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Vol.125, August 2021

Athletes, Exhibition, and Summer Festivities Set Tokyo Ablaze!

From Editor


This is a “different kind of summer.” While last year, the break from the typical seasonal activities and atmosphere left me feeling disappointed, the idea of this summer being very different fills me with excitement. Of course, the amazing athletes from around the world are at the center of attention, but I am also happy that people are fascinated by Tokyo. Though there are still many restrictions, I want to share more about this unique city. When you think about the incredible performances by the athletes, please also remember Tokyo!

Kyoko Higashi / TOKYO NOW Editorial staff

News & Topics

  • Event
  • Tokyo2020

Come on and dance to the 22 athletic events of the Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020 with “TOKYO 2020 Para Sport Dance”! Pinkfong and Hogi from the popular YouTube video Baby Shark join up with Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games mascot Someity to bring you fun and exciting dances. The song and dance are inspired by the movements of the 22 sports of the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games. Learn the moves and dance along!

  • Event
  • Eastern Tokyo
  • Tokyo2020

The “koto HEARTFUL ART EXHIBITION,” featuring works by artists with disabilities, uses cutting-edge tech to create an interactive virtual exhibition! In Koto Ward, one of the ten locations hosting the Tokyo 2020 Games, selected exhibitions of artwork by local artists with disabilities were held at three venues between January 2020 and March 2021. The artwork is now virtually available for viewing via a next-generation VR system that lets anyone enjoy the art together with animated characters. The exhibition is being held from May 15 to September 30.

  • Events
  • Central Tokyo

POCORART World Exhibition “Chance and Necessity and ...”, a collection of 240 pieces from 50 artists from 22 countries, will be held at 3331 Art Chiyoda from July 16. The POCORART exhibition (an abbreviation for “Place of ‘Core+Relation ART’”) will be displayed at 3331 Arts Chiyoda, an art center with the unique focus on being “a place where people with and without disabilities can meet and inspire each other.”

  • Events

Although postponed last year due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, Tokyo Biennale 2020/2021, an international art festival for the new normal, is set to be held this summer. This art festival isn’t just for artists, it’s a challenge to create and share new experiences by involving citizens via microfinancing and social media by creating venues that take advantage of the special characteristics of Tokyo and to provide experiences that are unique to the city. You won’t want to miss what challenges Tokyo Biennale tackles this year.

  • Accommodation
  • Southern Tokyo

Welcome to PETALS TOKYO, where you can lodge on four floating cottages and enjoy art. Waterfront Tennozu has been transformed into a canal-side development with open spaces along the canals its waterways and facilities for everybody to enjoy contemporary art. Since last November, Warehouse TERRADA’s lodging facility has been opened to all. Alongside this, PETALS TOKYO commenced an accommodation plan with PIGMENT TOKYO which offers workshops using traditional painting materials as well as cutting-edge art materials and techniques.

  • Nature
  • Outlying Area

Located 1-hour from the center of Tokyo, Mt. Mitake’s 50,000 budding False Anemone is the largest cluster of its kind in Japan. Located in the lush surroundings of Ome City, the 929-meter-high Mt. Mitake has been revered as a sacred mountain since ancient times like Mt. Takao. The Musashi-Mitake Shrine at the top of the mountain can be reached by cable car, but a hiking course covered with clear streams and beautiful moss is also popular. From July 17 to September 12, you can enjoy the Mt. Mitake Anemonopsis Macrophylla (False Anemone) Festival.

Get Inquisitive by Kyoko Higashi

  TOKYO NOW Original Video
Tokyo: A Leap forward toward Tokyo 2020 and beyond

For years, Tokyo has been enthusiastically preparing for the gathering of athletes from around the world. However, Tokyo’s dream doesn’t end with the Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020. Preparations for the Tokyo 2020 Games have transformed the city of Tokyo in countless ways. We anticipate your future visits, but until then, enjoy a sneak peek at how Tokyo has changed... and how it will continue to evolve in the coming years.

Pick up Movies

This issue’s Pick up Movies are specially featured in the Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020. One year has passed since the postponement, but the athletes and Tokyo have continued to calmly prepare for Tokyo 2020 Games. These videos highlight the city as it gears up for the great athletic event.

One year later. One step forward. 〜Tokyo 2020 +1 (Plus One) Message~ Last year, when the future suddenly changed, people were overwhelmed by confusion. But the athletes and Tokyo have been working hard, dreaming of the moment when the Olympic Games shall begin one year later...

See how creation of the podium for the Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020. Even a podium made of plastic bottles holds great significance for the Tokyo 2020 Games.

Post-Tokyo 2020: Paving the Town's Future Path① The Olympic and Paralympic Village The Tokyo 2020 Games are not the end goal for Tokyo, but the start of a new beginning.

Post-Tokyo 2020: Paving the Town's Future Path② Hydrogen energy The Tokyo 2020 Games are not the end goal for Tokyo, but the start of a new beginning.

Tour the Sea Forest Waterway | Venues of Tokyo 2020 Take a guided tour of the amazing Sea Forest Waterway venue! Join Paul of the #Tokyo2020 team as we tour the incredible venue that will host @Olympics and @Paralympics rowing and canoe competition events.

Tokyo Event Calendar

Check out these annual festivals and events held in Tokyo. You can see the list of all major festivals, fireworks, parades, religious events, and other events in Greater Tokyo. *Depending on the situation, festivals and events scheduled in 2021 may be canceled. Please check the official website for the latest information.

Download for This Month

Please click on the links below to download the photos, press releases and new opening accommodation list

* [Update] Useful information on COVID-19 in Tokyo

Issue by: Tokyo Convention & Visitor Bureau
Support by: Tourism Division, Bureau of Industry and Labor Affairs, Tokyo Metropolitan Government