Summer Comiket (Aug 12-14): Make your way to Tokyo Big Site for the summer edition of 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 cosplay at the festival, but be sure to arrive/leave the venue in “normal” clothes. The changing room fee is 800 yen, otherwise entry is free. More details.
Bon Bon Festa (Aug 12): Do cotton candy, Yo-Yo’s, Japanese street good and party music sound like a good way to celebrate the summer? We think so, that’s why we recommend Bon Bon Festa, an early evening social party in Shibuya. Entrance is free and if you wear a yukata (summertime kimono), your first drink is on the house! More details.
Shinjuku Coffee Slam (Aug 13): If you have a deep love for caffeination (like we do here at TC), then check out the Shinjuku Coffee Slam for a full day of workshops, tastings (500 yen) and outdoor movie watching (free). More details.
Okutama Nohryo Fireworks Festival (Aug 13): There will be a small fireworks festival (a modest 1000 illuminations) in west Tokyo’s Tama area. Event lasts for 30 minutes starting at 7:45pm. More details.
Dancing Pikachu Parade (until Aug 14): One of Tokyo’s newer events, the Dancing Pikachu Horde is back by popular demand. This is the last weekend to catch (and join) 1000 electric mice shimmying and shaking around Yokohama’s Minatomirai area. More details.
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