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March 2nd & 3rd, 2019 Tokyo Weekend Family Events and Activities

March 2nd & 3rd, 2019 Tokyo Weekend Family Events and Activities

March showers will being April flower – hope so! March 3rd is Japanese Girls Day so enjoy this special day with your lovely ladies.  Here are our Mach 2nd and 3rd, 2019 Tokyo Weekend Family Events and Activities.

March 2nd & 3rd, 2019 Tokyo Weekend Family Events and Activities

Celebrate Japanese Girls' Day (Sunday, March 3rd)1. Celebrate Japanese Girls’ Day (Sunday, March 3rd)

Hinamatsuri (雛祭り), also called Doll’s Day or Girls’ Day, is celebrated on March 3rd and is a special day in Japan, but not a national holiday.  Platforms covered with a red carpet are used to display a set of ornamental dolls (雛人形 hina-ningyō) representing the Emperor, Empress, attendants, and musicians. The dolls are clothed in traditional court dress of the Heian period (794 to 1185). The custom began in the Heian period as a way to remove bad spirits from the house.

Most families celebrate Hinamatsuri by displaying dolls and eating and drinking.  Special delicacies include shirozake (a sake made from fermented rice), pastel-colored hina-arare (bite-sized crackers flavored with sugar or soy sauce) and hishimochi (a diamond-shaped colored rice cake).  The main meal on Hinamatsuri is Chirashizushi (sushi rice flavored with sugar, vinegar, topped with raw fish and a variety of ingredients). Learn more here! 

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March 2nd & 3rd, 2019 Tokyo Weekend Family Events and Activities2. Tokyo Marathon 2019 (Tokyo)
– Cheer on the over 35,000 runners participating in the Tokyo Marathon (42.195 km) this Sunday. The marathon starts at the Shinjuku Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building from 9:00 and ends in Odaiba. Three of the most popular spots are Zojoji Temple in Shiba Koen, Hibiya Park, which is the 10K mark, and Asakusa. This video is pretty cool to watch on the course.

Sunday, March 3rd, 2019

09:05 a.m. – Wheelchair Marathon and 10km Start

09:10 a.m. – Marathon and 10 km Start

10:50 a.m. – 10km Finish

11:10 a.m. – 12:10 p.m. 10km awards ceremony

16:10 p.m. – Marathon Finish

You may also enjoy attending the Tokyo Marathon Expo which runs through Saturday featuring many vendors selling and showcasing their running products. The Expo is at the Tokyo Big Sight, West Hall  3-11-1, Ariake, Koto-ku, Tokyo 135-0063. Free admission and open to the public.


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3. Edo Nagashibina Floating Dolls Ceremony (Asakusa) – For over 1,000 years the people of Edo have been conducting this ceremony of Nagashibina (poured dolls) at Asakusa’s Azumabashi Bridge. The annual ceremony takes place as a tradition to keep children safe and to avoid tragedy. Families enter a lottery months in advance to be one of the chose 1,000 people to release human-shaped dolls into the river to dispel their misfortune. The ceremony also attracts thousands of onlookers.  You will also see dove-shaped balloons that have been released by kimono-clad women floating above the dolls. A fun activity with the kids.

Address: Azumabashi Bridge Shinsui Terrace and Sumida Park, 1-2 Hanakawado, Taito-ku (near Asakusa)

Date of Event: Sunday, March 3rd, 2019: 11:30 am – 2:30 pm

Cost: free to observe

Website: http://taitonavi.jp/enjoy_detail.html?no=107

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4. Pan no Fes 2019 – Bread Festival (Yokohama): If you are a bread loving family, this will be heaven for you. More than 50 bakeries from all over the country will showcase their creations at the Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse this weekend. Get ready to take a bite into and take home fresh breads and pastries. Pan no Fes attracted 120,000 visitors during their three-day event last year. Be prepared for lines. While in the area I recommend you visit some of our families favorites in Yokohama – CupNoodle Museum, Overseas Migration Museum and the Anpanman Museum or travel a bit further to Zoorasia or Kodomo no Kuni. Have fun!

Red Brick Warehouse Details
Event dates and times: Friday, March 1  – Sunday, March 3. Friday & Saturday 11:00 – 19:00 and Sunday 11:00 – 17:00. Note shops will close early if they sell out of bread.
Fees: Free, however entrance to bakery area costs 400 JPY from 11:00 – 14:30
Address: 1-1-2, Shinko, Naka-ku, Yokohama
Phone: 045-227-2002
Access: 10 min walk from JR Keihin Tohoku Negishi Line, or Nihon Odori Station on the Minato Mirai Line
Website: http://pannofes.jp/
Facebook; https://www.facebook.com/pannofes2018/

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5. Heiwajima Antique Show (Ota-ku, Tokyo) – A huge three-day inside antique fair.  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.
Date: Friday, Saturday & Sunday, March 1, 2 & 3, 2019
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

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