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This Week in Japan Sep. 4-10, 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 a musical about the man behind Pan to Sapporo arts to French electro to an eclipse-themed rave, 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.

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Finding Neverland

How did Peter become Peter Pan? "Finding Neverland" tells the intriguing story of how late 19th century London playwright J.M. Barrie forms a friendship with the son of a widow, Peter, who has also lost the ability to dream. Barrie tries to help him dream again, playing with Peter in an imaginary world that inspires him to create an imaginary story, " Peter Pan," that he later turns into a play for the stage.

When & Where
Sep 8-24
Various
Tokyu Theatre Orb, Tokyo - Map
¥9,000-¥13,000
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Monday: Northern arts

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You Are Free to Fly

As part of the ongoing Sapporo International Arts Festival, a special exhibition is under way featuring the work of festival director, avant-garde musician Otomo Yoshihide and Sapporo modernist painter Migishi Kotaro. The show introduces Yoshihide’s work and related materials as well as Kotaro’s paintings in the intimate context of a small art museum, with a concert by Yoshihide scheduled for Fri, Sep. 8.

When & Where
Sep 4-Oct 1
9:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
Migishi Kotaro Museum of Art, Hokkaido - Map
¥500
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Tuesday: Graffiti x dance

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Enrico Isamu Oyama: Found Object

Enrico Isamu Oyama was born in Tokyo in 1983 to an Italian father and Japanese mother. He started to cultivate his interest in graffiti art around the time he lived in Venice in 2000-2001. After his return to Tokyo, he began drawing motifs influenced by the visual language of '70s-'80s New York, establishing it as his signature in the Tokyo art scene. Oyama authored the book "Against Literacy: On Graffiti Culture," and has worked with brands such as Comme des Garçons and Shu Uemura. A performance on the closing day of the show will feature a collaboration with dancers from noted contemporary dance group Un Yamada.

When & Where
Sep 5-30
Noon-7 p.m.
Courtyard Hiroo, Tokyo - Map
Free
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Wednesday: French electro

FKJ

Standing for French Kiwi Juice, FKJ is a French multi-instrumentalist, singer and musician from Tours. His debut album, "French Kiwi Juice," was released in March 2017, gaining him street credit as an innovator of the new wave of French house. He appears as part of programming to celebrate the 13th anniversary of influential live house/club Unit alongside domestic producer Tofubeats and Yosa.

When & Where
Sep 6
7 p.m.
Unit, Tokyo - Map
¥7,500
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Thursday: Rock Scandinavia

Mew

Danish prog rockers are back touring "+-," their first album since 2010. Consisting of Jonas Bjerre (lead vocals), Johan Wohlert (bass) and Silas Utke Graae Jørgensen (drums), the group’s style has been called 'indie stadium' and they have been a popular fixture on the international touring scene in Japan for over a decade now.

When & Where
Sep 7
7:30 p.m.
Umeda Club Quattro, Osaka - Map
¥7,500
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Friday: Free jazz

Nakasu Jazz 2017

A weekend of free jazz is on offer at Fukuoka’s happening Nakasu red-light district. The Nakasu Jazz fest will present a slew of domestic heavyweights over a range of stages. On Friday, acts include the Yusuke Hirado Project, formed by the pianist and bandleader of the highly regarded Quasimode, and future jazz-funk outfit Cro-Magnon. Saturday features the likes of winsome songstress Bird and fleet-fingered trumpeter Toku.

When & Where
Sep 8-9
4-10 p.m.
Nakasu Jazz Stage, Fukuoka - Map
Free
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Saturday: Dance to the moon

Paradise After Eclipse Gathering

Eclipse fanatics, some of whom actually made the trip to Oregon for the Dance on the Planet eclipse-themed rave party, are back in Japan and ready to party again. Headlining the all-nighter is the emerging face of second-generation psychedelic trance music, UK producer/DJ Avalon. Domestic stalwarts providing support include Hatta and Mirok, both of Grasshopper Records fame.

When & Where
Sep 9
11 p.m.-6 a.m.
Ageha, Tokyo - Map
¥4,000
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Sunday: Meeting in Paris

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Keiichi Tahara: Photosynthesis with Min Tanaka

Photographer Keiichi Tahara was struck by a quality of light that he had never seen in Japan after moving to France. Based there during the 1970s, he became an internationally acclaimed photographer. Dancer Min Tanaka, on the other hand, was gaining recognition as an avant-garde dancer when the two artists met in Paris in 1978. This show traces the relationship that followed, featuring 46 of Tahara's photographs of Tanaka as well as a performance by the now-wizened performer.

When & Where
Sep 10
11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Hara Museum Of Contemporary Art, Tokyo - Map
¥1,100
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