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Milky Way Illumination at Tokyo Tower

Milky Way Illumination at Tokyo Tower

Tokyo Tower’s Tanabata celebrations aren’t the nation’s biggest — that distinction goes to one in Sendai — but they start well in advance of the holiday and look fantastic. The Minato Ward landmark’s main observatory and its outer staircase will be lit up with ...

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Enmusubi Furin

Enmusubi Furin

In the summer months, a gentle breeze is a welcome respite from the sweltering heat. The wind, according to Shinto, signifies not only the presence of the gods but also the channel by which believers’ prayers are conveyed to heaven. For the third year, Kawagoe ...

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Japanese Beer Garden with Maiko-san

Japanese Beer Garden with Maiko-san

Kyoto is known for its geisha quarters in the Gion district. Here, ryokan (traditional inn) Gion Shinmonso is opening its rooftop beer garden to allow guests to meet a maiko (geisha apprentice). Visitors can enjoy Japanese-style prix fixe menus, local sake and shochu liquor, ...

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Fukuoka Independent Film Festival

The indie-inclined movie fans will get their fill at the Fukuoka Independent Film Festival. Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, Fukuoka Pref.

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Universal Jump Summer

Universal Jump Summer

Universal Studios Japan probably doesn’t need any extra help reeling in visitors during the summer, but the Osaka-area theme park has added a bunch of new attractions anyway. For its 15th anniversary celebration the park has taken inspiration from three pop culture heavyweights: “Dragon ...

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Setouchi Triennale 2016 Summer Session

Setouchi Triennale 2016 Summer Session

Held every three years, the Setouchi Triennale — also known as the Setouchi International Art Festival — is a contemporary art festival showcasing new and existing artwork from Japanese and overseas artists in three seasonal sessions. This summer’s session will exhibit artwork on several ...

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The Great Godzilla Special Effects Kingdom

The Great Godzilla Special Effects Kingdom

Yokohama Landmark Tower is displaying a variety of props and costumes from Japan’s famous monster movies for its “The Great Godzilla Special Effects Kingdom” exhibition. The event is being put on to celebrate the recently released “Shin-Godzilla” film and will feature panel discussions with ...

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Star Tours: The Adventure Continues

Star Tours: The Adventure Continues

The new “Star Wars” film has proven to be a force to be reckoned with, as its new characters and impressive special effects win over the series’ first generation of fans and captivate a new legion of followers. But if you really want to ...

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The Ghibli Expo

The Ghibli Expo

Ghibli fans, prepare to have your minds blown. All of your favorite films — from the Academy Award-winning “Spirited Away” (2001) to the internationally loved “My Neighbor Totoro” (1988) — have come together as an exhibition in central Tokyo. To celebrate the 30th anniversary ...

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Beer Fes

After filling up on summer snacks, you might want to wash down with some suds at the Beer Fes events across Japan.

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The Snoopy Museum: My Favorite Peanuts

The Snoopy Museum: My Favorite Peanuts

In Japan, “The Peanuts Movie” is being released under the title of “I Love Snoopy,” which should give you an idea of how much this country loves the cheeky canine. Charlie who? So it makes perfect sense that Tokyo will host the world’s first ...

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Bayside BBQ German Beer Garden

Bayside BBQ German Beer Garden

Though the Germans celebrate their Oktoberfest drinking festival in the fall, here in Japan it is used as an excuse to beat the heat on steamy summer nights. The Hyatt Regency Osaka near Nakafuto Station is transforming its park-like rooftop to a beer garden ...

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Osomatsu Expo

Osomatsu Expo

At the Osomatsu Expo, guests will be able to view various works by manga artist Fujio Akatsuka, which includes a remaking of his comic “Osomatsu-kun” into “Mr. Osomatsu,” an animated TV series that comically depicted the lives of the Matsuno sextuplets. Expo visitors can ...

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Kirby Cafe

Kirby Cafe

Kirby fans will soon be able to inhale a pile of cute food — just like their pink hero. New Kirby Cafe pop-up shops will open in Japan this summer, and the menu already looks delicious and adorable. Guests will be able to eat ...

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Uji River Cormorant Fishing

Uji River Cormorant Fishing

Put down your rods and poles­, it’s time for some throwback fishing. Japanese fishermen have been using cormorants to help them catch fish for at least 1,300 years. Still a practice today, visitors are invited to see this traditional method of fishing with trained ...

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