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Midway Between Mystery and Symbol: Yayoi Kusama's Monochrome

Midway Between Mystery and Symbol: Yayoi Kusama's Monochrome

Apr 29 - Dec 26, 2021
11:00 - 17:30
Yayoi Kusama Museum

This is an exhibition dedicated to monochrome works created by a famous Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama. In order to attend it, you would need to buy a ticket online. You can buy a ticket by accessing the link below.https://yayoikusamamuseum.jp/en/visit/tickets/Details (opening days, time slots, etc.):https://yayoikusamamuseum.jp/en/home/

60th Anniversary Sanrio Exhibition the Beginning of Kawaii

60th Anniversary Sanrio Exhibition the Beginning of Kawaii

Sep 17, 2021 - Jan 10, 2022
10:00 - 21:00
Tokyo City View

Sanrio celebrates its 60th anniversary in 2020, and with more than 450 characters created over the past 60 years. It would not be an exaggeration to say that the history of Sanrio is the history of kawaii culture in Japan. Nowadays, "kawaii" is a word that is used worldwide. This exhibition will explore the origins and development of Japan's kawaii culture from the perspective of Sanrio, starting with the history before the founding of Sanrio. Event details (Japanese):https://www.tokyocityview.com/sanrio-museum-ex/

Hideaki Anno Exhibition

Hideaki Anno Exhibition

Oct 1 - Dec 19, 2021
The National Art Center, Special Exhibition Gallery 1E

Hideaki Anno is a famous director from Japan. Among his famous animated works are Neon Genesis Evangelion, Evangelion: 3.0+1.0 Thrice Upon a Time, etc. Various materials, drawings will be displayed at the exhibition making it an exciting place to attend for anyone interested in Hideaki Anno's works.The exhibition is open on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Sundays from 10:00 to 18:00, and from 10:00 to 20:00 on Fridays, Saturdays. Hideaki Anno Exhibition is closed on Tuesdays and on November 24 (Wednesday).For more information about the exhibition, please check the following links.https://www.annohideakiten.jp (in Japanese)https://www.nact.jp/english/exhibitions/2021/annohideaki2021/ (in English)

The SAMURAI -Samurai Paintings and Works by Warrior Class Painters-

The SAMURAI -Samurai Paintings and Works by Warrior Class Painters-

Oct 2, 2021 - Feb 27, 2022
09:00 - 17:00
Okada Museum of Art

The exhibition features various works of art related to samurai. This is an excellent opportunity to learn more about Japanese art and warriors. Details of the exhibition:https://www.okada-museum.com/en/exhibition/ (English)https://www.okada-museum.com/exhibition/ (Japanese)

Mummies of Ancient Egypt Rediscovering Six Lives

Mummies of Ancient Egypt Rediscovering Six Lives

Oct 14, 2021 - Jan 12, 2022
09:00 - 17:00
National Museum of Nature and Science

The exhibition is a fantastic opportunity to learn more about ancient Egypt's culture without even leaving Tokyo. As part of the exhibition, you will see 6 mummies chosen by British Museum and various materials that will help you to understand more about this unique aspect of ancient culture. Details:https://daiei-miira.exhibit.jp (Japanese)

Kimetsu No Yaiba Gotoge Koyoharu Exhibition

Kimetsu No Yaiba Gotoge Koyoharu Exhibition

Oct 26 - Dec 12, 2021
10:00 - 20:00
Mori Arts Center Gallery at Roppongi Hills Mori Tower, 52F

This is an exhibition for a famous manga "Kimetsu No Yaiba."It is not only a fantastic chance to learn more about the famous work, but also a great opportunity to buy some memorable gifts.Exhibition Details:https://kimetsuten.com/english/

100 Years of Mingei: The Folk Crafts Movement

100 Years of Mingei: The Folk Crafts Movement

Oct 26, 2021 - Feb 13, 2022
The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo Special Exhibition Gallery on the 1st floor, Gallery 4 on the 2nd floor

This exhibition is dedicated to the Mingei movement, which emerged in the 1920s. It is a valuable opportunity to learn about Mingei through various exhibits and materials. The exhibition is open from 10 AM to 5 PM on Sundays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. On Fridays and Saturdays, it is open from 10 AM to 8 PM. The museum is closed on Mondays except for January 10, 2022.Details: https://www.momat.go.jp/english/am/exhibition/mingei100/ (in English)https://www.momat.go.jp/am/exhibition/mingei100/ (in Japanese)  

Naked Star Aquarium

Naked Star Aquarium

Nov 3 - Dec 25, 2021
Maxell Aqua Park Shinagawa

The dolphin shows "Christmas Memories" and "Bright Christmas Party" will be held at Maxell Aqua Park Shinagawa. This event is a great opportunity to enjoy a dreamlike space as well as drinks at "Shiny Starry Bar," etc.Reservation may be required. Before visiting Maxell Aqua Park Shinagawa, please check the link below for more information on admission tickets, reservations, etc.http://www.aqua-park.jp/en/aqua/web_reserve/  Details:http://www.aqua-park.jp/special/staraquarium2021/en_index.html

Christmas market in Hikari no Machi HAKATA 2021

Christmas market in Hikari no Machi HAKATA 2021

Nov 9 - Dec 25, 2021
The Square in front of JR Hakata Station

Beautiful illumination, Christmas goods, food, and drinks, this event has everything one needs enjoy the atmosphere of the Christmas market. Please note that bringing your own food and drinks is not allowed.The market is open from 4:45 PM to 11 PM on weekdays, and from 12 PM to 11 PM on weekends and holidays. Details:https://christmas-market.jp/hakata2021/ (in Japanese)https://christmas-market.jp/ (in Japanese)

TENJIN Christmas market 2021

TENJIN Christmas market 2021

Nov 13 - Dec 26, 2021
Fureai Hiroba, West Side of Fukuoka City Hall

This event is a fantastic opportunity to get into the Christmas spirit while enjoying various food, drinks. There you can also buy Christmas goods. Please note that bring your own food and drinks is not allowed. While many Christmas markets close their doors after December 25, this one remains open until December 26. TENJIN Christmas market 2021 operates from 5 pm to 10 pm on weekdays, and from 12 pm to 10 pm on weekends and holidays.Details:https://christmas-market.jp/tenjin-christmas-market-2021/ (in Japanese)https://christmas-market.jp/  (in Japanese)

Midtown Christmas 2021

Midtown Christmas 2021

Nov 18 - Dec 25, 2021
Tokyo Midtown

As part of Midtown Christmas 2021, you can take a walk while enjoying illumination, see a "snow light globe" (till December 12), Christmas tree, as well as a unique "Santa Tree." For those of you who would like to spend Christmas in a more active way, an ice rink will be available till February 27, 2022. The ice rink fees range from JPY 1500 (weekdays for Junior High School age or younger)  to 2500 (adults on weekends).For more information, please check the link below.https://www.tokyo-midtown.com/jp/event/5703/ (in Japanese)

CHRISTMAS MARKET in Passage 2021

CHRISTMAS MARKET in Passage 2021

Nov 20 - Dec 25, 2021
Elgala Passage Square

If you would like to enjoy food, drinks, buy some Christmas goods, or even participate in workshops, be sure to visit the CHRISTMAS MARKET in Passage 2021. Please note that you can not bring your own food and drinks. The market is open from 4 PM to 9 PM on weekdays, and from 12 PM to 9 PM on weekends and holidays. If you would like to participate in a workshop, please note check the link below for more information on available dates, fees, etc.https://www.daimaru-fukuoka.jp.e.md.hp.transer.com/shopblog/detail/?cd=003121&scd=000582 Details:https://christmas-market.jp/christmas-market-in-passage2021/ (in Japanese)https://christmas-market.jp (in Japanese)

Christmas Market in Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse

Christmas Market in Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse

Nov 26 - Dec 25, 2021
Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse

The Christmas Market will be held at the famous historic Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse. There will be delicious German food, interesting workshops, Christmas goods, etc. On November 26, the Christmas market is open from 3pm to 9pm. From November 27 to December 10, it is open from 11 AM to 9 PM. And from December 11 to December 25, the business hours are from 11 AM to 10 PM. You would need to make an online reservation and pay an entrance fee to attend the event on the following days: December 11, 12, 18, 19, 23, 24, 25. Reservation is not required and admission is free for all other days of the Christmas market.Details of the event:https://www.yokohama-akarenga.jp/brickjournal/detail/61 (in Japanese)  

Christmas Market 2021

Christmas Market 2021

Nov 27 - Dec 25, 2021
11:00 - 21:00
Roppongi Hills O-YANE PLAZA

If you would like to experience Christmas in a German way, this is the Christmas market for you. The market will be held at Roppongi Hills' O-Yane Plaza, which is an easily accessible venue.Details of the event:https://www.roppongihills.com/sp/christmas/2021/illumination-event/market.html   (in Japanese)

Kabuki at the Kabukiza Theatre (Dec.)

Kabuki at the Kabukiza Theatre (Dec.)

Dec 1 - Dec 26, 2021
Kabukiza Theatre

Part 1 starts from 11:00AM, Part 2 starts from 2:30PM, Part 3 starts from 6:00 PM Tickets will be on sale from Nov 14 (Sun) Box Seat: ¥16,000, First Class Seat: ¥15,000, Second Class Seat: ¥11,000, Upper Tier A: ¥5,000, Upper Tier B: ¥3,000 Details (English)https://www.kabukiweb.net/theatres/kabukiza/performance/december_9.html    

Winter Cherry Blossoms Illumination

Winter Cherry Blossoms Illumination

Dec 1, 2021 - Feb 28, 2022
Hirosaki Parl

The "Winter Cherry Blossom Illumination" is a stunning event in Aomori. The best time to view the cherry blossoms is when the branches are covered with snow. Take a look at the breath taking photos in the link. https://peraichi.com/landing_pages/view/hirosaki-fuyusakura/

Kabuki at the Minamiza Theatre

Kabuki at the Minamiza Theatre

Dec 2 - Dec 23, 2021
Minamiza Theatre

Part 1 starts from 10:30AM, Part 2 starts from 2:30PM, Part 3 starts from 6:00 PM Tickets will be on sale from Nov 10 (Wed) Special Seat: ¥19,000, First Class Seat: ¥17,000, Second Class Seat: ¥9,000, Third Class Seat: ¥5,000 Details (English)https://www.kabukiweb.net/theatres/minamiza/performance/december_8.html    

Tokyo Tower Taiwan Festival 21-22 WINTER

Tokyo Tower Taiwan Festival 21-22 WINTER

Dec 3, 2021 - Jan 16, 2022
11:00 - 21:00
Tokyo Tower Outdoor Special Venue (South Parking)

At Tokyo Tower Taiwan Festival 21-22, you can enjoy Taiwanese cuisine, purchase some local food products, etc. Please note that you can not order food after 8 PM.Details of the event:https://www.taiwanfesta.com/202112-tokyotower/ (in Japanese)

Business Networking, Board/Card Games Event

Business Networking, Board/Card Games Event

Dec 10 - Dec 12, 2021
Hotel Montan, Fukuoka

Everyone is welcome, from experienced businesspeople looking to release their inner geek to enthusiastic gamers considering their first business venture, and everyone in between. This is a great opportunity to network with like-minded people, learn more about business, play board and card games, make social contacts – and just enjoy yourself as you see fit and according to your interests. Event details:https://nippontradings.com/business-networking-gaming-weekend/

Christmas Market 2021 in Hibiya Park

Christmas Market 2021 in Hibiya Park

Dec 10 - Dec 25, 2021
11:00 - 22:00
Hibiya Park Fountain Square

This event can be recommended to anyone who would like to get into the Christmas mood. It is a fantastic opportunity to enjoy delicious food, traditional Glühwein (hot wine), etc. You can also see a "Christmas Pyramid." On December 10th, the opening time is from 16:00 to 22:00.Details:https://tokyochristmas.net (in Japanese)

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