Japan 2023 Shows, Performances, and Events

In 2023, Japan is set to be a hotbed of culture, entertainment, and innovation. From shows and exhibitions to special events, the country is an ideal place to experience something new and extraordinary. If you want to explore Japan’s vibrant and eclectic culture, check out this exciting lineup of upcoming events. 

Setagaya Boroichi Flea Market

Do you like flea markets? Well, this is the one you don’t want to miss! The Setagaya Boroichi Market is one of Tokyo’s biggest and best flea markets. It’s held twice a year—in December and January—and it’s a great place to find unique gifts and souvenirs. You’ll find everything from traditional Japanese crafts to antiques and second-hand goods. And, of course, there’s plenty of delicious food to try! If you’re looking for a unique market experience in Tokyo, it’s definitely worth a visit.

Date: January 15–16
Venue: Boroichi Dori, Setagaya
Website: https://www.city.setagaya.lg.jp/setagaya/001/003/d00125000.html

Act Your Age World Tour

Russell Peters is one of the world’s most beloved stand-up comedians, and his upcoming comedy show in Tokyo is sure to be a hit. His trademark wit and hilarious observational humor usually has fans in stitches, as he cracks jokes about everything from food to culture. Russell Peters’ comedy sets are always a masterclass in comedic timing, and his audiences are always hooked until the very end. He can make people laugh in a way that transcends culture and language, and it’s always a treat to watch him work his magic on stage.

Date: February 10
Venue: Yamano Hall
Website: https://ticket.pia.jp/piasp/inbound/russellpeters22eng.jsp 

Weekly Comedy Night in Tokyo

If you’re looking for a special night out in Tokyo, why not check out a weekly comedy show? Tokyo has a vibrant comedy scene with countless weekly comedy nights. You’ll find shows in all kinds of different venues too, from small theaters to large nightclubs, so you can find the perfect atmosphere for you. An ideal one is Comedy Night at Harry’s, hosted by Dominic Early. The event usually features a diverse lineup of comedians, so you can enjoy a unique comedic experience every time. Take a break from the daily grind and check out stand-up comedy in Japan’s capital. 

Date: Weekly. Check social media for updates.
Venue: Harry’s Sandwich Company
Instagram Page: https://www.instagram.com/harryssandwichco/ 

Yebisu International Festival for Art and Alternative Visions 2023

Attention, art, and alternative visionaries: mark your calendars for the Yebisu International Festival for Art and Alternative Visions 2023! This unique event will bring together some of Japan’s most innovative and creative minds to share their perspectives on creativity and the future. From animation to photography and workshops and talks, this festival will surely be an enlightening experience for all. It’s an opportunity to explore the boundaries of art and culture and to see how people from all walks of life express their ideas through art. 

Date: February 10–15
Venue: Tokyo Photographic Art Museum
Website: https://www.yebizo.com/en/

Turandot by Giacomo Puccini

The classic show is being brought to life with a team of international artists, including Japan’s award-winning teamLab. This new performance promises to be an unforgettable show. Combining the best of traditional theater and modern art, this production will feature dynamic visual effects that reflect the story’s ancient setting. The audience will be immersed in virtual reality and surrounded by depth and detail. This unique show will feature a live orchestra, traditional singing, and cutting-edge technology. Turandot promises to be an exciting and beautiful experience. If you’re a fan of opera and art, this is a show you won’t want to miss. 

Date: February 23–26
Venue: Tokyo Bunka Kaikan
Website: https://www.teamlab.art/e/turandot_tokyo/ 

Noh and Kyogen Performance 

Seeing a Noh and Kyogen performance in Japan is an unforgettable experience. These two traditional art forms are part of a theater style that dates back centuries, and it’s easy to see why they have stood the test of time. Noh is an exquisite form of dance theater, featuring performers wearing intricately decorated masks and elaborate costumes. The performances combine music, dance, and literature, and their stories are often drawn from ancient myths and legends. Kyogen, on the other hand, is a form of comedic theater, filled with jokes and physical humor. Both types of performances offer a glimpse into Japan’s culture, and they truly are a sight to behold. So if you have the chance to see a Noh and Kyogen performance, don’t miss it. You won’t regret it!

Date: March 7
Venue: Yokohama Noh Theater
Website: https://www.nohbutai.com/ticket/ticket_en.htm

Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams 

This is an exciting new exhibition that is on display in Japan in 2023. This unique event will showcase the works of the iconic fashion house, from its iconic gowns to its more avant-garde designs. Visitors will have the opportunity to explore the world of Dior and learn about its impact on the fashion world. Designer of Dreams is a celebration of fashion and art and promises to be an unforgettable experience. Anyone interested in fashion, art, and culture should plan to attend this extraordinary event in Tokyo.

Date: Now–May 28
Venue: Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo
Website: https://www.mot-art-museum.jp/en/exhibitions/Christian_Dior/ 

Cirque Du Soleil Alegria 

Get ready for a memorable show: Cirque Du Soleil has been dazzling audiences across the globe for decades, and they’re returning to Japan! Cirque Du Soleil is known for its stunning acrobatics, colorful costumes, and breathtaking performances. The show combines elements of theater, circus arts, and dance to deliver a mesmerizing experience. Audiences can expect to see high-flying trapeze acts, breathtaking aerial performances, and incredible contortionists. The music, dazzling costumes, and magnificent set pieces will also be sure to captivate and enchant. 

Date: February 8–June 4
Venue: Odaiba Big Top
Website: https://www.cirquedusoleil.com/alegria 

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