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62nd CWAJ Print Show
This popular print show show has grown into a highly respected annual exhibition and sale of contemporary Japanese prints.
Vampire Night Halloween Party
Break out your ghoulish and outrageous outfits and join Tokyo Chapter and Tokyo Cheapo for a frightfully fantastic night to celebrate Halloween at Tokyo Cheapo’s home base, the spooky ninetytwo13 in Akasaka.
Smart Illumination Yokohama 2018
See nightly illumination installations along Yokohama’s waterfront. The use of energy-saving technologies (like LED lighting) is a nod to the way of the future—hence “smart illumination”.
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 upon 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.
Exotic Modern at Tokyo Teien Museum
This Art Deco exhibition explores the influence of “exotic” cultures on art and fashion in early 20th century France.
The Digi Salon is an international exhibition of digital creativity that features innovative projects at the intersection of technology, art and music
Asakusa Tori-no-ichi Fair I
Taking place in Asakusa, this traditional Edo-period festival celebrates luck in health and business. Take some good luck home with you by buying a ‘kumade’—a rake decorated with gold and silver sold by lively vendors around the shrine.
Hakone Daimyo March
One for history lovers, attend this feudal Japanese-themed parade featuring samurai, warriors, dancing girls, marching bands and even the daimyo himself.
Iruma Air Show
On November 3rd (Culture Day in Japan), the Iruma Air Base opens its gates to the public and puts on an air show that’s sure to delight. Spectators, watch for the parachute drop and the Blue Impulse JASDF aerobatic demonstration team.
Meiji Jingu Shrine Yabusame
Another one for Culture Day is this festival showcasing yabusame—the traditional Japanese martial art of horseback archery. See it in all its impressiveness against a Meiji Shrine backdrop.
Dream Yosacoy Festival
A dance-off like you’ve never seen before, this weekend is host to the Dream Yosacoy Festival in Odaiba—comprised of 7,000 dancers, 100 teams and 500,000 spectators.
A traditional festival-parade combo taking place along Aoyama Dori. Participation will extend from various national groups and regions from throughout Japan. The festival also includes markets, concerts and a fashion swap party.
A large family-oriented community festival with food and craft stalls, stage shows for kids and various games to try out.
There are certain times in the year that can make your visit to Tokyo less than idea.