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Visiting The Imperial Palace in Tokyo
A tour course in the Imperial Palace in Tokyo has changed its policy and now you don’t have to book prior to the date in advance anymore. The Imperial Household Agency declared and actually started this new policy since this June 25th.

Now you can make a on-the-day booking for the tour and the palace started hosting such a tour even on Saturdays (the tour used to be available on only weekdays). In addition, the number and capacity of the tour has increased; a current-day registration is available twice a day for the both of the two tours. One is for the tour in the morning (starts at 10:00am) and the other is for one in the afternoon (starts at 1:30pm).

The capacity for current-day registration is 300 people, while that for advance registration is 200 people. One tour takes about 75 minutes. It is supposed this new policy is arranged in order to increase foreign visitors to the palace as a part of promotion of inbound tourism . Actually, about 60% of the visitors to the palace are foreigners. So, the government is pareparing for starting recoreded guiding services coming in various languages as well.

by Terry
 2016/07/01 12:38  この記事のURL  / 
About 1,000 fireworks displays being held nationwide
Fireworks are one of the highlighted popular events of joy for Japanese people in summer for hundreds of years. This year about 1,000 firworks displays are being held all over Japan especially in July and August.
By Terry

 2015/09/14 10:55  この記事のURL  / 
Hotel Okura’s renewal construction plan
The main building of Hotel Okura in Tokyo is going to be closed at the end of thsi August and a reconstruction will take place which will have finished by the coming spring in 2019 in order to meet the timing of preparation for the Tokyo Olympic games in 2020.

The current main building of 11 floors with 408 guest rooms will be replaced by two new buildings of 41 floors and 16 floors with 510 guest rooms due to decrepitude. The current one was open n 1962, two years before the Tokyo Olympic Games in 1964 as its preparatory inflastructure and now the new ones will be created as a preparation for another Tokyo Olympics in 2020. However, a lot of people including foreign celebrities who have stayed at the hotel are reluctant to accept the reconstruction and against the plan of demolision because of their sweet memories with building of the beautiful conbinations of traditional Japanese artistic and western modernism. Famous writers, foreign monarchs, well-known business people and so forth enjoyed the lavish stays at the hotel in the past 50-year history and some of those influential foreign visitors even conduct protest sign-in campaigns against the demolision plan. The culturally important asset of the hotel building might be spared and might be preserved in some other way due to the passions of those who love those works and facilities.

At any rate, the hotel will remain open in business operation even during the reconstruction utilizing its annex building.

By Terry
 2015/09/07 10:49  この記事のURL  / 
The 70th Peace Memorial Ceremonies at Hiroshima and Nagasaki
The 70th Peace Memorial Ceremonies were held at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park in Hiroshima City,Hiroshima pref. on the Aug.6th and Nagasaki Peace Park in Nagasaki City, Nagasaki Pref. on the Aug 9th. The two dates were the very dates the two atomic bombs were dropped at the two cities respectively just 70 years ago.

PM Abe attended the two ceremonies and gave remakes wishing peace and keeping peaceful world. So did the city mayors. What was especially notable was that for the first time in history of these 70 years, a higher official of the US government along with the current US ambassador attended the ceremonies. Rose Gottemoeller, Under-secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security , attended the ceremonies with US Ambassador Kennedy on behalf of the US government.

By Terry

 2015/09/01 10:45  この記事のURL  / 
StarWars characters at the Nebuta Festival
The Nebuta Festival, one of the six major festivals of Tohoku region, was held and new type images such as thoses of Star Wars series were displayed among other traditional images of floats in Aomori City, Aomori Pref. Aug.2-7.

(by Terry)
 2015/08/30 11:09  この記事のURL  / 
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