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Washi Candle Garden (Sep 9-11): The students of Tama Univeristy are once again hosting the annual Washi Candle Garden in remembrance of the 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami. Each paper lantern has a message of support to the people of the affected area. The event is part of the school’s We Love Japan Project.

Kitsune Fridays Party (Sep 9): Free party in Shibuya with some of Tokyo’s best DJs playing all the disco and house you love without the hefty club price tag.

Hibiya Oktoberfest (Sep 9-19): Beer, sausages and music await you at Hibiya Park. And if you’re not a beer person, there’s wine and non-alcoholic options as well. Just head towards the fountain for all the action.

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Fashion’s Night Out 2016 (Sep 10): Vogue magazine’s international fashion and shopping event is making its way back to Tokyo. Lovers of everything chic and trendy should make their way to Omotesando Hills—Tokyo’s high fashion mecca—to catch the festivities (which include appearances from celebrities and designers, music performances and shopping promos). Starts at 4pm.

Museum of Western Art – Free Admission Day (Sep 10): This Saturday, check out the extensive collection at the Museum of Western Art in Ueno Park—an activity that which would normally cost you 430 yen. Works includes paintings from the late medieval period through to the 20th Century and modern French sculpture. Artists include Ruebens, Renoir, Monet, Van Gogh, Picasso, Pollock and many more.

Kichijoji Autumn Festival (Sep 10-11): Celebrate fall with Kichijoji residents this weekend. In typical Japanese celebratory fashion, a lively mikoshi (portable shrine) parade will take place throughout the neighborhood streets.

Arafes 2016 (Sept 10-11): AraFes is taking place at Yoyogi Park this year, so head down there to celebrate the wide-ranging cultures, fashions and foods of Arab countries. The festival is being held in an effort to expand people’s notion of Arabian culture, which varies vastly from, say, Egypt to Morocco to Dubai. Performances will also take place starting at 10am until the evening on both days.

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