For all that is free and cheap this weekend:
Blossom Blast Art Exhibition (March 1-16):
BLOSSOM BLAST is an art exhibition spotlighting the creative talents of emerging female artists. The exhibition aims to support these highly talented and accomplished artists, whose works are often overshadowed and under-priced in comparison to those of their male counterparts. Show some love and check out some pretty remarkable creations by heading to the UltraSuperNew gallery in Harajuku. On until March 16.
Pixar: 30 Years of Animation Exhibition (March 5-May 29th):
Take a stroll down nostalgia lane starting this Saturday by visiting the new Pixar exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art. The exhibition has been on a world tour as part of the animation company’s 30th anniversary celebrations, and is finally making its way to Japan for a two-month stint. On display will be hand-drawn sketches, original storyboards, paintings, color scripts and character models—see how your favorite Pixar peeps made their way to the big screen!
Oedo Antique Market (March 6):
The Oedo Antique Market remains a cheapo staple in our books. It’s a great spot for finding unique souvenirs, decorating your apartment on a shoestring, and strolling about in the spring weather doesn’t hurt either.
Speakeasy Dance Party (March 6):
If you’ve had any experience with Tokyo nightlife, you know that oftentimes entry to a club could cost you as much as 5,000 yen. But the Speakeasy gang is offering a FREE dance party in the trendy Omotesando area. Soul, funk, R&B, disco and more—a great mix of genres will be performed to keep your body groovin’ and movin’. The party is taking place at Commune 246, which offers a great layout to mingle and meet new friends.
Cherry blossoms will soon overshadow any other blooming thing, so take this weekend to enjoy the just-as-beautiful plum trees. In particular we recommend the Odawara Plum Festival in Kanagawa prefecture, which ends this weekend and features a grove of 35,000 trees. Plus there’s a great view of Mt. Fuji in the background. For those going on Sunday, there will be a lion dance at 1:00pm.
Give your taste buds a whirl this weekend at one of three food and drink festivals: a curry-pan, sake and Fisherman’s Festival. More details on all of these here.
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