Fall is almost here and we’re pumped up, we can get outside without blending into the sidewalks of Tokyo. As the cicadas finish their song, the city’s calendar prepares for an eventful October. Oktoberfest and Halloween celebrations are just a few of the things our editors are most looking forward to, but we’ve rounded up a comprehensive list of our top picks below. Bring the Pumpkin Spice Latte Instagram Posts and Cut Air Conditioning Bills!
October 28 to 30
Halloween night in the forest
Shinrin Park transforms into an All Saints’ Day wonderland for its Halloween night in the forest. Equally family-friendly and date-night-friendly, visitors stroll around spooky illuminations that glow in the Botanical Gardens and Main Gate. Our editors found the glowing displays more beautiful than scary, but were scared off by the fluorescent cotton candy on sale.
YAMADA, NAMEGAWA-MACHI, HIKI-GUN, SAITAMA
PRICE ENTRANCE TO THE PARK IS ¥450 FOR ADULTS
From September 30 to October 16
There will be beer. And then more beer. And you’ll find even more beer after that. Yes, Yokohama’s Red Brick Warehouse is once again opening its seaside courtyards to German beers from around the world for Oktoberfest. Find all kinds of rare beers imported from Germany and, if you’re brave or dumb enough, try the 1L Mega Jug. To really give it that authentic Deutschland touch, a German orchestra will perform four times a day, as well as those irresistible grilled German sausages at the food stalls.
YOKOHAMA RED BRICK WAREHOUSE
1-1 SHINKO, NAKA DISTRICT
ENTRANCE IS ¥500
Vegan Food Festival
No vegan should miss Japan’s biggest vegan festival, Vegan Gourmet, which will be held at Tokyo Rinkai Disaster Prevention Park on October 30. – natural products. Beyond vegan choices, there will also be organic produce, vegetarian options, raw foods, and the rarer macrobiotic diet. Based on foods from Zen Buddhism, the diet was created by Japanese philosopher George Ohsawa, who attempted to balance the yin and yang elements of food and kitchenware through a diet of vegetables and grains. locally grown.
TOKYO RINKAI DISASTER PREVENTION PARK
ageHa LE FESTIVAL VOL.01 agefarre 2022 -Open Air-
The ageHa nightclub may have closed its legendary Studio Coast on January 30, 2022, but – true to its butterfly logo – it has spread its wings and evolved into a new series of outdoor club events called “Festival project”. The first installment will take place on the industrial shores of Odaiba, Tokyo. The full lineup will be announced soon, but if ageHa’s reputation as the biggest nightclub in town is anything to go by, it’s going to be good. All club-goers shouldn’t miss this moment to be a part of Tokyo’s nightlife history.
ENTRANCE IS ¥4,500
October 25 to 28
SQUAREPUSHER JAPAN TOUR 2022
International artists are back in Japan! Can you believe it? After a nearly three-year hiatus, overseas musicians are finally starting to return to Tokyo, and we couldn’t be more excited. Featuring a special appearance from Hudson Mohawk, this will be the first time British musician Tom Jenkinson’s Squarepusher project has returned to Japan since the release of his album. Be a hello, and the release of the music video for the track “Terminal Slam”, entirely shot in Tokyo. All shows will also feature visuals by Japanese creator Daito Manabe.
VARIOUS LOCATIONS IN TOKYO
TICKET PRICES VARY PER NIGHT
Henry Rollins “Good to see you”
American singer, poet, monologue and publisher Henry Rollins is heading to Tokyo for the Japanese leg of his “Good to See You” spoken word tour. It’s been an interesting time to say the least since we last heard of his pre-COVID work, and the punk rock icon has some great stories to tell. Expect an evening of attitude, enthusiasm and insatiable spirit.
TICKETS FROM ¥8,000
Tokyo Bay Pirates at What The Dickens Bar
The bilingual Pirates of Tokyo Bay comedians will be at What the Dickens bar in Ebisu on October 23 with a “Whose Line is it Anyway” improv night. All tickets come with a free drink, and if you’ve been looking for a chance to perform, auditions to join the band are now open. Try something new!
WHAT IS THE DICKENS BAR
1-13-3 EBISUD NISHI, SHIBUYA-KU
ENTRANCE IS ¥2,000
Houston Ballet “Swan Lake”
To the delight of ballet fans across Japan, Houston Ballet has announced its Tokyo Swan Lake tour for next October. One of America’s gems of ballet companies, Houston Ballet aligns itself with other great companies like American Ballet Theatre, New York City Ballet and San Francisco Ballet. Boasting a vast repertoire and top-notch dancers, the energy and American charm of Houston Ballet’s “Swan Lake” will be a real treat for those of us in Tokyo. Exploring darker themes of human psychology in a fast-paced plot and several active dance numbers, Houston Ballet’s “Swan Lake” is a breath of fresh air (and a sip of energy drink) among the chef’s many releases. -work of Tchaikovsky.
TOKYO BUNKA KAIKAN
5-45 UENO PARK, TAITO-KU
TICKETS FROM ¥4,000
Gaya: The Story of Coexistence in Ancient East Asia @ National Museum of Japanese History
This fascinating exhibit explores in depth the rise and fall of Gaya, which was a Korean confederation of territorial regimes that coexisted on the southern part of the Korean peninsula around the same time as the burial mound period in the Japanese archipelago. . Caught between the mighty states of Baekje and Shilla, however, Gaya’s power gradually weakened and collapsed in 562. Through a collaboration with the National Museum of Korea, the National Museum of Japanese History exhibits 240 artifacts discovered in tombs at Gaya, such as gold and silver accessories, neat and beautiful earthenware, weapons and harness indicating military power. Discover the history of Gaya across the sea and reflect on how the everlasting interactions between Japanese and Korean regions will continue in the present and the future.
NATIONAL MUSEUM OF JAPANESE HISTORY
117 JONAÏ-CHO, SAKURA-SHI
ENTRANCE IS ¥600
From September 16 to October 16
Exhibition “Ghost” by Kyoji Takahashi
Loko Gallery, located in Shibuya, will present “Ghost”, a solo exhibition by photographer Kyoji Takahashi until October 16. Takahashi was active at the forefront of fashion culture in the 90s and his works have been published in famous national and international magazines. His photographs have a timeless universality that leaves a lasting impression on the viewer. This exhibition follows Takahashi’s footsteps as an artist and presents various works ranging from rare vintage prints to his latest series of “flowers”.
12-6 UGUISUDANI, SHIBUYA-KU
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