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This Week in Tokyo For July 25 – 31, 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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Summer is the perfect time to take in fireworks displays, watch cultural festivals, of course — go Pokémon hunting! There’s all that and more in and around Tokyo this week. If you’re doing something fun or interesting, be sure to leave us a comment or email us to have your event listed.

Kagurazaka Matsuri

Explore the beautiful neighborhood of Kagurazaka during this two-part nighttime festival. On Wednesday and Thursday, the streets will be lined with "chochin" (paper lanterns) and dozens of shops offering traditional foods will be on hand. On Friday and Saturday, awaodori dancers take over and will perform throughout the night.

When & Where
July 27 - 30
11a.m. - 7 p.m.
Kagurazaka
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. This Wednesday’s Pecha Kucha will feature architect Kazuyasu Kochi and film critic Haruka Hama.

When & Where
Wednesday, July 27
8:20 -11 p.m.
Super Deluxe, B1F, 3-1-25 Nishi-Azabu, Minato-ku
¥1,000
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Sumidagawa Fireworks Festival

Enjoy 20,000 fireworks as they light up the night sky over the banks of the Sumida River this Saturday night.

When & Where
Saturday, July 30
7:05 - 8:30 p.m.
Sumida River, between Sakura and Kototoi bridges and between Komagata and Umaya bridges, Taito-ku
Free
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Shinjuku Eisa Matsuri

Shinjuku Eisa Matsuri celebrates old customs, but is a relatively young festival. The event originated in Okinawa to honor ancestors and pray for prosperity via traditional dance and music. It was only fourteen years ago when the festival was brought from Okinawa to Shinjuku and quickly became a summer tradition. Just head to Shinjuku station and follow the taiko drum beat to find this event!

When & Where
Saturday, July 30
Noon - 8 p.m.
Shinjuku Station, east and west exits
Free
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Taiwan Festa

Enjoy an authentic Taiwanese night market, delicious food and tapioca drinks this weekend at Yoyogi Park. Taiwanese celebrities and musicians will be on hand for the celebration.

When & Where
Saturday, July 30 & Sunday, July 31
10 a.m.-8 p.m.
Yoyogi Park
Free
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Pokémon Hunting

Gotta catch em’ all? Do it with friends by joining the new Tokyo Pokémon group in Shinjuku Gyoen this Saturday.

When & Where
Saturday, July 30
Noon
Shinjuku Gyoen, 2-5-16 Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku
¥200
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Eigo Comedy Show

See some of Japan’s best comedians doing a special all-English show this Saturday. Headliner’s include Last Comic Standing’s Ken Suzuki and Japan’s Got Talent’s Kaori.

When & Where
Saturday, July 30
7-9:30 p.m.
Baba Goya, 1-4-1 Shimo-Ochiai, Shinjuku-ku
¥3,500
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