8 Things You Don’t Want to Miss This Weekend: December 28–30

Make last weekend of 2018 a memorable occasion with everything Tokyo does best, from holiday illuminations to live concerts to – of course – cosplay.

Marunouchi Illumination

Featuring Champagne gold lights that decorate cobblestone streets, sculptures and 200 roadside trees along the chicest streets in town, Marunochi Illumination turns Yurakucho, Tokyo and the Otemachi area into a picture-perfect European holiday miracle.

Comiket 95

Comiket’s biannual “comic market” closes out the year for self-published comic lovers, cosplayers and otaku everywhere. Holding the record for “Japan’s largest indoor public gathering,” this legendary event takes over the Big Sight complex for three days.

Jesús Rafael Soto: Pénétrable BBL Bleu

Encompassing the entire exhibition space, the emblematic work from the late Venezuelan artist’s groundbreaking collection, “Pénétrable BBL Bleu,” is an interactive work that invites the observer to be immersed in its kinetic and optical functions. 

Marcus Miller “Laid Black” Countdown

Close out the year with bass virtuoso Marcus Miller. Showcasing his skills on bass guitar, bass clarinet and vocals, the widely acclaimed New York native is joined by elite musicians including guest vocalist, female beatboxer Butterscotch.

Kabuki and Mount Fuji Art Exhibition

To celebrate the New Year, Keio Plaza Hotel Tokyo hosts a special exhibition featuring  gorgeous costumes typically appearing in kabuki and 37 paintings of Mount Fuji by acclaimed artists such as Kaii Higashiyama. Also enjoy live Japanese classical music and dance performances in the lobby for free.

10cc Live in Tokyo

One of the most influential and inventive rock bands of the 1970s returns to Tokyo to play such hits as “Neanderthal Man” and “Rubber Bullets.”

Strawberry Dessert Fair

Strawberry lovers, feline fanatics, Francophiles and fans of cute and tasty sweets will be delighted by the Parisian cat-themed sweets buffet taking over Hilton Tokyo’s first-floor Marble Lounge.

Shinagawa 2nd Animation Festival

Watch a spellbinding lineup of animation films from Nexus Studios, Second Home Animation Studios, 2Veinte and more that use various forms, styles and technologies from outside Japan.

 

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