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This Week in Tokyo for Oct. 24 – 30, 2016

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

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We’re only a few days away from Halloween, but there are tons of great things to do in Tokyo that don’t require a costume. Enjoy these events in between prepping your candy and decorations, and we’ll have a list of Halloween events later 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.

Tuesday: Take in the TFF

Tokyo International Film Festival

Take advantage of this chance to see new movies before they get widely distributed or catch classics on the big screen. Featured films include "Florence Foster Jenkins" and "Birth of a Nation." There will also be special programs covering science fiction and American ‘80s classics.

When & Where
Tue, Oct. 25 to Thu, Nov. 3
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Wednesday: Get into design

Tokyo Design Week

The tagline, “Design art music fashion interactive,” says it all. This two-week mega-event focuses on all aspects of aesthetics and how they shape the world we live in. There’s a massive lineup of programs and events, and thankfully an English version of the website to help you keep track of what’s going on.

When & Where
Wed, Oct. 26 to Mon, Oct. 31
11 a.m.-9 p.m.
Meiji-Jingu Gaien Mae, 2-3 Kasumigaoka, Shibuya-ku
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Pecha Kucha at Tokyo Design Week

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 focus on Tokyo Design Week.

When & Where
Wednesday, October 26
7 p.m.
Meiji-Jingu Gaien Mae, 2-3 Kasumigaoka, Shibuya-ku
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Friday: Escape into old books or new characters


Kanda Old Book Festival

You can pick up used and rare books at great prices this week in Kanda. During this festival, the local bookshops spill out into the streets offering special events, workshops and tons of deals.

When & Where
Fri, Oct. 28 to Sun, Nov. 6
10 a.m.-7 p.m.
Kanda- Jimbocho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
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It’s the last Friday of the month, so that means the unstoppable Improvazilla is back to bring Tokyo to its knees with laughter. Soaring melodies, great characters and memorable stories will leave you humming the improvised songs as you leave. Each month is brand-new, with unforgettable characters caught up in bizarre situations made up on the spot!

When & Where
Friday, October 28
7:30 p.m.
Crocodile, 6-18-8 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku
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Saturday & Sunday: Explore the hip Koenji neighborhood

Koenji Fes 2016

Celebrate one of Tokyo’s hippest, coolest and liveliest neighborhoods this weekend. Street performers, free concerts, art workshops and pro wrestling will all be on hand. Join the “stamp rally” and your shopping could net you some neat prizes.

When & Where
Sat, Oct. 29 & Sun, Oct. 30
Koenji Street, 3-70-1 Koenji-minami, Suginami-ku
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