Who doesn’t need a little more love in their life? And sunshine? And dance-offs?
If you have a deficiency in any of those areas, mosey on over to Yoyogi Park for the One Love Jamaica Festival this weekend. Under the sunny Tokyo skies, be entertained by reggae dancers competing for a spot in the World Reggae Dance Championships while you sample some tasty Jamaican food and drink.
For more world-level competition, you’ll want to see the World Kendo Championships at the Budokan. We guarantee that watching kendo fighters battle it out for the top spot will be nothing short of spectacular. It’s not free, but the 1,000 yen price tag for the cheapie seats will pay off in terms of a culturally rewarding experience.
A trip to Inokashira Park/Zoo could be your low-key option for the weekend. Despite not being the largest or most impressive zoo in Tokyo, you can stroll around and see some indigenous species of Japan—although, full disclosure, many of them are of the duck and squirrel variety. When you’re done with strolling, the park side caters to swan boat rides, picnics and outdoor naps.
There are certain times in the year that can make your visit to Tokyo less than idea.