• roppongi-art-night
    Apr 19
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    Apr 20

    Roppongi Art Night 2014

    Akasaka Roppongi

    In only it’s 6th year, Roppongi Art Night has already become one of the major art events in Tokyo with an astounding 830,000 people joining in last year’s event. The all night and most of the following day event features [...]

  • kamakura-festival
    Apr 13
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    Apr 20

    Kamakura Matsuri

    Kamakura

    In it’s 56th year, the Kamakura Festival is a week long festival based around the impressive Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine. The festival features a variety of parades and performances with the highlight being a display of horseback archery from 11am on [...]

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    Apr 19
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    Apr 20

    Earth Day Tokyo 2014

    Harajuku Shibuya

    Words like “day” and “weekend” seem to be meaningless in Japan – consequently, Earth Day Tokyo spreads itself over two days – neither of which is actually Earth Day (it’s on the 22nd).  100,000 people are expected to show at [...]

  • pride-pictures
    Sun Apr 27

    Tokyo Rainbow Pride

    Harajuku Shibuya

    Tokyo Rainbow Pride is an event celebrating the diversity of Tokyo’s LGBT community. The event features an approximately 3km parade around the Harajuku/Shibuya area with participants marching and riding on floats. The theme for this year’s event is “Many Lives [...]

  • cinco-de-mayo
    May 3
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    May 4

    Cinco de Mayo

    Harajuku Shibuya

    Although the origin of Cinco de Mayo is as a Mexican celebration, this particular event is touted as a “Celebration of the Americas” encompassing all the people and cultures from the top of Canada down to Tierra del Fuego. Don’t [...]

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    Apr 19
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    May 6

    Wisteria Festival

    Kameido

    Famed since the Edo period as one of Tokyo’s top spots for the purple wisteria flower, this festival runs at Kameido Tenjin shrine for a slightly over two weeks. Along with the flowers themselves, the festival features lots of the [...]

  • okifes
    May 10
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    May 11

    The Okinawa Festival

    Harajuku Shibuya

    The Okinawa Festival showcases the food, culture, music and crafts of Japan’s southernmost prefecture.  Enjoy an Orion beer while watching performances from Okinawan artists and comedians. There will also be performances of Eisa – Okinawa’s unique style of traditional dancing.

  • Picture by Ari Helminen used under a Creative Commons License.
    May 16
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    May 18

    Sanja Matsuri

    Asakusa

    The Sanja Matsuri is know as one of the “3 great Shinto festivals in Tokyo” and takes place on the third weekend of May. This is one of the rowdier festivals with 2 million spectators expected to watch rather energetic, [...]

  • thai-festival
    May 17
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    May 18

    Thai Festival 2014

    Harajuku Shibuya

    Tokyo’s Thai Festival is one of the largest and most anticipated ethnic festivals to be held in Yoyogi Park each Spring. This year’s event is expected to feature up to 100 booths selling Thai delicacies, fruit smoothies and alcoholic beverages. [...]

  • tokyo_National_Museum,_Honkan_2010
    Sun May 18

    International Museum Day

    Ueno

    Started in 1977, International Museum Day “encourages public awareness of the role of museums in the development of society”. To celebrate, many museums in Tokyo – including the Tokyo National Museum, the National Museum of Nature and Science, the National [...]

  • ocean-peoples
    May 24
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    May 25

    Ocean Peoples Yokohama

    Minatomirai Yamashita

    Yokohama’s version of the Ocean Peoples festival happens at the Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse (Yokohama Akarenga Sōko). Ocean Peoples is ‘an ocean festival for people who love the sea’ – unlike the Tokyo version at Yoyogi Park, this one is [...]

  • ajisai-2013
    Jun 7
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    Jun 15

    Bunkyo Ajisai Festival

    Hakusan

    Some of the major seasonal festivals during rainy season are based around the hydangrea flower (called ajisai in Japanese).  The ajisai festivals are on all over Tokyo and beyond around the middle of June.  One of the good ones starts on June [...]

  • one-love-festa
    Jun 21
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    Jun 22

    One Love Jamaica Festival

    Harajuku Shibuya

    The One Love Jamaica Festival has been a fixture on the Tokyo summer festival calendar since 2004. The festival will feature various entertainment including the Japan selection for the World Reggae Dance Championships. You’ll also no doubt be able to [...]

  • ocean-peoples
    Jul 12
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    Jul 13

    Ocean Peoples Tokyo

    Harajuku Shibuya

    Tokyo’s version of the Ocean Peoples festival hits Yoyogi Park almost a month earlier than it did last year – which means there’s a good chance of rain. Ocean Peoples is ‘an ocean festival for people who love the sea’ [...]

  • brazil-day
    Jul 19
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    Jul 20

    Brazilian Day Japan 2014

    Harajuku Shibuya

    The 9th Annual Festival Brazil returns to the Event Square of Tokyo’s Yoyogi Park on the 19th and 20th of July. Brazillians make up the third biggest immigrant population in Japan, so this festival is huge for the community as [...]

  • kamakura-fireworks
    Wed Jul 23

    Kamakura Fireworks Festival

    Kamakura Yuigahama

    The 66th Kamakura Fireworks Festival takes place at Yuigahama on the coast of Kamakura City. This would probably be a good finish to a day trip to the area to either enjoy the beach or visit the various historic temples [...]

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    Jul 25
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    Jul 26

    Kagurazaka Matsuri

    Kagurazaka

    For more of a local Edo matsuri fix with yatai (outdoor festival food), lanterns, crowds and dancing, the 43rd Kagurazaka Matsuri in this lovely Tokyo neighbourhood on Friday from about 7pm until late on the 25th and 26th. The festival will take place on Kagurazaka Dori [...]

  • super yosakoi
    Aug 23
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    Aug 24

    Super Yosakoi 2014

    Harajuku Omotesando

    The Harajuku/Omotesando area sees a huge team performance dance contest on Saturday the 23rd and Sunday the 24th of August with the Harajuku Omotesando Super Yosakoi festival taking over the area.  The traditional dance festival is on a massive scale and sees [...]

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    Aug 23
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    Aug 24

    Koenji Awa Odori Festival

    Koenji

    The 58th Koenji Awa Odori Festival takes place over two days on the 23rd and 24th of August.  While a surprisingly high number of events at this time of year take place during the scorching daytime heat, this festival is [...]