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This Week in Tokyo for Jan 9-15, 2017

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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We hope 2017 is treating you well so far (or at least, better than 2016… ). If you still need something to kickstart your year, look no further than these great events happening this week in Tokyo. If you’re doing something fun or interesting, be sure to leave a comment or email us to have your event listed.

Wednesday: Death metal danger

Anomalous Collision 14

Doom, sludge, darkness, power violence, brutal death... These are just some of the descriptions of bands at this super heavy metal show. See Lurking Fear, Su19b and Disrotted from the U.S. at this brutally uplifting rock event.

When & Where
Wed, Jan. 11
7 p.m.
Shin-Okubo Earthdom, Lisbon Bldg B1F, 3-32-3 Okubo, Shinjuku-ku
¥2,000
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Thursday: Political commiserations & koi polloi

Democrats Abroad Japan Speakeasy

Are you a democrat saying goodbye to Obama and hello to Trump? Drown your tears in beers at the Democrats Abroad Speakeasy! If you’re a member of the democratic party or just interested in talking American politics, head to the Aldgate British Pub Thursday night to discuss the latest happenings.

When & Where
Thu, Jan. 12
7:30 p.m.
The Aldgate British Pub, 30-4 Udagawachō, Shibuya
Free
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Manaita-biraki

This unique new year ceremony sees a large carp ritually sliced up by a culinary master as an offering for the temple.

When & Where
Sat, Jan. 7
10 a.m.-noon
Hoon-ji Temple, Taito-ku
Free
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Saturday & Sunday: Car collections

Tokyo Auto Salon

You can see hundreds of the world’s most advanced cars and car parts this weekend at the Tokyo Auto Salon. Custom racers, concept cars and everything else with an engine will be on display and for sale. The show also featurea live performances by dancers and pop groups.

When & Where
Sat, Jan. 14 & Sun, Jan. 15
9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Makuhari Messe, 2-1 Nakase, Mihama-ku, Chiba
¥2,200
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Saturday: Pet sounds

ARK Animal Adoption Fair

Start 2017 off with a new furry friend! Meet and play with some of the wonderful animals of Tokyo ARK this Sunday. Even if you can’t foster an animal, the dogs and cats would love to see you!

When & Where
Sat, Jan. 14
1-4 p.m.
Dog Life Design, 5-24-5 Komazawa, Setagaya-ku
Free
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Ongoing: Food and rockumentary

Furusato Matsuri

This festival is as massive as it is delicious. Furasato Matsuri brings food stalls from all over Japan to the heart of Tokyo for a culinary celebration. There’ll be performances and fan chosen “best bowl” awards.

When & Where
Until Jan. 15
10 a.m.
Tokyo Dome, 1-3-61 Koraku, Bunkyo-ku
¥1,600
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Garage Rockin’ Craze

Canadian documentarian Mario Cuzic delves into the subterranean nightclubs of Japan to explore the frenetic musical genre known as “Tokyo garage punk” purveyed by bands such as The 5.6.7.8.’s and Guitar Wolf. Screening with English subtitles. — Kevin McGue

When & Where
From Jan. 14
Various
Shibuya Humax Cinema, 20-15 Udagawacho, Shibuya-ku
¥2,000
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