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A bunch of lanterns at a festival in August. Comiket also takes place in August.
A bunch of lanterns at a festival in August. Comiket also takes place in August.

Comiket and Other Awesome August Events to Go To!

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Posted on July 09, 2024
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Updated last July 09, 2024

In Japan, many summer events unite locals and visitors to celebrate community spirit. The celebrations are not just a feast for the eyes but a cultural experience where attendees can immerse themselves in numerous joyful activities and attractions. Don’t miss out on these five fantastic summer festivals this August, starting with Comiket!

Summer Comiket Festival (August 11-12)

The Comiket Festival, which occurs in both summer and winter, celebrates manga, anime, and pop culture. It started in 1975 as a small gathering of manga enthusiasts who wanted to share and sell their doujinshi (self-published works). Over the years, it has grown into a major event, attracting over half a million people each session. The Summer Comiket Festival occurs biannually at the Tokyo Big Sight Convention Center in Tokyo.

There are many fun things to do and see at the Comiket. Of course, the heart of the event is the doujinshi area. Thousands of independent artists and groups also have tables where they sell their manga, which can be original stories or fan-made versions of popular series.

A large crows gathered at the Comiket festival.
Comiket is a popular convention for manga! Image via Tokyo Cheapo

In addition to doujinshi, numerous booths feature merchandise from major anime and game companies. As a result, they offer everything from figures and posters to clothing and accessories. One of the highlights of Comiket is the cosplay area. Attendees dress up as their favorite manga, anime, and video game characters, creating a vibrant spectacle.

Overall, Comiket is where fans can meet and celebrate their passions. Also, don’t miss the chance to participate in exclusive activities such as panel discussions, autograph sessions with famous artists, and previews of upcoming games and anime. 

Sakura Citizens Fireworks Festival (August 3)

The Sakura Citizens Fireworks Festival is an exciting event held at Lake Inbanuma in Sakura, Chiba Prefecture. This grand celebration features 20,000 fireworks lighting up the sky and the lake’s waters. It started celebrating the city’s history, becoming a must-see summer event. 

A fireworks display at the Sakura Citizens Fireworks Festival.
This event has some of the best fireworks in the country! Image via Tokyo Cheapo

You’ll see impressive fireworks in various shapes and colors at the festival. Some fireworks even look like giant cherry blossoms, spreading 500 meters wide! Usually, the main show starts at 7:20 pm and lasts until 8:30 pm. Yet, the fun always starts earlier with lovely tezutsu hanabi (handheld sparklers). 

One of the festival’s main attractions is the Big Premium Starmine display, where 6,000 fireworks are set off to music in just ten minutes! There are also many food and drink stalls where you can try delicious matsuri treats.

W Hero Festival (August 7-14)

This event celebrates the excitement of old-school Japanese Tokusatsu TV shows, which both kids and parents in Japan love. Tokusatsu shows are well-known for their incredible special effects, such as those seen in Kamen Rider, Godzilla, and Super Sentai. The celebration brings us a variety of thrilling activities to enjoy. 

A bunch of people dressed as Super Sentai at the W Hero Festival.
This event is for all things Super Sentai! Image via Reddit

Throughout the day, stage shows feature heroes in action, with different performances scheduled several times. Additionally, visitors can explore exhibits showcasing memorabilia, enjoy a play area designed for kids, and try their luck at a game corner. There are also opportunities for photos with the iconic heroes and themed food stalls offering tasty snacks.

Asagaya Tanabata Festival (August 7-12)

This is one of Japan’s top three Tanabata celebrations, taking place in the vibrant neighborhood of Asagaya in Suginami Ward, Tokyo. Originating in 1954, the festival aims to bring joy and community spirit. And it traditionally marks the meeting of Orihime and Hikoboshi, star-crossed lovers in Japanese folklore.

Streamers at the Asagaya Tanabata Festival.
Every Tanabata event has its own unique streamers. Image via Wikimedia

The festival covers the Pearl Center Shopping Street near Asagaya Station, spanning about a kilometer. The street is filled with colorful papier-mâché decorations, including traditional designs like kusudama (medicine ball) and beloved characters from movies and anime.

Local artists make these decorations, which show the community’s creativity and enthusiasm. Visitors can also experience various activities, such as admiring stage performances, playing traditional Japanese games, and exploring yummy festive foods. 

Sancha Latin Festival (Mid August)

A bunch of dancers in Carnival costumes at the Sancha Latin Festival.
This event is similar to Carnival in Latin America. Image via Tokyo Cheapo

The Sancha Latin Matsuri is held annually in Sangenjaya, Tokyo, featuring two-day dynamic performances. This vibrant celebration showcases colorful costumes, live music, and a festive vibe. The standout event of the festival must be the dazzling samba parade, scheduled for the second day from 1 pm to 4 pm. It’s a great chance to experience Latin culture in Tokyo through music, dance, and community spirit.

Why should I go to events in August like Comiket?

If you’re up for some August adventures, these events have covered you with tons of excitement for everyone! Whether you’re a fan of manga and anime like at Summer Comiket or eager to see breathtaking fireworks at the Sakura Citizens Fireworks Festival, there’s plenty to enjoy.

You can also immerse yourself in the nostalgia of Tokusatsu shows at the W Hero Celebration or experience the vibrant Latin culture at the Sancha Latin Matsuri. Which one are you most excited about? Drop a comment below!

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