Things to do this week in Tokyo

This week’s hottest events, gigs, films, festivals and more

Things to do this week in Tokyo

Things to do this week in Tokyo
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Monday 1

Tokyo Danshi Tokyo Joshi
Divvied up into 'Danshi' (boys) and 'Joshi' (girls) sections, this colourfully quirky Harajuku exhibit displays the work of around 70 young Tokyo creatives working in art, music, design and so on, providing a feel for what the city's next generation is dreaming up right now. Read more

Today's your last chance to get the full music festival food court experience without the music. Tachikawa's Manpaku offers tantalising treats ranging from karaage and ramen to local specialities from the Tama area – look out for udon from Musashi-Murayama and Tachikawa pasta. Read more

Tuesday 2

Kenichi Hayashi: Observation Stations of Mt Fuji
Opening today, Hanzomon's JCII Photo Salon hosts this fascinating display of Mt Fuji photos by essayist Kenichi Hayashi, taken during his assignments for the wartime Cabinet Information Bureau. Being a weather scientist back then sure wasn't a walk in the park... Read more

The Nels Cline Singers
One of the more unexpected acts making their Japan debut this year, Wilco guitar giant Nels Cline’s commanding electric-jazz trio makes smart music you don’t have to think about. Catch the casual outfit at Blue Note and look out for the occasional mind-bending improv section. Read more

Wednesday 3

The World of Edo Dandyism
Edo's long peace gave birth to more than a little vanity among the weapon-carrying class, with elaborately decorated swords, mountings and other equipment coming into vogue. Review this 'samurai chic' at the Nezu Museum's in-depth exhibition. Read more

Thursday 4

Robert Glasper Experiment
Taking time out of his busy post-Taico Club schedule for a bunch of Tokyo gigs, innovative pianist and producer Robert Glasper brings his Experiment to Roppongi's Billboard Live tonight. The Houston native has a strong following in Japan, so get your tickets ahead of time. Read more

Friday 5

Yozora no Niwa Beer Garden
You've probably never been up on it, but Shinjuku's Isetan actually boasts one of the more beer garden-worthy rooftops in town. The department store is now taking full advantage, serving up traditional outdoor boozing classics plus a lineup of Brazilian options. Read more

Nagisa Oshima Retrospective
Best known in the West for his notorious 1976 exposé In the Realm of the Senses, director Nagisa Oshima also broke plenty of non-sexual taboos over his four-decade career. This programme at Shibuya's Image Forum features 12 of the auteur's finest works. Read more

ShortShorts Film Festival & Asia
One of the biggest international short film festivals in Asia returns with over 200 movies – and practically all screenings are free. There simply is no stopping you from taking in the best of mini-movies from all over the world. Read more

The Nude
Kyobashi's multi-use Tokyo Institute of Photography takes off all its clothes for this four-artist display focused on the nude form. Stare at nakedness documented by Irina Ionesco, Bettina Rheims, Jeanloup Sieff and prolific fashion observer Helmut Newton. Read more

Saturday 6

Taste of Tokyo
This all-new gourmet celebration comes to Odaiba with around 40 different stalls, organised by an international bunch of chefs, companies and embassies. Buy the food ticket 'starter pack', taste fine appetisers and titillating tipples, and catch a free cooking show. Read more

Akomeya Tokyo Craft Beer Event
Ginza's impressive 'rice lifestyle' shop Akomeya Tokyo puts aside its speciality for this 'Bottled Beer Collection', which allows visitors to sample over 30 varieties from the likes of Baird Brewing, Coedo, Ishikawa Shuzo and Chiba's Kankiku. Read more

SIS Special Import Car Show
In the market for a new ride? Even if you aren't, it might be worth heading down to Odaiba's Big Sight for this super-sized import car show, featuring rare new models from overseas brands, vintage wheels and custom creations, plus a food stall 'village'. Read more

EU Film Days
29 films from 24 European Union countries compose the menu at this annual screen showcase that's now returning for its 13th edition. Catch movies like Oscar winner Ida by Poland's Pawel Pawlikowski today at Kyobashi's National Film Centre. Read more

Kaminote Nippon
Meguro Gajoen celebrates Japanese craftsmanship with this display, held inside the gorgeous Hyakudan Kaidan pavilion. Look forward to pieces exhibiting wonderful attention to detail, refined aesthetics and knowledge of traditional culture. Read more

Fab Extravaganza: Big in Japan
Tokyo's most FABulous party organisers bring you an evening of dance, music, glamour and performances. Resident DJs play all night long while a crew of over 40 performers keep you entertained with a total of nine shows, including a 'Drag Queen Extraordinaire'. Read more

Sunday 7

Shibuya Renaissance
The central Shibuya street that connects 109 and Tokyu comes alive with art and music, with the programme including a gospel performance by a 100-strong choir and a modernised version of traditional dengaku dance and music. Read more

Bunkyo Ajisai Matsuri
June and rainy season also means it’s the season for the grey month’s most iconic flower: ajisai, the Japanese hydrangea. To see the blue beauties in bloom, head for Hakusan Shrine and its popular Ajisai Matsuri, which features up to 3,000 flowers. Read more

Creema Market
Itching to decorate? 180 creatives from all over the country show off accessories, homewares, art, fashion and quirky miscellanea at this market, held inside Manseibashi's always visit-worthy Maach Ecute complex. Read more

Literature of the Modern City
Looking back at the rapid cultural and social development of Tokyo after the 1923 Great Kanto Earthquake, the Edo-Tokyo Open-Air Architectural Museum in Koganei puts on a multifaceted display featuring literary works and related materials describing this push of modernity. Read more

I Love Art 13 – 100 Artists
First-timers and repeat visitors alike should find something to get excited about at the Watari-Um museum's summer exhibit, which actually includes work from more than the 100 artists mentioned in the title. Exhibited pieces come from the likes of On Kawara and JR. Read more

By Time Out Tokyo Editors
Please note: All information is correct at the time of writing but is subject to change without notice.


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