Exploring Japan: Things to do in Tokyo this spring

Photos courtesy of Metropolis Magazine
Photos courtesy of Metropolis Magazine

Exploring Japan: Things to do in Tokyo this spring

Metropolis Magazine

Heatherwick Studio: Building Soulfulness, until Jun. 4

With a team consisting of over 200 minds, Heatherwick
Studio is known for creating large-scale projects that often reflect the complex human experience within the real world. One of the most closely watched design teams across the globe, Heatherwick will be in Tokyo to showcase 28 of its major projects for the first time in Japan.

Mori Art Museum 53F, Roppongi Hills Mori Tower
10am–10pm
From ¥2,000
Website

Tokyo Sandbox, April 15

It’s no secret that Japan is one of the top contenders in the gaming market with titles that reach far beyond its borders since the first release of Space Invaders back in 1978. Tokyo Sandbox is the perfect event for gamers and creators: not only will you have access to 100 titles created by Japanese game creators and indie developers, but there’ll also be discussions led by gaming industry celebrities. Watch for more to be announced soon.

3-12-8 Gotanda, Chiyoda-ku
TBD
From ¥1,300
Website

Cycle Mode Tokyo 2023, April 15-16

Love cycling on your mamachari in the city? Or pondering about getting one? Cycle Mode Tokyo, the largest sports bicycle expo in Japan, is packed with all that the bicycle industry has to offer. Even if you’re a newcomer, you’ll be able to learn the ins and outs of bikes in the city here. Pro athletes and two-wheel lifestyle lovers will also be on hand to give you tips for becoming a better rider. Guests of all ages are welcome to the event, and you might also get the chance to whiz around the 1.7km course on a test bike.

Tokyo Big Sight
3-11-1, Ariake, Koto-ku
TBD
From ¥1,300
Website

Midtown Blossom 2023, until April 16

Hanami (flower viewing) festivals are back and Tokyo Midtown is ready to celebrate with Midtown Blossom 2023. For something a little classier than the classic blue tarp and picnic nibbles elsewhere in parks across Tokyo, opt for THE SINGLETON BLOSSOM LOUNGE to view the garden’s blooms while nibbling at the lunch menu and sipping on cocktails that feature The Singleton Dufftown 12 Years’ malt whiskey. Ladies, don your best spring frock for major high tea elegance. The blooms are softly illuminated after the sun sets—perfect for a date night or a stroll in the warmer spring weather. 

Tokyo Midtown
9-7-1, Akasaka, Minato-ku
12pm–8pm (L.O. 7pm)
Free
Website

Niku Fes 2023 The Carnival Tokyo, April 28-May 7

A carnivore’s dream come to life, Niku Fes 2023 will be holding a whopping 10-day event in commemoration of its 10-year anniversary. Companies from all over Japan will flock to Odaiba to show off their best dishes, sizzling and grilling up more kinds of juicy meat than you even thought existed. Needless to say, head over with an empty stomach.

Odaiba Special Venue
1-1-16, Aomi, Koto-ku
TBD
Free
Website

African-American Caribbean Golden Week Festival in Japan 2023, May 20-21

Turn the energy up and celebrate cultural diversity at the African-American Caribbean Golden Week Festival. A wide array of food stalls from local businesses sharing everything from succulent Caribbean jerk chicken to refreshing Cameroonian folere (hibiscus flower tea) will keep even the hungriest of festival goers happy, while the salsa dancers, African drum performance and fashion show liven up the atmosphere. You can even get a hair weave over at the hairstyling stall.

1-29 Kabukicho, Shinjuku-ku
Free
Website

Design Festa Spring Edition vol. 57, May 20-21

At this huge festival celebrating diverse art and design, come and meet the artists and craftspeople, and purchase their work. The event has welcomed thousands of artists since first launching in 1994, and international artists from all over the world gather here to showcase their original works from across numerous artistic genres. Support them by bringing home a souvenir, catch live art performances, take part in workshops and give your creatives some TLC at this much-loved festival.

Tokyo Big Sight West & South Hall
3-11-1 Ariake, Koto-ku
From ¥800
Website

Thai Festival Tokyo 2023, May 2-21

Slurp up tangy tom yung kung, spicy red curry and umami chicken massaman at the annual Thai festival. Meet local Thai-owned businesses, watch traditional dance and music performances, and learn about the beauty and vibrancy of Thai culture. A day at this festival and you’ll be peeking at Skyscanner to book your flight in order to experience Thailand more fully.

Yoyogi Park Event Square
2-3, Jinnan, Shibuya-ku
10am–8pm
Free
Website

 

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