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This Week in Tokyo July 20 – 26, 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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Summer is definitely here, and if you can’t stay cool, you can at least be cool. Music festivals, craft shows, wrestling, burlesque shows and fireworks await you 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.

Kagurazaka Matsuri


  • Wednesday, July 22nd to Saturday, July 25th
  • Time: Wed-Thu 17:30-22:00 Fri-Sat. 19:00-22:00
  • Location: Bishamonten Zenkoku-ji Temple, 5-36 Kagurazaka, Shinjuku
  • Admission: Free

Explore the beautiful neighborhood of Kagurazaka during this two-part nighttime festival. On Wednesday and Thursday, streets will be lined with cherry lanterns and dozens of shops offering traditional foods will be on hand. On Friday and Saturday, Awaodori dancers take over and will perform throughout the night.

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Kamakura Fireworks Festival


  • Date: Thursday, July 23rd
  • Time: 19:20 – 20:10
  • Location: Yuigahama Beach
  • Admission: Free

You can enjoy the wonders of Yuigahama Beach by day, and then enjoy one of Japan’s best fireworks shows in the evening. Over 2500 fireworks set off over 50 minutes this Thursday night.

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Fuji Rock Festival ‘15


  • Date: Friday, July 24th to Sunday, July 25th
  • Time: 09:00 – 05:00
  • Location: Naeba Ski Resort, Yuzawa-cho, Niigata Prefecture
  • Admission: 1-Day Ticket:¥16,800 / 3-Day Ticket:¥39,800

The end of July means it’s time for another Fuji Rock Festival! Foo Fighters, Motorhead, and Muse will share the stage with the recently reunited Ride. There’s also all-night stages focusing on jazz, EDM, and punk. Belle and Sebastian, Royal Blood, ONE OK ROCK, FKA Twigs, Johnny Marr, HOLYCHILD, Happy Mondays, and many more top bands from around the world will play for three days straight.

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The Everyday World of Bodies Volume Twelve


  • Date: Friday, July 25th
  • Time: 19:00 doors, 19:15 start
  • Location: Kouenji Sound Studio DOM, Gomeido Building 3F, 4-25-7, Koenji Minami, Suginami
  • Admission: ¥500

Fuji Rock a bit out of your price range? Well, at the opposite end of affordability comes the 12th edition of The Everyday World of Bodies. TEWB is a bi-monthly events that showcases the best of Tokyo’s underground music scene for just 500 yen! See dronegaze duo Client/Server is Kill, indie rockers Prince Rainbow, and audiovisual distortionists (((((VISION))))).

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HandMade in Japan Fes 2015


  • Date: Saturday, July 25th and Sunday, July 26th
  • Time: 11:00 – 19:00
  • Location: Tokyo Big Sight, 3 Chome-11-1 Ariake, Kōtō-ku
  • Admission: ¥1000 advance, ¥1200 door

HandMade in Japan Fes is the largest craft festival in the country. Over 5,000 artists will be selling their one-of-a-kind goods during the event. There will also be dozens of workshops held to teach you how to make traditional Japanese crafts in multiple mediums. There will also be live concerts and artistic performances.

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Shinjuku Eisa Matsuri


  • Date: Saturday, July 25th
  • Time: 11:00 – 20:00
  • Location: Shinjuku Station, East and West Exits
  • Admission: Free

Shinjuku Eisa Matsuri celebrates old customs, but is a relatively young festival. The event originated in Okinawa to honor ancestors and pray for prosperity via traditional dance and music. It was only thirteen years ago when the festival was brought from Okinawa to Shinjuku and quickly became a summer tradition. Just head to Shinjuku station and follow the taiko drum beat to find this event!

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Foreigner’s Guide to Buying a Home in Tokyo


  • Date: Saturday, July 25th
  • Time: 13:30 – 15:30
  • Location: HigherGround KK Office, Kita-Aoyama 3-5-30, Iriki Bldg 8F, Minato-Ku
  • Admission: Free

Interested in settling down in the Tokyo area or just making an investment? Attend this free workshop to learn the ins and outs of buying. Spots are limited, so please RSVP

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24 Hour Pro Wrestling


  • Date: Saturday, July 25th to Sunday, July 26th
  • Time: 17:30 doors, 16:00 start
  • Location: Shinjuku FACE, 1-20-1 Kabukichō, Shinjuku
  • Admission: ¥8000

In this first of its kind summer festival, 11 wrestling promotions will be putting on a 24 hour pro wrestling show! Some of Japan’s best male and female grapplers will compete for a solid day. If that’s too much wrestling for you, don’t worry: reentry is allowed. See Jun Kasai, Aja Kong, Ayako Hamada, and a special talk show from the legendary Kenta Kobashi.

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Far East Burlesque


  • Date: Saturday, July 25th
  • Time: 19:00 – 22:00
  • Location: Tantra Tokyo, 3 Chome-9-5 Roppongi, Minato, Tokyo
  • Admission: ¥4000

Far East Burlesque bills itself as “the premier international burlesque revue in Japan.” Five of Japan’s best burlesque performers, dancers, and entertainers have come together to make sure it lives up to the hype. See Rita Goldie, Nina Galaxy, Alice Strange, Betico Rouge, and iNDIA perform at this weekend’s most sensual event.

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Sumida Fireworks Festival


  • Date: Saturday, July 25th
  • Time: 19:05 – 22:30
  • Location: Sumida River
  • Admission: Free

The Sumida River Fireworks Festival is one of Japan’s largest with over 25,000 fireworks being used. This event gets around one million visitors, so claim your viewing spot first during the day, then explore the area before returning.

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The Art of Gundam


  • Date: Until Sunday, September 27th
  • Time: 10:00 – 20:00
  • Location: Mori Arts Center Gallery, 6-10-1 Roppongi, Minato-ku
  • Admission: ¥2000

Thirty six years ago the anime TV series Mobile Suit Gundam began Japan’s most enduring science fiction franchise. More than 1000 items used in the creation of Gundam shows and programs will be displayed, as well as clips from upcoming productions. “The Art of Gundam…is an ultimate exhibition where you can fully enjoy Gundam’s timeless attraction and continuous message to the future.”

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