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Tokyo Updates: Fall - Winter

Tokyo Updates: Fall – Winter

New York, NY, September 22, 2011:Japan's capital city never stops in fall and winter. Tokyo, where old and new cohabits, evolves with more innovative, cultural and creative facilities.

Be Magical at the Tokyo DisneySea

The Tokyo DisneySea ® Park, a part of the Tokyo Disney Resort just outside of Tokyo, celebrates the 10th anniversary of its opening with one-of-a-kind events. With the special merchandise, the time-limited Disney show "Be Magical!" highlights the anniversary year of the park, featuring Mickey Mouse in special costume and Magical Hat. In addition, the park’s restaurants add anniversary menus during the celebration, which are only available at the Tokyo DisneySea ® Park in Tokyo Disney Resort. This anniversary experience is available from September 4, 2011 through March 19, 2012.

Hail the E-Cab!

Represented by Toyota Prius and Nissan Leaf, Japan is advancing with alternative energy technologies. In the heavy traffic around Tokyo station in the city center, the Japanese high-tech eco-friendly cars are implemented to taxi business: Starting on October 23, Tokyoites hop on electric vehicle cabs such as hybrid Toyota Prius, electric Nissan vehicle Leaf and Mitsubishi i-MiEV from exclusive e-cab stand in Shin-Marunouchi Building located on west side of Tokyo Station. Hybrid and electric cabs have been implemented both in Tokyo and Osaka in conjunction with the continuous engineering development of electric vehicles at Japanese auto manufacturers.

Call for Help in English

Tokyo's historic symbol Asakusa is always full of foreign travelers, and strolling through the arcade along the passage to the front tori Thunder Gate is a major Japanese art, crafts and food shopping experience. The local government of the Asakusa area has started basic translation support service over the phone for those who have specific questions such as food ingredients, product materials, how to use the products, etc. Ask store personnel to call the support desk, which is automatically transferred to bilingual staff, who will assist the customers in English, Korean and Chinese. The service is provided for free between 8am to 8pm, and there are around 50 gift shops and restaurants in Asakusa registered for the service so far.

Run through Tokyo!

The Tokyo Marathon ( has established international race status and prestige by receiving the Gold Label status from International Association of Athletic Federation (IAAF) ( in September 2011. Last year's event had more than 35,000 finishers (the New York City Marathon had more than 45,000 finishers) both from Japan and overseas. On February 26, 2012, the runner’s route in Tokyo will take them past iconic views, historic sites and contemporary cityscapes one after another. Runners should apply for the race on the website (, and Kintetsu International Express (KIE) ( has an exclusive package for those who want to travel to the race and guaranteed entry for those that want to participate. Please go to for more information and details.

For more information contact:
Nori Akashi, Public Relations Manager

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