With as much going on this weekend as there is, you might need another day to fit it all in. Whether you’re looking for art, music, markets, festivals, or a bit of Japanese culture, there’s something for everyone in this edition of our weekend roundup. As always, click on the header of each event for more details. And have a good weekend!
Friday Night Fever in Tokyo! Get dressed up and ready to get down at a weekly disco with the best view of the city. Every Friday night in January and February, the Super Skytree Disco will be taking over the Tokyo Skytree Tembo Deck Floor350. A changing lineup of DJs each week will mix legends of Tokyo nightlife glory days with fresh talent on the decks.
Take time to relax in a healing forest under the simulated stars of the Planetarium. Guided by the smooth narration of actor Hiroshi Hasegawa, viewers are taken deep into the Yakushima forest to marvel at the majestic trees and twinkling stars above. Using essential oils, the theater recreates the refreshing natural aroma of the forest, giving a moment of calm escape from Tokyo city life.
This annual event attracts over 400,000 visitors in just over a week, making it one of Japan’s largest food and traditional performance showcases. Watch festival highlights and sample delicious regional specialties from northern Hokkaido to the southern isles of Okinawa without leaving the city.
From January to March, Tokyo DisneySea is holding a special Pixar Playtime event where visitors can immerse themselves in the Disney Pixar world.
Pie lovers unite and head to Yokohama for the first ever official ‘Japan Pie Week’! Visitors can enjoy a fine selection of sweet and savory pies in addition to quiches, tarts and other pie-related foods from some of Tokyo’s best pie-makers.
Master of the weird and erotic, Toshio Saeki holds his largest solo exhibition to date at NANZUKA gallery in Shibuya. Saeki’s work mixes eroticism, humor and horror in his unique style heavily inspired by traditional shunga – erotic art and yokai – Japanese folk mythology and monsters.
This quarterly event encourages a greener lifestyle and a better coexistence with nature. You can find all kinds of eco friendly goods, including crafts and clothes at the market area and can enjoy a wide variety of musical performances and entertainment on the main stage. In addition, plenty of organic and natural food stalls will be stocked up with delicious grub to keep your stomach happy too.
This small semi-regular market held inside Opera City’s second floor lobby offers the chance to browse and buy a wide selection of original artisan goods. Handmade creators of any discipline are invited to come and sell their wares, while shoppers have the opportunity to meet the artists themselves.
Sweet-toothed strawberry lovers can enjoy a spectacular dessert selection in the grand setting of the Royal Park Hotel.
An exhibition of prints by the celebrated film director. David Lynch is a well known name and a cult icon of cinema, but alongside his work for film and television he has continuously produced art in a variety of other media including painting, sculpture and photography. This will be Lynch’s third art exhibition in Japan and his first at the Tomio Koyama Gallery.
Serious collectors, casual shoppers and appreciators of vintage treasures can all enjoy this large outdoor antique market. Traders come from far and wide to set up their stalls selling everything from old kimonos, toys and ephemera to coins, ceramics, jewelry and furniture.
Experience traditional Japanese dance and yukata at this inclusive workshop. With the help of specialist teachers you can learn the simple movements of nihon buyo (traditional Japanese dance) while wearing a yukata – the informal cotton kimono.
With 2017 no more than a faded memory and all of those New Year resolutions already in tatters, the Kitchen Disco kicks off its 2018 season in grand style with a bumper special bursting at the seems with musical delights guaranteed to wash away those night before Monday blues!
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