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This Week in Tokyo For April 25 – May 1, 2016

Every Monday we post our picks of upcoming events in Tokyo. If you would like your event listed here, contact the editor of GaijinPot.

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Get Golden Week started off right with this selection of exciting events happening This Week In Tokyo. If you’re doing something fun or interesting, be sure to leave us a comment or email us to have your event listed.

Meiji Shrine Grand Spring Festival

If you want to celebrate spring the Japanese way, Meiji Shrine will be perfect. You will be able to witness several Shinto important ceremonies including sacred dances and prayer offerings. There is also an extensive line of traditional Japanese performing arts including Bugaku (ancient imperial court music), Hogaku and Hobu (classical Japanese dance), as well as Noh and Kyogen (classical Japanese theatre).

When & Where
Wednesday, April 29th to Sunday, May 3rd
Meiji Shrine, 1-1 Yoyogikamizonocho, Shibuya
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Pecha Kucha Volume 135

Pecha Kucha is a fast-paced presentation style that originated in Tokyo but has spread to over 700 cities worldwide. Each speaker only has time to show 20 slides for 20 seconds each, allowing for an array of different ideas to be shared in one night. This Wednesday’s Pecha Kucha will feature visual designer Chiyun Yeh, entrepreneur Asako Hibi, and architect Francisco X. Meija.

When & Where
Wednesday, Apr. 27th
20:20 - 23:00
Super Deluxe, B1F , 3-1-25 Nishi-Azabu, Minato-ku
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40th Japan Hobby Show

See cool, elaborate, and artful one-of-a-kind goods at the 2016 Japan Hobby Show. Handmade items from 500 exhibitors will be on display, including clothing, jewelry, handmade toys, ceramics, candles, books, and more.

When & Where
Thursday, Apr. 28th to Saturday, Apr. 30th
10:00 - 18:00
Tokyo Big Sight
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AMPLIFIER Vol. 10: Powan feat. GO-BANG'S, loco hermanos, CREA

A heaping helping of indie rock will be served up in Ikebukuro this Friday. See Powan, Loco Hermanos, and Crea at Ikebukuro Chop.

When & Where
Friday, Apr. 29th
Chop, Sheema100 B1, 2-46-3 Ikebukuro
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It’s the last Friday of the month, so that means the unstoppable Improvazilla is back to bring Tokyo to its knees, with laughter: “Soaring melodies, great characters, and memorable stories will leave you humming our improvised songs as you leave. Each month is brand-new, with unforgettable characters caught up in bizarre situations made up on the spot!

When & Where
Friday, Apr. 29th
Crocodile, 6-18-8 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku
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Samurai War Game

Do you think you have what it takes to be a samurai? Prove it this Saturday. There’ll be a massive samurai war game in Shinagawa. Use a foam sword to knock a “life ball” off of your opponent, and stop them from doing the same.

When & Where
Saturday, Apr. 30th
13:00 - 16:00
Track field in Oifutokaihin Park, 4-1-19, Yashio, Shinagawa-ku
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Shut up & Write!

Come join us for a session of focused writing! No time to get into the creative zone during the week? Get a head start on Sunday afternoons and write alongside others during one (or two) sessions of quiet, uninterrupted time. No one will see what you've written or give you unsolicited advice. Just show up and bring something to work on. Our goal is to create a supportive atmosphere where everyone can concentrate on their own work.

When & Where
Sunday, Mar. 6th
14:00 - 17:00
Diasapora Links Studio 4, 4-7-15 Koyama Shingawa-ku
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Tamagawa Robot Town

Get up close in personal with our future robotic overlords at Tamagawa Takashima Shopping Center. This “Robot Amusement Park” aims to show us the sort of robots who will aid us in day-to-day, but we know it’s only a matter of time before they turn on us. The exhibition runs until May 5th.

When & Where
Until May 5th
10:00 - 20:00
Tamagawa Takashima Shopping Center Arena Hall West Building
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