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April 4th & 5th, 2015 Tokyo Weekend Suggestions

April 4th & 5th, 2015 Tokyo Weekend SuggestionsThe cherry blossoms have been magnificent so enjoy the last few days before little green leaves replace them. Here are BestLivingJapan’s curated suggestions for this weekend April 4th & 5th, 2015.  To catch some last cherry blossom viewing and float through petals on water go boating on the Imperial Palace moat. For the young kids try decorating Eggs (Easter is Sunday, April 5th). For the older kids at heart experience the Kanamara Festival (aka Penis Festival) or catch some great Rugby at the HSBC Rugby 7s.  Stay warm and dry in this fickle month of weather.

 April 4th & 5th, 2015 Tokyo Weekend Suggestions

11080890_959421470755453_637032988070372560_n1. Experience the Chiyoda Sakura Festival and boating on the Imperial Palace moat (Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo) – One of the most beautiful paths to walk or boat is around the Chidorigafuchi moat. There is a path called the Chidorigafuchi moat greenery path, which is entered via the Kita-no-maru Koen. If you rent a boat you will see the beautiful view of the Somei Yoshiko (most popular variety of cherry blossom in Japan which has pure white, tinged with the palest pink) and Oshima (pure white blossoms on umbrella snapped trees) cherry trees that line the banks. The boats are available to rent from 10:00 until about 21:00 which is beautiful when the trees are illuminated at night. Great date night spot but wear something warm! The moat becomes full of petals as the blossoms dropped which form beautiful patterns in the water. The fee is 800 yen for a 30 minute boat rent. Two adults and one child can ride per boat.  Information in Japanese can be found on the Chiyoda Sakura Festival at the Chiyoda-ku tourist website. http://www.kanko-chiyoda.jp/tabid/1116/Default.aspx

images-22. Kanamara Festival (Kawasaki-shi, Kanagawa) – A quick 25 minute train ride from Shinagawa Station (with one change) and you can experience on of the most unusually and interesting festivals in Japan. Kanamara Matsuri is translated as the “Festival of the Steel Phallus”, aka the penis festival. The Shrine the festival is held at is well known to pray for prosperity, easy childbirth, solid marriages, and fertility. During the one day festival, you will see huge phallus statues carried around. Also, various carvings of these objects in vegetable and candy forms are available to purchase for immediate consumption or to take home. The Shrine donates a large amount of proceeds to various HIV and AIDs programs. Note: not advisable for small children or strollers. Here is a good write-up about the 2014 Kanamara Matsuri in the HuffingtonPost.

 Kanamara Festival Details
Address: Wakamiya Hachimangu Shrine, 2-13-16 Daishiekimae, Kawasaki-shi, Kanagawa
Date and time: Sunday, April 5th; 9:00 – 17:00
Access: Kawasaki-Daishi Station (Keikyu Daishi line) 22 mins from Shinagawa station with one change
Website: no English http://kawasakidaishi-kanko.com/wakamiyahachimangu/index.html
Cost: Free

01_93c190dd83t83c83g_top 3. HSBC Rugby 7s (Kita-Aoyama, Minato-ku, Tokyo) – If you have a rugby fan in the house you will not want to miss the HSBC Rugby 7s in Tokyo this weekend. Sevens World Series travels to nine cities in five continents. HSBC Sevens World Series champions will be decided based on total points accumulated through nine rounds. Sixteen teams participate in each round. Each result will be converted into points, seasonal Sevens World Champion is then determined according to the points gained. This is the last time the 7s are planned for Tokyo so expect some great people watching and fun partying. Great fun this weekend.

HSBC Rugby 7s Details
Address: Chichibunomiya Rugby Stadium, 2-8-35 Kita-Aoyama, Minato-ku, Tokyo
When: April 4-5th, Saturday and Sunday from 12:00
Cost: 1,500–20,000 yen per ticket depending on seats
Website: http://www.tokyo7s.jp/

 4. Make Easter Eggs

Here are two ways to make some very cool and creative eggs with a Japanese touch.

washi_eggs_18kicgu-18kich7-1Washi and origami paper eggs from Yahoo AU https://au.lifestyle.yahoo.com/better-homes-gardens/craft/h/16406896/how-to-make-washi-eggs/


How about washi tape eggs? Great how to from Lovely Indeed.com http://lovelyindeed.com/diy-washi-tape-easter-eggs/ washi2



April 4th & 5th, 2015 Tokyo Weekend Suggestions


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