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