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This Week in Tokyo For June 6 – 12, 2016

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

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Festival season is in full-swing in Tokyo. You can celebrate flowers, fireflies, and fox deities 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.


If you’re an adult who misses the cycle of triumph and humiliation that middle school there’s, we have good news: dodgeball is back! You can make new friends, and maybe a few enemies, with Tokyo Dodgeball Friendship Club. The club organizes games weekly. Unlike middle school, you can grab a beer afterwards with the person who just tagged you in the face.

When & Where
Monday, June 6th
Shinjuku School For Children With Disabilities, 20-11 Nishishinjuku 4-chome
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Sanno Festival

The Sanno Festival is one of the three largest festivals in Japan, with roots dating back to the Edo period. Numerous events involving traditional dance and music will be held throughout the 11-day celebration. Of special note is Saturday’s Nagoshi Children’s Festival, where adorable youth perform a ceremony while dressed in feudal costumes.

When & Where
Tuesday, June 7th to Friday, June 17th
Hie Jinja Shrine, 2-10-5 Nagata-cho, Chiyoda-ku
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Interop Tokyo 2016

Interop is the leading global business technology event, with the most comprehensive IT Conference and Expo available, Business and technology leaders attend Interop to get the most up to date information available on key technologies, learn about the latest trend and meet with leading vendors.

When & Where
Wednesday, June 8th to Friday, June 10th
10:30 - 18:00
Makuhari Messe, 2-1, Nakase, Mihama-ku, Chiba
¥5000, free with pre-registration
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Tsukuji Shishi Festival

This myth-heavy festival celebrates the day a fox god rose from the sea to block the waves and allow for the construction of Tsukuji. During the festival townspeople carry massive floats and shrines representing mythic lions, tigers, and dragons.

When & Where
Friday, June 10th to Sunday, June 12th
09:00 - 17:00
Namiyoke Inari Shrine, 6-20-37 Tsukiji, Chuo-ku
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Two of the best rock bands in Japan will team up for a night of alternative shredding and post-rock melodies. The NOVEMBERS will be taking the stage with MONO at Shibuya WWW on Friday night.

When & Where
Friday, June 10th
Shibuya WWW, Raizu Building, 13-17 Udagawa-cho, Shibuya-ku
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Bunkyo Hydrangea Festival

Over 3,000 hydrangea plants are in bloom right now at Hakusan Park. From now until Sunday you can enjoy the beautiful flowers, and even take some home. This weekend there will also be a parade and a Jazz concert.

When & Where
Saturday, June 11th to Sunday, June 19th
Hakusan Shrine, 5-31-26 Hakusan, Bunkyo-ku
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Vietnam Festival

The cultural festivals in Yoyogi park continue this week with a celebration of Vietnam. Vietnamese art, culture, and commerce will be on display, as will 50 booths of Vietnamese cuisine. Enjoy plenty of pho and Vietnamese beer. Traditional music as well as modern acts will perform.

When & Where
Saturday, June 11th and Sunday, June 12th
10:00 - 20:00
Yoyogi Park
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Yuyake Koyake Fureai no Sato

Spend a romantic evening in Yuyake Koyake Fureai no Sato village. 2,500 fireflies light the evening sky along the banks of the Kita-asa river. This event is the perfect transition from spring to summer.

When & Where
Saturday, June 11th to Sunday, June 26th
18:00 - 21:00
Yuyake Koyake Fureai no Sato, 2030 Kamiongatamachi, Hachioji
Free from 18:00 - 21:00
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Night Movie Festival

Shin Bungeiza is known for its weekly all-night movie festivals, and this one will embrace the darkness. See three films focused on the nocturnal—Inland Empire, Only God Forgives, and Holy Motors—this Saturday night.

When & Where
Saturday, June 11th
22:45 - 05:40
Shin Bungeiza Theater, Tokyo Maruhan Ikebukuro Bldg. 3F, 1-43-5 Higashi Ikebukuro
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