Orginally named after the historical event of U.S. Commodore Matthew C. Perry landing in Shimoda with seven Black Ships (Kurofune) in 1854, to demand the opening of Japanese ports to foreign trade. It started in 1934 to bring together Japanese and American relationships.
Tama Zoological Park, one hour from central Tokyo by train, is a unique zoological park, where animals are displayed under naturalistic and spectacular habitats set up in its vast land of 52 ha (129 acres). The zoo has three ecological areas, i.e., the Asiatic Garden, African Garden and Australian Garden, and the Insectarium.
3 days a year the park is open for free. May 4 (Greenery Day), May 5 (Tama Zoo’s Anniversary Day) and October 1 (Tokyo Citizens’ Day).