The fresh, sweet-sour bite of a Japanese plum on the Sumomo Festival and the calming sound of 500 wind chimes blowing within the wind at Ikegami Honmonji are perfect ways to chill down this July. When you prefer to shield yourself from the warmth by staying indoors, chill in air-conditioned goodness watching European movies during EU Film Days 2021 or explore the cool, dark depths of the ocean on the Sunshine Aquarium’s special event showcasing the weirdest and most wonderful bioluminescent life. Indoors or outdoors, we bring you an inventory of Tokyo events this July that may keep you cool — or a minimum of distract you from how much you’re sweating.
What higher option to end the day than biting right into a cool, juicy sumomo (Japanese plum) in the summertime? Take home as many plums as you desire on the Sumomo Festival, (one bag will set you back about ¥1,000) where batches of sumomo are hung beside its long pathway. Discover the local legend behind today here.
3-1 MIYAMACHI, FUCHU-SHI
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July 1-July 31
Detective Conan Cafe “Shunichi Akai Menu Season 1”
Go visit this retro diner tackle the hit Japanese TV show “Case Closed a.k.a. Detective Conan.” In celebration of the brand new upcoming movie, the Conan Cafe will open for a limited period of time in 4 cities, including two locations in Tokyo. Our favourite item on the menu is the “Strawberry au Lait ” that – once mixed – is purported to appear to be a criminal offense scene (though we thought it looked suspiciously just like strawberry milk).
DETECTIVE CONAN CAFE
VARIOUS LOCATIONS IN TOKYO
ADMISSION FEE ¥550
Early – mid July
Ikegami Honmonji wind chime festival
It’s said that way back, before air conditioners or iced drinks blessed this Earth, the soft sound of wind chimes tinkling within the wind was used to assuage the overheating bodies and minds of sweating Edo-period residents. In 2021, from late-June to mid-July, you may go discover if it has the identical soothing effect on you — or a minimum of take some pretty pictures on your Instagram — as 500 wind chimes adorned with the written wishes of locals and visitors hang in rows at Ikegami-Honmonji Temple. Write your individual wish so as to add to a chime or, on Sundays from 10am to 3pm, join a free tour in English, French or Chinese wherein local volunteers will share the story of the temple’s history and construction.
1-1-1, IKEGAMI, OTA-KU
Here’s your likelihood to see processions of mikoshi (portable shrines), together with other traditional Japanese festival performances reminiscent of bon-odori dances going down at Tokyo’s famous Yasukuni shrine. Have a taste of a nostalgic Japanese summer between the partitions of the glowing votive lanterns.
3-1-1 KUDANKITA, SETAGAYA-KU
July 13 – September 6
Man Ray and the Women (マン・レイと女性たち)
Many ladies surrounded the lifetime of Man Ray (1890-1976), some of the versatile artists of the twentieth century. On this exhibition, a timeline is displayed of the ladies who, between mental discoveries and love adventures, became Ray’s muses for his poetic and witty work.
2-24-1 DOGENZAKA, SHIBUYA-KU
GENERAL ADMISSION FEE ¥1,700 (ADVANCE TICKETS AND CHILD DISCOUNTS ALSO AVAILABLE)
Until August 1
Yakult Ice Cream (ヤクルトのアイス屋さん)
When you enjoyed our article introducing and reviewing the weirdest ice creams in Tokyo, you’ll probably be down for this event too. One step below sake and green tea, Yakult is a drink synonymous with Japan. This ice cream is weird, but in an appealing way. Kid yourself that the health advantages of this probiotic drink outweigh the actual fact that is an unhealthy dessert with this limited time offer at IMADA KITCHEN.
SHIBUYA 109 BUILDING 2-29-1 DOGENZAKA, SHIBUYA-KU
STARTING PRICE: ¥450
Until July 18
EU Film Days 2021
Film fanatics and people of you craving to travel to Europe but who’re stuck at home in Tokyo this summer, “EU Film Days 2021” has kindly brought European cinema to Japan for you. From animated movies to spine-chilling thrillers, this film festival showcases quite a lot of European movies each in Tokyo and Kyoto. A final piece of excellent news for the laziest of you all: a collection of movies are also streamed online to observe in bed.
NATIONAL FILM ARCHIVE OF JAPAN
3-7-6 KYOBASHI, CHUO-KU
GENERAL ADMISSION FEE ¥520 (ADULT) PER SINGLE VIEWING
June 23-July 29
Disney Princess Exhibition “What’s love?”
Everyone has grown up swooning over the fairytale love stories of Disney princesses. (Non-Disney fans, we are going to forgive you when you skip ahead to the subsequent event…) “What’s Love?” calls upon 12 of our beloved Disney sweethearts to show us what love means through an interactive exhibition that uses the newest digital technologies with music and smells. Use your five senses to relive the fashionable tackle Disney’s happily ever after.
1-22-6 JINNAN, SHIBUYA-KU
GENERAL ADMISSION FEE ¥1500 (STUDENT DISCOUNTS AND FREE ADMISSION ALSO AVAILABLE)
June 11-Aug 29
Night Sunshine Aquarium Night Kosei Love
For a limited time, Sunshine Aquarium will hold a special night-themed event featuring nocturnal sea creatures, where you’ll get the prospect not only to watch their distinct nighttime behavior, but additionally get to see species that emit fluorescent light, just like the splitfin flashlight fish and the owan jellyfish. This event is in collaboration with singer Ado, whose songs will set the atmosphere for the brilliantly illuminated aquarium venue.