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Lantern Festival (Chinese Spring Festival 2020)

The Lantern Festival is traditionally held on the 15th day of the Chinese Lunar New Year celebrations. Families and friends gather together to inscribe their hopes and wishes for the year ahead onto the lanterns and it makes for a beautiful…

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Setsubun (Bean Tossing) at Sensoji Temple

Literally meaning “seasonal division,” setsubun is held in early February each year to mark the beginning of spring according to the Japanese lunar calendar. Rituals of chasing away evil spirits have commonly been held throughout Japan for centuries. If the 13th century…

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Matsuri Digital Chill: Bonensai in Dub

Matsuri Digital Chill presents “Bonensai in Dub”, an End of Year Party dedicated to electronic music, especially psydub — a fusion genre which has its roots in psychedelic trance, ambient and dub music. Bonobono‘s friendly staff, great music and cool drinks combined…

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Kamakura Kanko Strawberry Farm

Winter and early spring means Japanese strawberry season. Starting from December to late April various farms throughout the country hold strawberry picking events for visitors to (at fixed price and often for a limited time-span) pick and taste as many strawberries…

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Temple University Japan Campus Community Day

To celebrate the opening of its new Setagaya campus, Temple University Japan is throwing open its doors to the community for all to enjoy. Pumpkin carving and tarot reading are on the cards, with an international food hall serving up…

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Shibuya Halloween Festival

Any events column this month without Tokyo’s biggest and craziest party would be inexcusably incomplete. Taking place at Shibuya’s fabled “Scramble Crossroads” and stretching seemingly infinitely outwards, the annual Halloween festivities see upwards of over one million costumed partygoers gather…

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Kawasaki Halloween and Pride Parade

Although a little far out from the center of Tokyo, the Kawasaki Halloween Parade is always well worth the journey. With 2500 costume-clad participants and over 120,000 spectators flocking to the JR Kawasaki Station area, it’s the largest parade of…

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