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About Zoshigaya Kodomo Station

A new space for children and families opens on 3 June 2017 in Zoshigaya, Toshima-city.

Zoshigaya Kodomo Station runs a rich and exciting program of art and culture events for children and families. They provide engaging, fun and an informal space for families to enjoy together. Children and adults can experience a diverse range of artist-led workshops. Our programs are initiatives to encourage people of all nations, abilities and areas of interest to engage with art, music, dance and play.

Organizers: Toshima city, NPO Children Meets Artists

Visitor information
Map & Direction By train
・0-minute walk from Tokyo Metro Fukutoshin Line “Zoshigaya Station(F10)” Exit 2
・2-minute walk from Toei Streetcar (Toden) Arakawa Line “Kishibojimmae”

〒171-0032
B1 of Zoshigaya regional culture creation hall, 3-1-7 Zoshigaya, Toshima city, Tokyo
Contact Telephone: 03-5906-5705 (week days)
Fax: 03-5906-5706
Email: zoshigaya-ksta@children-art.net
For For children and families. Suitable for children 0 to 12 (*) .(no experience necessary)
* Age groups may vary with programs.
* All children must be accompanied by a parent/guardian.
* Adults who are not accompanying children will not be admitted.
Booking information Booking required (first-come basis).
>> Book Now!
Capacity 10 families for each program
Price ¥500 (1 adult & child).  Extra children & adults ¥200 each.
Notes * Please come 15 minutes before the start time.
* Families are welcome to stay afterwards till 14:00. (There are no food shops but vending machines. You can bring your own lunch and snacks.)
* We wellcome all the families and abilities. Please let us know if you have any access requirements from the booking form or email ‘zoshigaya-ksta@children-art.net’.
* Programs are conducted in Japanese.

 

Programs

* Programs continue during the year. We’ll inform you about the schedule from September as soon as prepared. Workshops No1 ~ 4 will be held once a month each, and it will be apploximately 10 days through the year (till March 2018).
* You can book only one day either multiple days.

1

Picture Books Workshop Book Now !

Interactive, creative, and fun storytelling for babies and toddlers led by EPONS whose members include actor & actresses, dancers, musicians etc. They will read picture books with lively action, music, and movements to introduce your little ones to the new world of picture books. Come and join!

Date: Saturday 3 June, Sunday 23 July, Saturday 26 August, Saturday 16 September, Saturday 14 October, Sunday 5 November, Saturday 9 December, Saturday 20 January, Sunday 18 February, Saturday 17 March
Time: 11:00~12:00
For: Families with pre-school children ages 0 to 6 (free for 0 to 1)

* 2 or 3 members of EPONS will come each day.

2
Folk Songs Workshop Book Now !

Family singing workshop led by singer and songwriter Ohiro Minato. The workshop will include warm up exercises and the chance to experience a variety of songs. Let’s sing world folk songs, jazz, blues, artist’s original songs and more!

Date: Sunday 25 June, Sunday 2 July, Sunday 20 August, Sunday 10 September, Sunday 22 October, Sunday 12 November, Sunday 17 December, Saturday 13 January, Saturday 17 February, Saturday 10 March
Time: 11:00~12:00
For: Families with children ages 5 to 12

3
Music Ensemble Book Now !

Music workshop led by percussionist and improvised musician Yusuke Kataoka. Adults and children are invited to move and groove along, explore new sounds and songs, and get up close to the instruments of this small and playful orchestra. Let’s play drums, marimba, bells, other percussive instruments, and even toys!

Date: Sunday 11 June, Sunday 9 July, Sunday 27 August, Sunday 24 September, Sunday 29 October, Sunday 26 November, Sunday 3 December, Sunday 21 January, Sunday 4 February, Saturday 3 March
Time: 11:00~12:00
For: Families with children ages 5 to 12 (no skills and precious experience necessary)

4
Dance Workshop Book Now !

Family dance workshop led by contemporary dancer Anna Irite. This family friendly and creative dance workshop will introduce the whole family to the joy and interest of dance by exploring fun movements, shape, and space.

Date: Sunday 4 June, Sunday 16 July, Sunday 6 August, Sunday 17 September, Sunday 8 October, Sunday 19 November, Sunday 10 December, Sunday 14 January, Sunday 25 February, Sunday 18 March
Time: 11:00~12:00(Sunday 14 January 10:00~11:00)
For: Families with pre-school children ages 4 to 6 (no previous dance experience needed.)

* Please wear loose and comfortable clothes that are suitable to move in.

5
Family Theater

‘100 Mankai Ikita Neko’ -Theatre & Workshop
A play unit Drop will lead this program inspired by the very popular picture book ‘100 Mankai Ikita Neko’. Drop will show you a variety of CATS with dance through the performance. After that, families will create their own hand puppets of cats.

Date: Saturday 2 December
Time: 10:30~12:00
For: Families with children ages 4 to 12
Capacity: 15 families (Booking required. First come-basis.)
※ The duration of the performance is approximately 40 minutes.

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‘The Story of RURUKO’ -a musical play for children and adults
A play unit Shiko-Doubutsu will present this original story with live music.
‘RURUKO’ is a girl who likes writing stories. In the story, she can fly, become a dolphin and even be invisible. One day, some of her characters talked to her truly and Ruruko jumped into her story! Through the adventure, she met her unique characters one after another. It was also a journey to find the person she would like to see the most…

Date: Saturday 16 December
Time: 14:00~15:10
For: Families with children ages 3 to 12
Capacity: 15 families (Booking required. First come-basis.)
※ This program is not a workshop.

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‘MA-RUNPA A world of play inspired by Circles’ -a musical play for children and adults Book Now !
A play unit Shiko-Doubutsu will present this newly original performance inspired by circles. (※MARU means circles in Japanese.)
Now, what shall we do with circles? Would you like to fly balloons or to tear paper?
How about to make a story to play? It will be also nice that I beat rhythms and you sing a song. No matter what you do, it’s always fun to play with you. I feel like I can go anywhere.
If we play until dusk, let’s eat a lot and go to sleep.
This will be a delightful performance with words, live music and movement!…

By: Shiko-Doubutsu
Director: Nono Maejima
Cast: Jotaro Oishi, Yoshika Sekine and Nono Maejima
Music & guitar: Makoto Takoh

Date: Sunday 11 February (2018)
Time: 14:00~14:45
For: Families with children ages 3 to 12
Capacity: 15 families (Booking required. First come-basis.)
※ This program is not a workshop.

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‘The Bremen Town Musicians’ -Theatre & Workshop Book Now !
The Henteko-Drop will lead this fun family program. They will perform the classic tale ‘The Bremen Town Musicians’ written by Brothers Grimm. A donkey who can no longer work, hound who can no longer hunt, a cat who’s too old to chase mice, and a rooster who’s scheduled to become dinner – who decide to run off to be musicians in the town of Bremen. During the trip, they met…
The play will be fulfilled with live music, movement and even you’ll be a part of it. Before the performance, families will create their own instruments to join the play!

Director / Cast: Mai Watanabe, En Sato, Takako Inoue and Mako Mitsuhashi

Date: Saturday 11 March (2018)
Time: 11:00~12:30
For: Families with children ages 4 to 12
Capacity: 15 families (Booking required. First come-basis.)
※ The duration of the performance is approximately 40 minutes.

6
Petit Live

We will present small acoustic concerts for families with children on an irregular basis. Everyone is welcome to come in and enjoy live music with acoustic musicians.

This winter we host BUN Imai (musician / percussionist), who will play music pleasantly, sometimes seriously, as if to have a fun conversation with instruments. In addition to original songs, some classical pieces and film music will be played with marimba, small drums, even ordinarily objects such as flowerpots, cups, 1 yen coins etc.

Date: Saturday 27 January (2018) Book Now !
Time: ①11:00~12:00/②14:00~15:00
For: Families with children ages 0 to 12
Price: ¥500 (1 adult & 1 child). Extra children & adults ¥200 each. (Free for extra babies 0-1)

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This summer we host Arisa Yokote (singer) with a guest musician, Tetsutaro Take (from the Bakurocho Band). They will play uniquely arranged Japanese old children’s songs, folk songs, Asian ancient songs and so on. The audience will feel a breath of the nature through her beautiful and energetic voice and the rich color of Take’s guitar and percussion.

Date: Saturday 2 September
Time: ①11:00~11:45 /②15:00~15:45
For: Families with children ages 0 to 12
Price: ¥500 (1 adult & 1 child). Extra children & adults ¥200 each. (Free for extra babies 0-1)

7
Series : Workshop with Picture Book Authors

Everyone can create picture books!
This workshop is led by Yume Okuhara, the author of ‘Wani baa-chan’ (Grandma Crocodile)’. Let’s draw a big picture and make picture books together!
What’s color do you like? What’s do you want to draw? There is nothing difficult to make a picture book!

Date: Friday 3 November (Culture Day)
Time:10:30~12:00
For: Families with children ages 3 to 8
※ Please come with casual clothes which you would not mind getting dirty.

8
Special program

Let’s sing, play music and dance together!
This is a special workshop for only one day in collaboration with four artists who lead regular classes. Let’ try with parents and children together. We’ll welcome everyone whether you’re a participant or beginner.
You’ll experience each regular program briefly…Dance workshop: Enjoy dancing with music!/Folk Songs Workshop: Let’s sing all along!/Music Ensemble: Let’s try improvisation with various musical instruments./Picture Books Workshop: EPONS lead fun storytelling at intervals.
And also, there will be an improvised performance with all artists. Join the performance at last!
*There will be breaks during the program.
*Please wear loose and comfortable clothes that are suitable to move in.
*The contents may be subject to change.

Date: Saturday 24 February (2018)
Time:13:30~15:30
Venue: The multipurpose hall at B1 of Zoshigaya regional culture creation hall
For: Families with children ages 0 to 12
Price: ¥500 (1 adult & 1 child). Extra children & adults ¥200 each.

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