There are so numerous fantastic free events happening in Tokyo in November and December that it was tough deciding on just 5 for this bimonthly events wrap. But we had to (because the editor stated so). Right after considerably discount coffee fuelled deliberation, right here is our choose of pure cheapo awesomeness to take you by way of to the new year.
1. Tokyo Chrysanthemum Exhibition: November 1st- 23rd
Now in its 100th year, the Tokyo Metropolitan Tourism Chrysanthemum Exhibition is regarded as Japan’s prime occasion when it comes to kiku, as the delicate flowers are known in Japanese. Chrysanthemums are held in high regard in the nation – the bloom is featured on Japan’s Imperial Seal and pops up on Japanese passports and in other areas (including the controversial Yasukuni Shrine).
At the show you can count on leading-notch blooms, and a dizzying range of them as well. There will be two 000 displays featuring cut chrysanthemums, bonsai versions, ultra fancy bonsai versions, decoration versions, and a lot more. You can also snag some seedlings and understand how to develop them properly (classy folk would say “cultivate” them).
More information right here.
two. Asakusa Tori-no-ichi Fair: November 10th and 22nd
The Tori-no-ichi Fair is a exciting conventional festival that is held at shrines and temples countrywide on Rooster (“tori”) days (following the Chinese calendar) every single year. The Asakusa version has been going sturdy since the Edo period, when it was all about celebrating the new year. These days it is focused on wishing for good luck and prosperity in enterprise.
You have two chances to go this year (some years have three Rooster days in November, but those ones have a bit of an unlucky association with fires), so pick 1, get your self a single of the glitzily decorated bamboo rakes, and soak up the expertise. You can sample some tasty festival fare also.
Portion 1 info right here.
Element two info right here.
3. Golden Ginkgo Trees: Mid-November – Mid-December
Although some men and women associate them with rather unpleasant smells (yeah, just wait and see), ginkgo trees (ichou in Japanese) are undeniably lovely and demand to be walked beneath in late autumn. Turning beautiful yellows and gold, gingko leaves line paths in parks and even some of the city’s streets (some strategic planting there), creating for outstanding photo possibilities.
The Hachioji Ginkgo Festival is one particular way to take pleasure in the autumn colours. The Jingugaien Itcho Festival in the outer gardens of Meiji Shrine is yet another. Of course, you can always just roll down to your local park – these trees can be located practically anywhere. Appear out for grilled ginkgo nuts (ginnan) on the menus of Japanese pubs too – they’re a tasty and potent supposed superfood.
four. Odaiba Rainbow Fireworks: December six-27
Most of Tokyo’s fireworks shows take place in the sweltering heat of summer season, but Odaiba insists on being various – and we are not complaining. You can wrap up nice and warm and take pleasure in small-scale displays every single Saturday evening in December. The fireworks will be going up amongst Odaiba and Rainbow Bridge – producing for some colourful scenery.
The shows begin at 7pm and last for about ten minutes. Around 1 800 shots will be fired in each and every one particular. It is not a large deal, but it is enough to sate any Japanese fireworks show cravings you may possibly be possessing.
Much more info and tips for the greatest viewing spot right here.
5. Winter Comiket: December 28-30
Comiket, the short form of “Comic Market”, is a festival of all issues comic-related, drawing crowds of close to 600 000. It’s held twice a year in Tokyo – after in summer time and again in the cooler season. Tens of thousands of manga artists flog their self-published dojinsha (independent) works at the event, with a massive assortment of genres and styles on provide.
Entrance is free of charge unless you want to dress up – cosplaying will set you back 800 yen (and significantly much more on materials). You can expect a fair couple of wacky outfits in addition to extremely detailed (as properly as incredibly revealing) representations of characters from games, manga and anime.
A lot more info right here.
Bonus Occasion #1: Winter Illuminations
If you are a fan of shiny fairly things, you’re in luck. On winter evenings, Tokyo lights up with spectacular illumination displays all more than the city. Noteworthy spots to suss out include Tokyo Midtown, the Marunouchi side of Tokyo Station, Shiodome and Tokyo Dome City. The colourful illumination at Rikugien Gardens is also worth seeing.
Bonus Event #two: Boroichi Market place
Need to have to buy some cheap Christmas presents? You can’t go wrong at this gigantic flea marketplace in Setagaya.