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Downtown Drinks #26 (Dec 14): Join the TC gang and fellow cheapos for a drink (or few) and casual mingling at the Tokyo Cheapo headquarters Ninetytwo13. This is our 26th casual monthly meet-up and all are welcome—from readers to travelers to mysterious strangers.

Suggested Activity
Ride a Rickshaw in Asakusa
Journey through the traditional streets of Asakusa on a two-seater rickshaw pulled by a smiley guide with thighs of steel. You'll see the top sights of the area -- Kaminarimon Gate, Sensōji Temple, and Tokyo Skytree -- in style, and use the dramatic backdrops for a quick photoshoot or two. ...

The 47 Ronin Winter Festival (Dec 14): A solemn religious festival at Sengakuji Temple—the place to which the 47 loyal samurai took their enemy’s severed head in 1701, and which holds their graves.

Photo by Adriana Paradiso

Boroichi Market (Dec 15-16):  This is one of our favorite markets in Tokyo. Maybe it’s because it only comes around twice a year and our anticipation builds, or maybe it’s because it’s got a fun atmosphere—with cheapo deals awaiting you at every stall, games, food and drink, and a four-century-long history. For more pics and info on the market, read this.

That's What She Said Dita
Photo by J G Wang

That’s What She Said Comedy Charity Night (Dec 15): An all-woman run and performed English comedy charity event in Shimokitazawa! Join for drinks, laughs, and the opportunity to help a great cause.

Photo by Takahiro Hayashi used under CC

Odaiba Rainbow Fireworks (Dec 16): See a grand fireworks show every Saturday night throughout December. The fireworks will go off between Odaiba and the Rainbow Bridge from 19:00-19:10. Makes for a good date night!

Hanakawado Hakidaore-ichi Shoe Market (Dec 16-17):  If you’re on the hunt for bargains on shoes, bags, wallets, scarves or accessories, head to Hanakawado Park where up to 40 retailers are selling all that and more at discounted prices.

Hagoita | Photo by Grigoris Miliaresis

Sensoji Temple Hagoita Fair (Dec 17-19): This is an end-of-year market on Sensoji Temple grounds where you can pick up a good luck “racket” to adorn your home and fill up on tasty street food. Keep an eye out for geisha who can be spotted perusing through the market stalls.

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