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Tokyo Weekend April 18 – 19, 2015 Recommended Activities

Knock on wood for a sunny Tokyo Weekend April 18-19, 2015. There are quite a few great activities and events this weekend. Two great International school festivals and the Akasaka Yabusame Festival this Saturday. On Sunday try Earth Day in Yoyogi Park or visit the 21-21 Design Sight Measurement exhibit or the Gabriel Orozco exhibit at the Museum of Contemporary Art before they both close in May!  If the weather holds, try to visit a Temple antique and flea market.

Tokyo Weekend April 18 – 19, 2015 Recommended Activities

1. Tokyo International School Cherry Blossom Fair (Minami Azabu, Minato-ku) – Saturday, April 18th from 11:00 – 15:00 (rain or shine!)  – This is the first Spring festival of the season. There will be over 11 countries foods represented, many music and performing arts, a great flea market with kids and adult clothing and raffle. Raffle prizes include designer bags (Prada and Coach), airline flights to Hong Kong and much, much more. Proceeds will support projects for the children aected by the earthquake in Tohoku as well as enrich the learning environment of our children at TIS. I attended this fair last year and found my favourite foods and great toddler clothes for Baby. Easy to access on the bus from Shinagawa or Shibuya and also a 5 min walk from Shirogane-Takanawadai station. For more info click here.  Tokyo International School 2-13-6 Minami Azabu, Minato-ku, Tokyo 106-0047

2. Aoba International Spring Carnival (Hikarigaoka, Nerima) – Saturday, April 18th from 11:00 – 15:00 (rain or shine!)  – Join Aoba Intl for the 15th annual Spring Carnival! Enjoy a variety of games and activities at different booths, sample food and drink from around the world, and enter to win fabulous prizes! For more info click here. 7-5-1 Hikarigaoka, Nerima-ku, Tokyo 179-0072.


3. Yabusame Festival Tokyo Weekend April 18 – 19, 2015 @ Denbouin Temple (Sumida Park, Akasaka) – Saturday April 18th, 13:00 – Yabusame is the art of mounted archery which has existed in Japan since the 12th century, and supposedly originated in Kamakura. This festivities begin with a parade from the temple to the Yabusame  field. Grab yourself a spot along the course and watch the arrows fly. These mounted archers are quite amazing both for speed, agility and accuracy. The rider who hit three targets is awarded high donors at a beautiful ceremony at the end.

4. Exhibit “Measuring: This much. That much. How much?” at 21-21 Design Sight (Roppongi)  – running until May 31, 2015 – I attended the present exhibit “Measuring: This much. That much. How much?” with my son who does not like math so much. He and I had a great time thinking about how area, weight, speed, etc. are measured. Great exhibit to take tweens or teens. The Measuring exhibit will run until May 31st, 2015.  Combine a trip to 21-21 Design Sight with a visit to the Suntory Museum in Mid-town. For more info about 21-21 Design Sight click here.

Address:9-7-6 Akasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo 
Phone: 03-3475-2121
Open days and hours: Open Wednesday – Monday (closed Tuesday); 11:00 – 20:00 (Entrance until 19:30)
Cost: Adults 1,000 yen, university student 800 yen, high and junior high school student 500 yen, ages 12 and under free
Access: 5 min walk from Roppongi station (exit 6) on the Toei Oedo Line, and  Nogizaka station (exit 3) on the Chiyoda Line


5. Gabriel Orozco: Inner Cycles at the Museum of Contemporary Art (Koto-ku) – running until May 10th, 2015 – There are only a few more weeks until this show closes. Recommend you visit and stop by Kyosumi Park and Blue Bottle Coffee along the way.

Gabriel Orozco (born 1962) is a Mexican artist, but a nomad of the world having studies in Spain and constantly traveling. What impressed me the most is his ability to use and explore drawing, photography, sculpture and installation. There are examples of all mediums in this exhibit. In 1998, Francesco Bonami called him “one of the most influential artists of this decade, and probably the next one too.”  His artwork has been show at the Museum of Modern Art in New York , Guggenheim in New York, Centre Pompidou in Paris , and the Tate Modern in London .  My favourite pieces were My Hands are My Heart, Ping Pond Table and Sleeping Dog.  The Museum has a lovely cafe for lunch and also a very nice museum boutique filled with books, t-shirts and such.

Address: Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, 3F, 4-1-1 Miyoshi, Koto-ku, Tokyo
Telephone: 03-5777-8600
Date and Times: January 24 – May 10, 2015 / closed Mon (except for May 4) & May 7
Cost: To see the Orozco exhibit and also the permanent collection; adults 1,100 yen, college students and seniors 800 yen, high school and junior high students 600 yen, children free
Access: 13 min walk from Kiyosumi-Shirakawa station (exit A3) on the Oedo line.
Notes: Wifi is available. Stroller and wheelchair friendly.
6. Earth Day Tokyo Spring 2015  Earth Day Tokyo is a fun family event.  Over 200 booths sell and display products and services that are eco and crafty. Very fun, and impossible to walk way empty-handed. Lots of good food and drink. There is also a good music line-up to keep you dancing and warm. Kids will definitely enjoy a few hours wandering the stalls with parents. Also, if you visit at night, the candle-lit stalls are very pretty to view. If the weather is nice, enjoy a good weekend walk to Yoyogi Park and enjoy the Earth Day Tokyo event this weekend.
Address: Yoyogi Park, 2-1 Yoyogi Kamizounocho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Dates and Open hours: April 18 -19, 10:00-18:00 (some booths close at 17:00)
Access: Harajuku Station (Yamanote line), Yoyogi-Koen Station (Chiyoda line), Yoyogi-Hachiman station (Odakyu line)
Website: http://www.earthday-tokyo.org/2015/04/13/1662 (Japanese language only)

Tokyo Weekend April 18 – 19, 2015 Recommended Activities


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