Look at this quite amazing play area in Japan. Sketch Aquarium – is a creative space where children can foster their artistic skills by designing fish and then interacting with them in a virtual tank.
The genius behind this new self-dubbed “future park” is a group called teamLab which aims to provide children with a space to play and learn together. They developed the virtual aquarium with the goal of “encouraging children to become creative through collaboration. The play area utilizes the latest technology while at the same time encouraging children to move their bodies, interact with one another, and work collaboratively on honing their creative skills.
Here’s how it works:
What a fabulous tire park in Tokyo! The park is comprised of sculptures made from recycled tires from cars and trucks.
Nishi Rokugo Park has taken the concept of tires in a park way beyond the ordinary by creating sculptures, (two versions of Godzilla and a robot) and most of a playground out of tires. The park has other facilities for children to play on as well such as swings, a jungle gym, a slide and piles of tires to bounce around on. There's also a big concrete slope used for tire tubing. The park is surrounded by beautiful flower beds that are well maintained and is free and it is always open. Fantastic!
How to get there: It is an eight minute walk from Zoshiki Station and about a fifteen minute walk from JR Kamata Station. From Zoshiki Station you walk down a quaint shopping street with a lot of interesting little shops. Sounds like a great activity to do in Tokyo when traveling with your children.
What a wonderful cooking school for kids in Tokyo this is! 4 -12 year old children learn the basics of food in this fun school with pink sinks and crescent shaped tables which are also very functional. I love the shot of the kids in their chef hats. Designed by Emmanuelle Moureaux Architecture + Design who also has many other fabulous projects on her site.
This is from Yuko Suzuki, our Tokyo correspondent from Mamans du Monde blog.
If you are in Tokyo with your kid, one of the must-go-to restaurant/cafes is Tokyo Baby Cafe in upscale Omotesando, aka “Tokyo’s Champs-Élysées”. This famous architectural showcase street, features a multitude of fashion flagship stores designed by internationally renowned architects. These include the Louis Vuitton store (by Jun Aoki), Prada building (by Herzog & de Meuron), and Dior (by SANAA), amongst others.
But back to the cafe…Only parents with children under 7 years old and pregnant women are allowed in, so you don’t have to worry about your baby bothering other non-parent people. It’s a parents’ paradise. They offer a variety of baby/kids’ menus from mild curry to udon noodles to pain au chocolat, and there’s a play space complete with an impressive, gigantic sofa for the little ones to go wild in. Boredom is not an issue here. The atmosphere and interior design of the cafe is very stylish and comfortable – they use custom-made Cassina furniture and there’s also a nursing room. Joy. There is a fee for adults of 500 yen (6 USD) per half hour (kids are free) and it’s worth every yen.
Also, every year Omotesando is the venue for Tokyo’s Saint Patrick’s Day Parade. Check out this adorable video of baton twirlers at the Tokyo St. Paddy’s parade.