Tokyo Events

June 30, 2008

Tokyo shrine

Filed under: in Japan.... — tokyoevents @ 6:51 am

The Yasukuni Shrine is located in Chiyoda ward Tokyo. It is a controversial shrine to Japan’s war dead, housing the souls of some 2.5 million people killed in Japan’s wars — including convicted war criminals executed by the Allies.

It has been made more famous by the controversial visits to the Shrine by the Japanese Prime Minister Koizumi. These visits have been particularly upsetting to countries attacked or invaded by Japan during World War II.

The Yasukuni Shrine is a favourite haunt of right-wing groups in black loudspeaker-equipped trucks.

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June 12, 2008

Google in Tokyo

Filed under: in Japan...., Tokyo News — tokyoevents @ 11:43 am

Google will open a research and development lab in Tokyo, bolstering its technical expertise in four countries.

The search company will begin aggressively hiring engineers in Tokyo, where it has already opened an advertising sales office. The Tokyo group will join a rapidly growing research arm within Google, one of the most popular Internet search engines worldwide.

Google employs engineers in Mountain View and Santa Monica, Calif.; New York; Zurich, Switzerland; and Ireland. It also plans to employ more than 100 engineers in India, an office it opened in late 2003.

June 10, 2008

Japan Fireman Drives 20 Years without license

Filed under: Tokyo News — Tags: , — tokyoevents @ 9:40 pm

The case came to light when the firefighter in his 40s, who had been working for the city for over 25 years, hesitated to show his driver’s license during a regular inspection last week.

A firefighter in Japan lost his job after city officials found out he had been driving ambulances and firetrucks for over 20 years without a driver’s license, an official in Takaoka City, central Japan, said on Tuesday.

The monthly inspection of driver’s licenses started last year and before that, the firefighter had filed a fake license registration number to Takaoka City in 1981. Between April 2003 and June 2008, the firefighter, who told city officials he had gone to a driving school but failed the writing exam, drove ambulances 309 times and firetrucks 97 times.

June 4, 2008

Beloved Tokyo Cars

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January 3, 2008

Happy New Year of 2008!!!

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December 18, 2007

Parks and Gardens in Tokyo – Shinjuku Park

Filed under: Places to see in Tokyo — tokyoevents @ 2:32 pm

There are two basic types of Japanese garden. These are “Tsukiyama” and “Karesansui”. In Tsukiyama, small hills and stones represent mountains and the pond represents the sea. In “Karesansui” white sand symbolises the sea, and the stones represent hills.

Shinjuku Gyoen is regarded as being one of the most important gardens in Japan. Established on the site of an old Edo Era mansion house in 1906 (Meiji Era), it incorporates examples of Japanese, French and English landscaping. From the French garden there’s a virtually uninterrupted view of Tokyo Tower. In the Japanese garden you can take part in the tea ceremony.

October 18, 2007

Camping In Japan

Filed under: in Japan.... — tokyoevents @ 6:12 pm

Camping in Japan is a cheap, fun way to travel around and an easy way to meet Japanese people. Campsites in Japan vary from primitive to deluxe campsites with all the amenities. If you’re traveling around Japan, be ready for anything, because you may not always be able to find a campsite with all the comforts. But due to the numerous public baths and hot springs in Japan, you’ll never be far away from a nice, hot bath.

Fall is an ideal time to camp as it is the season for Autumn festivals all around Japan. These festivals celebrate everything from Autumn vegetable planting to worshipping local Shinto Gods. Festivals are community events, so even visitors can usually join in the fun, helping to carry the “mikoshi” (portable shrine) and taking part in drinking the local sake.

If you are not concerned about finding a campsite, in certain parts of Japan such as Shikoku, it is legal to set up your tent anywhere on public land (parks, etc). Hint: If no park is available, find places near train stations or even bus stops as they are most likely to have toilets and running water.

Japan offers all kinds of camping gear, but they tend to sell mostly larger size tents for 6-8 people, which can be heavy to carry around when you only need a tent for two. Everything else can be bought at the large camping stores in the cities.

Typically, there will be a charge of 1,000 yen per tent, and a surcharge per person. Amenities may be extra.

September 20, 2007

Moon Viewing..

Filed under: Tokio - Interesting events — tokyoevents @ 2:44 pm

In Japan on September 23rd-25th is a national holiday time.
The Autumn Equinox is a national holiday and in parks all over Japan people will gather for moon viewing, an activity called “o-tsukimi.”
In the Heian period (794-1192), courtesans have written poetry under the moon, but nowadays most people stake out a patch of grass, spread out a cloth and eat sweets and drink tea or sake while watching the moon. Where I live, this is the only day of the year the botanical park is open at night and people are allowed to sit on the grass. A very special occasion indeed.

Wherever you happen to be in Japan at this time, there are surely going to be moon-viewing events or those celebrating the Autumn Equinox. Traditional Japanese events such as tea ceremonies, ikebana exhibits and Shakuhachi, or other live performances, abound. So grab a piece of grass, get some snacks and sake, and pray it doesn’t rain!

August 6, 2007

virtual arcade

Filed under: Tokio - Interesting events, Tokyo entertaining side — tokyoevents @ 8:45 am

Bored teenagers in tow, grumbling at yet another temple or shrine? Bring them to life at Tokyo’s most sophisticated virtual amusement arcade, outfitted with the latest in video games and high-tech virtual-reality attractions, courtesy of Sega. Video games include bobsledding and car races, in which participants maneuver curves utilizing virtual-reality equipment, as well as numerous aeronautical battle games. There’s also a 3-D sightseeing tour with seats that move with the action on the screen, several virtual reality rides, and much, much more. Most harmless are the Print Club machines, which will print your face on stickers with the background of your choice.

July 23, 2007

Toyota Auto Salon Amlux Tokyo

Filed under: Places to see in Tokyo — tokyoevents @ 6:27 pm

I’m not a big car fan, but even I have fun at Amlux. Japan’s largest automobile showroom when it opened 20-some years ago, this sophisticated facility holds its own with four floors of exhibition space containing more than 70 vehicles. Everything from sports and racing cars to family, accessible-to-disabled, and luxury cars is on view, all open so that potential buyers can climb inside and play with the dials.

There are also race-car simulators and exhibits relating to Toyota’s plans for the future. As opposed to Megaweb on Odaiba , which is mainly for entertainment, this is for serious automobile fans.

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