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Tokyo Square Garden Opened Near Tokyo Station
Tokyo Square Garden
A large complex facility was just opened on April 18, 2013, directly connected to Tokyo Metro Kyobashi Station in Kyobashi, home to many art galleries. A flagship shop of outdoor brand "mont-bell" and 25 select restaurants are already opened and Kameda Kyobashi Clinic (tentative name), which will offer medical services available in several languages, is to open in July. A large convention hall is convenient for a variety of events.
Tokyo Square Garden (Japanese only)

Oak omotesando, a New Landmark of Omotesando Has Opened
oak omotesando
Oak omotesando opened on the former site of the HANAE MORI building in the fashionable Omotesando area on April 4, 2013, consisting of nine floors above ground and two below. High-end fashion brand shops, such as Emporio Armani, Coach, and three dots, are have opened and Emporio Armani also has a cafe that is the first Emporio Armani cafe outside Italy. Cafe Sasha Kanetanaka is designed by world-famous contemporary art creator Hiroshi Sugimoto and managed by traditional restaurant Kanetanaka. Oak trees are planted to create a green ecological space leading in from the zelkova trees that line Omotesando Avenue.
oak omotesando (Japanese only)

Tokyo: Art Anytime, All the Time
With a variety of museums and art spaces, Tokyo is "teeming" with art, all the time. Special exhibitions are, of course, attractive, but most museums have fascinating, permanent exhibitions, so you can enjoy art at any time.

Museums with Outstanding Appearances and Atmosphere
Tokyo is home to museums of which the building and space itself is sophisticated, as well as the exhibited works themselves. Let's experience art with all of the five senses!

Nezu Museum (Minami-Aoyama, Minato-ku)
After a 10-minute walk from Omotesando Station, you will find a prominent building standing in the fashionable Aoyama district. The main building features a large roof reminiscent of a traditional Japanese-style home. This is Nezu Museum. While it is home to a diverse collection of Japanese and East Asian arts, including seven National Treasures and 87 Important Cultural Properties, the appearance of the museum is a work of art in itself and creates an attractive artistic atmosphere.
The building was renewed in 2009, designed by Kengo Kuma, one of the leading architects in contemporary Japanese architectural circles. The huge garden around the building is dotted with four tea houses and stone monuments in various shapes. After strolling in the hilly garden, have a break at NEZUCAFÉ! You will be surprised to see abundant greenery and have a peaceful time even though being right in the center of Tokyo.
Nezu Museum

Hara Museum of Contemporary Art
Hara Museum of Contemporary Art (Kitashinagawa, Shinagawa-ku)
Going up from Shinagawa Station, a small museum is situated in a quiet residential district. Among the many museums in Tokyo, Hara Museum of Contemporary Art has a reputation of being a chic museum with an elegant building and a lovely garden. The building was a mansion built in 1938 for Kunizo Hara, a businessperson who was president and chairman of several companies including Japan Airlines. Designed by Jin Watanabe, who also designed the main building of Tokyo National Museum in Ueno, this plush building has such an aristocratic feel that seeing the building itself is worth looking at and appreciating.
The museum opened as a contemporary art museum in 1979. Because of its intimate size, the museum houses not so many works, but you will be satisfied being there with a balanced harmony of the works and surroundings. Having a cup coffee in a quiet cafe while enjoying the view of the picturesque garden is a fine way to top off your visit.
Hara Museum of Contemporary Art

Fantastic Museum Shops and Cafes
Some people say looking for artistic goods in museum shops and having a relaxing time at stylish museum cafes is one way to enjoy museums. For some, moreover, visiting museum shops and cafes is sometimes a purpose to go there. Here are such places where you can enjoy every time, regardless of what exhibitions are held.

Brasserie Paul Bocuse Le Musée
Brasserie Paul Bocuse Le Musée
The National Art Center, Tokyo (Roppongi, Minato-ku)
With waving glass walls, the eye-catching building in Roppongi is The National Art Center, Tokyo, which opened in 2007. Designed by big-name architect Kisho Kurokawa, this is one of the largest museums in Japan with about 14,000 sq. meters of exhibition space.
What makes this museum even more popular in addition to the unique huge architecture and exciting special exhibitions is a fancy French restaurant, three stylish cafes and a museum shop. Brasserie Paul Bocuse Le Musée on the third floor is the first brasserie that Paul Bocuse, a high-end French restaurant in France, opened overseas. You can enjoy a "collaborative menu" of art and cuisine with soft sunshine through the glass wall in the daytime and a fantastic night view in the evening. At noon time, prices are really reasonable (from 3,500 yen) and the ambience enjoyable in a casual manner. The museum shop is full of nice original goods including creators' works from the whole world. Find nice souvenirs.
The National Art Center, Tokyo

Suntory Museum of Art
© Keizo Kioku
Suntory Museum of Art (Tokyo Midtown, Roppongi, Minato-ku)
Suntory Museum of Art is located in the sophisticated commercial complex Tokyo Midtown. Since its establishment 50 years ago (then in Marunouchi), the museum has been exhibiting works under the theme of "Art in Life," such as Japan's antique arts and crafts. Though the size is not as large as public museums, the selected collection is worth a visit.
This museum has a comfortable space with a shop and cafe. The cafe is run by a venerable shop from Kanazawa, a historic town in Ishikawa Prefecture. It originally specializes in "Kaga-fu" (wheat-gluten cakes) that is popular for being organic and healthy, but also serves a variety of sweets created in accordance with exhibits. The elegant museum shop offers original goods that are designed based on the collection and you will find fantastic goods under the concept of "Japan modern."
Suntory Museum of Art (Japanese only)

Mori Art Museum (Roppongi, Minato-ku)
Museum Shop (53F)
Museum Shop (53F)
Since its opening in 2003, Roppongi Hills has been drawing much attention as a trend-setting place of Tokyo. Mori Art Museum located on the top of Mori Tower (53F), a symbol of Roppongi Hills, does not have permanent exhibitions but always holds exciting exhibitions, especially ones featuring contemporary art. This is the highest-located museum in Tokyo and you can enjoy the panoramic view from the observation deck.
It has three museum shops. One is located within the 53F museum. Another is on the 52nd floor for visitors to the museum as well as Tokyo City View (52F) and Sky Deck (54F) and the other is on the 3rd floor where everyone can enter. Both shops offer fancy original goods and unique goods by distinguished Japanese contemporary artists, such as Yayoi Kusama, Yoshitomo Nara, Takashi Murakami, Makoto Aida, Mika Ninagawa, and Taiko Matsuo. The goods are nice for souvenirs and also good for yourself, of course. In addition, Maman, a gigantic spider sculpture by American sculptor Louise Bourgeois, and other public art works by world-famous artists can be seen outdoors here and there and add an artistic feel to the Roppongi Hills area.
Mori Art Museum

Unique Art Places You Should Visit
Art is not limited to museums. Tokyo has distinctive galleries, unique places of Japanese art for free, and other interesting art spaces.

Galleries in Kyobashi/Ginza Area (Kyobashi & Ginza, Chuo-ku)
In the area near Tokyo Station, there are large and small galleries, their exhibits ranging from traditional to contemporary art. The area is also home to Bridgestone Museum of Art, which is well known for its museum shop with original goods and a tearoom.

Edo Shitamachi Dento Kogeikan (Edo Traditional Craft Museum) (Asakusa, Taito-ku)
The museum in Asakusa, a bustling traditional tourist town, displays about 400 traditional crafts from 50 industries made in Taito-ku, such as Edo-kiriko (cut glass) and hagoita (decorative battledores).
Edo Shitamachi Dento Kogeikan (Japanese only)

Edo-Tokyo Museum (Yokoami, Sumida-ku)
When you get off at Ryogoku Station, you are in Ryogoku, a "sacred sumo place" with Ryogoku Kokugikan and will immediately find the vast building of Edo-Tokyo Museum, which is modeled after an ancient elevated-floor type warehouse. The old town of Tokyo (Edo) is reproduced inside the building and Tokyo's 400 years of history and culture is on display. Volunteer guide service is available in English and several other languages. Reservations are needed but the service is for free.
Edo-Tokyo Museum

Pen Station Museum & Café
Pen Station Museum & Café (Kyobashi, Chuo-ku)
Stationery manufacturer Pilot runs a museum of pens and stationery from around the world. The first fountain pen produced in Japan in 1918 and makie-lacquered fountain pens are worth a look.
Pen Station Museum & Café

Isehan-Honten Museum of Beni
Makeup items
Late Edo to Meiji period, 19th century
Isehan-Honten Museum of Beni (Minami-Aoyama, Minato-ku)
This is a unique museum featuring beni, or traditional rouge using an organic dye of safflower, run by an old lipstick maker established in 1825, and which is the only such maker existing now. You can see the history and culture of beni and also check out a variety of beni goods.
Isehan-Honten Museum of Beni

Kabukiza Gallery
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Kabukiza Gallery (Ginza, Chuo-ku)
As we introduced in the March issue of the e-Tokyo Today magazine, this interesting museum displaying authentic kabuki costumes, stage properties, and valuable videos was just launched on April 24 in KABUKIZA TOWER, which opened this April. Have a relaxing time while enjoying a rooftop garden! The admission fee is 500 yen.
Kabukiza Gallery (Japanese only)

Tokyo Museum Grutt Pass (Round-Trip Pass) 2013
"Grutt Pass" is a value-priced ticket booklet providing you admission or discounts to 77 museums and various other facilities in Tokyo. The new version for 2013 is now on sale at 2,000 yen until January 31, 2014. There are valuable and convenient set passes at 2,800 yen with one-day tickets for Tokyo Metro or Toei Subway, respectively.
Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture
Guide of "Tokyo Museum - Grutt Pass 2013"

Did you Know? Fun Facts About Tokyo: Science Can Be Art
As we introduced in the KITTE article in the previous, March issue, INTERMEDIATHEQUE, a museum jointly operated by Japan Post Co. Ltd. and the University Museum, the University of Tokyo was opened on the second and third floors of JP Tower adjacent to Tokyo Station in April. This arty museum houses and exhibits a variety of scientific specimens and other items accumulated by Tokyo University, the so-called "Tokyo Collection."
Gigantic skeletal preparations, stuffed specimens, dried medical plants, ores, etc... They are displayed at random, with some on the floor and others on antique shelves in large rooms of the former Tokyo Chuo Post Office. The museum's concept is "Retro and Modern" and entrance is free.
According to the director of the museum, the museum aims to show academic specimens, which may be usually thought to be uninteresting for lay persons, in an artistic and exciting way. Could science be art? You will find an answer when you come to this experimental museum!

Event Information
In front of Meiji Memorial Picture Gallery at Meiji-jingu Gaien and other shops in Tokyo (Map)
Oct. 26-Nov. 4

TOKYO DESIGNERS WEEK, a big design and art event, will mark the 28th anniversary this year. This year's show designer is art director Kimi Hasegawa, the first female designer of the event, and will take place under the theme of "DESIGN Fes.," evolving from a design exhibition to a design festival aiming to gather all sorts of creativity into a "Creative, Festival."
The event has established "ASIA AWARDS" to provide opportunities for top designers, students and young designers/artists from all over the world to showcase their creativity.
The place is not only with exhibitions of architectural, interior, and product designs, but also a wide range of art, various musical events, and workshops, providing a place for adults and children to stimulate their creativity. More than 100,000 people come and enjoy the latest art and design there every year.

The 12th Dream Yosacoy Matsuri
The 12th Dream Yosacoy Matsuri
Odaiba (Map), Marunouchi, and Yurakucho
Nov. 2-3

One of the biggest festivals in Tokyo with the participation of about 100 dance teams will mark the 12th anniversary of its launch with the concept of "introducing Japan's dream from Tokyo to the world." The original Yosakoi Festival was born in Kochi Prefecture, and it has developed into a style in which the audience can enjoy dancing together in various places all over Japan.
April 28, 2013, this festival was first held in New York, a sister city of Tokyo and more and more attracting attention internationally. Jump in the circles of dancers if you feel like dancing!
Dream Yosacoy Matsuri (Japanese only)

Hagoita Ichi (Battledore Fair)
Hagoita Ichi (Battledore Fair)
Senso-ji Temple, Asakusa (Map)
December 17-19, 2013

The annual Hagoita-ichi (Hagoita Market), held from December 17 to 19 at Senso-ji Temple, is one of the famous seasonal events in Asakusa.
The Hagoita Ichi was originally a place to wish for the healthy development of female children because the hagoita (wooden paddle) is supposedly capable of knocking away evil spirits. The current style of the market dates back to the late 1800s when hagoita were a major product sold at the year-end bargain sales held at Senso-ji Temple.
Hagoita were originally used in a game called hanetsuki, usually played by girls at the beginning of the year. Thought to be capable of driving away evil, they were given to women on New Year's Day. Over the years, the hagoita became more elegantly decorated. Oshie-hagoita with motifs of popular kabuki-stars and beautiful women from famous stories became very popular during the Edo period.
Senso-ji Temple

No Negative Impact on Our Health: Updated Radiation-related Information in Tokyo
Radiation dose after touring Tokyo for one day (July 9, 2012) Report on field measurements (Japan Tourism Agency)
According to the survey on radioactivity in Tokyo conducted by the Japanese Tourism Agency, the measured air dose was below the global average.
Radiation dose after touring Tokyo for one day (July 9, 2012) Report on field measurements

Radiation Level in the Air (Tokyo Metropolitan Institute of Public Health)
Environmental radiation levels in Tokyo

Radiation Level in Tap Water (Bureau of Waterworks Tokyo Metropolitan Government)
No radioactive substances have been detected either from raw water or at the water purification plants of Tokyo since April 2011.
Latest information related to the effect on purified water by radioactivity

List of banned foods and shipping restrictions
Food products are monitored every day for radioactive materials. The Japanese government restricts distribution and consumption of food products containing any level of radiation that exceeds the regulatory standards.
Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare: Information on the Great East Japan Earthquake

Q&A on Foods and Fishery products
Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries: Questions and answers on rice, meat and eggs, milk, dairy products, mushrooms, and edible wild plants (as of December 19, 2012)
Fisheries Agency: Questions and answers on fishery products

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