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This Week in Japan, June 12-18

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 the Bucharest boogie to Kyoto flower festivals, 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: Bucharest boogie

We Singing Colors

From Bucharest comes indie-pop outfit We Singing Colors. Blending acoustic guitars, electric guitar washes, driving rhythms — male and female vocals floating above it all — the group makes quite a racket considering its two members Andrei Hategan (vocals, acoustic guitar), Roxana Niculae (vocals) do it all themselves. They’ve already ranged as far India, but come to Japan for a week-long tour for the first time.

When & Where
June 13
7 p.m.
Music Bar Melodia Nakano, Tokyo - Map
¥2,000

Tuesday: Indie rock redux

Evan Dando

When & Where
June 12
7:30 p.m.
Space Odd Shibuya - Map
¥6,000

Wednesday: Northern lights

Sapporo Matsuri

When & Where
June 14-16
Various
Hokkaido Shrine, Sapporo - Map
Free

Thursday: International living

Interior Lifestyle Tokyo

Interior Lifestyle Tokyo is an international trade fair for Tokyo to propose lifestyle concepts in interior design markets from around the world. Interior Lifestyle Tokyo derives from two trade fairs — Ambiente, the largest consumer goods trade fair in the world, and Heimtextil, an international trade fair for household and commercial textiles. In Japan, Interior Lifestyle Tokyo is held in June, while its sister fair, IFFT/Interior Lifestyle Living, takes place in November.

When & Where
June 15-16
10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Tokyo Big Sight - Map
¥2,000

Friday: Smooth vocalese

Manhattan Transfer

In October 2014, jazz-pop vocal greats The Manhattan Transfer lost founder Tim Hauser. After more than 40 years of singing, making music, traveling the world and sharing so many special moments together he is missed greatly, but Hauser lives on now through his song and legacy as TMT continues to tour and share their music, with Trist Curless stepping in.

When & Where
June 16
6:30 & 9:30 p.m
Billboard Live Osaka - Map
¥12,500

Saturday: 10 years of beats

London Calling

Journeying across the Tokyo club landscape from La Fabrique to Warehouse 702, then Trump Room, Ageha and Womb, British theme night London Calling arrives at Contact for its 10-year anniversary celebration. Helming the night are master producer and DJ, Ewan Pearson, as well as PBR Streetgang who will be taking to the decks for the first time at London Calling. Doorman Blake Cunningham will be celebrating his birthday in the bar area.

When & Where
June 17
10 p.m.~ late
Contact, Tokyo - Map
¥3.500

Sunday: Spiritual flowers

Sanzen-in Ajisai Festival

The stately Sanzen-in temple in Ohara on the outskirts of Kyoto launches its annual festival devoted to the Ajisai or hydrangea, which are abundant on its lush grounds. The temple is situated in the charming village of Ohara, 30-minutes north of Kyoto by bus. The area is the birthplace of Shomyo (Buddhist sutra chanting) and known as a sacred spot in the belief of Pure Land Buddhism. Sanzen-in Temple was originally established as a hermitage in the 9th century.

When & Where
June 18-30
8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Sanzen-in Temple, Kyoto - Map
¥700
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