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Yurakucho Area Revitalization
The ongoing redevelopment of the Yurkakucho/Ginza area continues with the addition of some exciting shopping venues. Those looking to expand on their Tokyo shopping experience can now enjoy the brand new Yurakucho Marui department store located in the recently opened Yurakucho Itocia shopping complex, and the Marronnier Gate shopping complex which is home to Ginza Hands, an exclusive and upscale branch of the very popular Tokyu Hands DIY stores.
Yurakucho Itocia - http://www.itocia.jp/ (Japanese)
Marronnier Gate - http://www.marronniergate.com/ (Japanese)

Japan Post Privatized
Japan Post, the public postal service company, was recently split into four firms under a holding company as the first step in the privatization process. The four units are in charge of mail delivery, postal savings, insurance and over-the-counter services.

Please note that Japan Post has a new logo (viewable here - http://www.japanpost.jp/en/) and that the Japan Post Bank will continue to offer an international ATM service. To see which ATM and credit cards work with the service, please visit:

Roppongi Crossing 2007: Future Beats in Japanese Contemporary Art
From October 13 to January 14, The Mori Art Museum in Roppongi will be featuring a series of exhibitions introducing Japanese creative talent. There will be 36 artists in total whose work has an energy and sphere of influence that spreads beyond the confines of conventional artistic categories. Their art takes a variety of forms, including painting, sculpture, photography, design, video, manga, games, and even unlikely genres such as doll making and bathhouse mural painting.

New Entry Procedures for All Foreign Tourists Visiting Japan Effective November 20, 2007
For details, please see the linked document below:
http://www.immi-moj.go.jp/keiziban/happyou/pdf/poster-english.pdf (PDF)

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December 20 ? 31 (Marunouchi)
Lightopia, the successor to the popular Tokyo Millenario illumination event, will once again brighten the Maruouchi area during the Christmas season. Produced by Motoko Ishii together with spatial designer Masakazu Shinya, Lightopia is designed to illuminate the area in order to communicate a message of earth, environment and peace to viewers.
Access: JR Tokyo Station
http://www.jeki.co.jp/news/20070829_01.html (Japanese)

Other Illumination Events Around Tokyo:
Roppongi Hills Artelligent Christmas

November 8 - December 25
Access: Tokyo Metro Roppongi Station

Shinjuku Southern Lights
End of November - February 14
Access: JR Shinjuku Station

Featured Event

Edo-Tokyo Open Air Architectural Museum (Tatemon-En)
A branch of the Edo-Tokyo Museum, the Edo-Tokyo Tatemono-En is an impressive, open air museum. Situated in western Tokyo’s Koganei Park, the museum showcases buildings from the late Edo Period to the 1950s, arranged along streets in a village setting. It has been said that film director, Hayao Miyazaki, visited the museum for inspiration in creating his famous animated film 'Sprited Away' (Sen to Chihiro no Kamikakushi). Free English guide services are available but must be booked at least 15 days in advance.
http://tatemonoen.jp/index.html (Japanese)

The closest station to the museum is JR Musahi Koganei, followed by a 5 minutes bus ride.

National Museum

With the gift giving season fast approaching, try visiting the Tokyo establishments listed below and discover some amazing deals.

Kappabashi Dori
The famous Tokyo restaurant wholesale district that sells everything from sushi inspired souvenirs, plastic display food, crockery, kitchenware, to factory-made ceramics at bargain prices.
Access: Tokyo Metro Tawaramachi Station (Ginza Line)
http://www.kappabashi.or.jp/ (Japanese)

Oriental Bazaar
A popular, one-stop souvenir shop that guarantees you will find reasonably priced Japanese gifts from yukatas, plastic samurai swords, paper products, lamps, fans, to pottery.
Access: JR Harajuku Station, Tokyo Metro Meiji-Jingumae & Omotesando Stations

Akihabara Denkigai
Also known as Akihabara Electric Town, this area is best known for its amazing collection of electronic shops. Here you will find everything from the latest electronic gadgets to electronic home appliances, all offered at great prices. Many shops offer duty free prices and multilingual service.

Antique Flea Markets
If you are looking for something unique to fill your Christmas stockings, check out the following Antique Flea Markets.

"A Tokyo Weekend At a Flea Market"

Oedo Antiques Fair (Yurakucho)
Every first and third Sunday of the month

Togo Shrine (Harajuku)
First and Fourth Sunday of the month (except December)
http://www.kottouichi.jp/tougou.htm (Japanese)

100 Yen Shop
Ranging from multi-storey to small corner store, 100 Yen Shops sell a wide variety of products for 105 yen per item (100 yen plus 5% consumption tax). Here you can find Japanese goods from chopsticks, ceramics and housewares to makeup, bath products, and home decoration products, all for an unbeatable prices. Below is a list of 100 yen shops in Tokyo:

Daiso (Harajuku, Machida, Kinshicho, etc)

Silk (Mitaka, Shinjuku, Ueno, etc)

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January 6, 2008 (Tokyo Big Sight)
A grand parade and acrobatic stunts by firefighters wearing traditional outfits.

Tokyo Auto Salon 2008 with NAPAC
January 12 & 13, 2008 (Makuhari Messe, Chiba)
The premier destination for car enthusiasts to explore the latest industry trends, gadgets and concept cars.

Antique Jamboree
January 12 & 13, 2008 (Tokyo Big Sight)
Japan’s premier antique fair attracts 500 dealers selling everything from Western and Japanese goods to toy collectibles in the waterfront Ariake area.

The January Basho (Sumo Wrestling)
January 13 - 27, 2008 (Kokugikan Sumo Hall)
Sumo is one of Japan’s most popular traditional sports. This is a sport with over 70 different throws, trips, forms and tricks. The January Basho is one of the year’s six Grand Tournaments. Two other tournaments hosted in Tokyo are held in May and September.

February 3, 2008 (Nishiarai-daishi Temple)
At Nishiarai-daishi Temple, good luck Daruma dolls are sold.

Tokyo Marathon 2008
February 17, 2008 (Shinjuku ? Start)
Tokyo's large-scale city marathon kicks off at 9:00 AM from the Tokyo Metropolitan Government building. Runners then make their way past the Imperial Palace, through Ginza and Asakusa before completing the course at Tokyo Big Sight in Odaiba.

From the end of the year to the start of spring, there are many Japanese traditions to welcome the New Year. The accompanying events provide a great opportunity for visitors to experience traditional Japanese culture.

Joya no Kane
December 31, 2007 (Various locations)
At midnight, temple bells are struck 108 times to dispel the 108 earthly desires that, according to Buddhist doctrine plague us all. Many Japanese go to a shrine or temple to hear the bells while praying for good luck and health. The first 108 people are sometimes given the opportunity to ring the bell. To participate in the bell ringing, try one of the following locations:

Zojo-ji Temple
Access: Onarimon Station - (Mita Line) *near Tokyo Tower
Costs 2,000 yen per group of four.

Gokoku-ji Temple
Access: Gokokuji Station - Exit 1 (Yurakucho Line)
1,000 yen per person with a maximum of 108 people participating.

Tsukiji Hongan-ji
Access: Tsukiji Station - Hibiya Line

January 1, 2008 (Various locations ? Meiji Jingue Shrine, Sensoji Temple)
People in traditional kimono pray for good fortune at shrines and temples.

Tako-age (Kite-Flying)
January 2008 (Arakawa Todabashi Ryokuchi Recreation Ground)
Welcome the New Year with a day of traditional Japanese kite flying.

Tako are square-shaped kites traditionally made with paper glued to a bamboo frame, decorated with pictures of Kabuki actors, warriors and Japanese writing. Young boys customarily flew kites to wish for their healthy growth; the idea was that they would be picked up by the wind and brought to heaven. Traditional Japanese kite making can be experienced at the Kite Museum in Nihonbashi, a ten minute walk from JR Tokyo Station's Yaesu Central Exit.

Kokyo Ippan Sanga
January 2, 2008 (Imperial Palace Grounds)
One of only two days when Imperial Palace grounds are open to the public and where visitors can catch a glimpse of the Imperial Family. Entrance to the gardens is by Nijubashi Bridge.

January 20, 2008 (Torigoe Jinja Shrine, Taito-ku)
New Year's decorations of pine and straw are taken to Torigoe Jinja Shrine for a bonfire. Pounded rice cakes, cooked in the embers, are consumed in hopes of bringing good health. Bring your new year holiday decorations and burn them to pray for good health and fortune.
http://hix05.com/nenju/tondo/tondo.html (Japanese)

February 2008 (Senso-ji Temple)
A traditional custom performed to welcome spring. Join the crowds as they throw soybeans while shouting “Oni wa soto! Fuku wa uchi” or “Fortune in! Devils out!.” The soybeans are meant to have the power to destroy the eyes of the demons.

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