① “Minato City Embassy Stamp Rally”
Minato City in Tokyo is a very international place. Most of the foreign embassies gather there.
Every year, “Minato City World Festival” (held until March 26th, 2017) – a big festival – offers the rare chance to get a look inside the foreign embassies that usually aren’t open for the public. If you are curious, you should participate in the “Minato City Stamp Rally of Embassies and Diplomatic Missions” (until March 20th).
The “Minato City Stamp Rally of Embassies and Diplomatic Missions” (long name!!) is a game in which you visit foreign embassies in Minato City and collect stamps in a “passport”.
By visiting various embassies you get a glimpse of foreign cultures in Tokyo and learn more about the countries of the world.
Also, depending on the number of stamps gathered at your passport, you can participate in a lottery event during the “Minato City World Carnival” to be held at Tokyo Tower on March 26th!
To retain your passport, check the distribution places on the official homepage.
I got my passport at the tourist information center^^
36 embassies are participating in the stamp rally event. I decided to visit 3 of them.
1. Embassy of Fiji
The Embassy of Fiji is inside a very unique building I had been curious about for some time. I didn’t expect to find an embassy in this building at all! What a great chance to get a glimpse of the architecture!
In the entrance area of the Embassy of Fiji you can find a lot of Fiji tourist information pamphlets and magazines. Also, they have a traditional instrument (drum) you may try out.
2. Taiwan Cultural Center
(The Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office)
The Taiwan Cultural Center had a lot of information on Taiwan tourism information, as well as information on Taiwan related events in Tokyo. Taiwan is very close to Japan’s islands in the South. So it’s no surprise that a lot of movies and foods are imported to Japan.
3. Embassy of Panama
The Embassy of Panama is in a stylish office building close to the Nishi Azabu Shopping Street near Tokyo Tower.
Here, I learned two things:
① Panama is a small country and it is possible to drive around the country in a single day!
② Panama – surprisingly – has very strong and successful wrestlers! (There were lots of trophies…)
At first, it took a bit of courage to enter the embassies. However, I was able to learn something new and I experienced the international side of Tokyo – which was a great experience!
Why don’t you participate in the “Minato City Embassy Stamp Rally” while in Japan? I’m sure, it will be a great experience^^
World Festival Official HP (Japanese):