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This Week in Tokyo July 27 – August 2, 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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Is the oppressive summer heat starting to get to you? Stave off the summertime blues with This Week in Tokyo! These events may not help you keep cool, but they will at least take your mind off the temperature. If you’re doing something fun or interesting, be sure to leave us a comment or email us to have your event listed.

Bunny Bissoux Summer Meltdown: Anti-Summer Fete


  • Date: Until Sunday, August 16th
  • Time: Wed-Fri 16:00-21:00/Sat-Sun 12:00-19:00, Closed Monday and Tuesday
  • Location: WISH LESS gallery 5-12-10 Tabata, Kita
  • Admission: Free

The heat, the sweating, the sudden obsession your friends have with doing “activities”…there’s plenty of reasons to hate summer. Explore them with artist Bunny Bissoux’s solo exhibition “Anti-Summer Fete.” Bunny combines the imagery of traditional summer fairs with her personal memories of summer’s dog days in her unique, creepy-cute style.

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“Fires on the Plain” with English Subtitles


  • Date: Until August 28, English subtitles on final screening daily
  • Time: See website
  • Location: Eurospace, 1-5 Maruyama-cho, Shibuya
  • Admission: ¥1300

See Shinya Tsukamoto’s (Tetsuo: The Iron Man, Nightmare Detective) bloody adaption of the classic anti-war novel along with English subtitles. The underground auteur directs and stars in this unrelenting and brutal reflection on the horror of war.

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Chelsea Hotel Presents High Time #12


  • Date: Friday, July 29th
  • Time: 18:00 doors / 18:30 show
  • Location: Chelsea Hotel, B1F 4-7 Udagawa-cho, Shibuya
  • Admission: ¥2000 advance / ¥2500 door

See five fantastic rock bands for just 2000 yen at the Chelsea Hotel this Friday. THE VALVES, the droogies, Bikini, She Said She Said and THEDECEMBER will all rock the Chelsea.

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Yoyogi Park Beginner’s Kickboxing


  • Date: Saturday, August 1st
  • Time: 09:00 – 11:30
  • Location: Yoyogi Park, Meetup at Harajuku Station Side
  • Admission: ¥1500

All are welcome to try out the sport of kickboxing this Saturday in Yoyogi. A teacher with seven years’ experience will cover the basics for two hours in this beginner’s class.

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Rakuten Festival


  • Date: Saturday, August 1st to Wednesday, August 5th
  • Time: 10:00 – 20:00 (until 17:00 on August 2, 5)
  • Location: Tokyo Big Sight, East Exhibition Hall
  • Admission: Free

Ever wanted to visit an online store in person? Now’s your chance. Internet mega-retailer Rakuten will be holding its first ever Rakuten festival. Its goal is to “shopping festival where visitors can actually see, taste, and try goods” that they would normally order online. 300 merchants will be on-hand offering food, fashion, and lifestyle goods. There will be festival exclusive deals, fashion shows, and more.

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Itabashi and Toda City Fireworks Festival


  • Date: Saturday, August 1st
  • Time: 19:00 – 20:30
  • Location: Arakawa River
  • Admission: Free, reserved viewing seats available for purchase from ¥2100

Fireworks will be going off on both sides of the Arakawa River this Saturday thanks to two festivals. The Itabashi and Toda City festivals will combine to display over 12,000 fireworks

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Edogawa-ku and Ichikawa City Fireworks Festival


  • Date: Saturday, August 1st
  • Time: 17:15 – 20:30
  • Location: Edogawa River near Shinozaki Park
  • Admission: Free

There’s yet another double fireworks festival on Saturday. This one is over the Edogawa river has 14,000 fireworks. Featured attractions include the “Summer Splash” and the “Yellow Rush.” Exciting!

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Beach Yoga


  • Date: Sunday, August 2nd
  • Time: 09:15 – 10:30
  • Location: Zushi Beach, Meetup at Zushi Station
  • Admission: ¥1000

Did you plan on finally getting back into yoga this summer? Do it on the beach! Yoga World’s Chiemi Muto will lead the class, and all skill levels can attend. Don’t forget a mat/towel, sunscreen, and water.

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Yokohama Dance Parade


  • Date: Saturday, August 2nd to Sunday, August 3rd
  • Time: 13:00 – 21:00
  • Location: Zushi Beach, Meetup at Zushi Station
  • Admission: Free

Yokohama will become the land of 4,000 dancers this weekend. Break dancing, ballroom dancing, belly dancing, and everything in between will be represented. Music, food, and drink will also be on hand, as well Genki Sudo’s world famous World Order dance troupe.

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