Tokyo Events This Week: Golden Week Festivities

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Tokyo events for Monday, April 29 to Sunday, May 5, 2019

The long-awaited 10-day Golden Week holiday has just begun and it’s the perfect opportunity to join in on some unique and fun festivities. Tour the world at the Cambodia or Hawaii festivals, quench your thirst at Spring Oktoberfest, see traditional Japanese ceremonies and parades, or bring your appetite to the various food festivals throughout Tokyo.

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Bone Music

This exhibition spotlights the strange story of the Soviet Underground and the sounds that were outlawed.

 Bone Music

Bone Music Event
Dates:27th Apr–12th May, 2019
Entry:
Adults:
Advance sales: ¥1,200
On the door: ¥1,400

Artist Talks: Spring Edition

Artist Talks is an informal gathering of artists to discuss art and ideas. Artists give short talks followed by a few questions from the audience.



 Artist Talks: Spring Edition

Artist Talks Photo
Dates:29th Apr, 2019
Entry:Free

Nikufes

Niku is the Japanese word for “meat”—and a lot of it is what you can expect at this festival. Meat from Japan and abroad will be served up in every form imaginable: kebabs, hot dogs, steak, roast pork, xiaolongbao, and much more.

 Nikufes

Dates:Late Apr
~
Early May, 2021
Entry:Free

Kurayami Festival

This festival is touted as one of the “three strangest festivals in Kanto”. Among the oddities will be funny costumes, colorful mantou dances and bellies with faces painted on. Festival favorites include food stalls, floats, lanterns and various performances.

 Kurayami Festival

Dates:30th Apr–6th May, 2020
Entry:Free

Ome Grand Festival

This traditional festival features twelve giant wheeled floats known as “dashi”—each representing one of the neighborhoods of the city of Ome in far western Tokyo. Costumed mannequins ride the dashi, which are pushed and pulled through the streets to the accompaniment of traditional flutes and drums by the residents of the neighborhood they represent.

 Ome Grand Festival

Dates:2nd May–3rd May, 2020
Entry:Free

Cambodia Festival

This is a festival to promote friendship between Japan and the Kingdom of Cambodia. Buy Khmer products and feast on traditional Khmer food while enjoying dance and cultural performances.

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 Cambodia Festival

Dates:Early May, 2020
Entry:Free

Tokyo Sea Life Park – Free Admission Day

Enjoy a free day at the impressive Tokyo Sea Life Park. Highlights include a donut-shaped tank containing 2,200 tons of water housing bluefin tuna and a penguin park.

 Tokyo Sea Life Park - Free Admission Day

Dates:4th May, 2020
Entry:Free

Museum of Modern Art – Free Admission Day

The MOMAT is free this Sunday. The museum houses mainly Japanese works of the 20th century including a number deemed ‘Important Cultural Properties’ or masterpieces.


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 Museum of Modern Art - Free Admission Day

momat
Dates:6th Oct, 2019
Entry:Free

Kachiya Festival

Join 100,000 spectators at the Kachiya Festival, dedicated to the kachiya (victory arrow). The main attraction is a traditional samurai procession which traces a 2 km route through the shrine grounds and around Kameido Station.

 Kachiya Festival (Samurai Procession)

Dates:Early May, 2020
Entry:Free

Haisai Festa

The Haisai Festa is an annual event which celebrates the many aspects of Okinawan culture—from cuisine, music, dance, traditional arts and more. A major draw of course are the various food and drink stalls serving up local specialties (like soba and awamori). And stick around for the traditional eisa performances with plenty of energetic singing, chanting, dancing and drumming.

 Haisai Festa

Haisai Festa
Dates:Early May, 2020
Entry:Free

African-American-Caribbean Golden Week Food Festa

Head to Yoyogi Park to enjoy this festival showcasing Afro-American and Caribbean culture and cuisine—expect live music, dance and fashion shows and a slew of food stalls.

 African-American-Caribbean Golden Week Food Festa

Djembe drum
Dates:Late Apr
~
Early May, 2020
Entry:Free

Spring Oktoberfest

The spring edition of Oktoberfest will be taking place in Odaiba over Japan’s Golden Week holiday. Entrance is free but food and drink is pay as you go. There will be a plethora of beer stalls, featuring both German and local Japanese brews, and food stands with the usual German fare, like pretzels, sausage, sauerkraut and more.



 Spring Oktoberfest

odaiba oktoberfest - May June Tokyo events
Dates:26th Apr–6th May, 2019
Entry:Free

Odaiba Hawaii Festival 2019

This year’s festival will feature Hawaiian music performances by national and international artists, a Polynesian show, Tahitian and hula dance shows, and Hawaiian market where you can pick up goods and snack on tasty Hawaiian food.

 Odaiba Hawaii Festival 2020

odaiba hawaii festival
Dates:Late Apr
~
Early May, 2020
Entry:Free

Meiji Shrine Spring Grand Festival

Meiji Shrine is dedicated to the deified spirits of Emperor Meiji and Empress Shoken. Every spring the shrine holds a week-long event spanning Golden Week that features an impressive lineup of traditional performing arts presentations. Festivities include traditional Japanese music, theater and dance performances and a main Shinto ceremony.

 Meiji Shrine Spring Grand Festival

Dates:Late Apr
~
Early May, 2020
Entry:Free

Tokyo Rainbow Pride

Tokyo Rainbow Pride celebrates Tokyo’s LGBT community with a 3 km long parade on Saturday and Sunday around the Harajuku/Shibuya area. All welcome!

 Tokyo Rainbow Pride

Dates:Late Apr, 2020
Entry:Free

Toshio Suzuki and Studio Ghibli Exhibition

The highly anticipated new Ghibli exhibition is now open. The exhibition focuses on the vital but lesser-known creator at Studio Ghibli—Toshio Suzuki.

 Toshio Suzuki and Studio Ghibli Exhibition

Toshio Ghibli Exhibition
Dates:20th Apr–20th May, 2019
Entry:¥1,200 – ¥1,300

Kameido Tenjin Wisteria Festival

Another beloved blossom, wisteria is celebrated at Kameido Tenjin Shrine with food stalls, tea ceremonies and ikebana (flower arrangement) displays.

 Kameido Tenjin Wisteria Festival

Dates:Mid Apr
~
Early May, 2020
Entry:Free

Nezu Shrine Azalea Festival

Nezu Shrine’s 300-year-old garden blooms again—with 3000(!) colorful azalea bushes. In addition, there is a plant fair, an antique fair, and many festive stalls.

 Nezu Shrine Azalea Festival

Dates:Early Apr
~
Early May, 2020
Entry:
Adults:
Advance sales: ¥200
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Tags: Art, Beer, Ceremony, Culture Festivals, Featured, Flower Festivals, Food Festivals, Free Admission, Golden Week, Holiday, Oktoberfest, Shinto, Spring Festivals, Traditional Festival
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