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This Week in Tokyo May 25 – 31, 2015

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

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Would you rather watch fearsome pro wrestlers or graceful burlesque dancers? Would you like to spend an afternoon looking at a 1,000 year old statue or cutting edge technology? Would you rather run a marathon or stuff your face? 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.

Shobo Junshokusha Irei-sai


  • Date: Monday, May 25th
  • Time: 11:00
  • Location: Sensoji Temple, Taito
  • Admission: 1F standing ¥8500, 2F seating ¥9500

This event commemorates firefighters who gave their lives on duty. Members of the Edo Civilian Firefighters’ Association will demonstrate their skills and honor their fallen colleagues with ladder acrobatics.

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Zenkoji Gokaicho Festival


  • Date: Now until Sunday, May 31st
  • Time: Various Times
  • Location: Zenkoji Temple, Motoyoshicho-491, Nagano
  • Admission: Free

The Zenkoji Gokaicho festival only takes place every seven years, and this is your last week to see it! Zenkoji temple’s standing Amida statue was created during the Kamakura period and is usually kept away from the public in a secret vault. Once every seven years it’s given a public viewing. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to see an amazing piece of Japanese history and culture. It’s worth the trip to Nagano.

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Sony Design Making Modern


  • Date: Now until Sunday, June 14th
  • Time: 11:00 – 19:00
  • Location: Sony Building 8F OPUS, 5-3-1 Ginza, Chuo-ku
  • Admission: Free

Since 1946 Sony has been creating technology that has shaped our world. “Sony Design: Making Modern” is a new book that documents this legacy, and its publication is accompanied by an exhibition at the Sony building in Ginza. From the first Walkman to the Trinitron TV to the PlayStation 4, take a look at some of the products that helped create the modern world. Also, get a free poster!

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Kana Pro Mania


  • Date: Wednesday, May 27th
  • Time: 17:45 open, 18:30 start
  • Location: Korakuen Hall, 1 Chome-3-61 Koraku, Bunkyo
  • Admission: Tickets start at ¥2,000

Kana is Japan’s top female pro wrestler. She’s so good, she claims she can only measure her skill against male wrestlers. To that end, she’ll be taking on not one, but three legendary male grapplers in a 6 person tag team contest. See this and other exciting matches Wednesday at Korakuen Hall.

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Burlesque Museum


  • Date: Friday, May 29th
  • Time: 20:00
  • Location: Takadanobaba After Party, Washiya BLDG.4F-a, 2-8-5,Takadanobaba
  • Admission: ¥3000 men, ¥2000 women

The art of burlesque has seen a revival in recent years. In Tokyo, its rebirth is being led by the beautiful and alluring Rita Goldie. This Friday, join her and fellow dancers AmiRi, and Nina Galaxy for a night of elegant entertainment.

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Tokyo Yamathon


  • Date: Saturday, May 30th
  • Time: 7:15 – 20:00
  • Location: Tokyo Tokia Building, Tokyo Station Marunouchi South Exit
  • Admission: ¥10,000 team registration fee, 100% goes to charity

Explore Tokyo, bond with your friends, and help a good cause during this unique marathon. The Yamathon invites teams of three or four to visit all 29 stations on the Yamanote line. You can walk or run, but be sure to take a picture at each station. 100% of proceeds go to NADIA, a group that aids in the recovery of the Tohoku area.

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One Love Jamaica Festival


  • Date: Saturday May 30th to Sunday, May 31st
  • Time: Afternoon
  • Location: Yoyogi Park
  • Admission: Free

The One Love Jamaica Festival celebrates Japan’s long-standing appreciation for Jamaican music and culture. Authentic Jamaican food, live reggae performances, cultural booths, and more will fill Yoyogi Park during this massive event. Look for this year’s festival to be extra-special, as it will celebrate the 70th birthday of Bob Marley.

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Gochiso Festival


  • Date: Saturday, May 30th and Sunday, May 31st
  • Time: 11:00 – 17:00
  • Location: Oimachi Station
  • Admission: Free

This festival is all about one thing: food! Tempura, hamburgers, meat bowls, fried chicken, dumplings, curry, and other succulent treats will be available in copious quantities at Oimachi station. Eat up!

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Total Feedback


  • Date: Saturday, May 30th
  • Time: 15:30 open 16:00 start
  • Location: High, 4-30-1 Koenji-Minami, Koenji
  • Admission: ¥2,500

Prepare to be engulfed in wave after wave of shoegaze this Sunday at Koenji High.
Japanese dream rock greats cruyff in the bedroom and broken little sister will be joined by Taiwan’s Doodle and SLACK-TIDE. As an added treat, authentic Taiwanese cuisine will be served at the venue.

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Satoshi Tomiie Album Release Party


  • Date: Saturday, May 30th
  • Time: 22:00 – late
  • Location: AIR, 2-11 Sarugakucho, Hikawa Building, Shibuya
  • Admission: ¥3500 to ¥1000

Japan’s god of house, Satoshi Tomiie, is releasing his first album in 15 years. Celebrate the release of “New Day” with an all-night dance party at the legendary mega club Air. Also performing will be Germany’s Maayan Nidam.

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