Cheapo Weekend for May 19-20: Sanja Matsuri and a Crowd of Millions

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Sanja Masturi 2018 – May 18-20

You surely won’t want to miss the Sanja Matsuri—one of the three great Shinto festivals in Tokyo—which honors the founders of Sensoji Temple. Dancers, geisha, performers, and people carrying mikoshi (portable shrines) will begin their procession from the temple and and throughout the Asakusa neighbourhood. Millions of spectators make there way to see the festival—join the crowds or miss out of one of the year’s most awe-inspiring events.

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Entrance to the Tokyo National Museum | Photo by XH Ong used under CC

International Museum Day – May 18

International Museum Day “encourages public awareness of the role of museums in the development of society”. To celebrate, many museums (big and small) in Tokyo offer free admission.

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Vietnam Festival 2018 – May 19-20

Back again is this springtime favorite. Head to the Yoyogi Park Event Square for traditional Vietnamese music and folk art performances, fashion, and a tasty food market.

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Shibuya Kagoshima Ohara Matsuri – May 19-20

This traditional festival hailing from Kagoshima has got it all: a parade with taiko drums, marching troupes and kimono-clad dancers. And take your taste buds on an adventure with various foods and delicacies of the Satsuma Domain (which represents the provinces of Satsuma, Osumi and Hyuga in modern-day Kagoshima prefecture).

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New Video: Tokyo City Flea Market

Tokyo flea markets are a great for bargain-hunting, pick up a new kimono or snag a new book on a shoestring!


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Tokyo Ukraine Parade – May 20

This parade celebrating vyshyvanka (traditional Ukrainian embroidery) returns to Tokiwa Park—and all are welcome to participate!

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Takao Wakaba Festival – Until May 27

Strap on those hiking boots and head to Mount Takao for a spring celebration that includes music, tea ceremony and dance!

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