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This Week in Tokyo for Dec 19 – 25, 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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This week brings many causes for celebration — the start of winter break, Christmas Day, the Emperor’s birthday — but possibly the best reason is that we won’t have to hear “Last Christmas” or “All I Want For Christmas Is You” for another year. So enjoy that and these fun activities 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.

Thursday: Wrestle the year to a close

Stardom Year End Climax

Christmas and New Year’s are a great time to watch some pro wrestling. One highlight will be the Stardom main event with Shirai defending her title against Mayu Iwatani.

When & Where
Thu, Dec. 22
6:30 p.m.
Korakuen Hall, 1-3-61 Koraku, Bunkyo
Tickets start at ¥3,000
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Friday: Celebrate with the Emperor

Imperial Palace Opening

Friday is a holiday celebrating the Emperor’s birthday and the palace grounds will be open to the general public — one of the few times during the year people can see it.

When & Where
Fri, Dec. 23
9:30 a.m.-11:20 a.m.
Nijubashi Bridge, Imperial Palace, Chiyoda-ku
Free
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Saturday: Enjoy a nostalgic Christmas dinner

Christmas Dinner at the Pink Cow

If you’d like a home-cooked Christmas dinner with a few dozen of your friends and family in the Tokyo expat community, look no further than the Pink Cow. On Christmas Eve and Christmas Night it will be serving up turkey, mac n’ cheese, sweet potatoes and more.

When & Where
Sat Dec. 24-Sun Dec. 25
7 p.m.
The Pink Cow, Tokyo Roi Building B1F, 5-5-1 Roppongi, Minato
¥5,500 w/ one drink
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Sunday: Rock out with some local bands

Total Feedback feat. Broken Little Sister

Shoegaze is the gift that keeps on giving. Christmas night check out Total Feedback, Koenji High's celebration of the noisy side of Japanese rock. See half-a-dozen great shoegaze bands for one low price, including Broken Little Sister, Sugardrop and more.

When & Where
Sun Dec. 25
4:30 p.m.
Koenji High, 4-30-1 Koenji-Minami, Suginami
¥2,000 advance / ¥2,500 door
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Ongoing: See a night aquarium or the best movies of the year

Night Wonder Aquarium

Night Wonder Aquarium is part illumination, part installation art and all amazing. The display interacts with the input of viewers and the movement of fish to create unique experiences nightly. You have until Christmas Day to see it.

When & Where
Until Sun, Dec. 25
5 p.m.-8 p.m.
Enoshima Aquarium, 2-19-1 Katase Kaigan, Fujisawa, Kanagawa
¥2,100 (student discounts available)
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Cinema Curtain Call 2016

The art-house cinema Shin-Bungeiza will be hosting screenings all week of the best films to come to Japan in 2016. From dystopian romantic comedy "The Lobster" to dystopian sci-fi drama "High-Ruse" to dystopian sci-fi thriller "Self/Less," 2016 was quite a year.

When & Where
Until Thu, Dec. 29
Various
Shin Bungeiza Theater, Maruhan Ikebukuro Bldg. 3F, Higashi 1-43-5, Toshima
¥1,300 (student and senior discounts available)
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