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February 4 & 5, 2017 Tokyo Weekend Family Events and Activities

Here are our top recommended February 4 & 5, 2017 Tokyo Weekend Family Events and Activities. Looks like a cold but clear Saturday with cold rain on Sunday.  Escape the cold at an indoor playcenter or at one of our Top 10 Tokyo Kids Museums to warm up. Get out and play!  Laugh, Learn & Live! Sandra and Lauren

February 4 & 5, 2017 Tokyo Weekend Family Events and Activities1. Japanese Traditional Culture Invitation to Noh (Takanawa, Minato-ku) – If you have never had a chance to experience Japanese Noh this Sunday’s Minato-ku Culture Project gives you that perfect chance. You do not need to be a resident of Minat0-ku to attend this free event. English Commentary will also be provided.  The two hour interactive work show will provide you a introduction to Noh and Japanese musical instruments.

 Japanese Traditional Culture Invitation to Noh Details
Event Date and Time: Sunday, February 5th, 2017; 13:30 – 15:30 (doors open at 13:00)
Address: Takanawa Civic Hall, 1-16-25 Takanawa, Minato-ku, Tokyo 108-0074
Cost: Free Admission for 250 people
Access: 2 min walk from the Shirogane Takanawa station on the Namboku and Mita Train Lines

2. Yokohama Strawberry Festival – The Yokohama Strawberry Festival begins tomorrow and will run through Sunday, February 12th at the Red Brick Warehouse. This popular event draws strawberry lovers from near and far so if you want to score some good free sample get their early – opens at 11:00. There will be strawberry tasting, workshops and art projects for the kids.  While in the area I recommend you visit some of our families favorites in Yokohama – CupNoodle Museum, Overseas Migration Museum, Zoorasia, Kodomo no Kuni or the Anpanman Museum. Chinese New Year Celebrations are also in effect so head over to Yokohama Chinatown for some early New Year energy.

Red Brick Warehouse Details
Event dates and times: Saturday, February 4 – Sunday, February 12; 11:00 – 18:00
Address: 1-1-2, Shinko, Naka-ku, Yokohama
Phone: 045-227-2002
Access: 10 min walk from JR Keihin Tohoku Negishi Line, or Nihon Odori Station on the Minato Mirai Line
Website: http://www.yokohama-akarenga.jp/strawberryfes2017/

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3. Tokyo Camii Bazaar 2017 ( Yoyogi-Uehara, Shibuya-ku) – The 1st of February marks the annual celebration of a woman’s right to wear the hijab, with women keen to explain why wearing one isn’t a sign of oppression. The movement came about when New York resident Nazma Khan came up with the idea to invite non- Hijab wearing Muslim and non-Muslim women to experience wearing one for a day. Come to the Turkish Culture Center on Sunday to experience and earn. Also if you have a hijab at home that you do not use bring it to  exchange for Bazaar tickets.  There will be a bazaar, Hijab experience for non-Muslims or non-Muhajjaba, Hijab Tutorial, Hijab Exchange and Tea and snack time.

Tokyo Camii Bazaar 2017 Details
Event Day and Time: Sunday, February 5th, 2017; 13:00 – 14:3
Address: Tokyo Camii & Turkish Culture Center, 1-19, Oyamacho, Shibuya-ku,Tokyo
Website: http://www.tokyocamii.org/news-notices/notices/hijab-day-2017
Access: 5 min walk from the Yoyogi-Uehara Station on the Odakyu Line

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Tokyo Weekend January 28 - 29, 2017 Family Activities4. Celebrate Chinese New Year in Yokohama between January 28 – February 11, 2017. Great fun and food! Yokohama has one of the largest Chinatowns in the world with over 140 years of history.  Yokohama Chinatown is a short 30 minute train ride from Shibuya. To celebrate the Spring Festival, Yokohama Chinatown will hold a variety of  Spring Festival events. Detailed schedule here. You also must enjoy a great lunch or dinner at one of the more than 500 restaurants, and have fun shopping.  Here is a good article from the Japan Times on Yokohama Chinatown Restaurants.  Also, while in Yokohama visit the CupNoodles MuseumAnpanman Museum or the Overseas Migration Museum. Note to parents – It does get very crowdedCelebrate Chinese New Year in Yokohama, Best Living japan so I advise against bringing your stroller. Happy New Year!

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5. Grow a Winter Garden  – Fun family activity!

Grow a Winter Garden BestLivingJapanGrow a winter garden for an easy and beautiful project this cold January. I am a flower and over-all gardening lover. From early April until late November I am in my garden digging, pulling and trimming, but the cold winter months have me missing the beautiful growth! Easy to solve problem with the arrangements below all created under one hour. Go to your local florist or garden center, and they will have a great selection of bulbs right now. Dry bulbs or bulbs in the dirt with shoots and roots also work. The easiest to grow are paperwhites and hyacinth, although crocus and daffodils are also quite simple and inexpensive.  Read a how to here.

 

 

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6. Warm-up at the Oedo Onsen Monogatari (Odaiba, Koto-ku) – To warm up this cold time of year a trip the Oedo Onsen in Odaiba is perfect. The whole family can enjoy bathing in the multiple onsens, taking a break to play games, eat Japanese food, and then bath again. A great 3-4 hour activity that all will enjoy! To read about our experience and find more details click here.

Oedo Onsen Monogatari Details

Address: 2-6-3 Aomi, Koto-ku, Tokyo
Phone: 03-5500-1126
Hours: open 11:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m (next day), 7 days a week; ast entry: 7 a.m.
Cost: Adult(over age 12)¥2,480(Sat. & Sun. ¥2,680・Special Day ¥2,880) Children(age 4 〜 12)¥1,000; No fee for a child under age 4 ※Fee includes: Bath fee, Yukata robe fee, Towel fee and Facility usage fee. Evening Discount Admission ¥1,980( Sat. & Sun. ¥2,180・ Special Day ¥2,380)(No child discount available, Entry after 18:00) ※Late Night Premium ¥2,000 (after 2:00 a.m.)
Access: 2 min walk from the Telecom Center Station on the Yurikamome Line, or 7 min free shuttle from the Tokyo Teleport Station on the Rinkai Line. Shuttle buses are also available from Tokyo station and Shinagawa station (see website for details). 200 car parking is also available for about 1,000 yen for four hours
Website: www.oom.jp
Notes: Very baby friendly and wheel chair accessible.

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Building a solid self in childrenBonus – Building a Solid Self in Children – Lecture on Sat, February 4, 2017 (Omotesando)

If you have children 0-18 years, I highly recommend you attend this “Building a Solid Self in Children” lecture this coming Saturday in Omotesando. The lecture is by Maggie Yamasaki, MA, LMSW who is a long-term Japan resident and counselor in private practice. The contribution of 1,000 yen is welcomed to support the Tokyo Union Church programs. Childcare is available, but RSVP to TUC Children Director on children@tokyounion.org. Immediately following this, you are welcome to join TUC’s Saturday Night Out (Food-Fun-Fellowship)

Building a Solid Self in Children Details

Date and Time: Saturday, February 4th, 2017: 16:00 – 17:00

Cost: Women’s Fellowship members: Free, Non-members: ¥1000 donation requested

Address: Tokyo Union Church,  5-7-7 Jingumae, Shibuya 150-0001 (on the main Omotesando street)

Note: Childcare is available but must RSVP to TUC Children Directory to secure a spot  children@tokyounion.org

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