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This Week in Japan Mar. 27-Apr. 2, 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 starry nights to smoky clubs to the Buddha’s birthday, there’s something for everyone across the archipelago. If you’re doing something cool, leave us a comment or send us an email to have your event listed.

Monday: Starry Night

Starlight Fantasia

A limited time 3D projection mapping with stars as the theme is underway at the observatory of Osaka’s tallest building, Harukas. Powered by the tech brains at telecom giant NTT, the concept is to become one with the heavens as you are surrounded by the starry sky both within and without the 60th floor deck.

When & Where
March 27-31
6:30-9:40 p.m.
Abeno Harukas 300, Osaka - Map
Free
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Tuesday: Do that jazz thang

Esperanza Spaulding

Jazz bassist, vocal diva, rock babe... Esperanza Spaulding is all of these. For the past year, it’s the latter that’s been predominant. Spaulding surprised fans last year by introducing her all-electric alter ego on the album "Emily's D+Evolution." She continues to explore permutations of the music in an extensive worldwide tour.

When & Where
March 28-29
6:30 & 9 p.m.
Blue Note Tokyo - Map
¥9,000
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Wednesday: Trip the lights fantastico

Sakura Tango Festival in Fukuoka

Six enchanting days of workshops, "milongas" and after parties inspired by the cherry blossom season are on tap at Sakura Tango Festival 2017. The 20th fest takes place from March 29 to April 3 at Acros Fukuoka Event Hall and the festival’s home, Tiempo Hall. Featured maestros from Argentina for this special edition: the exquisite couple, Analia Carreño & Luis Ramirez, and angelic Cinthia Diaz & Bruno.

When & Where
March 29-April 2
Various
Acros Fukuoka - Map
Various
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Thursday: Western-Japanese art fusion

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Pierre Alechinsky

Born in Belgium in 1927, Pierre Alechinsky specializes in a unique synthesis of Eastern and Western painting styles. Visiting Japan in 1955, he befriended calligrapher Morita Shire, and was inspired to gravitate away from Western oil painting toward a less restricted style using sumi ink, watercolor and acrylic paint to depict motifs fueled by experience and imagination. This exhibition is Japan's first large-scale retrospective of Alechinsky and also serves as a commemoration of Japan's 150-year friendship with Belgium.

When & Where
March 30
10 a.m.-5 p.m.
The National Museum of Art, Osaka - Map
¥900
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Friday: Feel the love

Contact 1 Year Anniversary Part 2

Joaquin "Joe" Claussell is a DJ/producer who needs almost no introduction. A veteran of the early days of New York house and its legendary venues, Loft and Paradise Garage, Claussell went on to form the Body and Soul DJ triumvirate with Krivit and Francois K in the mid-'90s. The night serves to celebrate the first year of Contact, heir to legendary Tokyo clubs Yellow and Air.

When & Where
March 31
10 p.m. to late
Contact Tokyo - Map
¥4,000
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Saturday: Remember the Purple One

The New Power Generation Tribute to Prince

Prince’s band through the ‘90s and 2000s is reuniting after performing together at a tribute concert in Minneapolis last October. Members of The New Power Generation, known for their work on 1991’s "Diamonds and Pearls" and 1992’s "Love Symbol" album, will head to Japan for a show for some of the Purple One’s biggest fans.

When & Where
April 1
6 & 9 p.m.
Billboard Live, Tokyo - Map
¥8,500
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Sunday: Celebrate the Buddha’s birthday

Ikegami Honmonji Spring Festival

Experience the birthday of the Buddha and celebrate spring at the Ikegami Honmonji temple in Ota Ward, Tokyo. Each year the temple holds a spring festival on the first weekend of April. The oldest five-story pagoda in the Kanto region opens to the public just once a year during the period, and in keeping with the birthday of the Buddha, hydrangea tea is served as viewers take in a flower festival children's parade.

When & Where
April 2
10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Ikegami Honmonji Temple, Tokyo - Map
Free
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