This Weekend: Tokyo Area Events for May 21–22

It will be warm and sunny this weekend, so take the chance to leave your house and enjoy the plenty of outdoor events happening in and around Tokyo this Saturday and Sunday! There's a coffee and Okinawa festival, a fashion event, several unique occassions to enjoy the beautiful spring flowers, and much more! We hope you'll all have a wonderful weekend!

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Tokyo Coffee Festival

Come on, java lovers, it’s time to have some fun! The annual Tokyo Coffee Festival is here again, allowing us two full days to indulge on our caffeine addictions. Enjoy tasting (and comparing) various kinds of joe from over 50 vendors. There will also be sweets, snacks, coffee-related books for sale and a special event looking into the relation between (drum roll, please) newspapers and coffee! Enjoy!

When: Sat, May 21 – Sun, May 22, 2016, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Where: Farmer’s Market @ UNU,  5-53-70, Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo

How much: Free! (except for the coffee)  

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Okinawa Festival

If you dream of traveling to Okinawa, but don’t have the funds or time, just drop by at Yoyogi Park this weekend for a quick taste of the real thing. The festival features a wide array of stalls selling Okinawan food, goods, local beer, rare ingredients and much more. Of course, there will also be traditional dance and music performances! A great event for the whole family!

When: Sat, May 21–Sun, May 22, 2016, 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Where: Yoyogi Park Event Space, 2-1 Yoyogikamizonocho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo

How much: Free!

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Greenroom Festival

If you love music, art and film, spend some time this weekend at this event — two days of heated up performances by some of the world and Japan’s most talented individuals, namely Chaka Khan, the Spanish guitar duo Rodrigo y Gabriela, Def Tech, the solo-drummer Kavka Shishido, as well as artists Matthew Allen, Jonas Claesson and many more. Tickets for Saturday are unfortunately already sold out, but sales for the Sunday slot are still on, so hurry up and join the fever! There are also many places you can enjoy for free.

When: Sat, May 21 – Sun, May 22, 2016, various times

Where: Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse outdoor event space, 1-1 Shinko, Naka-ku,Yokohama 231-0001

How much: ¥9,800

Tickets: Buy online, at Lawson convinience stores (L code: 72777) or Rakuten.

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Yasukuni Shrine Flea Market

Though mostly known for its political controversy, Yasukuni Shrine is also heaven for any flea market admirers and treasure hunters. This Sunday, the shrine opens its grounds to pottery, antiques and other charm traders. There are approximately 150 stalls — not as large as other flea markets, but not as crowded either, making it the perfect venue for a relaxed bargain shopping. 

When: Sat, May 21–Sun, May 22, 2016, 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Where: Yoyogi Park Event Space, 2-1 Yoyogikamizonocho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo

How much: Free!

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Mami Flower Design Exhibition

Founded in 1962 as the first flower design school in Japan, Mami Flower Design has grown to become one of the most influential schools of its kind with 350 branches across the country and overseas. This weekend, Mami is launching its annual flower exhibition, which includes an impressive display of the school’s wonderful flora artworks, a shop selling unique flower and plant goods, a design-making demonstration and much more! Enjoy the splendor of various plants and flowers, created with distinctive imagination and style!

When: Now through Tuesday, May 24, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. (Open until 8:30 p.m. on Saturday and 8 p.m. on Monday)

Where: Shinjuku Takashimaya Event Space 11F, 5-24-2 Sendagaya, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 

How much: ¥900. Free for junior high school students and younger.

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Brussels Flower Carpet in Solamachi

As part of the 150-year anniversary of the establishment of friendship ties between Japan and Belgium, Solamachi is recreating the famous Brussels Flower Carpet festival decorating the European capital in August once every two years. The Tokyo version is on a much smaller scale than the original (ah, just some 400 square meters), but it’s as equally charming — and it’s also a great spot for a few memorable shots! The same event runs at Roppongi Hills until Saturday.

When: Now through Sun, May 22, all day 

Where: Tokyo Skytree Town (Solamachi) Sky Arena 4F, 1-1-2 Oshiage, Sumida-ku, Tokyo

How much: Free!

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Tokyo Fantashion 2016 May

This one-afternoon fashion event was originally created in a bid to help aspiring designers showcase their works through fashion shows, pop-up shops, and one-to-one talks with the audience. Open to both the public and industry-related individuals, the show displays some of Tokyo’s less popular, though equally creative collections,  from street fashion to high brands.

When: Sat, May 21, 3 p.m.-9 p.m. Shows start from 5:30 p.m. 

Where: Tokyo International Forum B5 Hall, 3-5-1 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo

How much: Free!

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Saitama Rose Festival

It’s the rose blooming season and though practically every city has its own flower festival this weekend, we strongly recommend this one happening in the heart of Saitama — not only for being one of the largest and oldest in Kanto, but also for featuring traditional Japanese dances and musical performances. And don’t forget — all of that happens amid the splendid sight and scent of over 3,000 roses from 170 different kinds. Enjoy!

When: Sat, May 21 through Sun, May 22, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.  

Where: Yono Park, Honchonishi 1-chome, Chuo-ku, Saitama-shi, Saitama

How much: Free!

If you’re doing something fun or interesting, or you know someone who does, contact us to have your event listed!