Category Archives: EVENTS

The (Homoerotic) World of Tom of Finland: Reality and Fantasy opens September 18th. First time Tom shows in Japan!

Tom of Finland (1920-1991) was a pioneer in LGBQT and homoerotic art, blazing a trial in Finland and his works have been shown all over the world. From today September 18th, his work will be exhibited for the first time in Japan (ever) at Parco Shibuya. In a country where alternative sexuality is still barely recognized and some politicians spew homophobic bile, it’s a small accomplishment that the show is being held.

The exhibition will only last until October 5th.

The show has taken nearly years to put together, was delayed by COVID19, and ran into numerous obstacles along the way; thanks to the collective efforts of all involved, including the Embassy of Finland, the show is finally taking place. The whole story behind the curtains is told eloquently in this piece by Justin McCurry in The Guardian

I almost gave up’: Tom of Finland exhibition to finally open in Japan

Be sure to try the Tom of Finland vodka. The hard stuff.

The exhibition will show that his work was a catalyst for social change and acceptance of homosexuality while celebrating sensuality and the beauty of the male body. The curator of the exhibit and director of The Container, Mr. Shai Ohayon points out that Japan is still very much behind in the recognition of gay and LGBQT rights.

(From the press release) “Historically, the images highlight milestones and artistic stylistic developments in Tom’s life and practice—starting with his 1940s and ‘50s paintings in gouache, of men in stylish attire and uniforms, such as sailors, soldiers and policemen, …continue reading


Tokyo Harvest 2020 Online

The popular harvest festival “Tokyo Harvest” is held online this year!
・47 producers from 47 prefectures introduce the harvest scenes in order with videos”TODAY’S FRESH”
・The fish caught in the basket of your choice arrives at your house”REMOTE FISHERMAN EXPERIENCE”
・You can make lemon sour while learning from a lemon farmer using the lemons that arrived in advance”LEMON SOUR CLASSROOM”
・Live broadcast in collaboration with famous chefs, cooks and models
We have 30 online programs.

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This Week(End): Tokyo Area Events For October 24-25

halloween sumida

Spooky Kaleidoscope Tunnel

Halloween in Sumida Aquarium

The Sumida Aquarium is holding a special Halloween version of the jellyfish exhibition in their “Kaleidoscope Tunnel”, which has approximately 5,000 mirrors on the walls and ceiling. The area is decorated with classic Halloween symbols such as witches, pumpkins, and jellyfish floating in the water tank to look like ghosts out for fun during the Halloween season.

Vogue Fashion's Night In 2020

In The Spotlight

Online Event: Vogue Fashion’s Night In 2020

Every year fashionistas from all around Tokyo gather out to attend this massive one night-limited Japan franchise of the global event by Vogue. However this year the event will be held online, and for two weeks long! Aimed to celebrate fashion, participating stores will wow the crowds with unique sales, giveaways, and special events. Online appearances by key Japanese celebrities, including model Mari Natsuki and Hikari Mori is also on the agenda.

FRI, OCT. 23 – SUN, NOV. 8, 2020
ONLINE – to get it listed!

Attending any of these events? Trying any of these activities? Send us photos through Instagram for a chance to be published on our feed. #SavvyTokyo

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2020 Fuji Kawaguchi-ko (Lake) Autumn Leaves Festival

We hold in Lake Kawaguchi northern coast stained with colorful colored leaves.

The highlight heals unhurried heart slowly; “maple corridor.” The outskirts are full of branches such as eating and drinking and souvenir, craft city.
From sunset (around half past 4 p.m.) to 10:00 p.m., we perform light-up.
❢Please cooperate with new coronavirus infectious disease measures.

“Momiji Tunnel” that is famous for car as about 15 minutes, spot of photography from colored leaves Festival venue is recommended.
※”Momiji Tunnel” does not light up. In addition, please note that there is not parking lot in “Momiji Tunnel” neighborhood.

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Nabana no Sato Winter Illumination 2020-2021(MIE)

“Nabana no Sato Illuminations” boasts one of the largest scales in Japan. In addition to the hot theme area that changes every year, the well-known 200m “tunnel of light” and beautiful water illuminations, you can enjoy illuminations anywhere in the park such as “sea of light” and “twin tree”. Furthermore, at Nabana no Sato, you can enjoy a competition of flowers and light with autumn leaves, plums, cherry blossoms, tulips, and even nemophila.

business hours
10:00 to 21:00
10:00 to 22:00
Specific days: 12/24, 25, 28-30, 1/2-5, 9, 10, 16, 23, 30

※Please see here for the illumination lighting time.

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