Monthly Archive June 2014

ByMark Guthrie
Jun 30, 2014

American Clinic Tokyo, Tokyo

American Clinic Tokyo –  アメリカンクリニック東京

Branch of Medicine: Internal, travel clinic

Telephone:  03-6441-0969

Address:  No1. Niikura Building 3F, 1-7-4 Akasaka, Minatoku, Tokyo

Websitewww.americanclinictokyo.jp

Hours:
Monday – Friday 9:00-12:00, 15:00-18:00
Closed Saturdays, Sundays, public holidays

Notes:
– English and Japanese spoken      

 

 

Use this map to find medical providers in Tokyo

  1. You can click on any icon to get more information (this info is also listed below the map)
  2. Each location has its own page with more information about it.  You can access this specific location information (such as English ability, etc) by clicking the “JIS Info” link.

Key
Clinics=Green
Ladies Clinic/Child Health=Yellow
Dentist=Purple
General Hospitals=Red

ByMark Guthrie
Jun 30, 2014

Utsunomiya City Emergency Clinic, Tochigi Prefecture, Utsunomiya City

Please be aware that there may not be an English speaking member of staff available, so it is advisable to bring an interpreter if at all possible.

Utsunomiya City Emergency Clinic –  宇都宮市夜間休日救急診療所
Telephone:  028-625-2211
Address:  968 Takebayashi-machi, Utsunomiya-shi, Tochigi 321-0974
Hours:  

Night time (everyday) 19:30 – 7:00
Day time (Sundays & holidays)   9:00 – 17:00

Website: www.umth.or.jp/kyukyu

 

Use this map to find emergency medical providers in Utsunomiya

  1. You can click on any icon to get more information (this info is also listed below the map)
  2. Each location has its own page with more information about it.  You can access this specific location information (such as English ability, etc) by clicking the “JIS Info” link.

Key
Clinics=Green
Ladies Clinic/Child Health=Yellow
Dentist=Purple
General Hospitals=Red

ByMark Guthrie
Jun 30, 2014

Saiseikai Utsunomiya Hospital, Tochigi Prefecture, Utsunomiya

Please be aware that there may not be an English speaking member of staff available, so it is advisable to bring an interpreter if at all possible.

Saiseikai Utsunomiya Hospital – 済生会宇都宮病院
Telephone:  24 Hour Emergency Hotline 028-626-5599; Main Line 028-626-5500 (Mon – Fri 8:30-17:30, Sat 8:30-12:30); Change appointment 028-626-5645 (Mon – Fri 13:00-17:00)
Address:  911-1 Takebayashi-machi, Utsunomiya-shi, Tochigi 321-0974
Reception hours:  
Mondays to Saturdays 8:30 – 11:00 (Please double-check in advance)
Closed Sundays, public holidays, Foundation Day (5/30), Year-end & New Year’s day (12/29 – 1/3)
Website: www.saimiya.com

Use this map to find emergency medical providers in Utsunomiya

  1. You can click on any icon to get more information (this info is also listed below the map)
  2. Each location has its own page with more information about it.  You can access this specific location information (such as English ability, etc) by clicking the “JIS Info” link.

Key
Clinics=Green
Ladies Clinic/Child Health=Yellow
Dentist=Purple
General Hospitals=Red

ByMark Guthrie
Jun 30, 2014

Tachikawa Heart Clinic, Tokyo, Tachikawa

Tachikawa Heart Clinic – 立川ハートクリニック

Branch of medicine:  Internal medicine, diabetes treatment

Telephone:  042-523-3759

Address:  Kikuya Building (キクヤビル) 3F, 2-9-1 Akebonocho, Tachikawa-shi, Tokyo 190-0012

Website:   www.t-heart-cl.byoinnavi.jp/pc

Hours:           
Mondays to Fridays 9:15 – 12:45 / 15:00 – 18:30
Saturdays 9:15 – 12:45
Closed first Saturday of each month, Sundays, public holidays

Notes:
– Appointment necessary
– The doctor can speak English, however the staff speak only Japanese. Bring an interpreter if possible

 

 

Use this map to find doctors in Tachikawa

  1. You can click on any icon to get more information (this info is also listed below the map)
  2. Each location has its own page with more information about it.  You can access this specific location information (such as English ability, etc) by clicking the “JIS Info” link.

Key
Clinics=Green
Ladies Clinic/Child Health=Yellow
Dentist=Purple
General Hospitals=Red

ByMark Guthrie
Jun 30, 2014

Maro Dental Clinic, Tokyo, Tachikawa

Maro Dental Clinic – まろ歯科クリニック

Branch of Medicine:  Dentistry, pediatric dentistry, implants, oral surgery

Telephone:  042-512-8241

Address:  2-3-1 Nishikicho, Tachikawa-shi, Tokyo 190-0022

Website: www.maro-dental.jp

Hours:
Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays 9:00 – 13:00 / 14:30 – 19:00;
Wednesdays 10:00 – 13:00 / 14:30 – 17:00; 
Saturdays 9:00 – 13:00 / 14:30 – 17:00;
Closed Sundays, public holidays

Notes:
– Appointment strongly recommended
– The dentist can speak English, however the staff speak only Japanese. Bring an interpreter if possible

 

 

Use this map to find doctors in Tachikawa

  1. You can click on any icon to get more information (this info is also listed below the map)
  2. Each location has its own page with more information about it.  You can access this specific location information (such as English ability, etc) by clicking the “JIS Info” link.

Key
Clinics=Green
Ladies Clinic/Child Health=Yellow
Dentist=Purple
General Hospitals=Red

ByMark Guthrie
Jun 30, 2014

Navitas Clinic Tachikawa, Tokyo, Tachikawa

 Navitas Clinic Tachikawa(ナビタスクリニック立川)

Branch of medicine: Internal medicine, pediatrics, dermatology, gynecology, travel medicine, anemia

Telephone:  Appointment Reception 042-521-5336; Main Line 042-521-5334

Address:  Inside Ecute Tachikawa Station Building, 4F 3-1-1 Shibasakicho, Tachikawa-shi, Tokyo 190-0023

Website:  www.navitasclinic.jp/clinic/tachikawa

Hours:           

Mon – Fri 9:00 – 21:00 (pediatrics reception closes 20:00); Sat 10:00 – 17:00; Closed Sundays, public holidays

Notes:
Appointments strongly recommended
– Doctors speak various levels of English, however the staff speak only Japanese. Bring an interpreter if possible.

 

 

Use this map to find doctors in Tachikawa

  1. You can click on any icon to get more information (this info is also listed below the map)
  2. Each location has its own page with more information about it.  You can access this specific location information (such as English ability, etc) by clicking the “JIS Info” link.

Key
Clinics=Green
Ladies Clinic/Child Health=Yellow
Dentist=Purple
General Hospitals=Red

ByMark Guthrie
Jun 30, 2014

Sekigahara – Japan’s Defining Samurai Battle

Sekigahara_battleAs you may or may not know, the Chubu area witnessed the scene of perhaps the most important and defining battle in Japan’s history. The Battle of Sekigahara, maybe best considered to western minds as Japan’s Gettysburg, took place in 1600 in the town of Sekigahara, Gifu. It was pitched between two of the greatest daimyos of the age: Ishida Mitsunari, leader of the western armies loyal to the child ruler Toyotomi Hideyori; and Tokugawa Ieyasu who would come to unite Japan under his and his family’s rule until the feudal era was dismantled by the Meiji restoration.

Today, some 400 years later, the town of Sekigahara still carries the legacy of that monumental battle in which up to 40,000 people lost their lives in a staggeringly bloodthirsty six hours. That legacy is tourism. There are many sights in the area including Sekigahara Town and History Folklore Museum, the site of the final battle itself and Higashi Kubizuka Nishi Kubizuka where the heads of the vanquished western samurai were buried under an immense tree.

You can also visit the positions of the commanding daimyos of the time from which, as you look out across the town and the fields, you can truly imagine what carnage unfolded below, at such close quarters, and what horrors the townsfolk of the sleepy rice harvesting town would have witnessed. Particularly impressive is the position of Ishida Mitsunari, where ramparts have been built to recreate with historical accuracy, how it would have looked on that fateful day.

The battle site of Sekigahara is of particular interest to hikers with a historical penchant, who can wander along four main trails (The Kessen Course, Tenkatori Course, Kogun Course, and Shizen Sansaku Course) which weave through the foothills, passing the many points of interest along the way.

While the historical accuracy of some of the locations of these points is open to debate (not least by Chris Glenn, local historian and author of upcoming book Sekigahara: The Samurai Bloodbath That Forged Japan), one place that is not such a stickler for the facts is Gifu Warland. Perhaps the most bizarre of tourist tributes, this museum of sorts recreates, using concrete mannequins, the battle that took place in the town. Grizzly scenes depicted include sword fights, the ritual suicide of the leper lord Ōtani Yoshitsugu, as well as decapitated heads being carried to and displayed at naming ceremonies. Ignore the fact that some of the daimyos present had passed on some fifteen years before the battle took place, and you can spend an interesting, yet slightly creepy, time wandering amongst the battle scene as the tune “Ah, the decisive battle of Sekigahara” plays on an eerie, continuous loop.

Sekigahara is an easy day trip from Nagoya. A JR train on the Tokaido main line will get you there in one hour. However, if you wish to visit all points of interest and you don’t have the legs for a hike, it may be advisable to take the 45 minute car journey and drive from point to point. Also, none of the battle sites, the Sekigahara Town and History Folklore Museum, nor Gifu Warland exhibits are marked in English, so it may be a good idea to bring a Japanese friend if you feel language may be a problem.

Image by Mark Guthrie