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March Last Week to April First Week
3/26 Monday – 4/8 Sunday | Fuchu Sakura Festival
 
During the last week of March and first week of April, a cherry blossom festival will be held on the northern side of Fuchu Station. For the festival a number of stalls and events gather as well as a special light-up of more than 300 sakura trees which create a gorgeous tunnel. On the 1st (Sun) a “ta-te” show (theatrical combat of Japanese swordplay) performed by the students of a “ta-te” dojo (school) will take place at Fuchu Park.
     
[Date] March 26th (Mon) - April 8th (Sun)
[Place]   Fuchu Park and area
1-chome Sengencho & 2-chome Midoricho, Fuchu City, Tokyo
[Access]   10-min-walk from Higashi Fuchu Station: Keio Line
[Admission]   Free
[Inquiry]   042-364-3611 (Fuchu City Cultural Center)
bunkomyu01@city.fuchu.tokyo.jp
(Fuchu City Bureau of Cultural Communication)
[URL]   http://www.city.fuchu.tokyo.jp/
(Fuchu City Official Website, 36th Sakura Matsuri Information Page, Japanese)
http://www.city.fuchu.tokyo.jp/english/
(Fuchu City Official Website, English)
http://www.takase-dojo.com/ 
(Takase Dojo, Japanese)
     
 
3/30 Friday – 4/1 Sunday | Street Performance – Mime Amuses Hills –
 
From simple acting to surreal tricks, the most entertaining mime performers in Japan invites you to the world of sidesplitting laughter.

<Performers>
Chu-san, Kamiyama, Mami Kano, S’il vous plait, Heterogeneous, Panto Manga, Akira Tsuruoka, Pirikara Zarigani-dan

     
[Date]   March 30th (Fri) – April 1st (Sun)
[Time]   12:00-17:00
[Place]   Roku-Roku Plaza, Museum Cone, Mohri Garden
Roppongi Hills: 6-chome, Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo
[Access]   short walk from Roppongi Station:
Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line, Toei Oedo Line
short walk from Azabu Juban Station: Tokyo Metro Namboku Line
[Admission]   Free
[Inquiry]   03-6406-6000 (Roppongi Hills General Information)
[URL]   http://www.roppongihills.com/jp/events/streetperformance.html
(Roppongi Hills Official Website, Event Information, Japanese)               http://www.roppongihills.com/en/monthly_event/2007_03.html
(Roppongi Hills Official Website, Event Information, English)
     
 
3/31 Saturday – 4/1 Sunday | 10th Sakura SA*KASO Festival
 
<Sakura SA*KASO> is a cherry blossom viewing festival with the idea of enjoying the event with costumes, and celebrates its 10th anniversary this year. This year the event gains momentum with the cosplay part developing into a cosplay performance competition. See website for more details.
 
     
[Date]   March 31st (Sat) – April 1st (Sun)
[Time]   3/31    10:00-16:00 (tentative)
4/1       10:00-15:00 (tentative)
[Place]   Asukayama Park Event Space
1-1-3 Oji, Kita-ku, Tokyo
[Access]   4-min-walk from Oji Station:
JR Keihin-Tohoku Line, Tokyo Metro Namboku Line
4-min-walk from Asukayama Stop: Toden Arakawa Line (tram)
[Admission]   Free
[Inquiry]   03-3881-2230 (Sakura SA*KASO Matsuri Executive Committee)
[URL]   http://www.netcity.kita.tokyo.jp/sa-kaso/
(Sakura SA*KASO Festival Official Website, Japanese)
     
 
4/1 Sunday | Oedo Antique Fair
 
The Oedo Antique Fair started out in 2003 as part of the 400th anniversary projects of the foundation of Edo, with the purpose of bringing back open cheeriness to the Marunouchi are which is known more as a business district today. Though it is a very young event, the fair gathers approximately 50,000 visitors each time and the number of vendors ranging from 150 to 250. Now it has become an antique fair with one of the largest scales in Japan. From antique fans to Marunouchi business people, shoppers and tourists from not only all over Japan but from the world stop by just to enjoy the festive atmosphere or to find a hidden treasure.
 
     
[Date]   April 1st (Sun)
(held every first and third weekends of the month)
[Time]   9:00-16:00 (cancelled if rains)
[Place]   Tokyo International Forum outside space
3-5-1 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
[Access]   1-min-walk from Yurakucho Station:
JR Yamanote/ Keihin-Tohoku Lines, Tokyo Metro Yurakucho Line
5-min-walk from Tokyo Station: JR Lines, Tokyo Metro Lines
[Admission]   Free
[Inquiry]   03-5805-1093 (Medissue)
[URL]   http://www.medissue.co.jp/oedo-antique/jp/index.html
(Oedo Antique Market Official Website, Japanese)
4/1 Sunday | Ukiyoe and Chirimen Paper – Chirimen Paper Making Demonstration
 
Related to the special exhibition “Ukiyoe and Chirimen Paper” at the Paper Museum, an actual demonstration of how the traditional Japanese paper “chirimen” are made will take place this day.
The sight of the craftsmen making a smooth flat sheet of paper into a wrinkled chirimen using stencil and compressors (momidai) is amusing as well as amazing. This is a very precious occasion as not many who can make chirimen are left today.
 
     
[Date]   April 1st (Sun)
[Time]   13:00-15:00 (the museum is open 10:00-17:00, last entry 16:30)
[Place]   Paper Museum (inside Asukayama Park)
1-1-3 Oji, Kita-ku, Tokyo
[Access]   5-min-walk from JR Oji Station South Exit: JR Keihin-Tohoku Line
7-min-walk from Nishigahara Station: Tokyo Metro Namboku Line
[Admission]   (for the Paper Museum)
Adults… JPY300 / Children (6-18 years old)… JPY100
(Three museums common ticket: Paper Museum, Shibusawa Memorial Foundation, Asukayama Museum)
Adults… JPY720 / Children… JPY240
[Inquiry]   03-3916-2320
[URL]   http://www.papermuseum.jp/
(Paper Museum Official Website, Japanese)
http://www.shibusawa.or.jp/english/index.html
(Shibuasawa Ei’ichi Memorial Foundation, English)
http://www.city.kita.tokyo.jp/misc/history/museum/
(Kita City Asukayama Museum, Japanese)
[Lecturer]   Chirimen Master Arasawa Goro
     
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