Aikoku Gakuen Junior College
Aikoku Gakuen Junior College is a private junior college in Edogawa, Japan. The precursor of the school was founded in 1938, it was chartered as a university in 1962; the campus is a quick 3-minute walk from Keisei Koiwa Station on the Keisei Main Line, about a 10-minute walk from Koiwa Station on the JR Sōbu Main Line, or about a 13-minute walk from Shin-Shibamata Station on the Hokusō Line. Official website
2020 Summer Olympics
The 2020 Summer Olympics known as the Games of the XXXII Olympiad and known as Tokyo 2020, is an upcoming international multi-sport event, scheduled to take place from 24 July to 9 August 2020 in Tokyo, Japan. Tokyo was selected as the host city during the 125th IOC Session in Buenos Aires on 7 September 2013; these Games will mark the return of the Summer Olympics to Tokyo for the first time since 1964, the first city in Asia to host the Olympics twice, the fourth Olympics overall to be held in Japan, following the 1972 Winter Olympics in Sapporo and the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano. They will be the second of three consecutive Olympic Games to be held in East Asia, following the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, preceding the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing, China; these Games will see the introduction of additional disciplines within several of the Summer Olympics sports, including 3x3 basketball, freestyle BMX and Madison cycling, as well as further mixed events. Under new IOC policies that allow sports to be added to the Games' programme to augment the permanent "core" Olympic events, these Games will see karate, sport climbing and skateboarding make their Olympic debuts, the return of baseball and softball.
Tokyo and Madrid were the three candidate cities. The applicant cities of Baku and Doha were not promoted to candidate status. A bid from Rome was withdrawn; the IOC voted to select the host city of the 2020 Summer Olympics on 7 September 2013 at the 125th IOC Session at the Buenos Aires Hilton in Buenos Aires, Argentina. An exhaustive ballot system was used. No city won over 50% of the votes in the first round, Madrid and Istanbul were tied for second place. A run-off vote between these two cities was held to determine. In the final vote, a head-to-head contest between Tokyo and Istanbul, Tokyo was selected by 60 votes to 36, as it got at least 49 votes needed for a majority; the Tokyo Metropolitan Government set aside a fund of 400 billion Japanese yen to cover the cost of hosting the Games. The Japanese government is considering increasing slot capacity at both Haneda Airport and Narita International Airport by easing airspace restrictions. A new railway line is planned to link both airports through an expansion of Tokyo Station, cutting travel time from Tokyo Station to Haneda from 30 minutes to 18 minutes, from Tokyo Station to Narita from 55 minutes to 36 minutes.
But East Japan Railway Company is planning a new route near Tamachi to Haneda Airport. Funding is planned to accelerate completion of the Central Circular Route, Tokyo Gaikan Expressway and Ken-Ō Expressway, to refurbish other major expressways in the area. There are plans to extend the Yurikamome automated transit line from its existing terminal at Toyosu Station to a new terminal at Kachidoki Station, passing the site of the Olympic Village, although the Yurikamome would still not have adequate capacity to serve major events in the Odaiba area on its own; the Organizing Committee is headed by former Prime Minister Yoshirō Mori. Olympic and Paralympic Minister Shun'ichi Suzuki is overseeing the preparations on behalf of the Japanese government, it was confirmed in February 2012 that the Olympic Stadium in Tokyo would be demolished and reconstructed, receive a £1 billion upgrade for the 2019 Rugby World Cup as well as the 2020 Olympics. As a result, a design competition for the new stadium was launched.
In November 2012, the Japan Sport Council announced that out of 46 finalists, Zaha Hadid Architects was awarded the design for the new stadium. Plans included dismantling the original stadium, expanding the capacity from 50,000 to a modern Olympic capacity of about 80,000. However, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzō Abe announced in July 2015 that plans to build the New National Stadium would be scrapped and rebid on amid public discontent over the stadium's building costs. In Autumn 2015 a new design by Kengo Kuma was approved as winning project of new stadium design competition which decreased the capacity to between 60,000–80,000 depending by eventTwenty-eight of the thirty-three competition venues in Tokyo are within 8 kilometres of the Olympic Village. Eleven new venues are to be constructed. In September 2016, a review panel stated that the cost of hosting the Olympics and Paralympics could quadruple from the original estimate, therefore proposed a major overhaul to the current plan to reduce costs, including moving venues outside Tokyo.
In October 2018, the Board of Audit issued a report stating that the total cost of the venues could exceed US$25 billion. Seven venues for nine sports will be located within the central business area of Tokyo, northwest of the Olympic Village. Several of these venues were used for the 1964 Summer Olympics. 13 venues for 15 sports will be located in the vicinity of Tokyo Bay, southeast of the Olympic Village, predominantly on Ariake and the surrounding artificial islands. Twelve venues for 16 sports will be situated farther than 8 kilometres from the Olympic Village. In December 2018, the Japanese government chose to ban drones from flying over venues being used for the Olympic and Paralympic Games. A ban was imposed for the 2019 Rugby World Cup. Applications for volunteering at the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games were accepted from 26 September 2018. By 18 January 2019, a total of 204,680 applications had been received by the organising committee. Interviews to select the requisite number of volunteers began in February 2019 and trai
Tokyo Sea Life Park
Tokyo Sea Life Park is a public aquarium located in Edogawa Ward, Tokyo. It can be accsessed from Kasai-Rinkai Park Station; the aquarium received global attention in 2012 when one of its 135 Humboldt penguins thrived in Tokyo Bay for 82 days after scaling the 13 foot high wall and managing to get through a barbed-wire fence into the bay. The penguin, known only by its number, was recaptured by the keepers in late May 2012
Hanami is the Japanese traditional custom of enjoying the transient beauty of flowers. From the end of March to early May, cherry trees bloom all over Japan, around the first of February on the island of Okinawa; the blossom forecast "cherry blossom front" is announced each year by the weather bureau, is watched by those planning hanami as the blossoms only last a week or two. In modern-day Japan, hanami consists of having an outdoor party beneath the sakura during daytime or at night. In some contexts the Sino-Japanese term kan'ō is used instead for festivals. Hanami at night is called yozakura "night sakura". In many places such as Ueno Park temporary paper lanterns are hung for the purpose of yozakura. On the island of Okinawa, decorative electric lanterns are hung in the trees for evening enjoyment, such as on the trees ascending Mt. Yae, near Motobu Town, or at the Nakijin Castle. A more ancient form of hanami exists in Japan, enjoying the plum blossoms instead, narrowly referred to as umemi.
This kind of hanami is popular among older people, because they are calmer than the sakura parties, which involve younger people and can sometimes be crowded and noisy. The practice of hanami is many centuries old; the custom is said to have started during the Nara period when it was ume blossoms that people admired in the beginning. But by the Heian period, sakura came to attract more attention and hanami was synonymous with sakura. From on, in both waka and haiku, "flowers" meant "sakura". Hanami was first used as a term analogous to cherry blossom viewing in the Heian era novel The Tale of Genji. Although a wisteria viewing party was described, the terms "hanami" and "flower party" were subsequently used only in reference to cherry blossom viewing. Sakura was used to divine that year's harvest as well as announce the rice-planting season. People made offerings. Afterwards, they partook of the offering with sake. Emperor Saga of the Heian period adopted this practice, held flower-viewing parties with sake and feasts underneath the blossoming boughs of sakura trees in the Imperial Court in Kyoto.
Poems would be written praising the delicate flowers, which were seen as a metaphor for life itself and beautiful yet fleeting and ephemeral. This was said to be the origin of Hanami in Japan; the custom was limited to the elite of the Imperial Court, but soon spread to samurai society and, by the Edo period, to the common people as well. Tokugawa Yoshimune planted areas of cherry blossom trees to encourage this. Under the sakura trees, people had drank sake in cheerful feasts; the teasing proverb dumplings rather than flowers hints at the real priorities for most cherry blossom viewers, meaning that people are more interested in the food and drinks accompanying a hanami party than viewing the flowers themselves. Dead bodies are buried under the cherry trees! is a popular saying about hanami, after the opening sentence of the 1925 short story "Under the Cherry Trees" by Motojirō Kajii. The Japanese people continue the tradition of hanami, gathering in great numbers wherever the flowering trees are found.
Thousands of people fill the parks to hold feasts under the flowering trees, sometimes these parties go on until late at night. In more than half of Japan, the cherry blossoming days come at the same time as the beginning of school and work after vacation, so welcoming parties are opened with hanami. People go to the parks to keep the best places to celebrate hanami with friends and company coworkers many hours or days before. In cities like Tokyo, it is common to have celebrations under the sakura at night. Hanami at night is called yozakura. In many places such as Ueno Park, temporary paper lanterns are hung to have yozakura; the cherry blossom front is forecast each year by the Japan Meteorological Agency and now by private agencies, is watched with attention by those who plan to celebrate hanami because the blossoms last for little time no more than two weeks. The first cherry blossoms happen in the subtropical southern islands of Okinawa, while on the northern island of Hokkaido, they bloom much later.
In most large cities like Tokyo and Osaka, the cherry blossom season takes place around the end of March and the beginning of April. The television and newspapers follow this cherry blossom front, as it moves from South to North. In 2018 blossoms were scheduled to open in Fukuoka on March 21st, in Kyoto March 27th, in Tokyo March 26th and Sapporo May 1st. | The hanami celebrations involve eating and drinking, playing and listening to music. Some special dishes are prepared and eaten at the occasion, like dango and bento, sake is drunk as part of the festivity. Smaller hanami celebrations take place in Taiwan, the Philippines, China. In the United States, hanami has become popular. In 1912, Japan gave 3,000 sakura trees as a gift to the United States to celebrate the nations' friendship; these trees were planted in Washington, D. C. and another 3,800 trees were donated in 1965. These sakura trees continue to be a popular tourist attraction, every year, the National Cherry Blossom Festival takes place when they bloom in early spring.
In Macon, another cherry blossom festival called the International Cherry Blossom Festival is celebrated every spring. Macon is known as the Cherry B
Saitama Super Arena
Saitama Super Arena is a multi-purpose indoor arena located in Chūō-ku, Saitama City, Japan. Its spectator capacity is 37,000 at maximum settings, making it the third largest indoor arena in the world; this main arena capacity is between 19,000 and 22,500 when events such as basketball, tennis, ice hockey, boxing, mixed martial arts, professional wrestling take place there. It is the only Japanese arena equipped for American football; the arena features a gigantic moveable section of seating which can reduce capacity for smaller events and create a more intimate setting. It housed the John Lennon Museum, which displayed John Lennon memorabilia and closed in 2010, it gained worldwide recognition as a sports venue when it hosted the final round of the official 2006 Basketball World Championship. Today, it is one of two home arenas to Japan Professional Basketball League team the Saitama Broncos, it is a favorite venue for puroresu and mixed martial arts, has hosted many of the biggest fights in MMA history.
Immediate to JR East Keihin-Tōhoku|Utsunomiya|Takasaki Line Saitama-Shintoshin Station 7 minutes' walk from JR East Saikyō Line Kita-Yono Station The Saitama Super Arena was preliminary open on May 5, 2000, open on September 1 of the same year. The architecture firm Nikken Sekkei won the international design competition. In 2000, the arena hosted two NHL ice hockey games between the Nashville Predators and the Pittsburgh Penguins. In 2003, NBA basketball teams Seattle SuperSonics and the Los Angeles Clippers, played two games. On February 7, 2005 the arena hosted WWE Raw for United States cable television network Spike TV; the main event of the Raw hour was Ric Flair vs. Shawn Michaels, the main event of the Raw Zone hour featured Triple H against Edge for the World Heavyweight Championship. In 2006, the arena hosted the Final Round of the Basketball World Championship 2006. On December 31, 2007, the arena hosted Yarennoka, an MMA promotion organized by the former staff members of Pride Fighting Championship.
On November 29, 2009, the arena hosted one of the biggest fights in Japan's history as WBC Flyweight Champion Daisuke Naito defends his title against Koki Kameda. On December 31, 2009, the arena hosted "FieLDS Dynamite!! The Power of Courage 2009", hosted by MMA promotions Dream and Sengoku along with kickboxing promotion K–1. On December 31, 2010, the arena hosted "FieLDS Dynamite!! ~ Power of Courage 2010", hosted by fight promotions DREAM and K–1. The arena hosted the Japanese return of the Ultimate Fighting Championship on February 26, 2012 for UFC 144. Followed by UFC on Fuel TV: Silva vs. Stann on March 3, 2013 and UFC Fight Night: Hunt vs. Nelson on September 20, 2014 as well as UFC Fight Night: Barnett vs. Nelson on September 26, 2015, it will host. The venue hosts a major martial arts on New Year's Eve since 2001, it was sanctioned by Pride Fighting Championships from 2003 to 2006, by K-1 from 2008 to 2011. Since 2015 the event is the final round of the Rizin Fighting Federation; the 2014 and 2019 World Figure Skating Championships were held at the venue.
Besides sport and martial arts competition, there were held many music events, like Music Station, Hey! Hey! Hey! Music Champ, Animelo Summer Live, or humanitary Dream Power concerts organized by Yoko Ono. Many notable Japanese music acts performed at the arena, alphabetically: AKB48, Namie Amuro, B'z, Babymetal, BUMP OF CHICKEN, Minori Chihara, Masaharu Fukuyama, Glay, Ayumi Hamasaki, Tomoyasu Hotei, The Gazette, Janne Da Arc, Kamen Joshi, Berryz Kobo, Mai Kuraki, L'Arc-en-Ciel, Luna Sea, Nana Mizuki, Man with a Mission, Momoiro Clover Z, Morning Musume, Mr. Children, Nogizaka46, Kana Nishino, One Ok Rock, Radwimps, Sakamoto Maaya, SCANDAL, Shiina Ringo, Siam Shade, Spyair, Sound Horizon, Hikaru Utada and fripSide; some Japanese anime projects like Uta no Prince-sama, Love Live!, K-On!, The Idolmaster, Touken Ranbu saw live musical realization in the arena. International artists performed there, like Madonna, Janet Jackson, Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey, Guns N' Roses, Beyoncé, Linkin Park, Ariana Grande, Lady Gaga, Avril Lavigne, Backstreet Boys, DragonForce, Radiohead, AC/DC, Jeff Mills, Taylor Swift, U2, Iron Maiden, One Direction, Katy Perry, K-Pop acts BoA, TVXQ, Super Junior, SS501, Girls' Generation, Big Bang, 2PM, F.
T. Island, 2NE1, SHINee, CNBLUE, SEVENTEEN, Kim Jaejoong, EXO, TWICE and NCT 127. Queen + Paul Rodgers performed there and the concerts were depicted in the concert DVD Super Live in Japan. Green Day taped the show for their new live album titled Awesome as Fuck; the Coverdale's band Whitesnake during the Loud Park Festival recorded their performance for a live album Made in Japan. The Festival has had other internationally renowned rock and metal bands like Scorpions, Nightwish and Slayer. Due to his particular brand of Electronic Metal, Venezuelan DJ Zardonic played a guest set at the Big Rock Stage, making it the first time in history that an Electronic Producer performs at the festival. U Arena, a venue near Paris similar in concept to the Super Arena Saitama Super Arena
Ryōgoku Kokugikan known as Ryōgoku Sumo Hall, is an indoor sporting arena located in the Yokoami neighborhood of Sumida, one of the 23 wards of Tokyo in Japan, next to the Edo-Tokyo Museum. It is the third building built in Tokyo associated with the name kokugikan; the current building has a capacity of 11,098 people. It is used for sumo wrestling tournaments and hosts the Hatsu honbasho in January, the Natsu honbasho in May, the Aki honbasho in September, it houses a museum about sumo. The venue is used for other indoor events, such as boxing, pro wrestling, music concerts. In past years, it has hosted the finals of New Japan Pro Wrestling's annual G1 Climax tournament as well as the Invasion Attack and King of Pro-Wrestling events and the WWE's The Beast in the East event in 2015; the growing popularity of Sumo during the Meiji period led to the building of the original Kokugikan in Ryōgoku in 1909. The Japanese army appropriated the facility in World War II, some tournaments were held outdoors at a baseball stadium.
During the occupation of Japan, SCAP saw sumo as less threatening than other martial arts, allowed a tournament there in November 1945. The occupation forces subsequently took over the area and turned it into a skating rink. One more tournament was held in November 1946, but tournaments were thereafter held on the grounds of the Meiji Shrine until 1954. Tournaments were subsequently held in the Kuramae Kokugikan, which opened in 1954, until it was replaced by the current Ryōgoku Kokugikan in Yokoami in 1985, it will host the boxing competition at the 2020 Summer Olympics. In the anime series Hajime no Ippo, some of the characters participate in boxing matches in the Ryōgoku Kokugikan. In the manga and anime series Aah! Harimanada, the Ryōgoku Kokugikan is featured prominently and all the sumo tournaments are held there. In the manga series Hinomaru Zumō, some of the tournaments are held at the Ryōgoku Kokugikan. In the manga series Prison School, some of the characters attend a student sumo tournament in the Ryōgoku Kokugikan.
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Tokyo Big Sight
Tokyo Big Sight known as Tokyo International Exhibition Center, is a convention and exhibition center in Tokyo and the largest one in the country. Opened in April 1996, the center is located in the Ariake Minami district of Tokyo Waterfront City on the Tokyo Bay waterfront, its most iconic feature is the visually distinctive Conference Tower. The name Tokyo Big Sight in Japanese becomes the official name, it has become the name of the operator since April 2003; the center was a planned venue for the 2020 Summer Olympics hosting wrestling and taekwondo events, but cutting of public funds forced the organization committee to choose alternative addition to serving as the main broadcasting center and press center for the Games. Located on the shore of Tokyo Bay, about 30 minutes by rail from Tokyo Station, Big Sight is Japan's largest international convention venue, its most distinctive feature is the unique architecture of its 58 m-high eight-storey Conference Tower. The site utilizes steel frame with reinforced concrete construction, boasting a total floor area of 230,873 m2 which outsizes Makuhari Messe's floor space by half, of which 35% is indoors.
The convention center is divided into three main areas, each with their own restaurants and other supporting facilities: The East Exhibition Hall, the West Exhibition Hall and the Conference Tower. The architectural element most associated with the Tokyo Big Sight name, the glass and titanium-panelled Conference Tower appears as a set of four inverted pyramids mounted upon large supports; the first floor comprises four conference rooms of varying size. The second floor comprises the Entrance Plaza, the main access area, the glass-roofed Event Plaza, the Entrance Hall which leads to the exhibition halls proper, the Exhibition Plaza. There are no floors three through five due to the structure's above-ground stature. Floors six and seven can be directly accessed via escalator from the second-floor Entrance Hall, comprise the main convention facilities of the Tower; the sixth floor houses ten conference rooms of small to medium size, some of which can be merged into larger spaces by removing intervening partitions.
Floor seven houses the 1000-seat International Conference Room as well as three conference rooms of much smaller size. Floor eight houses five conference rooms. Scattered around the Tower's vicinity are public art pieces, most of which are works by international artists such as Claes Oldenburg and his wife Coosje Van Bruggen, Michael Craig-Martin and Lee U-Fan; these include a giant sculpture of a large stylized pond and three marble beds. The East Exhibition Hall's main layout consists of a central 600 m-long two-tiered galleria, flanked on both sides by three identical exhibition halls, has underground parking available; the overall height of the structure is three storeys, with the galleria reaching two storeys. The glass-roofed galleria is equipped with moving walkways for easier movement, food outlets, electronic signboards and a host of other relevant facilities; each hall has a mobile roof that enables exhibitors to control the amount of sunlight coming through, recessed electronic and control service pits at regular intervals, a show office, four meeting rooms and a dressing room.
It is possible to merge a hall with adjacent halls on the same side, allowing for a maximum continuous floor space three times the capacity of a single hall, or a grand total of 26,010 m2. Unlike its West counterpart, the East Exhibition Hall is not located next to the main Conference Tower area; the West Exhibition Hall's layout consists of four internal halls surrounding a central two-tiered Atrium. Halls one and two occupy the first floor, are each equipped with a single meeting room, two show offices and seven meeting rooms. If necessary, they can be merged with the glass-roofed atrium area to maximize all available exhibition space. Halls three and four are individually smaller than the first floor halls, as the rest of the space not taken up by the Atrium's upper area is the rooftop exhibition area. Adjacent to the West Exhibition Hall is an outdoor exhibition area, which like the rooftop area overlooks the waterfront. Like the other exhibition areas in the Tokyo Big Sight, it is possible to combine both upper halls and both spaces together to create a single continuous floor area.
All in all, the West Exhibition Hall boasts in total six show offices, twenty-three meeting rooms and three dressing rooms. The gross total floor area of the Hall stands at 46,280 m2. Contracted by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government's Bureau of Finance, the construction of the entire site was handled by eight contractors in total, among them companies such as the Hazama and Shimizu Corporations. Construction began in October 1992 and was finished in October 1995; the total contract was worth 40,392 million yen. Forty-five percent of that sum went to the sole contractor of the Tower segment. Governor of Tokyo Shunichi Suzuki was present at the 1994 lifting-up ceremony on June 30, which initiated the raising the Tower's 6500-ton main structure above ground, a process which took three days to complete using a computer-guided system that jacked the structure up into place. A 250-ton aerial escalator was installed to formally link the raised structure to the ground floors. Comiket Intex Osaka Tourism in Tokyo AnimeJapan Official website Tokyo Big Sight Map