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Plum Blossoms: A sunny weekend in February is reason enough to go outside—and having brilliantly beautiful plum trees blossoming about definitely helps too. See our guide for the various gardens, parks and temple grounds around Tokyo with a good density of trees—some of our favorites include Ikegami Plum Garden, and the Odawara plum grove in Kanagawa prefecture (with 35,000 trees, a view of Fuji and various cultural performances).
World Valentine Festival (Feb 19): This (belated) festival will take place at Yoyogi Park from 10:00 am-6:00 pm on February 19th. There’s not much info on what to expect for this year, but in past years there’s been a bazaar, food stalls, music, and theatrical performances, and even screenings of romantic movies. Weather’s looking good this weekend so you can bring the literal and figurative cheese for a picnic in the park too.
Tokushima Tourism and Products Fair (Feb 19): For a taste of Tokushima (a prefecture in the northern part of Shikoku), head to Yoyogi Park this Sunday from 9:30am-4pm. Tokushima will be on display in terms of food, drink, artistic performances, exhibitors, products and more.
YES THIS NIGHT – A Midwinter Double Bill (Feb 17-19): The Yokohama Theatre Group is proud to announce YES THIS NIGHT, a midwinter double bill. Both shows have won awards internationally, and YTG is thrilled to bring them to Kanagawa prefecture for three short nights in February. I’m Doing This For You blends storytelling, live-art and improvisation, and Space Hippo is an adventure-comedy science-fiction show with a hint of social satire.
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.
Live from the Kitchen Disco Vol. 33 (Feb 19): There’s another killer line-up for this month’s free showcase of all the best talent in Tokyo. Featuring a combination of Japanese and international bands including Chris Baluyut (New York acoustic singer-songwriter), Ian Gronow and the Gentlemen (English pop/rock band), Noriko Shinna (Japanese shamisen player), Sen City Sinners (International Americana/slacker country/power pop band), Slow Wolves Club (International post-punk band), Yoshi Tokio of The Jexit (Solo acoustic The Jam covers), you can be sure of a great night of music. There’s also a great menu with Indian food, beers and more beers—what more could you want?
Tokyo Dome Winter Illumination (until Feb 19): This is the last call to see some winter illuminations at Tokyo Dome. The theme for 2017 is “Love ♡ Italy” to commemorate the 150th anniversary of Japan-Italian relation—so expect to see a couple million LEDS fashioned into iconic Italian scenes like the Venetian canal and the Leaning Tower of Pisa.