Event List in Tokyo This Week (January 2 to 8, 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 2 to 8, 2023).
1. Rilakkuma’s Theme Park Adventure
Event Period: December 10, 2022, to January 9, 2023
Location: Tokyo Dome City Attraction
Official Website: https://at-raku.com/event/rilakkuma_tdca/
|Access||6 Minutes walk from Korakuen Station.|
2. Special Exhibition “Poison”
Event Period: November 1, 2022, to February 19, 2023
Location: Kanto Tokyo Taito Ward National Museum of Nature and Science
Official Website: https://www.dokuten.jp/
|Access||8 Minutes walk from Ueno Station.|
3. SNOOPY ICE ARENA “Ice skating rink”
Event Period: December 10, 2022, to February 26, 2023
Location: Granberry Park Oasis Plaza
Official Website: https://gbp.minamimachida-grandberrypark.com/icearena2022/
|Access||1 Minute walk from Minami Machida Grandberry Park Station.|
4. THE RISING SALE
Event Period: December 26, 2022, to January 22, 2023
Location: Futako Tamagawa Rise Shopping Center target store
Official Website: https://www.rise.sc/eventnews/detail/?cd=000534
|Access||1 Minute walk from Futako-Tamagawa Station.|
5. Chainsaw Man Anime Store in Harajuku Winter 2022-2023
Event Period: December 9, 2022, to February 15, 2023
Location: Base Yard Tokyo (Harajuku)
Official Website: https://www.palcloset.jp/shared/pc_pal/event/baseyard/chainsawman-byt/index.html
|Access||6 Minutes walk from Harajuku Station (Yamanote Line)|
For more information about this event, check out the following article!
6. New Year Giant Series 2023
Event Period: January 2, 3, and 22, 2023
Location: Korakuen Hall, 1-3 Koraku, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo
Official Website: http://www.all-japan.co.jp/
|Access||5 Minutes walk from Korakuen 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. New Year Special Stargazing Party
Event Period: January 4, 2023
Location: Sky Deck
Official Website: https://tcv.roppongihills.com/jp/events/6266/index.html
|Access||6 Minutes walk from Roppongi Station.|
10. Crayon Shin-chan 30th Anniversary Special Exhibition
Event Period: December 17, 2022, to January 9, 2023
Location: Sunshine City Higashi Ikebukuro
Official Website: https://www.shinchan-app.jp/30th-anniv-anime/wonderland/
|Access||9 Minutes walk from Ikebukuro 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 (January 7 and 8, 2023).
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