Tokyo Events This Week: The Fukagawa Festival and Dancing Pikachus

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Tokyo events for Monday, August 5 to Sunday, August 11, 2019

A week of ultimate summer fun—with the Fukagawa “water fight” Festival, the Dancing Pikachus parade, a night market, Tanabata celebrations and fireworks.

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Asagaya Tanabata Festival

The Asagaya district is celebrating its version of the Tanabata festival. The festival is known for its large and colorful paper-mâché recreations of cartoon characters, which are hung from the ceiling in the Asagaya Pearl Center. There will also be traditional Japanese games and tons of food stalls.

 Asagaya Tanabata Festival

Dates:Early Aug, 2020
Entry:Free

National Museum of Western Art – Free Admission Day

Check out the extensive permanent collection at the Museum of Western Art in Ueno Park for free. Works include paintings from the late Medieval period through to the 20th century and modern French sculpture.

 National Museum of Western Art - Free Admission Day

Dates:23rd Nov, 2019
Entry:Free

Okutama Nohryo Fireworks Festival

There will be a small fireworks festival (a modest 1,000 illuminations) in west Tokyo’s Tama area. The event lasts for 30 minutes starting at 7:45pm.



 Okutama Nohryo Fireworks Festival

tokyo fireworks
Dates:8th Aug, 2020
Entry:Free

Jingugaien Fireworks Festival

A display of 10,000 fireworks over Meiji Jingu Stadium, the most urban venue of Tokyo’s fireworks festivals. To avoid paying for a seat at the stadium, set yourself up anywhere within a 1 km radius for free and you’ll still get a great view.

 Jingugaien Fireworks Festival

jingugaien fireworks
Dates:Early Aug, 2020
Entry:Free

Asakusa Toro Nagashi

For a sense of old Japan, hit up the Asakusa Toro Nagashi event. Starting at 6:30 pm at Sumida Park (in the bit between Azumabashi and Kototoibashi bridges), lanterns will be lit and and sent floating down the river in honor of the Obon holiday.

 Asakusa Toro Nagashi

toro nagashi
Dates:Early Aug, 2020
Entry:Free

Citta’ Summer Festival 2019

The Citta’ Summer Festival is an annual festival filled with summertime festival favorites, including a night market, food stalls, traditional dance performances and a line-up of entertainment.

 Citta' Summer Festival 2019

Dates:10th Aug–12th Aug, 2019
Entry:Free

Shimokitazawa Bon Dance Festival

The trendy neighbohood of Shimokitazawa throws its own traditional summer festival, complete with a yagura (festival tower), kimono-clad bon dancers, plus games and live music.

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 Shimokitazawa Bon Dance Festival

Dates:Early
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Mid Aug, 2020
Entry:Free

Summer Comiket

The summer edition of Comiket is one of Tokyo’s biggest pop culture events. Comiket is a comics festival, with a focus on independently created and published manga (or dojinsha). You can buy merch, meet the creators and even cosplay at the festival (just be sure to arrive/leave the venue in “normal” clothes).

 Summer Comiket

Dates:Early
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Mid Aug, 2020
Entry:
Adults:
On the door: ¥500

Takeshi Obata – Never Complete

This exhibition is a rare chance to see the original artwork of Takeshi Obata, the legendary artist behind smash-hit manga series including Hikaru no Go, Death Note, and Bakuman.

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 Takeshi Obata – Never Complete

Art ExhibitTakeshi Obata
Dates:13th Jul–12th Aug, 2019
Entry:¥600 – ¥1,500

Dancing Pikachu Horde

One of Tokyo’s newer events, the Dancing Pikachu Horde is back by popular demand. Catch (and join) the 2,000 electric mice shimmying and shaking around Yokohama’s Minatomirai area.

 Dancing Pikachu Horde

Dates:Early
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Mid Aug, 2020
Entry:Free

Fukagawa Festival

Known as one of the the three great Shinto festivals in Tokyo, this festival takes place at the Tomioka Hachiman-gu Shrine and features a procession of 120 mikoshi (portable shrines). The featured act, however, is when spectators (approximately half a million of them) splash water on the shrine bearers to keep ’em cool. Boiled down, you can treat this festival as a well-deserved and super-fun water fight to ward off August’s heat and humidity. The main parade is on August 11th this year.

 Fukagawa Festival

fukugawa festival
Dates:Mid Aug, 2020
Entry:Free

For more top Tokyo events happening this month, see our August recommendations.


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