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November 4 & 5, 2017 Tokyo Weekend Family Events and Activities

November 4 & 5, 2017 Tokyo Weekend Family Events and Activities should be enjoyed outdoors. Layer up, put on your walking shoes, get out and enjoy the cool, crisp air. Visit these Tokyo Area 2017 Chrysanthemum FestivalsAutumn Foliage in Tokyo – 8 Best Locations, go Sweet Potato Digging, take a day trip out of Tokyo, or Search For Japanese Treasures Amongst Fall Foliage at these Antique Markets. Laugh Learn & Live! – Lauren & Sandra

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  1. Tokyo Union Church Asian Furniture Sale (Omotesando, Tokyo) – Thursday, November 2nd  – Saturday 4th  – Looking for that special piece of furniture for your apartment or some great holiday gifts? At this sale, you will find both beautifully crafted Asian furniture and home decor items and also hand-sewn Christmas decorations by Ah-Sew!  Combine a trip to the Tokyo Union Church Asian Furniture Sale with a walk through Meiji Jingu this weekend to see the cute kids in 7-5-3 kimonos and beautiful foliage. 

Tokyo Union Church Asian Furniture Sale Details
Dates: 
Thursday, November 2 – Saturday, November 4
Times: 
10:00 – 17:00
Address: 
Tokyo Union Church,  5-7-7 Jingumae, Shibuya 150-0001 (on the main Omotesando street)
Cost: 
Free admission
Access:
 5 min walk from A1 exit of Omotesando Station
Child-friendly: 
kid friendly but watch hands-on fragile items

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2. Deutschland Fest (Roppongi, Tokyo) – We attended this event last year and really enjoyed the great food and activities. We made grapes out of marzipan which was fun and yummy! The Fest is supported by the German Embassy and many German and multi-national November 4 & 5, 2017 Tokyo Weekend Family Events and Activitiescompanies. Enjoy a variety of beer, sausages and other German food, while you review German products and enjoy German music. Really a great family outing!

Deutschland Fest Event Details
Dates: Thursday, November 2 – Sunday, November 5
Times: 11:00 – 20:00
Address: Aoyama Park (South ground area) 7-23 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Cost: Free admission
Access: 5 min walk from Nogizaka sat on the Chiyoda line, or 5 mins walk from Roppongi sat exit #4, Also 5 min walk from Aoyama station
Website: http://www.deutschlandfest.com/ (in Japanese only)
Toilets: Portable toilets will be available
Child friendly: very kid friendly but strollers difficult due to crowds.

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3. Tokyo Motor Show 2017 (Ariake) – This is the last weekend to visit the Tokyo Motor Show. The Tokyo Motor show is reported as the largest motor show in the World. This year’s theme is “Beyond the Motor.” The show is full of cars entering the market as well as 100% concept cars that may never get made but are so cool to stretch the November 4 & 5, 2017 Tokyo Weekend Family Events and Activities - Tokyo motor showimagination. Take your kids with a camera and drawing pad to invent their own car on the ride home! Same day tickets are 1,800 JPY for Adults; 600 JPY for Sr. high school students; elementary school and under FREE.

45th Tokyo Motor Show Event Details
Dates: Till Sunday, November 5th, 2017
Times: Mon.-Sat., and Holiday 10:00~20:00; Sundays10:00~18:00
Address: Tokyo Big Sight, 3-11-1 Ariake, Koto-ku, Tokyo [http://www.bigsight.jp/english/Website:http://www.tokyo-motorshow.com/en/
Toilets: public toilets available
Child friendly: kid friendly and stroller friendly

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Tokyo Farmers Market, Best Living Japan4. The Farmers Market at the UN University – Love wondering through the farmers market at the UN University between Omotesando and Shibuya stations. Over 70 vendors come to sell their fresh produce, honey, rice and more. This weekend there will be special food from Aomori. There are also food and drink trucks for hearty appetites. A lot of the produce is also organic. This time of year, you will find delicious mushroom, pumpkins, and sweet potatoes. Try these recipes for pumpkin and sweet potatoes. Enjoy the fresh season harvest. 

Address: 5-53-70 Jingue Mae, Shibuya, Tokyo
Phone: 03-5459-4934
Hours: Saturday & Sunday 10:00 – 16:00
Cost: free admission
Access: 5 min walk from Omotesando station or 7 min walk from Shibuya station
Website: http://farmersmarkets.jp (in Japanese only)
Toilets: No toilets
Child friendly: Stroller friendly, lots of samples for kids to nibble, also wheelchair friendly

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5. Yebisu Garden Place Christmas Marche (Ebisu)Enjoy the European-style Christmas market under the thousands of Garden Place LED Illuminations and famous Baccarat chandelier. A great spot to pick up last minute Holiday decorations and gifts and enjoy the array of continental cuisine. While you`re there visit our Tokyo One Day Itinerary: Ebisu Area with Kids
Event Date & Time:
November 3 – December 25th; 12:00-20:00 daily
Address:
Ebisu Garden Place, 4-20 Ebisu, Shibuya-ku
Website: 
https://gardenplace.jp/special/2017christmas/marche/

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6. Walk in Meiji Jingu Shrine and see children dressed in kimono celebrating 7-5-3 (Yoyogi, Tokyo)

Shichi go san Meiji Jingu ShrineNovember is the month of foliage in Tokyo, but also the month that girls ages 7 & 3 and boys aged 5 celebrate coming of age. November 15th is the actual date of 7-5-3, but families celebrate by dressing up the children and visiting shrines across Japan throughout the month of November. You can find children celebrating at most major shrines, however, Meiji Jingu is one of the most popular.  If you are interested in celebrating, you can find details on kimono rentals and shrines here. Also this month there is a chrysanthemum exhibit in Meiji Jingu  Shrine to enjoy.

gazone studioMore details on Shichi-Go-San (七五三, lit. “Seven-Five-Three”) from wikipedia. 7-5-3 is a traditional rite of passage and festival day in Japan for three and seven-year-old girls and five-year-old boys, held annually on November 15 to celebrate the growth and well-being of young children. As it is not a national holiday, it is generally observed on the nearest weekend. Shichi-Go-San is said to have originated in the Heian Period amongst court nobles who would celebrate the passage of their children into middle childhood. The ages 3, 5 and 7 are consistent with East Asian numerology, which claims that odd numbers are lucky. The practice was set to the fifteenth of the month during the Kamakura Period. Over time, this tradition passed to the samurai class who added a number of rituals. Children—who up until the age of three were required by custom to have shaven heads—were allowed to grow out their hair. Boys of age five could wear hakama for the first time while girls of age seven replaced the simple cords they used to tie their kimono with the traditional obi. By the Meiji Period, the practice was adopted amongst commoners as well and included the modern ritual of visiting a shrine to drive out evil spirits and wish for a long healthy life.

Meiji Jingu Shrine Information
Opening Days: open every day
Times: November open 6:10 to 16:10
Address: Meiji Jingu, 1-1 Yoyogi-Kamizono-cho, Shibuya-ku,
Cost: free admission
Access: 5-minute walk from Harajuku station
Website: http://www.meijijingu.or.jp/english/ (in English)
Toilets: public toilets about a 10-minute walk into the shrine park area, and then at the shrine
Child-friendly: yes, but path is pebbles so strollers with small tires do not work well

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