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This Week in Tokyo August 17 – 23, 2015

Every week we post our picks of upcoming events in Tokyo. If you would like your event listed here, contact the editor of GaijinPot.

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Don’t let your summer go to waste! As tempting as it is to stay home under the a/c, here’s over a dozen reasons to get out of the house This Week in Tokyo. If you’re doing something fun or interesting, be sure to leave us a comment or email us to have your event listed.

I Love Art 13 – 100 Artists

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  • Date: Until Sunday, September 13th, Closed Mondays
  • Time: 11:00 – 19:00, Wed. until 21:00
  • Location: Watari-Um Museum of Contemporary Art, 3-7-6 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku
  • Admission: ¥1000, student discounts available

The Watari Museum of Contemporary Art has put together a massive exhibition of 250 works from 100 artists this summer. Enjoy work from local and international artists including Joseph Beuys, Marcel Broodthaers, Cai Guo-Qiang, and Michihiro Shimabuku.

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Gotenyama Aloha Journey

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  • Date: Until Monday, August 31st
  • Time: Various
  • Location: Tokyo Marriott Hotel, 4-7-36, Kitashinagawa, Shinagawa-ku
  • Admission: N/A

The Tokyo Marriott has transformed itself into an island paradise for the summer. Guests can enjoy Hawaiian cooking classes, but anyone can visit the hotel’s restaurant and try brand new breakfast, brunch, lunch, and dinner menus. Chef Jayson Kanekoa will be overseeing the cuisine, which includes macadamia nut encrusted mahi, mai tai’s, and much more. There will also be daily hula performances and other special events.

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Giants vs Tigers

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  • Date: Tuesday, August 18th to Thursday, August 20th
  • Time: 16:00 – 18:00
  • Location: Tokyo Dome
  • Admission: Tickets start at ¥1700

See the most storied rivalry in Japanese sports live this week at the Tokyo Dome. The #1 ranked Hanshin Tigers will take on #3 Yomiuri Giants in a triple header starting Tuesday night.

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Herbert at Liquidroom

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  • Date: Tuesday, August 18th
  • Time: 18:30 open / 19:30 start
  • Location: Liquidroom, 3-16-6 Higashi, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
  • Admission: ¥6000

British sampling wizard and EDM pioneer Herbert returns to Japan for his first performance in four years. Hear tracks from his just released new album.

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The Night Heaven Fell feat. The Steve McQueens

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  • Date: Wednesday, August 18th
  • Time: 19:00 open / 19:30 start
  • Location: Aoyama Moonromantic, Simple Aoyama Bldg B1F, 4-9-1 Minami-Aoyama
  • Admission: ¥2500 advance / ¥3000 door

After lighting up the stage at Summer Sonic, critically-acclaimed jazz quartet The Steve McQueens will headline a show Wednesday night in Aoyama. See them before they head back to Singapore, with openers ZaFeeDo and chique.

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Roppongi Hills Bon Odori

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  • Date: Friday, August 21st to Sunday, August 23rd
  • Time: Fri. 17:00 – 21:00, Sat-Sun. 15:00 – 21:00
  • Location: 6-10-1 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo
  • Admission: Free

Celebrate upscale shops and traditional Japanese dance during Roppongi Hills’ Bon Odori festival. Festival food, drink, and goods will be sold at stalls and there will be numerous performances from regional dance troupes. You can even join in on the fun, as performers will teach you the Bon Odori dance from the stage.

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Crazy Free International Karaoke Meetup

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  • Date: Friday, August 21st
  • Time: 20:00
  • Location: Paddy’s Junction, Sensho Bldg. Ground Floor, 2-13-16 Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku
  • Admission: Free

The Pera Pera Tokyo language exchange community is hosting a free open mic karaoke party this Friday in Shinjuku. Mingle, make friends, and sing your heart out at Paddy’s Junction, all for free.

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Suntory Summer Festival

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  • Date: Saturday, August 22nd
  • Time: 16:00
  • Location: Suntory Hall, Blue Rose Theatre, 1-13-1 Akasaka, Minato-ku
  • Admission: ¥3000, students ¥1000

The Suntory Foundation for Arts is hosting a Summer Music Festival featuring classical artists from around the world. This Saturday Swiss oboist, composer, and conductor Heinz Holliger will be featured at the Blue Rose Theatre.

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Tsurumi River Summer Fireworks Festival

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  • Date: Saturday, August 22nd
  • Time: 17:30 – 20:30
  • Location: Tsukuno Park, Tsurumi River Bank, Yokohama
  • Admission: Free

Stop by Tsukuno Park for a small, relaxed fireworks show on the banks of the Tsurumi River.

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74th Tamagawa Fireworks Festival

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  • Date: Saturday, August 22nd
  • Time: 18:00 – 20:00
  • Location: Tamagawa River side in Suwa, Takatsu-ku, Kawasaki City
  • Admission: Free

Celebrate the founding of Kawasaki City with 6,000 fireworks this Saturday on the Tamagawa River.

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STARDOM 5*Star Grand Prix

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  • Date: Sunday, August 23rd
  • Time: 11:00 open / 12:00 start
  • Location: Korakuen Hall, 1 Chome-3-61 Koraku, Bunkyo
  • Admission: Advance tickets start at ¥3000

There’s nothing like watching a bit of pro wrestling on a Sunday afternoon, and the amazing women of Stardom will begin their 5*Star Grand Prix this Sunday at Korakuen Hall. See top Japanese fighters like Kairi Hojo and Io Shirai square off against international stars like La Rosa Negra and Hudson Envy in a winner-take-all fight to prove who is the world’s most powerful woman.

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The Pirates of Tokyo Bay Bilingual Comedy Show

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  • Date: Sunday, August 23rd
  • Time: 19:00 open / 19:30 start
  • Location: What the Dickens, 4F Roob 6 Bldg, 1-13-3 Ebisu Nishi, Shibuya
  • Admission: ¥2,000

The Pirates of Tokyo Bay are Tokyo’s only bilingual improv comedy troupe, so their fun, innovative, and hilarious shows have something for everyone! Enjoy their one-of-a-kind, all-improvised event this Sunday night at What The Dickens bar.

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