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Leonardo da Vinci Exhibition at Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum in 2013
Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum has held Leonardo da Vinci Exhibition from April 23 2013 to June 30 2013. This exhibition shows “Portrait of Musician” and “Codex Atlantics” for the first time in Japan.
The poster of “portrait of a musician” is at entrance of Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum.
As you know, Leonardo da Vinci was a great Italian painter. And he was also a great scientist. “Portrait of Musician” is one of his great pieces and “Codex Atlantics” is just like memo that he wrote ideas and sketches.
Also this exhibition shows his followers works who called “Leonardeschi”.
Ambrosiana Library and Gallery in Italy has their pieces. Now this is the first time to show that pieces of Ambrosiana Library and Gallery in Japan.
Incidentally, 2013 is the year of “Italy in Japan”. This exhibition is one of events of it.
Leonardo da Vinci Exhibition
- Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum
- April 23 2013 (Tue.) – June 30 (Sun.)
- 9:30 – 17:30 *enter before 17:00
9:30 – 20:00 on Friday. *enter before 19:30
- Monday and May 7 (Tue.) *Open on April 29 and May 6
- Adult: 1,500 yen
- College student: 1,300 yen
- High school student: 800 yen
- Senior (65 and over): 1,000 yen
See also the official website of Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum.
Exterior appearance of Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum.
Display of information counter. Box-office windows are in back.
Next door is Ueno Zoo.
Various colored azaleas are full bloom at Nezu Shrine Azaleas Festival now.
Nezu shrine holds azaleas festival until May 6 2013. White, red, pink, Many kinds of azaleas are full bloom now. Nezu shrine is at old-fashioned town. It is a little west of Ueno and close to Tokyo University. Shogun Tokugawa Tsunayoshi built these building in 1706.
It was a small rainy day. But many people enjoyed azaleas.
Many azaleas are bloom. Torii gateways are in back.
Various breed azaleas are blooming. They are very beautiful.
Nezu Shrine charges 200 yen to enter to its azalea garden. Visitors pay its fee here. Admission to Nezu Shrine is free.
Roumon gate and Shimbashi bridge. This brige is relatively new. It was made in 2006.
This building name is “Haiden”. It enshrine God here. People were in line to pray to God. Haiden is a national important cultural property of Japan.
Small torii gateways stand at short intervals. Every torii is donated to this Nezu Shrine by somebody.
These torii gateways are short and narrow. So tall adult has to pass through them with low head.
Many stands opened in this shrine. This scene is an old fashioned style of Japanese festivals at shrines or temples.
Directions to Nezu Shrine
- It is a 5 minutes-walk from Nezu Station or Sendagi Station of Tokyo Metro Chiyoda Line.
- It is a 5 minutes-walk from Todaimae Station of Tokyo Metro Namboku Line.
- Azaleas Garden opens from 9:00 to 17:30 until May 6.
- See the official website of Nezu Shrine. *The website is in Japanese only.
Tokyo International Forum holds a classical music festival on the beginning of May.
La Folle Journêe au Japon “Days of Enthusiasm” is a classical music festival. World famous musicians of classical music as singers, pianists, guitarists, violinists, other instruments players, and orchestras perform in parallel here and there from morning until night at Tokyo International Forum and Marunouchi from May 3 to May 5.
May 3 to May 5 are public holidays in Japan every year. The beginning of May is comfortable spring climate in Tokyo. Tokyo International Forum hold a classical music festival named La Folle Journêe au Japon “Days of Enthusiasm” from May 3 to May 5 at their Tokyo International Forum and Marunouchi district every year.
The host prepares about 300 performances. 135 performances are fee-based. The remaining performances are free. 90 percent of concerts perform at Tokyo International Forum, the other 10 percents perform at Marunouchi district.
Every paid performances are in 45 minutes, and fee are cheaper for classical music. You can do hopping and crawling many concerts if you are a classical music fan. Of course you can touch lightly classical music when you choose a free performance.
About 500 thousands people will enjoy this event. Tokyo International Forum and Marunouchi district become filled with elegant music. Tokyo International Forum is close to Tokyo Station and Ginza. The Imperial Palace is also near. You can go there by foot. How about listen to classical music for a while?
See the official site of La Folle Journêe au Japon “Days of Enthusiasm”. You can know performers, fee, and time tables.
Tokyo Fan Week is being held at Harajuku and Omote Sando.
From February 1 to February 28, Tokyo Fan Week is being held at Harajuku and Omotesando. When you show the official guide-book at affiliated stores and restaurants, you can receive discounts or special gifts.
Stamp Rally is a rubber stamp hunting game. 11 rubber stamps are set on preset locations at Harajuku and Omotesando. Let’s collect stamps to the official guide-book. When you collect more than 5 stamps, you can draw a lottery. If you win, you will get a special gift.
Free Guided Tour
You will find something on the main street of Harajuku and Omotesando, and on the secret back street with brilliant subculture. Guided course is changed daily. If you want to join the tour, stop at the official counter before 10 minutes from tour start. The tour will start twice a day at 11:30 and 14:00. The tour takes 90 minutes.
- Tokyo’s Secret Back Roads Tour
- Feb. 8, 10, 13, 15, 17 / 11:30 and 14:00 start *twice a day
- Omotesando/Harajuku Main Street Tour
- Feb. 9 ,11, 14, 16 / 11:30 and 14:00 start *twice a day
- Fashionista Tour
- Feb. 12 / 11:30 and 14:00 start *twice a day
More special offers
See official page of Tokyo Fan Week to get more information about Tokyo Fan Week.
Yushima-Tenjin Shrine Plum Festival 2013
Yushima-Tenjin is a shrine well-known as divine favor about learning.
So many students visit this shrine and pray to pass examinations to enter schools or universities where they hope.
They write their wishes on wooden votive tablets called “Ema”, and hang them in the shrine area. “Ema” is sold in the shrine.
By the way, Yushima Tenjin Shrine is one of famous viewing spots of plums.
There are about 300 plums planted there. From mid-February to mid-March, plum festival is held every year. Plums in full bloom will be from late of February to early March.
Yushima-Tenjin Plum Festival 2013
- February 8 – March 8
- 8:00 – 19:30(Admission Free)
- Nearest Station: Yushima Sta. (Chiyoda Line), Ueno-Hirokoji Sta. (Giza Line),Ueno-okachimachi Sta.(Oed Line),Okachimachi Sta.(JR Line)
Plum Festival 2013 in another area
Kameido Tenjin Plum Festival
Kameido Tenjin is also a shrine dedicated to the god of learning in downtown. You can see the contrasting views of the Tokyo Sky Tree and Kameido Tenjin. From mid-Feburuary to mid-March, You can enjoy the flower of red and white blooms just like cherry blossoms.
- February 9 – March 10
- Nearest Station: Kameido Sta. (JR Line)
Setagaya Plum Blossom Festival in Hanegi Park
There are more than 10 varieties of plum trees in Hanegi Park. Best time to see continues from January to March.
- February 9 – March 3
- Nearest Station: Umegaoka Sta. (Odakyu Line)