Things to do this week in Tokyo

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Things to do this week in Tokyo

Things to do this week in Tokyo
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Monday 22

Katakana Aquarium
Decorate your kitchen or living room to look like an aquarium with fun knickknacks from the shop 'presenting Japanese cool' – they stock tenugui handkerchiefs, plates, tote bags and other quirky creations, all themed on sea creatures. Read more

Old is New
Pass the Baton, Omotesando's mecca for recycled fashion, provides a stage to typography-focused Komaba shop Letters 8 with this exhibit focused on vintage letters and numbers, reconfigured to create all-new items from key rings to cutting-edge fashion. Read more

Tuesday 23

Tanomura Chikuden Exhibition
Marking 180 years since the death of Edo-era artist Tanomura Chikuden, the Idemitsu Museum looks back at the life and work of this diversely talented painter, who also tried his hand at calligraphy and poetry while upholding the ideals and themes of traditional Chinese 'literary painting'. Read more

Wednesday 24

Legendary Houses in Postwar Japan
Head out to Hachioji for a look at 16 remarkable houses designed by 16 of Japan's most renowned postwar architects. Built mainly between the 1950s and late '70s, the abodes symbolise the country's adoption of the single-family home ideal. Read more

Thursday 25

Creema Market
This handicraft market at Manseibashi's Ecute will be closing soon, but there's still time to peruse the accessories, homewares, art, fashion and decorative miscellanea on display. Look out for super-cute hats, stained-glass pearls, penguin-themed earrings and so on. Read more

Friday 26

Matcha Beer Garden
This week's outdoor boozing pick is a little, hm, different: the beer garden at Ochanomizu's informatively named Green Tea Restaurant 1899 serves up all-you-can-drink matcha beer along with hojicha-flavoured French fries and 'tea soba'. Read more

Los Apson? T-Shirt Fair
Update your shirt collection for summer in Ebisu, where well-supported Hatagaya record shop Los Apson? puts on this annual fair dealing in tees designed by musicians and artists – Tomoo Gokita, ECD, Kosuke Kawamura and company – just for the occasion. Read more

Bordeaux, Port de la lune
Learn all about the art, history and culture of Bordeaux at Ueno's National Museum of Western Art, where the historical French city's journey from prehistory to the present is recounted through artefacts and art by the likes of Delacroix and Goya. Stays open until 8pm tonight. Read more

Sion Sono: Hisohiso Boshi
Now a household name on the Japanese film scene, director Sion Sono started out as an avant-garde auteur and multidisciplinary artist. Check out his work in Koenji, where a sneak peek of Sono's upcoming film on the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster is available as well. Read more

Saturday 27

Ecute Gourmet Fair
Tour the city's station malls for tasty rewards – five Ecute outlets from Tachikawa to Tokyo Station serve up goodies like Indian curry, Korean jijimi pancakes, Hainanese chicken rice and some very unofficial cronuts, plus a range of import beers. Read more

Rey Camoy Retrospective
A cosmopolitan artist who never seemed to find his place in the world, Kanazawa-born Rey Camoy lived a dramatic life, but was also a humorous and compassionate observer of the less fortunate among us. See his socially conscious work at the Tokyo Station Gallery. Read more

French Film Festival
Serving up a packed programme of contemporary French cinema, from box-office hits to more obscure art fare, the semi-governmental UniFrance organisation's mini-festival screens a total of 12 movies in Yurakucho over the weekend. Read more

Tsukikageya Pop-Up Shop
Pick up an edgy yukata for summer or invest in some Edo-style accessories at the Harajuku pop-up version of Tomigaya's Tsukikageya, a shop known for spicing up traditional garments with designs straight off the street. Read more

Frank McComb
Former Buckshot Le Fonque vocalist Frank McComb was signed to Columbia by Branford Marsalis, who remains a huge champion of his work. He specialises in the classier end of smooth jazz – perfect for a damp June evening, we think. Read more

Sunday 28

In Memory of Film Figures We Lost
The National Film Centre pays tribute to Japan's recently fallen cinematic greats with this summer programme featuring a whopping 70 movies. Catch Hideo Gosha's swashbuckling Three Outlaw Samurai (1964) today. Read more

Tokyo Art Bookake Fair
Over 30 artists descend on Meguro's Voilld gallery for this weekend bash featuring sales of self-published zines, exhibitions, a flea market and performances, plus a pop-up café courtesy of Tachikawa's appropriately artsy Shinbopan. Read more

Yomiuri Land Firefly Evening
Firefly season is coming to a close, so those of you who still haven't had a chance to admire these mystical symbols of early summer will want to visit Yomiuri Land tonight. The viewing and walks take place in the Seichi Koen area of the park. Read more

Mango Afternoon Tea
Stuff your face with tropical fruit at Odaiba's Hotel Nikko, where the afternoon tea trays are packed with delectable cakes, sandwiches, scones and the like, all containing ample amounts of fine mango. The views here aren't too terrible either. Read more

Manga, Anime, Games from Japan
The National Art Centre's investigation of the visual forms of modern Japanese pop culture is an ambitious attempt to say something comprehensive about how manga, anime and games have impacted culture and society. Should be a treat for the thinking fan. 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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