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This Week In Tokyo: May 4 – 10, 2015

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

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Golden Week is in full swing and you’ve decided to stay in the city instead of escaping to the countryside or traveling abroad. Here are some ways to make the most of your holiday in the Tokyo area. If you’re doing something fun or interesting this Golden Week, be sure to leave us a comment or email us to have your event listed.

Cinco de Mayo Festival


  • Date: Monday, May 4th
  • Time: 10:00-17:30
  • Location: Yoyogi Park Event Space
  • Admission: ¥500

Enjoy the other big May holiday with the Cinco De Mayo Festival in Yoyogi park. It’s Japan’s largest Cinco de Mayo event, and celebrates the cultures of Mexico, USA, Peru, Brazil, and more. Dance, music, food, and drinks from all across the Americas will be on hand. Keep in mind, this Cinco de Mayo party is actually on the 4th.

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Tokyo M.A.P.S.


  • Date: Tuesday, May 5th and Wednesday, May 6th
  • Time: 13:00 – 20:00
  • Location: Roppongi Hills Arena, 6-10-1 Roppongi, Minato-ku
  • Admission: Free

Radio station J-Wave 81.3FM is putting on a music festival with some of the biggest names in Japanese pop and rock, and it’s completely free! Headliners include Chara, Charisma.com, Kavka Shishido, The Bawdies, and legendary guitarist Reichi “Chabo” Nakaido.

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Womb: Life and Death


  • Date: Tuesday, May 5th
  • Time: 23:00 – late
  • Location: Womb, 2-16 1F Maruyama-cho, Shibuya
  • Admission: ¥3500

Womb is one of the best clubs in the world for serious dance music fans. Every Golden Week Womb goes all out and invites the planet’s best electronic artists to Tokyo. This Wednesday, Berlin house duo Tale of Us will be performing in Japan for the first time, along with label mate DJ Tennis. If you want to groove the night away before heading back to work, Womb is a must.

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Electric Zoo Beach Tokyo


  • Date: Wednesday, May 6th
  • Time: 12:00 – 21:00
  • Location: Makuhari Beach
  • Admission: ¥11,000 regular, ¥22,000 platinum

If you prefer to do your raving in the sunlight, check out Electric Zoo Beach. This new EDM party is put on by the creators of Summer Sonic and Punk Spring. Guests are encouraged to dress like their favorite zoo animals. Get wild with superstar DJs Steve Aoki, Knife Party, and R3hab.

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W Style Charity Market


  • Date: Friday, May 8th
  • Time: 10:30 – 19:00
  • Location: Hiroo Plaza 2F, 5 −6−6 Hiroo, Shibuya
  • Admission: ¥500 donation which includes Italian-made shopping bag

W Style is holding its 6th charity market to benefit children affected by the 3/11 earthquake and tsunami. The theme of the market is “Chic, Casual and Everyday use.” Over 20 shops will be selling their wares including clothing, leather goods, jewelry, art and crafts, wine, and cakes. Proceeds from the market will be donated to the Ashinaga internship program and Sweet Treat 311.

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Tokyo Indie Fest


  • Date: Saturday, May 9th and Sunday, May 10th
  • Time: 10:00 – 17:00
  • Location: UDX Akiba Square 2F, Soto-Kanda 4-14-1, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
  • Admission: ¥1000 advance, ¥1500 same day, ¥800 students

Gamers and geeks are in for a treat this weekend. Tokyo Indie Fest will feature over a hundred independent and DIY game developers showing their wares. See the latest groundbreaking software for PlayStation, Xbox, PC, Oculus Rift, and mobile gaming platforms. Featured games include Game Dev Heroes, a game development simulation with a sci-fi twist, and cute dungeon crawler Astrologia Odyssey.

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Kanda Matsuri


  • Date: Saturday, May 9th to Sunday, May 10th
  • Time: 08:00-19:00
  • Location: 2-16-2 Soto Kanda, Chiyoda-ku
  • Admission: Free

One of Japan’s biggest festivals, Kanda Matsuri started as an opulent celebration of the success of the Tokugawa Shogunate. Now, its aim is to wish good luck and prosperity on the population. Head to Saturday’s Shinko-sai parade and Sunday’s Mikoshi Miya-iri parade to see hundreds of floats, portable shrines, samurai warriors, musicians, and dancers. Who knows? Maybe some of Tokugawa’s good fortune will rub off on you.

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