Notice: Weekday Tour on Thursday, February 4

  • Date/Time: Thu, Feb, 4, 2016 (10:00-12:00)
  • Meeting Place: Tokyo Station Marunouchi Central Gate (ground floor) [more on where to find us]
  • * We leave at 10:00. Please take care to arrive on time!  
  • Participation Fee: Free
  • Reservation: Not required  
  • Participants: Foreign tourists and residents, and their accompanying Japanese friends, families, etc.

                                                                                      

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Tour Report, January 23,2016

Ladies and gentlemen, thank you for coming!
We could share our precious time with 18 foreign visitors
from all over the world.
Let me introduce our many participants with the following photos.

 

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In Edo castle site, there are three houses to guard each gate on the way to castle palace.
Second one is called Hyakunin Bansho in Japanese. As it was very important to guard,
special force team at that time was assigned. Can you guess?
It is Ninja! Special Iga or Koga family members were in shift.
We hear Ninja is getting popular globally. Their specific weapon is Shuriken,
a kind of blade. When I was a kid, I folded Origami paper, prepared Shuriken
and played Ninja because it was also cool for me.
Do you know it is combined with two pieces of Origami paper?

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Winter weather brings us majestic taste on our East Garden of Imperial Palace.
Contrary, we can also feel early spring with plum flowers which are
already blooming.     Please come and join us!

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Tour Report January 19, 2016(Weekday Tour)

We welcomed 7 guests from Germany, The U.S. and England.
The sky was blue, but it was very cold day.

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It snowed on the day before in Tokyo. Snow disrupted train services and people couldn’t go to offices.
Tokyo is really weak against snow.
But snow makes things beautiful. We enjoyed the combination of snow and Japanese traditional things.

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I hope all guests to enjoy their stay.

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Tour Report January 17,2016

Today we welcomed 5 guests from Australia,Taiwan, and Germany.TFWT guides were 5 people,and we walked in a group.We explained at the guide points in turns and enjoyed talking to each other.

  
   

  
  
  

   
I heard that 4 people of the guests were going to skiing to Hokkaido or Nagano.

They are known for high quality snow,thus they are attracting skiers and snowboarders from around the world.Especially, Niseko ski resort in Hokkaido is very popular among Australian people.Hokkaido and Nagano are also famous for hot springs,so tourists can enjoy them after skiing.I want to go there too!

Speaking of a ski resort, they usually serve “curry and rice” and “ramen” at the restaurant in the skiing ground.The smell of the foods always make me want to eat them so much. Feeling cold and thirsty, I want something hot and salty to eat. I always really enjoy one of them after thinking deeply about which I have.

Anyway, I hope all guests to enjoy their stay!
Reported by Yuriko Higo

Tour Report ,January 16, 2016

Today we welcomed 8 guests from many countries.

Today’s guests were very few ,but this is rare case. Another guide says there happened same thing  last same season.

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We divided them in 2 groups ,and started from the Tokyo station. Until several days ago warm days had continued in our country , but recently the cold of winter  has come. But it was sunny daytime , so it was very comfortable to walk.

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In the garden visitors were few ,so we could see and explain many sights freely without annoying to others. Though it’s not flower season now ,we could enjoy 2 plum trees blooming at the slope with plum tree view.

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As today’s group was small and cozy, we could have familiar relation with all of guests. Tank you for joining our tour and having a pleasure time. Please have a fun  for the rest of your stay in Japan. TFWT  is hold every Saturday 13:00 ~15:30.

If you are in Tokyo at that time, please join us. Please check our website.

(posted by masahiko  sato)

 

Notice: Weekday Tour on Tuesday, January 19

  • Date/Time: Tue , Jan, 19, 2016 (10:00-12:00)
  • Meeting Place: Tokyo Station Marunouchi Central Gate (ground floor) [more on where to find us]                                                                                                                                                                                  * We leave at 10:00. Please take care to arrive on time!  
  • Participation Fee: Free
  • Reservation: Not required
  • Participants: Foreign tourists and residents, and their accompanying Japanese friends, families, etc.

                                                                                      

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Tour Report January 13, 2016(Weekday Tour)

Today we welcomed 7 guests from Finland, Australia and Canada.
We all enjoyed the pleasant walk under the clear blue sky.
Many guests mentioned that they would go see the Sumo tournament during their stay.
So here is a quick introduction of Sumo.
Sumo is Japanese style of wrestling and Japan’s national sport. It goes back to ancient times as a performance to entertain the Shinto gods. Therefore many pre-match rituals are involved.
Here is the standard ritual:
1) Both wrestlers welcome each other when sitting crouched.
2) They look each other in the eye (sometimes escalates into challenging eye contact towards the end of ritual).
3) They rub their hands, and clap them once (by doing this, they ask for the attention
    of the gods). Then they move their arms horizontally sideways, the palms of their hands     facing up. Later they turn their hands of the palm facing down, then put their hands on      their knees.
4) They lift each of their feet.
Wrestlers wear only “Mawashi belt”, and practice above arm/leg movements to show the Shinto Gods that they are unarmed. Over the course of the ritual, salts are sprinkled on the ring by wrestlers to purify themselves and bad spirit. At the same time they would pump themselves up to prepare for the initial charge, “Tachiai” which is extremely important 
in gaining advantage and momentum over the opponent.
In the middle of ring are 2 white lines. When the judge gives the signal for the wrestlers to fight,  both wrestlers crouch behind their
lines and face each other. Upon the GO call, the match begins. This is the moment that excites spectators most. 
Once the match begins, wrestlers may use any method to take down the opponent except pulling hair, closed fist striking, or choking.
The wrestler loses either when any part of his body (besides bottom of his own feet) touches the clay ground of the ring, or when he is pushed/thrown out of the ring.
Matches usually last couple of seconds.
The first Tokyo tournament of 2016 is held between Jan.10 and  Jan.24 . 
Tournaments are all day event starting early morning till 6PM, but main events starts around 4PM.
Prior to the tournament, you could drop by the Sumo museum next to Kokugikan venue, and enjoy post tournament dinner at 
Chanko (staple hot pot for sumo wrestlers) restaurants near the venue.
For Sumo tickets, visit:
http://www.sumo.or.jp/en/ticket/index
We thank our guests again for joining today, and wish all a wonderful
and safe stay in Japan. 🙂
Be the next to join our friendly guides on the Tokyo Free Walking Tour.
(Every Saturday 13:00 – 15:00)
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Report by Asako

Notice: Sunday Tour on January 17

・Date / Time : Sunday , January, 17, 2016 (  10:00-12:00 )

・Meeting Place : Tokyo Station Marunouchi Central Gate ( ground floor)

・We leave at 10:00 .  Please take care to arrive on time !

・Paticipation Fee:Free

・Reservation :Not required

・Participants : Foreign tourists and residents, and their accompanying

Japanese friends, families,etc.

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Facebook, and TripAdvisor.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tour Report: January 9th, 2016

Happy New Year and thank you for joining our first tour of the year!

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TFWT marches into the Year 2016

It has been a relatively warm winter in Tokyo so far, so much that plum trees at the East Gardens of the Imperial Palace are beginning to bloom – which we usually expect some time around early February.

I went with a group of six with guests from Germany, Hong Kong and Vietnam. As my partner guide and I explained about historical sites of interest, our conversation wandered off to various topics from seniority systems in different countries to where to fetch dashi soup stocks.

I was surprised when one of our guests told me she intended to visit the Parliamentary Museum, which is not a common tourist destination. Then she explained that she majored in the field, and how the constitution in her country is subject for discussion very much like ours. I found this conversation very interesting, and decided I should revisit how our constitution came to be. Meanwhile I sincerely hope she found her way to the museum, and that the visit was worthwhile.

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My personal resolution for this year is to improve as a volunteer tour guide and provide useful and interesting information – be it souvenirs or academic topics. I also have a secret ambition to start tours in a new language. See you on our next tour, and let’s see how my resolution turns out!

(Report by Yohei)

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Notice:Weekday Tour on Wednesday,January 13

・Date/Time : Wed.Jan. 13 ,2016 (10:00-12:00)
・Meeting Place : Tokyo Station Marunouchi Central  Gate      (ground floor).
・We leave at 10:00.  Please take care to arrive on time!
・Participation Fee : Free
・Reservation : Not required
・Participants :Foreign tourists and residents , and
 their accompanying Japanese friends ,families, etc.
For more information on our tour , please visit our
website , facebook, and TripAdvisor page !