Cheapo Weekend for Feb 21-22: Chinese New Year

Adriana Paradiso

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Photo by Nemo's great uncle used under CC

Yokohama is where it’s AT to celebrate Chinese New Year with the Chinatown Lion Dance. Festivities kick off on Thursday, February 19th with a Lion Dance parade. This martial arts-influenced dance is performed to pray for a good harvest and prosperity…a prayer every cheapo can relate to.

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When it comes to keeping the party going, Yokohama’s our man. There will be Chinese traditional performances over the next two weekends (Feb 21s-Feb 22nd and Feb 28th-Mar 1st). Traditional dragon and lion dances, along with other dances, songs, harps and acrobatics should be expected.

Black Film Night continues this Saturday, February 21st with the film Chameleon Street. Entrance is free, which is a ridiculous steal for movie lovers who don’t want to pay those insanely high Tokyo theatre prices.Viewing’s at Coins Bar at 5:30 pm.

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For those who just can’t get enough outdoor markets, swing by Yoyogi Park for the Japanese Antique Market on Sunday, February 22nd from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm. Kill two birds with one stone by testing your Japanese skills with the locals selling their antique wares while learning about Japanese culture and art.

If you want the option to get some fresh air while simultaneously being sardined in vast crowds and watch people sweat for hours upon hours, then Tokyo Marathon is your Sunday event match up. Being envious of others people’s dedication and motivation a spectator is free.

The famous play The Vagina Monologues will also take place this Sunday, February 22nd at The Pink Cow. For just 2,500 yen, you’ll get a show AND an all-you-can-eat buffet AND a charity donation. What’s best, performances will be in both English and Japanese.

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