Cheapo Weekend for Feb 20-21: Lantern Festival, Oedo Antique and Earth Day Markets

Adriana Paradiso
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Photo by Satoshi Tomiyama used under CC

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.

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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.

Happy Weekend!

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Adriana's Tokyo favorites are: Mizumoto Park, Gokokuji Temple Tokyo
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Tags: Antique, Chinese New Year, Lion Dance, Market, Parade, Plum Blossoms, Weekend
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