This month, immerse yourself in the city’s vibrant film, culture and art scene. From Yayoi Kusama’s much-anticipated exhibition to the fourth annual International Anime Award Festival, there’s plenty to keep you busy in Tokyo this month.
ART | Yayoi Kusama: My Eternal Soul
Wednesday, February 22 – Monday, May 22
Yayoi Kusama’s paintings and installations will be taking over the National Art Center for a limited time in an exhibition called My Eternal Soul. Kusama’s unique style influenced the likes of Andy Warhol and George Segal, and she is considered one of the most significant living artists of the modern era.
Tickets: ¥1,600 (US$14)
NATURE | Setagaya Plum Blossom Festival
Saturday, February 11 – Sunday, March 5
Setagaya Plum Blossom Festival will come to a close after the first weekend of March. Held in Hanegi Park, visitors can enjoy nearly 700 flowering plum trees while trying the plum-themed refreshments for sale by vendors. This is a free event.
FOOD | Daichi Takuhai Organic Festa
Sunday, March 5
Celebrate organic and natural eats with the Daichi wo Mamoru Kai’s Organic Festa at Tokyo Traffic Hall. Besides vendors and booths selling their wares, there will be a stamp rally for the kids and film screenings throughout the day. Entry is free.
FILM | Tokyo International Anime Award Festival
Friday, March 10 – Monday, March 13
The Tokyo International Anime Award film festival will feature screenings in several theaters in Ikebukuro, including a free screening of Hirune Hime: Shiranai Watashi no Monogatari at Cine Libre on Friday, March 10 at 7 pm. Tickets must be applied for online in advance.
Tickets: ￥1,000 (US$8) per show/event /￥8,00 (US$7) for students
SHOPPING | Nogi Shrine Antique Flea Market
Sunday, February 26 – Sunday, November 26
Nogi Shrine’s antique market will be held on the fourth Sunday of every month, from February to November. The market is small but packed with interesting second-hand, vintage and antique items as well as refreshments.
EVENT | Nihonbashi Sakura Festival
Thursday, March 16 – Sunday, April 9
Tokyo’s Nihonbashi area will celebrate sakura (cherry blossom) season in a big way, with nightly illuminations and light-ups around town along with the digital Sakura Gate lighting the way to Fukutoku Shrine. Before checking that out, however, make your way to the Coredo complex for sakura-themed food stalls set up by local vendors (March 25 – March 26).
ART | Art Fair Tokyo
Friday, March 17 – Sunday, March 19
This annual Tokyo art fair is a large scale celebration of contemporary art. Over 100 different art galleries participate, making it one of the cities largest art events. It will be held at the Tokyo International Forum from Friday—1 pm to 8 pm, Saturday—11 am to 8 pm, and Sunday—10:30 am to 5 pm.
Tickets: ¥2,800 (US$25) at the door
CULTURE | I Love Ireland Festival
Saturday, March 18 – Sunday, March 19
In celebration of St. Patrick’s Day, the I Love Ireland Festival will be held at the Yoyogi Park events square. On Sunday afternoon, a St. Patrick’s Day parade will be held along Meiji-dori of Omotesando. Festivities begin at 10 am and finish at 5 pm.
FOOD | Oyama Tofu Festival
Saturday, March 18 – Sunday, March 19
Vegetarians, vegans and fans of this plant-based wonder food will want to make the trip out to Oyama for their annual Tofu Festival. Enjoy endless varieties of tofu or make your own. Located in the parking lot near the Oyama Tourist Information Center. The festival runs from 10 am to 4 pm Saturday and until 3 pm Sunday. Entry is free.
FASHION | Tokyo Girls Collection 2017 Spring/Summer
Saturday, March 25
The annual Tokyo Girls Collection event held in Harajuku’s Yoyogi National Gymnasium will show off upcoming styles from local Japanese brands, including celebrated Shibuya 109 brands like Cecil McBee and Lip Service. There are only two tiers left with available seating, so pick up your tickets before they’re all sold out.
Tickets: ¥6,300 (US$55) – ¥7,500 (US$66)
FESTIVAL | African Festival Yokohama
Friday, March 24 – Saturday, March 25
Explore the music, fashion and foods of Africa at the Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse African Festival. There will be traditional instruments and performances, games and more. Visit from 10 am to 7 pm on Friday and Saturday, and 10 am to 5 pm on Sunday. Entry is free.
CRAFT | Nuno-Haku in Tokyo
Saturday, March 25 – Sunday, March 26
The Nuno-Haku is more than just textiles. The event will feature countless vendors selling everything from quality embroidered goods and bags, to plain textiles so you can make your own. Nuno-Haku will be held at the Tokyo Oval Keiokaku from 11 am to 6 pm Saturday and 10 am to 5 pm Sunday.
Tickets: ¥500 (US$4)