This is a free event from the popular children’s brand Miki House. However, you need to secure a ticket in advance. It is an e-ticket and can be acquired through the event website. The site is in Japanese only, but at the bottom of this linked page find the red button with お申し込みこちら and you can fill out details in exchange for an e-ticket which will be sent to the email address you provide.
Miki House Land is an expo of sorts, but essentially a large pop-up shop selling Miki House clothes and goods. There are a number of discounted products as well as seconds which are sold at up to an 80% discount. There are events, including a live stage performance with popular cartoon characters, and a play area for children. Both of which are free.
Got to love the obscure names some Japanese event organisers come up with for pop-up events. “Spaaark!!! I am also a creator” with the sub-line “A gymnastic digital attraction” attempts to reveal the type of event this is, but falls drastically short. Basically Spaaark is a type of computer programming event. And a bit like Team Lab Island uses a mix of virtual reality, projection mapping and new edge technology to stimulate young minds, while simultaneously offering physical activity.
For example, “Kagura”, which is named after a type of Shinto dance, uses futuristic technology to create music through dance moves.
Shikumi design offers kids the chance to make their own pictures on tablets. The pictures are then projected onto a screen which the kids can interact with.
“Springing” allows children to use basic and comprehensible computer programming to create and play games and puzzles. There are also four springing workshops to aid children make the most of the programme. They are scheduled for July 22nd and 23rd and August 2nd and 3rd. The workshops cost an additional 1500 yen per child and are limited to children in 3rd grade or higher.
There are also a couple of activities involving photo editing applications and tablet games and activities.
￥500 for adults and ￥800 yen for children aged between three and junior high school age, or you can get an “Oyako” (Parent and child ticket) for 1200 yen. Children two years old or younger have free entry. Tickets will go on sale from July 1st. They can be purchased at Ticket Pia (P Code 991-059), Lawson Ticket (L Code 32484) and E+.
Toiro of Saitama Super Arena (map in grey details box at bottom of post). 3 minute walk from Saitama Shintoshin station.
This is one of the best sporting events for children of school going age in the Saitama area. You can try a number of different sports in the same day. Almost all of the sports are free to try, there are just a couple you have to pay for.
The Loud Park bouldering, sponsored by Nikken Lease, is one of the free events. They have courses for beginners and intermediate climbers. Viva La Rock also have climbing walls available. They are charging 500 yen per person. Other sports you can try for free include karate, skateboarding, soccer, slackline, basketball, beam rifling and many more.
You can check out all their events in the link in the details (grey) box below.
On the 17th of October there is a Halloween Festival and Gourmet Fair being held in the Saitama Super Arena from 10am to 9pm.
There are special events including a fancy dress competition. You need to be in full costume to enter the competition, just make up and/or a witches hat will not suffice. Registration is on the day, between 11am and 1pm.
The performances include many dance performances in the morning. The costume contest and cosplay show happens mid afternoon from about 3pm. That is followed by some more performances and music.
There is food and service booths as well as a designated kids space.
Saitama Super Arena is a 2 minute walk from JR Saitama shintoshin Station, about a 7 minute walk from JR Kitayono Station and there is parking available. The car park costs 400 円 for the first hour and 200 円 for every subsequent hour.
Saitama Super Arena website: http://www.saitama-arena.co.jp/
Event webpage: http://guts-minuma.net/
Blue lights Symphony, Winter Illumination at Keyaki Hiroba, Saitama Shintoshin
There will also be winter concerts run the week of Christmas in conjunction with this event, please keep an eye on this blog for more information.
Dates: November 2013 to February 14th 2014 Hours: 17.00 – 24.00 Place: The area of keyabi hiroba which is between Saitama Shintoshin and Saitama super arena Price: Free Parking: 400 yen for the 1st hour, 200 yen for each subsequent half hour Address: 2-27 Kamiochiai, Chuo Ward, Saitama City 338-0001 Phone: 048-600-0070 Access: 2 minute walk from JR Saitama shintoshin Station, about a 7 minute walk from JR Kitayono Station
The Keyaki Hiroba is hosting one of its annual beer festivals. It opens on the 2nd of October at 11am. Wednesday through Friday it is open until 9pm, Saturday till 10pm and on the last day, October 6th it closes at 7pm. Access to the Hiroba is free, you can purchase beer and food. There is an excellent choice of beer and Bacardi as well! The event will be cancelled in event of rain. For further information, in Japanese, please visit their website at http://beerkeyaki.jp/
Saitama Super Arena is a 2 minute walk from JR Saitama shintoshin Station, about a 7 minute walk from JR Kitayono Station and there is parking available. However, the car parks are often crowded and costs 400 円 for the first hour and 200 円 for every subsequent hour.