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This Week in Tokyo for Dec 12 – 18, 2016

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

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It’s almost that time of year — again. We hope you’ve pre-ordered your KFC and generic Christmas cake. If you’re looking for something a little more unique, we’ve got a few things for you to do 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.

Monday: Watch the X-League crown a champion

Japan X Bowl

Are you ready for some football? You can can catch a live championship game this week in the Tokyo Dome. The Obic Seagulls take on the Fujitsu Frontiers to crown the winner of the X-League.

When & Where
Mon Dec. 12
7 p.m.
Tokyo Dome
¥2,200
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Tuesday: Try your own jokes at a comedy show

Tokyo Comedy Store presents New Material Night

Want to hear some new comedy? See some improv? Try out a few jokes on your own? Head out to the “hip and cool” Double Tall Cafe as the Tokyo Comedy Store puts on their New Material Night.

When & Where
Tue Dec. 13
8 p.m.-10 p.m.
Double Tall Cafe, Shibuya East Side Building 2F, 3-12-24 Shibuya, Shibuya-Ku
Free with drink or food purchase
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Wednesday: Experience bushido or improve your presentation skills

Gishi Sai Festival

If you’re a fan of Japanese literature or cinema, you should be well versed in the story of the 47 ronin, fighting to avenge their former master. The story of bushido and the code of honor the ronin follow is now honored by a procession at the Sengakuji Temple. So if you’re a fan of the story, or just a fan of Japanese festivals, head to Sengaku Monday night.

When & Where
Wed Dec. 14
7 p.m.-9 p.m.
Sengaku-ji Temple, 2-11-1, Takanawa, Minato
Free
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Pecha Kucha

“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.

When & Where
Wed Dec. 14
8 p.m.
Super Deluxe, B1F , 3-1-25 Nishi-Azabu, Minato-ku
¥1,000
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Thursday: Head out for a flea market

Setagaya Boro-ichi Flea Market

It is the season of giving and giving means getting as well. Get all your interesting stocking stuffers and trinkets a market that has a 436-year history in Tokyo. The Boro-ichi fair runs for two days in December and two days in January.

When & Where
Thu Dec. 15-Fri 16 & Sun Jan. 15- Mon 16
9 a.m.-8 p.m.
Boro-ichi Dori, Setagaya 1-chome, Setagaya
Free
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Ongoing: Enjoy Polish films or winter illuminations

Poland Film Festival 2016

See 17 films from the influential history and vibrant present of Poland’s film history. Ashes and Diamonds, The Last Family, and United States of Love will be featured throughout the week.

When & Where
Until Fri Dec. 16
Various
Cinem@rt Shinjuku, 6F/7F, 3-13-3 Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku
¥1,600
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Tokyo Dome City Winter Illumination

Tokyo Dome City’s illumination prides itself on being Tokyo’s most romantic light show, hence why it’s running until Valentine’s Day. Besides thousands of lights and the occasional live show, there’s a special Microsoft Kinect display that lets you control the illumination with your body.

When & Where
Until Sun Feb. 19
4 p.m.-1 a.m.
Tokyo Dome City, 1-33 Hongo, Bunkyo
Free
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