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This Week in Japan April 24-30, 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 temple markets to Cuban jazz, there’s something for everyone across Japan this week. If you’re doing something cool, leave us a comment or send us an email to have your event listed.

Monday: Fashion fusion

The Elegant Other: Cross-Cultural Encounters in Fashion and Art

With the start of the Meiji period in 1868, Western fashion quickly permeated Japanese lives. At the same time, Japanese art and kimono were exported to the West, creating the Japonism boom. Focusing on fashion and art from the late 19th to the early 20th century, this exhibition examines how cultural exchanges between East and West influenced people’s lives and aesthetics.

When & Where
April 24-June 25
10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Yokohama Museum of Art - Map
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Tuesday: Shop like the locals

Tenjin-san Market

Named for 9th century poet and patron saint of academic pursuits Sugawara no Michizane, the Tenjin-san Market at the serene Kitano Tenmangu shrine is one of the ancient capital of Kyoto’s best. All manner of antiques, pottery, textiles and Japanese crafts in general are on sale, while the mixed crowd of locals and tourists keeps things lively.

When & Where
April 25
6 a.m.-4 p.m.
Kitano Tenmangu Shrine, Kyoto - Map
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Wednesday: Images from a ‘mad old photographer’

Nobuyoshi Araki “A Desktop Love”

Despite beating prostate cancer and losing sight in his right eye, enfant terrible photographer Nobuyoshi Araki continues to work. Recent images have entailed what he describes as “spontaneously placing down things I like and photographing them.” This show presents photos featured in last year’s Paris exhibition A Desktop Paradise, comprising photographs taken in this manner and selected new works from the series.

When & Where
April 26-May 14
10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Kennin-ji. Kyoto - Map
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Thursday: Cuban groovin’

Daymé Arocena

Cuban jazz diva Daymé Arocena launches a week-long Japan tour with a night at Brooklyn Parlor in Hakata. The deep-lunged songstress will lead her band through new songs from her fresh album "Cubafonía," out on influential UK DJ Gilles Peterson’s Brownswood imprint.

When & Where
April 27
8 p.m.
Brooklyn Parlor Hakata, Fukuoka - Map
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Friday: Jazz celebration

Jazz Auditoria 2017

International Jazz Day (April 30) provides the launch point for a free, three-day jazz festival at the new Waterras shopping and tower complex in Kanda. Domestic stars like guitar god Kazumi Watanabe will be joined by international talents including Daymé Arocena (see above) and Martinique-born French pianist Grégory Privat.

When & Where
April 28-30
Waterras, Tokyo - Map
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Saturday: Streets ’n’ beats

Moran Banderoff x Supreme: Knowledge Wave Tokyo

LA art gallery Moran Banderoff and street fashion brand Supreme co-present a night of cutting-edge American sounds. Topping the lineup is British-American singer, songwriter, composer and producer Dev Hynes, who’s penned songs for everyone from Solange to Chemical Brothers. Also due to make appearances are Alex Olson of 917 skate fashion brand and Oslo-based DJ Karima F.

When & Where
April 29
10 p.m.
Contact Tokyo - Map
Call for details
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Sunday: Alfons obsession

Alfons Mucha

One of the leaders of the Art Nouveau style, and an artist who has long been the subject of fascination in Japan, is featured in an exhibition celebrating the 60th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the Czech Republic and Japan. The show at the vast NACT presents the full 20-piece display of “The Slav Epic” for the first time shown as a complete set outside of the Czech Republic.

When & Where
April 30-June 5
10 a.m. -6 p.m.
National Art Center, Tokyo - Map
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