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This Week in Tokyo For January 25 – 31

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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Tokyo was spared another snowstorm this weekend, but it’s still really, really cold. Heat things up with 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.

Startup Ideation Bootcamp

If you have an idea for a startup that could use some refinement, then join us for the Startup Ideation Bootcamp. In just three hours, this intensive workshop will help you improve your idea, come up with new ideas and even recruit potential co-founders. What are the components of a great idea? How do you know if you are working in an attractive market? How do you validate that your idea is great?

When & Where
Thursday, Jan. 28th
14:00
Takahata Fudoson Temple, Takahata 733, Hino-shi
Free

Daruma-ichi Festival

Takahata Fudoson Temple is hosting a festival for Daruma dolls this Thursday. You can take home one of these beautiful souvenirs, and enjoy food and performances.

When & Where
Thursday, Jan. 28th
14:00
Takahata Fudoson Temple, Takahata 733, Hino-shi
Free

Run Around Imperial Castle

Want to find some running buddies and take in some royal scenery? Every Thursday a group runs around the imperial palace, and enjoys an onsen and drinks afterwards.

When & Where
Every Thursday
19:30
Kanda Station South Gate
Free

Tokyo Gaijins Skindiving Club

The Tokyo Gaijins activity group hosts a regular skindiving club. First-timers can take a snorkeling and skin diving lesson while return visitors swim freely: Always wanted to swim with the dolphins but not confident with your snorkeling/swimming skills? Ever wondered how to dive down to take much closer look at the fish underwater, and be good at spear fishing, as well? Well, this course helps you take the first step to achieve these goals!

When & Where
Thursday, Jan. 26th
19:00
Tatsumi International Swimming Pool, 2-8-10 Tatsumi, Koto-ku
¥1000 yen per hour / ¥3000 for beginner’s lesson

Suteki Housing Fair 2016

If you’d like to put down roots in Japan, or already have and want to do some renovations, check out the Suteki Housing Fair at Tokyo Big Sight this weekend. Introducing Japanese wood, the latest products and building materials of Japanese top makers, as well as offering information on high quality houses and efficient earthquake proofing methods.

When & Where
Friday, Jan. 29th to Sunday, Jan. 31st
Fri. 13:00 - 17:00, Sat. 10:00 - 17:00, Sun. 10:00 - 16:00
Tokyo Big Sight, 3-11-1 Ariake, Koto-ku
Free

Working Effectively with Japanese Seminar

Join cross-cultural expert Rochelle Kopp for an in-depth session offering practical strategies for strengthening your working relationships and achieving increased results with Japanese colleagues, subordinates, customers and supervisors.

When & Where
Thursday, February 4
9:30 - 17:00
FUKURACIA Tokyo Station - 2-6-1 Otemachi, Chiyoda-ku . Asahi Seimei Bldg. 5-6F
¥38,700

Anime Music Party v.3

The Speak Easy bar will be hosting its third anime music night. Listen to your favorite anime tracks with fellow Otaku. Entry is free and, the bar will be decorated with posters and figurines of your favorite anime!

When & Where
Saturday, Jan. 30th
19:00
Bar Speak Easy, Suzuya Building 3F 14-1 Kita Otsuka – Toshima-ku
Free

Free Pub Crawl Tokyo

Meet people, make friends, and stop by three Roppongi bars for free during this Saturday’s Free Pub Crawl. The crawl will start mingling SEVEN Hills, move on to Odeon Tokyo for pub games, and then finish up New Lex Tokyo for all night dancing.

When & Where
Saturday, Jan. 29th
20:00
SEVEN Hills, 3-13-10, Roppongi, Minato-ku
Free

Let’s Eat Rare and Bizarre Fish

Tired of the same old sushi rolls? This Sunday will be a special buffet featuring some of the rarest and most bizarre edible creatures of the deep. A vendor from Tsukuji Fish Market will be providing the afternoons unique treats.

When & Where
Sunday, Jan 31st
12:00 - 14:30
Peace Bldg. 3F, 2-64-11 Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku
¥6500

Total Feedback feat. cruyff in the bedroom

Total Feedback is Koenji High's celebration of the noisy side of Japanese rock. See half-a-dozen great shoegaze bands for one low price. This Sunday's edition features cruyff in the bedroom, yukino chaos, Lemon’s Chair, and more.

When & Where
Sunday, Jan. 31st
16:00 open / 16:30 start
Koenji High, 4-30-1 Koenji-Minami, Suginami
¥2500 advance, ¥3000 door

Setsubun Fest!

Celebrate setsubun early with the Welcome Tokyo group. Several holiday related games are planned, culminating in chasing the devils away, with soybeans, for good luck.

When & Where
Sunday, Jan. 31st
14:00 - 18:00
Studio Grand Blue, 4-21-7 Kouenji-minami, Suginami-ku
¥2000
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