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    Sat Nov 22

    Asakusa Tori-no-ichi Fair Part II

    Asakusa

    Tori-no-ichi is an annual traditional festival held at shrines and temples nationwide on set days (rooster days) in November to wish for good luck and prosperity in business. The festival has been held in the Asakusa area since the Edo period [...]

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    Sat Nov 22

    Ekoda Night Bazaar

    Ekoda

    Ekoda’s Night Bazaar is an event held by the shops in the ‘shoutengai’ – a shopping street – that links Ekoda station with nearby Shin-Sakuradai station. The shops bring some of their wares onto the street to create a festival [...]

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    Nov 1
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    Nov 23

    Tokyo Metropolitan Tourism Chrysanthemum Exhibition

    Hibiya

    The Tokyo Metropolitan Tourism Chrysanthemum Exhibition has been held since 1914 and is known as Japan’s foremost chrysanthemum exhibition for both quality and quantity of flowers. This exhibition will feature approximately 2,000 displays in one building, including ogiku chrysanthemum grown [...]

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    Nov 20
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    Nov 24

    92nd Gaigosai Festival

    Tama

    The Tokyo Foreign Studies University (Tokyo Gaigo Daigaku) in Fuchu has their 92nd ‘Gaigosai’ festival from Thursday, November 20 until Monday the 24th. The student organisers promise ‘a tour around the world without the need for a passport’.  Although if [...]

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    Nov 22
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    Nov 24

    Iga Ueno Ninja Festival in Ueno Park

    Ueno

    Iga, in Mie prefecture, is famously one of the centres of the not-so-secret art of ninjitsu and home to the Ninja Museum next to Iga-Ueno castle. Undoubtedly because of the name connection, the Iga-Ueno Ninja Festival will be making a [...]

  • dobouruki
    Fri Nov 28

    Doburoku Matsuri

    Nihonbashi

    Koami Jinja is one of the few extant shrines that was constructed using wood from the cypress tree in Chuo-ward and is officially registered as a municipal cultural asset. Today’s main hall and kagura hall were constructed in 1942, and the [...]

  • get your freak on
    Nov 29
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    Nov 30

    Tokyo Vegefood Festa 2014

    Harajuku

    If you’re one of the brave souls who has decided to eschew a diet of dead animal or perhaps if you’re even a little veggie-curious, you should head down to the Tokyo Veggie Food Festa in Yoyogi Park.  Held in front of [...]

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    Nov 29
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    Nov 30

    Fiesta de España 2014

    Harajuku Shibuya

    Celebrating 400 years of exchange between Japan and Spain, the  Fiesta de España is a two day event at the Events Square at Yoyogi Park. The fiesta will feature more than 35 food and drink booths as well as lectures [...]

  • Chichibu Yomatsuri
    Wed Dec 3

    Chichibu Yomatsuri

    Chichibu

    This yomatsuri (night festival) is one of Japan’s big three hikiyama (float) festivals. Chichibu shrine itself has over 2,000 years of history.  This is a great opportunity to catch an enchanting traditional festival. The large floats, apparently weighing up to [...]

  • akibasan
    Sat Dec 6

    Akibasan Fire Festival (with Video)

    Odawara

    The Akibasan Kongen Yabuse Matsuri –  or the Akibasan Protection from Fire Festival takes place at the Akibasan shrine in the Itabashi district of Odawara City. The festival, which dates from the 16th century, is ostensibly for offering protection from fire. A [...]

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    Nov 20
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    Dec 7

    Autumn Evening Illumination at Rikugien Gardens

    Komagome

    Built by a feudal lord during the Edo period, Rikugien Gardens is one of the most famous gardens from the time still extant. Designed to reflect famous scenes from waka poems, this Tsukiyama-Sensui style stroll garden has also been designated [...]

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    Dec 6
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    Dec 7

    Thai National Day Festival

    Shibuya Yoyogi

    In case the main Thai Festival in April and the Asean Festival aren’t enough for your outdoor fix of Thai food and culture,  BMI (yep the record company) have organised a festival to celebrate the Thai National Day – also the [...]

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    Sun Dec 7

    Museum of Modern Art – Free Admission Day

    The National Museum of Modern Art (MOMAT) is a treasure trove for cheapos because it opens its doors for free on the first Sunday of every month. The museum houses mainly Japanese works of the 20th Century including a number [...]

  • icho-namiki
    Nov 15
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    Dec 8

    Jingugaien Itcho Festival

    Jingugaien

    At the end of Autumn each year, the leaves on the gingko trees that line the Icho Namiki avenue of Jingu Shrine outer gardens, turn a brilliant yellow. Of course, there’s nothing to stop you walking along here at any [...]

  • nerima-Seki-no-boroichi
    Dec 9
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    Dec 10

    Sekino Boroichi Market

    Nerima

    Boroichi literally means ‘rag market’ but it’s more like an evening winter flea market.  For this particular boroichi, 80,000 visitors are expected to peruse 300 stalls selling everything from hot food to antiques. The origins of the market go back [...]

  • earth-day-market
    Sun Dec 14

    Earth Day Market

    Harajuku Shibuya

    If you’d like to support people doing things sustainably, you should head down to Yoyogi Park on December 14th, Sunday, for another Earth Day Market (they’re on quite regularly). 52 stalls will line the ‘Keyaki Namiki’ stretch between Shibuya and [...]

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    Sun Dec 14

    Happy Trade Christmas

    Harajuku

    If you’re not brave enough to cast aside the consumerism and have a buy-nothing Christmas but you’d like to avoid some of the guilt, then you can shop at Earth Day Market’s special Christmas edition. Earth Day Market holds a [...]

  • gishisai
    Sun Dec 14

    The 47 Ronin Winter Festival

    Sengakuji

    The winter edition of the Akougishisai – a festival commemorating the 47 ronin – happens at Sengakuji temple – the very same place to which the 47 loyal samurai took their enemy’s severed head and which holds their graves. Don’t expect [...]

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    Dec 13
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    Dec 14

    Hanakawado Hakidaore-ichi Shoe Market

    Hanakawado

    Every year the Hanakawado wholesale district in Taito-ku, assemble up to 40 retailers and wholesalers stalls to line-up around Hanakawado Park to sell a wide-range of products. From footwear to handbags, accessories, leather goods, scarves, hats, and more, all the [...]

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    Jul 10
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    Dec 14

    3D Architectural Ghibli Exhibition

    Koganei

    Until December 14th of this year, The Edo Tokyo Open Air Architectural Museum will be showing the Jiburino Rittai Kenzou Butsuten, a 3D architectural exhibition of buildings in various Japanese Ghibli stories. The buildings replicated will be those from the [...]