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This Week in Tokyo For Aug. 15 – 21, 2016

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This Week In Tokyo features big music festivals, big fireworks displays and even bigger monsters. Enjoy! If you’re doing something fun or interesting, be sure to leave us a comment or email us to have your event listed.

Fukagawa Hachiman Matsuri

This annual event is one of the three best summer festivals in Tokyo. Traditional music, dance and performances are scheduled along with parades. The highlight is the "Mizukake" matsuri where heaps of water is splashed on shrine bearers.

When & Where
Monday, Aug. 15
11 am
1-20-3 Tomioka, Koto-ku
Free

Godzilla in Yokohama!

Celebrate the King of All Kaiju at this special exhibit in Yokohama. Models and other bits of Godzilla movie magic will be on display. There will also be autograph sessions featuring some of the stars and directors of "Godzilla" films.

When & Where
Wednesday, Aug. 17 to Sunday, Sep. 3
10:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m.
Landmark Tower, Minato Mirai, 2-2-1 Nishi-ku, Yokohama
¥1.300

Standup Comedy at The Hobgoblin

The standup comedy night at the Hobgoblin in Shibuya is an all-standup show held on the third Thursday of every month. It features comedians with a variety of styles, performing in English so you can unwind and relax after work.

When & Where
Thursday, Aug. 18
9 p.m.
The Hobgoblin, 3F Ichiban Bldg. 1-3-11, Dogenzaka, Shibuya-ku
Free with one drink purchase

London After Midnight's Endless Summer

August is time for London After Midnight's Endless Summer Nights at DJ Bar Bridge with a series of fresh new faces spinning choice tunes to hit that perfect beat. John Flanagan, Tatsuhiko and Miki play alongside regulars DJ Nori and Dirty Munoz at this beach party with 6 DJs on the 10th floor.

When & Where
Friday, Aug. 19
8 p.m. til late
DJ Bar Bridge, Park Side Kyoudou Bldg. 10F, 1-25-6 Shibuya, Shibuya-ku
¥1,000

Jingu Gaien Hanabi Taikai

This display of 10,000 fireworks takes place at multiple venues around Shinjuku. Unlike most fireworks festivals, this one charges admission, but there will be musical performances preceding the show.

When & Where
Saturday, August 20
7:30-8:30 p.m.
Jingu Baseball Stadium, Chichibunomiya Rugby Ground
¥2,500

Saitama City Fireworks

For a free fireworks show, head up to Saitama City. 3,500 shell bursts will fill the night sky over Omagi Park this Saturday evening.

When & Where
Saturday, August 20
7:30 p.m.
Omagi Park, Iwatsuki-bunka Park, Saitama
Free

Respect Jamaican Festival

The Respect Jamaican Festival celebrates the long history of Japan’s appreciation for reggae music and Jamaican culture. Authentic Jamaican food, live performances, cultural booths and more will fill Hibiya Park during this event.

When & Where
Saturday, Aug. 20 & Sunday, Aug. 21
Sat. 10 a.m.-9 p.m. & Sun. 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
Hibiya Park
Free

Summer Sonic

Radiohead, Underworld, The Offspring, The Jacksons, At the Drive-In, and dozens of other huge international acts will be rocking the beats in Tokyo this weekend at Summer Sonic.

When & Where
Saturday, Aug. 20 & Sunday, Aug. 21
11 a.m.
QVC Marine Field, Makuhari Messe, Chiba
¥16,500 for one-day admission
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