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November 19 & 20, 2016 Tokyo Weekend Family Activities

November 19 & 20, 2016 Tokyo Weekend Family Activities

Mixed Autumn weekend forecasted – cold rain on Saturday and clear skies Sunday. Here are our recommendations for your November 19 & 20, 2016 Tokyo Weekend Family Activities.  Saturday would be a great day to check out a new indoor play center, roller skate at Tokyo Dome or warm up and relax at the Oedo Onsen Monogatari. Sunday there are some great festivals to enjoy outside, bike around to enjoy the foliage or visit a Chrysanthemum Festival. Note this coming Wednesday, Nov 23rd is a national holiday, Japanese Labor Thanksgiving Day, and Thursday, November 24th is American Thanksgiving Day. Looking for turkey? Check here.. Wishing you a great weekend.  – Sandra and Lauren

November 19 & 20, 2016 Tokyo Weekend Family Activities

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1. Ukraine Day 2016 (Akasaka, Tokyo) 

Ukraine Day 2016, November 19 & 20, 2016 Tokyo Weekend Family Activities

The Third Ukrainian Festival “Ukraine in our Hearts”  will take place in Akasaka Citizen Center this Sunday. This is an educational and entertaining free event. Enjoy Ukraine food, try some traditional Ukraine crafts, and listen and see some world talented musicians and dancers. I am most excited to try my hand at making some traditional Easter eggs, and listening to the Ukrainian band “Two Violins” with the participation of world-famous 14-year-old violinists. Your kids will be inspired!

Ukraine Day 2016
Event Date and Time: Sunday, 20 November, 2016, 11:30 – 17:00 (music performance from 3:00)
Cost: Free entrance, some workshops have materials costs
Address: Akasaka citizen center Kumin Hall4-18-13, Akasaka , Minato-ku, Tokyo
Website: https://kraiany.github.io/festival/index.html
Access: 10 min walk from Akasaka Mitsuke Station (Exit A) on the Ginza and Marunouchi Line, 10 min walk from Aoyama Itchome (Exit 4) on the Oedo, Ginza and Hanzomon Lines.

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2. Saint Maur International School Christmas Bazaar 2016 (Naka-ku Yokohama-shi, Kanagawa) Are you starting to get into the Christmas spirit? Or do you need a jump start? One of the oldest international schools, Saint Maur founded in the 1870s, is holding their wonderful Christmas Bazaar this Sunday. A great place to buy holiday decorations and desserts, but also find some treasures in “lightly loved” clothing and home goods.  Make a day trip of your visit and enjoy lunch in Yokohama Chinatown, a visit to the historic Yokohama Foreign General Cemetery, and enjoy touring some of the the historic Western houses in the same neighbourhood of Saint Maur International School. If you have little ones, the Anpanman Museum is a favorite, and kids and adults of all ages enjoy the Cupnoodles Museum.

Saint Maur International School Christmas Bazaar 2016
Event Date and Time: Sunday, 20 November, 2016, 11:00 – 16:00
Cost: Free entrance
Address: 83, Yamatecho, Naka-ku Yokohama-shi, Kanagawa
Website: http://www.stmaur.ac.jp/our-school/major-events/christmas-bazaar/index.aspx
Access: 10 min walk from Motomachi-Chukagai on the Minatomirai Line, about a 15 min from the Yamate and Ishikawacho train stations on the JR Negishi Line

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3. The 37th Hachioji Ichou Festa 2016 (Hachioji, Tokyo) – This weekend will be peak to view the over 700 gingko trees on both sides of the The 37th Hachioji Ichou Festa 2016 , November 19 & 20, 2016 Tokyo Weekend Family ActivitiesKoshu Kaido. A beautiful outing on a crisp, clear Autumn day (recommend Sunday). This weekend you can enjoy the festival with games, performances and food! Learn about Gingko nuts that fall from these golden trees. Combine a morning visit to the Ichou Festa with climbing Mt. Takao in the afternoon. Enjoy the beautiful outdoors!

Event Date and Time: Saturday, November 19 – Sunday  November, 2016, 9:00 – 17:00
Cost: Free entrance
Address:  Kōshū Kaidō between Oiwake-cho, Hachioji to Takao Station
Website: http://www.ichou-festa.org/
Access: Hachioji station or Takao Station on the Chuo Line

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4.  Shibuya StreetDance Week 2016 (Jinnan, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo) – Love to dance, or have a kid who does? The Shibuya StreetDance Event Shibuya StreetDance Week 2016, November 19 & 20, 2016 Tokyo Weekend Family Activitiesthis weekend is sure to be a pleaser. There are three main locations of the dancing all with a few mins of each other -Shibuya Mark City East Mall 1F Event Square, Yoyogi Park outdoor stage and Yoyogi Park Event Square. This event will be cancelled in case of rain, so I recommend Sunday attendance. You can watch world famous dancer and performers, as well as join the dancing if so the urge takes over.  A great place to people watch, smile and laugh

Event Date and Time: Saturday, November 19 – Sunday  November, 2016, 9:00 – 17:00
Cost: Free entrance
Address: Shibuya Mark City East Mall 1F event Square, Yoyogi Park outdoor stage, Yoyogi Park Event Square
Website: http://www.streetdanceweek.jp/
Access: Walkable from Shibuya and Harajuku stations

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November 19 & 20, 2016 Tokyo Weekend Family Activities5. Go Dig Sweet Potatoes (our top locations)

Sweet potato digging is an autumn tradition that all Japanese kindergarten and early elementary kids partake in October through December. In Japanese sweet potatoes are called “satsumaimo”. Enjoy a nice autumn day outside central Tokyo and go sweet potato digging. Below are five recommended locations to go Japanese sweet potato digging. Also, don’t forget to take boots and light weight gloves for digging. It`s fun but messy. Here are our favorite places in Kanto to dig for sweet potatoes.

Sweet potatoes are extremely popular in Japan and can be found being peddled around your neighbourhood during the autumn and winter months, and in all types of Japanese dishes in homes and restaurants. If you hear a person outside calling “Yaaaaa-kiiiii-moe, iiiiiiishii yaaaa-kiii-mooooe.”, grab some coins and run outside to buy a red-hot imo from an ishi-yakiimo seller.  If you go digging or shopping here are some great Japanese sweet potato recipes to enjoy with your family!

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