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This Week in Tokyo June 22 – 28, 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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June is a cruel month without a single national holiday, and you’ve almost survived it. Finish strong with this mix of events. If you’re doing something fun or interesting, be sure to leave us a comment or email us to have your event listed.

Free Japanese Class

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  • Date: Monday, June 22nd
  • Time: 19:30 – 22:30
  • Location: 80’s Cafe Akihabara, 1-21-4 Sudacho, Chiyoda-ku
  • Admission: Free w/ 1 drink

Improve your Japanese skills and make new friends with this informal class. The 80’s Cafe regularly hosts language exchanges and classes. Monday’s offering will be a casual Japanese conversation class.

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The Loyettes and GUEVNNA

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  • Date: Monday, June 22nd
  • Time: 20:00
  • Location: Ruby Room, Kasumi Bldg. 2-25-17 Dogenzaka Shibuya-ku
  • Admission: ¥1000

Feel the feedback Monday night as Kanagawa based grunge-gazers The Loyettes take the stage with sludge rockers GUEVNNA. Fans of Queens of the Stone Age, My Bloody Valentine, and great rock in general will enjoy this.

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Manga, Anime, and Games From Japan Exhibition

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  • Date: Wednesday, June 24th to Monday, August 31st
  • Time: 10:00 – 18:00, 10:00 – 20:00 on Fridays
  • Location: The National Art Center Special Exhibition Gallery 1E, 7-22-2 Roppongi, Minato-ku
  • Admission: ¥1000 door, ¥ 800 advance. Student discount available

Some of Japan’s most creative, interesting, and influential art has been found in anime, manga, and games. The National Art Center will celebrate this unique aspect of Japan with an exhibition covering 8 themes from otaku culture in the past 25 years.

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Pecha Kucha

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  • Date: Wednesday, June 24th
  • Time: 19:00
  • Location: Super Deluxe, B1F , 3-1-25 Nishi-Azabu, Minato-ku
  • Admission: ¥1000

“Pecha Kucha” is a fast-paced presentation style that originated in Tokyo but has spread to over 700 cities worldwide. Each speaker only has time to show 20 slides for 20 seconds each, allowing for an array of different ideas to be shared in one night. Featured during this Wednesday’s Pecha Kucha will be Manga artist Angelo Mokutan on the topic “Why adults should read fairy tales.”

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Netrunner Game Session

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  • Date: Thursday, June 25th
  • Time: 19:00
  • Location: Coinspace Shibuya, 6F Adidas Building, 23-5 Udagawachō, Shibuya
  • Admission: Free

Netrunner is a roleplaying card game that’s taken the geek world by storm. Netrunner sets itself apart from collectible games like Magic: The Gathering by focusing on a core set of cards to level the playing field. Newcomers are welcome!

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Tokyo Art Bookake Fair Vol. 2

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  • Date: Friday, June 26th to Sunday, June 28th
  • Time: Friday, 18:00〜22:00, Saturday and Sunday 12:00〜20:00
  • Location: Vollid, B1F Casa Aobadai, 3-18-10 Aobadai, Meguro-ku, Tokyo 153-0042
  • Admission: Free

Enjoy live performances, support the local art scene, and take some limited edition goods home. Tokyo Art Bookake will bring three dozen artists together to share their art books this weekend. Food will be provided by eclectic bakery Shinbopan.

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Improvazilla

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  • Date: Friday, June 26th
  • Time: Doors 19:30, Show 20:00
  • Location: Crocodile, B1 New Sekiguchi Building, 6−18−8 Jingumae, Shibuya
  • Admission: ¥1500 + 1 drink minimum

You can enjoy a kaiju-sized comedy show at the Crocodile this Friday. The Tokyo Comedy Store will provide two and a half hours’ of improvised games, scenes, and music based on your suggestions. The bar will serve food all night.

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Los Apson? T-Shirt Fair

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  • Date: Friday, June 26th to Sunday, June 28th
  • Time: 15:00 – 22:00
  • Location: Kata, Liquidroom 2F, 3-16-6 Higashi, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
  • Admission: Free

Ever shown up to a party in a cool Threadless T-Shirt only to see someone else wearing the exact same one? You’ll never live that embarrassment again. Los Apson? T-Shirt fair will host tees from dozens of designers with pieces specifically designed for the event. Get some exclusive, hip gear before summer.

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Japan Karate Association All Japan Championship

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  • Date: Sunday, June 28th
  • Time: 09:30
  • Location: Makuhari Messe
  • Admission: ¥3000

See the Japan’s most powerful karate practitioners battle in a tournament to prove who the best of the best is. Winners will be crowned for men and women in both kata performance and kumite battle.

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