The coming weekend is packed with activities for just about everybody, from food lovers to aficionados of traditional Japanese culture. Check out what we’ve got in store below, and as always, click on the header of each event for more details. Here’s to another great weekend in Tokyo!
Indulge in the finest of Cantonese cuisine with a collaboration between two culinary masters. For one weekend only, The Peninsula Tokyo’s Hei Fung Terrace, led by Executive Chinese Chef Dicky To, welcomes Michelin-starred Chef Gordon Leung from The Peninsula Hong Kong’s world-renowned Cantonese fine-dining restaurant Spring Moon to present special menus in honor of the 90th Anniversary of The Peninsula Hong Kong.
Based on George Orwell’s novel of the same name, this outstanding play was nominated for a Laurence Olivier Award in 2014. The play transports us into a world sometime after 2050, and presents a story from the viewpoint of those living in a society where everyone was monitored and controlled.
The yearly Azalea Festival at Nezu Shrine in Bunkyo Ward invites visitors to take a stroll through its gorgeous flowering garden. For a small fee, visitors can walk through the mounds of pink and purple azalea bushes, with more than 100 varieties, in an enclosed area of the grounds that is usually inaccessible to the public.
The largest Korean culture convention returns to Japan for three days of hallyu hysteria. Fans of K-pop, K-entertainment, K-drama, K-fashion, and K-beauty will be flocking to Makuhari Messe to get their shopping fix and get up close with their favorite stars.
Discover the delicious taste of Japanese wine at this three-day festival in Hibiya Park. Wine may not be the most famous or renowned of Japan’s alcoholic outputs, but the Japan Wine Matsuri is the perfect opportunity to find out more and experience the many various flavors of the nation’s finest tipple.
A retrospective exhibition looking at the impressive career of British artist Bridget Riley, one of the most recognizable and respected names of the Op Art (optical art) movement which thrived in the 1960s. This is the first large-scale exhibition of Riley’s work in Japan since 1980.
Narita Taiko (Drum) Festival is one of the largest drum festivals in Japan and brings throngs of people to Naritasan Shinshoji Temple and Naritasan Omotesando annually for a variety of traditional performances.
Enjoy a celebration of doggy goodness and all things “wan-derful” at this annual canine festival in Yoyogi Park. Bring along your four-legged friend and take a stroll around the event bursting with attractions from agility demonstrations and free health checks to professional photography sessions and even dog massage! This is a guaranteed great day out for dog owners, dog lovers and the pups themselves.
Kameido Tenjin Shrine is well known for its spectacular purple wisteria, which bloom in late April. The shrine is home to around 50 blooming wisteria trees which attract thousands of visitors who come to enjoy their beautiful lilac colored flowers and subtle fragrance. The annual wisteria festival features food stalls, tea ceremonies and flower arrangement displays to cater to the flocking crowds.
This regular flea market in Nakano Sakaue offers a mix of second hand goods, crafts and collectibles to promote and facilitate recycling culture. Not only kawaii items are sold here – there is a wide variety of goods from unwanted household items and old clothes to antiques and collectibles, as well as charity stalls and attractions.