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Weekend Tokyo Area Family Events and Activities for December 12-13, 2015

Take some time out this busy end of year to enjoy a few of  Best Living Japan’s five recommended weekend  Tokyo area family events and activities for  December 12-13, 2015.  There are some great activities and events this weekend so take a breather and enjoy. Stay warm and healthy it is supposed to be quite cold. Here are some tips to keep your family and babies and toddlers warm and healthy.

For those traveling overseas this holiday season you might find our information on Parking at Narita and Traveling with Kids helpful.  If you are staying in Japan, you can review our fun five recommendations for the end of year activities.  Also, you can always access our kids “Things and Places to Go” lists by ages  – Baby & Toddlers, Kindy & Elementary, Tweens & Teens. Learn, laugh & live!

Weekend Tokyo Area Family Events and Activities for December 12-13, 2015

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Tokyo Embassy Choir Best Living Japan, Weekend Tokyo Area Family Events and Activities1. Enjoy listening to and singing with the Tokyo Embassy Choir (Omotesando, Tokyo) –  The Tokyo Embassy Choir will hold their “CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION” concert this Sunday in Omotesando at the Tokyo Union Church. This is a great family activity starting at 16:00 and running for about two hours.  Everyone is welcome and singing along to the carols is encouraged – they will even print the words for you!  FREE ENTRY, however, donations and free-will offerings are gratefully accepted for Tokyo Union Church’s Mission For Our Homeless Neighbours

Tokyo Embassy Choir  “CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION” Details
Event Date and Time: Sunday, December 13th at 16:00
Cost: Free, but donations encourage to support the Tokyo Union Church’s Mission for Our Homeless Neighbours
Location:  Tokyo Union Church5-7-7 Jingumae, Shibuya 150-0001, (03) 3400-0047
Tokyo Embassy Choir Website:ac/en/
Tokyo Embassy Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TokyoEmbassyChoir/?fref=nf
Access: 5 min walk from Omotesando station on the Hanzomon or Ginza Lines

2. Make Holiday Cookies – Now is the time to make holiday cookies. Here is a simple, but yummy recipe for sugar cookies. It does not matter what they look like, as long as you have fun and they taste great! Here is a photo of the holiday cookies we made!  Have fun and ring in your holiday spirits, no matter what holiday you celebrate at home.

Weekend Tokyo Area Family Events and ActivitiesBest living JapanSugar Cookie with Frosting Recipe (makes about 12 lg or 20 sm cookies)

Cookie part

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 stick unsalted butter (softened) – 1/2 cup
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Frosting

  • 450 grams of powdered sugar
  • 5 tablespoons of meringue powder
  • a touch of water to make glue like mixture

Steps
1. In one bowl mix sugar and butter together until fluffy, once fluffy add egg and vanilla extract and mix well
2. In another bowl add flour, baking powder, and salt and mix well
3. Mix both bowl 1 (wet) and bowl 2 (dry) together and make into a well mixed ball of dough
4. Refrigerate the dough for 30-60 mins
5. Roll out dough on a floured surface, and form or cut into shapes
6. Cook at 200 celsius until slightly tan (about 8-10 mins)
7. Once cooled spread sugar frosting on top

 

3. Heiwajima Antique Show (Ota-ku) – This huge three-day inside antique fair is just in time for holiday shopping.  Not to be missed. There are over 280 vendors that have a huge selection of Japanese, Asian and Western antiques. This show only happens a few times a year, and the good stuff sells quickly.  My kids love attending to find Heiwajima Antique Show, Weekend Tokyo Area Family Events and Activities, BestLivingJapantreasures!

Heiwajima Antique Show
• Date: Friday, Saturday, Sunday, December 11th – 13th,  2015
• Times: 10:00 – 17:00 (closes at 16:00 on last day; last time to enter each day is 15:00)
• What is for sale: 280 antique sellers
• Parking: no
• Access:  Ryutsu-Center station on the Tokyo Monorail from JR Hamamatsu-cho station
• Address:6-1-1 Heiwajima, Ota-ku, Tokyo
• Phone: 03-5985-5101 (organiser Takeshi Antiques)
• Website: http://www.kottouichi.com/heiwajima/ENGLISH.html

 

4. Fun indoor playtime at the Tokyo Toy Museum (Yotsuya, Tokyo) – This is a great place to spend a rainy or cold day. Tokyo Toy MuseumTTM is called a museum, but in reality it is a hands-on, play all you want center for babies and up. The toys are all analog toys mostly made from wood, and original Japanese toys. There are age appropriate rooms throughout the facility to keep you and your kids busy for a few hours.   I was so impressed how the organizers retro-fitted an old elementary school into a hands on museum and play center out of an old elementary school. To read more click here.

Tokyo Toy Museum Details 

Address: Yotsuya Hiroba, 4-20 Yotsuya, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
Phone: 03-5367-9601 (Japanese only)
Hours: 10:00 – 16:00 (last admission at 15:30) Closed on Thursday (also closed over the New Yearʼ s holidays and special holidays in February and September)
Tickets: Adults 700 yen (junior high school and above), children 500 yen (age 3 through elementary school), child + adult pair ticket 1,000 yen, 2 years and younger are free. Group discount : Groups of 15 or more can get a 100 yen discount per person on admission and are welcome by appointment
Access: 7 min walk from Yotsuya-sanchome Station on the Marunouchi Subway Line, 8 min walk from Akebonobashi Station on the Shinjuku Subway Line
Website: http://www.goodtoy.org/ttm/ (Japanese only)
FB: https://www.facebook.com/t.toymuseum
English info: http://www.goodtoy.org/ttm/pdf/ttm_pamphlet_e.pdf

 

Tokyo Coffee Festival5.  Warm and Wake-up at the Tokyo Coffee Festival 2015 Winter at the UN University Farmers Market (Omotesando, Tokyo) – I am addicted to coffee! One of my favorite times of the day is once the four kids are off to school, and I can relax for a few minutes with a cup. This weekend is coffee weekend at the market, and I will be there stocking up n beans. There will be over 20 coffee vendors selling hot liquid as well as beans, pastries and more.  You will also be able to buy your favorite seasonal veggies and goods from the over 50 vendors who attend each weekend.  My kids and I bike to the market and spend an hour or so tasting the samples. We never walk away empty-handed, usually buying more than enough to fill our bike baskets. A lot of the produce is also organic.  This time of year, you will find delicious mushroom, pumpkins and sweet potatoes try these recipes for pumpkin and sweet potatoes. Enjoy the fresh season harvest. 

The Farmers Market at the UN University

Tokyo Farmers Market, Best Living Japan, Weekend Tokyo Area Family Events and Activities

Address: 5-53-70 Jingue Mae, Shibuya, Tokyo
Event Days and Hours: Saturday, December 12 –  Sunday, December 11th  10:00 – 16:00
Cost: free admission
Access: 5 min walk from Omotesando station or 7 min walk from Shibuya station
Website: http://farmersmarkets.jp (in Japanese only)
Toilets: No toilets
Child friendly: Stroller friendly, lots of samples for kids to nibble, also wheelchair friendly

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Weekend Tokyo Area Family Events and Activities for December 12-13, 2015

Heiwajima antique show

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