This Weekend: Tokyo Area Events For Jan 14-15
Exhibitions, Culture, And Fun In The City
The second week of January raises the bar high in expectations for a busy and entertaining year ahead. On the agenda this weekend are the mega popular Boroichi flea market in Setagaya, a cultural event bringing the best of Japan's 47 prefectures together, three unique art and photo exhibitions and a thrilling movie release. Cheers to an entertaining year ahead!
Explore Japan In A Single Visit
Furusato Matsuri Tokyo 2017
Visiting all of Japan's 47 prefectures is a time (and cash)-consuming experience, but luckily a few people got together and came up with a single festival that brings the best of the best all the way from Hokkaido to Okinawa. Come and explore traditional Japanese performances, regional matsuri recreations, local specialties and more from all around Japan. One of the largest cultural events in the year, this one is a real gem.
- Now through Sat, Jan. 15, 2017
- 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. (until 7 p.m. on Jan. 10, 6 p.m. on Jan. 15)
- Tokyo Dome, 1-3-61 Koraku, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo
- ¥1,600 (all days), ¥1,300 (weekdays exhibition only), ¥1,100 (admission after 4 p.m.)
Fashion And Design
This large collection of colorful fabrics, designs and sample dresses traces the history and achievement of marimekko, the globally celebrated Finnish design house and beautiful poppy colors that had a major impact on the global fashion stage in the 1960s.
- Now through Sun, Feb. 12, 2017
- 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. (until 9 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays)
- Bunkamura The Museum, 2-24-1 Dogenzaka, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
- ¥1,400 (general), ¥1,000 (university and high school), ¥700 (elementary and middle school)
The People By Kishin
An exhibition revisiting the past five decades of the work of one of Japan's most renowned photographers, Shinoyama Kishin. Over 120 of Kishin's best works are displayed in five categories: God (the deceased), Star (the celebrities), Spectacle (dream worlds that take us to another dimension), Body (naked portraits) and Accidents (portraits of victims of the Great East Japan Earthquake). This is a unique chance to see rare portraits of famous Japanese and world celebrities, from Yukio Mishima and Hibari Misora to John Lennon and Vladimir Malakhov, as well as witness the struggles March 11 quake victims went through on individual basis.
- Now through Tue, February 28, 2017
- 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
- Yokohama Museum of Art, 3-4-1, Minatomirai, Nishi-ku, Yokohama, Kanagawa
- ¥1,500 (Adults), Free for children under 12
Celebrating The Life Of Hokusai
The Return of Hokusai
A large-scale exhibition celebrating the life and works of one of Japan's best known ukuyo-e artists, Katsushika Hokusai. See some of his most famous works, including the legendary seven-meter long Sumidagawa River Scenery Scroll, a true masterpiece of ukiyo-e art.
- Now through Sun, Jan. 15, 2017 (closed Tue, Jan. 10)
- 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
- Sumida Hokusai Museum, 2-7-2 Kamezawa, Sumida-ku, Tokyo
- ¥1,200 (general), ¥900 (university, high school, and 65 and above), ¥400 (middle school and disabled)
Rag Market Full Of Treasures
Setagaya Boroichi Flea Market
Held biannually for 439 years straight, Setagaya Boroichi is one of Japan's most historical flea market, attracting over 400,000 visitors each year. Find over 700 stalls selling everything from used and new kimono, pottery, handicrafts, toys, pre-WWII textbooks — and of course local food.
- Sun, Jan. 15-Mon, Jan. 16, 2016
- 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
- Boroichi-dori Street, Setagaya 1-chome, Setagaya-ku, Tokyo (five-minute walk from Setagaya or Kamimachi stations on the Setagaya line)
- Free admission
A Girl With Big Dreams
Film Release: The Neon Demon
Directed by Nicolas Winding Refn and starring Elle Fanning and Keanu Reeves, this thriller suspense depicts the dark journey of a young, aspiring model Jesse as she falls prey to the beauty obsessed, jealous girls determined to be number one in the industry.
- From Fri, Jan. 13, 2017
- Toho Cinemas Shinjuku, Shinjuku Toho Bldg. 3rd. Fl., 1-19-1 Kabukicho, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo, and Toho Cinemas Roppongi Hills, 6-10-2 Roppongi, Minato, Tokyo
- ¥1,800 (general)
Lust, Temptation, and Violence in Art
Lucas Cranach the Elder: 500 Years of the Power of Temptation
Lucas Cranach the Elder is praised as one of the greatest artists of the German Renaissance and is especially recognized for his depictions of female legends such as Judith, with a touch of eroticism and sophistication. As one of the largest Cranach exhibits, art pieces from more than ten countries are brought to Tokyo, including his famous painting of Christ blessing children. The exhibition ends this weekend, so don't miss it!
- NOW UNTIL SUN, JAN. 15, 2017 (CLOSED ON TUE, JAN. 10)
- 9:30 A.M. TO 5:30 P.M. (FRIDAYS UNTIL 8 P.M.)
- NATIONAL MUSEUM OF WESTERN ART, 7-7, UENO PARK, TAITO-ku, TOKYO
- ¥1,600 (GENERAL), ¥1,200 (UNIVERSITY), ¥800 (HIGH SCHOOL)