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This Week in Tokyo June 15 – 21, 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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Last week, Tokyo was packed with festivals. This week it’s concerts. Jazz, experimental, new wave, and good old rock and roll are all on offer in Tokyo this week, including many foreign acts. Get a taste of live music before the big summer festivals start up. If you’re doing something fun or interesting, be sure to leave us a comment or email us to have your event listed.

Two Zombie Love Stories


  • Date: Now to Friday, June 26th
  • Time: 21:10 – 22:30
  • Location: Shibuya Eurospace, 1-5 Maruyamacho, Shibuya
  • Admission: ¥1,800

See two Japanese tales of zombie love, with English subtitles! NEET of the Living Dead tells the story of a shut-in who becomes a zombie and is cared for by his mother. Similarly, The Last Will is a story of a wife who stands by her man even after his zombification.

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Rachel Shearer at Ftarri Records


  • Date: Monday, June 15th
  • Time: 19:00 doors 19:30 show
  • Location: Ftarri Records, Okano Bld.B1, 1-4-11, Hongo, Bunkyo-ku
  • Admission: ¥1500

New Zealand experimental musical artist Rachel Shearer will be performing live at the Ftarri record store. Enjoy the dreamy improvised soundscapes of Shearer as well as local artists Tetuzi Akiyama and Suzueli + Takashi Masubuchi.

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Jazz Funk Fusion Clinic hosted by Derek Short


  • Date: Tuesday, June 16th
  • Time: 19:00 – 23:00
  • Location: B101 SunpaResu Nishi Ogikubo, 3-7-6 Nishi Ogikubo, Suginami-ku
  • Admission: ¥1500

Acclaimed Jazz bassist Derek Short hosts a monthly improvised jam session with fantastic local musicians. They’ve played everything from The Police to D’Angelo, and all musicians are welcome to join them on stage!

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Giants vs. Dragons


  • Date: Friday, June 19th to Sunday, June 21st
  • Time: Friday 18:00, Saturday and Sunday 14:00
  • Location: Tokyo Dome, 1 Chome-3-61 Koraku, Bunkyo
  • Admission: Tickets start at ¥1900

Take in some spring baseball this weekend as the Giants play a triple header against the Dragons at the Tokyo Dome.

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Dum-Dum Party 2015 Featuring The Raincoats


  • Date: Friday, June 19th
  • Time: 18:00
  • Location: Unit, Za House Building, 1-34-17 Ebisu-nishi, Shibuya
  • Admission: ¥4800

They were one of Kurt Cobain’s favorite bands and have only played a handful full of concerts this decade, but you’ll be able to see them on Friday. Influential UK post-punk band The Raincoats will headline Dum-Dum Party. You can see popular international indie acts La Sera, from the US, and Moodoïd, from France, and many local artists.

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International Tokyo Toy Show


  • Date: Saturday, June 20th and Sunday, June 21st
  • Time: Saturday 09:00 – 17:00, Sunday 09:00 – 16:00
  • Location: Tokyo Big Sight, West Exhibition Hall 1-4,3-11-1 Ariake, Koto-ku, Tokyo
  • Admission: Free

Tokyo’s biggest and longest running toy fair is this weekend. See 150 exhibitors display dolls, games, electronics, and more.

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French Institute Musical Festival


  • Date: Saturday, June 20th
  • Time: 10:00 – 20:30
  • Location: The French Institute in Tokyo, 15-Funagawara, Ichigaya-machi, Shinjuku
  • Admission: Free

Every June the French Institute in Tokyo puts on an all-day outdoor music festival, for free! Over two dozen acts will perform from morning to night. French artists 1984, Moodoïd, and Chateau Marmont will headline.

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ARK Animal Adoption


  • Date: Saturday, June 20th
  • Time: 13:00 – 16:00
  • Location: Pet Spa, 1-28-7 Shakujiimachi, Nerima
  • Admission: Free

Animal Rescue Kansai is a wonderful organization that finds new homes for stray, abandoned, and abused animals. You can meet and play with some of the wonderful animals of Tokyo ARK this Sunday. Even if you can’t foster an animal, the dogs and cats would love to see you!

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