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Tour Report on October 22, 2016

  • 2016.10.26

Today we welcomed 36 guests from U.S.A. ,Canada, Columbia, U.K., Holland, Germany,Spain, Ireland, Switzerland, Australia, India, Singapore, Malaysia, Philippines, Japan.  It was a cozy weather. We all felt comfortable during the tour.                      Our guests really enjoyed scenery and taking pictures a lot.                          And each guest had fun to chat with each other.   In Japan when it comes to autumn, it’s the best season for tasting food.                       Speaking of food, the 14th Shogun, TOKUGAWA IEMOCHI, loved Japanese sweets, so he had a lot of bad teeth.                                                                                                                                              I love Japanese sweets, too. TAIYAKI is my favorite Japanese sweets. It is a Japanese fish –shaped waffle cake. The most common filling is red bean paste. Other common fillings are custard, chocolate and cheese. If you have a chance, please try to have TAIYAKI !!   Autumn is one of the best season of the year for a walk in the park.             Our next tour will be on October 29th, 2016. Come meet us at the Marunouchi Central Gate at Tokyo station by 13:00. We hope to see you next tour! Reported by Keiko  

Tour Report on 15 October 2016

  • 2016.10.19

We were delighted to have 69 guests from India, Belgium, Australia, Germany, France, USA, Georgia, Peru, Iceland, Israel, Singapore, New Zealand, Canada, Argentine, Netherland, Spain and U.K. We divided into 6 groups. It was really clear weather. No clouds in the sky. The temperature was warm but not hot and not humid anymore. Summer ended and Autumn has began. That was typical Autumn fine weather, which we call “Akibare.” So clear that we were able to see the bottom of the moat around the imperial palace. As one could view, the depth of the moat is only 1 meter or so. Some places in the city one could view Mt. Fuji. As it proceeds to dry and clear winter, one can have more opportunities to view Mt. Fuji from high places such as a roof top of high-rise building or observatory. Just like the Fujimi-yagura watch tower on the hill in the East Garden in the old days. The view of Mt. Fuji was enjoyed by many people in the city including Shogun, master of all Samurai lords, who lived in the East Garden premise. Talking about Mt. Fuji, the mountain is Japan’s highest mountain and a volcano which hasn’t erupted for centuries. The height is […]

Tour report on 13 Oct 2016

  • 2016.10.15

We thank you for your joining us on 13 Oct. Totally 11 guests joined us. It was quite cold and cloudy day. Recently, the weather in Japan is quite changeable and unusually, we have lots of rains this year. Yet, it was very nice for us to have 11 friendly guests Because of the normal working day, we could see many business person on the streets in Tokyo station and Marunouchi area, . We hope you felt some dynamics on Japanese business, under reviving from the dark days some time ago. Autumn is one of the most beautiful seasons in Japan. Some leaves on the trees have been started to turn to red/yellow color. We do hope you will enjoy to see the beautiful Japan during your trip in Japan, and hope to see you and your friends soon. (reported by Nakano, Y)

Tour Report on 10-October (Health-Sports day), 2016, Monday

  • 2016.10.12

Thank you the guests who kindly joined our tour on 10th of October. We had 15 guests from four countries, divided by two groups. Late August through September is the typhoon season in Japan. Apart from the typhoon season, we have cloudy or rainy days this autumn. Our tour on Monday was just like that, cloudy but no rain, not too hot or not too cold, a nice day for our walking tour. You may know the next summer Olympic will be held at Tokyo in 2020, but do you also know we had the one before? It was in 1964. The opening ceremony was held on 10th of Oct. For remembering that glorious event, 10-Oct became one of national holidays in Japan from 1966 to 1999, as Health-Sports day. After 2000, the holiday becomes the 2nd Monday of October. Recently several concerns about the venues have been reported about the next Olympic, since the construction cost is far beyond an originally calculated estimate. I strongly hope it will be settled soon, without any extra spending OUR money, TAX! By the way, Rice is the most important crop in Asia and autumn is harvest season. The rice just harvested is […]

Tour Report: October 08, 2016

  • 2016.10.10

Thank you for all the guests joining our tour this day. It was raining and pouring harder and harder around noon so we were wondering if our guests have change up their mind to do in-door activity this afternoon… Although, no matter of the bad weather, we welcomed 51 guests and it did not even need to put up umbrella anymore at the start of our tour. It looked like the rain has ceased for us! We welcomed guests from Canada, Australia, U.S.A., U.K., Israel, Lebanon, Switzerland, Sweden, Germany, Chile, Brazil, Argentina, Holland. Let me introduce one more attractive point worth checking at the East Garden of Imperial Palace.  It is the corner of “Symbolic prefectural trees”. After enjoying the Ninomaru Japanese Garden, you will pass by the Suwa-tea house, and then suddenly that corner appears with a very tall phenix welcoming you swaying like a palm tree. We have 47 prefectures in our country and you can see many species of trees representing each prefectures from south (Okinawa-ken) to the North(Hokkaido). The various species are like Japanese cedar, pine, ume tree, Japanese cypress, camphor trees, white birch, Japanese cherry tree.  On the other hand, we learn a lot from […]

Tour Report: October 1, 2016

  • 2016.10.06

Thank you for all the guests who joined us last week on October 1st. Apologies for the late update due to technical issues.   I went with a group of just over 20 guests. Early on in the tour we talked about how our new govenor, Yuriko Koike, once suggested introducing double-decker trains in order to improve the infamous Tokyo rush hours. Koike has been in office since August as the first female governor of Tokyo. Perhaps the most debated item on her agenda is the relocation of the Tsukiji Market. Or to be more precise, its postponement. Tsukiji Market is one of the largest wholesale food market in the world and a popular tourist destination. The market was established in 1935 after the great Kanto earthquake devastated the former market in the Nihonbashi area. Due to aging facilities, it was decided to be relocated to the Toyosu area this November. That is, until Koike came into office. Koike argued that the relocation needed to be reexamined. It has widely been known that there were certain food safety risks due to pollution at the new site. Koike’s predecessors has maintained that sufficient measures had been taken to counter this risk. […]