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This Week In Japan, Jan. 22-28, 2018

Every Monday we serve top picks for events across Japan. This week has "Space Invaders" retro madness, Ted Talks in Fukuoka and more. To list your event, contact the editor of GaijinPot.

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From Space Invaders retro madness to Ted Talks in Fukuoka, there’s something for everyone across the archipelagoIf you’re planning or organizing something cool, send us an email to have your event listed here.

Monday:  Retro-gaming madness (Tokyo)

Play! Space Invaders Exhibition

“Space Invaders” stormed the video game market in 1978 and took over the world. Now, the game invades Tokyo City View atop Roppongi Hills at supersized scale. This hands-on exhibition lets you enjoy interactive games centered on “Space Invaders Gigamax.” Visitors familiar with the game from the past, along with those who have never heard of Space Invaders can all enjoy competing in a fresh new way from different angles.

When & Where
Jan 22
10 a.m.-10 p.m.
Tokyo City View - Map
¥1,800
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Tuesday:  Hip-hop on the fly (Tokyo)

Joey Bada$$: Devastated

At 23, Brooklyn rapper Joey Bada$$ is already something of a survivor. When he debuted at 16 he was young but with a vintage sound and a wise soul, making music that revisited '90s New York hip-hop. There was a depth to Joey—even back then, he was a kid that knew much more than his time on earth would suggest. Debuting in Japan at the 2015 Fuji Rock, Bada$$ now returns to Japan to front his brand-new joint and sophomore album "All-Ameikkan Bada$$."

When & Where
Jan 23
7:30 p.m.
Tsutaya O-East, Tokyo - Map
¥6,800
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Wednesday: Circus meets classical (Fukuoka)

Cirque de la Symphonie

Cirque de la Symphonie is a new production formed to bring the magic of cirque to the music hall, an exciting adaptation of artistic performances widely seen in theaters and arenas everywhere. Artists include the most amazing veterans of exceptional cirque programs throughout the world—aerial flyers, acrobats, contortionists, dancers, jugglers, balancers, and strongmen. Each artist's performance is professionally choreographed to classical masterpieces performed by the Ukraine Symphony Orchestra.

When & Where
Jan 24
6 p.m.
Fukuoka Symphony Hall, 1F ACROS Fukuoka - Map
¥6,000-¥8,000
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Thursday: Photo exhibition (Yokohama)

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Miyako Ishiuchi 'Grain And Image'

Leading Japanese photographer Miyako Ishiuchi has consistently addressed themes such as existence and absence, people’s memories, and vestiges of time through her images of abandoned buildings, scars, silk kimono, and personal articles that belonged to atomic bomb victims. This exhibition marking the 40th anniversary of her professional debut focuses on “grain” - one of Ishiuchi’s buzz words. Consisting of approximately 240 works, here you can enjoy being captivated by early monochrome works as well as never-before-shown pieces. Don’t miss must-see vintage prints from her debut series “Yokosuka Story.”

When & Where
Jan 25
10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Yokohama Museum of Art - Map
¥1,500
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Friday: NYC beats (Osaka)

Absolute Session with Roger Sanchez

Hustle is the “absolute” definition of both the man and the meteoric career of international house DJ Roger Sanchez. From a humble beginning in NYC to multi-year residencies in Ibiza; from digging in dusty crates to headlining festival main-stages around the world, Roger made his own way to the pinnacle of dance music. Sanchez graces the sound system at Osaka’s capacious Joule for a night of serious beats.

When & Where
Jan 26
10 p.m.~
Club Joule, Osaka - Map
¥3,500
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Saturday: Enlightened discourse (Fukuoka)

TEDxFukuoka 2018: Infinite Diversity

TEDxFukuoka hosts a TEDx event on the theme of infinite diversity. The event features 12 speakers and a performer who each embody the passion and inspiration behind TED (technology, entertainment and design), to share their inspiration and ideas with you, Fukuoka, and the world. Among the speakers are educator and blogger Anne Crescini, music producer and composer Hideki Tsutsumi and media artist Sadam Fujioka. A reception follows the talks at 6:30 p.m..

When & Where
Jan 27
1 p.m.~
Fukuoka City Science Museum - Map
¥1,000-¥5,000
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Sunday: Structures of anime (Osaka)

Architecture in Animation

Studio Ghibli has released a number of world-renowned films since its establishment in 1985, including Spirited Away and Princess Mononoke. This exhibition presents production materials, such as scene paintings, artboards, and background art of the buildings that appear in those films. Additionally, three-dimensional models of certain representative works will be on display. These structures were each designed by animators with consideration to the lives of the films’ characters and the fantastical worlds they inhabit. Guests are invited to reflect upon how the architecture of buildings, both fictional and real, express aspects of the cultures and environments of the people who inhabit them.

When & Where
Jan 28-Feb 25
10 a.m.–8 p.m.
Abeno Harukas Art Museum, Osaka - Map
¥1,500
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