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This Week in Japan July 10-16, 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 chilling with dinosaurs to a beach volleyball tournament, there’s something for everyone this week in Japan! If you’re doing something cool, leave us a comment or send us an email to have your event listed.

Monday: Treasures from Russia

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Old Masters from the State Hermitage Museum

Founded in 1796 from the collection of Catherine the Great, St. Petersburg’s Hermitage is one of the world’s greatest museums and its painting collection is equally revered. This exhibition presents a rare chance to view 85 oil paintings from the museum’s treasured collection of 17th- and 18th-century baroque and rococo works, featuring many by Old Masters including Rembrandt, Rubens, Titian and Cranach.

When & Where
July 10-Sep 14
10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Aichi Prefectural Museum Of Art - Map
¥1,600

Tuesday: J-rock Pioneer

Cornelius

Shibuya-kei pioneer Keigo Oyamada aka Cornelius is back and showing a somewhat mellowed aspect on his first album in 11 years. The long awaited "Mellow Waves" has Cornelius in artist mode, penning relatively straightforward and effective singer-songwriter material, as opposed to the producer mode which characterized much of his early work. A full-blown Japan tour is slated for the fall after two record release gigs at Liquidroom.

When & Where
July 11
7 p.m.
Liquidroom, Tokyo - Map
¥6,800

Wednesday: Deep Dive

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Deep Ocean 2017: “Life” and “Earth”

This exhibition grows out of a new NHK deep sea series special, “Deep Ocean,” and presents the latest findings of a team that captured a 5-meter long giant squid featured in the 2013 “Deep Sea” exhibition. Numerous creatures of the deep are explored including bioluminescent animals and dwellers of the deep ocean hadal zone. The show also presents videos and CG reconstructions that show the circumstances surrounding natural disasters related to the deep sea. That includes the 2011 earthquake and tsunami that took place off the coast of Tohoku.

When & Where
July 12-Sep 30
9 a.m.-5 p.m.
National Museum of Nature and Science, Tokyo - Map
¥1,600

Thursday: From YouTuber to Indie Songstress

Gabrielle Aplin

English chanteuse Gabrielle Aplin has leveraged a popular YouTube channel where she sang covers to legitimate success as a singer-songwriter. Her 2013 debut album "English Rain" shot to No. 2 on the UK album chart, selling over 100,000 copies. Now independent, Aplin’s latest is the EP "Miss You," which features the winsome singer’s breathy voice against a string quartet on “Run for Cover.”

When & Where
July 13
6:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m.
Billboard Live Osaka - Map
¥7,900

Friday: House Redux

Dan Shake

New kid on the block from London, Dan Shake, is shooting for the stars following his debut release "3am Jazz Club" on the legendary Moodymann's record label Mahogani. Old-school house tracks feature languid beats influenced from Moodymann and Theo Parrish. The event marks the debut of a collaboration between Japan’s Jazzy Sport collective and Moody Collective out of Madrid, Spain, and boasts domestic jazz-funk tastemaker Shuya Okino as leadoff DJ.

When & Where
July 14
11 p.m.
Vent, Tokyo - Map
¥3,500

Saturday: Dinosaurs in Chiba!

The Giga Dinosaur Exhibition

If last summer’s Mega Dinosaur Exhibition wasn’t sufficiently impressive, summer 2017 brings us a giga-sized update. The latest dino blockbuster attempts to show how dinosaurs were able to dominate our planet for 160 million years, with fittingly gigantic skeletons, roots and fossil specimens. Among them is a Ruyangosaurus, which at 38-meters long is one of the largest dinosaurs ever discovered in Asia.

When & Where
July 15-Sep 3
9:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
Makuhari Messe, Chiba - Map
¥2,200

Sunday: Bump, Set, Spike

Japan Beach Volleyball Tour

Japan’s beach volleyball players don’t kid around, so the chance to watch them is bound to provide some thrilling action. The fourth leg of the 2017 Japan Beach Volleyball Tour will be held at a beach in Yukuhashi, not so far from Kitakyushu City, Fukuoka Prefecture. Teams will duke it out to take home the top prize of ¥300,000 and 600 championship points. As the tour reaches midway, players will be gunning for victory.

When & Where
July 16-17
9 a.m.
Nagaihama Beach, Yukuhashi City - Map
Free
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