Tokyo Events This Week: Furusato Festival, Tokyo Auto Salon & Free Art

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Tokyo events for Monday, January 7 to Sunday, January 13, 2019

Taito Seven Lucky Gods Pilgrimage
Seven Lucky Gods Pilgrimage | Photo by Steve used under CC

7 Lucky Gods Pilgrimage

There’s still time to set off on a Seven Lucky Gods Pilgrimage—a tradition dating back to Tokyo’s Edo period to pray for blessings and wealth for the upcoming year at various temples and shrines. The pilgrimage is usually completed before the 10th of January.

 Seven Lucky Gods Pilgrimage

Dates:Early Jan, 2020
Entry:Free

Torigoe Shrine Tondoyaki

Did you deck your halls with boughs of holly—or other such end-of-year decorations? Don’t know what to do with said decorations now that the holidays are officially over? Head to Torigoe Shrine to have them burned in a ceremonial fire called tondoyaki. It’s claimed that if you get some of that smoke breeze on you from the fire, you’ll be set for good health in the upcoming year.



 Torigoe Shrine Tondoyaki

Torigoe Shrine Tondoyaki
Dates:8th Jan, 2020
Entry:Free

Yeka Haski : “Character a day”

Tokyo-based artist Yeka Haski exhibits her colourful characters at Mograg art gallery.

 Yeka Haski : "Character a day"

Character a Day by Yeka Haski
Dates:5th Jan–27th Jan, 2019
Entry:Free

Midtown Ice Rink

The ice rink at Tokyo Midtown is up and running. It’s a fun and seasonal way to work off some of those holiday calories.

 Midtown Ice Rink

Dates:Early Jan
~
Early Mar, 2020
Entry:
Adults:
On the door: ¥1,500
Children:
On the door: ¥1,000

Furusato Festival Tokyo

Travel around Japan under one dome! The Furusato Matsuri offers a smorgasbord of regional cuisines hailing from Hokkaido all the way down to Okinawa. And don’t miss the chance to catch renowned cultural festivals that will be recreated (like the famous Aomori Nebuta Festival)—a great experience if you don’t have the funds to actually visit these places throughout the year.

 Furusato Festival Tokyo

Dates:Mid Jan, 2020
Entry:¥1,000 – ¥1,700

Tokyo English Book Exchange #6

Meet up with fellow bibliophiles for Tokyo Cheapo’s 6th English Book Exchange. Come with at least one book to swap, then grab a drink and mingle. Who knows what printed treasure you might find!

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 Tokyo English Book Exchange #6

Book Exchange
Dates:8th Jan, 2019
Entry:Free

National Museum of Western Art – Free Admission Day

Check out the extensive permanent collection at the Museum of Western Art in Ueno Park for free. Works include paintings from the late Medieval period through to the 20th century and modern French sculpture.

 National Museum of Western Art - Free Admission Day

Dates:13th Apr, 2019
Entry:Free

Nerd Nite #29: Learning to Fly

Nerd Nite is “the Discovery Channel with beer”, a worldwide monthly event series that mixes presentations, performances, trivia, demos, music, and of course drinking.

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 Nerd Nite #29: Learning to Fly

Nerd Nite
Dates:11th Jan, 2019
Entry:
Adults:
On the door: ¥1,000

Tokyo Auto Salon

Makuhari Messe conference center will be filled to the brim as it hosts the Tokyo Auto Salon, one of the world’s biggest motor shows featuring customized cars and bikes. A great way to spend the afternoon if you love cars or just want to look at some cool stuff you’ll probably never be able to afford (#CheapoAndProudOfIt).

 Tokyo Auto Salon

Dates:Mid Jan, 2020
Entry:
Adults:
Advance sales: ¥2,000
On the door: ¥2,500

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