Vol.104 Oct 2019
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Spectators greet the National Stadium with “HELLO, OUR STADIUM” opening event

As the Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020 are quickly approaching, Tokyo is hard at work ― making sure it will be the most unforgettable sporting event in history. Its premier venue, The Japan National Stadium will host the opening and closing ceremonies of the Tokyo 2020 Games and will be celebrating all of the hard work put into its creation on December 21.

The stadium is on track to be finished on schedule, and the people of Tokyo couldn’t be more excited. All of its 60,000 seats are expected to be filled with passionate spectators later this year for the arena’s opening event titled “HELLO, OUR STADIUM.”
Drawing in the crowds will be some of Japan’s top athletes and artists who will appear at the stadium during the ceremony. Musical and athletic performances by some of the country’s most iconic personalities will christen the new stadium and showcase Japan’s incredible talent.

The construction of the stadium also serves as tribute to Japanese culture and craftsmanship. Natural materials collected from all around Japan are used in the Japanese―inspired architecture of the stadium, making it eco-friendly and a unique reflection of Japanese tradition. After the Tokyo 2020 Games, the stadium and its surrounding green space will be open to the public to enjoy for a variety of events, sports, and other leisure activities. With a modern yet traditional design that respects nature and culture, the new Japan National Stadium shall stand to be a shining symbol of Japan’s past, present, and future.

Bringing Tradition to the Big Screen: Tokyo Art & Live City 2019

While Tokyo has a rich theater scene, it is usually only available in Japanese. This October however, the Tokyo Art & Live City Project will bring Noh, Kabuki, and Samurai film (historical drama) to the movie screens of Tokyo in an enjoyable and accessible way for those visiting the city.

Tokyo Art & Live City is a project that aims to recreate Tokyo by revitalizing its art and live performance culture, part of which includes making it more accessible to visitors from abroad. This October, three screenings of famous Noh, Kabuki, and Samurai film will be held at selected Tokyo cinemas with captions and commentaries in English.

From the 3rd until the 8th of October, screenings of the historical Samurai film “Hatamoto Taikutsu Otoko” will be held at the Marunouchi TOEI②. Coinciding with this is an intriguing clothing exhibition at the Galerie Nichido and the Ginza Yanagi Gallery. And also, a live drawing performance (on October 6) will be held at the Ginza Yanagi Gallery. Screenings of the kabuki play “Sagi Musume” featuring some of the best onnagata (male actors who play women’s roles) will be held at Togeki on October 9-10, and finally the noh masterpiece “Hagoromo” will be screened from October 11-17, at TOHO Cinemas Hibiya.

Whether or not you are a fan of arts and theater, traditional Japanese performing arts are a very different cultural experience for most travelers, and there are very few chances to experience them with English captions and commentary – especially in a familiar venue with high quality sound and screening equipment.

Contact: tal@geidankyo.or.jp

Travel Tips & Key Information
Getting Around Tokyo in 2020

Travelling in Tokyo can be overwhelming at the best of times, and Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020 brings the biggest challenge to locals, visitors and the city itself – navigating Tokyo among the crowds. Luckily, we have some tips and information for you.

Two of the easiest ways to get around Tokyo includes using the Tokyo Metro or boarding the JR line. Tokyo Metro has announced that they will be increasing the number of trains running from July 24 – August 9, 2020, and postponing the time of the last trains each day until roughly 01:30 to 02:30 am. Stations are expected to be particularly crowded, especially Kayabacho, Nihonbashi, Ginza, Shinbashi, Kitasando, Roppongi, Kudanshita, Takebashi, Gaienmae, Nagatacho, Akasaka Mitsuke, Aoyama 1-Chome, Meiji Jingumae, Otemachi, Yurakucho, Hibiya, Nijūbashimae, Shinkiba, Tsukishima, Toyosu and Tatsumi. As such, they are currently increasing the number of ticket gates, and will employ extra staff to assist physically handicapped travellers.
JR East will be adding extra early morning trains on their Yamanote and Sobu lines, and will be improving the air conditioning facilities throughout some stations to prevent heatstroke. On a lighter note, JR East also announced that many of their trains will be redecorated with the Olympic mascots, and a special train called the “Tokyo Sports Station” will be running on the Yamanote Line.

For those new to Tokyo, all this may seem a little daunting, but rest assured that these improvements will make Tokyo 2020 experience all the more convenient and, ultimately, enjoyable.

Tokyo Metro https://www.tokyometro.jp/en/index.html
JR-EAST https://www.jreast.co.jp/e/

Izakaya Tour: A taste of Tokyo’s nightlife

Many are familiar with the spectacular views of Japan’s pristine temples and shrines or the breathtaking nature around the country, but there is a whole world of excitement that sometimes goes unvisited by tourists: Tokyo’s nightlife. When the sun goes down, and the neon lights illuminate the streets, izakaya is one of the most popular places for Japanese people to let loose. 

Izakaya are unique establishments where patrons can find a wide variety of traditional Japanese dishes and drinks. These are also fantastic places to fill up on Japanese culture. This makes an izakaya one of the best places to get to know the Japanese on a more intimate level. Not to mention, izakaya proudly display the traditional Japanese aesthetic throughout with rice straw tatami floors, sliding shoji paper doors, and noren curtain doors.

Getting the right food to the table at a Japanese izakaya can be a tall order if you are new to Japan, plus, these lively establishments are best enjoyed when celebrating with groups. Luckily, there are tour guides ready to raise their glasses along with eager travelers hungry to experience Tokyo’s thriving nightlife. You’ll be led through the narrow alleys of the city to grab a drink at some lesser-known bars and izakaya as you explore Japan like never before and thus, have an unforgettable experience trying exciting food with new friends.

Hang Out Japan https://hangoutjapan.com/
Contact: contact@jnnovations.com

MagicalTrip https://www.magical-trip.com/

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Sports, Culture, and Shopping in Sendagaya and Kitasando

The Sendagaya area is widely known for its long-running history of sports, but its track record for supporting the arts and Japanese culture also knocks it out of the ball park. With massive stadiums and impressive cultural hot spots, the Sendagaya area offers visitors the best of both worlds.

Like a sprinter barreling down the last few meters of a long race, the completion of the new Japan National Stadium is now heading towards its finish line. The venue of the highly anticipated Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020 opening and closing ceremonies, as well the games themselves, is sure to attract plenty of visitors to the area.

Besides the stadium, Sendagaya and the luxurious Kitasando district offer many other exciting places to visit. For example, there is the Shogi Kaikan Hall, the center of Japanese chess game shogi, a place where the clash of minds in this strategic game occurs. You can also pick up some interesting shogi souvenirs here. Other features of traditional Japanese culture can be found in the city, like Hatomori Hachiman Shrine and many other awe-inspiring shrines. There is also the National Noh Theatre where Japanese Traditional performing arts called Nohgaku is performed and preserved for coming generations. For a taste of the more modern side of Japan, the area is also known for delicious restaurants and glamorous shopping.

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A Craft Beer Wonderland

If you’re looking for craft beer in Japan, Tokyo is the place to be. In the mid-90s brewing regulations in Japan began to permit smaller batches of beer to be produced. Allowing for more personal care and experimentation these small batch brewers are regarded as the first craft beer brewers. With limited space, Tokyo has provided a great environment for smaller brewers to thrive and many brewpubs have opened around the city. It’s at these establishments where exclusive craft beers are brewed and served on site, such as the German-style Rauchbier (smoked beer) at Smoke Beer Factory NAMACHA ん Brewing.

Smoke Beer Factory " NAMACHA ん Brewing” https://smokebeerfactory.com/otsuka/


Issued by: Tokyo Convention & Visitors Bureau.
Supported by: Tourism Division, Bureau of Industrial and Labor Affairs, Tokyo Metropolitan Government.

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