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This Week in Tokyo June 1 – 7, 2015

Check in every Monday morning as we bring you the latest activities and events going on around Tokyo.

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Welcome to June! Summer is just a few weeks away, so say goodbye to spring with some classic B-movies, spectacular fireworks, and tons and tons of beer! This week, Tokyo offers you all those choices and more. If you’re doing something fun or interesting, be sure to leave us a comment or email us to have your event listed.

Star Wars Visions


  • Date: Monday, May 25th
  • Time: 10:00 – 20:00
  • Location: Tokyo City View, 6-10-1 Roppongi, Minato-ku
  • Admission: ¥1,800, student and senior discounts available

Star Wars isn’t just light saber battles and deep space explosions. During this special exhibition, you are invited to enjoy the artistic side of the 20th century’s most enduring pop-culture phenomenon. Over 100 pieces of Star Wars artwork is available, as well costumes and props used in the films.

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Spring Rose Festival


  • Date: Until Sunday, June 7th
  • Time: 09:00 – 17:00
  • Location: Kyu Furukawa Gardens, 1-27-39 Nishigahara, Kita-ku
  • Admission: ¥150 (Persons 65 and over: ¥70)

Over 90 different kinds of roses in all colors fill the Kyu Furukawa Gardens during this special event. This is the last week to see, and smell, the gardens 180 plants.

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Yokohama Port Festival


  • Date: Tuesday, June 2nd
  • Time: 19:30 – 19:50
  • Location: Rinko Park,1−1 Minatomirai, Nishi-ku, Yokohama
  • Admission: Free

This year marks the 34th annual celebration of the opening Yokohama’s port. Enjoy concerts, pro wrestling, boat test-rides and more this Tuesday. The festival’s finale will be the “Yokohama Beam Spectacle in Harbor,” a massive fireworks display.

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This Will Destroy You / Envy


  • Date: Tuesday, June 2nd
  • Time: Open 18:00 / Start 19:00
  • Location: Unit, Za House Building B1F, 1-34-17 Ebisu-Nishi, Shibuya
  • Admission: ¥4500

Never has a band had a more appropriate name than This Will Destroy You. The Texas-based quartet plays heavy instrumental rock laden with heart-wrenching melodies. Japanese post-hardcore legends Envy will join them for this very special, very heavy show. Prepare for an intense night.

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Vegan Chinese Buffet


  • Date: Thursday, June 4th
  • Time: Happy Hour 17:00 – 19:00, Dinner 19:30 – 22:00
  • Location: The Pink Cow, Roi Building B1F, 5-5-1 Roppongi, Minato
  • Admission: ¥2,800

Enjoy a smorgasbord of healthy eats, and meet Tokyo’s vegan community. Sweet & Sour Tofu, Almond Broccoli, and Garlic Egg Plant are just a few of the tasty treats that will be available at The Pink Cow this Thursday. Please RSVP!

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Torigoe Shrine Festival


  • Date: Saturday, June 6th and Sunday, June 7th
  • Time: 10:00 – 20:00
  • Location: Torigoe Shrine, 2-4-1 Torigoe, Taito-ku
  • Admission: Free

Torigoe Shrine is known for two things: being almost 1400 years old, and having the heaviest mikoshi (portable shrine) in Tokyo. See this four-ton beast carried through the streets by eager townsfolk, who will be accompanied by dancers, long-snouted demons, and flag-waving children.

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Great Japan Beer Festival 2015


  • Date: Saturday, June 6th to Sunday, June 7th
  • Time: 11:30 – 15:00 & 16:00 – 19:30 on Saturday, 12:30 – 16:00 Sunday
  • Location: Yebisu Garden Palace – Garden hall, 1-3-2 Mita, Meguro-ku
  • Admission: Advance ¥4800 / Door ¥5200

Craft beer lovers of Japan, this is your weekend! The Great Japan Beer Festival has more than 200 beers on tap from dozens of local international breweries. You can freely drink all the beers for just the cost of admission.

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Post-Modern Team


  • Date: Saturday, June 6th
  • Time: Open 18:00 / Start 19:00
  • Location: Ruby Room, 2−25−17 Dogenzaka, Shibuya
  • Admission: Advance ¥2300 / Door ¥2500

Osaka’s Post-Modern Team is at the vanguard of western Japan’s indie rock revival. Join them for a night of great music at the ultra-hip Ruby Room. Klan Aileen, SUPER VHS, and never young beach will also be play.

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All Night Toho Monster Movie Fest


  • Date: Saturday, June 6th
  • Time: 22:30 – 05:00
  • Location: Shin Bungeiza Theater, Maruhan Building 3, 1-43-5 Higashi-Ikebukuro, Toshima
  • Admission: Advance ¥2100 / Door ¥2300

Enjoy some true midnight cinema at Shin Bungeiza’s all night Toho monster fest. Godzilla, Hedorah, and other radioactive ghouls will be battling it out over four films. Enjoy “classics” like Godzilla vs. Megalo and War of the Gargantuas.

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