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4 Great Tokyo Weekend Events and Activities – December 13 & 14, 2014

Here are my recommendations for 4 great Tokyo events and activities for December 13 & 14th weeken4 Great Tokyo Weekend Events and Activities - December 13 & 14, 2014 Best living Japand. 1. Experience the Noel French Treasures Concert (free), 2. enjoy the movie opening of THE HOBBIT – The battle of the five armies, 3. make holiday cookies, and 4. view the Sun, Moon and Flowers Exhibit at the Mitsui Museum. Like me you are probably feeling the excitement, but also stress of year-end parties, school breaks approaching, and holiday planning. Remember to take care of yourself and stay healthy!

4 Great Tokyo Weekend Events and Activities – December 13 & 14, 2014

1. Experience the beauty of the Noel French Treasures Concert – If you missed their performance last weekend you can attend this FREE performance this Saturday. Acclaimed for their skill across the classical canon, Tokyo Chamber Singers are delighted to offer this program of seasonal French treasures at one of  Tokyo’s finest choral venues. The Tokyo Chamber Singers will be conducted by Dr. Steven Morgan, and accompanied by organist Masae Sato and harpist Rie Oki.

Grandjany: Aria in Classic Style
Messiaen: O sacrum convivium
Poulenc: Hodie, Christus natus est
Fauré: Ave Maria
Franck: Panis angelicus
Fauré: Maria, mater gratiae
Saint-Saëns: Ave verum corpus
Fauré (arr. Rutter): Cantique de Jean Racine
Franck: Psaume 150
Charpentier: Messe de minuit

Concert Details

Date and Time: SATURDAY, DECEMBER 13, 2014, at 15:30 (doors 15:00)
Place: Otsuma Hall, 12 Sanban-cho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
Cost:  Free entry, but donations gratefully accepted
Note: Children under age 6 will not be admitted


4 Great Tokyo Weekend Events and Activities - December 13 & 14, 2014 Best living Japan2. Gobble popcorn and enjoy opening weekend of the THE HOBBIT – The battle of the five armies.  I will definitely be taking the older boys to see this movie as a pre-exam break! Tickets are all ready selling out so get yours quickly. A must see this holiday season. Here is a great video review from IGN.  http://www.ign.com/videos/2014/12/01/the-hobbit-the-battle-of-the-five-armies-review


3. 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 today!  Have fun and ring in your holiday spirits, no mater what holiday you celebrate at home.

4 Great Tokyo Weekend Events and Activities - December 13 & 14, 2014 Best 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 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


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

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


4 Great Tokyo Weekend Events and Activities - December 13 & 14, 2014 Best living Japan4. Sun, Moon and Flowers Exhibit at the Mitsui Museum – Every year the Mitsui Memorial Museum welcomes the New Year with the display of the museum’s feature work, the National Treasure Pine Trees in the Snow screens by Maruyama Ōkyo.  The Sun, Moon and Flowers Exhibit will run through January 24th, 2015. If you have not been to the Mitsui Museum you should go at least once to view Asian collection the Mitsui family has amassed over the last 300 years. Wonderful that it is now shared with the public in their museum which opened in 2005.  The 2015 New Year’s exhibition will feature the Ōkyo screens, along with works on the theme of setsugekka, literally snow, moon and flowers. If you enjoy traditional Japanese art (including Japanese screens, ceramics and ukiyo-e) with seasonal motifs and natural elements this New Years show is not to be missed.  My recommendation would be to go early on Sat or Sun, have a nice lunch in the Marunouchi building near Tokyo station, and then shop for the holidays!

Mitsui Museum Details
Address: Mitsui Main Building, 7th Floor, Nihonbashi Muromachi 2-1-1, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 103-0022
Hours: 10:00 to 17:00, entrance until 16:30
Holidays: Mondays(except 12/22, 1/5, 1/12), 12/26 – 1/3(If Monday is a national holiday, the museum will be open on Monday)
Cost: 1,300 for adults, 800 for high school & college students, Junior high and under are free
Phone: 03-5777-8600 (Japanese only)
Website: http://www.mitsui-museum.jp/english/english.html
Access: Tokyo Metro Subway Ginza Line: Exit A7, 1 min walk from Mitsukoshimae Station, or Tokyo Metro Subway Hanzomon Line: Exit A7, 3 min walk from Mitsukoshimae Station

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