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This Week in Tokyo For May 16 – 22, 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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Whether your thing is art, music, hacking, or speaking, there’s something for you 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.

Tokyo HackerSpace Open Meeting

The Tokyo HackerSpace initiative was created from discussions at TokyoBarCamp 2009. It's a collective made up of programmers, engineers, IT administrators, artists, chefs, musicians, and people interested in geek culture. The goal of the group is to converge technology, arts, crafts, and music.

When & Where
Tuesday, May 17th
THS Nakaitabashi, 40-7 Yayoi-cho, Itabashi-ku
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Shibuya Toastmasters

The Toastmasters are a “non-profit organization developing public speaking and leadership skills through practice and feedback in local clubs since 1924.” If you’re interested in developing your public speaking skills, this is a fantastic opportunity to do so.

When & Where
Wednesday, May 18th
19:00 - 21:00
19-8 , Jinnan 1-19-8, Shibuya-ku
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Bitcoin Tokyo Meetup

Learn about the world’s most popular cryptocurrency with the members of the Bitcoin Tokyo Group: Attendees include all types; those who are just curious about Bitcoin to Bitcoin enthusiasts, speculators, academics and professionals with Bitcoin related businesses.

When & Where
Thursday, May 19th
19:30 - 23:30
Roi Building B1F, 5-5-1 Roppongi, Minato-ku
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Standup Comedy at The Hobgoblin

The Standup Comedy Night at the Hobgoblin in Shibuya is an all standup show held on the third Thursday of every month. We feature standup comedians with a variety of styles, performing in English so you can unwind and relax after work.

When & Where
Thursday, May 19th
The Hobgoblin, 3F Ichiban Bldg. 1-3-11, Dogenzaka, Shibuya Ku
Free with one drink purchase
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Drop In Ball Hockey

It's game time in Tokyo with the Tokyo Street Hockey Association. No matter what your skill level, if you've got a passion for hockey then come out for a fun night of sticks and balls.

When & Where
Friday, May 20th
20:00 - 22:00
Saitama-ken, Toda-shi, Bijyogi 1-chome-8-2
¥2500 Goalies, ladies and first timers are ¥500
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Okinawa Festival

Okinawa Matsuri is a young, but growing, celebration of all things Okinawa. It began as just a music event, but now the wonderful food and rich culture of Okinawa will be featured this weekend at Yoyogi Park.

When & Where
Saturday, May 21st and Sunday, May 22nd
11:00 - 21:00
Yoyogi Park
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ARK Animal Adoption Fair in Kanagawa

Animal Rescue Kansai is a wonderful organization that finds new homes for stray, abandoned, and abused animals. You can 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
Sunday, May 21st
13:00 - 16:00
Aoyama DOGSIGN, Jingumae 2-10-1, Shibuya-ku
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Journey to the End of the Night Scavenger Hunt

Contestants must dash around the city and complete challenges at six checkpoints while evading pursuit. It is similar to the Japanese game onigokko, or a zombie version of a game of tag. The course, which begins at Kiyosumi Koen, will be approximately 8.6 km and may take 2 to 4 hours to complete.

When & Where
Saturday, May 21st
Kiyosumi Park, 2 and 3 Kiyosumi, Koto-ku
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Sound Screening

Sound Screening explores expansion of visual and auditory sensation. Philip Widmann presents his 3 films in person. He makes original worlds by experimental and documentary technique. The works include his latest film which has gotten a deep response all over the world. The film “Fictitious Force” means physical force which we can't feel from the outside of a system, it refers to impossibility of sharing experiences. Moreover, Shinkan Tamaki shows his new performance which develops optical experiments at hand, and biki & Satoshi Kanda will construct space by setting objects and phenomena.

When & Where
Sunday, May 22nd
15:30 open / 16:00 start
Koenji High, 4-30-1 Koenji-Minami, Suginami
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Roppongi Crossing 2016: My Body, Your Voice

Staged by the Mori Art Museum triennially since 2004, “Roppongi Crossing” is a series designed to offer a comprehensive survey of the Japanese contemporary art scene. For the 5th edition, through the different methods of art production of the 20 artist groups selected by the curators from Japan, South Korea and Taiwan working together, the exhibition will examine a wide spectrum of Japanese contemporary art and contemplate the society and art of today.

When & Where
Until Sunday, July 10th
10:00 - 22:00, 10:00 - 17:00 on Tuesdays
Mori Art Museum, 53F Roppongi Hills Mori Tower
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  • Linda Routson says:

    Hi Leslie, we are coming to Tokyo for a visit from July 3rd thru 9th and we were wondering if there will be any lantern festivals or street festivals while we are there. All of the city website just say July – but no dates. Do you have any dates? Thanks in advance ~Linda



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