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Tokyo English Book Exchange #4
Meet up with likeminded bibliophiles for Tokyo Cheapo’s 4th English Book Exchange. Come with at least one book to swap, mingle, grab a drink. Who knows what published treasure you might find!
Kimono Fabric Dyeing Tour
Learn about the beautiful art of kimono fabric dyeing with a free English guided tour of traditional craftsmen’s shops.
Chofu City Fireworks Festival
This festival will set off an impressive 10,000 fireworks for a modest crowd of 35,000 people (compared to the millions who attended the Sumida Festival in the summer).
Koenji Festival 2018
This community affair will focus around lots of food, music, characters, activities for the kids—and even live wrestling matches! Check out some pics from previous years here.
A traditional festival with a parade of 3,000 dance performers and lots of Japanese street food stalls.
Tokyo International Film Festival
The 31st Tokyo International Film Festival will screen more than 200 films over 10 days, including some upcoming releases from Japan and beyond.
Design Touch 2018
Tokyo Midtown is once again holding Design Touch. The main feature is the interactive art installation in the Grass Square, but there’s plenty of art, goods, flower exhibitions and more in the vicinity—and it’s all free.
Kanda Used Book Festival
One of the biggest events of its kind, word nerds will go gaga for the stacks and stacks of used/antique/rare books along Yasukuni Dori in the Jimbocho district of Kanda. Makes for unique souvenirs too!
Tokyo Ramen Show 2018
On the hunt for a hearty bowl of ramen? Look no further than the Tokyo Ramen Show held in Komazawa Olympic Park. Bowls ring in at ¥850.
Omotesando Halloween Pumpkin Parade
Taking place along the swanky streets of Omotesando is this popular kids’ parade. Children under 12 can participate, and will be able to trick-or-treat at participating stores in the area.
Kawasaki Halloween & Pride Parade 2018
The famous Kawasaki Halloween parade is back and, unlike the following parades, is geared towards adults—so expect a good dose of scary and sexy in tandem.
Ikebukuro Halloween Cosplay Festival
For a Japanese take on Halloween, you can join (or just watch) the Ikebukuro Cosplay Festival. Taking place on the east side of the station at Higashi-Ikebukuro Central Park. There will be stage events, mainly a cosplay runway, and a beginner-friendly area with props for photo ops. It’s ¥1,500 to join per day.
Tokyo and Japan have a reputation for the strange and unusual museums.