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Tokyo Area Family Events and Activities – November 7 & 8, 2015

Here are Best Living Japan’s recommended Tokyo area family events and activities for the weekend of November 7th and 8th, 2015. Cute kids in kimonos, seasonal produce and flowers, cars and history make for a fun weekend!  It looks like a clear day on Saturday with some risk of rain on Sunday. Take an umbrella to be safe and head out to learn, laugh & live.

Tokyo Area Family Events and Activities – November 7 & 8, 2015

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 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


2. Tokyo Harvest (Roppongi, Tokyo) –   I took my two younger children to this event last year, and we enjoyed talking to some of the 40 farmers who had stallsTokyo Harvest, 3 Fun Tokyo Events & Activities This Weekend to sell their autumn harvest. Very interesting selection of autumn

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Autumn Bounty

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.  The event website has the following Love Letter from TOKYO to Farmers and Fisherman.

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Spider made of harvested rice plants

Love Letter from Tokyo to Farmers and Fisherman
We are alive.
Because we are alive, we get hungry.
We would taste food more delicious when we are hungry.
Every single day, we could see the gifts from the sea and the land on our tables as usual.
Our body is made by the food that we ate.
However, we often forget about the farmers and fishers and their hardworking.
Let’s say thank you and think of them with all our respects and loves to all farmers and fishers from the heart of Tokyo.

Tokyo Harvest Event Details

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Sweet Potatoes

Dates: Saturday, November 7th & Sunday, November 8th
Times: Saturday 11:00-19:00; Sunday 11:00-18:00
Address: Roppongi Hills Arena, 6-10-1 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo
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

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Rice Planting Compeition
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3. Tokyo Motor Show (Ariake, Tokyo) – This weekend is the last chance to enjoy the annual Tokyo Motor Show event. If you have a car lover in your family, a must visit this weekend is the Tokyo Motor Show! The Tokyo Motor show is reported as the largest motor show int he World. This year’s theme is “Technology + Fantasy.”  The show is full of cars entering the market as well as 100% concept cars that may never get made but are so cool to stretch the Tokyo motor showimagination. Take your kids with a camera and drawing pad to invent their own car on the ride home!

Tokyo Motor Show Event Details
Dates: Open to the public from Thursday, October 29th – Sunday, November 8th, 2015
Times: 10:00 – 20:00
Address: Tokyo Big Sight, 3-11-1 Ariake, Koto-ku, Tokyo [http://www.bigsight.jp/english/] Website: http://www.tokyo-motorshow.com/en/
Toilets: public toilets available
Child friendly: kid friendly and stroller friendly

4. The Edo-Fukagawa Museum (Koto-ku, Tokyo) – A very hands on, gem of a museum in Tokyo to visit for 1-2 hours. Nearby you can also grab a coffee at the Blue Bottle Coffee Shop and visit the Kiyosumi Gardens to see the beginning of foliage and huge carp and turtles (#6 on this list). The museumDSC_0358 is a basically a large hall with about 12 Edo period houses reconstructed in a village environment. The hall is very compact, and the lighting switches from night to day so you feel as if you are in a small village. There is a very calm feeling to the museum.  You can freely walk into and around the houses; each which shows a different view of the “life”. There is a shop keepers store and home, a fisherman’s home, etc.  There are also some great videos to help explains the Edo period of life. Although most of the information is in Japanese, there are a handful of senior Fukugawa Edo Museum, Tokyo, Best Living Japan

volunteers walking the exhibit who are very friendly,  helpful, and have some basic English ability to explain the village. I really think this museum is a little gem and one not to be missed. The museum is a short walk from the station but is a bit hidden so take the address.

The Edo-Fukagawa Museum Details
Address: 1-3-28 Shirakawa, Koto-ku, Tokyo
Phone: 03-3630-8625
Open: Daily 9.30 – 17.00 (last admission: 16.30), Monday closed, when Monday is a national holiday closed Tuesday
Cost: adult 400 JPY, child 50 JPY
Website: http://www.kcf.or.jp/fukagawa/english.html (English)
Access: 3 min walk from Kiyosumi Shirakawa St. on the Oed0 Line

Tokyo Area Family Events and Activities 5. Setagaya Park Vegetable and Flower Market (Setagaya Park, Setagaya-ku) –  A fun local event is the Setagaya Park market this weekend where you can buy locally grown produce and also flowers for your winter garden. There will also be various booths on how to plant your garden. Setagaya Park is great for the little ones with lots to enjoy. Enjoy some shopping and a nice walk through theTokyo Area Family Events and Activities park!

Setagaya Park Vegtable and Flower Market Details

Event Details: Saturday, November 7th & Sunday, November 8th 9:30 – 16:00;
Address: 1-5-2 Ikejiri, Setagaya Ward, Tokyo (東京都世田谷区池尻1-5-2)
Closest station:Ikejiri-Ohashi or Yutenji Stations
Tokyo Area Family Events and Activities: Setagaya Park Vegetable and Flower market



Tokyo Area Family Events and Activities –  November 7 & 8, 2015


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