Tour Report on Jan. 18.2020. (The East Garden of the Imperial Palace) Thank you for choosing our regular tour of The East Garden of the Imperial Palace. We welcomed 5 guests from Australia. It was a light rain but we enjoyed two and half hour walking with our gusts. We watched some plum-blossom. Japanese love plum-blossom viewing in February and pickled plum that is called “Umeboshi” in Japanese. It’s very sour. Have you tried? We had a family of five members. One of them was the youngest daughter who was so cute named “Emma”. Japanese “Ema” means 絵馬.（絵is picture. 馬is horse) “Ema” is a votive picture tablet which we offer to a shrine or temple when we pray for something of after our prayers are answered. The table sometimes gears a picture of a horse from the fact that people once dedicated a living horse. In may case, I drew a“Ema” and dedicated when my daughter got pregnant. She got a cheerful baby. Please go to shrine or temple and draw a “Ema” and pray when you want to make a wish. Posted by Akiko.
Thank you for joining our Asakusa Saturday morning tour on Jan.18th. We had 15 guests. They were from Argentine (2), Italy (2), Mexico (8), Turkey (2) and U.S.A (1 ). It rained with sleet and snowed sometimes. Although it was cold, our guests enjoyed walking and taking pictures at Sensoji temple in Asakusa. For more information about our tour, please visit our website, Facebook and Tokyo Free Walking Tour at https://tripadvisor.com Asakusa Tour Information (by Rei)
Thank you for joining our regular tour of The East Garden of the Imperial Palace. We welcomed 19 guests from South Africa, Columbia, Russia, Greece, Germany, Australia, USA and Spain. It was perfect day to enjoy the walking tour. We enjoyed two hour walking with our guests. Today, the second Monday of the January is our National Holiday “ Coming-of-Age Day”. Young people who was born in 1999 and 2000 celebrate their grown-up. You can see many young women wearing the long sleeved kimono around the city. It is so gorgeous! Japanese kimono especially women’s kimono is difficult to wear not only for other country’s people but also for Japanese. However, we offer the opportunity to wear kimono easily. We are preparing “ One touch Kimono” that can be easily worn. Anyone is possible but it depends on the weather. If you have about five minutes more after our tour, try it on! You can take a picture in a typical Japanese place. Of course it is free! Posted by Yumi.H
Many thanks to 6 guests who joined today’s tours in Asakusa and Ueno Park. In the morning, we welcomed 5 guests from USA, South Africa, Hong Kong and South Korea at Sensoji Temple in Asakusa, and then in the afternoon we welcomed 1 guest from USA in Ueno Park. That day was actually the first tour day of the sites in 2020. So Happy New Year for the guests! It was cloudy, and sometimes slightly rainy and cold in the afternoon. But we could enjoy the tours and the atmosphere was very cheerful since it was in still a new year holiday mood so the places we walked on were crowded with people enjoying some festivities. We usually tell guests impressive stories about the tour sites and hope the stories inspire their life. In Ueno Park tour, when we pass National Museum of Science and Nature. We talk about the legendary dogs exhibited there. One of the dogs is HACHI, whose specie is Akitainu. Hachi was taken care by a man named Ueno in Tokyo, 1920’s. When Ueno used the Shibuya Station for the commute, Hachi went along with him and when he came back home, Hachi waited for the […]
Dear TFWT tour guests and website viewers, Happy New Year! For you, who stayed in Japan over the years, hope you encountered and enjoyed various kinds of seasonal Japan unique events, decorations, dishes and traditions. We also met lots of new year special during the tour on January 5, the first Meiji Jingu Shrine & Harajuku route tour of the year. We welcomed 9 guests from Australia, Ireland, Singapore & USA. It was a lovely sunny day which looks like promise our happiness of the year. Thank YOU very much for your joining to our tour! As the benefit of relatively small number of guests, we could offer semi-private tour for our guests and could customize the contents at some extent. Meiji Jingu Shrine, one of the most known and popular Shinto shrine in Japan, will celebrate its 100th anniversary this year, just in time for Olympic Games Tokyo 2020. Lots of ceremonies, events & exhibitions are schedule throughout the year. Please add Meiji Jingu Shrine to your “must-visit” list. Before closing this tour report, let me share you one of the seasonal Japanese traditional custom scheduled on January 7, tomorrow, which is called “Nanakusa-gayu or rice […]
Thank you very much for joining our tour on 4th January. It was the very honorable first tour to East Garden of the Imperial Palace by TFWT in 2020. It was a little bit chilly but good sunny day for walking around outside. We welcomed 17 guests from Singapore, South Africa, USA, Germany, India and France. We really appreciate choosing our volunteer tour to spend your valuable time during stay in Tokyo and hope you enjoyed New Year’s quiet and peaceful atmosphere in the East Garden of the Imperial Palace. During the tour today, I heard our guests talking to each other about Japanese Ramen, like which Ramen shop have you been to so far in Tokyo and what style of Ramen do you like best? Ramen is a popular Japanese dish of wheat noodles and comes in many varieties. Let me list up some common types of ramen below. Shoyu Ramen (Soy source flavored ramen and normally the taste is not too thick. It is common all over in Japan) Tonkotsu Ramen (It uses pork bone broth and rich taste. Kyushu is famous for Tonkotsu Ramen) Miso Ramen (Soybeans flavored ramen. Hokkaido is famous for Miso Ramen) There […]