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Tokyo Area Activities and Events: February 7 and 8, 2015

Here are the Tokyo Area Activities and Events: February 7 and 8, 2015.  Looks like tomorrow (Saturday) will be a beautiful day. Sunday looks 50/50 chance of rain! Thought I would recommend four great place in the Ueno/Yanaka (Tokyo’s east side) area to explore this weekend; #1. The Masterpieces of Buddhist Sculpture from Northern Japan @ The Tokyo National Museum, #2. The Shitamachi Museum, #3. Nezu Shrine and #4. Scai The Bathhouse (now an Art Gallery). Ueno and Yanaka areas are hidden gems so spend a day wandering the area. Very easy to reach on the Yamanote, Hibiya, Ginza and Chiyoda lines.  If you have more time, I would also recommend dropping by the 2K540 Aki-Oka and Maacha Ecute, which are just south in the Okachimachi- Akihabara area.

Tokyo Area Activities and Events: February 7 and 8, 2015

Tokyo Area Activities and Events: February 7 & 8, 2015 BestLivingJapan

1. Masterpieces of Buddhist Sculpture from Northern Japan @ The Tokyo National Museum –  Attended this exhibit the other day and found it stunning. This exhibit as about 20 pieces that are all from the Tohoku area (northern Japan). This is the first time that these pieces have been gather for one exhibit. I think what struck me the most were the strength of the sculptures but also their beautiful, peaceful facial expressions. If you want to have a relaxing viewing and also think deeply than this is the place for 30-60 mins. An added touch is that part of the exhibition funds will be donated to the Tohoku area to rebuild.

Details
Address: Tokyo National Museum (Ueno Park), 13-9 Uenokoen, Taito, Tokyouid000067_20150205123056865e355c
Phone: 03-5405-8686 (Hello Dial)
Hours: Exhibit until Sunday, April 5, 2015; Tues – Sun 9:30 – 17:00 (closed Mondays)
Cost: Adults 1000 yen, University students 700 yen, High school students 400 yen, Junior high school students and under free
Website: http://www.tnm.jp/modules/r_free_page/index.php?id=1689&lang=en
Access: 10 minutes’ walk from JR Ueno Station (Park exit) and Uguisudani Station
15 minutes’ walk from Keisei Ueno Station, Tokyo Metro Ueno Station and Tokyo Metro Nezu Station

 

imgres2. The Shitamachi Musuem (Ueno)  This museum was established in 1980 to teach future generations about the culture of the shitamachi. The word shitamachi is composed of the word shita meaning “down” and machi meaning “town”. However, the word shitamachi, first used in the Edo period, referred to lower land. The land to the southeast of Edo Castle (now the Imperial Palace) was lowlands. During the initial period of Edo, the lowlands were where the artist and merchants lived and did business. The shitamachi was crowded, so small houses made of wood were built very close together. These houses were called nagaya in Japanese and often caught on fire. The Great Kanto Earthquake & fire in 1923 and WWII destroyed mush of Shitamachi in Tokyo. The Shitamachi Museum will transport you in time to see how people lived and imgres-1worked during the Edo period. Kids and Adults will enjoy! Plan for 30-60 mins. If you like this museum, you will also enjoy the Edo-Tokyo Museum (Ryogoku, Tokyo) and the Fukagawa-Edo Museum (Koto-ku, Tokyo).

Tokyo Area Activities and Events: February 7 and 8, 2015 Details

Address: 2-1 Ueno-koen, Taito-ku, Tokyo 110-0007
Phone: 03-3823-7451
Hours: Tues – Sun 9:30 – 16:30 (closed Mondays)
Cost: Adults 200 yen, Elementary – High school students 100 yen; pre-elementary and under free
Website: http://www.taitocity.net/taito/shitamachi/sitamachi_english/shitamachi_english.html
Access: 10 minutes’ walk from JR Ueno Station (South exit) on the Yamanote, Hibiya or Ginza lines; or 10 min walks from the Yushima Station on the Chiyoda line, or the Ueno-Hirokoji Station on the Ginza line

 

 imgres-2#3. Nezu Shrine (根津神社) –  Established in 1705, is a Shinto shrine located in Bunkyō, Tokyo, Japan. The shrine original established over 1,900 years ago was transferred to Nezu to commemorate the fifth shogun Tsunayoshi Tokugawa’s choosing of his successor. This shrine is designated as an Important Cultural Property.  It is most famous for its Azalea Festival (Tsutsuji Matsuri) which is held on its grounds from early April until early May, but also a great to visit other times of the year.  Dating from 1706, Nezu Shrine is an excellent example of large scale Edo-era shrine architecture. The vibrant vermilion and gold lacquered ‘gongen-zukuri’ style buildings are a pleasure to view and make great photos.search

Details
Address:   1-28-9 Nezu, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo
Phone: 03-3822-0753
Hours: Daily 9:00-16.30 (closed Mondays)
Cost: free
Website:  http://www.nedujinja.or.jp/ (Japanese language only)
Access: Nezu Station or Sendagi Station (Chiyoda line), Todaimae Station (Namboku line)

 

Tokyo Area Activities and Events: February 7 & 8, 2015

#4 Scai The Bathhouse  – NOTE: closed on Sunday!!! This 200-year old bathhouse is now the home to one of the leading Japanese contemporary art galleries. The outside maintains the old time feel, but the inside is a mixture of white plaster walls adorned with emerging Japanese artists works, and touches of old including the original wooden lockers bathers would use.  There is presently an exhibit by Ms. Tomoko Shioyasu, which is running until February 21st that are large works with unbelievable detail. You can see some of the present works by Shioyasu on ArtNet.  Tokyo Area Activities and Events: February 7 & 8, 2015

Details
Address:  Kashiwayu-Ato, 6-1-23 Yanaka, Taito-ku, Tokyo
Phone: 03-3821-1144
Hours: Tue–Sat, 12–6 p.m. (Closed Sunday and Monday)
Cost: free
Website:  http://www.scaithebathhouse.com/en/
Access: 10 min walk from Nezu Station on the Chiyoda line, or Nippori Station on Yamanote line

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