DECEMBER: Festivals + Events

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Setagaya Boroichi Flea Market

From wooden molds to antique kimonos, the Setagaya Boroichi flea market’s got you covered, and at unbelievably reasonable prices. It happens every December 15-16.

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Tokyo lights up the night with free holiday illuminations that get bigger and sparklier each year. Click the link to find the best ones

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New Year’s Celebrations

Celebrating New Year’s in Japan is a three-day affair. Start with the first shrine visit of the year, then eat and drink your way through every shrine entertainment in town

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Midnight Fox Parade

Out in the neighborhood of Oji, everybody dresses up like foxes and parades at midnight

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Other events in the month of December that might be worth checking out:

Heiwajima Antiques Fair

47 Ronin Parade

You can search for information on these by Googling the names in bold or searching for them on Tokyo Cheapo or TimeOut Tokyo, which I think have the most reliable info for events that change dates from year to year.

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