Cheapo Weekend for Jan 14-15: Yearly Markets, Parties and the Tokyo Auto Salon

Adriana Paradiso

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Perfect Liars Club (Jan 12): A smash-hit comedy story interrogation show hailing all the way from Washington, DC. Four people tell an incredible story—but only three of them are true. Listen, laugh, suspect, interrogate—then vote. Are you shrewd enough to spot the liar? All taking place at Good Heavens bar in Shimokitazawa. Entry is 1,500 yen and includes a drink.

This&That Cafe – Art and Music Night (Jan 13): One of our favorite cheapo-approved events is back for its 31st iteration. This&That Café in Roppongi puts on a quality night of fun with an eclectic array of art, music, good drinks and good vibes—what’s not to enjoy? Entry is 1,000 yen and includes a drink.

Kitsune Fridays Party: New Year Edition (Jan 13): Free party in Shibuya with some of Tokyo’s best DJs playing all the disco and house you love without the hefty club price tag.


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Toyota Gazoo Racing had a very large display showing real race-cars with real bugs, rocks, chips and other bits on the front.
Toyota Gazoo Racing had a very large display showing real race cars with real bugs, rocks, chips and other bits on the front. | Photo by David Ishikawa

Tokyo Auto Salon (Jan 13-15): Makuhari Messe conference center will be filled to the brim hosting the Tokyo Auto Salon, one of the world’s biggest motor shows featuring customized cars and bikes. A great way to spend the afternoon if you love cars or just want to look at a bunch of cool stuff you’ll probably never be able to afford (#CheapoAndProudOfIt).

Furusato-Festival
Photo by Doug used under CC

Furusato Matsuri Tokyo (Jan 7-15): Travel around Japan at a very cheapo price! The Furusato Matsuri offers a smorgasbord of regional cuisines hailing from the north’s Hokkaido to the south’s Okinawa. And don’t miss the chance to catch several renowned cultural festivals that will be recreated (like the famous Aomori Nebuta festival). All conveniently located under one roof—Tokyo Dome.

Boroichi Market
Photo by Adriana Mazza

Boroichi Market I (Jan 15-16): This is one of our favorite markets in Tokyo. Maybe it’s because it only comes around twice a year and our anticipation builds, or maybe it’s because it’s got a fun atmosphere, with cheapo deals awaiting you at every stall, games, food and drink, and a four-century-long history. For more pics and info on the market, read this.

Oedo Antique Market (Jan 15): A cheapo favorite, Japan’s biggest outdoor market in Japan is back at the Tokyo International Forum. It’s a great spot for finding unique souvenirs, decorating your apartment on a shoestring, or even just strolling around outdoors. The market will be canceled in case of rain through, so keep an eye on the forecast.

Cherry Blossom Winter Illumination Ueno Park
Photo by Hideya HAMANO used under CC

Ueno Winter Cherry Blossom Illumination (until Jan 15): This is the final weekend to see the sakura-inspired illumination in Ueno Park. Lights are on between 5 and 8pm.

Anne Collier: Women with Cameras (Anonymous) (until Feb 19): Each of the 80 photographs presented in this unique exhibition contains an anonymous female subject in the act of either taking a photograph or holding camera equipment. Sourced over many years by New York artist Anne Collier from flea markets and online auction sites, the images in ‘Women With Cameras (Anonymous)’ date from the 1970s to the early 2000s. The exhibition takes place at the Rat Hole Gallery in Tokyo’s Omotesando neighborhood. Closed Mondays.



It’s a Sony (until Mar 31): The demolishing of the 50-year-old Sony Building in Ginza is turning out to be quite the celebration. The event will be split into two parts where you can enjoy a special exhibits about the company’s past, present, and future.

Midtown Ice Rink (Jan 5-Mar 5): The ice rink at Tokyo Midtown will be up and running starting this Thursday. It’s a fun and seasonal way to work off some of those holiday calories.

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