Chinese New Year festivities are drawing to a close this weekend, but definitely not without a splash. Yokohama’s Chinatown will host a florid parade with traditional lion and dragon dances on Saturday, while the following day will see the addition of musical and artistic performances (including acrobatics). Finally, on Monday, the 2000-year-old Lantern Festival will light up the skies, and thus ring out the New Year.
If you’d rather not stray away from Tokyo and fancy a bit of shopping, why not check out the Oedo Antique Market near Yurakucho Station where you can pick up souvenirs, housewares and assorted bric-a-brac. For those in the Harajuku/Shibuya area, pop by Yoyogi Park for the Earth Day Market—earth-friendly goods can be found for sale, from organic fruit and veg to fair trade products to handmade crafts.
And if you haven’t yet, definitely make sure you catch a nice vista of plum blossoms before they succumb to nature’s will and whither away. Why? They’re beautiful and a great alternative for those who won’t be around for Japan’s cherry blossom season.
Photograph the famous Shibuya scramble crossing, wander around the curious and quirky love hotel hill, visit Yoyogi park and Meiji shrine...