Downtown Drinks #23 (Sep 8): Join the TC gang and fellow cheapos for a drink (or few) and casual mingling at the new Commune 2nd in Omotesando. This is our 23rd casual monthly meet-up and all are welcome—from readers to travelers to mysterious strangers.
Fashion’s Night Out Tokyo 2017 (Sep 9): 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.
Kichijoji Autumn Festival 2017 (Sep 9-10): 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.
Afro American Caribbean Festa 2017 (Sep 9-10): A delicious food and drink market with live music, dance and fashion shows. Head down to Keyaki Street in Yoyogi Park for a weekend filled with great food and entertainment. The festival aims to bring people together to promote Afro American Caribbean culture, activities and creativity. Open to people of all ages.
National Museum of Western Art – Free Admission Day (Sep 9): 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.
Meguro Sanma Matsuri (Sep 10): Give a man a fish, and you feed him for the day. Especially true this weekend when you can get a free serving of grilled sanma (Pacific saury). At this annual event near Meguro Station, 6,000 fish will be given away to mark the beginning of the season. The whole affair runs from 10am to 2pm, but we recommend getting there as early as possible to beat the queue!
Hibiya Oktoberfest (Sep 1-10): 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 park’s fountain for all the action.
TELL Tokyo Tower Climb (Sep 10): TELL is a non-profit that provides English-language counseling services. On September 10th, World Suicide Prevention Day, TELL is hosting a fundraising event at Tokyo Tower to raise awareness about suicide and TELL services in Japan. Come out—by yourself, or form a team—to climb the tower and help raise money to take the TELL Lifeline 24/7. Every step changes lives. #TELLwilllisten #TELLTowerClimb
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