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January 28 – 29th, 2017 Tokyo Family Events and Activities

Here are our top recommended January 28 – 29th, 2017 Tokyo Family Events and Activities. Get out and play!  Laugh, Learn & Live! Sandra and Lauren

Tokyo Weekend January 28 – 29, 2017 Family Activities

Hakuho Cup 1.Hakuho Cup (国際親善交流少年相撲大会) – Ever wonder what sumo wrestlers look like as little guys? Attend the 7th annual Hakuho Cup this Sunday, January 29th and see for yourself. Close to 800 young sumo wresters ages 5 to Hakuho sumojunior high will gather for the annual Hakuho Cup. Wrestlers come not only from Japan but the US, South Korea, Bulgaria, Australia, China and Mongolia. This event is free to the public! I will definitely be taking some of my kids to this great event. Great way to experience sumo at the base.

Event Dates & Hours: Sunday, January 29th, 2017; 8:00 – 20:00
Address: Ryogoku Kokugikan, 1-3-28 Yokoami, Sumida-ku, Tokyo Cost: Free
Access: 5 min walk from Ryogoku station exits A3 and A4 on the Oedo line, or west exit on the Sobu line
Website:http:/www.hakuho-cup.com/

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2. Iran Charity Bazar (Minami Azabu)This Sunday is the annual Charity Bazar at the Iranian Ambassador’sTokyo Weekend January 28 - 29, 2017 Family Activitiescomplex (Across from the embassy). There will be Iranian food, crafts, herbs and lots of interesting items to buy and see. Today, Jan 31st from 10:00-16:00, free and open to the public. The Charity Bazar is to benefit burn victims in Japan

Event Dates & Hours:  Sunday, January 29th, 2017; 10:00 – 16:00
Address: Iran Embassy Compound, 3-10-32 Minami Azabu, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Cost: Free
Access: 15 min walk from Hiroo station or 10 min walk from Shirokanetakanawa station. 2 min walk from Shinohashi bus stop- bus 06 from Shibuya or bus 97 from Shinagaw
Website: http://mfa.ir/

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3. Annual Shimokita Tengu Festival (しもきた天狗まつり) – This festival is a great place to experience bean throwing and the tengu. The festival is held in honor of Tengu, the Japanese god of mischief. Tengu likes to play tricks on the arrogant and those who intentionally use knowledge or authority to gain fame or position. Bean thrown during festival are called “mamemaki”, and parade-goers jump around trying to catch the beans. Makes for great people watching. The beans are part of Japan’s Setsubun holiday on February 3. Although the Festival is three days, Saturday afternoon is the best time to attend to see the huge bright red tengu head being carried through the streets (14:00 – 16:00), and children parading around in goblin makes. The festivities and parade are held through the streets nearby Shimokitazawa Station’s north exit. While you are there check out the great shopping and coffee shops of Shimokitazawa.

Event Dates & Hours:  Saturday, January 28th (14:00~) and January 29th (11:00~)
Address: 2-36-15 Kitazawa, Setagaya-ku, Tokyo
Phone: 03-3468-2933
Cost: Free
Access: Shimokitazawa Station on the Odakyu and Keio Inokashira lines
Website: www.shimokita1ban.com/tengu

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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. Shinagawa Yakiimo – Yakiimo (Japanese sweet potato) is a delicious and nutritious food. Visit the Yakiimo festival in Shinagawa and taste yakiimo from all over Japan. Take off your shoes and enjoy various recipes of sweet potato under a Japanese kotatsu and participate in table games.  Cook some yakiimo of your own with these delicious yakiimo recipes.

Address: Shinagawa Season Terrace Event Space (Konan 1-2-70, Minato Ward, Tokyo)
Open days and hours: Monday – Sunday January 23 – 29, 2017 10:00 – 20:00. Closed when items have sold out or in poor weather.
Cost: Free
Access: 6 minute walk from JR Shinagawa Station Konan Exit
Website: https://sst-am.com/event/1944.html

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6. Prepare for Setsubun – Your kids are probably preparing for their school celebrations of Setsubun on February 3rd. Get in the Setsubun mood at home making special foods and crafts. We have a guide on what it is, where you can go to celebrate, and crafts and food to make and eat. Learn all about Setsubun here.

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Tokyo Weekend January 28 – 29, 2017 Family Activities

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