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This Week in Tokyo For Aug. 22 – 28, 2016

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This week in Tokyo we have lots more summer festivals, great food and some classic horror films. Enjoy! If you’re doing something fun or interesting, be sure to leave us a comment or email us to have your event listed.

Middle Eastern Vegan Buffet

The next vegan event will be in collaboration with the Tokyo Vegan Meetup group, the Tokyo Vegetarian Meetup group and the Raw Foodists and Vegans of Tokyo Meetup group. The buffet will consist of some Middle Eastern favorites such as dips and pita bread, hummus, babaganoush, beetroot and more.

When & Where
Wednesday, Aug. 24
7 p.m.
Hobgoblin Roppongi, 1/F, Aoba Roppongi Building, 3-16-33, Roppongi, Minato-ku
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It’s the last Friday of the month, so that means the unstoppable Improvazilla is back to bring Tokyo to it’s knees with laughter. Soaring melodies, great characters and memorable stories will leave you humming the 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, Aug. 26
7:30 p.m.
Crocodile, 6-18-8 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku
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Harajuku Omotesando Genki Matsuri Super Yosakoi

This huge folk-dancing festival originated in Shikoku, but has participants from all over Japan. See over 5,000 dancers in 100 crews perform throughout the weekend.

When & Where
Saturday, Aug. 27 & Sunday, Aug. 28
Sat. 10 a.m.-8 p.m. & Sun. 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
Omotesando, Harajuku and Yoyogi Park
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Gakuten: All Student Art Festival

Gakuten is an annual art and performance festival focused on the work of students. Hundreds of young painters, sculptors, illustrators, photographers and musicians all come together to display, sell and perform their art.

When & Where
Saturday, Aug. 27 & Sunday, Aug. 28
11 a.m.-7 p.m.
Tokyo Big Sight, 3 Chome-11-1 Ariake, Koto-ku, Tokyo
¥1,000 (doo)r, ¥700 (advance)
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35th Annual Asakusa Samba Carnival

Japan and Brazil have a long history of cultural exchange and one of the most beautiful forms it takes is the annual Asakusa Samba Festival. Twenty local samba troops will participate in this bright, lively and fascinating festival.

When & Where
Saturday, Aug. 27
1-6 p.m.
Sensoji Temple, 2-3-1 Asakusa, Taito-ku, Tokyo
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Koenji Awa Odori

The Koenji area will also be serving up some traditional dance Saturday and Sunday evening. You can also enjoy lots of food, music and shopping!

When & Where
Saturday, Aug. 27 & Sunday, Aug. 28
5-8 p.m.
Near JR Koenji station
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Summer Horror Festival

Get some scares in this summer with the Summer Horror Festival. New films like "The Room" and" Bunny The Killer" will be shown along with classics like the "Hellraiser" and "Basket Case" series.

When & Where
Until Friday, Sep. 9
Seiyu Omori 5F, 6-27-25 Minami-Oi, Shinagawa-ku
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