Golden Week in Tokyo

Our top picks to keep yourself entertained over the extra-long Golden Week in Tokyo
Koinobori – an essential part of Golden Week in Tokyo
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It's time to get excited – the spring holiday season is finally here. In Tokyo, Golden Week always offers a bonanza of great things to do, from food festivals and traditional matsuri to the Rainbow Pride parade, outdoor music festivals and unmissable art shows, while there's plenty going on just outside of the city as well. So forget about that package tour to Hawaii (or bus trip to Atami) and make the most of Golden Week in Tokyo – just be sure to take May 1 and 2 off for the full nine-day holiday experience.

Art and museums

Art, Architecture

Japan in Architecture: Genealogies of Its Transformation

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Japanese architecture has proven to be quite the hit, with architects from Kenzo Tange to Kengo Kuma and Tadao Ando getting much national and international acclaim. High time for a full-scale exhibition, the people at the Mori Art Museum must have thought. Structured as a veritable time travel through Japan’s history of architecture, the exhibition is divided into nine sections explaining architecture with keywords such as ‘the possibility of wooden architecture’ or ‘coexistence with nature,’ supported by architectural documents, models, and hands-on installations. The highlight is a full-scale reproduction of the 'Tai-an', a tea ceremony house connected to Sen no Rikyu, a tea master from the 16th century. If your knowledge is a bit rusty, you can also read up in the book lounge, full of famous modernist furniture pieces.

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