Ōi Futō Chūō Kaihin Park
Ōi Futō Chūō Kaihin Park is a public park in Shinagawa Ward and Ōta Ward, Japan. About 69 % of the park is with the remaining 31 % in Ōta; the park has baseball grounds, tennis courts and a gateball area. Parks and gardens in Tokyo National Parks of Japan seaside-park.jp sasp.mapion.co.jp
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
Tokyo Imperial Palace
The Tokyo Imperial Palace is the primary residence of the Emperor of Japan. It is a large park-like area located in the Chiyoda ward of Tokyo and contains buildings including the main palace, the private residences of the Imperial Family, an archive and administrative offices, it is built on the site of the old Edo Castle. The total area including the gardens is 1.15 square kilometres. During the height of the 1980s Japanese property bubble, the palace grounds were valued by some to be more than the value of all of the real estate in the state of California. After the capitulation of the shogunate and the Meiji Restoration, the inhabitants, including the Shōgun Tokugawa Yoshinobu, were required to vacate the premises of the Edo Castle. Leaving the Kyoto Imperial Palace on 26 November 1868, the Emperor arrived at the Edo Castle, made it to his new residence and renamed it to Tōkei Castle. At this time, Tōkyō had been called Tōkei, he left for Kyōto again, after coming back on 9 May 1869, it was renamed to Imperial Castle.
Previous fires had destroyed the Honmaru area containing the old donjon. On the night of 5 May 1873, a fire consumed the Nishinomaru Palace, the new imperial Palace Castle was constructed on the site in 1888. A non-profit "Rebuilding Edo-jo Association" was founded in 2004 with the aim of a correct reconstruction of at least the main donjon. In March 2013, Naotaka Kotake, head of the group, said that "the capital city needs a symbolic building", that the group planned to collect donations and signatures on a petition in support of rebuilding the tower. A reconstruction blueprint had been made based on old documents; the Imperial Household Agency at the time had not indicated. In the Meiji era, most structures from the Edo Castle disappeared; some were cleared to make way for other buildings while others were destroyed by earthquakes and fire. For example, the wooden double bridges over the moat were replaced with iron bridges; the buildings of the Imperial Palace constructed in the Meiji era were constructed of wood.
Their design employed traditional Japanese architecture in their exterior appearance while the interiors were an eclectic mixture of then-fashionable Japanese and European elements. The ceilings of the grand chambers were coffered with Japanese elements; the floors of the public rooms had parquets or carpets while the residential spaces used traditional tatami mats. The main audience hall was the central part of the palace, it was the largest building in the compound. Guests were received there for public events; the floor space was more than 223 tsubo or 737.25 m2. In the interior, the coffered ceiling was traditional Japanese-style; the roof was styled to the Kyoto Imperial Palace, but was covered with copper plates rather than Japanese cypress shingles. In the late Taishō and early Shōwa period, more concrete buildings were added, such as the headquarters of the Imperial Household Ministry and the Privy Council; these structures exhibited only token Japanese elements. From 1888 to 1948, the compound was called Palace Castle.
On the night of 25 May 1945, most structures of the Imperial Palace were destroyed in the Allied firebombing raid on Tokyo. According to the US bomber pilot Richard Lineberger, Emperor's Palace was the target of their special mission on July 29, 1945, was hit with 2000-pound bombs. In August 1945, in the closing days of World War II, Emperor Hirohito met with his Privy Council and made decisions culminating in the surrender of Japan at an underground air-raid shelter on the palace grounds referred to as His Majesty's Library. Due to the large-scale destruction of the Meiji-era palace, a new main palace hall and residences were constructed on the western portion of the site in the 1960s; the area was renamed Imperial Residence in 1948, while the eastern part was renamed East Garden and became a public park in 1968. Interior images of the old Meiji-era palace, destroyed during World War II The present Imperial Palace encompasses the retrenchments of the former Edo Castle; the modern palace Kyūden designed for various imperial court functions and receptions is located in the old Nishinomaru section of the palace grounds.
On a much more modest scale, the residence of the current Emperor and empress is located in the Fukiage Gardens. Designed by Japanese architect Shōzō Uchii the modern residence was completed in 1993. Except for Imperial Household Agency and the East Gardens, the palace is closed to the public, except for reserved guided tours from Tuesdays to Saturdays; each New Year and Emperor's Birthday, the public is permitted to enter through the Nakamon where they gather in the Kyuden Totei Plaza in front of the Chowaden Hall. The Imperial Family appears on the balcony before the crowd and the Emperor gives a short speech greeting and thanking the visitors and wishing them good health and blessings; every year a poetry convention called Utakai Hajime is held at the palace on January 1. The old Honmaru and Sannomaru compounds now comprise the East Gardens, an area with public access containing administrative and other public buildings; the Kitanomaru Park is the former northern enceinte of Edo Castle. It is the site of the Nippon Budokan.
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Yokohama Stadium is a stadium in Naka Ward, Japan. It has a capacity of 30,000 people, it is used for baseball and is the home field of the Yokohama DeNA BayStars. The stadium features dirt around the bases and pitcher's mound, but with dirt colored turf infield and base paths; the entire green portion of the field is turfed. It hosted an Australian rules football match and drew the second largest crowd, for such an event, outside of Australia. Carlos Santana and Masayoshi Takanaka performed at the stadium on August 2, 1981. Japanese concert souvenir tour program for Santana/Takanaka, for their "Summer Live Super Session" tour of Japan. Michael Jackson performed at the stadium during his Bad World Tour in five sold out concerts, more than any other artist in Yokohama, for a total audience of 240,000 fans on September 25, 26, 27, 1987 and October 3–4, 1987 and one of the concerts was recorded and released as VHS titled Michael Jackson Live in Japan. Tina Turner played 4 concerts for the first time at the stadium on March 1988 during Break Every Rule Tour.
Madonna performed, on three consecutive nights, during her Blond Ambition World Tour on April 25–27, 1990. Her show on the 27th was filmed & released on July 25, 1990 as a VHS & Laserdisc in Japan, titled Blond Ambition – Japan Tour 90. Luna Sea performed a Christmas concert here on December 23 as the final performance of their 1996 tour. There they announced a yearlong hiatus for the members to perform solo activities; the concert was released as the Mafuyu no Yagai DVD in 2003. Nana Mizuki performed a concert here on August 3 as the final performance of her 2014 domestic tour, which drew a crowd of about 32,000 fans, making it the biggest local artist event held here. In September 2014, ONE OK ROCK held a 2-day concert in front of a crowd of 60,000 people called "Mighty Long Fall Live at Yokohama Stadium 2014", it will be the softball venue at the 2020 Summer Olympics. Official website Geographic data related to Yokohama Stadium at OpenStreetMap
Tokyo Tatsumi International Swimming Center
Tokyo Tatsumi International Swimming Center is a swimming venue in Kōtō, Japan. The swimming center has hosted several Japanese swimming championships; the swimming complex was designed by a Tokyo architecture firm. It was commissioned by a unit of the Tokyo Metropolitan Government; the building is built of steel-reinforced concrete except for the roof, a steel pipe space-truss structure. The structural design was by Kozo Keikaku Engineering; the complex was completed in March 1993. It will be used at the 2020 Summer Olympics in Water polo. 200 m breaststroke 2:07.51 Kosuke Kitajima. 200 m butterfly 2:03.12 Yūko Nakanishi.
Ariake Coliseum is an indoor sporting arena in Ariake Tennis Forest Park located in Ariake, Tokyo, Japan. It has a capacity of 10,000; the arena is used as the center court for the Japan Open Tennis Championships and the Toray Pan Pacific Open held in Ariake Tennis Forest Park. It is one of the few professional tennis venues; this venue will host Road FC 24, instead of Ryogoku Kokugikan. The venue will host tennis events at the 2020 Summer Olympics. List of tennis stadiums by capacity
Nippon Budokan shortened to Budokan, is an indoor arena located in Chiyoda, Japan. Budokan was built for the judo competition in the 1964 Summer Olympics, hence its name, which translates in English as Martial Arts Hall, its primary purpose is to host martial arts contests and for a time was a popular venue for Japanese professional wrestling. It has hosted numerous other sporting events such as the 1967 Women's Volleyball World Championship and other events such as musical concerts. A number of famous rock music acts have played at Budokan; the Beatles were the first rock group to play there, in a series of concerts held between June 30 and July 2, 1966. Several live albums were recorded at Budokan, including releases by Bryan Adams, Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton, Cheap Trick, Dream Theater, John Hiatt, Kiss, Mr. Big, Ozzy Osbourne, Journey; the Nippon Budokan is located in Kitanomaru Park in the center of Tokyo, two minutes' walking distance from Kudanshita Subway Station, near the Imperial Palace and Yasukuni Shrine.
The 42 m high octagonal structure holds 14,471 people. The building is modeled after Yumedono in Hōryū-ji in Nara. Although it functions as a venue for big musical events, its primary purpose is for Japanese martial arts; the national championships of the different branches of the martial arts are held annually at the Budokan. The Budokan has been associated with professional wrestling's big shows from All Japan Pro Wrestling and Pro Wrestling Noah. However, due to declining business following the death of Mitsuharu Misawa and the retirement of Kenta Kobashi, professional wrestling has ceased running regular shows in the Budokan. During Wrestle Kingdom 12, New Japan Pro Wrestling announced that its yearly G1 Climax tournament's finals would be held at the Budokan; the Muhammad Ali vs. Antonio Inoki hybrid rules fight held at the Budokan in 1976 is seen as a forerunner to mixed martial arts. K-1, Shooto and Pride Fighting Championships have all held events at the arena; the Beatles were the first rock group to perform at Budokan in a series of five shows held between June 30 and July 2, 1966.
Their appearances were met with opposition from those who felt the appearance of a western pop group would defile the martial arts arena. In July 1973 Japanese television recorded the Santana performance at Budokan; the Budokan gained worldwide fame when American artists Cheap Trick and Bob Dylan used the arena to record their performances, Cheap Trick at Budokan and Bob Dylan at Budokan. In explaining the popularity of the venue for live albums, Eric Clapton described the Tokyo audience as "almost overappreciative" in interviews promoting Just One Night, his own live album recorded at the Budokan; the record for the most Budokan music concerts is held by Eikichi Yazawa, 142 times as of December 19, 2017. Artists that have released live recordings from the venue include: Led Zeppelin. Chicago. Uriah Heep; the Carpenters. Rainbow. Fleetwood Mac. Kiss. Cheap Trick. Eric Clapton. Diana Ross. Eikichi Yazawa. Bob Dylan. Sadao Watanabe. ABBA; the Police. Michael Schenker Group. Toto. Dave Grusin. Michael Schenker Group.
Asia. Frank Sinatra. Iron Maiden. Skid Row Skid Row - Live at Budokan, Tokyo 1992. Diana Ross, Tokyo 1992. Yngwie Malmsteen. Blur. Chic; this was bassist Bernard Edwards's last performance. Diana Ross. Mr. Big. Oasis.