Some of the designs are very involved! (Photo: Saké Puppets / CC BY 2.0)

Tokyo International Quilt Festival

An exhibition of fabric, needles, and thread

By Kim    - 1 min read
Venue: Tokyo Dome City When: Late Jan 2023
Notice: The dates for this event are not yet confirmed. This page will be updated once the official date(s) are announced by the event organizers. Please check the official event site for the latest info.

The Tokyo International Great Quilt Festival, founded in 2001, takes on a different theme each year. The event is also where the annual winner of the Japan Quilt Grand Prix is announced, from a pool of over 1000 quilts entered.

Event Report

In 2019, a number of quilts at the exhibition will focus on music that shaped the designer's lives, with quilt inspiration taken from the likes of Mary Poppins, The Nutcracker, and Japanese children's songs among others.

Alongside the musically inspired pieces, there will be exhibits dedicated to quilts of England, a playful exhibit focused on the children's character Curious George, and more.

Getting there

The Tokyo International Great Quilt Festival takes place at Tokyo Dome City. The venue is best accessed via Suidobashi Station on the JR Chuo Line (approximately one minute on foot away), or Korakuen Station on the Tokyo Metro Marunouchi or Namboku subway lines (approximately seven minutes on foot away).

More info

Find out more about Tokyo Dome City.

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Sherry Massey a year ago
Quiltmania Magazine is reporting that the Tokyo Quilt Festival has been permanently cancelled - as in there will never be another one. True?
Sleiman Azizi a year ago
Hi Sherry. Just to add to Kim's reply, the Japanese website states that the '20th Tokyo International Quilt Festival' event has been cancelled.

There is no mention of the event being permanently cancelled, nor is there any mention of it being rescheduled for later in the year.
Sherilyn Siy 2 years ago
I must share this with quilting and crafting friends!
Sleiman Azizi 2 years ago
I'll be honest, I never expected to see a festival about quilts but now that I think about it, why on earth not! Good luck to all the entrants!
Kim Author 2 years ago
A festival for everyone in Tokyo, I'm convinced!
Elena Lisina 2 years ago
Oh, I know it's a big event! Even artists from my city took part in that festival!
Kim Author 2 years ago
Wow! That's cool to know it has reached so far!