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Upcoming events in Asakusa and Ueno for November 2018

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2018.11.08 (Thu)

November 10, 17 & 24

Ozashiki Odori dance performance

See this special dance performance by Asakusa Geisha for free at the Asakusa Culture Tourist Information Center located opposite of Senso-ji Temple’s Kaminarimon Gate. 100 free tickets for each performance will be available from 10:00 am on the day. First performance 13:00 - 13:30, second performance 14:30 - 15:00.

November 13 & 25, 2018

Tori-no-Ichi Fair 2018

Visit the second and third days of this year’s Tori-no-Ichi Fair, a market that marks the beginning of preparations for the New Year. People come here from all over the city to buy kumade, heavily decorated bamboo rakes meant to rake in good luck and prosperity. 100 kumade vendors set up their stalls on the grounds of the Otori Shrine in Asakusa. And the surrounding streets fill up with hundreds of stalls selling festival foods and drinks. The fair takes place from 00:00 to 24:00, opening for a full 24 hours each.

November 20-25, 2018

Special exhibition of traditional crafts

See traditional crafts made by local artisans inside the lounge area of the Tokyo National Museum’s Heiseikan buillding. Open 9:30 to 17:00 (last admission 16:30).

Also on show at the Tokyo National Museum’s Heiseikan Special Exhibition Gallery until December 9, 2018 are these two special exhibitions. “The Buddhist Sculptures of Daiho’onji, Kyoto: masterpieces by Kaikei and Jokei” showing works from an ancient temple in northern Kyoto by master sculptors and the “Collaborative Exhibition Project between the Tokyo National Museum and the Philadelphia Museum of Art: Marcel Duchamp and Japanese Art”.

November 23-25, 2018

Free entry to the Ichiyo Memorial Museum

Although you might not know the writer Ichiyo Higuchi you have probably seen her picture many times already. Since 2004 her portrait is on the 5000 Yen note. When the Ichiyo Memorial Museum opened in 1961 it was the first museum dedicated to a female writer in Japan. On display are items that show Ichiyo Higuchi’s work and life, such as the manuscript of her story “Takekurabe”, her correspondence, and her desk. She had her home in the Ryusenji district near Asakusa and miniatures show the street where she lived and worked with her family. Open from 9:00 to 16:30 (last admission 16:00).

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