WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 1st – SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 5th
FESTIVAL | Yokohama Chinatown Spring Festival
Saturday, January 28th – Saturday, February 11th
Yokohama’s Chinatown will be celebrating their annual Spring Festival in anticipation of the Lunar New Year. Watch live performances, enjoy traditional Chinese food and music on almost every day of the festival. Or catch just the main event, the parade from 4 PM until midnight on February 4th in Yamashita-cho Park.
CULTURE | Bean-Throwing Festival
Thursday, February 3rd
The Mamemaki, or Bean-Throwing Festival, is held across Japan on the day before the first day of spring, according to the lunar calendar. Throwing roasted soybeans is a way to welcome in the new season. Catch the ceremony at Zojoji around noon. Entry is free.
ART | Shu Ikeda’s Reverse/Rebirth
Friday, January 6th – Saturday, February 4th
This is the last week to catch Shu Ikeda’s exhibition, a mixture of photography and painting that creates his own unique brand of art. Reverse/Rebirth takes the concept of rebuilding Tokyo and turns it into something surreal. It will be at the Maki Fine Arts Museum from noon to 7 PM daily. Admission is free.
MONDAY, FEBRUARY 6th – SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 12th
NIGHTLIFE | Valentine’s at Womb
Saturday, February 11th
Womb nightclub has prepared a special Valentine’s Day line-up the weekend before the holiday. DJ Aki’s drum and bass beats are the perfect thing to go with a Saturday night. Doors open at 11 PM and close at 4:30 AM.
Tickets: ¥3,500 at the door
FESTIVAL | World Valentine Festival
Friday, February 13th – Saturday, February 14th
Yoyogi Park’s Valentine’s Day Festival will feature food, music, market stalls, and more. This year’s festival will focus on Valentine’s celebrations and traditions around the globe. Check it out from 10 AM to 7 PM daily at the Yoyogi Park Events Square.
GAMING | Tokaigi Game Party
Saturday, February 11th – Sunday, February 12th
Tokaigi Game Party is a huge gaming convention held in Chiba’s Makuhari Messe. There’ll be tournaments, workshops, goods for sale, and more – all with a focus on gaming. Cosplay optional.
MONDAY, FEBRUARY 13th – SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 19th
FILM | Yebisu International Festival for Art & Alternative Visions
Friday, February 10th – Sunday, February 26th
The Yebisu International Festival (Yebizo) celebrates film and video art along with music, dance, and other artistic mediums. For two weeks, the Tokyo Photographic Art Museum will feature exclusive pieces, curated according to this year’s theme, “Multiple Future.” Open 10 AM to 6 PM daily, 8 PM on Thursdays and Fridays (closed Mondays). Free entry.
FOOD | Yokohama Strawberry Festival
Friday, February 3rd – Sunday, February 12th
The annual Yokohama Strawberry Festival will be hosted by the Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse. Enjoy fresh strawberry samplings and browse the wide selection of berry-themed goods – from jams and chocolate to pastries and apparel. Open from 11 AM to 6 PM daily, and entry is free.
ART | Flowers by Naked
Thursday, February 2nd – Monday, March 20th
Multimedia artist group Naked is bringing their talent to Nihonbashi Mitsui Hall. Flowers will include the projection-mapping Naked is known for, in addition to more “real-world” elements like flowers and scents attendees can interact with.
Tickets: ¥1,400/¥900 Adults/Children
MONDAY, FEBRUARY 20th – TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 28th
FESTIVAL | Bunkyo Ume Matsuri
Wednesday, February 8th – Wednesday, March 8th
Before the sakura take over the city, the underrated plum (ume) blossoms have their day. With over 300 plum trees on the premises, there’s no better place to take in the scenery than Yushima Tenjin. The shrine will be hosting traditional musical performances, and it’s a good opportunity to dust off that kimono for a tea ceremony for a small additional fee. Visit from 8 AM to 7:30 PM daily. Entry is free.
CULTURE | Doll-Floating Ceremony
Sunday, February 26th
This Doll-Floating Ceremony is part of the Hinamatsuri, also known as the Girls’ Festival or Doll Festival. Instead of arranging the dolls on a red carpet, thought, folk in Asakusa gather to float them down the Sumida River on boats to carry bad luck and evil spirits away. Catch the start at 11:30 AM in Sumida Park.
SPORT | Tokyo Marathon
Sunday, February 26th
Even if you didn’t manage to get a place in the race during registration last fall, the Tokyo Marathon happens to be a popular spectator sport. And with tens of thousands of participants, there’s always something happening along the route. The first wave starts at 9:05 AM at the Tokyo Government Metropolitan Buildings in Shinjuku.