Cheapo Weekend for Nov 11-12: Cheese, Art and Cute Animals

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Farmers and Kids Festa (Nov 11-12): This event at Hibiya Park lets parents pass that tricky “Where does food come from?” question onto real farmers, who will hold educational seminars on agriculture for kids. In addition, there will be food available to eat and various farm animals to befriend.

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Cheese Festa (Nov 11-12): What better way to celebrate Cheese Day in Japan (Nov 11) than with a cheese-tasting event? EBiS303, an event hall in Ebisu, will host the festa where you can try various domestic and international varieties of the stinky stuff over the weekend. Yes, there will be wine.

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Design Festa No. 42 (Nov 11-12): What could be the largest art event in the world is coming back to Tokyo Bight Sight in Odaiba this weekend. If you pre-purchase a ticket for 800 yen, you’ll be able to feast your eyes on over 10,000 exhibitions. That’s cheaper than most exhibitions at the National Art Center in Roppongi, and the ambiance will be less stuffy too.

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Kagurazaka Street Stage (Nov 11-12): For a taste of the Edo period,  head to Kagurazaka’s Zenkokuji Temple for various traditional Japanese performing arts. The event features leading artists, both young and seasoned, who will showcase street performances, dances and traditional parlor games.

Snow Bank Pay It Forward (Nov 11-12): Ready for some snow at Yoyogi Park? A slope made of real snow and a rail will be set up in the event square where you can snowboard. From last year’s photos, though, it seems like sledding is acceptable as well. There will also be food, music and a skateboarding ramps if you’re just not ready for snow to be in your life yet. This event is partnered with Red Cross to raise awareness about becoming a bone marrow donor, hence the “Pay It Forward” part of the name.

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Museum of Western Art – Free Admission Day (Nov 11): This Saturday, check out the extensive collection at the Museum of Western Art in Ueno Park—an activity that which would normally cost you 430 yen. Works includes paintings from the late medieval period through to the 20th century and modern French sculpture. Artists include Ruebens, Renoir, Monet, Van Gogh, Picasso, Pollock and many more.

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