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    Dec 17
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    Dec 19

    Senso-ji Temple Hagoita-Ichi Fair

    Asakusa’s Senso-ji – Tokyo’s oldest temple – holds a Hagoita-Ichi Festival every year’s end to sell good luck charm hagoita which are ornamental bats based on those used in a traditional New Year’s game of hanetsuki (a bit like badminton, […]

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    Dec 20
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    Dec 21

    World Christmas Festival 2014

    Harajuku Shibuya

    Sample some festively themed world music and food on the last weekend before Christmas at Yoyogi park. The event runs from 10am to 7pm, Saturday and Sunday, and is set in the ‘Keyaki Namiki’ zelkova tree avenue between Shibuya and […]

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    Sun Dec 21

    Nishiarai Daishi Temple – End of Year Festival

    Adachi

    Adachi Ward’s Nishiarai Daishi temple will hold its Osame No Daishi end of year ‘closing’ festival to sell lucky items and food. The temple is one of three great temples of the Buzan branch of Shingon Buddism in the Tokyo […]

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    Dec 19
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    Dec 21

    Aloha Yokohama

    Yokohama

    A three day festival of all things Hawaiian with a veritable host of musicians and hula dancers performing. There will be booths selling all manner of Hawaiian goods and, of course, Hawaiian food and beer. The event is a big […]

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    Mon Dec 22

    Winter Solstice Festival

    Nishi Waseda

    Called the Touji Matsuri or Toujisai in Japanese, this festival takes place at both a shrine (Ana Hachinmangu) and a temple (Houjouji) in the Nishi Waseda area. Traditionally, this time of year marks the plunge into the depths of winter, […]

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    Tue Dec 23

    Mochitsuki Festival – Ichigaya Kamegaoka Hachimangu

    Ichigaya

    Ichigaya Kamegaoka Hachimangu shrine near Ichigaya Station will hold a mochitsuki taikai – a mochi making festival on the Emperor’s birthday holiday. The pounding of rice into sticky mounds of mochi will start at 10am and continue until they run […]

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    Dec 21
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    Dec 23

    Kasukabe Hagoita Market

    Kasukabe

    The Hagoita Market features a form of art traditionally sold at this time of year and for which Kasukabe is famous. The origin of the Hagoita is as a paddle-like racket for playing a badminton-like game called Hanetsuki. They are however […]

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    Tue Dec 23

    Night Christmas Bike Ride 2014

    Aoyama

    Our fellow twitter superstar Tokyo By Bike organises a “Deluxe” Christmas night cycle ride around central Tokyo, this year happening on the 23rd. A gentle paced and social ride around central Tokyo – Santa outfit optional. Swing down to the […]

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    Nov 13
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    Dec 25

    Midtown Christmas 2014

    Akasaka Roppongi

    Tokyo Midtown’s annual Christmas celebration returns with the same theme as last year “Someone is somebody’s Santa Claus” – presumably because they’d like you to buy something from one of the high end shops in the Galleria shopping center.   […]

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    Nov 4
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    Dec 25

    Roppongi Hills Christmas Illumination 2014

    Nishi Azabu Roppongi

    Each year, the 400m of Keyakizaka behind Roppongi Hills becomes one of the most popular couples’ strolling spots with brilliant blue LEDs decorating the trees and Tokyo Tower providing the perfect backdrop. This year, the lighting scheme promises to be […]

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    Dec 6
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    Dec 27

    Odaiba Rainbow Fireworks

    Odaiba

    This out of season fireworks display takes place on four Saturdays at 7pm beginning on Saturday, December 6th and finishing on December 27th. The fireworks are shot into the sky between Odaiba and the Rainbow Bridge – so there are […]

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    Sat Dec 27

    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 […]

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    Sat Dec 27

    National Museum of Western Art – Free Admission Day

    The National Museum of Western Art was set up in 1959 to provide the Japanese public with a chance to view western art. Its collection includes paintings from the late medieval period through to the 20th Century and modern French […]

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    Dec 24
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    Dec 29

    Tokyo Michi Terrace 2014

    Marunouchi

    Tokyo Michi Terrace is a projection mapping illumination that has happened for the last couple of years on the Marunouchi side of Tokyo Station. The 2012 version featured projection mapping directly on to the newly restored facade of the station […]

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    Dec 28
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    Dec 30

    Winter Comiket 2014

    Odaiba

    The winter edition of Comiket (there’s another in the summer), one of Japan’s biggest comic related events will be happening at Tokyo Big Sight from the 28th to the 30th of December. Admission is free but organisers recommend that you […]

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    Dec 31
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    Jan 1

    Oji Inari-jinja Shrine Fox Parade

    Kishi-machi Kita

    Japanese legend has it that on New Year’s eve, foxes gather from all over Japan under a large tree, disguised in human costume to visit the Oji Inari-jinja Shrine. To honour this tale, the Oji Inari-jinja Shrine celebrates hatsumode (the […]

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    Sun Jan 4

    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 […]

  • Torigoe Shrine Tondoyaki
    Thu Jan 8

    Torigoe Shrine Tondoyaki

    Bring your used New Year’s decorations to this shrine for Tondoyaki, a ceremonial burning, or watch others do so. It is said that if the smoke blows over you, you’ll have a year’s good health. The event may be cancelled […]

  • Taito Seven Lucky Gods Pilgrimage
    Jan 1
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    Jan 10

    Taito Seven Lucky Gods Pilgrimage

    From New Year’s Day and for the first ten days of the year you can join locals of Taito Ward in a visit to shrines of the Seven Lucky Gods. There are 3 courses you can follow in the Yanaka, […]

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    Nov 13
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    Jan 12

    Shiodome Caretta Illumination 2014

    Shiodome

    The theme of this year’s illuminations at Caretta in Shiodome is Canyon d’Azur. This event has proved to be such a hit with Christmas light-up junkies (many rank it as the best in a competitive field) that the event has […]