Here are Best Living Japan’s three recommendations for January 17-18th 2015 Tokyo area weekend events and activities; 1.The Japan Folk Craft Museum, 2. Earth Garden Winter 2015, and 3. Furusato Matsuri Tokyo. Also, there are some great antique markets on Saturday and Sunday. This weekend is supposed to be quite cold so bundle-ups and stay healthy!
#1. The Japan Folk Crafts Museum – This museum is a must see in Tokyo not only due to the crafts it houses but the buildings themselves. A new exhibit began January 10th titled “The Beauty of Letters – The World of Craft Letters”. The Japan Folk Craft Museum is of Mingei style and was completed in 1936 built by carpenters from Tochigi prefecture. There are over 17,000 craft items in the museum mainly ceramics, dyed and woven textiles, wood and lacquer, stone and bamboo. There is little explanation in English or Japanese since the founder Yanagi wanted people to appreciate the crafts with no prejudices or knowledge. The building has beautiful wood floors, large rooms with high ceilings and an eloquent double staircase. The main room holds the special exhibit which was the “The Beauty of Letters” which is writing on paper, stone, textiles and wood. A unique exhibit that shows how humans express themselves on all mediums. There is also a lovely gift shop on the 1st floor.
Address: 4-3-33 Komaba, Meguro-ku, Tokyo
Open hours: 10:00-17:00 every day except Mondays
Cost: adult 1,000 JPY, university and high school students 600 JPY, jr high and elementary 200 JPY
Access: 7 min walk from the west gate of Komaba Todai-mae station on the Keio Inokashira Line (2 stops from Shibuya)
#2. Earth Garden Winter 2015 – The Earth Garden Craft Fair takes place four times a year, but this weekend is Winter. The earthy folk of Tokyo converge on Yoyogi Park to enjoy discovering eco products, organic foods and music. There are over 200 booths that will be displaying products and services to this eco and crafty group. Very fun, and impossible to walk way empty-handed. There is also a good music line-up to keep you dancing and warm. Kids will definitely enjoy a few hours wandering the stalls with parents. Also, if you visit at night, the candle-lit stalls are very pretty to view.
Address: Yoyogi Park, 2-1 Yoyogi Kamizounocho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Phone: 03 5468 3282
Dates and Open hours: Jan 17-18 2015, 10am-16:00
Access: Harajuku Station (Yamanote line), Yoyogi-Koen Station (Chiyoda line), Yoyogi-Hachiman station (Odakyu line)
#3. Furusato Matsuri Tokyo 2015 – I also mentioned this event last weekend. If you did not get to attend you still have this weekend. If you love Japanese food and would like to experience Japanese food from all around the country than the Furusato Matsuri is a good gourmet solution. Prefectures from around Japan participate in the Furusato Matsuri serving their food, drink and local festivals to the hungry and curious public. The highlights are donburi from around Japan, a sweets street, and local meats, seafood and sake. There will also be showings of the famous Aomori Nebuta Matsuri and the Issaki Hoto Matsuri. Fun indoor weekend this cold January, but not good if you are on a diet.
Date and Time: January 9th – 18th, 2015; Jan 9 11-21:00, Jan 10-12 10:00-20:00, Jan 13 10:00-19:00, Jan 14 10:00-21:00, Jan 15 & 16 10:00-19:00, Jan 17 10:00-20:00, Jan 18 10:00-18:00
Address: Tokyo Dome, 1-3-61 Koraku, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo
Access: Kasuga Station (Mita, Oedo lines), exit A1; Korakuen Station (Marunouchi, Namboku lines), exit 2; Suidobashi Station (Chuo-Sobu, Mita lines)
Cost: Advance purchase ¥1,400, same-day purchase ¥1,600
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