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This Week in Tokyo For January 11 – 17

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 2016 is treating you well so far! If you still need something to kick start your year, look no further than these great events happening 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.

Tokyo Auto Salon

You can see hundreds of the world’s most advanced cars and car parts this Weekend at the Tokyo Auto Salon. Custom racers, concept cars, everything else with an engine will be on display and for sale. The show will also feature live performances by dancers and pop groups.

When & Where
Jan. 16th and Sunday, Jan. 17th
09:00 - 20:00, Sun. 09:00 - 17:00
Makuhari Messe
¥1800 pre-sale ¥2200 door
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This unique New Year’s ceremony sees a large carp ritually sliced as an offering for the temple by a culinary master.

When & Where
Tuesday, Jan. 12th
10:00 - 12:00
Hoon-ji Temple, Taito
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Texas Hold'em Poker Tournament in English

Help people practice their English, and then help yourself to their poker chips. Professional poker dealers and equipment will be provided at Thursday’s tournament, and the proceedings will be conducted entirely in English. Top prize includes a ¥5000 Amazon gift card and points in the Japanese Poker Association’s rankings.

When & Where
Thursday, Jan. 14th
Billiard Corner Pocket, Imura Building 2F, 3−9−5 Kotobuki
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Crazy Free International Karaoke Meetup

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.

When & Where
Friday, Jan. 15th
Paddy’s Junction, Sensho Bldg. Ground Floor, 2-13-16 Shinjuku
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Tokyo Art Bookake Fair Vol. 3

Enjoy live performances, support the local art scene, and take some limited edition goods home you. Tokyo Art Bookake will bring three dozen artists together to share their work this weekend. Food will be provided by eclectic bakery Shinbopan.

When & Where
Friday, Jan. 15th to Sunday, Jan. 17th
19:00 - 22:00, Saturday / Sunday 12:00 - 20:00
The Works, B3-18-3 Aobadai, Meguro
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Friday Night Burlesque

The art of burlesque has seen a revival in recent years, and Tokyo is no exception. Beautiful and talented Rita Goldie is the city’s premier burlesque entertainer. This Friday, join her, Aya Marmaid, Olene Virginia and more for a night of elegant entertainment.

When & Where
Friday, Jan. 15th
21:00 - 24:00
Takadanobaba After Party, Washiya BLDG.4F-a, 2-8-5 Takadanobaba
¥3000 men / ¥2000 women
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Hand Paper Making Workshop

An international group will be getting together to attend the Hand Paper Making Workshop at the Paper Museum this Saturday: You can make handmade postcards from recycled milk cartons. You will easily understand how to make paper. This is the most popular workshop in this museum. Everyone can attend and enjoy it!

When & Where
Saturday, Jan. 16th
12:45 - 15:00
Ouji Station
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Yokohama Pub Crawl

Yokohama Pub Crawl Tour is the ONLY PUB CRAWL that includes the best American, British, Irish and Japanese craft bars around the Yokohama Area. Get off the boring tourist trail and discover this city's world famous Craft Bars and Authentic American bars, British & Irish Pubs, and Japanese Izakayas

When & Where
Saturday, Jan. 16th
18:30 - 23:30
Yokohama Station
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New Year Sabbath 2016

This Sunday, celebrate the New Year with indie rock band Looprider in Koenji. They’ll be joined by Hitodama, Jebiotto, and Day & Buffalo for New Year Sabbath at Sound Studio DOM. See four great bands for just 1000 yen.

When & Where
Sunday, Jan. 17th
17:30 open / 18:00 start
Sound Studio DOM, Gomeido Bldg 3F, 4-25-7, Koenji Minami, Suginami
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Missed Movie Feature 2015

Missed seeing some of the best movies of the year in theaters? You’ll get one more chance this week at Uplink. They will be hosting screenings the best films to come to Japan in 2015, from critically acclaimed drama Whiplash to the 40th Anniversary Edition of the Texas Chainsaw Massacre.

When & Where
Until Jan. 29th
Uplink Theater, Totsune Bldg. 1F, 37-18 Udagawacho, Shibuya
¥1300, student and senior discounts available
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