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FIREWORKS (HANABI) FESTIVAL IN TOKYO 2013
Many large-scale firework events that light up the sky beautifully during summer have been held all around Japan each year.
These are the major firework events that are scheduled for the Tokyo area.
Japanese fireworks are some of the most beautiful fireworks found around the world. They have been used for Olympic ceremonies.
Please enjoy them during your stay in Japan.
July 23, Tuesday
The 47th Kastsushika Nouryo Fireworks
Place: Katsushika Shibamata Baseball Field
Access: 10 min. from Shibamata Station, Keisei Line
15 min. from Shinshibamata Station, Hokuso Line
19:20 ~ 12,000 displays
Details >> http://www.katsushika-kanko.com/katsumaru/47/ (Japanese)
July 27th, Saturday
The 35thSumida Fireworks
Area 1: 15 min. walk from Asakusa Station, North Exit on Tobu-Isezaki Line
15 min. walk from Asakusa Station Exit 5 on Ginza Line/Toei Asakusa Line.
Area 2: 5 min. walk from Asakusa Station Exit A2 on Toei Asakusa Line,
5 min. walk from Kuramae Station Exit A7 on Toei Oedo Line.
19:05 ~ 20,000 displays
Details >> http://sumidagawa-hanabi.com/index_eg.html
August 3th, Saturday
The 38th Edogawa Fireworks
Place: Edogawa River Area
Access: 15 min. from Shinozaki Station, Toei Shinjuku Line
19:15 ~ 20:30 14,000 displays
Details >> http://www.city.edogawa.tokyo.jp/hanabi2013/ (Japanese)
August 17th, Saturday
Jingu-Gaien Fireworks Festival
Place: 4 different Parks in Gaien
Jingu Kyujo Ballpark / National Kasumigaoka Athletic Field / Chichibu-no-miya Rugby Field / Soft-Ball Park
Access: Sendagaya Station or Shinanomachi Station on JR Sobu Line;
Gaienmae Station, Aoyama 1-chome Station, Omotesando Station on Subways;
and Kokuritsu Kyogijyo Station on Toei Oedo Line.
19:30~ 10,000 displays
* Tickets are required to enter each venue.
Details >> http://www.jinguhanabi.com/ (Japanese)
August 10th, Saturday
The 25nd Tokyo Bay Fireworks Festival
Place: Harumi Event Area (Harumi Athletic Field 5-9 Harumi, Chuo-ku, Tokyo)
Access: 15 min. walk from Kachidoki Station on Toei Oedo Line, or 20 min. walk from Toyosu Station on Yurakucho Line.
19:30 ~ 12,000 displays
Details >> http://www.city.chuo.lg.jp/ivent/toukyouwanndaihanabisaimeinn/ (Japanese)
July 20th, Saturday
The 35nd Adachi Fireworks
Place: Arakawa River Area
Access: 15 min. from Kitasenju Station, JR Line and Tokyo Metro Lines
19:30 ~ 12,000 displays
Details >> http://adachikanko.net/hanabi/index.html (Japanese)
*In case of bad weather, fireworks may be rescheduled to the next day or another day.
*Details may change without any notice.
|Address:||Nishihara, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo|
|Transportation:||Chiyoda Line, Yoyogi-uehara Sta. 5 min.-walk
Odakyu Line, Yoyogi-hachiman Sta. 10 min.-walk
Chiyoda Line, Yoyogi-koen Sta. 11 min.-walk
|Structure:||Wooden Structure 3 floors above|
It is located in a popular, quiet residential neighborhood in Yoyogi-Uehara.
The Oasis of Tokyo, Yoyogi Park is within walking distance. There also is a Yoyogi Ooyama Park nearby.
It is a detached house surrounded with greenery. This property was built by Mitsubishi Estate Home, with which you can enjoy the feeling of being in a luxurious summerhouse.
The floor plan is a spacious 3LDK for 209sqm.
The living, dining and kitchen space is placed on the 2nd floor. Facing the south, they get good natural light.
The spacious wood patio outside of the living-dining area will be perfect for BBQ or to enjoy view.
The open ceiling above the dining room brings further openness to the room.
On the ground floor, there is a master bedroom, a bathroom and a shower room in addition to the entrance.
The bathroom area is designed after luxurious hotels. It has doors on two sides to have multiple accesses and also has high-grade BOSE speaker installed. The shower room is also designed after luxurious resort hotels.
On the 3rd floor, two bedrooms and a storage space and a roof patio with great view are found.
It has a 24 A/C system. The double-pane glasses assure high insulation, noise proof and privacy.
The security system, SECOM unit is fully installed to offer reliable security system.
Parking for 3 cars is included. (They need to be parked front and back. One in a garage.) The garage has a surfboard racks and cycle racks as well.
There are predictions that it will be a tough year for those who suffer from hay fever.
It is said that the amount of pollen flying in the air this year will be much more than in previous years. This may cause severe hay fever symptoms for those who already suffer. In addition it is possible that more people may start developing hay fever for the first time.
Pollen Forecast in 2013
Nationwide Average： 1.7 times more than 2012
From Kanto to Hokkaido: 3-7 times more (5-6 times more in Tokyo)
Kyushu and Shikoku region: average yearly amount
The quantity of pollen in the air around Tokyo is forecasted to be 5 to 6 times more than usual.
It was announced that the hay fever season has officially started on February 20th around the Tokyo area.
What is “hay fever”? Why do so many people suffer from hay fever in Japan?
Pollenosis (commonly referred to as “hay fever”): allergic reactions triggered by pollen
Symptoms of hay fever: sneezing, runny nose, nose congestion, eye irritation
The types of pollens that trigger allergic reactions are Japanese cedar, Hinoki cypress, and pine trees pollen. Out of all of these, the most significant one is known as Japanese cedar pollen.
In Japan, many people started to suffer hay fever from cedar pollen from around 1960. Around that time, the Japanese government ordered a large number of cedar and cypress trees to be planted. These trees grew fast and were affordable materials for urban development and the post war recovery of World War II. It is assumed that the significant increase of pollens due to such efforts caused this increase in the number of people who suffer from hay fever.
Japanese cedar pollen is in the air from February through April. During this period, the number of patients who suffer from hay fever increases drastically. In Japan, it is assumed that approximately 25 million people suffer from hay fever. Sometimes it is said that not one Japanese person doesn’t know someone who is affected by it.
During this season the pollen quantity is forecasted everyday along with the weather on TV, newspaper and internet.
Expect to see many Japanese people wearing a mask between February and April.
The reason why there will be more pollen in 2013
1. The growth of Japanese cedar trees and hence pollen are effected by the climate in July and August of the previous year. Especially, the duration of sunshine, temperature and precipitation effect growth the most. The summer of 2012 was a record-breaking heat and also many sunny days in the Kanto region up to Hokkaido. Consequently, the Japanese cedar trees are very healthy this year.
2. The quantity of pollen tends to alternate every year with a lot one year, and then less the next. The amount of pollen in 2012 was less than usual, so it is predicted that there will be more this year.
Protection methods against hay fever
1. Avoid pollen
Avoid going out on the days when more pollen is predicted to be in the air.
Check >> http://weather.yahoo.co.jp/weather/jp/kafun/
The link above is the pollen forecast around Japan updated daily by Yahoo.
Although it is only in Japanese, you can check the pollen quantity by the color codes.
Yellow: a lot
Orange: extremely a lot
Gray: no information
2. Prevent exposure to pollen
Glasses： You can find glasses that avoid exposure to pollen.
Mask： You may want to find a high-density mask that fits the face tightly. The triangular shaped ones might help you breath more easily.
You can find such masks at any pharmacy.
3. Moderate the symptoms by medication
Medication: Get prescription medication
Consultation at a hospital:
Many people consult with an ear/nose/throat clinic or just a normal family doctor. Other medical institutions can be options as well such as an ophthalmologist, pediatrician, dermatologist, a clinic for allergies, etc. depending on the symptoms.
Bilingual Medical Institutes in Tokyo >> http://www.realestate-tokyo.com/info/hospital/
If you find you are developing hay fever, it is advisable to take the preventive measures above, or to go see a doctor and get professional advice and medication to help you through this difficult season.
You can get these medicines at a pharmacy or drag store.
These medicines help soothing sneezing and runny nose and decongest developed due to hay fever, house dust, etc.
At our company, Plaza Homes, many employees also suffer from hay fever.
We have some measures of our own that help us through this season.
Measures against hay fever practiced by Plaza Homes employees
- Do not hang laundry outside (because pollen will be attached)
- Shake off pollen from jackets, hair, etc. before entering the house or office. Do not bring the jacket in to the bedroom or living room because it is likely to have some pollen. Ask other family members and colleagues to do the same.
- Gargle and wash the eyes with eye drops when returning home.
- Clean the A/C filters frequently
- Avoid going to areas where pollen will be flying densely but travel instead to areas with little pollen such as Okinawa or overseas.
- Use a high-spec air cleaner around the desk in the office and use it exclusively.
|Address:||Akasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo|
|Transportation:||Hibiya Line, Kamiyacho Sta. 9 min.-walk
Ginza / Namboku Line, Tameike-sanno Sta. 6 min.-walk
Namboku Line, Roppongi-itchome Sta. 8 min.-walk
|Structure:||Reinforced Concrete 7 floors above|
This is a luxurious residence that stands in an international and stylish environment that includes Ark hills, the Hotel Okura and the American Embassy (all are closeby).
Ark Hills hosts morning markets on Saturday mornings.
Each room has a view of beautifully looked-after gardens and trees.
Each unit occupies a whole floor and is designed to get lots of sun light.
The room interiors are bright and spacious.
The dark brown floors, combined with an interior based in brown, harmonize well with the greenery lying outside of the windows. This provides a sense of luxury and calmness.
Having large windows which open up to a wood-deck patio integrates nicely with rooms and provides further openness.
Both the interior and facilities are of high-standard.
It has 2LDK or 3LDK floor plans with 108～165sq.m.
|Address:||3-4-9, Azabudai, Minato-ku, Tokyo|
|Transportation:||Hibiya / Toei-Oedo Line, Roppongi Sta. 9 min.-walk
Namboku Line, Roppongi-itchome Sta. 6 min.-walk
|Structure:||Reinforced Concrete 14 floors above|
Multiple train stations for a number of train lines are accessible.
In addition to those train stations, Azabu-Juban Sta. is in a 9 min. walk and Kamiyacho Sta. is in a 10 min. walk.
Many gourmet spots in Roppongi and Azabu-Juban areas also can be reached easily.
It is a tower apartment that stands on Gaien-Higashi-Dori Street near the Iikura Katamachi intersection.
The interior of each unit is modern and has wood floor. It has a functional floor plan with plenty of storage space.
An interphone with a display, a bath-heating system and a bathroom dryer are also installed.
Being located on the hilltop area, it has excellent view.
It is negotiable to have pets.