This Week in Tokyo For March 7 – 13, 2016

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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Superheroes and witches, dodgeball and fire-walking are on the agenda 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.


If you’re an adult who misses the cycle of triumph and humiliation that middle school there’s, we have good news: dodgeball is back! You can make new friends, and maybe a few enemies, with Tokyo Dodgeball Friendship Club. The club organizes games weekly. Unlike middle school, you can grab a beer afterwards with the person who just tagged you in the face.

When & Where
Monday, March 7th
Shinjuku School For Children With Disabilities, 20-11 Nishishinjuku 4-chōme
¥500, first-timers free

Tokyo Comedy Store presents New Material Night

You never know who is going to show up at New Material night: in January US stand up and TV star Hannibal Buress made an impromptu appearance! Who’s next? Head out to the Double Tall Cafe as the Tokyo Comedy Store to find out, and maybe try some material of your own.

When & Where
Tuesday, March 8th
20:00 - 22:00
Double Tall Cafe, Shibuya East Side Building 2F, 3-12-24 Shibuya
Free with drink or food purchase

Pink Cow Connections Business Presentations

PCC is the Pink Cow’s monthly business networking event. English-speaking professionals are invited to make connections and share ideas while enjoying great food and interesting presentations. This Tuesday’s speakers are entrepreneur Maurice L. Rabb and business consultant Paul Consalvi.

When & Where
Tuesday, March 8th
19:00 - 22:00
The Pink Cow, Tokyo Roi Building B1F, 5-5-1 Roppongi

Networking Event and Job Fair

The Global Internship Association and GTEKS will be co-hosting a job fair and networking event this Friday: “We will co-host an exciting Networking Event to give everyone an informal environment to have a drink and talk about the job market and opportunities available in Japan for people who do not quite fit into the standard hiring process.”

When & Where
Friday, March 11th
Ota City Industrial Plaza, 1-20-20 Minamikamata, Ota-ku

ARK Adoption Event

Dog Life Design has made its spacious salon available for adoption events since April 2007.
Come and enjoy meeting both dogs and cats. This is a great opportunity to come and not just see, but pat and play with our animals in a relaxed environment. Come and meet our animals or support ARK by purchasing books or original items.

When & Where
Saturday, March 12th
13:00 - 16:00
Dog Life Design, 5-24-5 Komazawa, Setagaya-ku

toe live at the Liquidroom

Japan math-rock gurus toe will be playing this Saturday at the Liquidroom. Their live shows are precise but energetic; each song starts subdued but crescendos into an epic finish.

When & Where
Saturday, March 12th
Liquidroom, 3-16-6 Higashi, Shibuya-ku

Wanna-Be Superhero Movie Marathon

Ever wanted to be a superhero? Spend the night watching movies that explore what would really happen if regular people decided to don capes and cowls: Turbo Kid, Super, Attack the Block, and Kick-Ass.

When & Where
Saturday, March 12th
22:30 - 05:00
Shin Bungeiza Theater, Maruhan Building 3, 1-43-5 Higashi-Ikebukuro, Toshima
Advance ¥2400 / Door ¥2600

Secret Witches Exhibition

A ruthless system of questioning and torture was invented by scholars and attorneys. For more than 200 years the European regions, mainly the German Empire were hit by several waves of witch hysteria and persecution. How could this have occurred? Why did people believe in witches and the devil? These questions to be answered in this unique exhibition.

When & Where
Until March 13th
11:00 - 19:00
Laforet Museum Harajuku, 6F, 1-11-6 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku

Mount Takao Fire-Walking

On the second Sunday of March each year a large open-air fire ritual called Saito Goma-ku is held in the open area in front of the Kito-den Hall at the foot of Mount Takao. As though it were by the hands of Izuna Daigongen, worshippers rub their bodies with sticks called nadegi, which are later thrown into the flames. When the fire dies down, yamabushi and participants walk barefoot over the hot coals, praying for protection against sickness and calamity and for safety within the family. The flames are considered to purify people by burning all defilements away.

When & Where
Sunday, March 13th
Takaosan Yakuoin Temple, Hachioji, Tokyo



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