As lively as ever, Japan’s capital this week hosts a series of unique live events and art exhibitions. Preview the latest on-screen releases at the Tokyo International Film Festival, or get into the spooky spirit with this year’s array of Halloween festivities.
Community and Live Events
Ragtag Socials Party: Shibuya Heaven and Hell at Or Miyashita
To celebrate Shibuya Halloween culture, Ragtag Socials is having a Halloween bash that should not be missed.
|Date & Time||Oct 28, 2023・21:00-|
|Location||or MIYASHITA PARK|
Emo Night Tokyo 2023
Brought to you by a community of music enthusiasts, Emo Night Tokyo is dedicated to lovers of emo, alternative, rock and metal music, providing a space for those seeking nostalgia and connection to come together.
With a soundtrack to soothe your teenage soul, Emo Night Tokyo is an opportunity to discover both local Japanese and international bands, as well as meet like-minded people as you dance the blues away.
|Date & Time||Oct 29, 2023・17:00-23:00|
|Location||Traffic Tokyo 六本木 西麻布店|
|More Info||Price includes 1 drink|
Tokyo Humanities Cafe Vol.14
After a three-year pandemic-induced hiatus, the Tokyo Humanities Cafe is back this year. The event usually has four speakers who discuss their humanities careers in a lively and accessible way in English, bringing academic topics closer to a general audience. This is done in a bar atmosphere with food and drinks are available while you listen.
The four speakers at the next event are:
• Jenevieve Van-Veda (Aberystwyth University, Wales)
“Visualizing the Night Parade of 100 Demons”
• Waiyee Loh (Kanagawa University, Yokohama)
“Singapore and Japan in Comics: Charlie Chan and Rurouni Kenshin”
• Philip Pholeros Porter (University of Technology, Sydney)
“Café Poetry Project – Australia”
• Erica Ward and Kō (artist and perfumer)
“Collaborating to Interpret Tokyo into Art and Fragrance”
|Date & Time||Oct 26, 2023・19:30-21:15|
|Location||RYOZAN PARK Lounge|
|More Info||Purchase of one food or drink item is required to support the host venue|
Black Jack 50th Anniversary Exhibit
Come celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Osamu Tezuka’s famous medical manga series by visiting the Black Jack Exhibit at Tokyo City View this fall. The story of the genius unlicensed doctor changed the face of manga and anime forever. It remains one of the most respected manga today.
|Date & Time||UNTIL Nov 6, 2023・10:00-22:00|
|Location||Tokyo City View|
Design Art Tokyo 2023
For the seventh year running, DesignArt Tokyo returns to Japan this October. With over 100 exhibitions, this will be the largest that the festival has been to date, with a number of new creators, young designers and artists participating.
From Roppongi to Omotesando, venues across the city will showcase the latest works from creatives in Japan and abroad.
|Date & Time||UNTIL Oct 29, 2023・11:00-18:00・Opening hours may vary according to venue|
|Price||Prices vary according to exhibition|
Haruki Kiyama Pop-up Exhibition
Following two solo exhibitions, Tokyo-based artist and actor Haruki Kiyama is holding his first ever pop-up exhibition in the Seibu Shibuya store. The pop-up features the most popular works from Kiyama’s recent “505 I found” exhibition earlier this year, as well as T-shirts and other original goods available for purchase.
|Date & Time||Oct 17, 2023・10:00-|
|Price||Prices vary according to stock|
|Location||Seibu Shibuya A|
Panasonic Museum of Art 20th Century Exhibition
The first of its kind in Japan, this exhibition provides a comprehensive history of costume jewelry, as pioneered by Paul Poiret in the early 20th century and popularized by Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel. With over 400 pieces from Japan’s best collections, researcher and collector Chisako Kotaki showcases pieces from Christian Dior and Maison Schiaparelli, as well as other European and American designers.
|Date & Time||UNTIL Dec 17, 2023・10:00-・Closed on Wednesdays|
|Location||Panasonic Shiodome Museum of Art|
|More Info||Discounts available for senior citizens and students|
Jean-Philippe Delhomme Solo Exhibit at Perrotin Tokyo
For his first solo exhibition at Perrotin Tokyo, Jean-Philippe Delhomme is presenting a series of new portraits produced in his Paris studio during traditional model posing sessions. He is exhibiting portraits created through direct observation, unmediated by photography.
|Date & Time||UNTIL Nov 5, 2023・11:00-19:00・Closed on Sundays, Mondays, and Public Holidays|
Pleasure in the Pathless Woods: Exhibition by Joseph Lee at Diesel Art Gallery
People have probably come across the artist and actor Joseph Lee recently in the popular Netflix show Beef. The talented Lee plays an artist in the show, but he’s also a successful painter in real life. He mainly paints portraits that implicitly hide the faces of his subjects with colorful and abstract strokes. Lee explores and expresses the emotions of the human figure through brushwork, color choices and volume.
“Pleasure in the Pathless Wood” is his debut exhibition in Japan, taking place at Diesel Art Gallery from September 23 to November 16.
|Date & Time||UNTIL Nov 16, 2023・11:30-20:00|
|Location||DIESEL ART GALLERY|
Immersive Museum: Post-Impressionism at Nihonbashi Mitsui Hall
Explore the art world through iconic post-impressionist artists such as Vincent Van Gogh, Paul Gauguin, Georges Seurat and Paul Cézanne at the Immersive Museum Tokyo 2023 “Post-Impressionism” exhibition held at Nihonbashi Mitsui Hall. Experience art like never before thanks to cutting-edge project-mapping technology.
It’s recommended to book your tickets in advance.
|Date & Time||UNTIL Oct 29, 2023・09:00-20:00|
|Location||Nihonbashi Mitsui Hall|
Ukiyo-e Shunga Exhibition in Ginza
More than 50 pieces of ukiyo-e shunga by Katsushika Hokusai and others from 200 years ago are being exhibited. The exhibition is supervised by Mitsuru Uragami of Uragami Sokyu-do, the sponsor of the 2013 Shunga Exhibition at the British Museum in London and a key player in the 2015 Shunga Exhibition at Eisei Bunko Museum in Tokyo.
|Date & Time||UNTIL Dec 17, 2023・10:00-19:00|
|Location||Gallery Art House|
|More Info||Admission age: 18+ years old | Reservation-only|
Mirai Shikiyama Exhibition at UltraSuperNew Gallery
Art and computer graphics combine throughout the work of emerging Japanese artist Mirai Shikiyama. A study, or series of studies on dichotomies, Shikiyama composes work based around reality and fantasy, the tangible and intangible around us, freedom and constraint and history and modernity. His debut solo exhibition is named “Raw and Theory.” Raw alludes to physicality and theory is related to computers being founded on logical theory. This exhibition aims to break the artistic boundary between reality and fantasy. The name also pays homage to the legendary experimental Los Angeles club, Low End Theory.
|Date & Time||UNTIL Nov 2, 2023・11:00-19:00|
|Location||UltraSuperNew Gallery Tokyo|
Akihabara Culture Festival
The Akihabara Bunkasai or Culture Festival is being held from October 1 to 29, featuring a variety of events at the Kanda Myojin Culture Exchange Center Edocco Studio. There are also outdoor festivities at Belle Salle Akihabara and a citywide collaboration campaign in Akihabara.
|Date & Time||UNTIL Oct 29, 2023・11:00-00:00|
|Price||Depending on exhibition/pop-up|
|Location||Kanda myojin Bunka koryu-kan|
Welcome to Demon School: Halloween Pop-Up
To celebrate Halloween, Tower Records will be holding a Mairimashita! Iruma-kun pop-up store at the end of October, with a pre-sale of new goods. Head down to the Shibuya branch to collect special edition badges, or check out stock online.
|Date & Time||UNTIL Nov 5, 2023・10:00-|
|Price||Price varies according to stock|
|Location||Tower Records - Shibuya|
Tokyo International Film Festival 36th Edition
The Tokyo International Film Festival (TIFF) is showing an unprecedented variety of special programs and screenings for its upcoming 36th edition.
It’s also highlighting a revitalized animation section. Until 2022, TIFF exclusively screened Japanese films in the Japanese Animation section, showcasing domestic works for world audiences. The renamed Animation section will feature not only Japanese, but also internationally acclaimed animated works.
|Date & Time||UNTIL Nov 1, 2023・18:00-|
|Price||Varies, please check the festival program|
|More Info||Various venues, check website for more details|
Afternoon Tea and Limited Edition Menus
Kubota Afternoon Tea
Indulge in a Japanese-style afternoon tea featuring fall flavors and Niigata Prefecture’s renowned Kubota sake at Ryotei Kinsui in Hotel Chinzanso Tokyo. This is a traditional restaurant housed in a simple, yet refined sukiya-style building. The hotel’s acclaimed Kubota Afternoon Tea offers the perfect fusion of seasonal tastes and Japanese sake.
|Date & Time||UNTIL Oct 27, 2023・12:00-|
|Location||ホテル椿山荘東京 Hotel Chinzanso Tokyo|
Halloween at the Royal Park Hotel
Delight in Halloween-themed treats and autumn delicacies served as part of several menus. At lobby lounge Fontaine, enjoy a bat-topped red fruit compote and a spooky crémet d’Anjou among other items. More seasonal fun can be found at the Halloween Cocktail Fair hosted by the hotel’s main bar, the Royal Scots.
|Date & Time||UNTIL Oct 31, 2023・17:30-21:00|
|Location||Royal Park Hotel|
Autumnal Afternoon Tea at the Artizon Museum
To get you into the spirit of fall, the café at the Artizon Museum is offering autumnal courses during lunch and dinner hours from October onwards, as well as a specially curated afternoon tea, featuring dishes made from seasonal ingredients.
These autumnal treats are the perfect culinary accompaniment to the museum’s current exhibitions, “From the Scene of Creation–Artists’ Archives in Films and Photographs,” and “Jam Session: The Ishibashi Foundation Collection x Yamaguchi Akira Drawn to the Irresistible Sensation.”
|Date & Time||UNTIL Dec 31, 2023・11:00-・Closed on Mondays|
|Price||Price varies according to chosen course|
|More Info||Online bookings accepted for lunch and cafe time periods|
Halloween-themed Afternoon Tea at the Peninsula
For a single day, The Peninsula is transforming its beloved afternoon tea with a spooky twist. Enjoy a bewitching array of savory and sweet delights paired with the finest teas. It’s an experience for all ages to savor.
|Date & Time||Oct 31, 2023・11:30-20:00|
|Price||¥8,000 per person | ¥2,800 per child|
|Location||The Peninsula Tokyo|
Halloween Afternoon Tea at Grand Hyatt Tokyo
Getting into the spooky spirit, Grand Hyatt Tokyo has introduced its fall menu, including a special Halloween-themed afternoon tea at The French Kitchen.
With a focus on Japanese autumnal flavors, the hotel’s pâtissiers have crafted an array of spooky treats, including pumpkin mousse and coffee and white chocolate mousse. The savory courses include mummified pies as well as coffin-shaped sandwiches. This afternoon tea buffet is sure to send a seasonal shiver down your spine.
|Date & Time||UNTIL Oct 31, 2023・15:00-17:00・Seating is limited to 120 minutes on weekdays and 90 minutes on weekdays and holidays|
|Price||¥5,940 (weekdays) ¥7,950 with a glass of champagne (weekends and holidays)|
Halloween Treats and Happy Hour Highballs at the Tavern Grill & Lounge
Until October 31 on the 51st floor of Andaz Tokyo Toranomon Hills, the Tavern Grill & Lounge is serving spooky Halloween Afternoon Tea with monsters playing tricks on the table. This includes savory cured ham cream puffs in the motif of Jack-O-Lanterns, coffin-shaped chocolate tarts and pumpkin pies with spider’s webs on top.
For the evenings, the Tavern Grill & Lounge has recently launched “High Up” highball happy hour, serving reasonably priced highball cocktails every day between 5pm and 7pm. The highlight is the gin and sherry concoction created by Keisuke Yamamoto, founder of Bees Knees Kyoto, one of Asia’s 50 Best Bars.
|Date & Time||UNTIL Oct 31, 2023・13:00-・First Seating: 13:00 - 15:00 Second Seating: 15:30 - 17:30. Highball Happy Hour — 17:00 - 19:00|
|Price||Afternoon Halloween Tea: ¥7,020 | Highball Cocktails: ¥990|
|Location||The Tavern - Grill & Lounge|
|More Info||Reservations are recommended for the Afternoon Halloween Tea|
Bills Autumn and Winter 2023 Menu
From the end of October, Bills (stylised as bills) will be introducing a new seasonal menu. A range of savoury delights will be on offer, including tuna tartare, avocado and corn chips, as well as a sumptuous cardamom canelé for dessert.
There will also be a vegetarian brunch plate available for any plant-based folk, including ginger and poached egg, szechuan pepper, shredded daikon and mushroom fried rice. Top it all off with a Bills original honey and saffron soda.
|Date & Time||UNTIL Mar 31, 2024・08:30-23:00・Bills High Tea Seat avilable from 14:00|
|More Info||Prices vary according to location|
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