Babies at the cinema need not be a recipe for disaster via Japan Times

Another first that the new Lalaport has brought for West Saitama, is that of a “Mamas’ Club Theatre”. Twice a month on the 3rd floor of Lalaport, Fujimi, in the Toho Cinemas, they have a special baby and toddler friendly showing of a movie. The movie is shown at 9.30am in their biggest theatre, screen 1, with lights on and volume down. Babies and parents are allowed to talk, cry, sing along and just chill out and enjoy a movie in the big screen.  This service was started in Tokyo a few years ago. Here is the Japan Times article about it at that time: Babies at the cinema need not be a recipe for disaster | The Japan Times

This coming Thursday the Mamas’ Club Theatre in Lalaport, Fujimi, presents Cinderella. You cannot book in advance for this service. Tickets can be purchased that morning. Parking areas 6 and 7, which are the Kawagoe side of route 254, are beside the cinema. If you park on the 4th floor of either of those lots, you can just walk down a ramp into the 3rd floor of Lalaport. Please be aware that until 10 in the morning you can only access the cinema on the Kawagoe end and the area around Yaoko on the Fujimi end.

Please see Toho Cinemas homepage for up to date prices and information on what is showing. http://www.tohotheater.jp/service/mamas_club_theater/

Steam Locomotive Cafe in Lalaport

One of the many fun and unique attractions of Lalaport in Fujimi is the Steam Locomotive Cafe on the 3rd floor. The cafe, which is also a train shop, features a number of different model railway towns and a plarail display. You can enjoy the displays as you eat your lunch or have a coffee.  During the week the children’s plate comes on a shinkansen (bullet train) plate. For more information in Japanese you can visit their official page here: http://popondetta.com/blog/cat83/steam_locomotive_with.html

 

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Realistic model railway town
Realistic model railway town
Lifelike model railway town
Lifelike model railway town
Very detailed model railway town
Very detailed model railway town

An aquarium of children’s art in Team Lab, Lalaport

Pictured below Little Miss 2 year old chases the turtle she coloured, in an aquarium of children’s art. Team Lab is paving the way in modern children’s fun centres. They use technology to engage the minds of little ones. Pictured is the sketch aquarium in their Fujimi, Lalaport branch. Children colour pictures of sea life, that are readily available for paying customers of the fun centre. The pictures are then scanned and project onto a wall display.

It says it best on their website: http://www.team-lab.net/en/all/products/aquarium.html
“This is an aquarium where sea creatures drawn by children come to life!

Children use their imagination to create colorful sea creatures on paper. These sea creatures then come to life as projections that enter a virtual sea, and begin to swim about freely. When the children get close to the fish they all swim away and once. By touching bags of food the children can feed the fish.”

Sketch Aquarium

Japan’s 1st Lego School and Store

The Lego Store

Japan’s 1st lego school, an after school education programme, opened in Lalaport, Fujimi, last month.

The “school” runs a number of different programmes, by age group. A lesson costs 3,000 yen.

Next door is the lego store.  The lego store sells lego sets as well as individual pieces by a pick and mix option. There are two small play tables and a wall area that kids can use and play with lego for free.

More information is available on their website: http://www.legoschool.jp/locations/fujimi/access.php

The lego store Wall lego play area Pick and mix

The bell of love! Japan’s 2nd heaviest bell. Tokinosumika

Mt Fuji under the Love Bell
Mt Fuji under the Love Bell

We went to Tokinosumika in Gotemba, Shizuoka, this past Golden Week. To be honest, I love discovering new places, but with 4 young children it is easier just to go somewhere we are familiar with. Tokinosumika never disappoints and each year they have something new there.

Something that is not new and is somewhat of a symbol of the resort is their “Bell of Love”. This year I thought to get a snap of it in the daylight, as I only had old photos taken in the dark. It was a clear day and you could see Mt Fuji under the bell. Bonus! The bell, at 36,170 kilograms, is the 2nd heaviest in Japan and 5th heaviest bell in the world.

There is a quote beside it in English

The bell calls the living
Mourns the Dead
And overpowers the thunder

Mount Fuji echoes
the bell on the morning
of cherry blossoms”

With all the volcanic activity in nearby Hakone,I hope it’s not a forewarning!!

The bell is situated next to the children’s playground, which got an upgrade since we last visited.

For more on Tokinosumika, also known as Gotemba Kogen, please see this detailed account: http://japanorama.me/2012/07/30/shizuoka-gotemba-tokinosumika-family-resort/ or visit the official website http://www.tokinosumika.com/.

The Love Bell's message at Tokinosumika
The Love Bell’s message at Tokinosumika
Japanese explanation of the love bell
Japanese explanation of the love bell

Asu Sports Park, Hanno City

Asu Sports Park in Hanno City is just across the road from the very unique Akebono Children’s Forest. It has a nice playground for younger kids as well as a spider web climbing frame for all ages. The area around the spider web climbing equipment and the toddler play equipment is a giant sandpit.

The very popular spider web climbing frame.

Spider web climbing frame Asu Park Hanno
The popular spider web climbing frame at Asu Sports Park in Hanno City

Combination playground equipment with slides, swings and climbing activities.

Combination Play equipment at Asu Park Hanno
Combination equipment including 3 slides, 2 swings and climbing activities

Equipment for smaller children, suited to toddlers, with slides and climbing. The foreground area of the photo is all sand.

Toddler slides at Asu Park Hanno

DIRECTIONS:

BY CAR

Approximately 20 minutes from both the Sayama-Hidaka and Iruma Interchanges of the Chuo expressway. The park is situated across from Hanno’s city public gym and hockey courts and the Akebono Children’s Forest. There is a Cainz across the road too, which is probably the best landmark. They are on prefectural route 195; 9 kilometres from route 16 if you come of the Chuo Expressway at the Iruma Interchange.

BY TRAIN

A 20 minute walk from Motokaji 元加治 Station on the Seibu Ikebukuro line.

Cherry blossom festival at Kitain Temple

There are two main ways you can celebrate the blooming of cherry  blossoms in Japan; hanami, which involves picnicking under a cherry tree, or a Sakura matsuri, literally cherry blossom festival.  We enjoyed the latter at the famous Kitain temple in Kawagoe, yesterday. 



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The kids had some festival food.



 After walking around the various buildings and areas within the temple grounds they enjoyed the small, but colorful playground. 



I was captivated by the cherry blossoms. I would have loved to attempt taking some artistic shots, but with 4 kids in tow that was not a possibility. 





 



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