Topics for May 11th & 12th


First, we have information about an exciting event taking place at Tokyo Port. To celebrate the opening of the Port of Tokyo on May 20th, 1941, the Tokyo Minato Festival will be held again this year for 2 days at  Harumi Passenger Ship Terminal. One of the exciting events will be the public exhibition of 4 rare ships including the Kairyu, a dredging vessel that keeps Tokyo’s shipping lanes safe. This is a great chance to go onboard these ships that aren’t usually open for viewing. The festival will also feature the spectacular water-spray show put on by Tokyo’s firefighting ships and helicopters. You can also go inside a refrigerated shipping container, enjoy food truck cuisines and take part in other family events. The Tokyo Minato Festival takes place on May 18th and 19th, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Harumi Passenger Ship Terminal. Please note that different events take place on each day of the festival. There are various ways to get to the venue, including a free shuttle bus bound for Harumi Pier available from either JR Tamachi station or Toyosu station on the Tokyo Metro Subway Line.



The Kyu-Furukawa Gardens in Kita ward, is one of the few parks in Tokyo where you can enjoy a genuine European garden as well as a Japanese garden designed by Kyoto’s well known gardener. The park is now hosting their annual Spring Rose Festival where you can enjoy around 200 bushes of 100 different types of roses that bloom in the elegant gardens arranged around the historical Western-style mansion. During the event, there will be live music, and the popular night-time illumination of the garden is taking place until May 19th, from sundown to 9 p.m. When you visit the park, make sure you stop by at the rose shop, to buy souvenirs and rose themed good. The Spring Rose Festival is held through Sunday, June 2nd. Hours are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. During the illumination event held until May 19th, hours will be extended to 9 p.m. Last entry is 30 minutes before closing time. General admission is 150 yen and 70 yen for seniors. Kyu- Furukawa Gardens, is a 7 minute walk from JR Keihin Tohoku Line’s Kami-Nakazato Station.


For the full text of today’s announcements, check the Tokyo Metropolitan Government website. The address is