• 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 [...]

  • kyary
    May 3
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    May 5

    Harajuku Kawaii!! Fes 2014

    Harajuku

    If you don’t have enough pink in your life, this is the event for you. As well as featuring lots of that harajuku style that you’ve either come to love or hate, there will be copious amounts of live music [...]

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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, [...]

  • design festa
    May 17
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    May 18

    Design Festa No. 39

    Odaiba

    Design Festa No. 39 will be held on November 2 at Tokyo Big Sight – one of the number of enormous buildings in Odaiba that looks like an alien landing craft.  With 3,000 booths and 10,000 exhibitors, the organisers claim [...]

  • 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 [...]

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    May 25

    Earth Day Market

    If you’d like to support people doing things sustainably, you should head down to Yoyogi Park on April 27, Sunday for another Earth Day Market (they’re on quite regularly). The flea market is open every Sunday until the 25th of [...]

  • 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 [...]

  • Sumidagawa fireworks
    Sat Jul 26

    Sumidagawa Fireworks Festival

    Asakusa

    This is the big daddy of summer fireworks festivals in Tokyo. The fireworks kick off at 7:05pm and run for a full 90 minutes. This festival attracts massive crowds. Check out our guide from last year on surviving the Sumidagawa [...]

  • matsuri 3
    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 [...]

  • comiket
    Aug 15
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    Aug 17

    Comiket 2014

    Odaiba

    Comiket, one of Japan’s biggest comic related events will be happening this summer at Tokyo Big Sight on August 15, Friday. Admission is free but organisers recommend that you buy the event catalogue. The focus of the event is ‘dojinsha’ [...]

  • asakusa
    Sat Aug 23

    33rd Asakusa Samba Carnival

    Asakusa

    At Asakusa’s 33rd Asakusa Samba Carnival, you are guaranteed to see the most dazzling array of beautiful telephoto lenses that you have ever witnessed – the dancers are quite interesting too! But seriously folks, this has become one of the [...]