Outside the Gate
I’m Hisano Yamazaki with what’s happening outside the gate.
Several new spots are opening In Tokyo to help make your stay in Japan more enjoyable!
Come meet movie stars and music artists at “Madame Tussauds Tokyo” at Decks Tokyo Beach in Odaiba, opening on March 15th. There’ll be life-size wax figures of superstars on display that look so real you would expect them to move! For more information, search “Madame Taussadus Tokyo” on the internet.
Do you love Yakitori? A new food court will open for Yakitori lovers at Tokyo Sankei Building, 2nd basement floor, March 22nd. Enjoy different tastes and flavors of 7 Yakitori hotspots from all over Japan. Learn Yakitori is not just chicken on a stick, but beef and pork varities are also delicious.
Going on Now!
Until Feb. 28: Tokyo Fan Week http://www.gotokyo.org/en/tokyofanweek/index.html#ca08
Until March 3: Outdoor Ice Staking Rink at Seibu-en Amusement Park, Saitama Pref.
Until March 22: Transsolar + Testuo Kondo: Cloudscapes at Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo. www.mot-art-museum.jp/eng/2012/cloud
Until March 24: Hina Doll Displays at Yokohama Doll Museum
Until March 31: Art Exhibition “Aida Makoto: Monument for Nothing—Sorry for Being a Genius” @ Mori Arts Center Gallery, Tokyo
Until March 31: Special Exhibition “Kabuki: Theaters during the Edo Period” @ SUNTORY Museum of Art, Tokyo
Until March 31: Kabuki Wonder Market @ Tokyo Midtown
Until April 7: Illuminations at Seibu Yuenchi Amusement Park, Tokorozawa City, Saitama Pref.
Until April 14: Illuminations at Family Resort Sagamiko Resort Pleasure Forest (w/ 4-million lights)
Until May 7: Kinoshita Circus @ Yokohama http://www.kinoshita-circus.co.jp/index.htm (Japanese website)
Until March 17: @ Venus Fort, Odaiba, Tokyo (indoor Christmas lights)
Until April 7: @ Seibu Yuenchi Amusement Park, Tokorozawa City, Saitama Pref.
Until April 14: @Family Resort Sagamiko Resort Pleasure Forest (w/4-million lights)
Until March 3: Outdoor Ice Skating Rink @ Tokyo Midtown
Until March 3: Outdoor Ice Staking Rink @ Seibu-en Amusement Park, Saitama Pref.
March 2: 2013 Tsukuba Roadrace Championship Series Round 1 @ Tsukuba Circuit
March 3: UFC Japan Event @ Saitmama Super Arena (tickets go on sale Jan. 12)
March 8-12: World Baseball Classic Second Round @ Tokyo Dome (tickets on sale now)
March 9: Dakar Rally Fes 2013 @ TOYOTA MEGA WEB (Free of charge for audience)
March 16-17: Kusatsu Nordic Ski Festival @ Kusatsu International Ski Resort, Gunma Pref. Entry for Nordic skiing competition/hiking is to be made by Mar 4.POC: Tokyo Shinbun Newspaper “Kusatsu Nordic Ski Festival Administrative Office Phone 03-6910-2509
March 19-20: The 35th Japan Prime Minister Cup All Japan High School Judo Tournament @ Nippon Budokan, Tokyo
March 30-31: 2013 MFJ All Japan Road Race Championship Round 1 SUPERBIKE Race in Motegi @ Twin Ring Motegi
April 11-14: ISU (International Skating Union) World Team Trophy 2013 @ Yoyogi National Stadium, Tokyo (tickets on sale now)
Musical, Performing Arts… etc.
Feb. 27-March 17: Tokyo, Musical “Notre-Dame de Paris” (played in English) @ Tokyu Theater Orb
March 6-22: Tokyo, CIRQUE ÉLOIZE “iD” http://ididid.jp/ (Japanese website) @ Tokyo Dome City Hall
March 23-24: Tokyo, AUN J Classic Orchestra @ Roppongi Blue Theater http://www.aunj.jp/en/
April 5-7: Tokyo, Disney Live! “Three Classic Fairy Tales” @ Bunkyo Civic Hall (Performed in Japanese, except for the show of Apr 5, 17:30-) This show will be performed entirely in English; April 13-14, Yokohama @ Kanagawa Kenmin Hall (Performed in Japanese) http://www.ctv.co.jp/disneylive/news/index.html#20121129
April 6: Tokyo, ROCKY in Cinema Meets Symphony @ Bunkamura Orchard Hall, Programs: Gonna Fly Now, Going the Distance, Eye of the Tiger, Burning Heart, Training Montage, Hearts on Fire, etc.
April 20: Tokyo, Japanese Synchronized Dance Pop Group “World Order” @ Nippon Budokan (tickets go on sale Mar 9)
May 3-5: Tokyo, Classical Music Festival “La Folle Journée au Japon—Days of Enthusiasm” @ Tokyo International Forum http://www.gotokyo.org/en/tourists/topics_event/topics/120409/topics.html
May 9-12: Saitama, Michael Jackson THE IMMORTAL World Tour by Cirque du Soleil @ Saitama Super Arena; May 16-19: Yokohama @ Yokohama Arena
May 28: Kodo, Yokosuka, Taiko Performing Arts Ensemble @ Yokosuka Arts Theater; May 29, Sagamihara @ Green Hall Sagamino Dai-Hall; June 6-9, Tokyo @ Asakusa Public Hall http://www.kodo.or.jp/news/index_en.html
May 29-June 9: Tokyo, Broadway Musical “HAIR” @ Tokyu Theatre Orb
Aug. 7-18: Tokyo, Broadway Musical “American Idiot” @ Tokyo International Forum (tickets go on sale Mar 9)
Feb. 27: Antique Market at Yoyogi Park, Tokyo
March 2-June 2: Raffaello at The National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo www.nmwa.go.jp/en/exhibitions/upcoming.html
March 1-3: Tokyo International Literary Festival. tokyolitfest.com
March 1-6: Akihabara October Fest 2013 @ Belle Salle Akihabara, Tokyo
March 3: Petit Chef in English! Let’s enjoy Dolls Festival @ Koishikawa-Koryuan, Tokyo http://ijcee.jimdo.com/language/petit-chef-english-0303/
March 3: Floating Paper Hina Dolls on the Sumida River @ Azuma-Bashi Bridge Area, Sumida Park, Tokyo. This traditional Japanese event is to wash away possible misfortune from children by floating paper “hina” dolls down river. To participate, be there by 11:30 a.m. (Free)
March 3-4: One of the Biggest Daruma Doll Fairs in Japan @ Jindai-ji Temple, Chofu City, Tokyo.* Daruma is a Weebles-like doll of the monk that founded Zen Buddhism in the sixth century that is considered as a good luck charm.
March 3 & 17: The largest outdoor antique market in Japan “Oedo Antique Market” @ Tokyo International Forum http://www.antique-market.jp/eng/index.shtml
March 9: International Animated GIF Award @ Tokyo Culture Culture
March 9-10: Local Food Festival “Furusato no Shoku, Nippon no Shoku” @ NHK Broadcasting Center/Yoyogi Park Event Stage area, Tokyo
March 10: Fire Walking Festival @ Mt. Takao Yakuo-in Temple, Tokyo (Start at 13:00. Everyone is welcome to join the fire-walking. No sign-up needed)
March 10-June 2: The Inka Empire Revealed: Century After the Machu Picchu “Discovery” @ National Museum of Nature and Science, Tokyo
March 15: Open! Madame Taussauds Tokyo @ Decks Tokyo Beach, Odaiba, Tokyo http://www.madametussauds.com/Tokyo/en/Default.aspx
March 16: St. Patrick’s Day Parade Yokohama Motomachi @ Yokohama Motomachi Shopping Street
March 16-17: Japan Teddy Bear Festival 2013 in Tokyo @ YEBISU the Garden Place, Tokyo
March 16-17: The 13th Japan Drugstore Show @ Makuhari Messe http://drugstoreshow2012.jp/english/index.html
March 16-17: TOKYO OUTDOOR WEEK @ Yoyogi Park, Tokyo
March 17: St. Patrick’s Day Parade Tokyo @ Harajuku-Omote Sando Ave. Area, Tokyo
March 20: Yoyogi Jazz Festival @ Yoyogi Park, Tokyo (Free of charge for audience) www.timeout.jp/en/tokyo/event/7390/Yoyogi-Jazz-Festival-2013
March 22: Open! New food court feat. yakitori “Zen.yaren So-honten Tokyo” @ Tokyo Sankei Building 2nd Basement Floor
March 22-24: Japan Flower & Gardening Show 2013 @ Makuhari Messe
March 22-24: Art Fair Tokyo @ Tokyo International Forum http://artfairtokyo.com/en/
March 22-24: Japan Fishing Festival 2013 @ Pacific Yokohama
March 22-24: Heiwajima Antique Show @ Tokyo Ryutsu Center (Admission free)
March 23-24: Roppongi Art Night http://www.roppongiartnight.com/en/index.html
May 7-10: Japan International Boat Show 2013 @ Pacifico Yokohama
(Events are subject to change. Please contact your base tour office for more information.)