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    Sep 23
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    Sep 24

    Ohara Naked Festival

    Ohara

    Before you get your pervy hopes up, the Ohara Naked Festival (Ohara hadaka matsuri) would be more aptly named the Ohara “semi naked” Festival. The dancers costumes are actually quite modest with only (male) chests, shoulders and buttocks bared. On [...]

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    Sep 27
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    Sep 28

    Shinagawa Shukuba Matsuri

    Aomono-Yokocho

    The Shinagawa Shukuba Matsuri is a festival celebrating Shinagawa’s history as the first rest stop on the Tokaido heading south. The Tokaido was Japan’s main east west route linking Edo (Tokyo) with Kyoto during the Edo period. Basically this is [...]

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    Sep 27
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    Sep 28

    Sri Lanka Festival 2014

    Harajuku Shibuya

    An array of vendors will be offering spicy Sri Lankan food including rice & curry, string hoppers, hoppers, egg hoppers, kotturotti, cutlets, rotti and vaddai. Also on offer will be Sri Lankan beer and cocount arrack. Additionally, there will be [...]

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    Sep 27
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    Sep 28

    Nikkan Festival

    Hibiya

    The Nikkan Koryu Matsuri (Japan-Korea Exchange Festival) is an event held simultaneously in both Tokyo and Seoul with the object of bringing Japan and Korea closer together. Held at Hibiya Park in central Tokyo, the Tokyo version of the festival [...]

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    Oct 3
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    Oct 5

    26th Hokkaido Fair in Yoyogi

    Harajuku

    The Hokkaido Fair (also called “The Hokkai Shokudo”) is a 3 day celebration of the food of Japan’s northernmost prefecture. As a celebration of the 26th anniversary, there will be a special ’250yen menu’ that will apparently allow you to [...]

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    Sat Oct 11

    Narita Hanabi Taikai

    Narita

    Tucked away into one of the quieter corners of Chiba, the Inbanuma area is known for its old Buddhist temples and traditions that span back several centuries. During autumn, the town shines its brightest as streamers and balls of fireworks [...]

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    Sep 27
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    Oct 12

    Fukuro Festival

    Ikebukuro

    The Fukuro Festival began in 1968 as a promotional event for four local shopping districts on the west side of Ikebukuro Station. Since then, it has grown to be one of the largest events in the area, with the festival [...]

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    Sun Oct 12

    Edogawa Citizens Festival

    Koiwa

    Meet the official festival character Happy chan and get down with the fine citizens of Tokyo’s closest ward to Chiba. The venue for the festival is the green expanse of Shinozaki Park.

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    Oct 11
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    Oct 13

    Oeshiki Festival at Ikegami Honmonji Temple

    Ikegami

    Oeshiki is a Buddhist festival commemorating the anniversary of the death of Nichiren – a revered buddhist teacher who lived during the Kamakura period until about 730 years ago. Although celebrated throughout Japan, the festival held at Ikegami Honmonji Temple [...]

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    Oct 15
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    Oct 17

    Japan Robot Week 2014

    Odaiba

    Japan Robot Week is a trade show focusing on “service robots”. This event alternates each year with the cooler sounding iREX (the International Robot Exhibition). If you’re wondering what a service robot is, the organizers give examples such as nursing [...]

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    Sat Oct 18

    Fujisawa Enoshima Fireworks Festival 2014

    Enoshima Fujisawa

    Who says fireworks are only for the summer months? Hopefully a crisp, clear Autumn evening will greet the 3,000 exploding projectiles and the tens of thousands of spectators on the beachfront at Katase Enoshima on the 18th of October. Courtesy [...]

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    Oct 18
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    Oct 19

    Koto Ward Citizens Festival Central Festival

    Kiba

    One of the autumn festivals this year is the Koto Ward Citizens Festival Central Festival (link in Japanese) at Kiba Park from 10am until 4pm on the 19th and 20th.  This festival offers the opportunity to see ‘Kaku Nori’ – a form [...]

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    Oct 18
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    Oct 19

    Kawagoe Festival

    Kawagoe

    Held for two days on the 3rd Saturday and Sunday of October, the Kawagoe Festival is renowned as Koedo-Kawagoe ’s liveliest event of the year. The festival features spectacular festival floats carrying exquisitely crafted dolls which are pulled around the [...]

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    Oct 18
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    Oct 19

    Diwali in Yokohama

    Yamashita

    200,000 people are expected to celebrate Diwali – the Indian festival of lights – in the festival square area of Yamashita Park in Yokohama.  This makes this festival one of the largest India related festivals in Japan. Along with delicious [...]

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    Oct 19
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    Oct 20

    Nihonbashi Ebisu-ko Bettara Market

    Nihonbashi

    Held around Takarada Ebisu Shrine, this fair is a popular seasonal event in the community of the former Odenma-cho area (3 Honcho and Odenma-cho, Nihonbashi) and Horidome-cho. The fair is known for a number of vendors selling the local specialty [...]

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    Sun Oct 26

    Kawasaki Halloween Parade 2014

    Kawasaki

    The most famous parade on the theme of Hallow’s Eve in the whole of Japan is the Kawasaki Halloween Parade. The 17th edition of the parade will begin at 2:30pm and run until 4pm on Sunday, October 27th. 3,500 participants [...]

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    Sun Oct 26

    Omotesando Halloween Pumpkin Parade

    Harajuku Omotesando

    The “Omotesando/Harajuku Hello Halloween Pumpkin Parade” is the “cute” alternative to the Kawasaki Halloween Parade targeted at kids. If you’ve got kids under 12, you can apply for them to be part of the parade. In addition to costumed kids [...]

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    Oct 25
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    Oct 26

    Aoyama Festival

    Aoyama

    The 28th edition of the Aoyama Matsuri takes place on the last weekend in October along a stretch of Aoyama Dori from Aoyama Itchome Station right down to Aoyama Gakuin University between Omotesando and Shibuya stations. Organised by the local [...]

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    Nov 1
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    Nov 2

    Dream Yosacoy Festival

    Marunouchi Odaiba Yurakucho

    Yes, that’s how they spell it.  Dream Yosacoy – as you can tell from the name – is a bit different.  While most outdoor dance festivals are held during the hot summer months, this one is on the cusp of [...]

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    Nov 2

    Koenji Festival 2014

    Koenji

    If you are in the vicinity of JR Koenji Station on November 1st and 2nd, you will be able to watch and take part in the Koenji Festival. Unlike the mammoth Awadori Festival in summer, the festival seems to be [...]