What's Going On In Tokyo: May 22nd ~ May 28th

Each week the Coto Team brings you a selection of exciting events in Tokyo. Learn a skill, experience Japanese culture or dive into the nightlife. Grab this occasion to use Japanese and mingle with locals and internationals this week.

Dreaming of Modern Living – The Industrial Arts Institutes Archive

Date: May 22nd – August 13th

The Industrial Arts Institute’s collection of trial products and reference products will be on exhibition this Monday. Take a look at design prototypes created during Japan’s post-war era and the ideas that inspired their design. It’s a great chance to see how industrialization quickly shaped the modern aesthetic of Japan today.

  • Date: May 22nd – August 13th
  • Time: 10:00-18:00
  • Location: Musashino Art University Museum and Library (Kodaira)
  • Fee: Free
  • Read more [Japanese]

Spring Rose Festival

Date: May 23rd – End of May

Each year Jindai Botanical Gardens invites visitors to enjoy the beauty of Japan’s changing seasons. The rose gardens are a definite highlight during May. Feel free to also explore the on-site greenhouse and nearby Japanese gardens in the neighborhood.

  • Date: May 23rd – End of May
  • Time: 9:30-17:00 (closed Mondays)
  • Location: Jindai Botanical Gardens (Chofu)
  • Fee: 500 yen (several Free gardens open as well)
  • Read more [Japanese] 

Pottery Class

Date: May 23rd – End of May

Study pottery in Japanese or English at this traditional ceramics school. Uzumako Ceramic School offers trial lessons, adult courses and classes for kids. You can even create custom ceramic tiles for your own decorations. What kind of creations would you like to make?

  • Date: May 23rd – End of May
  • Time: Dependent on class
  • Location: Uzumako Ceramic Art School (Minato-ku)
  • Fee: Depends on class
  • Read more [English]

Tokyo Midpark Night Yoga

Date: May 24th – Additional dates available

Unwind from the week at one of Tokyo’s largest yoga events. Attracting more than 300 yoga lovers, beginners to advanced students are encouraged to participate. Enjoy a summer night of yoga in the park.

  • Date: May 24th – Additional dates available
  • Time: Session 1, 18:30-19:30 or Session 2, 20:30-21:30
  • Location: Midtown Garden (Roppongi)
  • Fee: Free
  • Read more [English]

Tadahito Mochinagara , Puppet Animation Filmmaker

Date: May 13th – September 10th

Japanese anime is well-known but Tadahito Mochinaga specializes in a different type of animation. Using puppets and stop motion techniques, Mochinaga brings his beautiful characters to life.

  • Date: May 13th – September 10th
  • Time: 11:00-18:30
  • Location: National Film Center (Chiyoda-ku)
  • Fee: 250 yen
  • Read more [Japanese]

Improvzilla Comedy Event

Date: May 26th

It’s the last Friday of the month and that means Improvzilla is back. Enjoy another night of international comedy in Shibuya. Improv means anything can happen so no two Improvzilla shows are ever the same.

  • Date: May 26th
  • Time: 19:30-22:30
  • Location: Crocodile Comedy Store (Harajuku, Shibuya-ku)
  • Fee: 1,500 yen
  • Read more [English]

Tokyo Beer Week Kick Off Event

Date: May 27th – May 28th

This weekend is the kick off for Tokyo Beer Week. Commune 2nd and UN Farmers Market will host the initial party but festivities will continue until June 11th. Beer enthusiasts can create their own pub crawls by checking out the map of participating locations.

  • Date: May 27th – May 28th
  • Time: 10:00-18:00
  • Location: UN Farmers Market (Shibuya-ku)
  • Fee: Free
  • Read more [Japanese]

One Love Jamaica Festival

Date: May 27th – May 28th

Ever since it started in 2004, this event has become a highlight of Tokyo summer, attracting international and Japanese crowds. Learn more about Jamaican dance, music and culture this weekend at the One Love Jamaican Festival.

  • Date: May 27th – May 28th
  • Time: 10:00-20:00
  • Location: AEON Mall Makuhari Messe Toyosuna Park (Chiba)
  • Fee: Free
  • Read more [Japanese]

Tokyo Design Festa

Date: May 27th – May 28th

Art enthusiasts unite at Tokyo Big Sight for another weekend of performances, live painting and artist galleys. It’s easy to get lost in the creativity so we recommend giving yourself plenty of time to explore and a generous budget for goodies.

  • Date: May 27th – May 28th
  • Time: 11:00-19:00
  • Location: Tokyo Big Sight (Koto-ku)
  • Fee: 1,000 yen
  • Read more [English]

Laos Festival

Date: May 27th – May 28th

The Laos Festival kicks off the start of Yoyogi Park’s international festival calendar. Each year over 160,000 visitors come to enjoy Laotian dance, food and cultural activities during the weekend.

  • Date: May 27th – May 28th
  • Time: 10:00-19:00
  • Location: Yoyogi Park (Shibuya-ku)
  • Fee: Free
  • Read more [Japanese]

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