The 10 best exciting events in Tokyo – in October, 2017

In autumn, there are a lot of traditional festivals in Japan. In Tokyo, festivals are held in a lot of areas. This time, in addition to the information of the festivals, we want to introduce the events in which you can experience Japanese culture and history, the modern art events and the food events. They are popular events you can enjoy in Tokyo today. It is okay to find events you have an interest in, or feel free to visit the events when you go nearby. Let’s check the recommended events in season and let’s go there. That will be a wonderful memory.

Traditional Festival

Fukuro Festival – Tokyo Yosakoi Dance

Source:https://hanabi.yahoo.co.jp/detail/ac0313si189150/

In “Fukuro Festival” by the residents in the Toshima-ku area, the first half of the festival is held in late September every year, and the latter half is held in early October.

In the first half of the festival, a dance show, a band performance, Wadaiko – Japanese drums – performance, and an amazing “festival of Mikoshi – a potable shrine” are held. In the festival of Mikoshi, about 30 mikoshis make a “Mikoshi Big Parade,” and especially “Yoi-Mikoshi;  Mikoshi in the evening” is so spectacular.

In the latter part of the festival, “festival of dancing” such as Kappore, Sado-okesa, Ikebukuro- Yasa dance and Yosakoi dance is held. And in the last time “Tokyo Yosakoi Contest” is held.

“Tokyo Yosakoi Contest” is the largest Yosakoi event in Tokyo, where Yosakoi dance is held at 8 venues in the district centering on Ikebukuro, and the Tokyo Governor Prize is awarded as the first prize.

Every year, the number of the participating teams is beyond one hundred.

The strong Yosakoi dancing teams from all over Japan, for example, Hokkaido in the north and Kyushu in the south, join in the contest, and perform various styles of Yosakoi dance.

Why not enjoy the hot performance?

Schedule

11:00 – 20:00 on October 7th and 8th , 2017

Access & Address

Access:

Near Ikebukuro station on JR Line, Tokyo Subway Line, Tobu-Tojo Line and Seibu-Ikebukuro Line

Venues:

8 venues; Ikebukuro-Nishiguchi Park, Sugamo-Ekimae Park, Mejiro-Ekimae Park, Otsu-Kitaguchi-Ekimae Park and so on

Address:

Ikebukuro-Nishiguchi Park

1-8-26, Nishi-Ikebukuro, Toyoshi-ku, Tokyo

longitude: 35.729898 latitude: 139.709183

Entrance Fee & Reservation

Entrance Fee: Free

Reservation: No need

Official Website

https://www.yosakoitokyo.gr.jp/

Event to experience the traditional culture and know the history

“Autumn” Firework 2017 in the cinema city Chofu – “The 35th Chofu Firework”

Source:https://sp.jorudan.co.jp/hanabi/spot_87250.html

“Autumn” Firework 2017 in the cinema city Chofu, which is the 35th annual festival this year, is one of the most famous firework festivals, and will be held in the riverbed of Tamagawa River.

The official name is “Summer” Firework 2017 in the cinema city Chofu. Now a lot of people know this festival as a characteristic event of this period.

Although it is held in the city center, fireworks against the Tama River with grand nature are exhilarating.

The kinds of the fireworks are large Star Mine mainly with Odama, something depicting characters and so on. The number of fireworks is expected to be about 8,000 shots.

Among them, “Hanabi-ryujyon”, Chofu is said to be the originator, is a special collaboration of movie music and fireworks labeled as “Fireworks in the cinema city Chofu” in order to appeal to the whole country “The cinema city Chofu” from 2014. With the computer control, the music and fireworks are fully synchronized, and the programs of the movie music are performed.

If you want to watch fireworks with ease, paid seats with a lot of presence are recommended. For paid seats, check on the website.

While feeling the comfortable wind in autumn, let’s look up at the grand fireworks.

Schedule

October 28, 2017

Opening ceremony: 17:00 –

Fireworks: 17:30 – 18:30

*Canceled when rainy

Access & Address

About 25 minutes on foot from Chofu Station on Keio Line

Fuda Venue; About 20 minutes on foot from Fuda Station or Kokuryo Station on Keio Line

Keio-Tamagawa Venue; About 10 minutes on foot from Keio-Tamagawa Station on Keio-Sagamihara Line

Tamagawa Riverside Venue in Chofu-city, Fuda Venue and Keio-Tamagawa Venue

7-19-27, Tamagawa, Chofu-city, Tokyo

longitude: 35.641420 latitude:139.537237

Entrance Fee & Reservation

Entrance Fee: Free

Reservation: No need

Reserved seats: Available

Official Website

http://hanabi.csa.gr.jp/

The 14th UNESCO Anniversary Noh

Source:http://www.nohgaku.or.jp/index.html

Noh is a field of Nohgaku, a Japanese traditional art that was called Sarugaku until the Edo period. It was after Meiji Restoration that it became known as Nohgaku with Kyogen.

The history of Nohgaku has about 650 years. So far, it has been protected and polished by the actors of each era.

In 2001, it received the first “Declaration of Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity” by UNESCO. UNESCO Memorial Noh was held in order to hand down such valuable tradition from now on.

This time, which is the 14th time this year, it is a new project called a Tachiai performance by a female Noh player of Shitegata-Goryu. The young Noh players expected to make a breakthrough in the future will mainly perform in the Tachiai form with one music so that you can enjoy the difference of each school.

In the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games, which is also a cultural festival, the Nohgaku Performers’ Association is actively engaged in various projects, and this performance suggests that you can feel the depth of Nohgaku and the diversity of Japanese culture.

No doubt the traditional Japanese entertainment recognized as an intangible heritage by UNESCO is one of the cultures you want to touch in Japan.

If you watch the peformance, you will be more interested in Japanese tradition and history. Why do not you touch it?

Schedule

October 6, 2017

Door open; 6:00pm

Show starts; 6:45pm

Access & Address

About 5 minutes on foot from Sendagaya Station on Chuo or Soubu Line

5 minutes on foot from Exit A4 of Kokuritsu-Kyogijo Station on Oedo Line

7 minutes on foot from Exit 1 of Kita-sando Station on Fuku-toshin Line

4-18-1, Sendagaya, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo

longitude: 35.680281 latitude: 139.708211

Entrance Fee & Reservation

S type of seat: 6,000 Yen

A type of seat: 5,000 Yen

B type of seat: 4,000 Yen

Special tickets available

Official Website

http://www.nohgaku.or.jp/index.html

Tokyo Bay Night Cruising by wearing YUKATA

Source:https://antenna.jp/articles/1253978

It is “Tokyo Bay Noryo Ship” which allows cruising Tokyo Bay with a beer while looking at the night view of Tokyo Bay with a large passenger ship.

The Tokyo Bay Noryo Ship departs from Takeshiba Terminal and travels around the highlight of Tokyo Bay. It is popular not only for tourists but also for those who live in Tokyo, because it can enjoy the night view from the ship that you cannot see easily.

In the cruising, you can see Rainbow Bridge, Odaiba, Oi Container Futo, Haneda Airport and so on.

The night view from the ship is beautiful and romantic!

The party plan is also diverse.

In addition to a private room plan, there are also a restaurant plan and an O-zashiki plan.

You can drink as much as you like using your ship ticket. On the ship on which street stalls are lined like Yakitori, Yakisoba, Kebab, if you purchase a food ticket for 500 yen, you can enjoy various food.

Inside the ship, not only by the meal, but also by the stage of the yukata dancers, you can have a lively time.

Also, there is also a Yukata rental & dressing service. That is why it’s okay if you do not have a yukata.

It can be said that it can be called a luxurious cruise that we can enjoy yukata, a ship party, a night view and a meal at the same time.

Schedule

June 30th – October 9th, 2017

Access & Address

About 7 minutes on foot from Hamamatsucho Station on JR Line

About 1 minute on foot from Takeshiba Station on Yurikamome Line

Toukai-Kisen Company

1-16-1, Kaigan, Minato-ku, Tokyo

longitude: 35.653791 latitude: 139.762335

Entrance Fee & Reservation

Ticket with unlimited drinks

Adult: 2,600 Yen

Junior or high school student: 1,050 Yen

Elementary school student: 550 Yen

Other kinds of ticket: available

Reservation: Needed

Official Website

http://www.nouryousen.jp/

Modern Art Event

Firework in Aquarium by NAKED

Source:http://naked-inc.com/works/952

“Aqua Park Shinagawa” is a popular aquarium with popular dolphin shows also enjoyable at different times in the daytime and at night. The location is also easy to access.

You can enjoy your meal while watching the aquarium where tropical fish swim, and there are various attractions.

Aqua Park Shinagawa is holding an event to color the sea world using projection mapping and artwork with the theme of “fireworks”.

In the aquarium exhibition area, besides space production, the exhibition of fish according to the theme of the event such as goldfish, etc. In the evening dolphin performance, in addition to the image, the dolphins perform in the stage using smoke, underwater lighting and sound. You can have a good time of impression and powerfulness.

The dolphin performance of the day has the contents of a new sense with the theme of “Wa – Japanese – and near future”.

“Splash jump,” you can feel summer so much, is also frequent! The venue will be exciting together.

There is different attraction between the day show and the night show. So, if you have time, you can also go both.

You should touch the cleverness and combination of digital art which the creative group NAKED presents.

Let’s go to see the emotional space with the coolness of the beautiful fish by the performance of the new sensation.

Schedule

July 8th – October 1st, 2017

Business hours is the same as that of the aquarium

Access & Address

About 2 minutes on foot from Exit Takanawa at Shinagawa Station on JR Line

In Shinagawa Prince Hotel

4-10-30, Takanawa, Minato-ku, Tokyo

longitude: 35.628046 latitude: 139.735238

Entrance Fee & Reservation

Over high school student; 2,200 Yen

Elementary or Junior high school; 1,200 Yen

Over four years old; 700 Yen

Official Website

http://www.aqua-park.jp/aqua/

Daikanyama photo fair 2017

Source:http://fapa.jp/

“Daikanyama Photo Fair” is an event organized by Fine-Art Photography Association (FAPA)

Galleries, bookstores, publishers, who drive the world of art photography and art photobooks gather in one place, and photo fairs are held for three days.

This fair is an attempt to create an innovative and creative gaze with young photographers that can express it because it is a means of expressing through cameras and lenses.

Also, by incorporating the viewpoints of photographers and experts who have been active in the front lines, not just from the viewpoint of young photographers, to provide a place to be a leap opportunity for next-generation writers expected to play an active role in the future. That is also the purpose of the event.

At each venue, a lot of programs such as workshops, workshops by kids, screening, the artists’ talk show, the book-signing event, etc. will be held in addition to the exhibition and sale of the work by photographers.

By sharing opportunities for learning and experiences, the world of new art photography should spread out.

It is a Photo fair held in the fashionable and popular area even in Tokyo.

Why do not you explore the city and enjoy the works of up-and-coming photographers?

Schedule

September 29th – October 1st, 2017

11:00am – 9:00pm

*The final day; 11:00am – 5:00pm

Access & Address

About 3 minutes on foot from Daikanyama Station on Tokyu-Toyoko Line

About 10 minutes on foot from Ebisu Station on JR Yamanote Line

DAIKANYAMA HILLSIDE TERRACE

18-8, Sarugaku-cho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo

longitude: 35.648612 latitude: 139.700451

Entrance Fee & Reservation

Adult; 1,500 Yen

Student; 1,000 Yen

Official Website

http://fapa.jp/fair-2017/competition/

TOKYO ART BOOK FAIR

Source:http://tokyoartbookfair.com/

“TOKYO ART BOOK FAIR” is the largest art book fair in Asia that represents the creator of original books and the present of art books.

This autumn, Tennozu Isle and Terada Warehouse, which attract attention as a new art district in Tokyo, will be held as the main venues, and in conjunction with galleries, shops and enterprises, the whole area creates excitement with art for four days.

Every year, a special project “Guest Country” focusing on one country or region and introducing the publishing culture features Asia where the greatest movement is occurring on the art books’ filed in the world.

They will collect art books by energetic publishing companies in China, South Korea, Taiwan, Singapore, and by artists who self-publish energetically. They plan to embody the forefront of publishing culture in Asia.

Besides that, they plan to hold a talk event and a symposium to multidirectionally draw attraction of art books by eight winners of the book award “Steidl Book Award Japan” co-founded with German art publisher Steidl.

On October 5, “Preview Opening Reception” will be held. Why do not you join them if you are interested in art?

Schedule

October 5th – 8th, 2017

*3:00pm – 9:00pm on October 5th  *Now scheduled

12:00pm – 8:00pm on October 6th

12:00pm – 8:00pm on October 7th

11:00am – 7:00pm on October 8th

Access & Address

About 5 minutes on foot from Tennozu-Isle Station on Tokyo Monorail

About 4 minutes on foot from Tennozu-Isle Station on Rinkai Line

About 1 minute on foot from Shin-Tokaibashi Bus Stop, ten minutes’ ride by the bus bound for “Shina 98 Ota-shijo” at To-bus No.1 Bus Stop near Exit Kounan of Shinagawa Station on JR Line

Terada-Souko

2-6-10, Higashi-Shinagawa, Shinagawa-ku, Tokyo

longitude: 35.620914 latitude: 139.748709

Entrance Fee & Reservation

Free

*October 5th, 2017

Preview Opening Reception; 1,000 Yen

Reservation; No needed

Official Website

http://tokyoartbookfair.com/

Movie release memorial ”FULLMETAL ALCHEMIST EXHIBITION”

Source:https://www.tokyo-dome.co.jp/aamo/exhibition/hagarenten/

“Fullmetal Alchemist” was serialized in the monthly “Shonen Gangan” (by Square Enix Co., Ltd.) from the August 2001 issue to the July 2010 issue. A total of 27 volumes have been released, and the worldwide cumulative circulation issue number of 70 million copies has been recorded. The work is a dark fantasy set in a fictional world where alchemy exists.

To commemorate the live-action movie “FULLMETAL ALCHEMIST” to be released on December 1st, “Hagaren (FULLMETAL ALCHEMIST)” will be held at Gallery AaMo, the first large-scale original exhibition ever in history.

Besides the original author’s Hiroshi Arakawa’s over 100 valuable manga original drawings, colorful color illustrations and storyboards and original drawings of TV animation series are exhibited.

Mr. Arakawa ‘s original paintings drawn only for this exhibition will also be released for the first time.

Also, at the venue, you can hear the talk of Elric brothers, popular voice actors of the TV series, and the fans cannot help getting excited by original manuscripts drawn out by Mr. Hiroshi Arakawa.

In the entry free zone, there is a space to display costumes and accessories used in the live-action films. There is a lot of production that can immerse you in the world view of the work with animated images and models, which is an original picture exhibition that you can see and feel.

There are also sales of original goods limited at the venue. It is a recommended event for those who like Japanese anime.

Schedule

September 16th – October 29th, 2017

10:00am – 17:00pm

*Enter by 30 minutes before the closing time

Access & Address

Near Suidobashi Station on Subway Toei Mita Line

1 minute on foot from Exit Higashi-guchi at Suidobashi Station on JR Sobu Line

6 minutes on foot from Korakuen Station on Subway Marunouchi Line or Nanboku Line

Gallery AaMo

1-3-61, Kouraku, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo

longitude: 35.704671 latitude: 139.753353

Entrance Fee & Reservation

Walk-up ticket;

Adult, College student; 1,500 Yen

Junior or High school student; 1,200 Yen

Under Elementary school student; 1,000 Yen

*Must be accompanied by a person who is over high school student

Under 3 years old; Free

*Ticket in advance available

Reservation; No needed

Official Website

https://www.tokyo-dome.co.jp/aamo/exhibition/hagarenten/

Food Event

ODAIBA Oktoberfest 2017

Source:http://isdining-inc.com/562/

Oktoberfest is held every year in Bavaria, Germany. As the biggest festival in the world, it is held in various places and various kinds of beer are being drunk. This will be held at Odaiba Symbol Promenade Park Central Square.

At the venue, you can drink a wide variety of beers, as well as enjoy a variety of dishes such as sausages perfect for beer.

It is attractive that you can enjoy the authentic Oktoberfest with traditional German beer and delicious food that won numerous awards at the world-renowned beer competition.

In addition to eating and drinking, there is also a music stage, and the venue has a lively atmosphere.

The venue “Odaiba Symbol Promenade Park” is a park connecting various facilities in the sub-central area of ​​the coastal seas, connecting the three districts of Aomi, Ariake and Daiba. The night view of Odaiba through the 7 bridges is mysterious ,and light-up by area is romantic. Plants and water, pedestrian space, bustling place are maintained, and it is also a new sight of the coastal subcenter such as rich greenery and waterfront that gives peace, blooming flowers that color the park.

Let’s enjoy German food and German music with German beer outdoors while feeling autumn wind!

Schedule

September 29th – October 9th, 2017

Weekday; 4:00pm – 10:00pm

Weekend, National holiday; 11:00am – 10:00pm  *Last Order Time 9:30pm

*Held on rainy day, but Not held on stormy day

Access & Address

About 5 minutes on foot from Daiba Station or Funeno-Kagakukan Station on Yurikamome Line

About 5 minutes on foot from Tokyo Teleport Station on Rinkai Line

Central Yard in Symbol Promenade Park

1-1-20, Aomi, Koto-ku, Tokyo

longitude: 35.6252 latitude: 139.776943

Entrance Fee & Reservation

Entrance Fee; Free

Reservation; No Needed

Official Website

https://www.oktober-fest.jp/odaiba/

Event with Kids

Sports-Dream 2017 in Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium

Source:https://www.sports-dream2017.com/

At Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium in Sendagaya, ” Sports-Dream 2017 in Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium” that allows you to enjoy over 20 kinds of sports for free at the ” Health and Sport Day” will be held.

In addition to freeing the pool, training room and track and field stadium, there are various programs such as “Mama’s volleyball class instructed by former Japanese national coach”, “Table tennis class by Olympic medalist”, “Olympic medalist’s swimming class”, and ” Wheelchair basketball experience to enjoy with Paralympian.”

Beijing Olympic Copper Medalist Mr. Nobuharu Asahara, who is known as a legend of track and field athletes, is participating in the overall production as the chairperson of the tournament. “400 m Relay Festival” where many top runners participate is held on the same day. It is an opportunity to feel top runners.

Participation is fine even for beginners. Why do not you sweat with athletes on Health and Sport Day?

Schedule

October 9th, 2017    10:00am – *Time depends on an event

Access & Address

About 1 minute on foot from Sendagaya Station on JR Sobu Line

Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium

1-17-1, Sendagaya, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo

longitude: 35.679253 latitude: 139.71133

Entrance Fee & Reservation

Entrance Fee; Free

Application in advance or Limited depending on the event

Official Website

https://www.sports-dream2017.com/

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About Shoto Hachiya

Hello, my name is Shoto! I’ve lived in and traveled many countries. Through the experiences, I saw a lot of different cultures and customs, and that made me realize how unique Japanese culture is.

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