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Culture

Places and Events for looking back at the history and culture of Minato-ku.

History and Tradition of the Shiba Centennial Society: Reforms by Long-Established Shops in Shibadaimon and Shimbashi

May 31, 2024

In 2016, businesses in the Shiba district of Minato-ku with more than a century of history came together to form the "Shiba Centennial Society." Amid ongoing redevelopment and a changing urban landscape, these time-honored businesses have woven their history and traditions into the local fabric. Wha...

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Experience “Dialogue in the Dark”! Shrouded in Darkness, the KiHa 40 Train Departs

May 11, 2024

Dialogue in the Dark (DID) is entertainment in complete darkness” in which visually impaired guides lead participants through an adventure in the dark. To date, DID has been held in more than 47 countries around the globe, at which more than 9 million participants have partaken in the experience. Th...

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From Minato-ku to the Entire Nation! The Fascination and Future of the New Olympic Discipline Lacrosse

May 9, 2024

Lacrosse is a sport in which players use sticks called "crosse" with a net attached to one end to try and shoot a ball with a diameter of about 6 cm into the goal of the other team. As a ball game that fascinates with its high level of strategy and dynamic game development, the number of players in ...

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Dinosaurs hijacking Fuji TV! We got overrun by the "Odaiba Dinosaur Expo 2024!"

Apr 3, 2024

Fuji Television, located in Daiba, Minato-ku, is hosting the "Odaiba Dinosaur Expo - THEY are coming from Fukui by Shinkansen!" until May 6, 2024! Fukui is one of the spots that have been attracting attention, as access from the Tokyo metropolitan area has improved with the opening of the Hokuriku S...

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New banknotes are coming! Visit places connected to the people on them: Shibusawa Eiichi, Tsuda Umeko, and Kitasato Shibasaburo

Mar 22, 2024

New banknotes featuring new designs are coming out on July 3, 2024. These are the first new banknotes in 20 years since the ones issued in 2004, and will portray industrialist and “the father of modern Japanese economics,” Shibusawa Eiichi, on the 10,000 yen bill, the educator and founder of Tsuda U...

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Minato-ku Tourism Ambassador Kaoru Yumi shares her 'beauty secrets' and the 'appeal of Minato-ku'

Mar 10, 2024

Making her debut in the entertainment industry in 1966, Kaoru Yumi has appeared in numerous dramas, movies, and television programs. In the historical drama 'Mito Komon,' she gained popularity in households nationwide for her roles as Kagero Ogin and Shippu no Oen. Since April 2023, she has served a...

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Newly opened in Toranomon Hills! Exploring the potential of the information dissemination base “TOKYO NODE”

Feb 27, 2024

On October 6th, 2023, Toranomon Hills Station Tower, which has 49 floors above ground and is approximately 266 meters tall, opened in Toranomon Hills. Located at the top of this skyscraper directly connected to Toranomon Hills Station on the Hibiya Line is TOKYO NODE, an information dissemination ba...

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Experience Japanese tea ceremony and hand-rolled sushi. A special moment to interact with "Japanese culture" at Happo-en.

Jan 25, 2024

Happo-en, with its vast Japanese garden of about 33,000 square meters, celebrated its 80th anniversary in 2023. The Japanese garden, dating back to the Edo period, is open to everyone to explore and enjoy the changing scenery throughout the seasons. Continuing its tradition of conveying Japanese bea...

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Both elementary school students and adults can experience and be absorbed by the world of manufacturing at the X TECH Museum!

Jan 13, 2024

The X TECH Museum is a hands-on showroom of MinebeaMitsumi, a comprehensive precision parts manufacturer, located at the Shiodome Sio-site. The museum opened its doors on September 27th, 2023, with the hope of inspiring children to develop an interest in manufacturing, which is one of Japan’s streng...

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Olafur Eliasson Inaugural Exhibition Now On! Exploring Art at Azabudai Hills

Dec 19, 2023

Azabudai Hills, which opened on November 24, 2023, is an cutting-edge compact city that brings together offices, residences, hotels, commercial facilities, an international school, preventive healthcare center, and cultural facilities all on one site. Harmoniously nestled in nature, the site is dott...

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Special Feature: 2023 illuminations in Minato-ku, Tokyo Including secret spots!

Dec 6, 2023

The number of foreign visitors to Japan in 2023 exceeded the number of visitors before the coronavirus pandemic. Spots with illuminations in Minato-ku, which illuminate the city with fantastic lights, are also bustling with domestic and foreign tourists this year. In particular, Tokyo Midtown and Ke...

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Brush up your lifestyle at the Sangetsu Shinagawa Showroom!

Nov 16, 2023

Sangetsu, which trades in a wide range of interior décor materials such as wallpaper, flooring, curtains, and upholstery fabrics, has eight showrooms located throughout Japan. One of thse showrooms, the Sangetsu Shinagawa Showroom, is one of the largest showrooms in the Tokyo metropolitan area, and ...

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A special article linked with the "21st Minato-ku Sightseeing Photo Contest" and "Minato-ku 'Photogenic' Spot Photo Rally": Introducing the locations where the award-winning photos have been taken!

Oct 30, 2023

The MINATO Travel & Tourism Association is now accepting entries for "the 21st Minato-ku Sightseeing Photo Contest 2023." This photo contest, which aims to rediscover the charm of Minato-ku through photography, invites entrants for photographs taken in Minato-ku, ranging from landmarks and historic ...

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“TOKYO TOWER CANDLE DAYS 2023" to light candles during Halloween season

Oct 12, 2023

Candles have long been indispensable items for illuminating the darkness, but now they are also loved as tools that soothe people's hearts and bring peace of mind. “TOKYO TOWER CANDLE DAYS 2023” will be held at Tokyo Tower during the Halloween season to widely spread the appeal of candles. Organized...

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"The 21st Minato City Tourism Photo Contest 2023" Notice of Acceptance of Submissions

Sep 28, 2023

The Minato City Tourism Photo Contest is held every year with the aim of rediscovering the charm of Minato City through photography, from famous places and old sites in Minato Ward to seasonal traditions and hidden spots. From November 1, 2023, we will start accepting entries for the "21st Minato Ci...

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[Video Article] 100 Years Since the Great Kanto Earthquake! Preparing for the Next Disaster at the Rotating Exhibit "Onko Bishin" (Preparing for a Disaster Using Knowledge of the Past) of the Japanese

Sep 14, 2023

This year marks 100 years since the Great Kanto Earthquake of 1923. It was recorded as a magnitude 7.9 earthquake of unprecedented nature that also brought about fires, a tsunami, and mudslides. Approximately 105,000 people were either killed or went missing. Events looking back at the disaster an...

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The 4th GACHA-GACHA Boom is Happening Now! Adults Take Center Stage at a Capsule Toy Specialty Stand in Shinbashi Station

Aug 18, 2023

Gacha-gacha, those capsule toys we all loved as children, are currently enjoying a boom in popularity. As a result, not only are there capsule toy stands available in toy stores and shopping malls, there are even specialized capsule toy stands located in train stations. We visited the KenEle Stand a...

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Interview with Kumi Asazuma, Minato-ku Tourism Ambassador, on the "Power of Cheering" and the "Potential of Minato-ku"

Aug 7, 2023

Minato-ku Tourism Ambassadors promote information about tourism in Minato-ku, as well as information known only to locals, through events, social media, and other means. Seven new Minato-ku Tourism Ambassadors were appointed in FY2023. One of them is Ms. Kumi Asazuma, a freelance announcer who, as t...

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Popular in historical TV drama series! Have a casual walk around spots related to Tokugawa Ieyasu

Jul 28, 2023

At present, there is a historical TV drama series being broadcast on NHK called "Dousuru Ieyasu" (lit. What Will You Do, Ieyasu?), which shows the life of Tokugawa Ieyasu. The drama featues places that were key during turning points in Lord Ieyasu's life, in addition to symbolic places. There are ac...

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Visitors are intrigued by the buildings at the Minato City Museum of Local History's "Minato City Tatemono Watching!

Jul 27, 2023

The Minato City Museum of Local History opened in 2018 (Heisei 30) as a center for in-depth knowledge and interaction with the nature, history, and culture of Minato City. In addition to the permanent exhibition where visitors can learn about the history of Minato City, the museum also holds special...

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Perfect for independent science project during summer vacation. Let's learn about meat processing at the Meat Information Center in Shibaura!

Jul 20, 2023

It's time to think about what to do for your independent science project during the summer vacation. If you love meat, we recommend a sciece project on meat processing. In Minato-ku, there is a "Meat Information Center" operated by the Meat Market of the Tokyo Metropolitan Central Wholesale Market. ...

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Meet historical figures! Tour of Bronze Statues in Minato City

Jul 13, 2023

Bronze statues of people associated with Minato City are scattered throughout the city. Many of them are located in the city or in parks, and have been loved by people as symbols of the area. What do these statues, which have stood in their place for many years, think about? We have visited a variet...

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The face of the new 1,000-yen bill from 2024! Learn about the roots of modern Japanese medicine at the Shibasaburo Kitasato Memorial Museum

Jun 26, 2023

*All images: No reproduction, reprinting, or republication is permitted. By the first half of fiscal 2024 (April-September), the 10,000 yen bill, the 5,000 yen bill, and the 1,000 yen bill will be renewed for the first time in 20 years. The portrait on the new 10,000 yen bill will be that of Shibusa...

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Japanese aesthetics come into view. Let's tour Happoen and get to know Japanese gardens!

Jun 21, 2023

Japanese gardens are one of the most beautiful places in Japan. Happo-en Garden in Minato-ku is a great place to enjoy the charm of Japanese gardens. In this article, we will visit Happo-en and guide you through the garden and its highlights. Let us show you how to enjoy the Japanese garden. Start b...

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