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March 28-29th, 2015 Weekend Suggestions

meguro riverHope you are enjoying the beautiful weather.  Here are Best Living Japan’s suggestions for this weekend.  It looks like a the weather will be nice so enjoy! Enjoy great food and music at the Brazil Carnival 2015, contemplate surreal art at the Rene Magritte Exhibit, search through old books at the Kanda-Jimbocho Furuhon Matsuri, and/or take a walk down Meguro River under the cherry blossoms.  Have a happy Spring weekend!

1. Brazil Carnival 2015 (Odaiba, Koto-ku) – If you love Brazilian music, food and drink this is a great one stop event. Head over to Odaiba for some shopping, then enjoy the Brazil Carnival 2015. This year’s festival is to celebrate the 120 years of diplomatic relations between Japan and Brazil. Fun event for all ages.  Brazil Carnival 2015Also,  if you have never ridden your bike over the Rainbow bridge I highly recommend it; good exercise and a great view on the way to the festival.

Brazil Carnival 2015 Details
Address:Symbol Promenade Koen Central Plaza,  1-2 Daiba, Koto-ku, Tokyo
Dates: Friday – Sunday;  March 27-29
Open times: 11:00 – 21:00
Cost: Free
Access:  Odaiba Kaihin Koen Station/Ariake Station (Yurikamome line) or Tokyo Teleport Station/Kokusai Tenjijou Station (Rinkai line)
Website:  www.nrg.co.jp/nikkenlease/brazil-carnival/ (Japanese language only)

René Magritte Exhibition2. René Magritte Exhibition (Roppongi, Minato-ku) – A wonderful exhibit of Belgian artist René Magritte just opened at the National Art Centre in Roppongi.  René Magritte (1898-1967) was one of the most adventurous avant-garde painters in the 1930-40’s and most people though may not know his name have seen his art.  Magritte took everyday objects and painted them in surreal compositions.This exhibit is a great chance to see 130 of his artwork gathered from museums and private collectors around the world. Two of the most famous pieces being exhibited are the “Golconda,” which depicts bowler-hatted men raining over a row of terraced buildings, and “The Lovers” which is two lovers wrapped in sheets so they René Magritte Exhibitionare not kissing but seem to be. The Lovers is typically housed at the MOMA in NYC; here is a great multi-media review of the piece.Theexhibit will run through June 29th, 2015. I think this would also be a great show to take tweens and teens.

René Magritte Exhibition Details
Address: The National Art Center, Tokyo (NACT), 7-22-2 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo, Japan
Dates: March 25 – June 29, closed Tuesdays (except for May 5 & 26)
Open times: 10:00 – 18:00
Cost: 1,600 yen, college students 1,200 yen, high school students 800 yen
Access:  3 min walk from Nogizaka Station (Chiyoda line), Roppongi Station (Oedo, Hibiya lines)
Website:  http://magritte2015.jp/english.html

imgres-13.  Spring Furuhon Matsuri (Kanda-Jimbocho, Chiyoda-ku)

Do you love books? Even if you can not read Japanese, you might find a treasure a the Furuhon (old book) Matsuri. I have found some great art books and some wonderful English books at past Furuhon Matsuri. This Matsuri is held twice a year in March and October. Although October is much larger, you do not get the ambiance of looking through old books under cherry trees. If you show up before 11:00 you might even get some free sweet sake. Enjoy the blossoms and books.

Spring Furuhon Matsuri Details
Address: Jimbocho Book Town, Yasukuni-dori, Kanda-Jimbocho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
Dates: Friday, March 27 – Sunday, March 29
Open times: 10:00 – 18:00 (cancelled in case of rain)
Cost: free
Access:  Ochanomizu Station (Chuo, Sobu lines), Jimbocho Station (Mita, Shinjuku, Hanzomon lines)
images4. Meguro River Cherry Blossom Walk (Gotanda <-> Ikejiri-Ohashi, Shibuya)
If you are looking for a great bike, walk, runner or stroller path I highly recommend the 5K stretch from Gotanda to Ikejiri-Ohashi along the Meguro River. This weekend the blossoms are just starting to pop, next week will probably be the peak. I would recommend Sunday for an afternoon stroll. The walk starting at either end takes about one hour or 20-30 mins on bike. There is a nice path most of the way, although, in 2-3 spots you will need to cross small roads. This is one of the best paths so enjoy!

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March 28-29th, 2015 Weekend Suggestions

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