Thanks to the calendar this year, many people can have a long holiday, so many will be heading out of Tokyo on vacation. But if you’re staying in the capital, there will be enough events at the beginning of the year to get you out of the house, and to help you taste the traditional and unique aspects of Japan.

The following events are being held in the Tokyo area. As the zodiac animal for 2014 is the horse, some will feature the powerful and elegant creature, and while other Japanese New Year’s events will have the mainstay shishi-mai Japanese lion dance and calligraphy, you can also enjoy the first Japanese green tea of the year in a Japanese traditional garden park.

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