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This Week in Tokyo For Dec 28 – Jan 3

Every Monday 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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We hope you’re enjoying your vacation, and not just by sleeping in or hiding under the kotatsu. There are plenty of good ways to spice up your staycation 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.

Comiket 89

Comic Market, better known as Comiket, is a massive gathering for lovers of manga, anime, and video games. The winter edition will take place this week at Tokyo Big Sight. Shop from thousands of exhibitors hawking comic goods and original, independent manga. There’ll also be lots of top notch cosplayers to meet and photograph!

When & Where
Tuesday, Dec 29th to Thursday, Dec 31st
10:00 - 16:00
Tokyo Big Sight
Free
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RIZIN Fight World Grand Prix

Though the promotions have changed through the years, Mixed Martial Arts has been a New Year’s Eve tradition in Japan for more than a decade. For this year’s iteration, new company RIZING has coaxed Fedor Emelianenko, the greatest MMA fighter of all time, out of retirement for a bout against kick boxer Singh Jaideep.

When & Where
Tuesday, Dec. 29th and Thursday, Dec. 31st
13:30 open, 15:00 start
Saitama Super Arena
Tickets start at ¥9000
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Countdown New Year in Tokyo City i

This unique countdown party is focused on promoting authentic Japanese culture like calligraphy, taiko drums, and ninjas. You can see a free night of these performances, and more, this Friday at Tokyo City.

When & Where
Thursday, Dec. 31st
10:00 - 00:10
Tokyo City i, KITTE B1F, 2-7-2 Marunouchi, Chiyoda
Free
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Meguro Gajoen New Year’s Celebration

While much of Tokyo shuts down after NYE, Meguro Gajoen will be hosting a three day food festival to ring in 2016. You can participate in a New Year’s tea ceremony, see sumo wrestlers pound mochi, and eat special cuisine from Japan, China, and the west.

When & Where
Friday, Jan. 1st to Sunday, Jan. 3rd
Various
Meguro Gajoen, 1−8−1 Shimomeguro
¥500
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Heaven’s Door 25th Anniversary

Heaven’s Door will celebrate 25 years as one of Tokyo’s best live houses with an all day/night countdown party. Monomo, The December, and Tits, Tats, & Whiskers are just three of the 29 acts playing for 15 hours this NYE.

When & Where
Thursday, Dec. 31st
14:15
Heaven’s Door, 1-33-19 B1 Sangenjyaya
¥3000
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Sound Museum Vision NYE

If you’d like to welcome the new year by dancing to some soulful house beats, stop by Sound Museum Vision in Shibuya. Legendary DJ Theo Parrish will headline this night of endless grooves.

When & Where
Thursday, Dec. 31st
21:00
Sound Museum Vision, Shintaiso Bldg. B1F, 2-10-7 Dogenzaka, Shibuya
¥5000
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All Night Jazz Concert

World-famous jazz club, The Pit Inn, invites you to spend your NYE with them as they bring in dozens of great musicians for an all-night party.

When & Where
Thursday, Dec. 31st
19:30
Pit Inn, Accord Bldg. B1, 2-12-4 Shinjuku
¥4000
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TCK Ramen Festival

A nice hot bowl of ramen is a great way to warm up from the cold weather. Eight shops from around the country will be gathered in Tokyo City Keiba for the TCK Ramen Festival.

When & Where
Until Dec. 31st
10:00 - 18:00
Tokyo City Keiba, 2-1-2, Katsushima, Shinagawa
Free, ¥800 for Ramen
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Star Wars Visions

Star Wars is more than just lightsaber battles, deep space explosions, and unyielding marketing. During this special exhibition, you are invited to enjoy the artistic side of the 20th century’s most enduring pop-culture phenomenon. Over 100 pieces of Star Wars artwork is available, as well costumes and props used in the films.

When & Where
Until Jan. 5th
10:00 - 20:00
SOGO Museum of Art, 2-18-1 Takashima, Nishi-ku, Yokohama
¥1,300, student discounts available
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