Tokyo Events This Week: Food & Culture Festivals and Traditional Ceremonies

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Tokyo events for Monday, April 22 to Sunday, April 28, 2019

A good week for festival dining at various food events around Tokyo. Traditional ceremonies and cultural festivals are plentiful, especially on the weekend as Golden Week holidays begin.

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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

Off-Broadway Musical: “The Last Five Years”

An emotionally powerful and intimate musical about two New Yorkers in their twenties who fall in and out of love over the course of five years. Performed in both English and Japanese.



 Off-Broadway Musical: "The Last Five Years"

Broadway Musical
Dates:23rd Apr–24th Apr, 2019
Entry:
Adults:
Advance sales: ¥4,800
Students:
Advance sales: ¥3,800

The Raconteurs

An American rock band fronted by Jack White of The White Stripes fame, The Raconteurs have been creating their unique sounds since 2006.

 The Raconteurs

The Raconteurs
Dates:24th Apr–25th Apr, 2019
Entry:
Adults:
Advance sales: ¥9,800

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

Downtown Drinks #37

Join the TC gang and fellow cheapos for a drink (or few) and casual mingling at Commune 2nd. This is our 37th casual meet-up and all are welcome—from readers to travelers to mysterious strangers.

 The Raconteurs

The Raconteurs
Dates:24th Apr–25th Apr, 2019
Entry:
Adults:
Advance sales: ¥9,800

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.

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 National Museum of Western Art - Free Admission Day

Dates:27th Jul, 2019
Entry:Free

Nakizumo Crying Baby Festival

An “only in Japan” type of festival, parents enter their babies in a 400-year-old competition to see which one cries first, indicating the winner. It’s based around the saying “naku ko wa sodatsu”, meaning “crying babies grow well”.

 Nakizumo Crying Baby Festival

Naki Zumo Crying baby Festival
Dates:Late Apr, 2020
Entry:Free

Kon-Kon Kutsu Ichi (“Shoe Festival”)

As a gesture of customer appreciation, local shoemakers gather at Tamahime Inari Shrine every year and sell their goods (shoes, accessories and textiles) for between 60% and 90% off their retail value.

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 Kon-Kon Kutsu Ichi ("Shoe Festival")

Dates:Late Apr, 2020
Entry:Free

Ryogoku Nigiwai Festival

Ryogoku, aka “Sumo Town”, holds an annual festival celebrating the sport and the culture around it. Celebrations take place at multiple locations in the area including the Kokugikan (national sumo stadium), the Edo Tokyo Museum and the Sumida Hokusai Museum. Plus lots of food stalls serving chanko nabe (sumo stew).

 Ryogoku Nigiwai Festival

Dates:Late Apr, 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 3km-long parade on Saturday and Sunday around the Harajuku/Shibuya area. All welcome!

 Tokyo Rainbow Pride

Dates:Late Apr, 2020
Entry:Free

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: Africa, Art, Culture Festivals, Downtown Drinks, Flowers, Food Festivals, Ghibli, Golden Week, Hawaii, Meiji Shrine, Pride Parade, Shrine
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