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Tokyo events for Monday, March 18 to Sunday, March 24, 2019

This week puts on social meet-ups, Holi celebrations, the annual AnimeJapan tradeshow—and awakens a giant dragon.

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Golden Dragon Dance

Asakusa commemorates the founding of Tokyo’s most famous temple—Sensoji—with a golden dragon dance every March. As the story goes, the night the temple was founded back in 628, a golden dragon swooped down from the skies and created a forest of 1,000 pine trees—a symbol of prosperity, longevity and abundance.This legend is celebrated with the impressive dance of a 60-foot dragon marionette wielded by 8 dancers.

Amnesty International Pub Quiz

A night of pub trivia and prizes all while helping out a good cause.

4th Holi Mela in Tokyo

Holi, aka the festival of colors, is one of the most important holidays in the Hindu calendar. Celebrate this vibrant spring festival at Nishi Kasai Dinosaur Park.

Downtown Drinks #36

Join the TC gang and fellow cheapos for a drink (or few) and casual mingling at Commune 2nd. This is our 36th casual meet-up and all are welcome—from readers to travelers to mysterious strangers.

Perfect Liars Club – International Women’s Day Edition

A smash-hit comedy story interrogation show hailing all the way from Washington, DC. Four people tell an incredible story—but only three of them are true. Listen, laugh, suspect, interrogate—then vote. Are you shrewd enough to spot the liar?


This is the event for any anime lover. Head over to Tokyo Big Sight for a look at upcoming anime, exhibits, official merchandise booths, stage shows, freebies, cosplay, and seminars on the anime industry. There’s also a family area for wholesome, kid-oriented anime.

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.

Nihonbashi Sakura Festival: A Digital Gourmet Wonderland

As sakura season gears up, so the cherry blossom events begin. This festival, in Nihonbashi, is for those looking for an eclectic sakura experience. Trade in the real thing for the astonishing variety of cherry blossom–themed installations.

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