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The Best Things To Do in Tokyo This Weekend

Have a great weekend in one of the greatest cities in the world

Tokyo is alive every day of the week. There’s always something to see or do, whether it’s an exhibition, a live music gig, a pop-up shop or a seasonal limited edition item to try. This Friday March 1, we’re also inviting all members of the TW community to join us for our magazine release party at Or, Miyashita Park.

Live Shows and Community Events

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1.
Party With TW On March 1

Join us for our first event of 2024, on Friday, March 1 at our usual location in Or, Miyashita Park. This is where our magazine pages come to life. Grab a copy of the latest Tokyo Weekender issue and meet the people who make the TW community so vibrant and diverse. With International Women’s Day and Girl’s Day both on the horizon, we also want to celebrate the amazing women in our lives. We have invited some inspiring women you can meet, including anime director Ayaka Ohira, the women behind the Harob kimono brand, the female stand-up comedians from Tokyo Comedy Bar and more to be announced soon.

As Japan lives in anticipation of sakura (cherry blossoms), we’ve prepared a special TWxOR cocktail with sakura flavor and Suntory gin. It’s not a requirement, but do come wearing something pink if you’d like to indicate your love for spring. Let’s share stories and boogie to girl-power anthems all night long.

  • The ticket includes one free drink.
  • TW guests are welcome to stay for free at the Or after-party from 11 p.m. until 5 a.m.
  • Tickets at the door are ¥2,000.
Date & Time Mar 1, 2024・19:00-23:00
Price ¥1,500 advance tickets | ¥2,000 at the door
Location

Paper City

2.
Paper City Showing at Stranger Cinema

Documentary filmmaker Adrian Francis’ acclaimed feature documentary, Paper City, is coming to Tokyo for a week of screenings at Stranger Cinema in Kikukawa, Sumida ward. Paper City explores the last remaining survivors of the 1945 firebombing of Tokyo and their journey for justice. The night of March 9-10, 1945 was an evening in which an estimated 100,000 people lost their lives and a large geographical section of the city was left ravaged, scorched and decimated with painful memories that are still alive today, more than 70 years after the fateful event.

Date & Time Mar 1, 2024-Mar 7, 2024・11:20-・Screening daily at 11:20 am (with English subtitles), followed by a talk event (in Japanese only)
Price General admission ¥1,800
Location

3.
Setagaya Plum Blossom Festival 2024

Boasting around 650 plum trees, Setagaya’s Hanegi Park is the perfect place to witness the wonders of the plum blossom. Pick up plum-themed food, such as yokan jelly and daifuku, from vendors and enjoy traditional performances while luxuriating among the blossoms with family and friends alike.

Date & Time UNTIL Mar 3, 2024・10:00-16:00
Price Free
Location

4.
Daichi Miura Dialetheism Pop-Up

Visit Isetan Shinjuku for legendary artist Daichi Miura’s newest exhibit. More than 150 new energetic works of art are being introduced, including the representative fashion icon illustration “Josie’s Runway” and crystal works. There will be a live painting on March 2 at 2 p.m.
Date & Time UNTIL Mar 4, 2024・10:00-20:00・Event ends at 3pm on February 28 and 6pm on March 4
Price Free
Location

5.
Vivat Veritas Fashion Show 2024

Vivat Veritas invites fashion enthusiasts across Japan to join its annual fashion show. It’s featuring 30 meticulously crafted outfits, including elegant long gowns for concerts and formal occasions, as well as custom-made looks created from repurposed kimono. Men’s looks will also be featured.

In addition to the fashion show, there is also live painting performed by sumi-e artist Yoshimi Inoue and a captivating body painting performance by the French artist Alexandre Osmoze Brakha.

Date & Time Mar 2, 2024・15:00-18:00
Price Advance tickets from ¥1,500
Location
More Info VIP tickets also available from ¥6,000

6.
Jordi Palomares Piano Recital

Renowned pianist Jordi Palomares, former bronze medalist of the World Piano Competition Cincinnati, returns to Japan for an intimate concert. Previously referred to as Spain’s Musical Ambassador, the Barcelona-born maestro is performing two of his own compositions — “Songs” and “Instants” — in Japan for the first time. Split into two parts, the opening section will focus on showcasing the best of Spanish repertoire, including Palomares’s own compositions alongside Mompou and Albeniz. The second half will comprise the maestro’s rendition of a defining sonata of the Romantic era: “Piano Sonata in B minor” by Franz Liszt.

There will be an informal talk before the concert in English (or Spanish, depending on audience preference).

Program

  • Frederic Mompou: Suburbis
  • Jordi Palomares : Instants, Songs
  • Isaac Albéniz : Iberia 2º Cahier (Rondeña. Almería. Triana)
  • Franz Liszt: Piano Sonata in B minor

*Note that the number of tickets is limited.

Date & Time Mar 3, 2024・14:00-・Doors open at 13:30
Price ¥3,500
Location Musashino Swing Hall
More Info Exit via the North Exit of the Musashisakai Station. At the roundabout, take the escalator in front of the pharmacy Tomod's.

7.
Tokyo Comedy Bar Improv Comedy Workshop

If you’re interested in performance, or boosting your public speaking and presentation skills, then the Tokyo Comedy Bar’s improv workshops are just the thing for you. Led by experienced comedian Jon Sabay, each week the class teaches you different improv skills through games and exercises. You’ll move and dance and laugh and play, and have a whole lot of fun while you learn.

This weekly drop-in workshop is held every Saturday and is the perfect place for performers of any level to experience improv.

To register or ask any questions, please email [email protected].

Date & Time Feb 3, 2024・11:00-
Price ¥1,500
Location Tokyo Comedy Bar (TCB)

 

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8.
Invisibles in the Neo City

An exhibition of Tokyo through technology and new media art, “Invisibles in the Neo City” explores the way we capture the memories, attachments and feelings that people have about cities. With interactive digital, VR and AI artworks, this group show will appeal to fans of architecture and design. Highlights include a digitized and holographic Nakagin Capsule Tower and an opportunity to stand on one of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic podiums.

Date & Time UNTIL Mar 10, 2024・11:00-21:00・Sat and Sun until 19:00 | CLOSED ON MONDAYS
Price Free
Location SusHi Tech Tokyo デジタルテクノロジー体感拠点(仮)

9.
Friday Night Party at Or, Miyashita Park

This Friday, check out all three floors of Or, Miyashita Park for a night of live music, hip hop and R&B.

Find the team behind “Flyday Friday” on the third floor, “Block of Flat” on the second and “Terminal Tokyo” on the first.

Date & Time Mar 1, 2024・20:00-05:00
Price Women ¥1,000 with 2 drinks | Men ¥3,000 with 2 drinks
Location
More Info All foreigners enter free with passport or ID

10.
Gold Bar Cocktail Festival 2024

The Tokyo Edition, Toranomon’s renowned Gold Bar is hosting the inaugural Gold Bar Cocktail Festival on Sunday, March 3. The special event will mark the first time a bar event of this caliber has been hosted by a hotel bar. The event is showcasing six talented bartenders from across Asia, including bars recognized in Asia’s 50 Best Bars list.

Six acclaimed mixologists are flying in from around Asia to showcase their skills, each creating two unique cocktails for distinguished judges to select from. Attendees have the opportunity to see these masters at work, using their techniques to create unique cocktail creations.

Date & Time Mar 3, 2024・14:00-20:00
Price Tickets from ¥7,500
Location

Art Exhibitions

11.
Bleak City: Photo Exhibition by Mário Pires

Mário Pires is a photographer from Lisbon, Portugal, who works with both digital and analog, as well as video, calligraphy and music. His exhibition at the Ephemere. gallery is curated by Anne Murayama.

Titled “Bleak City,” the exhibition is dedicated to his hometown. “Bleak City was born out of my solitary walks around the city and my great love for Japanese photography of the 60s and 70s and its masters. These legendary photographers pushed the boundaries of what photography could be and showed us how their visual language could break stereotypes and feel alive and urgent,” Pires states. “These photographs are my way of showing that, unless citizens rethink the way cities are built and developed, we are heading for a very grim future.”

Date & Time Mar 2, 2024-Mar 3, 2024・12:00-17:00
Price Free
Location

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12.
Katagami: Japanese Paper Stencil Techniques Exhibition

Katagami are a quintessential part of Japanese textile history. These repeating stencils were used to dye and pattern everything from everyday cloths to silks and yukata, with the hand-carved designs often intricately detailed. Truly objects of ingenuity, katagami stencils are hard-wearing despite being made from paper due to their plant-based waterproofing process. This rare opportunity to view a wide selection within Tokyo will appeal to fans of Japanese fashion history, illustration and textiles.

Date & Time UNTIL Mar 14, 2024・13:00-17:00・Open on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays.
Price Free
Location

13.
Modes and Characters: Poetics of Graphic Design Exhibition

An exploration of Japanese lettering and design, fans of graphic art will rejoice in this collection of creative typography held at 21_21 Design Site. Featuring works by more than 54 artists and designers, “Poetics of Graphic Design” looks at digital typesetting in the internet age, from the 1990s to the present day. The show playfully considers the many ways in which Japanese can be used visually, with its three sets of characters (hiragana, katakana and kanji), and vertical or right-to-left writing styles.

Date & Time UNTIL Mar 3, 2024・10:00-18:30・Closed on Tuesdays
Price ¥1,400
Location

14.
Delusion Murmur: Solo Exhibition

This spring, Gallery Common is pleased to present “Delusion Murmur,” a solo exhibition by Kosuke Ichikawa. The exhibition features works from the “Scorch Paintings” series, using incense to burn everyday memories. It will also feature the “Scrape Works” series, reflecting memories and alienation in mass media and social media culture.

Date & Time UNTIL Mar 10, 2024・12:00-19:00・Closed on Mondays and Tuesdays
Price Free
Location

15.
Night Out Gallery presents: Esow’s Shopping Street Cruise exhibition

Tokyo-based artist Esow (stylised as ESOW) has developed his own style influenced by his time in America as a teenager, where he first discovered graffiti and the Japanese concept of “iki,” an aesthetic ideal of subdued displays of taste and wealth that originated during the Edo period.

His solo exhibition at Night Out Gallery showcases his unique blending of styles, from the viewpoint of Asakusa shopping streets and Japan’s skate culture.

Date & Time UNTIL Mar 10, 2024・13:00-19:00・Closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays
Price Free
Location

16.
Muklay and Ore Ore Ore Exhibition at Ultra Super New Gallery

The digital realm never fails to surprise. It has the power to bridge the gap between those living far apart, while sometimes keeping close ones at a distance. This exhibition makes the positive power of social media evident.

Jakarta-based artist Muchlis Fachri, better known as Muklay, and Ore Ore Ore, currently residing in Japan, are both full-time visual artists. They actively engage in illustrations, using digital tools to stay productive and proactive. They also collaborate with various brands representing their respective cities.

This exhibition marks their inaugural meeting, giving both artists the opportunity to “explode” their creative visions onto their chosen mediums.

Date & Time UNTIL Mar 1, 2024・11:00-19:00・Closed on Sundays and Mondays
Price Free
Location

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17.
A to Z: An Exhibition of The Former Residence of Prince Asaka

This year marks the 40th anniversary of the Teien Art Museum, the former residence of Prince Asaka. As a large Art Deco-style building completed in 1933, the Museum oozes a glitzy modernist glamor rarely seen in Tokyo. Fans of art and interior design will enjoy this exhibition of the Prince’s home with a new focus on its materials, architectural techniques and historical anecdotes.

Date & Time UNTIL May 12, 2024・10:00-18:00・Closed every Monday and on April 30 and May 7 | March 22,23,29,30 opening until 20:00 (Last admission at 19:30)
Price General Admission ¥1,400 (discounts available)
Location Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Art Museum
More Info Online reservation is recommended for the exhibition

18.
Jomon Echoes in the Anthropocene: Exhibition by Ryunosuke Okazaki

“Jomon Echoes in the Anthropocene” is a solo exhibition of new works by Ryunosuke Okazaki, curated by Akiinoue. An art graduate, Okazaki has gained recognition in the fashion scene, hosting runway shows in September 2021 and March 2022. He was also selected as a finalist for the “LVMH Prize 2022.” His unconventional artistic style explores new possibilities in contemporary art.

Hailing from Hiroshima, Okazaki draws inspiration from the history and nature of his hometown. He describes his artistic process as a ritualistic and prayerful act, paying homage to the history and nature that surround him. The “JomonJomon” series presented in this exhibition takes its roots from the ancient Jomon period, spanning approximately 10,000 years. The works evoke the Jomon pottery created by people of that era, characterized by undulating curves and intricate decorations.

Date & Time UNTIL Mar 10, 2024・11:00-21:00・Closed from Feb 12 to Feb 15 | Reopens on Feb 16 for Part 2
Price Free
Location
Traveling Peanuts

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19.
Traveling Peanuts Exhibition

Held at the newly refurbished Snoopy Museum Tokyo, the “Traveling Peanuts” exhibition is showcasing original drawings by Charles M. Schulz that depict Snoopy and the Peanuts gang during their travels. There are more than 40 original comic strips borrowed from the Schulz Museum. “Traveling Peanuts” began on February 1, when the Snoopy Museum Tokyo reopened after being closed for three weeks. 

The museum now includes a new Snoopy Wonder Room, featuring various Snoopy goods, and a new light and video presentation in the popular Snoopy Room area, which is known for its approximately 8-meter-long giant statue of  Schulz’s most famous character.  The museum’s shop, Brown’s Store, meanwhile, has added various items that can’t be found anywhere else in the world.

Adjacent to the museum is the Peanuts Cafe, which now includes terrace seating and a new grand menu. 

Date & Time UNTIL Sep 1, 2024・10:00-18:00・Open until 20:00 between February 1 and 4, 19:00 on Saturdays, Sundays and national holidays. Closed on February 20.
Price Advance Ticket ¥1,800 | On the Day ¥2,000
Location

20.
Yoshirotten Radial Graphics Bio: Exhibition

This is a solo exhibition exploring the archives of designer Yoshirotten. Based around the theme of RGB, the color model used by screens, “Radial Graphics Bio,” is a kaleidoscopic showcase of logos, typefaces, spacial designs and videos from the Tokyo-based graphic artist.

Date & Time UNTIL Mar 23, 2024・11:00-19:00・Closed on Sundays and National Holidays
Price Free
Location

 

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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

21.
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 works and large-scale paintings 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 expressions 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
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Firefly biosphere (falling magma star) 2023 Photo: Jens Ziehe

22.
A Harmonious Cycle of Interconnected Nows: Exhibition by Olafur Eliasson

Azabudai Hills Gallery opened its doors last November with the inaugural exhibition featuring Olafur Eliasson. The Icelandic-Danish artist is known for his social engagement with the climate crisis and invites viewers to challenge their perception of the world around them. Eliasson explores line, movement, light and color, founded on ideas of geometry, physics and the workings of the natural world.

Date & Time UNTIL Mar 31, 2024・10:00-20:00
Price ¥1,800
Location Azabudai Hills

Seasonal Events

23.
Tokyo German Village Winter Illuminations

Tokyo German Village’s illumination event is a union of light and music. Walk under a river of lights, spot the different characters sculpted in the fields and warm up with a cup of hot chocolate. This year’s theme is “Gulliver’s Travels.”

Date & Time UNTIL Apr 7, 2024・17:00-20:00
Price Adults: ¥1000 | Kids: ¥500
Location Tokyo German Village

Afternoon Tea and Seasonal Menus

24.
International Women’s Day at Grand Hyatt Tokyo

This March, Grand Hyatt Tokyo is celebrating International Women’s Day with an exclusive range of culinary and wellness experiences to show support for female empowerment and gender equality. Inspired by the mimosa flower and developed by the female pâtissiers at Fiorentina Pastry Boutique, show gratitude for the influential women in your life with the unique mimosa-inspired tart.

At The French Kitchen, the mimosa yellow dinner course combines seasonal fine dining with striking mimosa yellow dishes, representing female empowerment. From white asparagus mimosa salad to saffron mackerel poêlé and roast beef fillet, every moment of this dinner course is accompanied by a burst of color. For those looking to relax, luxurious treatments are available at Nagomi Spa and Fitness.

Date & Time Mar 1, 2024-Mar 10, 2024・09:00-21:30・See website for further details
Price Price varies according to stock
Location

25.
Matisse Exhibition Afternoon Tea at Grand Hyatt Tokyo

In collaboration with the new Henri Matisse exhibition opening at The National Art Center, Tokyo, The French Kitchen at Grand Hyatt Tokyo has prepared an afternoon tea buffet inspired by the French visual artist’s exceptional deployment of color.

Bringing together around 150 of Matisse’s works, the “Henri Matisse – Forms in Freedom” exhibition has a particular focus on his cut-outs.

With a nod to springtime, the afternoon tea highlights sakura and strawberry flavors and colors, including a sakura and white chocolate mousse, and a sakura and strawberry shortcake.

Date & Time Mar 1, 2024-Apr 15, 2024・15:00-17:00・Last entry at 15:30
Price ¥5,940 on weekdays, ¥7,590 on weekends and holidays
Location French Kitchen

26.
Strawberry Afternoon Tea at The Tokyo Edition, Toranomon

To celebrate the arrival of spring, the Tokyo Edition, Toranomon offers a Strawberry Edition Afternoon Tea at the Lobby Bar.

Featuring delicately crafted strawberry treats and light savory bites, feast on traditional favorites with a special strawberry twist. From sweet and sour strawberry rhubarb tart and elegant rose strawberry cake to yogurt strawberry canelé, this is the perfect place to enjoy the freshest and juiciest strawberries Japan has to offer.

Date & Time UNTIL Mar 31, 2024・12:00-17:00
Price ¥8,500 with fine tea selection
Location The Tokyo EDITION, Toranomon
More Info ¥13,000 with glass of Ruinart Blanc de Blancs

27.
Aphrodite by Venus de Milo Afternoon Tea

A unique afternoon tea series inspired by the ancient Greek sculpture “Venus de Milo” can be enjoyed for a limited time at the bar and lounge, Whisk, located on the 16th floor of the luxury hotel MESM. The delightful course, titled “Afternoon Exhibition,” features a wide range of sweets and savory dishes inspired by ancient Greece, where the Venus de Milo, which is believed to depict Aphrodite, was discovered.

It’s a playful course that makes it feel like you are inside a museum. On top of that, the small dishes, including baklava, moussaka, halva, cheesecake and some Greek-style fritters known as tiganites, all taste amazing. The highlight of the program, though, is the Greek yogurt peach mousse that looks identical to the Venus de Milo. Guests can complete the artwork with some apricot and raspberry sauce, which are served separately.

Date & Time UNTIL May 2, 2024・14:00-
Price Starting from ¥6,500 (inclusive of consumption tax and 15% service charge)
Location Mesm Tokyo, Autograph Collection

28.
Grand Hyatt Tokyo: Grand Gourmet Trip to Toyama and Ishikawa

This February, Grand Hyatt Tokyo presents its Grand Gourmet Trip to Toyama and Ishikawa: a selection of seasonal menus developed with the aim of reviving rural areas of Japan and supporting local food providers.

The chefs at Keyakizaka are preparing luxurious regional dishes on a teppan grill, with each dish created from local ingredients selected by Chef de Cuisine Yoshinobu Honda. The menu includes delicious winter yellowtail, Tateyama beef and fragrant garlic rice made from organic rice cultivated at Imai Farm on the Noto Peninsula.

Date & Time UNTIL Mar 31, 2024・11:30-21:30・Closed on Mondays
Price Price varies according to menu
Location

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