offered each day at 11:30, 2:00 and 4:30. This is an event you won’t want to miss and it’s one you can enjoy in your own language, as English and Chinese interpreters will be available on site throughout the exhibition period. The fair runs from January 9th, through 13th. Hours are from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., except for the 10th and the 11th, when it stays open until 8:30, and the final day, January 13th, when doors close early at 6 p.m. The event takes place at the exhibition space on the 11th floor of Takashimaya Shinjuku store. Admission is free. To get there, take the JR trains to Shinjuku Station. It’s a 2 minute walk from the New South Exit.

Next we’ve got an announcement about a “Heaven Artist” street performance event in Shibuya.

On January 13th, 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 comedy wrestling mach, double dutch performance, magic shows, Chinese acrobat shows, juggling and more. You can see great performances put on by 17 Heaven Artist troupes. This holiday event takes place in front of Shibuya Dogenzaka, Bunkamura-dori and Shibuya Mark City on Monday, January 13th, from 1:00 to 3:40 in the afternoon. The event is free of charge and everyone is welcome.

December 28th

The influenza epidemic is spreading in Tokyo. It is important for all of us to be more careful in order to prevent the spread and transmission of the flu, as it is likely to turn into a major outbreak.

Here are some of the things you can do to stay healthy. Wash your hands frequently. Maintain a regular schedule in your daily life and get plenty of rest. Eat a balanced diet and drink plenty of fluids. Maintain a healthy humidity level inside your home of at least 40%, and let in fresh air often. Be careful not to cough toward others, and it’s also important to speak to your physician about getting a flu vaccine shot. The symptoms of influenza include a fever of 38 degrees centigrade or higher, headache, coughing, sore throat, runny nose, and muscle and joint pain. Compared with the common cold, influenza tends to have stronger symptoms. Many people recover quickly with only minor symptoms, but people who have chronic respiratory problems like asthma or heart conditions can experience more serious problems like pneumonia. If you think you might have flu-like symptoms, please see a doctor right away.

Next, we’ve got some information on special New Year events.

The Tokyo International Forum in Yurakucho will be hosting, "J-Culture Fest” during the New Year's holidays in 2020 as an event to introduce the charms of Japanese culture. At this event, you can experience Japanese New Year culture and cuisine at the "New Year's Theme Park" which offers local ozoni or hot rice cake soup from across Japan. Free welcome drink of sake in original Masu containers, as well as rice cakes will be given out again this year. Other traditional New Year events like kimono dressing experience, Japanese sweets cooking, handicraft workshop will be held as well as traditional Japanese games at the festival stalls. “J-Culture Fest” takes place on January 2nd and 3rd at Tokyo International Forum Hall B7, B5, E, lobby gallery and outdoor plaza. This is a free event although some programs may require an additional fee. The event site is a one minute walk from JR Yurakucho Station. For more information, check out the official website(External link). Information is also available in English.

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