East Gardens of the Imperial Palace

Tour Report: August 27, 2016

East Gardens of the Imperial Palace

We have welcomed 49 guests for today’s tour and divided into 5 groups to show our guests around.
Two Japanese high school students also joined us to get some guide-experience as their summer vacation activity.
The young girl students seemed a bit nervous at the beginning of our tour, but their passion pushed themselves to plunge into the fulfilling diversity! Our guest were from the U.S.A., Canada, Brazil, Spain, Austria, U.K., Australia, Uzbekistan, Thailand this day.

At the start of the tour, the cloudy sky seemed to take on our side.
Although, it gradually started raining after all of us got inside the
Higashi Gyoen. Well, we were O.K. since most of us had an umbrella and we pulled ourselves to the resthouse instead of sitting on the lawn in the Honmaru Goten area.

At the end of tour, it stopped raining but I hope that we were rather happy
with low temperature this day and could avoid encountering the rampaging typhoon!!

This week, the hot topic in our country was about the medal rush  and also about the presentation held at the Closing Ceremony for Rio Olympic games on Aug.21.
Our country did a 8 minute presentation and it started
with a red ball relay by Hello Kitty, Doraemon, Captain Tsubasa, PackMan…yes, as you know, famous anime characters.
Doraemon took out a clay pipe from his pocket, put in on the ground, and suddenly a hole had been digged to the other side of the earth, yes, to Rio de Janeiro.  Finally, a Super Mario came out from the clay pipe and to our surprise, it was Prime Minister of Japan, Shinzo Abe.

The presentation went on with 50 dancers performing a cool and stylized performance integrated with leading-edge technology.
There were 3 concepts shown in this presentation:
Animation,  Robot,  AR(Augmented Reality).
Yes, We believe that 2020 Tokyo Olympic will do it !!

Oftenly, our guests show enthusiasm to anime also.
Sometimes we rather get teached from our guests about these things…
We do not have to wait 4 years later, but whenever,
maybe next Saturday, we would just like to welcome you with the same slogan as the RIO closing ceremony …
The countdown has just started …

(Posted by: Noriko)