Cheapo Weekend for Mar 11-12: A Fiery, Foodie, Artsy Weekend

Adriana Paradiso

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Japan Local (Furusato) Food Festival (Mar 11-12): Eat your way around Japan at this food festival specializing in local (furusato) dishes. Free entry and it takes place right by Yoyogi Park, so order your fare and, bam, have yourself a picnic.

Nerd Nite: science X theatre (Mar 11-12): See science and theatre fuse together in a bold experiment put on by Yokohama Theatre Group and Nerd Nite Tokyo. A unique and fascinating show will emerge from discussions between scientists and theatre teams, who have one week to create their plays, blending fact and fiction. The scientific presentations will precede each play when they are performed on March 11 and 12. Advances tickets are 2,500 yen (or 3,000 yen at the door).

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Mt. Takao Hiwatari Festival (Mar 12): If you’ve ever wanted to try walking over hot coals, now is  your chance. This fiery festival comes around but once a year as a way to purify and cleanse, as well as promote world peace, health and prosperity. No need to sign up, just show up to Mt. Takao and walk the (hot) walk.

Blossom Blast Art Exhibition (Mar 1-18): Blossom Blast is an art exhibition spotlighting the creative talents of female artists. The exhibition aims to support these highly talented and accomplished artists, whose works are often overshadowed and under-priced in comparison to those of their male counterparts. In tandem with International Women’s Day (celebrated globally on March 8), TokyoDex and UltraSuperNew Gallery have invited curator Miki Saito to gather a group of artists who explore the concept of this year’s show, “What It Means To Be A Woman” today. You can show some love and check out some pretty remarkable creations until March 18.

Miura-kaigan Cherry Blossom Festival (til Mar 12): This is the final weekend to catch this (early-blooming) cherry blossom festival. Over 1000 Kawazu cherry trees line the path from  Miura-kaigan Station to Komatsukeike Park. The trees near the station will be illuminated until March 12th from 5pm-9pm. (Consider this a day trip from the city, it takes about 2 hours by train to get there from central Tokyo. However, this is a good alternative if you won’t be around for Tokyo’s cherry blossom season slated for late March/early April.)

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