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Tokyo Area Family Events and Activities for November 28-29, 2015

Here are Best Living Japan’s five recommended Tokyo area family events and activities for this weekend of November 28-29, 2015.  Sandra and I have also organised our kids “Things and Places to Go” lists by ages so please take so time to find something just right for your kids – Baby & Toddlers, Kindy & Elementary, Tweens & Teens. Learn, laugh & live.

Tokyo Area Family Events and Activities for November 28-29, 2015

Tokyo Area Family Events and Activities: Fiesta de espana1Fiesta de España 2015 (Yoyogi Park, Tokyo) – Do you have a craving for paella and tapas? This weekend that craving will be easy to fill at the Fiesta de España 2015 at Yoyogi Park.  The Fiesta will have over 40 booths selling delicious Spanish food and drink, and lots of live entertainment. Make sure to catch the flamenco dancing from 15:30-16:30 each day, as well as, guitar and violin artists.  This is sure to be a lively and yummy Fiesta so don’t miss.

Fiesta de Espana 2015 Event Details
Date and Time: Sat and Sunday, November 28 & 39, 10:00-17:00
Address: Yoyogi Park, 2-1 Yoyogi Kamizounocho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Admission: free
note: kids, stroller and wheelchair friendly


2. Swedish Christmas Bazaar (Roppongi, Tokyo) –  It’s time for SWEA Japan’s annual outdoor Swedish Tokyo Area Family Events and Activities: Swedish christmas bazaarChristmas Bazaar at the Swedish Embassy in Tokyo!  Baby and I attended last year and except for the 30-minute wait to enter had a great time. We loved hearing and seeing the beautiful children’s choir. Enjoy Swedish traditional food and drinks like pepparkaka (gingerbread) and glögg (Swedish mulled wine), buy Swedish handicrafts, listen to Swedish folk music, and watch the special performance by Lucia – the Queen of Light. They also have a very popular raffle with outstanding prizes!  The purpose of the bazaar is to raise money to support the rebuilding of the Tohoku area. Last year we could donate more than 2 million yen thanks to the proceeds from the bazaar.

The schedule of the day : (preliminary)
11.00 Doors open
12.00 Mr Magnus Robach, Ambassador, Welcome speech
13.00 Lucia – children’s choir performance
14.00 Swedish Folkdance show
15.00 The Grand Raffle draw
16.00 Bazaar closes

Swedish Christmas Bazaar Event Details
Date and Time: Sunday, Nov. 29 from 11:00-16:00
Address: Embassy of Sweden, 1-10-3 Roppongi, Minato-ku
Admission: 500 yen, children under 6 free
Note: kids, stroller and wheelchair friendly


3. Saturday the 28th Day Trip To Kawagoe for Antique Shopping and History – I will be taking a visitor and some of the kids to the monthly Kawagoe Antique Fair tomorrow morning.  Kawagoe Antique Fair is held every Japan Shrine Salemonth on the 28th. This fair is a very large event with over 100 sellers. There is everything from antique furniture to pottery and kimonos. A wonderful fair and definitely worth the 60-80 min trip.  After finding some great treasures we will enjoy having lunch and sightseeing in the beautiful historic town, and the dig for sweet potatoes on the way home. The town of Kawagoe has a great main street with Edo houses and warehouses (now most holding cute stores), the Kawagoe Festival Museum and candy lane. Kawagoe is a great day trip from Tokyo and lucky us the monthly anqitue fair (always on the 28th) is Saturday. Hope to see you there. For more details on Kawagoe read this post.    The Antique market is located  about 10-15 minute walk from Hon-Kawagoe station on the Seibu Shinjuku line. You can also take other trains to Kawagoe station, which is a 20 min walk. There is parking, but it tends to fill by early in the morning (arrive before 8 a.m. or wait 30-40 mins in line).
• Date: Saturday, November 28th, 2015
• Times: 5:00  to 16:00
• What is for sale: 100 sellers
• Parking: yes, but fills early, after which you must wait 30-40 mins to park
• Access: 17 min walk from Hon-kawagoe Station on Seibu Shinjuku Line/ 20 minutes from Kawagoe-shi Station on Tobu Tojo Line
• Address: 9-2 Kubo-cho, Kawagoe City
• Phone: 049-222-0173 Japanese language only


Tokyo Area Family Events and Activities: Asakusa 4. The 3rd and last Asakusa Tori no Ichi Fair in 2015 (Otori Shrine in Asakusa, Tokyo) – Sunday, November 29th will be a great day to visit Asakusa to enjoy the autumn weather but also the last Tori no Ichi Fair this year. Tori no Ichi are special days held 2-3 times each November at key shrines throughout Japan.  “Tori-no-Ichi”Festivals at the Otori Shrine in Asakusa, Tokyo have been held 2-3 times every November since the Edo era. The festival day is to pray for good financial fortune and to keep out harms way. At the Otori Shrine over 300 stalls sell highly decorated rakes that signify the collection of funds and good fortune; a fun and colorful souvenir. If you get hungry or thirsty do not worry, every possible food stall is available to keep you happy and fueled. While in the area visit Sensoji Temple, Kappabashi (Kitchen Town) or the newly renovated Edo-Tokyo Museum.

Asakusa Tori no Ichi Fair Event Details
Date and Time: Sunday, Nov. 29 from 11:00-16:00
Address: Otori Shine, 3-18-7, Senzoku, Taito-ku, Tokyo
Admission: free
Access: Otori-jinja Shrine (Taito-ku) is about 8 minutes’ walk from Iriya Station on the Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line.
Note: kids, stroller and wheelchair friendly
Website: http://www.otorisama.or.jp/english.html

Paper Quilling xmas tree5. At Home Activity –Paper Quilling Craft  –  Want a fun craft you can do year round with the kids? Try Paper Quilling! Paper Quilling or Paper Filigree is the art of shaping rolled paper into decorative shapes that can be glued together. It’s fun, and it helps kids develop fine motor skills, creativity and patience. The materials you`ll need to make a DIY quilling tool and decorative design can be found at any 100 yen shop. We purchased all of ours at the local Seria 100 yen store in Daikanyama. Directions here.


6. The Icho Festival (Aoyama, Minato-ku, Tokyo)  – As mentioned in the eight best locations for autumn foliage article Icho Namiki (Ginko Avenue in Aoyama) is a magnificent location for viewing the brilliant yellow colors. At the end the main road there is an Ichou Festival

Ichou Matsuri that will run from this Saturday, Nov 14th through Dec 6th. Over 80 food, beverage and lifestyle stores will participate serving all types of Autumn matsuri (festival) delicacies. I visited the other day, and the leaves are still a bit green, my guess is peak will be Nov 20-27. Mid to the end of November will be very crowded on the weekends so go on M-F, or early on Sat or Sun. Ginko Avenue is located a three mins walk from Aoyama- Itchome station on the Ginza or Hanzomon Lines. The festival will be open daily from Nov 14-Dec 6th from 10:00-16:30. More details can be found in Japanese on the event website. http://www.meijijingugaien.jp/event/ginkgo-festa.html


Tokyo Area Family Events and Activities for November 28-29, 2015


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