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Tokyo events for Monday, February 25 to Sunday, March 3, 2019

Spring is in the air! Check out various blossom festivals, take in some art, cheer on the Tokyo marathoners and celebarate Girls’ Day in Japan (March 3rd).

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White plum blossoms catch the late sun in Hanegi Park | Photo by kanegen used under CC

Miura-kaigan Cherry Blossom Festival

Your chance to catch early-blooming cherry blossoms. Over 1000 Kawazu cherry trees line the path from Miura-kaigan Station to Komatsukeike Park.



Setagaya Plum Blossom Festival

This festival takes place at Hanegi Park, which has around 650 plum blossom trees. On weekends the park hosts vendors selling plum-themed food.

Bunkyo Plum Blossom Festival

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

Tokyo International Players Presents: Hand to God

A caustic dark comedy play that explores the startlingly fragile nature of faith, morality, and the ties that bind us.

Shot in the Dark – The Photography of David Arnoff

David Arnoff’s photography exhibition sheds intimate new light on the music of the underground from the earliest days of punk to the present day.

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.

Doll Floating Ceremony

A Girls’ Day festival honoring the good health of girls by sending dolls down the Sumida River by boat, which in turn carries away any bad luck. Starts at 11:30am.

Tokyo Marathon

Join the crowds as they watch tens of thousands of runners (some of them in costumes) compete in the ever-popular Tokyo Marathon.

Jindaiji Temple Daruma Doll Fair

One of Japan’s three biggest daruma markets, there are around 300 street stalls selling these traditional dolls at Jindaiji Temple. Various traditional ceremonies also take place over the two days.

Oedo Antique Market

Japan’s biggest outdoor market is a great spot for finding unique souvenirs, decorating your apartment on a shoestring, or even just strolling around outdoors. The market will be canceled in case of rain through, so keep an eye on the forecast.

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