Whether or not you’re taking Friday off and making it a long Labor Thanksgiving Day weekend, there’s more than enough going on around Tokyo to keep you occupied until Sunday night, from Christmas markets to butoh dance performances. Here’s what’s happening:

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Tokyo Metro: The Underground Mysteries 2017

Tokyo Metro will take you on an adventurous journey across Tokyo unlike any commute you’ve ever been on. By solving puzzles one by one, you’ll unlock the game’s (and the city’s) mysteries as you use your noggin and your trusty Tokyo Metro 24-hour ticket. Gather your friends and family for a puzzle game that will take you on a trip around Tokyo like never before!

Denmark: Design

Known for being a design powerhouse, Denmark’s design aesthetics can be characterized by simple beauty combined with high quality underpinned by functionality and technological strength. This exhibition focuses on the appeal of Danish design by presenting furniture, tableware, light fittings, daily necessities and other items from the latter half of the 19th century, through the mid-century period to the present day.

Decoration Never Dies, Anyway

An exhibition exploring the history and legacy of decoration. Seven diverse artists, working in a variety of mediums, present their own interpretations of “decoration” and invite visitors to consider the context and necessity of decoration in our everyday lives and beyond.

Sankai Juku: “Meguri – Teeming Sea, Tranquil Land”

The first part of New National Theatre Tokyo’s “Butoh Today” series is a performance by Butoh dance company Sankai Juku. The company’s founder Ushio Amagatsu directs and choreographs his latest work in addition to designing the staging and costumes. “Meguri – Teeming Sea, Tranquil Land” returns to Japan in November, and explores ideas of rotation and cycles from the circulation of water to the changing seasons and beyond.

Akasaka Nominoichi

This monthly upmarket flea market at Ark Hills has plenty of treasures to be found. A mix of antique furniture, collectibles, vintage clothes, jewelry, handmade items, crafts and artists’ goods make up the carefully curated array of wares on offer.

Comic Art Tokyo

Comic Art Tokyo returns for a jam packed day of exhibitions, workshops, talks, stalls and more. The festival aims to connect and cultivate comic artists and illustrators whilst educating and introducing new audiences to the diverse medium. Whether amateur, admirer or official manga master, anyone is welcome to attend.

Christmas Market at Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse

Each year Yokohama’s Christmas Market grows bigger and better, now reaching its sparkling eighth anniversary. Inspired by traditional German markets leading the advent to Christmas, they do their very best to conjure up a magical fairytale setting complete with thousands of twinkling lights and a 12m tall real fir tree. All the essentials are in place for a perfect festive date or family outing: shopping, ice skating, hot wine and plenty of delicious German food.


Tokyo 2020 Showroom

If you’re looking to pick up exclusive Tokyo 2020 goods and gear, make sure to drop by the Tokyo 2020 Showroom. It’ll be closing up shop on November 28, so this is your last weekend to visit.

7 Exhibits to See

Tokyo’s museums and galleries are full of interesting exhibits this month, and we’ve compiled a list of the ones you don’t want to miss.

Tokyo’s Winter Illuminations

The city keeps on shining, and there are dozens of places where you can catch all of the illuminations. Here’s our pick of the best and brightest.