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April 11 & 12, 2015 Weekend Activities and Events (Tokyo)

Here are some inside and outside April 11 & 12, 2015 Weekend Activities and Events since recently one can not tell what the weather will be. If you love food, the International Gourmet Fair 2015 in Komazawa is a great bet, and also a great place to ride your bike if the weather is good. Also recommending the Musée du Louvre at the National Art Center, Tokyo and Into the Woods movie that is a great musical for adults, tweens and teens. If the weather is poor try the Miraikan, and if  sunny head to the Imperial Palace to ride bikes on Sunday.

April 11 & 12, 2015 Weekend Activities and Events

intl gourmet fair 20151. International Gourmet Fair 2015
– Today the ten-day international food celebration begins. You can enjoy over 20 different countries food and drink in one spot. Beer and wine are featured in abundance so take public transport. There will also be various music and dance across many genres. Enjoy the outdoors this weekend and fill your tummies and minds globally. Happy Eating.

International Gourmet Fair 2015 Details
Address: Komazawa Olympic Park General Sports Ground Central Plaza, 1-1 Komazawa-Koen, Setagaya-ku, Tokyo
Open hours and days: Friday, April 10 – Sunday, April 19, 2015; 11:00 – 21:00
Website: www.gourmet-haku.jp/
Access: 8 min walk from the  Komazawa-Daigaku Station on the Denentoshi line; car parking available but fills up on weekends early.


Johannes Vermeer 《The Astronomer)

2. Musée du Louvre at the National Art Center, Tokyo – A lovely exhibit from the Louvre Museum entitled Genre Painting – Scenes from Daily Life is now on exhibition until June 1st, 2015. I visited the museum the other day and enjoyed the 83 works in the exhibit. All of the paintings refer to everyday life showing not only the amazing artistry, but a peaking whole into the history of each period.  The paintings span four centuries from the Renaissance to the mid-19th century. Artist include Tiziano, Rembrandt, Murillo, Watteau, Chardin, and Millet and many more. I highly recombined for both art and history lovers.

Musée du Louvre at the National Art Center, Tokyo Details

Address: The National Art Center, Tokyo, 7-22-2 Roppongi Minato-ku, Tokyo
Open hours and days: 10:00 -18:00, Open Wednesday – Monday; Closed Tuesdays
Cost: Adults 1,600 yen, College and High School students 1,200yen, Junior High and below free
Access: 3 min walk from Nogizaka station (Exit 6) on the Chiyoda Line; 5 min walk from Roppongi station (Exit 4A) on the Hibiya Line; 4 min walk from Roppongi station (Exit 7) on the Oedo Line.
Website: http://www.ntv.co.jp/louvre2015/english/


Into the Woods Movie3. Into the Woods Movie – I do not post a lot about movies, but saw Into the Woods with my third son the other day and can not say enough about it. The Disney movie released in the US in December 2014 and is PG rated. If you have a tween or teen, this is a great movie to see together. Into the Woods started as a stage musical that debuted in San Diego at the Old Globe Theatre in 1986 and premiered on Broadway on November 5, 1987.   The musical intertwines the plots of several Brothers Grimm fairy tales and follows them to explore the consequences of the characters’ wishes and quests. The main characters are taken from “Little Red Riding Hood”, “Jack and the Beanstalk”, “Rapunzel”, and “Cinderella”, as well as several others. The musical is tied together by an original story involving a childless baker and his wife and their quest to begin a family, their interaction with a witch who has placed a curse on them, and their interaction with other storybook characters during their journey. It was a great musical to experience with my son since he knew all the stories and was fascinated about how all the pieces weaved together. Good viewing for a rainy afternoon.

Into the Woods is now showing at theatres across Japan. Here is the link to the Into the Woods schedule for this weekend at  Toho Cinemas in Roppoingi.


Miraikan (Koto-ku, Tokyo) Best Living Japan4. Miraikan (Koto-ku, Tokyo) – If you, or your child, love science than the Miraikan in Odaiba is a great place to spend a half day. The official name is The National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation. Great interactive exhibits about the universe, solar system, robotics and the human body today and future. The Ideal age for the permanent exhibit is age 6 and up (my two-year-old would have been very bored). The special exhibits are for ages from 3 and up, but age 6 and up would be better.

The organisers have done a wonderful job explaining in Japanese and English various aspects of science and technology. Our favourite exhibits were the ocean submarine, new human cell exhibit, future city and human body operation exhibit. Robots and androids were also “pretty cool” according to my 11-year-old.

Miraikan; Museum of Emerging Science and InnovationThe special exhibit we attended was fun. “Dance! Art Exhibition! and Learn and Play! teamLab Future Park”. This hands-on, active exhibit runs until May 10 (Sun.), 2015. There were three theme areas (ocean, town and character) were you and your child draw a picture that is then scanned into a computer program and animated on the large screen. Very fun for your child to see their artwork on the big screens. My favourite were the beautiful computer generated artwork that unfold as you watch.

Miraikan; Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation Details 

Address: 2-3-6 Aomi, Koto-ku, Tokyo (near Odaiba)
Phone: 03-3570-9188
Days and Hours: Wednesday – Monday 10:00 – 17:00, Closed on Tuesday’s
Cost: Permanent exhibit is adult 620 yen, under 18 years 210 yen; Special exhibit and permanent visit ticket adult 1,800 yen, 3-18  years 1,200 yen, 2 and under free
Access:  5 min walk from the Fune-no Kagakukan station on the Yurikamome Line; 15 min walk from the Tokyo Teleport Station on the Rinkai Line
Website: http://www.miraikan.jst.go.jp/en/
Notes: The facility is stroller and wheelchair friendly. Park is located under the museum. There is a cafe in the museum.

 April 11 & 12, 2015 Weekend Activities and Events

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