August 31, 2016

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*This program was first broadcast on Apr. 6, 2016

Capturing Tokyo 2016!

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For many tourists, taking photographs of the people and places they discover in Tokyo is a big part of their experience. But it's tough to find the best spots and times to take these photos. We'll look at the many facets of Tokyo on a tour of some great picture-taking hotspots.



1) View from Gusto's Shibuya Station location A family restaurant on the seventh floor of a building near the Shibuya crossing that serves inexpensive Japanese and Western dishes. It's often crowded so customers are limited to a 90-minute stay. Open: 7:30 am to 11:30 pm.
Address: Shibuya Ekimae bldg, 2-3-1 Dogenzaka, Shibuya-ku


2) Prince Shiba Park A park on the grounds of the Prince Park Tower, a hotel. The park is free to enter 24 hours a day, and is a great spot to wander.
Address: 4-8-1 Shibakoen, Minato-ku


3) Nezu Museum Reopened in 2009 after a refurbishment. The grounds contain a Japanese garden, lake and stream. A lovely place for a walk. The garden attracts many wild birds, and is home to four different teahouses.
Address: 6-5-1 Minami-aoyama, Minato-ku


4) Bunkyo Civic Center, 25th Floor Viewing Lounge The window glass of the viewing lounge is designed for viewing the city at night. It's set at an angle to minimize reflections. The Tokyo Skytree, the skyscrapers of Shinjuku, and Mt. Fuji are all visible. The lounge is free to enter and is open from 9:00 am to 8:20 pm.
Address: 1-16-21 Kasuga, Bunkyo-ku


5) Tateishi Nakamise Shotengai This shopping street was built in 1946 and has a retro feel. It's 120 meters long and contains 41 stores selling food and everyday items. It provides a familiar, down-to-earth view of Japanese life. Food shops offer oden, sashimi, motsu stew and much more.
Address: 1-20-4 Tateishi, Katsushika-ku

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1) Restaurant: Gusto Shibuya Station Store
Address: Shibuya Ekimae bldg, 2-3-1 Dogenzaka, Shibuya-ku
2) Park: Prince Shiba Park
Address: 4-8-1 Shibakoen, Minato-ku
3) Museum: Nezu Museum
Address: 6-5-1 Minami-aoyama, Minato-ku
4) Viewing lounge: Bunkyo Civic Center
Address: 1-16-21 Kasuga, Bunkyo-ku
5) Tateishi Nakamise Shopping Street
Address: 1-20-4 Tateishi, Katsushika-ku


Temple: Zojo-ji
Address: 4-7-35 Shibakoen, Minato-ku
Chicken shop: Torizen Shoten:
Address: 1-19-3 Tateishi, Katsushika-ku
Daily-dish shop: Suzuya Foods:
Address: 1-18-6 Tateishi, Katsushika-ku
Oden stall: Maruchu Kamaboko / Oden Maruchu
Address: 1-19-2 Tateishi, Katsushika-ku
Shrine: Kanda Myojin
Address: 2-16-2 Sotokanda, Chiyoda-ku


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Felicia Gonzalez

Event producer, band /artist management, English language curriculum development and Instructor
When did you first come to Japan?:
I arrived in 2007.
Reason for coming to Japan:
Having always been a bit adventurous and ready to embark on new things, the thought suddenly came to me to go to Japan and see what adventures might await. The very next week, I had bought my one-way ticket, basic phrasebook and was one my way!