Cheapo Weekend for May 23-24: Fiestas, Art and Music

Adriana Mazza

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If you want to kick the summer off right, you should start with the Ekoda Night Bazaar this Saturday evening. In addition to the usual festival food and ware stalls, this month’s bazaar comes complete with a samba carnival parade (one at 17:00 and another at 18:30). Spend the evening soaking in Brazilian vibes, samba tunes and the warm summer night.

Continuing with the culture fests, the 5th annual Laos Festival is taking place at Yoyogi Park this weekend. More than 150,000 visitors are expected to be there delighting in Laotian food, drink and the promotion of Laos-Japan diplomatic relations.

To top off festival-wise, head to the harbour this weekend for the Tokyo Port Festival. This is good entertainment for family folk who want to spend the day outside and out of the city with their little ones this weekend. Note that for the firefighting displays and tugs, you’ll want to be there on the Sunday.

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For the free art portion of the weekend, check out the Tokyo Art Fair in Harajuku. Its main purpose is for visitors to actually buy art, but seeing as art can be pricey and a cheapo’s lifestyle is not, the trick is to treat the whole event like a free art gallery.

Our last event won’t be found on the weekend—on Wednesday 27th, R e s o n a n c e, an audio-visual concert event where musicians play traditional and unconventional instruments will take place on Wednesday 27th in Roppongi.


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