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Cheapo Weekend for November 1-3: Ramen, Fighter Jets and Chrysanthemums


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It’s however an additional long weekend in Japan, and there are a lot of cost-free and cheapo issues to do. You can recover from the Halloween madness with a ramen binge, choose up some used books and park off outdoors on a designer chair, catch a vibrant dance festival and see an air show also. If you are not in Tokyo currently, what are you waiting for?

We recommend easing into the post trick-or-treating weekend with a stroll around the Koenji Festival, which requires place on Saturday and Sunday. It’s a chilled neighborhood festival with excellent grub, music and activities for the kids. Whilst you are that side of Tokyo, head more than to Komazawa Olympic Park for a bowl or ten of ramen noodles at the Tokyo Ramen Show, which is on till Monday.

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November-December Cheapo Calendar: 5 Events Not to Miss

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


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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 … Read the rest

Tokyo Cheapo 101: Beginner’s Guide to Tokyo


New to Tokyo Cheapo? Study this. We’ve place together an introductory guide that will support you use our (invaluable) sources to get the most out of Tokyo on a spending budget. From affordable ramen to low-cost techniques of acquiring from the airport into town and a lot more, do not set out till you’ve had a appear at our funds-saving tips (and random cute animals).

Welcome to Tokyo – one particular of the most pricey cities on the planet! This is a location exactly where it’s easy to devote upwards of three 000 yen (30 US dollars) per particular person on a easy meal, if you don’t know exactly where to look. That’s where we come in. We’ll guide you to very good bargains so you can save some yen with out scrimping on your experience of this crazy capital city.

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Pic by Peter Broster, employed below a Inventive Commons

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Cheapo Weekend for October 25-26: Halloween Parades and More


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Ready for some pre-Halloween entertaining in Tokyo? This weekend the city will be crawling with characters all sorts of creepy and cute. So get your costume, grab your camera and enjoy one particular of the several Halloween parades – and these other fun events also.

The two greatest Halloween parades both occur in central Tokyo on Sunday. The well-recognized Omotesando Halloween Pumpkin Parade tends to make its way by means of the snazzy streets of Omotesando and Harajuku, with trick or treating at stores in the region. It’s super kid-friendly – if your tiny ones are beneath 12, they can even participate (with advance registration). Meanwhile over in Shinjuku you can catch the Magic of Halloween Parade outside JR Shinjuku Station. The parade will be led by Anna Tsuchiya (of Kamikaze Girls fame), which gives the occasion immediate cool points, but be warned – the … Read the rest

Freelance Photographer in Tokyo: Interview with Cheapo Lisa of Paint With Stars



Curious about what it’s like to be a freelance photographer in Tokyo? Here’s some insight into what it is all about.

How lengthy have you been in Tokyo and exactly where had been you ahead of?

I’ve lived in Tokyo for about 5 years now, and I moved right here from Northern California.

What brought you to Japan/Tokyo?

I’ve had an interest in Japanese language, culture, and media because middle school, and the interest progressively ballooned as I discovered more. The deal was sealed soon after I fell in enjoy with Japanese music and met several Japanese exchange students at my university I was moving to Tokyo right after graduation.

Tell us a bit about your operate life in Tokyo?

I 1st worked as a full time English instructor with a firm for two years, then a full time “OL” for two years, all the although creating my interests and … Read the rest

Tokyo Cheapo T-Shirt Shop Re-Launched!

Tokyo Cheapo is tremendously overjoyed to announce the re-launch of our t-shirt shop in conjunction with Tokyo designer Hawken King.


Along with a bigger variety of shirts devoted to cheapo icons such as everyone’s favourite discount shop Donki, the value of our original “I’m a Tokyo Cheapo” shirts has had a big price tag cut – from $ US25 down to $ US16.99.

Wear your cheaponess with pride and show your help for the a single and only guide to enjoying Tokyo on the cheap.

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Haunts for Halloween: Cheapo Guide to Costumes and Parties in Tokyo

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Collect round, cheapo ghoulies and ghosties the haunting season has arrived! Rehearse your most blood-curdling screams, choose up your cape from the dry cleaner, unearth your robes from the mothballs – it is time to get ghastly.

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Go a tiny overboard with the sandwiches this summer? Attend 1 also a lot of drinking parties? Is your favored frightening frock bursting at the seams? Or just looking for some thing a little much more this season? If money is no object and you can afford to splash out (we’re looking at you, vampires), Tokyu Hands has a excellent choice of dastardly duds. But for the rest of us, Don Quixote or Village Vanguard has a variety of ready-to-wear beginning about 1 000 yen. For crafty creatures with a lot more time (and less funds) on their hands, one hundred yen shops like Daiso and Seria have a bunch of … Read the rest

Cheapo Weekend for October 18-19: Diwali, Floats and Balancing Acts


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Hunting for something low cost and great to do in Tokyo or Yokohama this weekend? From a beach fireworks show to historical Japanese festivals and Diwali celebrations, there’s heaps of low-budget entertaining to be had.

If you want to see some old-college Japanese enjoyable, there are two traditional festivals worth checking out on Saturday and Sunday. At the Koto Ward Citizens Festival you will be able to see individuals attempting (mainly failing) to balance on floating logs, and lots of other timber-associated tricks celebrating the area’s history. The Kawagoe Festival in Saitama characteristics much more pomp and ceremony, with a parade of impressive floats featuring exquisitely crafted dolls. There will be a sort of float face-off with orchestra music, which is usually enjoyable.

Over in Yokohama, Yamashita Park will be decked out for the Diwali festival of lights celebrations. In addition to stunning … Read the rest

3 Cheapo Ideas for a Rainy Day in Tokyo

Place away that teruterubouzu (a Japanese rain repelling charm) and embrace the drizzly day. Due to Tokyo’s densely packed buildings, you can do virtually anything in the rain with one particular umbrella. But everyone knows opening and closing your umbrella every single time you enter and exit a constructing is a hassle, so take this opportunity to attempt some activities that will hold you dry and entertained. Right here are 3 recommendations of what to do and where to go.


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1. Discover the Malls

There are a lot of malls that contain the complete package from buying to meals courts and restaurants to entertainment locations. Have youngsters to entertain? Even greater. LaLaport, a Purchasing Park situated in Toyosu has numerous household friendly activities, which includes Adventure Island, which is a play area for children below eight, or Kidzania where children can encounter … Read the rest

Cheapo Weekend for October 11-13: Sacred Lights, Tea Ceremony and Train Mania

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It is another long weekend in Tokyo – and there are heaps of approaches to commit it with no spending these tough-earned yen. Take, for instance …

The fireworks show in Narita (the city, not the airport) on Saturday evening. This laid-back event is possibly your last chance to catch the famed “fire flowers” till next summer.

If you’re in Ikebukuro, be positive to check out the second component of the Fukuro Festival. It is a likelihood to see taiko drumming, all sorts of Japanese dance styles, and portable shrines being carted about – great enjoyable.

Edogawa cheapos could be interested in the low-key city festival taking place at Shinozaki Park on Sunday.

Any train-loving cheapos out there? You’ll want to catch the Railway Festival in Hibiya – lots of cool stuff there.

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Interview with Thespian Cheapo Andrew Woolner


What do you like most and least about Tokyo?

Most: Challenging to believe of just one thing. I feel Japan in general is a single of the best locations to reside in the complete world.

Least: God damn, but it is simple to get lost.

Who are you and what are your Cheapo credentials?

I’m an idiot or an idealist, depending on your point of view or your politics. I left the I.T. sector far more than 4 years ago in order to try to make a living running a non-profit theatre company in Japan. That theatre business is the Yokohama Theatre Group (YTG). I like to joke that we are the best-kept secret in Yokohama. I do not like that it really seems to be correct.

In any case, as you can think about, the last four years have seen some belt tightening. Luckily, I’ve constantly been a cheapo, … Read the rest

Cheapo Weekend for October 4-5: Hokkaido Eats, Art and Lion Dance


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It’s officially autumn here in Tokyo, so grab a spiced pumpkin latte and get out and about. This weekend is the perfect opportunity to appreciate the cool climate and some exciting events.

First up – food. Sate your autumn appetite with a quit-off at the 26th Hokkaido Fair in Yoyogi Park (the web site says all is nicely, but it’s most likely very best to bring some bug spray just in case). On from Friday via Sunday, the occasion showcases tasty grub and drinks from Japan’s northern region. There will be a range of 250 yen dishes – so you don’t have to be concerned about blowing as well significantly cash.

On Saturday evening, you can catch a couple of flicks at the UN-sponsored UNCHR Refugee Film Festival, which is on at the Italian Cultural Institute. The films are cost-free. There will be … Read the rest

Meet Clark Parker: The Cheapo Behind The Tokyo Files

Clark Parker

Clark Parker

Clark Parker describes himself as a writer who, in his spare time, is a full-time salaryman. Even though he has an workplace job, he prefers to spend as considerably time as achievable outdoors of the office, hiking in the hills or meandering along the back streets of Tokyo.

How extended have you been in Tokyo and where had been you just before?

I moved to Tokyo in September of 2011. Ahead of that I was in Boston, where I grew up and worked following college. There was also a year in Beijing ages ago, even though the memories (like the skies) are hazy.

Clark Parker on an adventure

Difficult at function.

What brought you to Japan/Tokyo?

In the fall of 2010 I went to Japan for a trip, almost on a whim. While in Tokyo I met up with a colleague from my firm who was functioning in Japan. In April 2011 I ran into … Read the rest

Cheapo Weekend for September 27-28: Kyary Pamyu Pamyu, Kimchi and More


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If you are a fan of Kyary, Korean meals or standard Japanese festivals, you’re in for an great weekend in Tokyo. You can get pleasure from all of the above with no spending anything much more than train fare. Here’s what’s happening and exactly where.

1st off, the Shinagawa Shukuba Matsuri on Saturday and Sunday is a exciting festival exactly where you can see colourful renditions of samurai, geisha and other historical characters parading via the streets. For these in Ikebukuro, the massive-scale Fukuro Festival is also a chance to catch a glimpse of classic Japanese culture. The first of this two-part occasion occurs this weekend. There will be transportable shrines (mikoshi), taiko drumming, lion dances, yosakoi and eisa dance, and practically absolutely a variety of food on sticks (we admit, we’re a bit obsessed with meals on skewers, … Read the rest

Cheapo Weekend for September 20-21: Chai, Consoles and Shrine Festivals


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This is a bumper weekend in Tokyo, with one of the globe’s most significant game shows going down, as nicely as some amazing shrine festivals. Not to mention all the curry and chai that will be creating cheapo stomachs content in the city’s parks!

The mega event that will be happening this weekend, and 1 any self-respecting gamers and geeks have got to get to, is, of course Tokyo Game Show 2014. 1 000 yen and most likely a quite long queue will get you in to the venue in Makuhari (in fact in Chiba, not Tokyo, but close adequate) to browse the booths of the gaming sector giants (except for a single notable exception that starts with an N and won’t be there), attempt the latest releases and potentially hear some huge announcements.

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Cheapo Weekend for September 13-15: Autumn Festivals, Sumo and Paper Lanterns


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In the mood for an early autumn festival or five? Great, due to the fact they’re happening all more than Tokyo this weekend. Celebrate the three-day break with Belgian brews, Mexican meals, a healthful dose of history and a look at some rather beautiful paper lanterns.

If you have been wanting to catch a conventional Japanese festival, or matsuri, you’re spoilt for option this weekend. You could have a appear at the Setagaya Hachimangu Autumn Festival, where you will see portable shrines (mikoshi) paraded about as properly as impressive displays of ritual sumo. You could also drop by the trendy area of Kichijoji to partake in the common Autumn Festival there.

An additional good a single to check out is the Akasaka Hikawa Matsuri, which is on from Friday to Sunday. It’s a relatively minor festival, but there’s lots … Read the rest

Snazzy Shoes in Tokyo: A Cheapo Guide

Glass Slippers at Dartington Crystal

Glass Slippers at Dartington Crystal

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You have study our guide to getting an outfit for that formal occasion. Now it’s time to discover a pair of shoes. Unless you opt for the ultimate cheapo method – wearing something long adequate to hide those comfy but unsightly sneakers – you are going to have to hunt down your personal pair of glass slippers. Posing as your cheapo fairy godmother, I have come up with a list of few retailers that sell shoes at relatively inexpensive prices in the course of the summer season months hopefully, it will save you some grunt perform.

Asbee Basement Floor

Asbee Basement Floor

Asbee Basement Floor

Underneath the beige and gray wares of the Asbee shoe store in Shibuya is a rainbow: hundreds of pearly slippers propped up on circular racks, sleek boots stacked in rows. The store specializes in glitz and glamor, so anticipate a lot of jeweled strappy sandals and … Read the rest

Cheapo Weekend for September 6-7: Moon Viewing, Fashion Night and Free Fish

There'll be a super moon this weekend. You can enjoy a moon viewing event at Mukoujima-Hyakkaen Garden.

Take advantage of the super moon this weekend with a moon viewing occasion at Mukoujima-Hyakkaen Garden. Photo by Shawn Harquail used beneath CC

Welcome to the weekend – and the very first one particular of autumn! No matter whether you are a fashionista or more into mattcha and moon viewing, there’s sufficient cool stuff taking place in Tokyo that all Cheapos are positive to be stoked.

Trendy varieties will want to head down to Harajuku on Saturday for Fashion’s Night Out, the swanky occasion place on by Vogue Magazine every single year. It is a likelihood to catch a glimpse of regional celebs and get your hands on some restricted edition items. All the cool brands will be there (i.e. all the brands we do not know and are far too low-cost to wear). Entry is cost-free, but the gates will be closed if it gets as well crowded, … Read the rest