Cheapo Weekend for Sept 3-4: Free Art, Dance and Fish

Adriana Mazza

Yosakoi dance festival
Yosakoi dance festival | Photo by jamesjustin used under CC

Florian Thomas Keller Solo Exhibition (Sep 3-17): A new art exhibit featuring German artist Florian Thomas Keller. His uses his art to explore the unknown and unusual—and does so by using various materials, such as metal, sand, and wood, as well as various techniques, such as brush, knife, coal, and spray, to name a few. Entry is free and it takes places at the new Kinosho Kikaku Gallery (Closed Sun-Mon).

The Yosakai Oedo Soran Festival (Sep 4): This weekend will see yet another yosakoi (summertime traditional dance) festival, and this time at Kiba Park. There will be 45 dance teams competing—definitely a uniquely Japanese sight to see if you haven’t attended a festival of the kind yet.

Meguro Sanma Matsuri (Sep 4): Give a man a fish, and you feed him for the day. Especially true this weekend when you can get a free serving of grilled sanma (Pacific saury).  At this annual event near Meguro Station, 6,000 fish will be given away to mark the beginning of the season. The whole affair runs from 10am to 2pm, but we recommend getting there as early as possible to beat the queue!

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Museum of Modern Art – Free Admission Day (Sep 4): Head to the MOMAT this Sunday and save yourself the 430  yen admission fee. The collection currently on exhibit includes modern Western works by artists such as Cézanne and Braque, and masterpieces of Japanese oil painting.

Edo Goldfish Wonderland at Sumida Aquarium (ongoing until Sep 30): This event held at Sumida Aquarium is a throwback to the Edo period, with a fishy twist. Amongst the 31 tanks displaying a variety of goldfish, you can enjoy recreated Edo-style vibes—from cocktails to lanterns to ice cream and more. This event is not free, but you can get a discount by way of advance ticket purchase.

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