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    Sat Aug 30

    Hodogaya Candle Night

    Hodogaya

    Better known for its cemetery, there is also a large prefectural park in Hodogaya where there will be a celebration for the “last night of summer”. In and around the Ume-en (plum garden) area of Kanagawa Prefectural Hodogaya Park – [...]

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    Sun Aug 31

    Chofu Yosakoi 2014

    Chofu

    33 Yosakoi dance teams will participate in this one day festival. The parade route will be on the street that connects Chofu and Fuda stations. Aside from dancing there will be lots of “festival” food on offer including oden, chijimi, [...]

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    Aug 31

    Midtown Meets Godzilla

    Roppongi

    Tokyo Midtown has installed a gigantic Godzilla in Midtown Park. The beast is a 1:7 scale model of Hollywood’s latest incarnation of the rampaging monster. It is to be situated in the park so that visitors can take photos next [...]

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    Aug 30
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    Aug 31

    Philippine Festival

    Ueno

    This festival promises to be Japan’s biggest Philippines’ event of the year. Taking place in Ueno Park, the Philippines Embassy supported festival will feature domestic entertainers as well as those flown in from the Philippines. Given the large Filipino population [...]

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    Sun Aug 31

    Japanese Antique Market

    Yoyogi

    The Ooedo Kottouichi Japanese Antique Market is a monthly event held in Yoyogi Park where the public gathers to sell its Japanese antiques. The market aims to educate people on Japanese culture and art, while creating an opportunity for locals [...]

  • fno2014
    Sat Sep 6

    Fashion’s Night Out 2014

    Harajuku Omotesando

    Vogue magazine is holding their regular event ‘Fashion’s Night Out’ in the Omotesando/Aoyama/Harajuku area on Saturday, the 6th of September. Festivities kick-off with an opening ceremony at Omotesando Hills at 4pm. Entrance is free (although they may block entrance if [...]

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    Sep 7

    Indonesia Japan Friendship Festival 2014

    Harajuku Shibuya

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    Yuichi Sakuraba

  • tokyo-soran
    Sun Sep 7

    “The Yosakoi” Oedo Soran Festival

    Kiba

    45 Yosakoi teams are expected to participate in this festival – making it a major event among the Yosakoi dance festivals that proliferate at this time of year. The event itself will take place in the vicinity of the northern [...]

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    Sep 7
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    Sep 9

    Mukōjima-Hyakkaen Garden Moon Viewing

    Hikifune

    The cool clear Autumn air is traditionally the time for tsukimi – viewing the moon. It’s really just a good excuse to have a boozy picnic in the evening while the weather is still warm, oh, and it just happens [...]

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    Jun 18
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    Sep 13

    Beads of the World: Bunka Gakuen Costume Museum

    Yoyogi

    Long before Harajuku even existed, humans decked themselves in jewelry for various purposes – to boast social status or incredible wealth, demonstrate piety, or attract a potential lover. Renowned for its vast collection of textiles and fabrics from all over [...]

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    Sep 13
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    Sep 14

    Vietnam Festival 2014

    Harajuku

    The succession of ethnic festivals continues on September 13th with the Vietnam Festival at the event square at Yoyogi Park.  The Vietnam Festival runs from 10am to 8pm on the 13th and 14th which is Saturday and Sunday respectively.  Closest stations for the [...]

  • hikawa-matsuri
    Sep 12
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    Sep 14

    Akasaka Hikawa Matsuri

    Akasaka

    Although it’s not one of the major festivals, the Akasaka Hikawa Matsuri is an easily accessible community festival with lots of activities and events. It also features restored ’sansha‘ which are traditional wheeled floats. That’s not a very enlightening description, [...]

  • sakaki
    Sep 13
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    Sep 14

    248th Sakaki Festival

    Ome Tachikawa

    Based at Hiyoshi Shrine, which is a 20 minute walk from Showajima on the JR Ome Line (far west Tokyo), this is one of the longest continually running festivals in the Kanto region. The very first Sakaki Matsuri was held [...]

  • hounousumo
    Sep 13
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    Sep 14

    Setagaya Hachimangu Autumn Festival

    Miyanosaka

    Setagaya Hachimangu Shrine’x Autumn Festival includes the usual features of shrine festivals such as mikoshi (portable shrine) parades, with the addition of ritual sumo on a dohyo in front of the shrine. The ritual sumo – known as hōnōsumo – happens at [...]

  • kichijoji-autumn-matsuri
    Sep 13
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    Sep 14

    Kichijoji Autumn Festival 2014

    Kichijoji

    For the 42nd time the residents of the fashionable Kichijoji neighbourhood get together and get rowdy (in a very organised way) for the Kichijoji Aki Matsuri (autumn festival). On the first day of the festival, the mikoshi (portable shrines) from the various [...]

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    Sep 13
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    Sep 15

    Fiesta Mexicana

    Odaiba

    Fiesta Mexicana, taking place next to Aqua City in Odaiba, will run for 3 days from Saturday the 13th until Monday the 15th. The festival aims to present the Mexican tradition as well as their food culture. Closest stations for the Fiesta [...]

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    Sep 4
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    Sep 15

    Belgian Beer Weekend 2014

    Belgian Beer Weekend is not a cheap event, but at 3,000yen for 12 tokens that can be exchanged for up to 4 super strength Belgian beers, a very fancy beer glass and lots of entertainment, it’s good value compared to [...]

  • namaste
    Sep 20
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    Sep 21

    Namaste India 2014

    Harajuku

    The Namaste India Festival returns to the event square at Yoyogi Park on September 20 and 21. With the links between India and Japan getting stronger, this festival gets bigger and bigger each year.  There will be 32 different food [...]

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    Sep 11
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    Sep 21

    Daradara Festival

    Shiba

    ‘Daradara’ means ‘endless’ – a name earned due to the extraordinary length of this traditional festival. While most shrine festivals go for 2 or 3 days, this one goes for 11 days – the longest of any traditional ‘matsuri’ in [...]

  • nepal-festival
    Sep 20
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    Sep 21

    Nepal Festival 2014

    Ueno

    Eschewing the ethnic festival ghetto of Yoyogi Park, the Nepal Festival has instead opted for Ueno Park. As the festival web site is still filled with Lorem Ipsum, your guess is as good as ours as to what the program [...]