12 Events You Don’t Want to Miss This Weekend



We’ve got a full dozen activities for this last weekend of August, and the month is going out with a bang. There are street festivals galore, plenty of activities for the kinds, and a lot more. As usual, click on the header for each event for more details.


Arcimboldo: Nature into Art

Enter the playful and whimsical world of 16th century artist Giuseppe Arcimbaldo, who worked as a court entertainer in Vienna and Prague. His incredible attention to detail coupled with a seemingly limitless imagination have created allegorical masterpieces that still amaze art lovers 400 years on. In this exhibition — the first of its kind in Japan — visitors will be able to get a greater insight in Arcimboldo’s multifaceted skills and duties as a renaissance art director.


Stargazing Experience at Tokyo Station

Looking for something fun to do on your way home from work? Stop by this stargazing event in the heart of Tokyo. Never stargazed before? Don’t worry, experts are on hand to guide you through and explain how to use an astronomical telescope to look up into the night sky.


Rob Judges: Square Dance No. 1

Rob Judges was born in Toronto, Canada and has been producing drawings, collages, paintings and videos in Tokyo, Japan since 2005. His latest exhibition is titled “Square Dance No. 1” and features his latest paintings and artwork. The opening reception is on August 25 from 6pm to 9pm.


1 OAK Tokyo – Grand Opening Weekend

Famed nightclub 1 OAK (One of a Kind) is breaking ground in Tokyo to launch their first exclusive nightlife experience in Asia. For three nights, 1 OAK will host a star-studded weekend of events and world-class entertainment at its three story-high venue at the base of Roppongi Hills featuring multiple VIP areas, a private karaoke room, and a rooftop garden terrace with breathtaking views. It will also feature unique art installations by world-renowned artist Roy Nachum.


Asakusa Samba Carnival

Celebrating Brazil’s rich links with Japan and the exciting world of samba, Asakusa’s annual samba carnival is both a colorful, entertaining parade and a serious dance contest. Eighteen teams from across Tokyo (and beyond) will be competing to impress the judges and take home the title. Sequins, feathers, and plenty of shimmying and shaking will delight the crowds along Kaminarimon Dori.


Azabu-Juban Noryo Matsuri

Azabu-Juban’s summer festival always delivers a dose of cool summer fun. The trendy neighborhood’s bustling shopping street will be closed off to vehicles during the event where local businesses set up stalls offering typical matsuri goods and games in addition to mountains of food. In fact, this local festival is particularly well-known for its delicious edible offerings, so bring your wallet and an empty stomach.


Stargazing Party at NAOJ Mitaka

Take a closer look at the wonders of the night sky at one of NAOJ’s bi-monthly stargazing parties, held at the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan’s Mitaka campus. If you’re curious to take a look through a telescope and discover the true nature of the mysterious objects out there in space then this is an experience not to be missed.


Koenji Awaodori 2017

Koenji Awaodori is one of Tokyo’s major summer festivals, with over 10,000 Awa dancers —from 188 groups, known as ren — and just over a million visitors in the area to watch them parade down the streets. This year’s theme is “Spreading Smiles,” in the hope that the dancers’ smiles will spread to their audience.


Forest Adventure Activities for Kids at Tokyo Station

An outdoor park that originated in France called “Forest Adventure” is hitting Tokyo this summer. Rope ladders, narrow and wobbly bridges, Tarzan swings – these are just a few of children’s favorite things. Let your kid experience this unique and exciting forest-like athletic adventure and have the best summer of their lives.


Hibiya Bon Odori Festival

Hibiya Park’s annual dance tournament (officially known as the Hibiya Park Marunouchi Ondo Bon-odori Festival) is one of the most popular festivals in the capital with around 40,000 people attending over two days. This year sees the 15th anniversary since the event was revived after the reopening of the park. Enjoy the fantastic atmosphere and the tasty festival refreshments, and absolutely feel free to join in with the dancing!


The Pirates of Tokyo Bay – Improv Comedy Night

The Pirates of Tokyo Bay host a regular monthly bilingual improv comedy night in Ebisu. The short form comedy improv style is similar to the popular Whose Line is it Anyway? format, with the show performed in both English and Japanese for everyone to enjoy. The pirates’ group of multicultural misfits showcase their spontaneous comedy skills and deliver plenty of unexpected laughs every time.


Outdoor Workshops at Tokyo Station

This summer, Tokyo Station is hosting a variety of fun activities for the whole family. Kids will get stoked by this event featuring camp-like workshops. Practicing real woodwork and using actual tools gives the experience a more camp-like atmosphere, even though you’re still be in the center of Tokyo.

Main image: Guilhem Vellut/Flickr, used under CC



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