Geisai: Tokyo University of the Arts Festival

10:00am – 5:00pm

The Tokyo University of the Arts in Ueno (commonly known as Geidai) is one of the most prestigious arts universities in Japan — and a hotbed for creative talent.

All that talent is on display during this three day festival at their main Ueno campus. The theme of the 2023 event is “Here and now.”

What happens?

The festival includes talk sessions with prominent creatives, a full music stage schedule (with everything from tribute bands to originals), art exhibitions, a “Miss Geidai” competition (a common feature of university festivals in Japan), and a parade with specially made creative mikoshi (portable shoulder-borne shrines).

The festival traditionally ends with a huge, raucous samba band performance with both water and clothing being thrown freely.

No reservations will be required except for certain concerts.

Schedule 2023

The full timetable can be found on the official website. Here are some highlights:

  • Sep. 1: At 10 a.m. the mikoshi will make its way from Tokyo University of the Arts to Ueno Park where it will arrive at 11:30 a.m.. Performances will continue there until 2:30 p.m. at Takenodai Square (Fountain Plaza).
  • Sep. 2–3: Live painting will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. inside Ueno Station near the Iriya Gate.

  • Horse mikoshi
  • Dinosaur mikoshi
Organizers may cancel events, alter schedules, or change admission requirements without notice. Always check official sites before heading to an event.

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