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This Week In Tokyo: May 11 – 17, 2015

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

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Geisha, yakuza, zombies, and meditation! We have an eclectic mix of events and activities happening this week in Tokyo to get you over the post-Golden Week hump. If you’re doing something fun or interesting, be sure to leave us a comment or email us to have your event listed.

Richard Prince: New Portraits


  • Date: Until May 30th, Closed Mondays, Sundays, Holidays
  • Time: 11:00 – 19:00
  • Location: Blum & Poe, Harajuku Jingu-no-Mori 5F, 1-14-34 Jingumae, Shibuya
  • Admission: Free

Richard Prince is known for “rephotography,” taking the work of another artist, slightly altering it, and presenting it as his own. His controversial techniques have challenged the notion of what art is for decades. His latest work “New Portraits” is a collection of screenshots of instagram photos he’s left comments on. Art or not? See for yourself from now until the end of the month.

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Meditation for Beginners


  • Date: Monday, May 11th
  • Time: 19:00 – 20:00
  • Location: Therapy Space Palette, 201 Silver Hills, 2-12 Shiroganecho, Shinjuku
  • Admission: ¥1500

Looking to gain peace of mind? Learn how, when, where and why to meditate with this introductory course. The instructor, Gen Delek, has almost two decades of experience teaching Kadampa meditation. The class will consist of two guided meditations sessions, a Q&A session, and include refreshments.

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Tokyo Electronic Collective Jam


  • Date: Thursday, May 14th
  • Time: 18:30
  • Location: Sound Studio Noah, B1-1F 2 Chome-14-17 Shibuya
  • Admission: Free

Want to try your hand at being a superstar DJ? Already have experience making electronic music but why to check out some of the latest gear? Join the Tokyo Electronic Collective for a jam session this Thursday. Gear from Alesis, Roland, Elektron, Korg, will be available. You’re also welcome to bring your own.

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Sanja Matsuri


  • Date: Friday, May 15th to Sunday, May 17th
  • Time: 12:00 – 21:00
  • Location: Asakusa Jinja Shrine, 2-3-1 Asakusa, Taito-ku
  • Admission: Free

Sanja Matsuri has a reputation for being the wildest festival in Japan, and it’s well earned. The more the shrines shake as they’re carried through the streets, the more luck is granted. Sanja is also known as the “Yakuza Festival” due to the large number of Yakuza members who come and display their full tattoos. There will also be performances by geisha and the Nihon Taiko Dojo.

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Tokyo Zombie Walk


  • Date: Saturday, May 16th
  • Time: 14:00
  • Location: Yoyogi Park Harajuku Gate
  • Admission: Free

Ever dreamed of being an extra on The Walking Dead? Why not join the legions of the undead as they descend upon Yoyogi Park? This creepy cosplay event invites any and all would-be flesh-eaters to come out, enjoy some sun, and spook park-goers. One caveat: you’ll be Romero zombies, so no running! There’ll be a movie showing after the event as well DJ’s.

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  • Date: Saturday, May 16th
  • Time: 18:00 open, 18:30 start
  • Location: Shibuya Aube, 4-7 Udagawacho, Shibuya
  • Admission: ¥3000 presale, ¥3500 same day

“Berry” is one of many up-and-coming indie rock bands in Tokyo, but lead singer Saori helps them stand out from the pack. She has one of the most powerful voices in the scene, and some of the best fashion sense. Singer-songwriters Asami Kaneko and Masahiro Sengoku are the opening acts.

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