<p>If you hear the name “Roppongi”, you’re first thoughts are probably “it’s a place filled with clubs, bars and other entertainment that supports night life scene.”Despite this however, we took on the challenge of introducing you to the excitement that Roppongi in the day time has to offer.</p> <p>The place that our reporters Alisa Urahama and Tina Tamashiro covered for us today was Tokyo Midtown! Tokyo Midtown, is most famous for being a huge shopping facility filled with about 130 variety stores, but what most people don’t know, is that it is filled with an array of artistic hot spots. On top of major art spots such as the Suntory Museum of Art and variety design specialist DESIGN HUB that exist inside Tokyo Midtown, there are even more places that are filled with art work that keep popping up!</p> <p>The first piece of art that our reporters were met by was “妙夢” or “Strange Dream” in English. The girls were very eager to check out this artwork after hearing that they can peek into its big hole and be able to see Midtown from an interesting angle.</p> <p> </p> <p><img class="size-full wp-image-436 aligncenter" src="http://s3-ap-southeast-1.amazonaws.com/japanese-jobs-production-wordpress/wp-content/uploads/sites/5/2017/12/19104527/All13-TOP.png" alt="" width="529" height="400" srcset="http://s3-ap-southeast-1.amazonaws.com/japanese-jobs-production-wordpress/wp-content/uploads/sites/5/2017/12/19104527/All13-TOP.png 529w, http://s3-ap-southeast-1.amazonaws.com/japanese-jobs-production-wordpress/wp-content/uploads/sites/5/2017/12/19104527/All13-TOP-300x227.png 300w" sizes="(max-width: 529px) 100vw, 529px"></p> <p> </p> <p>The handy item that supported our girls in their endeavours today was the “Yubikitasu Communicator”, which guides visitors through the 20 different pieces of art that can be found scattered around Midtown. It not only offers guidance in Japanese, but also provides support in English, French, Chinese and Korean.</p> <p>With the help of this communicator, our girls made their rounds around Midtown. The girls were continuously welcomed with new surprises, saying “Wow there’s even art here!”, where they’d stop for a few moments to check out the art work.</p> <p>As the girls made their way outside, they were introduced to a magical spot overflowing with greenery, which you wouldn’t think would be accessible in the heart of the city. It could undoubtedly be described as an”Oasis within the city!”</p> <p> </p> <p><img class="size-full wp-image-437 aligncenter" src="http://s3-ap-southeast-1.amazonaws.com/japanese-jobs-production-wordpress/wp-content/uploads/sites/5/2017/12/19104614/All13-%EF%BC%92.jpg" alt="" width="600" height="400" srcset="http://s3-ap-southeast-1.amazonaws.com/japanese-jobs-production-wordpress/wp-content/uploads/sites/5/2017/12/19104614/All13-%EF%BC%92.jpg 600w, http://s3-ap-southeast-1.amazonaws.com/japanese-jobs-production-wordpress/wp-content/uploads/sites/5/2017/12/19104614/All13-%EF%BC%92-300x200.jpg 300w" sizes="(max-width: 600px) 100vw, 600px"></p> <p> </p> <p>Even just roaming around the area feels so good. And theres no doubt that you’ll find yourself melting into the nature as you explore the art work that can be found here.</p> <p>After taking in the fresh air from outside, the girls made their way to DESIGN HUB!</p> <p> </p> <p><img class="size-full wp-image-438 aligncenter" src="http://s3-ap-southeast-1.amazonaws.com/japanese-jobs-production-wordpress/wp-content/uploads/sites/5/2017/12/19104615/All13-%EF%BC%93.jpg" alt="" width="600" height="400" srcset="http://s3-ap-southeast-1.amazonaws.com/japanese-jobs-production-wordpress/wp-content/uploads/sites/5/2017/12/19104615/All13-%EF%BC%93.jpg 600w, http://s3-ap-southeast-1.amazonaws.com/japanese-jobs-production-wordpress/wp-content/uploads/sites/5/2017/12/19104615/All13-%EF%BC%93-300x200.jpg 300w" sizes="(max-width: 600px) 100vw, 600px"></p> <p> </p> <p>The day reporters covered DESIGN HUB just so happened to be at a time they were preparing for the “2015 GRAPHIC DESIGN IN JAPAN” event that was due to start from June 19th, but due to the good-nature of our girls they were ushered in to get a sneak-peak of the exhibition.</p> <p> </p> <p><img class="size-full wp-image-439 aligncenter" src="http://s3-ap-southeast-1.amazonaws.com/japanese-jobs-production-wordpress/wp-content/uploads/sites/5/2017/12/19104616/All13-%EF%BC%94.jpg" alt="" width="600" height="400" srcset="http://s3-ap-southeast-1.amazonaws.com/japanese-jobs-production-wordpress/wp-content/uploads/sites/5/2017/12/19104616/All13-%EF%BC%94.jpg 600w, http://s3-ap-southeast-1.amazonaws.com/japanese-jobs-production-wordpress/wp-content/uploads/sites/5/2017/12/19104616/All13-%EF%BC%94-300x200.jpg 300w" sizes="(max-width: 600px) 100vw, 600px"></p> <p> </p> <p>At this exhibition, 300 pieces from the works listed in the magazine “GRAPHIC DESIGN IN JAPAN” be displayed via monitors, with each of these being originals. The graphic design pieces are publications from various products, product packages, symbols, logos, posters, website, videos as well as designs of shops and various exhibitions; all of which are currently being used somewhere in society today. Entrance is free until August 5th, so if you happen to be in Tokyo Midtown, be sure to stop by for a visit!</p> <p>Exhibition Information</p> <p>Venue : 5F Tokyo Midtown</p> <p>Date : June 19 – August 5</p> <p>Hour : 11:00 – 19:00</p> <p>URL : http://designhub.jp/en/exhibitions/1591/</p> <p> </p> <p>Information</p> <p> </p> <p>Tokyo Midtown</p> <p>Address : 9-7-1, Akasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo</p> <p>Nearest Station : Roppongi</p> <p>TEL : +81 3-3475-3100</p> <p>URL : http://www.tokyo-midtown.com/en/</p>
Grab Your Scoop on the Ever-Popular Sightseeing Destination in Tokyo, Ueno Zoo!
Our reporters Tina Tamashiro and Alisa Urahama visited Japan’s oldest zoo, Ueno Zoo! Not only does it boast being Japan’s most frequented zoo, but it has also been around for more than 130 years!
As it was Tina’s first time to visit Ueno Zoo, she was absolutely overjoyed to be able to partake in this opportunity. The girls hurriedly entered the zoo. After passing through the East area gate, they saw the resident area of some giant pandas straight ahead. The girls rushed to reach the area but unfortunately they were unable to view the panda. In order to encourage mating, there was a ban on photography when we visited but next time one of you visit I’m sure you’ll be able to see the pandas. Our girls however seemed more than content after taking a cute photo in front of the panda picture there, so that’s also something to look forward to on your visit.
After continuing on their journey our reporters then saw a variety of animals such as elephants, bears and Japanese monkeys. The girls were particularly intrigued by how majestic the elephants looked there.
The girls then checked out the West Area of the zoo. Here you can see the star animal of Ueno! And between these large areas there is a monorail connecting them for easy access. Our reporters quickly hopped onto the monorail to make their way to the next area. Slowly swaying left and right as the monorail made its way to the next area, the girls thoroughly enjoyed the views along the way. In just roughly 1 minute and a half they arrived at their destination, the West Area.
After arriving they were met by penguins and flamingos. The next animal that peaked their interest and made them come to a halt was the shoebill bird. This bird was certainly unique, mainly because of the fact that it doesn’t move! The reason why it is known as the “Bird that doesn’t move” is because it freezes like a statue when hunting for fish in order to prevent them them from becoming aware of its presence. Alisa and Tina tried to make it move by waving their hands and it but their efforts were in vain as the bird didn’t move a muscle.
The girls gave up on trying to make the shoebill bird move and decided to go see the last animal they hadn’t seen yet. That animal was in fact the Pygmy hippopotamus. I’m sure that you’ve all heard of the world’s three most rare animals right? Well it turns out you can see all three of these at Ueno Zoo! In case you weren’t aware, those three animals are the panda, okapi, and Pygmy hippopotamus. Most people are not familiar with the Okapi and Pygmy Hippopotamus but both of these can be seen at Ueno Zoo. On our visit we couldn’t go around their area but the okapi is said to be related to the present-day giraffe and is often referred to a living, breathing fossil.
This is a picture of a Pygmy hippopotamus. If you compare it to the picture of the average hippopotamus next to it, you’ll notice just how big of a difference in size they are. The Pygmy hippopotamus looks like a baby, so it looks very cute. Even after Alisa and Tina stopped right in front of it, the Pygmy Hippopotamus just stood there facing the other way showing its bottom for all to see. The girls tried to call out to it to make it look their way but…no luck.
In addition to having three of the world’s most rare animals, there are over 400 breeds of animals that you can see at Ueno Zoo. We’re sure that on your visit all the animals will be ready and waiting for you. Please be sure to stop on by and say hello to all the animals there!
Address : 9-83, Ueno Koen, Taito-ku, Tokyo
Nearest Station : Ueno
TEL : 03-3828-5171
URL : http://www.tokyo-zoo.net/zoo/ueno/
Asakusa is one of the popular sightseeing spots in Tokyo. People from all over the world come here to visit Sensoji Temple, Kaminarimon (Thunder Gate), Sumidagawa (Sumida River), and Tokyo Sky Tree.
On this trip, we headed to Ame Yoko in Ueno, one of Japan’s biggest markets. All year round this market is bustling with people and its not just filled with Japanese tourists but also tourists from other countries.