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Carriage Tours of Envoys Revived from Tokyo Station (News)

Tokyo, Dec. 11 (Jiji Press)—A horse-drawn carriage carrying a new ambassador to Japan to the Imperial Palace left Tokyo Station's entrance for distinguished guests for the first time in some 10 years on Monday. A horse-drawn carriage carrying a new ambassador to Japan travels through the Marunouchi square in front of Tokyo Station on December 11, 2017. (© Jiji) The move followed the recent …

Tokyo Station Gets New Public Square After Renovation (Japan in Photos)

Tourists gather in the newly completed public square in front of Tokyo Station on December 7, 2017. A ceremony was held the same day to mark completion of improvements to roads and the surrounding area, which began in 2014. Now the work is finished, the traditional horse-drawn carriage ride for new ambassadors to Japan will once again begin from the special station entrance reserved for the im…

Tori no Ichi Market Offers Auspicious Rakes (Japan in Photos)

Displays at the Tori no Ichi Market at Hanazono Shrine in Shinjku, Tokyo. The market is known for its lucky kumade rakes for “raking in” good fortune.

60-Year-Old Subway Cars Shown to Media After Repairs (News)

Tokyo, Nov. 27 (Jiji Press)—Three subway cars that operated in Tokyo and Argentina for some 60 years in total were shown to the media in Tokyo on Monday after repairs. It is unusual for a train car to mark a 60-year anniversary, well beyond the standard span of 50 years, according to officials of Tokyo Metro Co., which held the media event for the Type 500 cars at its train yard in Nakano Ward …

Baby Panda to Make December 19 Public Debut (News)

Tokyo, Nov. 22 (Jiji Press)—The Tokyo Metropolitan Government said Wednesday that Xiang Xiang, a giant panda born in Tokyo's Ueno Zoo in June, will be shown to the public for the first time on December 19. Xiang Xiang climbs to the top of a log for a photo on November 19 at Tokyo's Ueno Zoo. (Courtesy Tokyo Zoological Park Society; © Jiji.) Until the end of next January, only those chosen b…

Shifted Gravity: A New Exhibition in Tokyo (Japan in Photos)

An interactive trick-art exhibit at Mori Art Museum in Roppongi, Tokyo, on November 16, 2017. It is part of Leandro Erlich: Seeing and Believing, a solo exhibition of the Argentinian artist’s work beginning on November 18. Visitors can enter the artwork Building, shifting their viewpoint and experiencing a tilted world. The exhibition runs until April 1, 2018. (© Jiji)

Autumn in Tokyo: A Yellow Canopy at Meiji Shrine (Japan in Photos)

A man and child stroll under the deep yellow autumn leaves of ginkgo trees at the Meiji Shrine outer gardens in Tokyo on November 13, 2017. The annual ginkgo festival will be held at the gardens from November 17 to December 3. (© Jiji)

Koike Resigns as Party of Hope Leader (News)

Tokyo, Nov. 14 (Jiji Press)—Tokyo Governor Koike Yuriko stepped down as leader of the Japanese opposition Party of Hope on Tuesday. At a meeting of party lawmakers in both chambers of parliament, Koike said she is resigning as leader to offer different forms of support to the party. Coleader Tamaki Yuichirō, a member of the House of Representatives, the lower chamber of parliament, replaced …

Tokyo Named Third Most “Magnetic” CityNippon.com Staff

In October 2017, Tokyo was named the third most “magnetic” city in the world based on its power to attract creative individuals and enterprises. The Global Power City Index, published by the Mori Memorial Foundation, ranked 44 major cities in 2017, its tenth year. Cities are scored for six functions: economy, research and development, cultural interaction, livability, environment, and accessi…

Wholesalers OK Tsukiji Relocation to Toyosu in October 2018 (News)

Tokyo, Nov. 2 (Jiji Press)—Wholesalers at the iconic Tsukiji market in Tokyo's Chūō Ward agreed at a meeting on Thursday to accept the relocation of its functions to the new Toyosu market in neighboring Kōtō Ward in mid-October next year. The agreement came after the Tokyo metropolitan government last month proposed rescheduling the wholesale food market relocation for September-October 2018. …

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