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November 12 & 13, 2016 Tokyo Weekend Family Activities

November 12 & 13, 2016 Tokyo Weekend Family Activities

This weekend Tokyo is starting to glow with holiday illuminations and decorations, the skies will be clear, and temps crisp so enjoy these November 12 & 13, 2016 Tokyo Weekend Family Activities.  The Autumn foliage is not at peak in Tokyo yet, but the leaves are beautiful in Nikko and areas north of Tokyo. If you are looking for more options, check out this weekend’s Antique Markets or Chrysanthemum Festivals. Also a call out of thanks to all who are supporting two great charity events this weekend – the Tell Auction and Hands on Tokyo. Wishing you a great weekend.  – Sandra and Lauren

November 12 & 13, 2016 Tokyo Weekend Family Activities

 Tokyo Harvest1. Tokyo Harvest (Roppongi, Tokyo) – We have attended this event the past two years and have enjoyed each time. Great talking some of the 40 farmers who had stalls at the Tokyo Harvest, 3 Fun Tokyo Events & Activities This Weekend to sell their autumn harvest. Very interesting selection of autumn produce for sale; such as sweet potatoes, long onions, mushrooms and rice. A great place to educate you children on seasonal produce. Also saw a kids race to plant rice that looked really fun! There was also art, music and food trucks to enjoy as well. 
 Tokyo Harvest

Dates: Saturday & Sunday, November 11 & 12, 2016
Times: Saturday 11:00-19:00; Sunday 11:00-19:30
Address: Roppongi Hills Arena, 6-10-1 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo Tokyo Harvest, November 12 & 13, 2016 Tokyo Weekend Family Activities
Cost: free admission
Access: 5 min walk from Roppongi Station
Website: http://www.tokyoharvest.com/english.html (in English)
Toilets: public toilets available in Roppongi Hills shopping area
Child friendly: yes


BIO Kids Event  2. BIO Kids Event at Setagaya Park – Great event for kids of all ages. An eco-friendly with all types of crafts and activities for kids, bio-friendly items for sale and for free. Expect your kids to get a bit dirty playing! This will be a good weekend to play in a park so why not visit Setagaya Park for the Bio Kids Event.
Event Date: Sunday, November 13BIO Kids Event at Setagaya Park
Time: 10:00 – 15:00
Address: 1-5-2 Ikejiri, Setagaya Ward, Tokyo (map) 東京都世田谷区池尻1-5-2 (inside Setagaya Park)
Access: Ikejiri-Ohashi or Yutenji Stations
Website: hhttp://biokids.net/



 Science Fair 2016 @ Laurus Interntional School of Science, November 12 & 13, 2016 Tokyo Weekend Family Activities3. Science Fair 2016 @ Laurus Interntional School of Science (Shiroganedai) – Free educational event for kinder and elementary age students. Teachers who specialize in STEM education (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) will lead the event. The Fair is organized in 8 zones of  Physical science including; Air, Sound, Technology, Chemistry, Biological, Light. Laurus students will also be presenting. A fun event to engage your kids in STEM learning.

Event Date: Saturday and Sunday, November 12 & 13
Time:  10:00 – 16:00
Address: Laurus Interntional School of Science, 3-4-17 Shirokanedai, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Fee: Free
Access: 6 min walk from Shirokanedai  Station (Exit 1) on the  Nanboku and Mita Lines, 10 min walk from Takanawadai Station (Exit A2)  on the Asakusa Line
Website: http://www.laurus-school.com/en/


4. Nishimachi Outreach Scholarship Walkathon 2016 (Meiji Jingu)As a mom of two Nishimachi Alumni, I have to recommend this Nishimachi Outreach Scholarship Walkathon wonderful event to raise scholarship funds, as well as bring the global community together. You do not need to have had an association with Nishimachi just want to do good and feel healthy. Kids and adults are welcome to join. All proceeds will go toward the Nishimachi International School’s Outreach Scholarship Program. I will be there, so hope to see you and your families. You can register here.

Event Address: Start point is Meiji Jingu Park in from of the large round foundation 
Date: Saturday, November 12, 2016
Time: 9:00 – 11:30
Venue: Meiji Jingu Gaien Meiji Jingu Park in from of the large round foundation 
Registration fee: 4,000 JPY (entrance and T-shirt). Register  here.


November 12 & 13, 2016 Tokyo Weekend Family Activities5.  Franciscan Chapel Center’s Christmas Boutique and Mrs. Claus’s Bake Shop (Roppongi) – I am pretty loyal about not decorating for Christmas until the day after Thanksgiving (Nov 24th), but I do enjoy a good church Christmas Boutique and Bake Sale!  If you are starting to get in the holiday mood, and maybe just missing home a bit, you should attend the Franciscan Chapel Center’s 6th annual Christmas Boutique!  Bring a friend and share in the holiday spirit while shopping an assortment of Christmas decorations, gifts and crafts, including bone china accents, exquisite obi, handmade pottery, washi cards, jewelry and much more! Visit Mrs. Claus’s Bake Shop to purchase homemade goodies!

Franciscan Chapel Center’s Christmas Boutique and Mrs. Claus’s Bake Shop
Date & Time: Sunday, November 13, 9:00 – 14:00
Address: 4-2-37 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Cost: free admission
Access: 5 min walk from Roppongi Station
Website: http://franciscanchapelcentertokyo.org (in English)
Toilets: yes
Child friendly: yes


6. Walk in Meiji Jingu Shrine and See Children Dressed in Kimono Celebrating 7-5-3 (Yoyogi, Tokyo) –

Shichi go san Meiji Jingu ShrineNovember is the month of foliage in Tokyo, but also the month that girls ages 7 & 3 and boys 5 celebrate coming of age. November 15th is the actual date of 7-5-3, but families celebrate by dressing up the children and visiting shrines across Japan throughout the month of November. You can find children celebrating at most major shrines, however, Meiji Jingu is one of the most popular.  If you are interested in celebrating, you can find details on kimono rentals and shrines here.Tokyo motor show Also this month there is a chrysanthemum exhibit in Meiji Jingu  Shrine to enjoy.

More details on Shichi-Go-San (七五三, lit. “Seven-Five-Three”) from wikipedia. 7-5-3 is a traditional rite of passage and festival day in Japan for three and seven-year-old girls and five-year-old boys, held annually on November 15 to celebrate the growth and well-being of young children. As it is not a national holiday, it is generally observed on the nearest weekend.  Shichi-Go-San is said to have originated in the Heian Period amongst court nobles who would celebrate the passage of their children into middle childhood. The ages 3, 5 and 7 are consistent with East Asian numerology, which claims that odd numbers are lucky. The practice was set to the fifteenth of the month during the Kamakura Period. Over time, this tradition passed to the samurai class who added a number of rituals. Children—who up until the age of three were required by custom to have shaven heads—were allowed to grow out their hair. Boys of age five could wear hakama for the first time while girls of age seven replaced the simple cords they used to tie their kimono with the traditional obi. By the Meiji Period, the practice was adopted amongst commoners as well and included the modern ritual of visiting a shrine to drive out evil spirits and wish for a long healthy life.

Meiji Jingu Shrine Information
Opening Days: open everyday
Times: November open 6:10 to 16:10
Address: Meiji Jingu, 1-1 Yoyogi-Kamizono-cho, Shibuya-ku,
Cost: free admission
Access: 5 min walk from Harajuku station
Website: http://www.meijijingu.or.jp/english/ (in English)
Toilets: public toilets about a 10 minute walk into the shrine park area, and then at the shrine
Child friendly: yes, but path is pebbles so strollers with small tires do not work well


November 12 & 13, 2016 Tokyo Weekend Family Activities



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