7 Things You Don’t Want to Miss This Weekend: January 12-14

Early January and its holidays have come and gone, and it’s back to the everyday for most of us, but that doesn’t mean that our weekends need to be humdrum. Here’s our pick of the most interesting things to get up to this weekend. As always, click on the header for more information about each event.

Ikebukuro West Gate Park Song & Dance

A long awaited musical interpretation of the popular novel turned TV drama finally hits the stage at Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre. Fans can expect familiar characters, exciting drama and original songs and group dances.

Furusato Matsuri

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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.

Special Course Menu “Vendôme” at Keio Plaza Hotel

To commemorate Chef Hirochika Midorikawa’s prestigious La Coupe d’Or Internationale d’Art Culinaire Marius Dutrey award, Keio Plaza Hotel is offering a special course menu in the private rooms of Duo Fourchettes on the 44th floor.

NAOJ Mitaka Stargazing Party

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.

Tokyo Auto Salon 2018

One of the world’s top motor shows zooms into Makuhari Messe for its annual three-day auto spectacular. In addition to new, rare and unique car showcases, the event also includes live performances and entertainment, limited goods, special gifts, contests, awards and the never failing appeal of bikini-clad booth babes. There’s plenty to get your engine revving whether you’re a motor maniac or a casual cruiser.

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Catch an Art Exhibit

Whether you’re looking for serious fare or something more light hearted, Tokyo’s galleries don’t disappoint. See what’s in store in our guide to the city’s exhibitions.

Winter Illumination Guide

There’s no reason to put the holiday feeling aside when Tokyo’s illuminations are still glowing strong. Check out our guide to all the bright lights.

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