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November 24 & 25, 2018 Tokyo Weekend Family Events and Activities

Happy American Thanksgiving!! Here are our recommended November 24 & 25, 2018 Tokyo Weekend Family Events and Activities. Mixed Autumn weekend forecasted – cold rain on Saturday and clear skies Sunday. Saturday would be a great day to check out a new indoor play center, roller skate at Tokyo Dome or warm up and relax at the Oedo Onsen Monogatari. Sunday venture out and view the Autumn Foliage in Tokyo – 8 Best LocationsChrysanthemum Festivals and holiday illuminations, go Sweet Potato Digging, take a day trip out of Tokyo, or Search For Japanese Treasures Amongst Fall Foliage at these Antique Markets.

Also, sign up for one or more of our great selection of classes the rest of November. Have a great long weekend!

Laugh, Learn & Live! – The Best Living Japan Moms

1. Franciscan Chapel Center’s Persian Rug Sales – beautiful rugs from Kashmir and Persia will on sale in the basement. Come find exquisite gifts for the holiday season.

Franciscan Chapel Center’s Persian Rug Sales
Date & Time: Saturday & Sunday, November 24 & 25th
Address: 4-2-37 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Cost: free admission
Access: 5 min walk from Roppongi Station
Website: http://franciscanchapelcentertokyo.org (in English)
Toilets: yes
Child friendly: yes

2. BIO Kids Event at Hanegi Park – Great event for kids of all ages. An eco-friendly with all types of crafts and activities for kids, bio-friendly items for sale and for free. Expect your kids to get a bit dirty playing! This will be a good weekend to play in a park so why not visit Hanegi Play Park for the Bio Kids Event.
Event Date: Sunday, November 25, 2018
Time: 10:00 – 15:00
Hanegi Park Address: 4 – 38 – 52 No. 2, Setagaya Ward, Tokyo
Access: 5 minute walk from Umegaoka station on the Odakyu Line;  5 minute walk from Higashi Matsubara station on the Inokashira line; 5 minute walk from North exit of the Odakyu Bass Umegaoka station; 7 minute walk from the Tokyu Bus Daita 4-chome stop.

3. The Jingugaien Icho Festival (Aoyama, Minato-ku, Tokyo)  – As mentioned in the eight best locations for autumn foliage article Icho Namiki (Ginko Avenue in Aoyama) is a magnificent location for viewing the brilliant yellow colors. At the end the main road there is an Icho Festival that is running now through Sunday, Dec 2nd. Over 40 food, beverage and lifestyle stores will participate serving all types of Autumn matsuri (festival) delicacies. While you`re there visit Niko Niko Park and stop in Shake Shack for all-natural 100% hormone-free Angus Beef Burgers.

Date & Time: Now until Sunday, December 2nd 10:00 – 17:30
Address: 2 Kasumigaoka-machi, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
Cost: free admission
Access: 3 mins walk from Aoyama- Itchome station on the Ginza or Hanzomon Lines.
Website: http://www.jingugaien-ichomatsuri.jp/ (in Japanese)

4. The 1st “Russian Festival” in Yoyogi ParkEnjoy Russian food, music, songs, dance and fashion under the foliage at the 1st Russian Festival. While you`re there combine your visit and meet ponies, visit the Bike Park in Yoyogi Park or play in the Mud Park.  Have fun!

Dates: Saturday & Sunday, November 24th & 25th, 2018
Times: 12:00 to 17:00
Access: 5 min walk from Harajuku Station (Yamanote line)
Address: Yoyogi Park Zelkova trees
Website: https://www.itacafe.com/

December 2017 Tokyo Antique & Flea Markets

5. Antique Fair at Tsukinomiya Shrine (Urawa, Saitama) – A very big antique show with over 150 sellers, heavily focused on traditional Japanese antiques and house goods. A bit of a hike from downtown Tokyo but worth the effort. The shrine does not have the traditional tori gate or protective lions; instead it has a pair of stone rabbits.  The shrine is called Tsuki Jinja in short by people of Urawa. “Tsuki” means the moon in Japan, and in the old days, people believed a rabbit lived on the moon.
Dates: Saturday, November 24th, 2018
Times: 7:00 to 15:30
What is for sale: 150 sellers: heavy merchandise focus on traditional Japanese antiques and house goods
Parking: public parking only
Access: 3 min walk from Urawa station on the JR Keihan Tohoku Line
Address: 3-17 Kishicho, Urawa-ku, Saitama
Website:  http://ichigoichie.moo.jp/furusato.html (Japanese language only)
Telephone: 048-875-5156 (Japanese language only)

6. Tama Antique Fair (Tachikawa, Tokyo)  – Tama Antique Fair is held at Suwa Shrine in Tachikawa on the 4th Sunday every month except for in August. The fair opened in 2002 by the members of Yaho Tenkai that has a high reputation as a group of antique dealers in this area. Visitors can relax and enjoy the antique fair that is held inside the quiet compound of the beautiful Shinto shrine that has long been revered as a guardian god of the area of Tachikawa.
Date: Sunday, November 25th, 2018
Time: 7:00 to 16:00
What is for sale: 50 sellers of Japanese antiques to toys and artNogizaka Shrine & Antique Fair www.bestlivingjapan.com
Parking: space for 80 cars but fills up early
Access: 10 minutes walk from the south exit of JR Tachikawa Station on Chuo Line.
Address: 1-5-15 Shibasakicho, Tachikawa, Tokyo 190-0023
Phone: 042-522-5806 (Tachikawa Suwa Shrine, Japanese language only)
Website: http://www.suwajinja.or.jp/ (Shrine website)

7. Nogi Shrine Fair (Roppongi, Tokyo) – Although a smaller market with about 40 sellers, the quality of the Nogizaka Shrine & Antique Fair www.bestlivingjapan.comselection is higher-end catering to the large number of foreign shoppers. The Nogi Shrine is also very interesting;  dedicated to General Maresuke Nogi (1840-1912). Nogi was a great soldier and a hero of the Meiji period. He commanded the Imperial Army and took Port Arthur from Russia in 1905 at the same time he lost both his sons in the combat. On the day of the funeral of Emperor Meiji in 1912, he and his wife took their lives.
Date: Sunday, November 25th, 2018
Times: 9:00 to 15:00 p.m.
What is for sale: 40 sellers: 2/3 Japanese antiques and crafts and 1/3 other
Parking: none available
Train station: 3 min walk from Nogizaka sta. on the Chiyoda line
Address: 8-11-27 Akasaka, Minato-ku
Website: http://www.nogijinja.or.jp  (Shrine website, Japanese language only)

November 2018 Classes @ The Best Living Japan Studio in Minami Azabu

TUE. November 27
Plant Based Cooking– Burgers & BurritosRaquel
THU. November 27
Wagara Painting – Christmas Tree Necklace and EarringsMichiko
WED. November 28
Kids Cooking 1st – 3rd Grade–Handmade Pasta & Pasta Sauce, Chocolate Chip CookiesTBD
WED. November 28
Kids Cooking 4th – 6th Grade–Handmade Pasta & Pasta Sauce, Chocolate Chip CookiesTBD
THU. November 29
Japanese Cooking – Nabe (Hot Pot)Yuki
THU. November 29
Cookie Decorating– Holiday CookiesSilviya
FRI. November 30
Japanese Cooking – SukiyakiYuki
FRI. November 30
Chabako – Japanese Tea BoxLinda


November 24 & 25, 2018 Tokyo Weekend Family Events and Activities


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