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Friday, July 24, 2009
Taking out the kids might be a disaster
By TOMOKO OTAKE
I don't know why, but children love disasters — or at least, simulating ones. So, of all disaster prevention centers in Tokyo, the Honjo Bosai-kan (Life Safety Learning Center), in Sumida Ward, Tokyo, is worth a visit, because the facility, operated by the Tokyo Fire Department, offers entertaining (and educational, of course) simulations of everything from earthquake jolts, fire smoke to even rainstorms.
So why not have a day out that teaches the kids how to handle themselves in worst-case scenarios while they have one of their best days out in the summer?
From Aug. 1 to Aug. 18, there are also a number of events for children, including a firefighters uniform for both adults and children to try on (bring a camera).
The Honjo Bosai-kan is located at 4-6-6, Yokokawa, Sumida Ward, Tokyo. Admission is free, but reservations are required. Call (03) 3621-0119 or visit www.tfd.metro.tokyo.jp/hp-hjbskan/