Vol 108 Feb 2020
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Find Your Hero at the Tokyo Anime Tourism 2020 Event

Manga and anime are one of the main sources of Japan’s global “soft power.” People all over the world have grown to love Japan through their entertainment, and Tokyo is now giving them a chance to get closer to their beloved fictional worlds through the Tokyo Anime Tourism event.

Between February 2 to March 23, Tokyo will transform into a gigantic anime exploration site for fans of My Hero Academia. The manga by Kohei Horikoshi was first released in 2014 and has since then grown into an international phenomenon with its own animated series, movie, and a planned live-action motion picture. The franchise tells the story of a world where the majority of people are born with some kind of unique superpower (called a “Quirk”) allowing them to become superheroes or villains.

During the planned 2020 event, fans can download the official Tokyo Anime Tourism app and visit popular spots in Tokyo. By doing so, they will be able to get a digital stamp collection featuring their favorite fictional characters.

Contact: Natsuko Shimomura n-shimomura@kmh.kadokawa.co.jp

The ‘Timeless Conversations 2020’ Exhibit Showcases the Roots of Modern Japanese Art

Successful artists never truly die because they live forever, not just through their works, but also through the inspiration that they’ve had on people who came after them. That is what the “Timeless Conversations 2020: Voices from Japanese Art of the Past and Present” exhibit at the National Art Center Tokyo in Roppongi will explore.

Scheduled to open on March 11, 2020, the exhibition will compare the works of classic Japanese masters like Enku, Kenzan, and Hokusai with modern Japanese art by people currently revolutionizing the worlds of art, photography, design, and architecture. By looking at how art from more than two centuries ago is artistically and, more importantly, spiritually similar to modern Japanese forms of expression, Timeless Conversations aims to build a kind of bridge between Japan’s past and it‘s present.

For example, one pairing will include the famous Edo period artist Katsushika Hokusai and modern mangaka Shiriagari Kotobuki. Although primarily known for his woodblock prints like The Great Wave off Kanagawa, Hokusai’s sketches of everyday people and different forms of perspective, which were known as Manga, laid the foundation for modern Japanese comic books. It is this legacy that modern mangaka artists tap into with their works, especially in Shiriagari Kotobuki’s case, whose popular gag comics are often based on aspects of everyday life, something that Hokusai would find more than a little familiar. The exhibit closes on June 1, 2020. *Closed on Tuesday. Open on May 5 and Closed on May 7 instead.


Travel Tips & Key Information
New International Flight Paths for Haneda Airport

With the Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020 just months away, the Japanese Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT)has announced plans to increase the number of flight paths going to and from Haneda Airport. The new routes, which will be rolled out on March 29, 2020, will allow the airport to accommodate an extra seven million passengers a year.

To give you some perspective, Haneda Airport currently operates around 60,000 flights a year. That number will undergo a nearly two-thirds increase to 99,000 – that’s 50 additional flights daily. Naturally, the capital’s airspace will be drastically enlivened by the change, with previously uncharted routes tracing over several downtown districts, including Shibuya, Shinjuku, Shinagawa, and Tokyo.

With Narita situated well beyond Tokyo’s outskirts, Haneda is often the preferred airport, especially for international and Japanese residents traveling to and from the city. The new flight routes are expected to bolster the Japanese economy to the tune of 650 million yen each year, with an overall endgame of expanding Tokyo’s global connectedness. If Tokyo wants to extend its reach, lure more travelers who are en route to destinations further afield, and be sufficiently prepared for the huge influx of visitors during the Tokyo 2020 Games, the new flight paths could prove “crucial.”

https://www.mlit.go.jp/koku/haneda/news/2019080803.html (Japanese)

Two New Stations Join the Tokyo Rail Network

In 2020, Tokyo rail network will be joined by new train stations on and underground. Takanawa Gateway Station and Toranomon Hills Station will be added to the JR Yamanote/Keihin-Tohoku Line and Tokyo Metro Hibiya Lines respectively. This will benefit the areas surrounding the new stations while dispersing the number of passengers during typically congested times.

Takanawa Gateway Station will open for business in the spring of 2020 between Shinagawa and Tamachi Stations on the JR Yamanote and Keihin-Tohoku Line. Since there will be Tokyo 2020 Live Site nearby Takanawa Gateway Station, it will initially operate as a means of supporting spectators. The station will utilize cutting-edge robotics and artificial intelligence technology to enhance the experience of station users. This will feature unstaffed convenience stores with robots offering services and information in English and several other languages. JR East aims to turn it into another hub of the transport network by 2024, including an increased number of shops, restaurants, and a number of entertainment and retail outlets.

Toranomon Hills Station will be joining the Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line in June 2020 between Kasumigaskei and Kamiyacho Stations. The station will be connected via underground walkways to neighboring Toranomon Station and the grandiose Toranomon Hills Mori Tower. With an increased number of commuters and travelers utilizing the area, the station is set to be a popular one from the moment of its early-summer inception.

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Hina Dolls of the Mitsui Family / Special Display : Adorable Gosho Ningyō Dolls Feb 8-Apr 5, 2020
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Springtime opening of the Museum Garden Mar 10-Apr 19, 2020
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Freesia Festival in Hachijojima Island Mar 20-Apr 5, 2020
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Entertainment Hub Odaiba Gears Up For the Tokyo 2020 Games

In recent years, Odaiba has metamorphosed into one of Tokyo’s tourist hubs. This is largely thanks to its high-tech museums and contemporary art exhibits, a host of refined retail outlets, and some of the capital’s most daring neo-modern architecture. With the Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020 featuring heavily in the area, its stock is set to rise over the next year.

Built on reclaimed land in the Tokyo Bay area, Odaiba is very much a product of Japan’s 1980s bubble economy. Conceptually, it was destined to be the benchmark of Japan’s perception of what a modern city should be. Though construction progress labored in the 90s, Odaiba is now a fitting ode to that original utopian vision.

Odaiba has plenty of wonderful attractions to enjoy. The teamLab Borderless exhibit is a must-see, taking artistic immersion to the next level through a series of stunning and dynamic walkthrough installations. Boat trips along the river offer some equally diverting sights, such as the Rainbow Bridge illuminated in bright polychromatic hues when dusk falls, and panoramic views of the ever-expanding Tokyo Bay skyline. Paradoxically, if you want to experience the nation’s more traditional pastimes, the ODAIBA TOKYO OEDO-ONSEN MONOGATARI is a great place to relax in steamy pools of geothermal water, pumped up to the surface from 1,400 meters beneath.

During the Olympic Games, the Triathlon, Marathon Swimming, and Beach Volleyball events, as well as the Triathlon event during the Paralympic Games will be held in Odaiba. It will also house training facilities for athletes as well.

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Urban Illumination
Taking in the Night Light

Anyone who has seen Tokyo at night, whether it be in a photo, on video or in person, will agree that the city’s luminosity is nothing short of iconic. But during the winter season, within the streets and among the bright buildings, expertly designed light displays are becoming more prevalent, serving as a form of entertainment. We spoke with a light display commentator and a staff of one of the newest light display venues in the city, TOKYO MEGA ILLUMINATION, to find out about the origins and background of this trend and where it is headed.


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

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