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EGYPT
Cairo

Feb. 14, 2022

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It's about to open! ?? The Great Egyptian Museum in Giza (commonly known as GEM) is expected to grow.
After the opening of GEM, you can continue to visit the original Egyptian Archaeological Museum in Tahrir.
There are many museums where you can't go without seeing the National Museum of Anthropology, where the pharaoh's mummies were transferred.
(There are many other museums such as the Museum of Islamic Art and the Coptic Museum!)

I heard that the Egyptian Archaeological Museum in Tahrir will retain the Old Kingdom of Ancient Egypt.

The Old Kingdom era is the time when the famous three major pyramids of Giza were built.
There are statues of Khufu, Khafre, and Menkaure who built the three major pyramids. ?? Not in the same place as before! Where have you gone! ?? When I thought about it, the place was moved and the three people got along well (?) And were exhibited in the same room.

The statue of Khufu, which built the world's largest pyramid, is 7.5 cm high.
It's a very small statue. (1st photo)

Surrounded by tourists is Khafre, the son of Khufu, who built the second largest pyramid.
(2nd photo)
It's cute that the falcon Horus god is stuck to the back of the head, so please take a look from behind.

Menkaure, the son of the Khafre who built the third pyramid, is somehow lined up properly.
(3rd photo)

Perhaps it was a temporary place where it is currently located.
It seems that the Old Kingdom era remains, but the layout inside this archaeological museum is likely to change considerably.
Until I settle down, every time I go, that? Where did Khufu go! ?? It seems that you will be looking for something like that.

There is also an online tour where a Japanese guide will guide you through the Pyramids of Sakkara and Giza using videos.
It will be explained in great detail, so it is a must-see for ancient Egyptian fans!
https://www.veltra.com/…

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EGYPT
Cairo

Feb. 14, 2022

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It is said that the opening of the Great Egyptian Museum in Giza (commonly known as GEM), which ancient Egyptian fans have been waiting for, has been extended, and it is said that it will finally open this year, but it is still official. There is no announcement.

However, the exhibits have already been steadily transferred to GEM from the Egyptian Archaeological Museum in Tahrir, and what was left and what was transferred to the Archaeological Museum this time? It was to confirm.

Especially the most popular Tutankhamen's golden mask and burial goods.
The golden mask was still there as I heard it was last transferred (no photography allowed), but it was moved to a smaller room separate from the original room.

There was still a golden throne engraved with the friendship between Tutankhamen and his wife Ankhesenamun, which is also popular. (1st photo)

The Tutankhamun mummy wore a golden mask and was housed in a triple casket, a sarcophagus, and four kitchens, but one of the four kitchens remains the largest. (2nd photo)

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You can see how big it is compared to tourists who are big.

Preparations for transfer are underway, and tools such as ladders are placed inside. (3rd photo. It's big enough to live in this!)

I'm really looking forward to seeing all the Tutankhamun-related items at the new GEM, but now is my last chance to see them at the current historic Archaeological Museum.

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Cairo

Feb. 14, 2022

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Hello from Cairo!

Last week I went to the Archaeological Museum of Egypt.
Anyone with a PCR negative certificate can enter Egypt, so there are many tourists from all over the world, but the museum was more crowded than expected.

English, Spanish, French, Russian ... Of course, just because I didn't understand, I think there were more languages flying around.
There were some Egyptians, but most of them are foreign tourists.
Unfortunately, I see only a few Asians, including Japanese.

I would like many people from Japan to come as soon as possible.

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EGYPT
Cairo

Nov. 22, 2021

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Hello from Cairo!

Continuing from the previous post, Egypt was featured in the virtual tour section of Todaioh, which was broadcast on TBS on November 17, but I would like to introduce what has been cut due to time constraints.
You can watch it from here for a limited time (only from Japan)
https://tver.jp/corner/…

Egypt is currently building a new capital.
Roads and overpasses are being constructed not only in and around the monorail that connects to the new capital, but also in various places.
Among them, there is a road named after the Japanese.

Its name is Shinzo Abe Road.
Yes, it is named after former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.
It is a connecting road that connects two large motorways, the Suez Road and the Ring Road, and although it does not lead to the new capital, it is quite a long distance away.

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EGYPT
Cairo

Nov. 22, 2021

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Hello from Cairo!

Have you seen Todaioh, which was broadcast on TBS on November 17th?
Egypt was featured in the virtual tour section!
You can watch it from here for a limited time (only from Japan)
https://tver.jp/corner/…

Due to time constraints, it was much shorter than originally planned, and there are many things I couldn't introduce, so I'll introduce them little by little here.

First of all, the World Heritage Alhusseini Mosque where the starting point was photographed.
Although I couldn't introduce it in the program, there is a big pillar like a horsetail in front of the mosque.
This is actually an umbrella.
Since it is a very famous mosque derived from the grandson of the Prophet Muhammad, many people gather for worship on Fridays and the outside of the mosque is full of people.
At that time, the umbrella opens to protect the worshipers from the strong sunlight.

However, it seems that it is currently under repair, and it is not possible to enter the mosque itself, and the place where the umbrella is located also has a fence and cannot be entered.
Umbrellas are basically closed, so if you can see them open, you'll be lucky ♪

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EGYPT
Cairo

Nov. 15, 2021

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Muiz Street is lined with world heritage medieval Islamic architecture.
Especially the illuminated nights are beautiful and it is a very popular spot for Egyptians.

Recently, cafes have opened one after another on the rooftop of a building overlooking this street.
In Egypt, where it rains little, restaurants and cafes have many open spaces, but this location is special.

I tried to enter one place, but the location was a little bad and the view was not good.
There are many, so it would be nice to enter a cafe near the building you want to see.

Still, it was very pleasant to take a rest on the rooftop while being blown by the cool breeze.
Summer is tough, but winter is fine during the day. But after all evening-night is recommended.

However, Egyptians love loud music. It may not be suitable for people who want to spend their time quietly.

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Cairo

Nov. 15, 2021

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Hello from Cairo!

Muiz Street is lined with world heritage medieval Islamic architecture.
The building itself will not change, but new shops may be added.

What I saw in such a historic district was the famous fried chicken ... not DFC?

Actually, there is also a fried chicken shop called AFC in downtown near Taharir Square.

If you come on a trip, it might be interesting to find something unique to Egypt, isn't it? ??

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EGYPT
Cairo

Nov. 8, 2021

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Hello from Cairo!

There are many other fascinating places in Egypt besides the ancient ruins.
One of them is medieval Islamic architecture.
Hahn Hariri, a World Heritage Site popular with Egyptians, has been a market since the 14th century.

Hahn Hariri, whose alleys are intricate like a maze.
I made new discoveries no matter how many times I went, and yesterday I entered a cafe restaurant in a low-traffic alley.

The name is Umm Kulthum Cafe Restaurant.
Umm Kulthum is the name of an Egyptian singer who died in 1975 and is still very popular.
It is like Hibari Misora in Japan.

The interior of the cafe restaurant is very nice.
And everywhere there are paintings of Umm Kulthum as motifs.

It was an alley inside the very busy main street, so I was able to relax quietly.
There were drinks as well as light meals such as pizza and sandwiches, and the pizza was hot and delicious.

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Cairo

Nov. 8, 2021

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Hello from Cairo!

I revisited the Yemeni restaurant called Hadarmout, which I introduced earlier, and this time I had Turkish food.

I couldn't remember the name of the dish (sweat), but it's a dish with a strong impact that comes out with bone-in meat stuck in the jar.

This bone-in meat is very tender, and the meat will come off just by shaking it.

It's a mystery whether it's really Turkish food, but I think it's hard to eat in Japan.
It's popular with Egyptians who like meat dishes.

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EGYPT
Cairo

Nov. 1, 2021

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Hello from Cairo!

It's been a day late, but it's a Halloween topic.

There is no custom of doing anything on Halloween in Egypt, but in the last few years, shopping malls and other places have started to decorate Halloween.

The photo shows the display at the entrance of a mall called Point 90 in New Cairo.
The skeleton on the right side is quite real and scary ・ lol

Originally an Egyptian who likes photography.
Adults as well as small children were taking pictures together.

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EGYPT
Cairo

Oct. 25, 2021

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Hello from Cairo!

Cairo is a very good season now.
It's still hot in the daytime, but it's cool indoors and in the shade, and it gets chilly in the morning and evening with light clothing. In the city, some people wear short-sleeved T-shirts and some wear light sweaters, which is exactly the turn of the season.

This photo is the main street along the Nile where the Embassy of Japan in Egypt is located. It's usually very crowded, but the traffic was light because I took the picture on Friday afternoon (which is Sunday in Japan).

To the left of this is the Nile. There is a high-rise condominium on the right side, and the room overlooking the Nile seems to be quite expensive.

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EGYPT
Cairo

Oct. 25, 2021

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If you are coming from Japan to Egypt, you do not need to be tested upon arrival in Egypt or quarantined after arrival if you have a PCR negative certificate within 96 hours of the scheduled departure time for your flight to Egypt.
* Except for some countries including Japan, it will be within 72 hours from the scheduled departure time of the flight to Egypt.
Please note that it depends on the place of departure.

Officially, in the case of departure from Japan, a QR code is not required for PCR negative certification, but there are cases where you could not enter Japan because you do not have a QR code.
Unfortunately, in Egypt, the official rules are not accurately communicated to the field staff, and the field staff may make the wrong decision.
To be on the safe side, we recommend that you have a PCR negative certificate with a QR code.

If you arrive directly from outside Egypt at any of the airports in Hurghada, Sharm El Sheikh, Marsa Alam, or Taba, you will not need a PCR negative certificate if you take a PCR test at the time of arrival, but depending on the airline you are using, You may not be able to board without a PCR negative certificate, so please check with the airline in advance.

* Information on COVID-19 at the time of entry may change suddenly, so please check the latest information when traveling.