Tokyo Events This Week: Fireworks, Night Festivals and Flea Markets

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Tokyo events for Monday, December 3 to Sunday, December 9, 2018

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Chichibu Yomatsuri

See one of Japan’s biggest (top three) nighttime float parades dazzle the Chichibu area. The event takes place around the traditional 2,000-year-old Chichibu Shrine and boasts a rare chance to see fireworks in the wintertime.

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 Chichibu Yomatsuri

Dates:3rd Dec, 2018
Entry:Free

Akibasan Fire Festival

Want to see priests play with fire? They do just that, wielding the hot stuff on sticks and arrows, at the Akibasan Fire Festival, an event dating back to the 16th century.

 Akibasan Fire Festival (with Video)

Dates:6th Dec, 2018
Entry:Free

Oji Kumade Ichi Fair

A colorful local festival where visitors can pick up kumade—a beautifully decorated bamboo rakes which brings good luck and prosperity to its new owner.



 Oji Kumade Ichi Fair

Dates:6th Dec, 2018
Entry:Free

Nerd Nite #28: Eye Candy

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 #28: Eye Candy

Every month we gather 3 smart speakers and a curious crowd. In December: How did the homoerotic BL genre evolve into a huge market in Japan? What are the new tech and apps that are challenging centralized web services? And we take a look at at the experimental and educational world of 20th century Japanese science films.
Dates:7th Dec, 2018
Entry:
Adults:
On the door: ¥1,000

Downtown Drinks #33

Join the TC gang and fellow cheapos for a drink (or few) and casual mingling at Commune 2nd. This is our 33rd casual meet-up and all are welcome—from readers to travelers to mysterious strangers.

 Downtown Drinks #33

Dates:7th Dec, 2018
Entry:Free

Odaiba Rainbow Fireworks

See a grand fireworks show every Saturday night throughout December. Makes for a good date night!

 Odaiba Rainbow Fireworks

Dates:1st Dec–29th Dec, 2018
Entry:Free

Tokyo Romantic Flea Market

Do a little holiday shopping at this Shibuya flea market with over 100 stalls.

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 Tokyo Romantic Flea Market

Flea Market Tokyo
Dates:9th Dec, 2018
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:7th Dec, 2019
Entry:Free

Sekino Boroichi Market

This evening-time winter market is a great spot to peruse stalls, pick up antique souvenirs or just grab some toasty festival food on a chilly night. This market boasts over 300 stalls and over 80,000 visitors.

 Sekino Boroichi Market

Dates:9th Dec–10th Dec, 2018
Entry:Free

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Last chance: Autumn Evening Illumination at Rikugien Gardens

The famously beautiful Edo-period gardens of Rikugien will be illuminated until December 9th from sunset to 9pm daily. The gardens are known as one of the best spots for autumn foliage viewing, so it’s a perfect for an evening stroll.

 Autumn Evening Illumination at Rikugien Gardens

Dates:17th Nov–9th Dec, 2018

Christmas illuminations

Christmas season in Japan is already upon us with light-up festivals galore taking place all over the city. There are plenty to choose from, with some running until February 2018, and some finishing on Christmas Day—so be sure to note the end dates. With new themes, music accompaniments and increasingly impressive displays every year, you’re sure to enjoy what the bright city streets have to offer. Click here for the top 10 Tokyo illuminations.

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Filed under: Events, Things to do
Tags: Art, Fire, Fireworks, Illuminations, Night Festivals, Rainbow Bridge, Winter
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