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Popular tourist destination Meiji Jingu Shrine celebrates its 100th anniversary in 2020, and the “Meiji Jingu Forest Festival of Art” is being held to celebrate this monumental event.

The art festival started last March and is scheduled to run for a year. It’ll showcase three art exhibits and other cultural activities. “SHIKANSUIYO – ART OF THE ONE HUNDRED YEAR FOREST” is the second installment of the outdoor sculpture exhibition that began in March, but due to the spread of COVID-19 it has been postponed. From July 10, the Meiji Shrine Museum, opened in 2019, will be holding an exhibition of traditional Japanese art, such as folding screens, hanging scrolls, and fans, by 40 contemporary artists.
Press Release https://prtimes.jp/main/html/rd/p/000000004.000053042.html (Japanese)
Contact: Meiji Jingu Forest Festival of Art Committee, PR Hinako Yamaguchi press@artpj.jp

SEGA Entertainment opens SEGA Ariake Garden amusement arcade in Tokyo Bay’s largest shopping center, Ariake Garden, that opened last June.

Press Release https://prtimes.jp/main/html/rd/p/000000181.000034930.html (Japanese)

On July 9, the new gourmet eatery HIBIYA GOURMET ZONE - Craft beer, Pizza, Seafood bar, Thai food, Ramen, Skewers, German beer - opened under the beloved 100-year-old elevated red brick train tracks in Hibiya. Keep an eye on what’s happening under the tracks for more hot, trendy new spots.

https://www.tokyoeki-1bangai.co.jp/hibiyagourmetzone/ (Japanese)
Press Release https://prtimes.jp/main/html/rd/p/000000005.000037893.html (Japanese)
Contact: Yuki Kakee y-kakee@tokyoeki-1bangai.co.jp

Known for its collection of shrines and temples from the Edo period, the downtown area of Fukagawa will transform into a first-of-its-kind art museum with pieces from special needs artists. The “ARTPARA FUKAGWA O-shaberi-na (Conversational) Art Festival” will be held November 15-23.
https://www.artpara-fukagawa.tokyo/about/ (Japanese)
Press Release https://prtimes.jp/main/html/rd/p/000000001.000060238.html (Japanese)
Contact: info@artpara-fukagawa.tokyo
Asakusa gives rise to new sake culture! KONOHANANO Sake Brewery, makers of doburoku (unrefined sake), opened the doors to its restaurant last June.
https://konohanano-brewery.com/TOP (Japanese)
Press Release https://prtimes.jp/main/html/rd/p/000000005.000059744.html (Japanese)
Contact: Yousuke Hosoi all.wright0000@gmail.com
This September, Japan’s largest gallery complex, TERRADA ART COMPLEX II, will open in Tennozu Isle, one of Tokyo’s most well-known art hubs. The complex will also house cafes and gardens that are sure to please visiting art fans.
Press Release https://prtimes.jp/main/html/rd/p/000000184.000014158.html (Japanese)
Contact: pr@terrada.co.jp
This summer, the new third-generation “Salvia-Maru” ocean liner will begin service from Takeshiba harbor to the Tokyo Islands. This eco-ship is built with advanced energy efficient technology and designed for easy access for disabled passengers.
Contact: info-tkk@tokaikisen.co.jp
The cafe 44APARTMENT Yakushi-ike opened in the western Tokyo commuter town of Machida City. Since the cafe is in Yakushi-ike Shikisai-no-Mori Park, it offers outdoor glamping and picnicking.
https://www.nishien-market-bbq.com/ (Japanese)
Press Release https://prtimes.jp/main/html/rd/p/000000056.000024845.html (Japanese)
Contact: CHIHIRO NAKADA kwg.promotion@gmail.com
Sunshine Aquarium’s popular jellyfish area has gotten a major upgrade in Ikebukuro Sunshine City. Opened July 9, the “Kurage Kukan (Immersive Space of Jellyfish)” section of the aquarium features not only Japan’s largest jellyfish panorama tank (nearly 14m wide!), but also sounds, aromas, and lighting that creates an intimate and relaxing experience.
Press Release https://prtimes.jp/main/html/rd/p/000000455.000020364.html (Japanese)
Contact: Naruho/Oura/Hirata pr@sunshinecity.co.jp
Haneda Innovation City, the new hub for generating and spreading new industries powered by cutting-edge tech and Japanese culture, opened on July 3. Experience the food culture and other unique parts of Japan with the latest advancements in tech like digital art and MR technology.
Press Release https://prtimes.jp/main/html/rd/p/000000243.000017557.html (Japanese)
Unravel the secrets of screen paintings with a reshowing of “Wind God and Thunder God” and “Flowering Plants of Summer and Autumn” in VR at Tokyo National Museum’s TNM & TOPPAN Museum Theater from Wednesday, July 1 to Sunday, October 4.
Press Release https://prtimes.jp/main/html/rd/p/000000428.000033034.html (Japanese)
Contact: kouhou@toppan.co.jp
Help save Tokyo’s pop-culture hub, Shibuya! The coronavirus has taken a heavy toll on many of the entertainment, fashion, restaurant, and other retail businesses that support Shibuya. To help aid businesses through these turbulent times, the online donation campaign “YOU MAKE SHIBUYA Crowdfunding” launched on July 22.
https://youmakeshibuya.com/fund/ (Japanese)
Press Release https://prtimes.jp/main/html/rd/p/000000061.000033690.html (Japanese)
Contact: info@youmakeshibuya.com

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Tokyo is a Place for Families

Even the greatest holiday destination is made more exciting when you visit it with the people closest to you. But traveling with your whole family can be challenging, especially if you’re worried about everyone’s safety. Fortunately, Japan’s capital has got you covered.

Need to keep your children entertained for up to an hour? Then consider Tokyo’s sightseeing boats operating between Asakusa and Odaiba by TOKYO CRUISE showing you a side of the city not available from the mainland. An open-air water bus is highly recommended for families. For a more personal experience, ride a rickshaw from TOKYO SKYTREE® to Asakusa in comfort and safety while listening to a specialized guide by your rickshaw man, as the rickshaw operators take all necessary precautions to keep their passengers healthy. Finally, there’s also the hop-on, hop-off Sky Hop Bus, which cruises around the most famous sightseeing spots in Tokyo, taking on and dropping off passengers the entire time with minimal human contact.

As you may already know, Japanese people have a very high standard of hygiene, so places are always spotless. This sense of cleanliness, coupled with a commendable observance of social distancing, can also be found in Tokyo’s restaurants and hotels like Japanese-style (izakaya) pub KICHIRI Shinjuku, which has managed to cut interactions between staff and customers by 80%.
Upon walk into KICHIRI, you are greeted by a hostess on a monitor. Customers pick up a map guiding them to their seat, and scan a QR code to bring up a menu on their phone, from which they can place their order. You don’t even have to avoid buffets in Tokyo, as many places, like the Breakfast Buffet at The Tokyo Station Hotel, are doing away with items such as tongs and displaying food wrapped as individual servings.

But for an all-in-one family experience that will bring you closer to Japanese things, you have to visit newly opened GREEN SPRINGS in Tachikawa, West Tokyo. A sprawling urban culture space, GREEN SPRINGS houses a multipurpose hall, a hotel, offices, shops and restaurants, and, most importantly, it is also adjacent to the Showa Kinen Park, the largest park in Tokyo. With the addition of children’s play areas "PLAY! PARK", and museum displaying modern Japanese art "Tamashin Art Museum", GREEN SPRINGS is one of the premier family destinations in the entire city.

* In order to prevent the spread of COVID-19, various facilities around Tokyo may change their operating days or hours. Please check official websites for the latest information.

TOKYO CRUISE https://www.suijobus.co.jp/en/
JIDAIYA https://jidaiya.biz/kanko-j-eng.html
Sky Hop Bus https://skyhopbus.com/en/news/77
KICHIRI Shinjuku https://www.kichiri.co.jp/en/shop/kichiri-new-japan-style/009/
GREEN SPRINGS https://greensprings.jp/en/

  Pick up Movies

Witness the creation of SMALL WORLDS TOKYO, the world’s largest indoor miniature theme park production climaxed.

Cruise the modern Tokyo Bay area in the Tokugawa Shogun Family’s legendary giant ship in the early Edo period (1615–1868), the “Atakemaru!”

See the charm and beauty of the Tama area’s four cities; Hino, Tama, Fuchu, and Inagi, with “Discover the beauty of TAMA, Tokyo!”

Get a view the lush, blue or green spaces of Ome City with this promotional video.

  Tokyo Event Calendar

Check out these annual festivals and events held in Tokyo. You can see the list of all major festivals, fireworks, parades, religious events, and other events in Greater Tokyo.
*Depending on the situation, festivals and events scheduled in 2020 may be canceled. Please check the official website for the latest information.

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From Editor

When the autumn breeze blows, cosmos flowers begin to bloom in Tokyo. Usually their petals display a pink or white hue, but Tokyo's cosmos show off a bright yellow color. In the Hama-rikyu Gardens, sulfur cosmos bloom against a backdrop of skyscrapers. Perhaps this year, the newly opened WATERS takeshiba complex will be decorated with their brilliant colors.

Kyoko Higashi / TOKYO NOW Editorial Staff  


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