Tour Report on October 22, 2016

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

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.

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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.

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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 3776 meter. It is located on Shizuoka-Yamanashi prefectural boarder, about 100 kilometers away from Tokyo. The mountain has been worshipped by Japanese living in Tokyo-Kanto region from ancient time. In summer time anyone can climb up to the top because there is no snow on the top.

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Looking down the mountain from airplane is very beautiful as well. The beauty of it is it stands alone on earth. Around the mountain is big dense forests and lakes. The area is a big camping fields and forest resort. But there is a very horrific place called Aokigahara, sea of trees. It is a famous site for suicide. Every year dozens of people got inside and never came back because once one is in, the forest is so dense and deep like maze. They intend to trap themselves in the forest.

One might wonder suicide is Japan’s cultural thing like Samurai’s harakiri but our predominant religion, Budhism bans suicide because it is believed that one’s body is not one’s own but what one rents from the spiritual world so that one cannot easily destroy it by oneself. We not only live but are let live our lives.

Life may be sometimes difficult but think simply as “Life means killing time until death.” There is no reason to keep living. You just live your life.

While killing time, why not join our tour?

Tour report on 13 Oct 2016

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

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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.

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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

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.

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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 called 新米 Shinmai in Japanese, new rice. If you see the word of 新米at your restaurant, it means such fresh rice will be served. Enjoy it!

(Reported by Katsumi)

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Tour Report: October 08, 2016

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.

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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 our guests at this corner too. This day our U.S.guests told us that they also have kaede/momiji(representing Hiroshima & Shiga prefecure) in their country and they are called “maple”in English.
Kaede trees have green leaves shapened like a frog’s hand with 5 fingers, and the color turns into red and yellow in November. In Canada, kaede(=maple )represents their country flag and the trees are also sapped as the well known “maple syrup”!
Another guest told us that “pine” brings him a very strict, cold climate image(like Nordic, Alaska, Russia) but Japanese pines grow in a mild climate so that he noticed there are many species in pines!  Like these stories, we love to share and also learn from our splendid guests about botanical issues as well as historical issues.

At the end of tour, the sunlight was even pouring.
Thank you for joining us this miracle day!!

(Posted by: Noriko)

Notice : Holiday Tour on Monday, October 10

・Date/Time : Mon. Oct.10,2016 ( 10:00―12:00 )

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

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・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: October 1, 2016

Thank you for all the guests who joined us last week on October 1st.
Apologies for the late update due to technical issues.

 

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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. Koike and her supporters are not yet convinced. The new timeline for the relocation is currently up in the air.

At least one good aspect of this confusion is that people will be able to visit the current site for some more time. Plan carefully, because only 120 people can join on a first-come-first-served basis. With renewed attention, it is as competitive as ever.
I too am considering a visit. If I succeed, I will share the experience on my tour.

(Yohei)

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