Every now and then I present on Tokyo Eye, NHK’s English-language program about all the cool things you can see and do in this great city. For my latest gig, I went reporting on Haneda Airport, which is once again open to overseas flights after years as a domestic-only airport, and has a brand new international terminal. (I translated the narration scripts too.)
The most interesting part of the filming was our visit to ANA’s on-airport airplane maintenance facility which, amazingly, is open to the public! It’s the only place in the world where regular folks can get up close and personal with a jumbo jet. That’s me in the photo above with my partner-in-presenting, radio personality George Cockle. He’s the DJ on the Lazy Sunday music show on InterFM and a lot of fun to work with.
The ANA Maintenance Facility Tour is free and is offered four times a day on weekdays. Tours are conducted only in Japanese, but if you’re at all interested in airplanes it’s worth going even if you can’t follow what the guide is saying. You might take a Japanese-speaking friend along to help. You can book online here (in Japanese only). Reservations open up six months in advance and must be made at least one week before your want to join the tour. The tours tend to book up, so plan ahead.
Tune into Tokyo Eye’s Haneda Airport episode for more on this tour as well as other useful tips, including how to get your very own Hello Kitty dried squid. The show will be broadcast internationally on NHK World on Wednesday May 18 from 9:30 to 9:58 am, and rebroadcast five times at four-hour intervals after that. (So from 1:30 pm, 5:30 pm and and 9:30 pm on May 18 and 1:30 am and 5:30 am on May 19.) It can be seen on NHK World’s website at the same times, but only if you’re outside of Japan. In Japan, the show will be broadcast on NHK’s BS channel on May 24 from 4:00 to 4:28 pm as bilingual programming. Here’s that same information in Japanese:
海外放送：５月１８日（水）９：３０～９：５８ ＊以降４時間おきに５回再放送があります。 再放送：①１３：３０～ ②１７：３０～ ③２１：３０～ 日付変わって④１：３０～ ⑤５：３０～