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This Week in Tokyo May 18 – 24, 2015

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

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This week in Tokyo there’s an eclectic mix of exciting events. Whether you love art, music, poker, or technology there’s something here for you. If you’re doing something fun or interesting, be sure to leave us a comment or email us to have your event listed.

Caro Emerald in Concert


  • Date: Monday, May 18th
  • Time: Doors 18:330pm Show 19:30
  • Location: Akasaka Blitz, Akasaka 5-3-2, Minato, Tokyo
  • Admission: 1F standing ¥8500, 2F seating ¥9500

Jazz pop singer, Caro Emerald brings her blend of swing pop to Tokyo this week to promote the launch of her new album, The Shocking Miss Emerald. This it the second album released by Caro and her first to hit the number on on the UK charts. For her fans, this new album could be the soundtrack for your summer!

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After 5 Jazz & Soul


  • Date: Tuesday, May 19th
  • Time: 17:00
  • Location: The Pink Cow
  • Admission: Free

You can class up your Tuesday night with some jazz at the Pink Cow. Pianist Toshi Maezawa and vocalist Hiro lead the band, but all musicians welcome to join in for ¥1000. If you just want to listen the event is free.

If you enjoy free events like this, please consider donating to the Pink Cow’s Indiegogo fundraising campaign. The Pink Cow has been a fixture of Tokyo’s art and music scene for 15 years, but may be forced to close next month.

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Texas Hold’em Poker Tournament in English


  • Date: Tuesday, May 19th
  • Time: 19:30
  • Location: Billiard Corner Pocket, Kotobuki, 3 Chome−9−5 Imura Bldg. 2F
  • Admission: ¥2300

Help your fellow poker players practice English, and then help yourself to their chips this Tuesday. Professional poker dealers and equipment will be provided at the tournament, and the proceedings will be conducted entirely in English. Top prize includes a ¥5000 Amazon gift card and points in the Japanese Poker Association’s rankings.

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Specimens of Time


  • Date: Until Friday, May 22nd
  • Time: 11:30 – 21:00
  • Location: Diesel Art Gallery, Address B1F, 1-23-14 Shibuya
  • Admission: Free

Diesel Art Gallery presents the first solo exhibition of young Chinese Artist Ling Meng from Shanghai, China. The exhibition “ Specimens of Time” features his entire collection of all the nature elements such as plants, flower, ore, and soil by his unique way of sampling to preserve “the moment” permanently.

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Belgian Beer Weekend Yokohama


  • Date: Thursday, May 21st to Sunday, May 24th
  • Time: May 21 16:00 – 21:00, May 22 – 24 11:00 – 21:00
  • Location: Yamashita Park, Yamashita-cho, Naka-ku, Kanagawa
  • Admission: ¥3100

The ‘Belgian Beer Weekend’ is Japan’s finest beer event, returning to Yokohama for the 3rd time with 62 different Belgian beers. The event is not only about beer, but also about great cuisine, amazing live music and a superb atmosphere. For the beer connoisseur a selection of unique beers will be available at ‘BBW Boutique’.

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Indies Block Music Festival


  • Date: Friday, May 22nd
  • Time: 17:00 open, 17:30 start
  • Location: Zepp DiverCity, Aomi 1−1−10, Tokyo Plaza, Koto DiverCity
  • Admission: ¥2500 advance, ¥2800 day of show

This Friday, the world famous Zepp DiverCity will host twelve Tokyo rock bands for a one-night indie music festival. Kaila, frontman of Bastet, created this event with the hopes of it becoming an annual celebration of up-and-coming bands. Catch performances by Bastet, Vaiwatt, and Roxy Spider and nine other top Tokyo rock acts.

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Tokyo International Art Fair


  • Date: Friday, May 22nd – Saturday, May 23rd
  • Time: Friday 18:00 – 21:00, Saturday 11:00 – 17:00
  • Location: Quest Hall – Harajuku 3F, 1-13-14 Jingumae, Shibuya
  • Admission: Friday ¥1500, Saturday Free

The Tokyo International Art Fair is a massive new event that aims to be the city’s largest showcase of modern and contemporary art. Hundreds of artists from 30 plus countries will fly in to Tokyo to create, display, and share their work. Notable exhibitors include Australia’s Shane Bowden, who was once described as “Andy Warhol on steroids,” and South Africa’s Sarah Britten, who paints with lipstick.

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Introduction to 3D Printing


  • Date: Saturday, May 23rd
  • Time: 16:30
  • Location: Fab Cafe Shibuya, Dogenzaka Pia 1F, 1 Chome-22-7 Dogenzaka, Shibuya
  • Admission: Free

Get involved with the exciting world of 3D printing with a meet up. Beginners are welcome to ask questions during a guided discussion, and try their hand at 3D printing for the first time.

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Tokyo Minato Matsuri


  • Date: Saturday, May 23rd to Sunday, May 24th
  • Time: 10:00 – 17:00
  • Location: Harumi Passenger Ship Terminal
  • Admission: Free

Tokyo Minato Matsuri is a celebration of Tokyo Port and its affiliated organizations. The highlight is the Michael Bay-esque Firefighters Pageant, which involves swimming rescue workers, speeding fire boats, and helicopters!

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