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Tokyo Area Family Weekend Activities – August 29 and 30, 2015

Here are the top 5 Tokyo Area Family Weekend Activities – August 29 and 30, 2015. Japan. Don’t let this weekend’s forecast of sticky hot with on and off showers keep you at home. I highly recommend you try to catch two family friendly exhibits before they both end in October – one at the Design 21-21 and the other at the Museum of Contemporary Art. If you are still in the summer festival mood, check out the Koenji Awadori Festival, The Asakusa Samba Matsuri or the Harajuku Omotesando Genki Matsuri doubled with a visit to the Udon Festival in Yoyogi Park. Venture out and laugh, learn and live!

Tokyo Area Family Weekend Activities – August 29 and 30, 2015

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An Art Exhibition for Children; Whose place is this? 1. An Art Exhibition for Children; Whose place is this? @ Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo (Koto-ku)   – This exhibit was a lot of fun. I went with my two younger ones, and they enjoyed thinking about the images. Great space to converse with your kids. Four artists have developed special places within the museum that stretch one’s imagination. I highly recommend you attend this exhibit before it closes in October. While you are there, you can also visit the special exhibit on Thomas and Friends if you are a blue train, lover. While in the neighborhood check out Kiyosumi Garden, which has HUGE carp and turtles to feed and grab a coffee at Blue Bottle Coffee.

An Art Exhibition for Children; Whose place is this? Details
Address: Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, 3F, 4-1-1 Miyoshi, Koto-ku, Tokyo
Telephone: 03-5777-8600
Date and Times: July 18 – October 21, 2015 / closed Mon
Cost: Adults 1,000 yen, University students and seniors 800 yen, High school and junior high students 600 yen, Elementary students free
Access: 13 min walk from Kiyosumi-Shirakawa station (exit A3) on the Oedo line.
Website:
 http://www.mot-art-museum.jp/eng/
Notes: Wifi is available. Stroller and wheelchair friendly.

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2. 21-21 Design Sight ‘Motion Science’ Exhibit (Roppongi/Midtown) – Only one month left to see the Motion Science exhibit that is one of the best designed hands-on exhibits I have seen in Tokyo this year. Great for all ages. The show is explained on the website as such: the Motion Science exhibition offers visitors the opportunity to touch and observe the power of expressions that “movements” bring about.   The exhibits are great, kids from 3 up Tokyo Area Family Weekend Activities - August 29 and 30, 2015will enjoy for 60-90 mins. See how air pressure makes garbage bags breath with life and balances balls. Learn how noisy ping pong balls can be in a  tower made of cardboard boxes. So many hands-on exhibits to learn the impact of motion.
21-21 Design Sight Details
Address:9-7-6 Akasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Phone: 03-3475-2121
Open days and hours: Open Wednesday – Monday (closed Tuesday); 10:00 – 19:00 (LO 18:30)
Cost: Adults 1,100 yen, university student 800 yen, high and junior high school student 500 yen, ages 12 and under free
Access: 5 min walk from Roppongi station (exit 6) on the Toei Oedo Line, and  Nogizaka station (exit 3) on the Chiyoda Line
Website:http://www.2121designsight.jp/en/

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Tokyo Area Family Weekend Activities - August 29 and 30, 2015 Koenji Awadori 3. Koenji Awadori (Koenji)  – This festival is short (3 hours), but filled with extreme energy both Saturday and Sunday night. This year is the 59th Koenji Awadori which has over 10,000 dancers both professional and everyday fun folk having a great time. Over one million people are said to attend this festival so be ready for a crowd. Enjoy an energetic evening dancing away.

Koenji Awadori Details 
Address: Koenjiminami 2, 3, 6 4-chomes, and Koenjikita 2 & 3-chomes, Suginami-ku, Tokyo (held in shopping streets north and south of JR Koenji Station)
Event date and time: Saturday, August 29 – Sunday, August 30th; 17:00 – 20:00 each day
Website: http://koenji-awaodori.com/index.html (Japanese language only, there is an English tab but no content)
Access: Koenji Station in on the JR Chuo and Sobu Lines.

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4. Asakusa Samba Matsuri (浅草サンバ) (Asakusa) –  If you love Samba, this is the place to be tomorrow poster34_topSaturday! Brazil and Japan are deeply intertwined since millions of Japanese migrated to Brazil in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s. If you ever want to learn more about Japan migration history check out the Japan Overseas Migration Museum in Yokohama. The Asakusa Samba Matsuri is celebrating the 34th year and is one of the biggest summer festivals in Japan. Over one half a million people come to see 16 teams compete for the grand award. The parade of samba dancers, floats and drummers travel down Kaminarimon Dori in front of the huge Asakusa shrine gate (Kaminarimon Gate).  I find the best place to access and view is closer to Tawaramachi Station on the Ginza Line (always thinking about kids Tokyo Area Family Weekend Activities - August 29 and 30, 2015with easy in and easy out).

Asakusa Samba Matsuri Details
Address:  Kaminarimon Dori in Asakusa
Event dates and times: Saturday, August 29th; 13:00 – 18:00
Website: http://www.asakusa-samba.org/ (Japanese language only)
Access: Asakusa Station on the Tobu Skytree Line, Toei Asakusa Line or Ginza Line, or Tawaramachi on the Ginza Line.

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Harajuku Omotesando Genki Matsuri5. Harajuku Omotesando Genki Matsuri Super Yosakoi Festival 2015 (Harajuku/Omotesando) – The Harajuku Omotesando Genki Matsuri festival is a two day festival in the center of fashion forward Harajuku and Omotesando. However, this weekend you can experience two days of traditional yosakoi dancing originally from Kochi City, Shikoku. Over 5,000 dancers from 100 teams come to Japan to dance. While in the neighbourhood also visit the Udon Tenkaichi Tournament in Yoyogi Park event space to try some of the most amazing Udon in Japan. Approximately 20 teams compete to get top award – Yum!

Harajuku Omotesando Genki Matsuri Details
Address: Matsuri takes place around Harajuku and Omotesando, Shibuya-ku
Event dates and time: Saturday, August 29th 10:00 – 20:00, Sunday, August 30th 10:00 -17:30
Website: http://www.super-yosakoi.tokyo/ (Japanese language only)
Access:1 min walk from Harajuku Station on the Yamanote Line or Chiyoda Line; 2 min walk from the Meiji-jingumae Harajuku Station on the Fukutoshin Line

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Tokyo Area Family Weekend Activities – August 29 and 30, 2015

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  1. Please add me to your mailing list. Interesting activities for newcomers like us

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