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Tokyo Area Weekend Activities and Events: Feb 14 & 15th, 2015

Here are the Tokyo Area Activities and Events: February 14 & 15, 2015.  This Valentine’s weekend I am recommending some lovely events; #1. walk in the park and grab some treats at the World Valentine Festival (Yoyogi), #2. stock-up on seasonal veggies a the Market of the Sun (Kachidoki), and #3. think deeply at the Gabriel Orozco: Inner Cycles at the Museum of Contemporary Art (Koto-ku).  Also a great weekend for Strawberry picking, visiting Kamakura or just having a leisurely brunch!

Tokyo Area Weekend Activities and Events: Feb 14 and 15th, 2015

Weekend Activities and Events: Feb 14 & 15th, 2015#1. World Valentine Festival (Yoyogi Park) –  I have never attended this event, but it is going to be beautiful weather this weekend, so a trip to Yoyogi park sounds good. The World Valentine Festival will include lots of festival food and drink, but also Valentine themed treats and music. The flea market is also a big drawn so you might walk away with a treasure. Walk or bike on over to Yoyogi Park this Saturday or Sunday to see what the World Valentine Festival is all about.

World Valentine Festival Details
Address: Yoyogi Park Event Plazav 2-1, Yoyogikamizonocho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Date and Times: February 14 & 15th from 10:00-19:00
Cost: free
Wesite for Yoyogi park: http://www.tokyo-park.or.jp/english/

2. Market of the Sun (Kachidoki) — Enjoy the Market of the Sun this Weekend Activities and Events: Feb 14 & 15th, 2015beautiful weekend at Japan’s largest regular urban farmers’ market. Over 100 vendors participate from around the country, of which more than half are local organic vegetable producers.  This month you will see a lot of fermented specialities including sweet sake (amaze) to all kinds of additive-free miso and soy sauces.Since it is Valentine weekend, expect to see heart-shaped goods and sweets as well! Fun place for adults and children since many of the vendors also have workshops that will keep little minds and hands busy.  Grab some delicious food and then spend some time at the Children’s Park play area.  One more stop up the Oedo line you can also try the new Blue Bottle Coffee shop, visit the Fukugawa-Edo Museum and see the Gabriel Orozco exhibit at the Contemporary Art Museum (see below). If you do not want to jump over the Sumida River to a farmers market, you can always try the UN Farmers Market near Omotesando.

Market of the Sun Details 
Address: Tsukishima Second Children’s Park, 1-11-14 Kachidoki, Chuo-ku, Tokyo
Date and Times: February 14 & 15th from 10:00-16:00
Cost: free
Access: 5 min walk from Kachidoki Station (exit A4a and A4b) on the Toei Oedo Line
Wesite: www.timealive.jp

Weekend Activities and Events: Feb 14 & 15th, 2015#3. Gabriel Orozco: Inner Cycles at the Museum of Contemporary Art (Koto-ku)

I visited this exhibit recently and really enjoyed the artwork, but also the space. Embarrassing to say I had never been to the Museum of Contemporary Art.  Combine this museum with a visit to the Market of the Sun (above) and coffee at Blue Bottle Coffee.

Gabriel Orozco (born 1962) is a Mexican artist, but a nomad of the world having studies in Spain and constantly traveling. What impressed me the most is his ability to use and explore drawing, photography, sculpture and installation. There are examples of all mediums in this exhibit. In 1998, Francesco Bonami called him “one of the most influential artists of this decade, and probably the next one too.”  His artwork has been show at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, Guggenheim in New York, Centre Pompidou in Paris, and the Tate Modern in London.  My favourite pieces were My Hands are My Heart, Ping Pond Table and Sleeping Dog.

accessThe Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, opened in 1995, has over 4,000 contemporary art pieces from Japanese and western artists. However, at any one time only a few hundred are exhibited. Most people visit to see the temporary exhibits.  The museum stands adjacent to Kiba Park, which is the old logging processing area in Tokyo Bay, now a large park with tennis courts and BBQ stations.  The Museum has a lovely cafe for lunch and also a very nice museum boutique filled with books, t-shirts and such.

Exhibit Details 
Address: 
Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, 3F, 4-1-1 Miyoshi, Koto-ku, Tokyo
Telephone: 03-5777-8600
Date and Times: January 24 – May 10, 2015 / closed Mon (except for May 4) & May 7
Cost: To see the Orozco exhibit and also the permanent collection; adults 1,100 yen, college students and seniors 800 yen, high school and junior high students 600 yen, children free
Access: 13 min walk from Kiyosumi-Shirakawa station (exit A3) on the Oedo line.
Wesite:
 http://www.mot-art-museum.jp/eng/
Notes: Wifi is available. Stroller and wheelchair friendly.
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Tokyo Area Weekend Activities and Events: Feb 14 and 15th, 2015

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