Tokyo events for Monday, December 11 to Sunday, December 17, 2023.
The lead-up to the end of the year is festive — there are plenty of markets to grab holiday gifts at and parties to join.
The 47 Rōnin Winter Festival
The winter edition of the Akōgishisai — a festival commemorating the 47 rōnin (or masterless samurai) — happens at Sengakuji Temple, the very same place to which the 47 loyal samurai took their enemy’s severed head and which holds their graves.
Setagaya Boroichi Market II
Boroichi is an enormous flea market at which more than 700 vendors sell a variety of used goods, antiques, handicrafts, and food to approximately 200,000 visitors. If you miss this one, there is another Boroichi (the first of the year) on the 15th and 16th of January.
WeLearn Christmas Party (BYOB)
’tis the season to be jolly with others at this friendly and relaxed meetup for learning Japanese. Some highlights include a board game corner, a present exchange, and chat time. Soft drinks are free, and you may bring your own alcohol in. Christmas drinks, champagne, and cakes are provided.
Vket Real 2023 Shibu/Hara
Let the virtual world become a reality at this offline/online event. There will be special stages, a pop-up cafe, talks, and a puzzle-solving game — as well as free performances at Shibuya Sakura Stage. You’ll also get a chance to see your favorite streamers and creators (such as Nobaman, Yamien, and Nephrite).
Jump Festa, an anime and manga mega-event, takes place at Makuhari Messe every year. It is one of Japan’s top pop culture events. The event introduces new manga, anime, films, games, and merchandise relating to titles and characters (think One Piece, Dragon Ball, Naruto, Slam Dunk, Bleach, and many more) that are featured in the line of Jump magazines.
Bungu Joshi Haku Stationery Festival
For all things stationery, head to the biggest festival in Japan: the Bungu Joshi Haku. There will be all your regular favorites as well as smaller brands and limited-edition items with plenty of new designs to discover. Whether you’re after new pens, organizers, or washi tape, you’ll be spoiled for choice.
Sensōji Temple Hagoita-Ichi Fair
Asakusa’s Sensōji — Tokyo’s oldest temple — holds a Hagoita-Ichi Festival every year’s end to sell the good luck charm hagoita, which are ornamental bats.
Toranomon Light Art
Tokyo’s swankiest spot turns up the lights for the winter. Welcome to Toranomon Light Art, a set of illuminations that showcase the beauty of the Toranomon Hills area. Unique light sculptures and art will be on display, from the glowing garden of a firefly field to a tornado made of light. Artists from around the world have contributed their works to the display.
Downtown Drinks #43: ‘Tis the Season
Join us, Tokyo Cheapo, for our 43rd Downtown Drinks and get to networking, meeting new people, and enjoying a few hard-earned drinks. This event is meant for everyone — from readers to travelers to mysterious strangers. Whether you’re looking to network, meet new people, or just get outside into the open air.