Event List in Tokyo This Week (January 16 to 22, 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 (January 16 to 22, 2023).
1. TOKYO BLUE GARDEN WINTER FESTIVAL 2023
Event Period: January 7, to February 12, 2023
Official Website: https://www.happo-en.com/event/tokyo-bluegarden_2023/
|Access||2 Minutes walk from Shirokanedai Station.|
2. Youth Musical “The Beautiful Game”
Event Period: January 7 to 26, 2023
Location: Nissay Theatre
Official Website: https://www.tbg2023.com/
|Access||7 Minutes walk from Yurakucho Station.|
3. ART LAND (SHUN SUDO)
Event Period: January 12 to 24, 2023
Location: Spiral Garden (5-6-23 Spiral 1F, Minami-Aoyama, Minato-ku, Tokyo)
Official Website: https://www.spiral.co.jp/topics/spiral-garden/art-land-shun-sudo
|Access||1 Minute walk from Omote-Sando Station.|
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. TOKYO SKYTREE TOWN® ICE SKATING PARK
Event Period: January 4 to March 12, 2023
Location: Solamachi 4F Sky Arena
Official Website: https://www.tokyo-solamachi.jp/event/2071/
|Access||4 Minutes walk from Tokyo Sky Tree Station.|
6. Animage and Ghibli Exhibition
Event Period: January 3 to 23, 2023
Location: Matsuya Ginza 8F Event Square
Official Website: https://animage-ghibli.jp/
|Access||1 Minute walk from Ginza Station.|
7. The Witch of Time and 100 Promises
Event Period: December 15, 2022, to June 30, 2023
Location: Tokyu Line areas
Official Website: https://triadnazo.tokyo/lp/tokyu100witch/
8. NARUTO THE GALLERY
Event Period: December 10, 2022 to January 31, 2023
Location: AKIBA_SQUARE (Inside Akihabara UDX)
Akihabara UDX 2F, 4-14-1 Sotokanda, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
Official Website: https://naruto-20th.jp/gallery/
|Access||3 Minutes from Akihabara Station.|
9. KEMCO New Year Exhibition 2023
Event Period: January 10 to February 9, 2023
Location: Keio University Museum Commons Exhibition Room
Official Website: https://kemco.keio.ac.jp/all-post/20230110/
|Access||7 Minutes walk from Tamachi Station.|
10. Starbucks Japan 2023 New Year Tumblers and Mugs
Event Period: Starting Selling on December 26, 2022
Location: At any Starbucks Store
Official Website: https://www.starbucks.co.jp/
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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 (January 21 and 22, 2023).
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