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Tobu Hybrid Park Halloween Night Zoo | SUGITO

Updated September 28th:

On the nights of October 8th, 9th, 10th, 15th, 16th, 22nd, 23rd, 29th and 30th you can enjoy a NIGHT ZOO, HALLOWEEN version at the Tobu Zoo. The zoo will open until 8 pm.

Within those dates, the Sundays (9th, 16th, 23rd and 30th) as well as Bank Holiday Monday the 10th of October, there will be a Starlight Zoo Parade, Halloween version. The staff and animals will be in costume.

There will be a night mini talk from the Bear Keeper on the Saturdays of the night zoo (8th, 15th, 22nd and 29th). For each of the nights of the Night Zoo there will be dinner feeding of penguins, elephants and white tigers, which costs 500 yen per team. The Heartful Garden will be lit up with night illumination during the period of the night zoo.  There are other events within the amusement park also.

The 30th is the main night for Halloween celebration. More information here:

Halloween Party @ Tobu Zoo | SUGITO

Event page (Japanese only):
https://www.tobuzoo.com/event/details/1143/

Access:

Tobu Hybrid Park Halloween Night Zoo | SUGITO

Updated September 28th:

On the nights of October 8th, 9th, 10th, 15th, 16th, 22nd, 23rd, 29th and 30th you can enjoy a NIGHT ZOO, HALLOWEEN version at the Tobu Zoo. The zoo will open until 8 pm.

Within those dates, the Sundays (9th, 16th, 23rd and 30th) as well as Bank Holiday Monday the 10th of October, there will be a Starlight Zoo Parade, Halloween version. The staff and animals will be in costume.

There will be a night mini talk from the Bear Keeper on the Saturdays of the night zoo (8th, 15th, 22nd and 29th). For each of the nights of the Night Zoo there will be dinner feeding of penguins, elephants and white tigers, which costs 500 yen per team. The Heartful Garden will be lit up with night illumination during the period of the night zoo.  There are other events within the amusement park also.

The 30th is the main night for Halloween celebration. More information here:

Halloween Party @ Tobu Zoo | SUGITO

Event page (Japanese only):
https://www.tobuzoo.com/event/details/1143/

Access:

Tobu Hybrid Park Halloween Night Zoo | SUGITO

Updated September 28th:

On the nights of October 8th, 9th, 10th, 15th, 16th, 22nd, 23rd, 29th and 30th you can enjoy a NIGHT ZOO, HALLOWEEN version at the Tobu Zoo. The zoo will open until 8 pm.

Within those dates, the Sundays (9th, 16th, 23rd and 30th) as well as Bank Holiday Monday the 10th of October, there will be a Starlight Zoo Parade, Halloween version. The staff and animals will be in costume.

There will be a night mini talk from the Bear Keeper on the Saturdays of the night zoo (8th, 15th, 22nd and 29th). For each of the nights of the Night Zoo there will be dinner feeding of penguins, elephants and white tigers, which costs 500 yen per team. The Heartful Garden will be lit up with night illumination during the period of the night zoo.  There are other events within the amusement park also.

The 30th is the main night for Halloween celebration. More information here:

Halloween Party @ Tobu Zoo | SUGITO

Event page (Japanese only):
https://www.tobuzoo.com/event/details/1143/

Access:

Tobu Hybrid Park Halloween Night Zoo | SUGITO

Updated September 28th:

On the nights of October 8th, 9th, 10th, 15th, 16th, 22nd, 23rd, 29th and 30th you can enjoy a NIGHT ZOO, HALLOWEEN version at the Tobu Zoo. The zoo will open until 8 pm.

Within those dates, the Sundays (9th, 16th, 23rd and 30th) as well as Bank Holiday Monday the 10th of October, there will be a Starlight Zoo Parade, Halloween version. The staff and animals will be in costume.

There will be a night mini talk from the Bear Keeper on the Saturdays of the night zoo (8th, 15th, 22nd and 29th). For each of the nights of the Night Zoo there will be dinner feeding of penguins, elephants and white tigers, which costs 500 yen per team. The Heartful Garden will be lit up with night illumination during the period of the night zoo.  There are other events within the amusement park also.

The 30th is the main night for Halloween celebration. More information here:

Halloween Party @ Tobu Zoo | SUGITO

Event page (Japanese only):
https://www.tobuzoo.com/event/details/1143/

Access:

Day 4 in a maternity hotel

“Day 4” was the fifth and final day of my postpartum hospital stay for a vaginal birth on baby #4 (as the day you give birth is day zero). On the day you get released the hospital treats you to a hairdo in the hair salon on the 3rd floor. It involves a wash, head massage, hot towel treatment and blow dry. My appointment was at 9.30am giving me time to have an hour long sleep before it. It was much needed as I was up more than normal with little girl during the night. At least I remembered to take a photo of the garden illuminated by night, it just didn’t turn out well enough to post!

Part of the room
Part of the room

After my hair appointment I collected baby from the baby room and went to the last “nursing class”. Each day you are asked to join at least one session of group nursing, so the nurses can monitor your progress with breastfeeding. There are two main sessions each day at 1pm and 4pm, but on day 1 and day 4 for natural births, (day 3 and day 8 for caesarean) there is a session at 10am. You don’t have to arrive exactly on time, sometime in the hour is fine and up to 15 minutes early is also okay. We got some free samples on our last session. It was back to the room after, to put on make up and get changed and to gather all the presents and bags to come home with us.  Above the sleeping and sitting area of the room after the clean out. The sofa doubles as a bed, which you can pay to have made up for your spouse or family member to stay. If they do stay there is a family shower room separate to the shower rooms for patients. Each patient is also entitled to three “present dishes”; 3 free meals for a person of their choice, during your stay. You can use them or pay for meals for guests.

Fuji View where meals are served
Fuji View where meals are served

I used my “present dishes” on the lunch on day 4 with my husband and our 2 year old. MIL was supposed to use the 3rd present meal, but in the end she couldn’t come for the meal. I opted for a “children’s plate” for my 2 year old. There are 5 choices including an onigiri plate, curry or spaghetti. I opted for the latter. The portion size was very decent. A child of up to 10 would be happy with the size I think. It came with soup, salad and a dessert. Her table mat was a colouring page with colouring pencils available on lend. She also received a special treat of sweets in a plastic shaped pumpkin container as day 4 was Halloween.

Japanese noodles, lunch on day 4
Japanese noodles, lunch on day 4
Kids plate
Kids plate

She wasn’t the only one to receive a present; as luck would have it, every table in the Fuji View Lounge had a parcel at it. Inside was a lovely Halloween babygrow for newborns. That wasn’t the last present either. When you get discharged you receive a beautiful “birthday” cake, the professional photo taken of the baby on day 1 or 2 with a CD copy, and baby is wrapped in Keiai’s famous baby towel. We said emotional goodbyes and there ended a wonderful five day stay in a maternity “hotel”.

Halloween present
Halloween present
2 year old insisted on looking after the cake, so it got a little battered on the journey home! It still tasted delicious though :-)
2 year old insisted on looking after the cake, so it got a little battered on the journey home! It still tasted delicious though 🙂

The official website of Keiai hospital is http://www.keiaihospital.or.jp/

DISCLAIMER: I had the most wonderful pregnancy and birthing experiences at Keiai Maternity Hospital, but before choosing any maternity hospital I recommend that you check it meets your personal requirements.

Halloween winding down in Japan

You can currently see plenty of halloween displays, food and goods for sale all over Japan, often in the least expected places, but the peak of Halloween is almost over. Halloween goods are sold as early as the end of August in Japan, but they also come off the shelves earlier than expected.  You can already see Halloween goods being discounted in some of the larger foreign stores, such as Babies-r-us, a sure indication that they will be removed shortly. Similarly, the 100 yen shops typically cease to restock their halloween wares from the middle of October.

100 yen shop halloween goods
100 yen shop halloween goods
Halloween items are only a 100 yen each
Halloween items are only a 100 yen each
Halloween goods at the 100 yen shop (approximately 1 Euro or Dollar)
Halloween goods at the 100 yen shop (approximately 1 Euro or Dollar)

Apart from the costumes and knick knacks that are sold during September in Japan, you can also buy seasonal halloween food.

Halloween Kitty Chan donuts by Mr Donuts
Halloween Kitty Chan donuts by Mr Donuts
Baskin Robbins Halloween treats
Baskin Robbins Halloween treats
Famous cake shop Fujiya's character, Peko-chan, dressed up for Halloween
Famous cake shop Fujiya’s character, Peko-chan, dressed up for Halloween
Fujiya halloween treats
Fujiya halloween treats
Peko chan halloween roll at Fujiya
Peko chan halloween roll at Fujiya
Fujiya's halloween bakes and cakes
Fujiya’s halloween bakes and cakes

Now is the time to get a snap of the various halloween displays as chances are they will be gone by Halloween day.

Halloween display in my local fishmongers!
Halloween display in my local fishmongers!
Halloween display at a maternity hospital
Halloween display at a maternity hospital
Halloween display at Mr Donuts, for taking your photo
Halloween display at Mr Donuts, for taking your photo
Halloween display for taking photos at Babies-r-us
Halloween display for taking photos at Babies-r-us

For more on Halloween in Japan

See how international families in Japan celebrate here:
http://kajapan.org/general/ka-familes-celebrate-halloween/

On this blog
Halloween goods at the 100 yen shop
Halloween parade in Kanagawa prefecture
Halloween books
Halloween easy craft

On other blogs
Halloween bentos on kajapan.org
Halloween crafts on Kajapan.org

 

2 minute easy paper cup craft – Ghosts

I got this simple Halloween craft idea from our local jido centre, which is like a free children’s community centre. All you need is a papercup, scissors, a black marker (or black paper and glue) and a piece of string or wool or a cut elastic band for hanging. You can use strips of coloured paper, as per photo, for extra effect.You will also need glue if you wish to do that.

Simply cut about an inch into the paper cup at regular intervals. Bend the cut strips up a little. Draw on eyes. We decided to glue on paper eyes. I let my 4 year old and 2 year old do the first steps themselves. I obviously recommend you supervise the cutting part. For the hanging hole I suggest an adult cuts the hole in the top of the paper cup. My 4 year old was able to thread the string through. I tied it in a knot inside the cup, but you could use tape to secure it. The kids cut their own strips of paper to add and glued them on themselves.

Both 2 and 4 year old really enjoyed this craft. 4 year old was able to follow my example easily and his finished ghost was far better than expected. He was chuffed with himself and both kids were delighted with their paper cup Halloween ghosts!

Halloween Books for kids

There is a wonderful list of Halloween books available on the kajapan.org website. The list of the best English books about Halloween was compiled from the suggestions of the wonderful Moms behind the KA website.

http://kajapan.org/general/halloween-book-collection/

Preview


Goodnight Goon


Room on the Broom


What’s in the Witch’s Kitchen


Go Away, Big Green Monster

 

See the full list at http://kajapan.org/general/halloween-book-collection/

Halloween goods at Daiso 100 yen store

There’s a great selection of Halloween goods at Daiso, one of the better known 100 yen shops in Japan. A 100 yen shop is roughly equivalent to a one pound/ euro / dollar store. They carry a huge range of goods most of which are quite decent quality. I took these photos covertly with an old mobile phone so the quality isn’t great, but you get an idea of the range available. One thing to note about Halloween produce in Japan; its stocked early, but they also take it off the shelves early too. I’ve been caught out a couple of times by waiting to the week before Halloween to shop for these seasonal items. This particular Daiso is in Wakaba Walk in Sakado.

Halloween Event Saitama; Trick or Treat in English

Halloween trick or treat

There is an English school in Kawaguchi holding a free Trick or Treat event, with free candy, for upto 20 families on the 27th of October from 14.00 to 15.00. It is for children from 3 years old to grade 6 of primary school. The contact name is Chisaka Ninomiya and the contacts given are

Tel : 090-5416-7460
Email address: chisaka.ninomiya@gmail.com
Address: 1541 Tsuji, Kawaguchi, Saitama Prefecture 334-0004

DISCLAIMER: I FOUND INFORMATION FOR THIS EVENT ONLINE. I HAVE NOTHING TO DO WITH THE SCHOOL OR THE CONTACT PERSON! The Japanese website is; http://ameblo.jp/sesamehatogayatsuji