Tokyo Events This Week: Chinese New Year & Plum Blossoms

Adriana Paradiso

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Tokyo events for Monday, February 4 to Sunday, February 10, 2019

This week sees the start of Chinese New Year festivities and plum blossom season, plus Valentine’s celebrations in the park, free art, and more.

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Yokohama Chinatown Lion Dance

Yokohama kicks off Chinese New Year celebrations this Friday with an impressive lion dance throughout the streets of its Chinatown. Watch as the ‘lions’ dance about, gobbling up vegetables and red envelopes (containing money) that are hung outside of shops and homes—all in the spirit of bringing good luck and prosperity. This is just the first of many events for the Chinese Spring Festival.



 Chinatown Lion Dance

Dates:Early Feb, 2020
Entry:Free

Nerd Nite #30: Talking Trash

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

 Nerd Nite #30: Talking Trash

Nerd Nite
Dates:8th Feb, 2019
Entry:
Adults:
On the door: ¥1,000

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:22nd Jun, 2019
Entry:Free

Uchisaiwaicho India Festival

Experience the incredible culture of India through dance, music, yoga, food and lectures.

 Uchisaiwaicho India Festival

Namaste India
Dates:9th Feb, 2019
Entry:Free

World Valentine Festival

There’s not much info on what to expect for this year, but in past years there’s been a bazaar, food stalls selling heart-shaped items, music, and theatrical performances, and even screenings of romantic movies.

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 World Valentine Festival

Dates:Early Feb, 2020
Entry:Free

Karuta Card Game Festival 2019

Karuta is a Japanese card game traditionally played on New Year’s Day. Both Japanese and English speakers are invited to learn how to play.

 Karuta Card Game Festival 2019

Karuta Festival
Dates:10th Feb, 2019
Entry:Free

Chinese Traditional Performances

Yokohama will host various Chinese traditional performances starting Saturday. Traditional dragon and lion dances, along with songs, harps and acrobatics should be expected.


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 Chinese Traditional Performances

Dates:Early
~
Mid Feb, 2020
Entry:Free

Setagaya Plum Blossom Festival

This festival takes place at Hanegi Park, which has around 650 plum blossom trees (although they might just be in the budding stage now). On weekends the park hosts vendors selling plum-themed food.

 Setagaya Plum Blossom Festival

Dates:Early Feb
~
Early Mar, 2020
Entry:Free

Bunkyo Plum Blossom Festival

Another plum blossom festival with extras like shamisen-playing, traditional dance, tea, other Japanese cultural events, and, best of all, nighttime illuminations.

 Bunkyo Plum Blossom Festival

Dates:Early Feb
~
Early Mar, 2020
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Adriana's Tokyo favorites are: Mizumoto Park, Gokokuji Temple Tokyo
Filed under: Events, Things to do
Tags: Chinese New Year, Valentines
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