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This Week in Tokyo August 3 – 9, 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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It’s August, and almost everyone you know has already left the country. No worries, your friends at Gaijin Pot are still here, with tons of ideas for things to do 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.

Cleopatra and the Queens of Egypt Exhibition


  • Date: Until Wednesday, September 23rd, Closed Mondays
  • Time: 09:30 – 17:00, Fridays 20:00, Weekends / Holidays 18:00
  • Location: Tokyo National Museum, 13-9 Ueno-koen, Taito, Tokyo
  • Admission: ¥1600

The Tokyo National Museum is hosting artifacts from the women who ruled ancient Egypt. Nefertiti, Hatshepsut, and Cleopatra are all represented through artworks from numerous art galleries and museums.

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Kanagawa Shimbun Fireworks Festival


  • Date: Tuesday, August 4th
  • Time: 19:00 – 20:15
  • Location: Rinko Park, Minato Mirai 21 Area
  • Admission: Free

15,000 fireworks will light up the night during Yokohama’s best summer fireworks festival. As with all fireworks festivals, come early and grab a good spot.

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O.T. Genasis


  • Date: Thursday, August 6th
  • Time: 22:00 – 05:00
  • Location: Berg and West, 1-10-11 Nishiazabu, Minato-ku, Tokyo
  • Admission: ¥3500 gentlemen / ¥2000 ladies

O.T. Genasis created one of the most infectious hip-hop singles in recent memory with his hit song “Coco.” See him live, along with a killer line-up of local hip hop DJs and turntablists this Thursday.

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Zenkoku Furusato Koshien


  • Date: Friday, August 7th
  • Time: 11:00 – 14:00, 16:00 – 19:00
  • Location: Toshi Center Hotel, 2 Chome−4−1, Hirakawacho, Chiyoda
  • Admission: ¥3000

Local gourmet from 55 towns and regions in Japan will duke it out in a one day, no-holds-barred competition to determine the best regional dish. The best part, you get to try dishes as well! The entrance fee includes access to 12 dishes and entrance into a raffle. Tickets are limited must be pre-ordered.

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The Music Garage Volume 4


  • Date: Friday, August 7th
  • Time: 19:30 doors / 20:00 show
  • Location: Anga, Fujimi 2-16-4-B1F, Chuo-ku, Chiba
  • Admission: ¥1000 / ¥500 students

See four great acts for one low price this Friday in Chiba. New Wave rock and roll band Molice will headline, with support from Sugaten, Samm Bennett, and Stolen. As a bonus, happy hour lasts until 21:00!

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Aloha Yokohama Festival


  • Date: Friday, August 7th to Sunday, August 9th
  • Time: 10:00 – 21:00
  • Location: Osanbashi Pier, 279 Yamashitacho, Yokohama
  • Admission: Free

Japan has a special relationship with Hawaii and Hawaiian culture. Celebrate it this weekend at the Aloha Yokohama Festival. There will be music, dancing, art, workshops, tons of food, and a huge Hawaiian goods market.

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Antique Jamboree


  • Date: Saturday, August 8th and Sunday, August 9th
  • Time: 10:00 – 17:00
  • Location: Tokyo Big Sight, 3 Chome-11-1 Ariake, Koto-ku
  • Admission: ¥1000 same day / ¥800 advance

Japan’s largest antique show will take place this weekend at Tokyo Big Sight. Antique Jamboree will feature not only Japanese goods, but European and American collectables as well. Over 500 vendors will be on hand.

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Gakuten: All Student Art Festival


  • Date: Saturday, August 8th and Sunday, August 9th
  • Time: 11:00-19:00
  • Location: Tokyo Big Sight, 3 Chome-11-1 Ariake, Koto-ku
  • Admission: ¥1000 same day / ¥800 advance

Gakuten is an annual art and performance festival focused on the work of students. Hundreds of young painters, sculptors, illustrators, photographers, and musicians all come together to display their art, sell goods, and perform live!

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