Event List in Tokyo This Week (February 13 to 19, 2023)
The best events, activities, and exhibitions held this week in Tokyo
In Japan, people tend to say autumn is the perfect season to get in touch with culture such as literature, art, food, etc. Because of this, it is also a season when you’ll see many cultural events across Japan, especially, in Tokyo.
Tokyo, being such a large city, has many events happening simultaneously. Because of this, it might be difficult to keep track of events that you’d be interested in. From art exhibitions, theatrical performances, and musical concerts to cultural festivals and seasonal food-related events. And some of these events are just a couple of days long.
That’s where this article will hopefully come in handy. I have created a list of events for this week in Tokyo. If you live in Tokyo and have some free time, or if you happen to be visiting Tokyo during this week, then I hope at least one of these events will interest you to check it out.
Winter culture in Japan
Before going to the list, let me explain to you a little bit about winter events in Japan. When we talk about winter, we usually refer to December through February. Winter is the season that ends the year and at the same time opens up the new year.
In Japanese culture, it is very important to finish up the current year and welcome the new year in a correct manner. This involves many different personal and family-related activities. For example, on a personal level, many people like to clean up their house before welcoming the new year (this is not a regular clean up, but a thorough clean up). Then it is common to decorate your house with things like Kadomatsu (門松) and Shimenawa (しめ縄) which are decorations that have their roots in Shintoism.
There are also many foods that come into play during new years such as Toshikoshi Soba (年越し蕎麦) which you eat before the new year, and then Mochi (お餅) after welcoming the new year. Soba is a type of needle that breaks down relatively easily, representing that all bad things from this year won’t continue on to the new year.
Now that you know a little bit about winter-related Japanese culture, here is the event list in Tokyo this week (February 13 to 19, 2023).
1. Hot Cheese and Spicy Festival
Event Period: February 10 to 26, 2023
Location: Shimokitazawa shopping street etc.
Official Website: https://barbar.love-shimokitazawa.jp/
|Access||2 minutes walk from Shimo-Kitazawa Station.|
2. Hana Biyori Plum Festival 2023
Event Period: February 4 to 26, 2023
Location: Special space in HANA-BIYORI
Official Website: https://www.yomiuriland.com/hanabiyori/event/99992023.html
|Access||11 minutes walk from Keio-yomiuri land Station.|
3. Chofu Cinema Festival 2023
Event Period: January 27 to February 19, 2023
Location: Chofu City Cultural Center Tazukuri, Chofu City Green Hall, Aeon Cinema Theater Chofu
Official Website: https://chofucinemafestival.com/
4. Tokyo Skytree Town “Strawberry Fair”
Event Period: January 13 to February 28, 2023
Location: Tokyo Solamachi stores
Official Website: https://www.tokyo-solamachi.jp/event/2075/
|Access||1 Minute walk from Tokyo Sky Tree Station.|
5. Chainsaw Man Cafe
Event Period: February 2 to April 2, 2023
Location: BOX cafe & space GEMS Shibuya
Official Website: https://csm-cafe.jp/
|Access||5 minutes walk from Omote-sando Station.|
For more information about this event, check out the following article!
6. Hotel Gajoen Tokyo Medetadukushi x Hyakudan Kaidan Exhibition
Event Period: January 1 to March 12, 2023
Location: Hotel Gajoen Tokyo
Official Website: https://www.hotelgajoen-tokyo.com/100event/medetazukushi
|Access||3 minutes walk from Meguro Station.|
7. The Polyphony of Function and Decoration at Tokyo Metropolitan Teine Art Museum
Event Period: Until March 5, 2023
Location: Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Art Museum 5-21-9, Shirokanedai, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Official Website: https://www.teien-art-museum.ne.jp/
|Access||5 minutes walk from Shirokanedai-Gochōme (Shirokanedai 5).|
8. Yebisu International Festival for Art and Alternative Visions 2023 “Technology?”
Event Period: February 3 to 19, 2023
Location: Tokyo Photographic Art Museum (1-13-3 Mita, Meguro-ku, Tokyo, inside Yebisu Garden Place),
Yebisu Garden Place Center Square (4-20, Ebisu, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, inside Yebisu Garden Place),
Official Website: https://www.yebizo.com/
9. The 95th Tokyo International Gift Show SPRING 2023
Event Period: February 15 to 17, 2023
Location: Tokyo Big Sight
Official Website: https://www.giftshow.co.jp/english/tigs/
|Access||1 minute walk from Tokyo Big Sight Station.|
10. Bulgari Serpenti 75th Anniversary Illumination
Event Period: February 9 to March 31, 2023
Location: Bulgari GINZA Tower Store
Official Website: https://bulgari-serpenti.4dv.teamlab.art/app.html
|Access||1 minute walk from GINZA Station.|
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I hope you enjoyed this article about events in Tokyo this week. As I previously mentioned, it can be difficult to keep track of every festival, exhibition and other event happening in Tokyo, so hopefully, this article serves as a reference for you to find things to do in Tokyo.
There’s also an article about events in Tokyo during the weekend. Check out the link below!
▶Event List in Tokyo This Weekend (February 18 and 19, 2023).
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