Update: December 31, 2017. Another section has been added to this post linking to a photo gallery of December 2017 Star Wars events in Tokyo.
There is some content on this site that is related to Star Wars in Japan, but that is scattered throughout photo galleries on the home page. This post serves as a menu for that content.
Click on the link within each short summary, and it will open up another window, taking you directly to the page where the content is posted. Just to be clear: things like Tokyo Disneyland’s Star Tours attraction, and the city of Aomori’s Star Wars parade floats, are not covered here, as those have already received blog coverage in posts archived on the sidebar. Rather, this post is intended as a kind of catch-all for everything not found on the blog.
Incidentally, if you are using a smartphone, the sidebar may actually appear at the bottom of the blog landing. Either way, everything is filed under the “Star Wars in Japan” heading. You can also use the “Star Wars in Japan” tag at the end of this post to navigate to other related articles.
Star Wars Visions
Photos from this exhibition at Tokyo City View in Mori Tower make up part of a gallery on our home page entitled Roppongi Hills - 2015-2016 Events. The Gaijin Ghost visited the exhibition on Star Wars Day 2015.
This was the Ghost's first time celebrating the official Star Wars holiday, whose date forms the perfect pun ("May the 4th be with you.") That year, even astronauts in the International Space Station got in on the fun, taking time out of their schedule to hold a screening of Star Wars: A New Hope above the earth.
In Tokyo, people had to settle for a hanging model of a space station: namely, the second dreaded Death Star.
The Star Wars Skywalk at Tokyo Skytree
The home page gallery on Tokyo Skytree is far is less weighted toward Star Wars, compared to the gallery on Shiodome Star Wars Exhibitions (see below). And actually, this event was far less interesting, in terms of the Star Wars aspect.
Still, you can see a few relevant pics sprinkled in there. The Gaijin Ghost happened to catch the Skytree observatory on a clear day, when Mount Fuji was visible in the distance. It was beautiful to sea the sun going down with Fuji in the background and the Sumida River in the foreground.
The city is always beautiful during the golden hour, that magic time before and after dusk, when the city lights are coming on, but the sky is not fully dark yet.
Mo Hitotsu no Star Wars Ten
While the 2015 “World of Star Wars” exhibition at Nittele Tower in Shiodome, Tokyo, received its own dedicated post, its 2016 sequel—the Mo Hitotsu no Star Wars Ten exhibition—only received a fleeting mention at the end of that post.
(Note: photos from both exhibitions are grouped together in the Tokyo - Shiodome Star Wars Exhibitions gallery on our home page.)
The name of this exhibition simply means “Another Star Wars Exhibition” in Japanese. Apparently the phrase mo hitotsu no, when uttered in this context, has less of a prosaic ring to it than the word *another* does in English?
Whatever the case, this limited-time, free, photo-friendly event featured lots of nifty Rogue One costumes, as well as a life-size AT-AT Walker and Jedi Training Academy (just in case anyone was jealous of the ones at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Florida).
Shock Star Wars Exhibition
This exhibition ran in the same venue as Mo Hitotsu no Star Wars Ten. Photos of it can be found in the Tokyo - December 2017 Star Wars Events gallery on The Gaijin Ghost home page.
While there were less costumes on display at “Shock Star Wars Exhibition” and Shiodome overall seems to be experiencing a law of diminishing returns with regards to its Star Wars events, one big highlight this time was getting to see the Japanese-style Star Wars folding screen that director Rian Johnson helped unveil at Byodoin Temple in Kyoto in September 2017.
Star Wars in Japan Yearbook
This a brief timeline of photos, from other random Star Wars sightings around Tokyo. These photos represent instances where something Star-Wars-related has popped up in Japan’s capital, just as an anomaly, and not because it was tied to any deep promotional event for the franchise (at least not one that a travel blog like this would want to cover).
You need only scroll down for this one; the photos are right here, plucked from the Ghost’s online galleries and computer folders.
Click on the link in the caption, where applicable, to see the source gallery for each photo. Who knows, one of those links might just be the backdoor that will send you off on an exploration of some place new and exciting.