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Our Planet, Our Responsibility

Online Event: Eco Life Fair 2021

The largest eco-themed event held by the Japanese Ministry of The Environment, this fair features online eco-friendly workshops and performances by idol groups. Held to raise people’s awareness of the importance of caring for our planet, this one is a fun event for the whole family.

Date
NOW THROUGH SAT, JUL. 31, 2021
Time
VARIOUS (SEE WEBSITE)
Location
ONLINE (SEE “MORE INFO” LINK)
Fee
Free!
Info
RECOMMENDED FOR: FAMILIES, CHILDREN, EXTRACURRICULAR SCHOOL ACTIVITIES

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Hunters On Land

Animal Predators

Exhibition: Hunters On Land

Discover the many wonders of animal predators from all over the world. In this exhibition, learn about the importance of animals such as tigers, crocs, bears, bees and more. Discover their evolution and hunting tactics and their impact on the ecosystem.

Tokyo Lift-Off Film Festival 2021

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Online Event: Tokyo Lift-Off Film Festival 2021

Tokyo Lift-Off Film Festival returns to cut through the trials of a global pandemic by serving up a smorgasbord of independent film, delivered and available to enjoy from the safety and comfort of your own home. See “more info” link.

Date
NOW THROUGH WED, JUN. 30, 2021
Time
VARIED
Location
HOME
Fee
FREE!
Info
RECOMMENDED FOR: FILM FANS

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Together As One

Online Event: Gold Ribbon Walk 2021

Join this online event with families and friends to help spread awareness of child cancer and show compassion toward children and their families battling with the grave disease in Japan. Participants can register for support tickets in advance that come with special goodies including an original mask.

Laurus School Primary Orientation In English

Presentation And Q&A For Families

Laurus School Primary Orientation In English

Laurus International School of Science provides children with the ability and skills they need to navigate their future, and to become innovators who can contribute positively to the world in uncertain times. Their original STEM curriculum was developed based on extensive experience as a science school. They also teach literacy, programming and Japanese language. Laurus International School of Science will be holding a primary school orientation session featuring a presentation and Q&A for families. Places are limited so reservations must be made in advance online. They ask that only one family member participates alone (without their children). All participants will be required to wear a facemask, disinfect hands and bring indoor slippers.

Date
SAT, JUNE 5 AND 26, 2021
Time
3 P.M. – 4:30 P.M.
Location
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Raising Bilingual Children

Exceptional Parenting Program

Online Event: Raising Bilingual Children

How can parents plan for success in bilingual language development? In this workshop, speech and language pathologist, Marsha Rosenberg will share information on bilingual language development and strategies for helping kids learn two or more languages. Join from home via the Zoom.

Date
TUE, MAY 25, 2021
Time
FROM 10 A.M.
Location
ONLINE (ZOOM) – to get it listed!

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Media Ambition Tokyo 2021

Co-imagination and Co-creation

Online Event: Media Ambition Tokyo 2021

Media Ambition Tokyo 2021 is an art festival where art meets technology. See how artists connect technology with everyday life and situations in the form of art. This year’s exhibition will have both on-site and online events, featuring a number of artworks, performances and talk shows by guests and artists.

Date
NOW THROUGH TUE, JUN. 8, 2021
Time
VARIOUS (SEE WEBSITE)
Location
ONLINE AND Tokyo City View, 6-10-1 Roppongi, Minato, Tokyo – to get it listed!

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May in Japan is packed with a number of festivals – this is in part due to the Golden Week holiday period that happens every year for several days in early May. Then, the rest of the month is filled with good weather, sunshine, flowers, and lots of food and festivities! Here are 10 fun things to do in Japan in May 2019.

1. Gyoza Fes Osaka (餃子フェスOSAKA)

Held in Osaka Castle Park during Golden Week, this gourmet food festival showcases a delicious variety of gyoza from vendors all over Japan! Come enjoy the nice Spring weather and taste a number of pot-suckers. Entry is free and meal tickets are 600 yen each.

WHERE: Osaka Castle Park

WHEN: April 30 – May 6, 2019

Matsuri WEBSITE

2. Hakata Dontaku (博多どんたく)

Held every year during Golden Week, this festival is one of the biggest in Fukuoka Prefecture, as well as one of the most popular in all of Japan. The main event of this festival is the large-scale parade. The highlight is Hakata Matsubayashi that has a tradition dating back over 800 years.

WHERE: Fukuoka City Hall Fureai Square, Fukuoka City

WHEN: May 3 – 4

Matsuri WEBSITE

3. Hiroshima Flower Festival (ひろしまフラワーフェスティバル)

The famous Hiroshima Flower Festival attracts over 1 million people every year, making it one of the biggest festivals in Hiroshima Prefecture. Festivities include a parade, a Kagura traditional music performance, and a display by Hiroshima Street. The nighttime view of Peace Memorial Park is also a popular spot, as flower candles are used to write a message of peace in a beautiful display.

WHERE: Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, Hiroshima City

WHEN: May 3- 5

Matsuri WEBSITE

4. Fireworks of Shinoda (篠田の花火)

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The Power Of Nature

Online Event: Greenery Festival

The online Greenery Festival wishes to promote the national land afforestation movement by gathering as many people as possible and experiencing the blessings of greenery through the web. See their site for what you can do from home!

Date
NOW THROUGH FRI, MAY. 14, 2021
Time
VARIOUS (SEE WEBSITE)
Location
ONLINE
Fee
FREE!
Info
RECOMMENDED FOR: FAMILIES WITH CHILDREN, OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES FANS

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Water Fronts

Online Event: Tokyo Minato Festival

In celebration of the Tokyo Port opening anniversary, the Tokyo Fire Department is holding a festival and presenting the firefighting pageant which includes water shooting fireboats and helicopters online and other water related shows. An exciting event for both children and adults to enjoy from home.

Date
NOW THROUGH TUE, JUN. 16, 2021
Time
10 A.M.-5 P.M.
Location
ONLINE (SEE “MORE INFO” LINK)
Fee
FREE!
Info
RECOMMENDED FOR: FAMILIES WITH KIDS, COUPLES, FRIENDS

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Tokyo’s Wildest Festival

Asakusa Sanja Matsuri

The wildest one out of the three major shrine festivals in Tokyo, Sanja Matsuri celebrates the founding fathers of the famous Asakusa Senso-ji Temple. The traditional music and dance performances at the well-known parade on Friday attract millions of tourists and locals alike every year. This year’s festival will be socially distanced with many parts canceled for the public but there’s still a chance to see some of the highlights as long as you follow the safety precautions.

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New service is part of restaurant’s goal of “cheering for ladies and everyone who’s doing their best.”

Japan has a soft spot for themed restaurants, and one of the more unique is Cheers One, a cafe with a stylish but relaxed interior design, and where the wait staff are cheerleaders.

To be clear, it’s not just that they wear cheerleader outfits. The staff, on request, will perform cheer and dance routines, lifting customers’ spirits and filling them with energy and confidence ahead of an important presentation, project deadline, or whatever their personal version of “the big game” happens to be.

The Cheers One chain got started in 2019, but at the end of April the Tokyo Ginza branch added a new aspect to their service with the addition of their first male cheerleader.

Takahiro-kun, Cheers One’s first “cheer boy,” is an experienced stage musical dancer, and the cafe says that all of its male cheerleaders will have a background in professional dance, having worked with theme parks, theater productions, or live concerts.

▼ The cafe has also put out a piece of promotional artwork, suggesting they may have already found their second cheer boy.

As with its female cheerleaders, Cheers One’s male cheerleaders will be serving and performing at the Ginza cafe, but can also be booked for 45-minute online cheer sessions via Zoom, for those who could use some pep provision but are unable to make the trip to Tokyo or are worried about in-restaurant dining in the current health climate.

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Not the best time to be moving much-needed healthcare workers.

The controversial 2021 Olympics seems to be happening this summer in Japan, despite the majority of Japanese people thinking they should be cancelled or postponed again due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

In order to carry out the Olympics as safely as possible, several measures have already been taken, such as not allowing spectators from outside the country, and recently, the organizers requesting 500 nurses to be on site at the Games.

That request has garnered much anger online, due to it being as seen taking necessary health workers from other locations and putting them to work at an event that shouldn’t even be happening.

However, on April 30 Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga reassured people that they would be able to fulfill the 500 requested nurses because: “I’ve heard many are taking time off now. So it should be possible.”

Of course this is a terrible take for many reasons. If nurses are taking time off from work, then there’s a reason for that, either because they’re overworked and need that time off, or because their working conditions are dangerous.

Also, if things are so bad that nurses are taking time off, then perhaps that’s yet another reason to not hold the Olympics in the first place. It’d be like if littering got so bad that garbage men had to take time off… and then that was seen as a good thing because look at all the garbage men with free time to clean up!

▼ Former Prime Minister Yuikio Hatoyama was critical of Suga’s response. (Translation below)

菅首相、あなたは五輪への看護師500人派遣について、休んでる人が沢山いるので可能と述べたのですか?今、国民はコロナで死ぬか不景気で死ぬか、ギリギリで生活しているのですよ。大阪等では看護師さんに来て欲しいと要請しているのですよ。ワクチンの大規模接種会場には看護師さん要らないのですか。

— 鳩山友紀夫(由紀夫)Yukio Hatoyama (@hatoyamayukio) April 30, 2021

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Expo is making one last stop before shutting down.

For the last six years, the Ghibli Expo has been traveling around Japan, delighting fans (including us) in nearly a dozen venues that have hosted the artistic celebration of the studio’s anime films. The next stop on the tour is Aichi Prefecture, but bittersweetly it’s also the last stop on the tour.

The Ghibli Expo will be coming to a close when it finishes its upcoming run at the Aichi Prefectural Museum of Art in the city of Nagakute. Still, that knowledge can only put so much of a damper on the excitement and wonder visitors will feel as they gaze upon the exhibits, such as a gigantic recreation of My Neighbor Totoro’s Catbus.

Moving to non-feline-based modes of transportation, Ghibli co-founder Hayao Miyazaki’s lifelong love of aviation is reflected in the inventive lineup of aircraft that soar through the skies of his films. Several of the most famous will be on display as large-scale models in the exhibition’s Flying Machines of Studio Ghibli installation, with the crown jewel being the airship from the opening scene of Castle in the Sky, complete with rotating propellers.

▼ Aircraft from Porco Rosso and The Wind Rises will also be on display.

The Poster Room portion of the expo is a practice in understatement. Yes, it’s where you’ll see theatrical posters for the various Ghibli films, but there’s also a wealth of production sketches and illustrations collected from the past 35 years of Ghibli history, some of which were never displayed to the public prior to the expo.

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