It seems like months since Japan’s last national holiday, but really it’s only been 33 days. We are going to kick things up a notch in honor of this Monday’s “Respect for the Aged Day” holiday and clue you in to a bodacious antiques fair, a rockin’ acoustic revival, a bumpin’ yoga confab and a badass bread festival. It’s totally the bees knees.
Limber up your hammies and inner chi. From beginners’ trial classes to professional yogi management workshops there is something for everyone regardless of skill level or age or ability to touch your elbow to your butt cheek (go ahead and try).
Enjoy Japanese vaudeville acts and graceful traditional dances performed by geishas from six varied districts of Tokyo. Note: Tickets can be purchased on the day starting at 2pm.
Models and bottles pour onto the streets of Omotesando, Aoyama and Harajuku for Fashion’s Night Out. Check out our fashion tips from local designers to look your best for all the street photographers who will be out in full force.
When Modest Mouse bassist Eric Judy drunkenly wrote “Ogre You Asshole,” a quote from the movie Revenge of the Nerds, on former drummer Arata Nishi’s arm, one of the greatest names in rock history was born. The Japanese alt-rockers with infectious pop hooks perform outdoors at Hibiya Open Air Concert Hall this Monday.
Two centuries ago London missionaries determined the Tahitian dance Ori Tahiti was satanic and obscene and banned its practice just like the folks in the little town of Footloose. Stick your thumb in the eye of those pasty Puritans at this vivacious celebration of Tahitian culture.
Head to Minakami Kogen Resort 200 for the most organized acoustic music festival you’ve ever had the privilege to attend. Chat over open fires and under starry skies and let the dulcet tones make you wish you were stoned.
Do you like bread? Over 50 bakeries bring dozens and dozens of delicious, temptatious and tantalizing bread products to Yokohama Harbor Town. Billed as Japan’s largest bread festival, as compared to all of those other bread festivals, this one offers rolls, baguettes and an assortment of doughy buns from all across the country.
Ahead of a tour that will see them perform 15 (mostly free) “legendarily rambunctious ramshackle” shows at Tokyo, Osaka and Kyoto, the Melbourne-based six-piece band took time to talk about last trains, izakaya delicacies, love handles and 9% Strong Zero.
Whether you are on the hunt for a rare item for your collection or just enjoy browsing through history then it’s worth making the trip to the oldest antiques fair in Japan.
Indulge in every kind of wagyu dish imaginable: big meaty hamburgers, beef nigiri sushi, beef gyoza, and much, much more at this homage to meat at Hibiya Park.