This Week in Tokyo October 26 – November 1, 2015

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On October 26, 2015
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Halloween is finally here. We hope you have your costumes ready. Here are all the things that are going “bump” in the night on This Week In Tokyo. If you’re doing something fun or interesting, be sure to leave us a comment or email us to have your event listed.

Tokyo International Film Festival

The Tokyo International Film Festival is underway and big stars like Hilary Swank and Helen Mirren have already stopped by to support their films showing. Whether you’re a movie buff or a casual film goer, you should take advantage of this rare chance to see new movies months before they are widely distributed. There will also be screenings of classic films including a Masters of Japanese Horror block and a tribute to Orson Welles.

Date
Until Saturday, Oct. 31st
Time
Various
Location
Various
Fee
Various

Kanda Old Book Festival

You can pick up used and rare books at great prices this week in Kanda. During the festival the local bookshops spill out into the streets.

Date
Until Monday, Nov. 1st
Time
10:00 - 19:00, Nov. 1st 10:00 - 18:00
Location
Kanda-Jimbocho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
Fee
Free

Pecha Kucha: Tokyo Design Week

“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. This Wednesday’s Pecha Kucha will focus on Tokyo Design Week.

Date
Wednesday, June 24th
Time
19:00
Location
Meiji-Jingu Gaien, 2-3 Kasumigaoka, Tokyo
Fee
¥2000

Tokyo International Players Present Rocky Horror Picture Show

The Rocky Horror Picture show is a classic tale of love, lust, and rock and roll. You can see it live in this special 40th anniversary production by the Tokyo International Players. You’ll have six chances to do the Time Warp this week starting Thursday. “For mature audiences only. Audience participation and costumes are encouraged.”

Date
Thursday, Oct. 29th to Sunday, Nov. 1st
Time
Various
Location
Theater Sun-mall: Sun-mall Crest Bldg. B1, 1-19-10 Shinjuku
Fee
¥4500, students ¥2500

Farm Party featuring Scott & Charlene’s Wedding

This is not an actual wedding! It’s a party at the Ruby Room featuring an Australian indie band named after a celebrated soap opera nuptial. Scott & Charlene's Wedding will be joined by tailor made for a small room, Andersens, and French Kissingers.

Date
Sunday, Nov. 1st
Time
19:00
Location
Ruby Room, 2F Kasumi Bldg., Dogenzaka 2-25-17, Shibuya
Fee
¥1000

Winter Sports Festa Season 15

Before you hit the slopes this winter, get some great deals on the latest snow wear at Makuhari Messe. 340 brands and a millions winter items await you.

Date
Saturday, Oct. 31st to Tuesday, Nov. 3rd
Time
11:00 - 19:00
Location
Makuhari Messe, 2-1, Nakase, Mihama-ku, Chiba
Fee
Free

5th Kanda Curry Grand Prix

Curry is a ubiquitous dish in the Kanda area, but who does it best? Find out this week for the 5th annual Kanda Curry Grand Prix. 20 vendors will participate in the competition, and you’ll be able to taste them all.

Date
Saturday, Oct. 31st to Sunday, Nov. 1st
Time
11:00 - 19:00, Sun. 11:00 - 17:00
Location
Ogawa Square, 3-6 Kanda-Ogawacho, Chiyoda-ku
Fee
Free

Koenji Fes 2015

Celebrate one to Tokyo’s hippest, coolest, and liveliest neighborhoods this weekend. Street performers, free concerts, art workshops, and pro wrestling will all be on hand. Keep an eye out for the “stamp rally,” as visiting shops could net you some neat prizes.

Date
Saturday, Oct. 31st and Sunday, Nov. 1st
Time
12:00
Location
Koenji Street, 3-70-1 Koenji-minami, Suginami-ku
Fee
Free

Universal Studios Halloween

You may want to plan a weekend trip to Osaka for this special event. Your favorite movie monsters have taken over Universal Studios Japan. It’s not just Dracula, the Wolfman, and the Mummy; Aliens, Predator, Freddy, Jason, and Sadako are also haunting the park until early November.

Date
Until November 8th
Time
Varies
Location
Universal Studios Japan, 2-1-3 Sakurajima, Konohana-ku, Osaka
Fee
¥7200
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Politics, post-punk, and pro wrestling aficionado.

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