Cheapo Weekend for February 1/2: Chinese New Year, Bean-flinging and Andy Warhol

Carey Finn

Image by Masayuki Takaku, used under a Creative Commons Licence.
Image by Masayuki Takaku, used under a Creative Commons Licence.

Feel like getting out of Tokyo? Then head to Yokohama China Town to celebrate the Chinese Lunar New Year, which officially starts on January 31st this year.

How to be a good neighbor - Six simple ways to maintain harmony with your neighbors in Japan read more
REThink Tokyo

Also known as the Spring Festival, it’s an important, fun-filled two weeks of festivities that wrap up on February 14th. You’ll be able to sample delicious Chinese dishes, including traditional sweets, while enjoying lion dances, dragon dances, gong and cymbal music and more. There will be dance performances on both Saturday and Sunday afternoon.

Another popular early spring festival that’s on this weekend is the Shimokitazawa Tengu Festival. Bean-flinging (for good luck) and giant red tengu heads (tengu are protective, kind of scary spirits from Japanese folklore) in what’s already one of Tokyo’s coolest areas make for lots of fun. It’s a setsubun (the transition between seasons) event with a difference. For a more traditional setsubun experience, you could also check out Zojoji Temple on Monday.

Ninja Wifi is the biggest provider of rental pocket wifi devices to international visitors coming to Japan. They also have the most pick-up points. [caption click here for details
 Suggested Activity 

If you’re not big on crowded streets, the Andy Warhol: 15 Minutes Eternal, which opens on Saturday at the Mori Art Museum, might be more your scene.


Watch this next

New Video: Getting Wifi In Japan

Our guide to prepay SIM cards, wifi routers, cafe wifi and other places to quickly find wifi whilst visiting Japan.





Get our Tokyo Cheapo Hacks direct to your inbox




Questions or comments about this article? Start a thread on our community forum