Community Events

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1.
Neriya Kanaya: Japanese Sake & Kokuto Shochu Techno Night

Organized by Meet My Amami and Hatachi no Sake Project and in special collaboration with Nishihira Distillery, this event brings Japanese alcohol to the front and center. The name of the event, “Neriya Kanaya,” means “paradise beyond the sea” or “utopia” in the Amami Oshima dialect, and was chosen because the organizers’ goal is a world where everyone enjoys alcohol from Japan’s remote islands.

At the event, you can try sake by Obata Sake Brewery from Sado Island, Niigata and brown sugar shochu by Nishihira Distillery from Amami Oshima in Kagoshima.

There will also be a DJ lineup, namely Amika_rdashian, Koki (Systems), Meleetime (Masala), Guchon and Dogeatingdogs.

Date & Time Dec 22, 2023・18:00-23:30
Price Advanced ¥1,800 | At door ¥2,000
Location Mugi no Oto / Hey-rasshai / BRAIAN BAR
More Info Includes one drink
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2.
Trunk Hotel Winter Market 2023

Head down to Trunk Hotel in Shibuya for its “Old Meets New” winter market — dedicated to finding the value in older items.

Over a mug of hot wine or a glass of sangria, take part in paid workshops in upcycling, and shop for the perfect gifts for loved ones this festive season.

Date & Time UNTIL Dec 25, 2023・11:00-21:00・December 22 15:00-22:00
Price Free
Location TRUNK HOTEL

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3.
Christmas Dinner Live Show at Sphinx

Sphinx, a new Egyptian restaurant in Iidabashi throws a party for Christmas weekend. The corner restaurant with indoor and outdoor seating is offering a special Christmas menu and shisha for those interested. More Than Music is setting up a communal vibe with music to match the Christmas atmosphere of a dinner and mixer.

Three musicians are performing on the night: FiJA, Yusuke Morita and Isafat.

Date & Time Dec 24, 2023・18:00-
Price Admission ¥3,500 | MTM Members ¥0 (sign up for MTM membership)
Location SPHINX

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4.
The Nutcracker and the Mouse King at The National Ballet of Japan

A beloved holiday tradition, The Nutcracker and the Mouse King returns this winter. There will be 17 performances from December 22 to January 8 as a special Christmas and New Year treat. This production features splendid, fast-paced choreography with some humor by Wayne Eagling mixed in. The rich colors of the sets and costumes create an atmosphere somewhere between a dream and reality.

Date & Time UNTIL Jan 8, 2024・19:00-・Performance time varies on the day
Price S ¥14,850 | A ¥12,650 | B ¥9,350 | C ¥6,050 | D ¥4,950
Location New National Theatre, Tokyo

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5.
Ballpark Fantasia at Yokohama Stadium

Kids can delight in the illuminations and activities at Ballpark Fantasia, which includes a super photo spot in the stadium. A 5-meter-high Jenga set is sure to delight as a photo opportunity, joining giant cards and glowing illuminations. At night the area becomes a disco, lit up for all to enjoy. There are various other activities to try too.

Date & Time UNTIL Dec 17, 2023・10:00-20:00・Time varies according to day
Price Prices varies according to time slot
Location Yokohama Stadium

Art Exhibitions

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6.
Tohaku Chakan at the Tokyo National Museum

The Tokyo National Museum is hosting Tohaku Chakan (teahouse) in its Okyokan, a traditional Japanese house on the museum premises until January 28. A variety of food, beverages and activities have been prepared for visitors to enjoy Japanese culture. Visitors can also appreciate the 270-year-old house and the reproduced fusuma paintings by Maruyama Okyo, one of the master painters during the Edo period (1603-1868). Participate in activities such as a Kyoto kimono dressing experience, Zen Kokyu breathing method and a bonsai workshop. Enjoy traditional Japanese meals, Japanese sake Aramasa and Japanese whisky made with local ingredients at Okyokan.

Date & Time UNTIL Jan 28, 2024・10:00-16:30・Last order at 16:00 | Closed on Mondays (Tuesday if Monday is a holiday), from December 23 - January 1, and other holidays.
Price ¥1,000
Location
More Info Admission to the event requires admission fees to the Tokyo National Museum.

Best things to do in Tokyo this week - Hello Again Ginza 6 Tokyo Christmas Japan

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Hello Again: Christmas at Ginza Six

This year, Ginza Six returns to celebrate the Christmas period with “Hello Again,” in collaboration with creative studio YAR. The exhibition pays homage to the Nakagin Capsule Tower Building, a portion of which has been rebuilt in Ginza as an art installation for viewers to enjoy.

There is also a skating rink available for use on the rooftop garden, as well as a special Christmas menu at the in-house restaurant.

Date & Time UNTIL Jan 21, 2024・14:00-21:00・Open from 11 on weekends and holidays
Price ¥2,000 for adult skating, including shoe rental
Location GINZA SIX
More Info Discount available for children
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Yayoi Kusama Soul Burning Flashes (A.B.Q), 1988, Tower, 1998 Installation view at the Yayoi Kusama Museum, 2023 © YAYOI KUSAMA

8.
Yayoi Kusama Museum: Visionary Colors Exhibition

“Visionary Colors” is the latest exhibition at the Yayoi Kusama Museum and includes a host of new artworks. As you enter, on the first floor, the exhibition introduces Kusama’s distinctive color expression with her three-dimensional work and large-scale painting from the 1980s and 90s. In the quadriptych “Soul Burning Flashes (A.B.Q),” visitors can absorb the striking motifs that emerged from her childhood hallucinations.

On the second-floor gallery, there’s an overview of Kusama’s color expression from the early stages of her career. In the 1949 painting “Lingering Dream,” viewers can observe dark yet surreal colors.

Date & Time UNTIL Mar 24, 2024・11:00-17:30・90-minute time slots available
Price ¥1,100 | ¥600 for children aged 6-18 | Free for children under 6
Location Kusamayayoi Museum
More Info Tickets must be booked in advance online

9.
Accidentally Wes Anderson Returns to Tokyo

Following the huge success of the “Accidentally Wes Anderson” exhibition in spring, it is returning to Tokyo to share over 300 photos from all over the world, as well as a brand-new section dedicated to a recent Antarctic adventure.

The exhibition features landscape photographs that embody the aesthetic world and spirit of film director Wes Anderson, led by the eponymous Instagram community, that now has over 1.88 million followers.

Date & Time UNTIL Dec 28, 2023・11:00-19:00
Price Tickets from ¥2,000
Location Hikarie Hall
More Info Discounts available for university and high school student

10.
Kaneko Tomiyuki Solo Exhibition Apotropaic Deities at the Mizuma Art Gallery

The latest exhibition at the Mizuma Art Gallery features Yamagata-based artist Tomiyuki Kaneko. Focusing on deities, spirits and yokai, Kaneko works to materialize spiritual beings that cannot be seen with the naked eye.

Date & Time UNTIL Dec 23, 2023・12:00-19:00・Closed on Sundays, Mondays & holidays
Price Free
Location Mizuma Art Gallery

 

10.
Aryo Toh Djojo’s Solo Exhibition at Perrotin Tokyo

Perrotin Tokyo is pleased to present “Over My Head,” the first solo exhibition in Asia by Los Angeles-based artist Aryo Toh Djojo. This is the first time for the artist to incorporate elements such as film and found photography in his work, further exploring the notion of how we perceive truth.

The show debuts a new body of paintings alluding to the artist’s continued interest in UFO sightings and the socio-political discourses that have arisen throughout history as a result.

Date & Time UNTIL Dec 27, 2023・11:00-19:00
Price Free
Location Perrotin

 

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Touching Transcendence and Influences at Ultra Super New Gallery

Based in Tokyo and Florence, Zerofeedback is an independent publisher, with a focus on contemporary photography, design and culture. This December, it returns to Tokyo for a two-part exhibition at Harajuku’s Ultra Super New Gallery.

Featuring work from 22 artists, “Touching Transcendence” delves into the metaphorical significance of the hand as a conduit between the divine and humanity, as well as the hand’s role in nonverbal communication.

“Influences” showcases the final three issues of the Zerofeedback publication, including mixed media explorations of Japan by Alex Harrison and Thomas Knott, as well as symbolic color interplay by Stéphanie Pineau and Sohei Nakanishi.

Date & Time UNTIL Dec 22, 2023・11:00-19:00・Closed on Mondays
Price Free
Location UltraSuperNew

Pop-Up Stores

12.
Hello Kitty 50th Anniversary Café and Shop

In preparation for the 50th anniversary of Hello Kitty in 2024, goods from the new “Future in Our Eyes” series are on sale in Sanrio shops and online.

Additionally, two Sanrio Cafés have opened in Ikebukuro and Kamakura. There’s a limited edition food menu available.

Date & Time UNTIL Dec 31, 2023・10:00-21:00・Last order 20:00
Price Price varies according to stock
Location Sanrio Cafe Ikebukuro-B1 Level Sunshine City

13.
Sumikko Gurashi Themed Café Opens in Tokyo

To celebrate the upcoming release of the Sumikko Gurashi: Mysterious Encounters at the Tsugihagi Factory, a Sumikko Gurashi themed café is open for a limited time in Tokyo.

Enjoy a Kuma Factory Manager sandwich, or a Sumikko-themed mille-feuille, to commemorate the highly-anticipated third Sumikko film. Original goods are available for purchase at the café.

Date & Time UNTIL Jan 8, 2024・10:00-20:20・Every seating is limited to 80 minutes
Price 650¥ reservation deposit required
Location BOX cafe&space

Seasonal Events

14.
Christmas Market at Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse

Get into the Christmas spirit with the 14th edition of the Yokohama Christmas market, bringing stalls and produce from Germany to grace its red bricks. From hot wine and illuminations to snow globes and a choir, head to the warehouse for some festive fun. Pick up a few gifts along the way too.

Date & Time UNTIL Dec 25, 2023・11:00-21:00・Until 22:00 in the period between Dec 9 and Dec 25
Price ¥500
Location Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse
More Info ¥300 with app

15.
Ginza Six Rooftop Skating Rink

The Ginza Six rooftop garden becomes a skating rink this winter. It uses resin instead of ice, which is eco-friendly as it does not not use electricity and guests’ clothes don’t get wet. Christmas decorations are hung on the trees around the rink, and customers can enjoy glittering illuminations at night. In addition, a star tower is installed in the center of the skating rink.

Date & Time UNTIL Jan 31, 2023・11:00-20:00
Price From ¥300-¥2,000
Location GINZA SIX

16.
Marunouchi Illumination 2023

As with every year, around 340 trees on both sides of Naka-dori in Marunouchi are brightly lit by about 1.2 million champagne gold lights. The light trail stretches along Tokyo Torch Park and Otemachi Naka-dori. Around Tokyo Torch Terrace, terrace seats are available at many restaurants and cafés. It’s perfect for relaxing and enjoying the illuminations.

Date & Time UNTIL Feb 18, 2024・15:00-00:00
Price Free
Location Marunouchi Naka-Dori Ave.

17.
Hibiya Magic Time Illumination 2023

The concept for this event is “Best Wishes.” Hibiya is a town that frequently appears in movies and television dramas, making it the best place to take a moment away from everyday life. The illuminations are champagne gold and amber, giving a warm and relaxing vibe to the whole area. Go to the Park View Winter Garden on the sixth floor for more illuminations and a beautiful view of city lights and its light trails.

Date & Time UNTIL Feb 14, 2024・17:00-23:00
Price Free
Location Tokyo Midtown Hibiya

18.
Tokyo Mega Illuminations at Oi Racecourse

Both children and adults alike will be mesmerized by the upgraded rainbow water fountain light show. When visiting, allow yourself extra time — a circuit of the facilities takes about an hour and features many different illumination areas.

Visitors can go on pony rides in the pasture during the weekends and holidays.

Date & Time UNTIL Jan 8, 2024・16:30-21:00
Price Adults from ¥1,000
Location Oi Racecourse

Afternoon Tea and Seasonal Menus

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Festive Afternoon Tea at The Tokyo Edition, Toranomon

In celebration of this year’s festive season, The Tokyo Edition, Toranomon offers a splendid afternoon tea at the Lobby Bar. From raspberry mousse with a Santa Claus beard to a wreath-shaped pistachio cake and some winter stollen, sample your seasonal favorites with a Christmas twist.

Date & Time UNTIL Jan 8, 2024・07:30-23:30
Price ¥9,500 with fine tea selection
Location Lobby Bar
More Info ¥14,000 with a glass of Ruinart Blanc de Blancs

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Vegan Afternoon Tea at the Tokyo Marriott Hotel

This winter, a vegan afternoon tea is available at the Tokyo Marriott Hotel. Inspired by seasonal flavors, the hotel chefs have curated a spread of both savory and sweet treats, including homemade chocolate bars and a heart-warming borscht made with beetroot and vegan chicken.

Date & Time UNTIL Feb 29, 2024・13:00-・Served from 13:00 and 15:30
Price ¥8,700 per person
Location Tokyo Marriott Hotel
More Info Reservations must be made at least 2 days in advance, for minimum of 2 people

festive feast the blue room

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Festive Feast at The Tokyo Edition, Toranomon

The Tokyo Edition, Toranomon invites guests to come together over the festive period for a weekend feast at The Blue Room.

Guests can choose from a four- or 10-course meal. Indulge in the house chef’s specialities, from succulent scallop crudo to roast wagyu beef tenderloin.

Date & Time UNTIL Dec 26, 2023・12:00-22:30
Price ¥15,000 for 4 courses and a glass of sparkling wine
Location The Blue Room
More Info ¥21,000 for 10 courses

 

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