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This Week in Japan April 10-17, 2017

Every Monday we serve top picks for this week’s events in Japan. To list your event, contact the editor of GaijinPot.

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From guitar gods to living samurai, there’s something for everyone happening across the archipelago. If you’re doing something cool, leave us a comment or send us an email to have your event listed.

Monday: Get your folk on

The Lumineers

It’s already been 12 years since the neo-Americana trio formed and six since the massive success of their single “Ho Hey.” The Lumineers arrive in Japan touring their second studio album "Cleopatra," after which they return to the U.S. to open for U2 as their Joshua Tree tour crisscrosses the continent.

When & Where
April 10
7 p.m.
Akasaka Blitz, Akasaka Tokyo - Map
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Tuesday: Contemplate masterpieces

Kaiho Yusho Exhibition

Born into a military family, Yusho Kaiho was destined to trade the sword for a paintbrush. He served as a lay priest in a Kyoto shrine and then went on to make a living as a painter, establishing his own school. For its 120th anniversary, the Kyoto National Museum presents a retrospective of his sumi-e ink paintings and better known gold leaf screens.

When & Where
April 11-May 21
9:30 a.m.–6 p.m.
Kyoto National Museum - Map
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Wednesday: Classical guitar god

Alexis Vallejos Guitar Serenade

Chilean classical guitarist Alexis Vallejos joins the Tokyo Sinfonia as featured soloist to perform works by Isaac Albeniz, Antonio Vivaldi and other great composers. Hailed as following in the illustrious footsteps of the likes of Andres Segovia, Vallejos is considered today to be South America’s most famous classical guitarist.

When & Where
April 12
7 p.m.
Oji Hall, Tokyo - Map
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Thursday: Live techno freakout


What comes around goes around. And so it is that the ultimate button-pressing electronic music maestro Squarepusher has launched his first live instrumental band, Shobaleader. Possessed of uncompromising musical chops, the masked quartet will follow up a quick Japan tour with a visit to this summer’s Sonicmania festival.

When & Where
April 13
7:30 p.m.
Nagoya Club Quattro - Map
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Friday: Hit an art jamboree

Tokyo Art & Antiques 2017

The Kyobashi-Nihonbashi is one of Tokyo’s main art districts but remains less well known than Ginza. To remedy this, the area’s over 80 galleries, museums and art shops join forces to host a two-day celebration of art. During the event there will be a wide range of programs designed to enhance enjoyment of the event for a range of visitors — from experts and beginner-collectors to visitors from abroad.

When & Where
April 14-15
See gallery hours
Kyobashi-Nihonbashi, Tokyo - Map
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Saturday: Trip back to the samurai era

Echizen Historical Costume Parade

Every April, the denizens of Fukui City dress up as important figures and armor-clad feudal warlords in Fukui’s history and parade through the town center. Women in gorgeous period kimono complete the unrolling of what resembles a real-life historical scroll painting.

When & Where
April 15
1 p.m.
Fukui Castle - Map
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Sunday: Midori Hirano MimiCof Japan Tour

Midori Hirano MimiCof Japan Tour

MimiCof is the solo project of Midori Hirano, a Japanese experimental music composer based in Berlin. She returns to Japan to celebrate the release of her third album, "Moon Synch," in which she “explores the realm of experimental music and detailed rhythmic patterns... ” MimiCof has performed at various festivals and events such as the Rotterdam International Film Festival and Boiler Room Berlin.

When & Where
April 16
5 p.m.
Environment Zero Gauge, Osaka - Map
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