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November 5 & 6, 2016 Tokyo Weekend Family Activities

November 5 & 6, 2016 Tokyo Weekend Family Activities

November 5 & 6, 2016 Tokyo Weekend Family Activities should be enjoyed outdoors. Layer up, put on your walking shoes, get out and enjoy the cool, crisp air. Too chilly for the little ones? Visit our Top Recommended Indoor Playcenters in Tokyo in the morning then head outdoors post lunch. Learn, Laugh and Live! Lauren & Sandra

1. 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 aged 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. Also this month there is a chrysanthemum exhibit in Meiji Jingu  Shrine to enjoy.

gazone studioMore 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 minute 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

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2. Learn about Saga Prefecture’s Culture and Tourism (Harajuku, Tokyo) This Saturday at the @OnJapan Cafe in Harajuku two family fun activities will take place. Make a Bamboo light workshop in the a.m and Mochi Rice cake pounding in the afternoon. Both events will be held in Japanese but non-Japanese speakers are welcome to attend.

14915366_753803704757331_1172719039210555686_nMake a Bamboo Light Workshop, brought to you by Ogi City, Saga Prefecture https://www.facebook.com/events/1185721268118018/

The annual Ogi City Bamboo Light event is held in the second half of November every year. More than 10,000 bamboo lights are lit up for a period of nine days. With a backdrop of clear cascading waterfalls and beautiful autumn colours, this illumination is a truly spectacular sight enjoyed by people from far and wide. These unique bamboo lights give a warm and romantic glow to your room. Make your very own bamboo light yourself!

Event Date and Time: Saturday, November 5th, 2016 from 10:30 -12:00
Address: OnJapan CAFÉ, 6-8-1 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo 150-0001
Fee: 1,500 yen for materials  (including tax and softdrink)
 Capacity: Limited to 20 people. Sign-up here. http://travel.onjapan.tokyo/category/select/cid/313/pid/8837

Mochi Rice Cake Pounding Event, brought to you by Ogi Café @OnJapan Café https://www.facebook.com/events/358711567806986/

Some may know that Saga Prefecture is one of Japan’s famous rice producing areas. But did you know that making mochi rice cakes brings good luck? At this event you’ll see mochi rice cakes being pounded by a mortar and pestle like you’ve never seen before! A unique experience for the whole family where you can make and enjoy your own Tsukitate flavoured rice cakes.

Event Date and Time: Saturday, November 5th, 2016 from 14:00 -16:00
Address: OnJapan CAFÉ, 6-8-1 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo 150-0001
Fee: Free, Tsukitate flavoured rice cakes will be provided. (Drinks to be paid for)
Registration: Show up early to participate. You can also contact @onJapan to apply. http://cafe.onjapan.tokyo/contact/

 

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chrysanthemum3. The Tokyo Chrysanthemum Exhibition – Many think about foliage in autumn but Japanese Chrysanthemums are magnificent this time of year.  The Tokyo Chrysanthemum Exhibition has been held for over 100 years, and it is known in the world as one of the best and biggest exhibits for Chrysanthemums with over 2,000 on display. To learn more about this royal flower read Chrysanthemum the Imperial Blossom by Efrot Weiss. This is a great free exhibit to spend a few hours. I had no idea there were so many different types of Chrysanthemums until I attended last year. You can just go and wander through the show, or attend some of the workshops and lectures in Japanese. I did find many of the exhibitors did speak some English to answers questions.

Tokyo Chrysanthemum Exhibition Details
Event Dates: November 1 – November 23
Time: 10:00 – 16:00
Address: Hibiya Park, 1-6 Hibiya Park, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
Cost: Free entrance
Access: 2-5 min walk from Kasumigaseki Station on the Marunouchi Line, or Hibiya Station on the Chiyoda Line
Event Website: http://gotokyo.org/jp/kanko/chiyoda/event/kikkataikai.html
Notes: Stroller and wheelchair friendly.

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4. Mt. Takao & Maple Festival (Hachioji, Tokyo) – Beautiful time of the year to visit Mt. Takao which is about a one hour train ride from Shinjuku station on the Keio Line. Mt. Takao has been a location of worship for more than 1,000 years. The main temple Yakuoin Autumn Day at Mt Takao Best Living Japanis located near the summit and is a popular place for visitors to pray for Shinto-Buddist mountain gods (Tengu). There are two statues of these Tengu gods at the temple; one with a very long nose and one with a crow beak.  There are a number of trails you can hike from the base to summit (599 meter high), or you can take the cable car or chair lift up half way. The foliage is magnificent, the views beautiful, and the shrines amusing and thought-provoking at the same time. Autumn Day at Mt Takao Best Living JapanMake sure you plan for 3-4 hours minimum to go up and down Mt. Takao. For more details on, and photos from Mt. Takao, and the Ukai Restaurant nearby read my post on Autumn Day at Mt. Takao.

Mt Takao Information
Maple Festival Dates: November 1 – 30 at Kiyotaki Station
Time: November 5 11:00 – 14:00; November 6 10:00 – 15:30 Performances, food stalls and music.
Event Website:http://www.hachioji-kankokyokai.or.jp/
Mt Takao Address: Takaomachi, Hachioji, Tokyo
Access: 5 min walk from Takaosanguchi station on the Keio Line from Shinjuku
Open and cable car: everyday 8:00 to around 17:45 (longer hours on weekends and holidays)
Departures every 15 minutes
Cost of cable car: 480 yen (one way), 930 yen (round trip)

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Deutschuland Fest 20165. Deutschland Fest (Roppongi, Tokyo) – Baby and I attended this event last year and really enjoyed the great food and activities. We made grapes out of marzipan which was fun and yummy! The Fest is supported by the German Embassy and many German and multi-national photos1companies. Enjoy a variety of beer, sausages and other German food, while you review German products and enjoy German music. Really a great family outing!

Deutschland Fest Event Details
Dates: Thursday, November 3 – Sunday, November 6
Times: 11:00 – 20:00
Address: Aoyama Park (South ground area) 7-23 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Cost: Free admission
Access: 5 min walk from Nogizaka sat on the Chiyoda line, or 5 mins walk from Roppongi sat exit #4, Also 5 min walk from Aoyama station
Website: http://www.deutschlandfest.com/ (in Japanese only)
Toilets: Portable toilets will be available
Child friendly: very kid friendly but strollers difficult due to crowds.

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