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January 24 – 25th 2015 Tokyo Area Weekend Events and Activities

January 24 - 25th 2015 Tokyo Area Weekend Events and Activities BestLivingJapan.comHere are Best Living Japan’s five recommendations for January 24 – 25th 2015 Tokyo area weekend events and activities; 1.Tokyo International Great Quilt Festival, 2. Suntory Museum of Art – Ninnami Dohachi Exhibit, 3. Tokyo Traditional Crafts Fair @ Shinjuku Takashimaya, 4. Strawberry Picking and 5. Viewing the “Diamond Fuji”.   The rain is supposed to clear-up this weekend so, although cold, it will be nice walking-around weather. If the five recommendations are not enough for you try ice skating or attend one of the six antique markets on Saturday and Sunday. Have fun this last weekend of January!. Sign-up here to get BestLivingJapan.com updates on great events and activities in Japan.

January 24 – 25th 2015 Tokyo Area Weekend Events and Activities

January 24 - 25th 2015 Tokyo Area Weekend Events and Activities BestLivingJapan.com#1.Tokyo International Great Quilt Festival – I grew up sewing and knitting so I love crafty events such as this one. Even though, I am not a quilter, I am planning on attending this event to inspire new ideas for projects. The Tokyo International Great Quilt Festival is the largest quilt festival in the world!! Each year has a theme – this year is the ’70s hit TV series Little House on the Prairie. “Little House on the Prairie” aired in Japan for eight years, beginning in 1975. Twelve Japanese quilting artists are presenting quilts inspired by the moments that, for them, were the most memorable from the more than 200 episodes of the show.  Spend a half day viewing the quilts, getting some hands on experience with quilting and buying supplies.img01

Address: Tokyo Dome (1-3-61 Koraku, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo)
Phone: 03-3467-4527
Open days and hours: January 22, Thursday, – January 28, Wednesday, 2015 (7 days); Opens at 9:30 am closes at 6:00 pm (Opens at 11:00 am on first day and closes at 5:30 pm on final day)
Cost: ¥1,900 in advance; ¥2,100 at the door; buy advance tickets here 
Access: 7 min walk from Korakoen station on the Namboku or Marunouchi Lines
Website: http://www.tokyo-dome.co.jp/quilt/e/quilt/index.html
Notes: Stroller and wheelchair accessible; some activities for kids

#2.Suntory Museum of Art – Ninnami Dohachi Exhibit – Loved this exhibit! Should add a caveat that I am a pottery lover. However, even if you are not a collector of tea ceremony cups, you will enjoy this exhibit. Dohachi an 18 – 19th-century Kyoto-based potter had a keen sense of humour. My favourite part of the exhibit were the huge incense burners of monkeys and monks whose mouths are the diffuser of the incense smoke. If you are going to attend one ceramic exhibit this year, I recommend this one! Probably the best I have seen.  The Suntory Museum of Art also has a great little museum shop if you are looking for that special memory to take home.January 24 - 25th 2015 Tokyo Area Weekend Events and Activities BestLivingJapan.com

Address: Tokyo Midtown Galleria 3rd floor, 9-7-4 Akasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Phone: 03-3479-8600
Open days and hours: December 20th (Sat.), 2014, to March 1st (Sun.), 2015; 10:00-18:00 Friday and Saturday 10:00-20:00 (closed on Tuesdays)
Cost: Adult 1,300 yen, college and HS students 1,000 yen, jr HS and under free
Access: Direct access via underground walkway from Roppongi station on the Hibiya and Oedo Lines
Website: http://www.suntory.com/sma/ 
Notes: Stroller and wheelchair accessible

January 24 - 25th 2015 Tokyo Area Weekend Events and Activities BestLivingJapan.com#3. Tokyo Traditional Crafts Fair @ Shinjuku Takashimaya I attended this Fair yesterday and enjoyed the diversity of crafts. A great opportunity to  see, discuss, and touch many crafts for free. There are 40 crafts designated as traditional crafts of Tokyo from brush making to lacquerware, and all are represented at this fair.  This fair is organised by a branch of the Tokyo Metropolitan Government, and the goal is to increase awareness and support of local traditional crafts. Most of the crafts are for sale and can be explained in detail by the artisans in attendance. There are some helpers at the fair who can speak English if needed.  The show is being held on the 11th floor of the Takashimaya Shinjuku department store; the fair is free of charge and open to the public.  If you love Japanese crafts and want to see many in one space, this is a good option.  However, each booth is small, so the amount of product is limited.  Also on the 11th floor of the department store is the Yuzawaya art and craft store, and next store is Tokyo Hands so you can add that to your trip to Shinjuku. Here are some quick pictures from yesterday.IMG_8044 IMG_8050 IMG_8051 IMG_8052 IMG_8047

Address: Takashimaya (Shinjuku) Department Store 11th floor, 5-24-2 Sendagaya, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Open days and hours: Wed, January 21 (Wed) – January 26, Monday; 10:00 – 18:00 (until 20:30 January 23 (Fri) and January 24 (Sat); until 18:00 on January 26. Cost: Free
Access: 5 min walk from Shinjuku Station
Website: http://www.takashimaya.co.jp/shinjuku/store_information/
Notes: Stroller and wheelchair accessible; Many of the items are at displayed at little hands level and can be easily damaged. Be careful if taking children.

#4. Strawberry Picking – Chiba, Saitama and Kanagawa-kens Strawberry Picking - Day Trips from Tokyo BestLivingJapan
If the weather clears as the forecast is projecting, this will be a crisp weekend to pick strawberries since January and February are peak month for strawberry picking in Japan. Please click here to see six recommended strawberry gardens. Many of these gardens run through May, but best strawberries are January through February, cost of picking decreases at most gardens as the picking become less ideal. Strawberry Gardens

#5. Viewing the “Diamond Fuji” (Anywhere in Tokyo where you can see Fuji-san)

Viewing the "Diamond Fuji"Diamond Fuji takes place typically twice a year around the solace; it is a result of the alignment of the sunset and sunrise perfectly on the crest of Fuji. The peak will be Sunrise on Monday, January, but you can usually experience a few days before and after. If you are at the right location, the views are beautiful, and you are guaranteed some magnificent photos. All of the best viewing locations will be very crowded so go early to reserve a spot. Great viewing locations include 1. The Tokyo Metropolitan Government Office Observatory 45th floor (Shinjuku), Tokyo Tower (Shiba Koen), 3. “Tokyo City View” of Roppongi Hills Mori Tower (Roppongi), and 4. Mr Takao, a great hiking mountain, in western Tokyo.


January 24 – 25th 2015 Tokyo Area Weekend Events and Activities

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