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Yutenji Temple Summer Festival

Yutenji Temple is holding their annual Yutenji Mitama Matsuri (祐天寺み魂まつり)  this week, July 16, 17 & 18, 2019. Parents and children from the neighboring kindergarten, participate by dancing in colourful yukatas every year. Grab lunch at Midorie Organic Cafe, stop by the Temple grounds late afternoon to learn about the …

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Mono Tsukuri Expo (Gotanda, Tokyo) – July 25 -27

Mono Tsukuru Expo

The Mono Tsukuri Expo sponsored by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government is an Expo to show how Japanese crafts, and traditional arts are made. The three-day expo is free to attend and watch the items being made. If you would like to learn, you can sign-up and pay for each workshop. …

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Summer 2019 Tokyo Family Friendly Museum Exhibits

Tokyo Family Friendly Museum Exhibits

Here are our recommended Top 10 Summer 2019 Tokyo Family Friendly Museum Exhibits. Lots of options from popular characters to Japanese art to keep your kids engaged and amused. These 10 exhibits have varying end dates from June – October 2019. Don’t miss out!  If you are just looking for …

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2019 Tokyo Splash Parks and Wading Pools

Asukayama Park, Tokyo wading pool and splash parks

Check out our 2019 Tokyo Splash Parks and Wading Pool recommendations. A free or very inexpensive way to keep cool (er) in the sticky hot Japan summer. Most Tokyo area wading pools are open from July 1st through mid-September, although there are a few splash ponds that open in June. …

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Japan Mosquito Repellent and Aid – Mosquitos Are Here!

Saw my first mosquito today, so time to stock up on Japan mosquito repellent and aid products!! All this rain and warmer weather are going to equal a heavy mosquito season in Japan. Usually, in Japan mosquitos start to hatch and bite starting in April and are active through the …

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Tokyo Outdoor Pools

I find the most difficult month of the year to live in Tokyo August, but visiting one of the many Tokyo pools can offer a respite to the heat and humidity even if just for a few hours. Tokyo has many great local pools that are family-friendly and most are …

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Disney On Ice, Makuhari (Chiba) & Yokohama Area (Yokohama)

Disney On Ice, Makuhari (Chiba) & Yokohama Area (Yokohama)

This year’s Disney on Ice theme is Live Your Dreams, and will be held in July at the Makuhari Messe in Chiba, and in August at the Yokohama Arena. The show focuses on inspiring and courageous stories featuring the following Disney characters; Moana, Anna from Frozen, Rapunzel, Bell, Cinderella and …

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What is Tanabata? – July 7th

Tanabata

Tanabata is celebrated on July 7th in Japan. Celebrate with your family! Buy a branch of bamboo, some cute origami paper, and write and tie wishes to decorate. Learn, go and make Tanabata! Remember July 7th.  Learn about Tanabata   The History – (content edited version of Wikipedia) Tanabata (七夕, meaning “Evening …

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July 2019 Tokyo Antique and Flea Markets

July is a very hot and humid month in Japan, which typically means smaller crowds at the Tokyo Antique and Flea Markets. Fewer crowds mean higher chances of finding “the perfect treasure at a good price.” There are 21 Tokyo Antique and Flea markets in the list below so enjoy. …

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Teru Teru Bozu – Rain, Rain, Go Away Craft

Looks like a perfect rainy day weekend to make Teru Teru Bozu. A cute custom and craft in Japan is the Teru teru bozu (てるてる坊主). “Teru” is a Japanese verb which describes sunshine, and a “bōzu” is a Buddhist monk.  The dolls are handmade with white cloth that children make …

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July 2019 Tokyo Family Events and Activities

July 2019 Tokyo Family Events and Activities

Here are our recommended July 2019 Tokyo Family Activities and Events. July marks the beginning of summer festivals! Get ready to celebrate Tanabata on Sunday, July 7th by learning about the celebration at one of the great festivals. Don a yukata and watch the amazing fireworks displays across the city. Also remember our Tips …

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June 22 & 23, 2019 Tokyo Weekend Family Events and Activities

Here are our recommended June 22 & 23, 2019 Tokyo Weekend Family Events and Activities. Enjoy some dancing, treasure hunting, ethnic food and fun. Also, check out our list of recommended Summer 2019 Tokyo Family Friendly Museum Exhibits, kid friendly museums, and indoor activity spots. Remember to apply mosquito repellent and sun protection, and also drink lots of …

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Top Tokyo Summer Fireworks – 2019 Summer

2019 Top Tokyo Summer Fireworks 

Here are our 2019 Top Tokyo Summer Fireworks recommendations. Tokyo area fireworks are a must experience. The sky of Tokyo area will be alive with fireworks once the rainy season passes in mid-July.  I believe one has not experienced Japan until you wear your yukata (cotton kimono) and geta (wooden sandals) …

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Camping in Japan – Five Campgrounds near Tokyo

From Glamping to pitching your own tent we have your top 5 campgrounds near Tokyo covered. Camping in Japan can range from carrying your own camping gear and food to arriving empty-handed at campgrounds offering everything from tents and sleeping bags to tables and cooking utensils, and even food. Enjoy …

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Tokyo Top Hydrangea Gardens and Festivals

Tokyo Top Hydrangea Gardens and Festivals - Top 10 Hydrangea Locations in Tokyo

Blue, purple, green, white and pink hydrangeas, absorb all the beauty at our recommended Tokyo Top Hydrangea Gardens and Festivals..  Hydrangeas are called ajisai in Japanese. Peak blooming time in Japan is June with the seasonal rains and humid air. Hydrangea has a long history in Japan and is well …

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June 15 & 16, 2019 Tokyo Weekend Family Events and Activities

Japanese Iris, Best Living Japan

Here are our recommended June 15 & 16, 2019 Tokyo Weekend Family Events and Activities. Rain is in the forecast for tomorrow. A good time to check out our list of recommended kid friendly museums, Tokyo Area Adventure Sports and Activity Centers and indoor activity spots. Rainy days are sometimes the best for …

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