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This Week in Japan, May 22-28

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 fashion secrets to sake sipping to record release parties, there’s something for everyone this week in Japan to get you excited! If you’re doing something cool, leave us a comment or send us an email to have your event listed.

Monday: Fashion secrets

Pompeii Exhibit

The art of Pompei is the subject of a major exhibition at the Fukuoka City Museum. Over 80 pieces, many in “Pompei red,” tell the stories of the residents of the doomed Roman city. The remains of Pompei were uncovered in the 18th century; these days over two million people visit each year. The show comes to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the start of diplomatic relations between Japan and Italy.

When & Where
May 15-June 18
9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
Fukuoka City Museum - Map
¥1,500
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Tuesday: Art behind the magic

The Art of Disney: The Magic of Animation

Through nearly 500 works of original art, sketches and concepts starting from the legendary “Steamboat Willie” and “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs,” to “Frozen” and the latest “Moana,” this show focuses on the moment when life is given to the characters. It will aim to discover “The Magic of Animation” that was brought by Walt Disney and his animators’ imagination, innovation and the technology that made it all true.

When & Where
May 23-Sep. 24
10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Miraikan: National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation, Tokyo - Map
¥1,800
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Wednesday: Stage dive with royalty

Thursday: Sake ’n’ ramen

Ippudo Stand Sake Sampler Night

International ramen purveyor Ippudo presents its first Sake Sampler Night in its hometown of Fukuoka. Local liquor shop Sumiyoshi Sake has selected its favorite brands from across Japan to create a compact yet comprehensive menu — with explanations provided by a helpful English guide. Included in the ¥1,500 fee are either two local sake varieties paired with two side dishes, or alternatively, simply four kinds of sake tasting.

When & Where
May 25
7-10 p.m.
Ippudo Tenjin Nishi-dori & Ippudo Stand, Fukuoka - Map
¥1,500
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Friday: Get down to it

Tower Of Power

For close to 50 years, American soul unit Tower of Power has been creating its own kind of music. Since 1968, Tower of Power has delivered its unique brand of music to its fans, appearing before sold out crowds as they tour the world each year. Tower’s retro sound has made it a favorite in Japan, where all things funk and soul are treasured.

When & Where
May 26
6:30 & 9:30 p.m.
Billboard Live, Osaka - Map
¥11,000-¥12,000
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Saturday: Drop the mic

DJ Krush "Kiseki" album release party

The man who launched a thousand turntables in Japan is back with his first album since 2015—that’s actually pretty fast for downtempo master DJ Krush considering his last album was ten years before that. Krush will be dropping the needle, and a slew of MCs including album participants OMSB, Meiso and Rino Latina will be dropping the mic at Shibuya’s largest dance palace.

When & Where
May 27
10 p.m.
Sound Museum Vision, Tokyo - Map
¥2,800
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Sunday: Art of the future

Open Space 2017: Re-envisioning the Future Artist Talk

Telecom giant NTT’s multimedia museum presents a talk associated with its new show “Open Space 2017: Re-envisioning the Future.” A professor at NYU, Kyle McDonald is an artist who works in the open with code. He is a contributor to arts-engineering toolkits like openFrameworks, and spends a significant amount of time building tools that allow artists to use algorithms in creative ways. Kyle is also artist in residence at Studio for Creative Inquiry at Carnegie Mellon, as well as YCAM in Japan.

When & Where
May 28
2 p.m.
NTT InterCommunication Center, Tokyo - Map
Free
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