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This Week in Japan July 31-Aug 6, 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 sipping a cold one in Hokkaido to house music on a Friday night to Kyoto’s history illuminated, 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: Big brews

Sapporo Odori Beer Garden

Hokkaido is the birthplace of beer in Japan. Sapporo Beer has been brewed in Sapporo since 1877, so it’s fitting the northern metropolis celebrates summer with the biggest beer garden around. Seating 13,000, the Sapporo Odori Beer Garden is a familiar feature of summer in the city. Under the summer sky, enjoy fine food and cold beer in Odori Park sampling the wares of plazas like the World’s Beer Square and Germany Village.

When & Where
July 31-Aug 15
12-9 p.m.
Odori Park, Sapporo - Map
Free

Tuesday: Cross-cultural art explorations

Miya Ando Exhibition

Born in the U.S., Miya Ando traces her family back 16 generations to a clan of renowned Japanese swordsmiths. She grew up partly in the redwood forests of California and partly at a Buddhist temple in Okayama where her grandfather was head priest. Fascinated by the possibilities of metal as an artistic medium, Ando transforms sheets of aluminum and steel into works of abstract art with subtle gradations of color.

When & Where
Aug 1-17
10 a.m.-9 p.m.
Shibuya Seibu Art Gallery, Tokyo - Map
Free

Wednesday: Nostalgic nights

The Carole King Musical

“I first came to Tokyo in 1990 and was amazed by the enthusiasm of the Japanese audiences,” writes influential singer-songwriter, Carole King. “I am very proud to share 'Beautiful' with you. The songs I wrote with Gerry Goffin still touch my heart, and so do the songs of our dear friends Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil.” "Beautiful" traces the love story between King and Goffin and Mann and Weil, exploring their competition, friendship and heartbreak as performed by a Japanese cast.

When & Where
Aug 2-26
Various
Imperial Theatre, Tokyo - Map
¥4,000-¥13,000

Thursday: Mystical landscape

Kodai-ji Illumination

Historic Kodai-ji temple in Kyoto’s Higashiyama district undergoes a magical transformation when darkness falls and it assumes an illuminated aspect. The temple is located at the foot of Higashiyama Ryozen mountains in Kyoto and was established in 1606. Tokugawa Ieyasu (1542-1616, the first Tokugawa shogun) financed the construction of the temple, resulting in its magnificent appearance. It’s illuminated in spring, summer and fall.

When & Where
Aug 3-18
Sunset-9:30 p.m.
Kodai-ji Temple, Kyoto - Map
¥600

Friday: Bumpin’ beats

Denis Horvat feat. Tri

The latest addition to Osaka’s resurgent club scene, Alzar, presents Croatian-born and Danish-bred Denis Horvat. The young house music producer grew up in the burbs listening to his dad’s vinyl. Today he’s based in Copenhagen and a resident at some of the city’s most prestigious clubs. He will no doubt have Alzar bumping into the wee hours.

When & Where
Aug 4
11 p.m.-5 a.m.
Alzar, Osaka - Map
3,000

Saturday: Mosh me beautiful

Meteo Night

Much of the cream of the Tokyo indie rock crop assembles in this sprawling festival inside one building in the Maruyamacho district of Shibuya. Three landmark venues host acts ranging from well-known skronk-rockers Guitar Wolf, psychobilly monsters Jackie & The Cedrics and master dub manipulator Kodama from Dub Station to artists on the more noisy, performative side, such as Oshiripenpenz.

When & Where
Aug 5-6
1 p.m.~
O-West/O-Nest/7th Floor, Shibuya, Tokyo - Map
¥3,500

Sunday: Tunes ’n’ breezes

World Happiness Festival

Curated by Yellow Magic Orchestra’s Yukihiro Takahashi, this in-town groove-fest presents the sophisticated side of J-rock in a daylong event at seaside Kawai Rink Park. In addition to Takahashi himself, featured artists include veteran ele-pop outfit Denki Groove, elfin producer Towa Tei, singer Hana Sekitori, and others like rock groups Quruli and Kotringo.

When & Where
Aug 6
11 a.m.-7 p.m.
Kasai Rinkai Koen, Tokyo - Map
¥10,800
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