Tokyo Events This Week: Robots and Rackets

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Tokyo events for Monday, December 16 to Sunday, December 22, 2019

Preempt some good luck for the upcoming year by visiting one of the traditional hagoita markets selling lucky rackets. Tech fans will want to attend the International Robot Exhibition, which comes around only once every two years.

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Sensoji Temple Hagoita-Ichi Fair

An end-of-year market on Sensoji Temple grounds where you can pick up a good-luck “racket” to adorn your home and fill up on tasty street food too. Keep an eye out for geisha who can be spotted perusing through the market stalls.

 Senso-ji Temple Hagoita-Ichi Fair

Asakusa's Sensoji temple Hagoita-Ichi Fair
Dates:17th Dec–19th Dec, 2020

IREX International Robot Exhibition 2019

This event, held every other year at Tokyo Big Sight, features the latest and greatest in cutting-edge robotic technology. This event is free with preregistration.

 IREX International Robot Exhibition 2021

IREX International Robot Exhibition
Late Dec, 2021

Nishiarai Daishi Temple – End of Year Festival

Close out the year at Nishiarai Daishi Temple where there are plenty of good-luck charms and food options to choose from. It’s also a good excuse to get out of central Tokyo and see a beautiful Buddhist temple you might not otherwise have visited.

 Nishiarai Daishi Temple - End of Year Festival

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Dates:21st Dec, 2020

Japanese Tea Party with Koto Performance

A chance to see a live performace of the koto—a traditional stringed Japanese instrument. Takes place in the perfect venue too: a four-decade-old green tea shop and cafe.

 Japanese Tea Party with Koto Performance

Koto Peroformance with tea - hitomi
Dates:21st Dec, 2019

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Dates:21st Dec, 2019
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Winter Solstice Festival

Ward off the cold by picking up a mamori charm at this solstice festival. There’s also a large winter market with plenty of food stalls to choose from.

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 Winter Solstice Festival

Dates:22nd Dec, 2020

Kasukabe Hagoita Market

Take a trip to Saitama for a spot of traditional Japanese culture at the Kasukabe Hagoita Market. Hagoita are ornamental rackets based on an old-school New Year’s game. The rackets are brightly decorated with famous kabuki actors, sports stars and other celebs.

 Kasukabe Hagoita Market

Dates:21st Dec–23rd Dec, 2020

Odaiba Rainbow Fireworks

See a grand fireworks show every Saturday night throughout December. The fireworks will go off between Odaiba and the Rainbow Bridge from 7 pm to 7:10 pm.

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 Odaiba Rainbow Fireworks

rainbow fireworks odaiba
Late Dec, 2020

Tokyo Michi Terrace 2019

Always a crowd-pleaser, Michi Terrace is back and features festive lights projected onto the facade of the iconic Tokyo Station building.

 Tokyo Michi Terrace 2020

Dates:Late Dec, 2020

Christmas markets and illuminations

It’s the week before Christmas, so get yourself in the festive spirit by checking out the various illumination festivals and Christmas markets taking place all over the city.

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