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What's On & Upcoming Events in Japan

Check out the most up-to-date listings of what's going on in Japan right now or in the near future, including fun activities, art exhibitions, festivals, parties, food markets, flea markets, sporting events, fairs, concerts, and more.

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Special Exhibition GEM

Special Exhibition GEM

Feb 19 - Jun 19, 2022
09:00 - 17:00
National Museum of Nature and Science

From gemstones to jewellery. Exhibition about gemstones. Details:https://hoseki-ten.jp/highlights.html  

Damien Hirst, Cherry Blossoms

Damien Hirst, Cherry Blossoms

Mar 2 - May 23, 2022
10:00 - 18:00
The National Art Center

British artist Damien Hirst will be presenting his cherry blossom paintings. Details:https://www.nact.jp/english/exhibitions/2022/damienhirst/  

Einstein Exhibition

Einstein Exhibition

Mar 12 - May 29, 2022
09:30 - 18:00
Fukuoka City Science Museum

A number of hands-on devices and games allow visitors to have fun and learn about the four scientific theories elucidated by Einstein. You can also experience a digital space walk. Details:https://einstein-fukuoka2022.jp/  

Eric Carle Exhibition

Eric Carle Exhibition

Mar 12 - Jun 19, 2022
10:00 - 17:00
Chibiro Museum

Exhibition of Eric Carle and other American Picture Book Artists. Details:https://chihiro.jp/tokyo/visit/  

Pokémon Fossil Museum

Pokémon Fossil Museum

Mar 15 - Jun 19, 2022
09:00 - 17:00
National Museum of Nature and Science

Several Pokémon are known to be reconstructed from Fossils (Kaseki Pokémon). This exhibition is a fun way to learn about palaeontology by comparing the Kaseki Pokémon with the fossils and palaeontology found in our own world and discovering the similarities and differences between them. Details:https://hoseki-ten.jp/highlights.html They are also open in the evening(17:00-20:00) on Fridays and Saturdays, also from 1 May to 5 May. More details:https://www.kahaku.go.jp/event/2022/pokemon/images/pokemon-kahakuTour.pdf

The art of Special Effects Production Designer  Yasuyuki “TAIKO” Inoue

The art of Special Effects Production Designer Yasuyuki “TAIKO” Inoue

Mar 19 - Jun 19, 2022
10:00 - 18:00
MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART TOKYO

This is a new exhibition honoring the centennial of the birth of special effects production designer Yasuyuki Inoue (1922-2012). When Inoue joined famed SFX director Eiji Tsuburaya's team for the production of GODZILLA, he began his professional career (1954). https://www.mot-art-museum.jp/en/exhibitions/yasuyuki-inoue/

Evangelion Exhibition VISUAL WORKS

Evangelion Exhibition VISUAL WORKS

Mar 19 - May 29, 2022
TOEI KYOTO STUDIO PARK

Evangelion Exhibition VISUAL WORKS Tickets are available at Padios (2nd floor). https://www.toei-eigamura.com/eva/ https://www.toei-eigamura.com/eva/visual-works.html (Japanese only)

BANKSY Genius or Vandal?  in Sapporo

BANKSY Genius or Vandal? in Sapporo

Mar 24 - May 31, 2022
10:00 - 20:00
Higashi 1 chome Theater

Exhibition of the unknown artist referred to as Banksy. Details: https://banksyexhibition.jp/en/

PETER RABBIT Exhibition

PETER RABBIT Exhibition

Mar 26 - Jun 19, 2022
10:00 - 18:00
Setagaya Museum

This exhibition looks back at Peter Rabbit from his birth to the present day, with around 170 items, including the original letters that inspired the story and rare coloured original drawings. https://peter120.exhibit.jp/ (Japanese Only)  

JUNKO KOSHINO From Origin to Present

JUNKO KOSHINO From Origin to Present

Apr 15 - May 29, 2022
10:00 - 19:00
Oita Prefectural Art Museum

Presents a complete overview of Junko Koshino's activities to date, including her work. https://www.opam.jp/exhibitions/detail/777  

Fuji Shibazakura Festival

Fuji Shibazakura Festival

Apr 16 - May 29, 2022
08:00 - 16:00
Fuji Motosuko Resort

One of the largest lawn cherry blossoms in the Tokyo metropolitan area blooms on a vast site at the foot of Mt Fuji. Details (Japanese only):https://www.shibazakura.jp/

Pastoral Redemption, Glimpses of Perfection André Bauchant + Foujita Ryuji

Pastoral Redemption, Glimpses of Perfection André Bauchant + Foujita Ryuji

Apr 16 - Jul 10, 2022
10:00 - 18:00
TOKYO STATION GALLERY

André Beauchamp (1873-1958) and Ryuji Fujita (1928-2002) were active in different regions and periods - Europe and Japan, the first half and the second half of the 20th century - but both painted idyllic, paradise-like landscapes with a love of nature. A total of 114 works, including representative works by both artists, will be on display. *Some works will be changed during the exhibition period (first term: 16 Apr-29 May, second term: 31 May-10 Jul). https://www.ejrcf.or.jp/gallery/english/    

The Science Behind PIXAR

The Science Behind PIXAR

Apr 19 - Jun 28, 2022
09:45 - 17:00
Sapporo Art park

You can learn how PIXAR characters are created. Details:https://www.stv.jp/event/pixar/index.html https://www.stv.jp/event/pixar/contents.html  

THE GREATS: Masterpieces from the National Galleries of Scotland

THE GREATS: Masterpieces from the National Galleries of Scotland

Apr 22 - Jul 3, 2022
Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum

Western paintings by renowned masters will be on display at this exhibition. It is open from 9:30 to 17:30. On Fridays, the exhibition is open till 20:00. Please note that the exhibition is closed on Mondays.Details:https://www.tobikan.jp/en/exhibition/2022_scotland.html

KAMISAKA Sekka:Inheriting the Timeless RIMPA Spirit

KAMISAKA Sekka:Inheriting the Timeless RIMPA Spirit

Apr 23 - Jun 19, 2022
10:00 - 17:00
HOSOMI MUSEUM

Sessaka Kamisaka (1866-1942), a modern Kyoto designer and painter, sympathised with the activities and style of the Rimpa school, including Koetsu and Korin, and sublimated them into designs suitable for the new era. Enjoy the modern and lovely world of Sessaka's beauty. https://www.emuseum.or.jp/eng/exhibition_eng/index.html  

BOTERO – MAGIC IN FULL FORM

BOTERO – MAGIC IN FULL FORM

Apr 29 - Jul 3, 2022
10:00 - 18:00
Bunkamura The Museum

This exhibition commemorates the 90th birthday of Colombian artist Fernando Botero and features 70 oil paintings, watercolors, and drawings by Botero, ranging from his early works to his most recent works. It is the first time in 26 years that a large-scale painting exhibition has been held in Japan. https://www.ntv.co.jp/botero2022/en/    

The May Tournament (Tokyo Grand Sumo Tournament)

The May Tournament (Tokyo Grand Sumo Tournament)

May 8 - May 22, 2022
Ryogoku Kokugikan

This is one of the 6 grand sumo tournaments in Japan. The event is held at Ryogoku Kokugikan which is easily accessible from nearby Ryogoku Station. Please check the website below for more information, including ticket purchases. Details:https://www.sumo.or.jp/En/ (English)https://www.sumo.or.jp (Japanese)

Tokyo Tokyo Delicious Museum

Tokyo Tokyo Delicious Museum

May 20 - May 22, 2022
11:00 - 20:00
Outdoor venue: Symbolic Promenade Park (Stone and Light Plaza, Flower Plaza) / Indoor venue: TFT Building, West Building 2F Hall 500 & Foyer

This three-day food festival is a fantastic way to get a taste of Tokyo's culinary scene. There will be a variety of dishes offered by food booths, including both Japanese and other cuisines. At products booth, visitors can purchase specialty products from various parts of Japan. There will also be a variety of exciting workshops, where you can experience «kado» flower arranging, Japanese tea ceremony, and more. Please visit the website below for more information. Details:https://tokyotokyo-delicious-museum.jp/en (English)https://tokyotokyo-delicious-museum.jp (Japanese)

Sanja Matsuri

Sanja Matsuri

May 21 - May 22, 2022
Asakusa Shrine

This is one of Tokyo's most well-known festivals. Despite the fact that it will be held on a smaller scale this year, it is an excellent opportunity to experience Japanese culture. The even starts at 10 a.m. on May 21st and at 6 a.m. on May 22nd.  Please check the website below for more information, including a detailed schedule, etc. Details:https://www.asakusajinja.jp/en/sanjamatsuri/ (English)https://www.asakusajinja.jp/sanjamatsuri/  (Japanese)

Special Exhibition GEM Nagoya

Special Exhibition GEM Nagoya

Jul 9 - Sep 19, 2022
09:30 - 17:00
Nagoya City Science Museum

From gemstones to jewellery. Exhibition about gemstones. Details:https://hoseki-ten.jp/outline_nagoya.html  

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