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 24

Tomato T-Shirts Exhibition
Known for their T-shirt designs that incorporate edibles in a wide variety of forms, the exhaustingly named Proto (Egg) Product Project team display their latest collection at Harajuku's Rocket. This one is all about tomatoes, and also features shoes, bags and accessories. Read more

Tuesday 25

Yokohama Dai Bon Dance
Don't really have confidence in your bon odori moves? It doesn't matter at this huge two-hour dance-off held on the Red Brick Warehouse's central plaza, where revellers of all ages will be shaking it to lighthearted tunes. Pull on your yukata and join the masses. Read more

Wednesday 26

Sukiyaki Tokyo
The official afterparty for Toyama's Sukiyaki Meets the World is held at Shibuya's WWW and always features appearances by some of the main festival's headliners – this year, names like Senegal's veteran entertainer Cheikh Lo and Honduran guitar genius Aurelio Martinez. Read more

Shinjuku Creators' Festa
The streets of Shinjuku assume an artsy appearance again, as this sprawling celebration of creativity brings art into the area's office buildings, overpasses and public spaces. Just walking around Shinjuku Station should be enough to spot some of the humorous pieces on offer. Read more

Thursday 27

Kinshicho Kawachi Ondo Bon Odori
Kawachi Ondo is a Japanese folk song that originated in what is now the Osaka region and later spread all over the country. This Kinshicho festival is where to get a comprehensive introduction to the art, all the while enjoying the dance and yukata contests and feasting on classic matsuri grub. Read more

Friday 28

Koyasan Cafe in Marunouchi
Monks from the World Heritage-designated Mount Koya range in Wakayama Prefecture take on Marunouchi with this collaborative pop-up café featuring delicious shojin ryori and equally healthy 'shojin sweets', plus sutra-copying and live chanting. Read more

Rashad Becker
Based in Berlin, German mastering engineer and heady electronic sound collagist Rashad Becker headlines with a live set at Unit, but that's not all there is to look forward to: domestic industrial duo Carre will also be taking the stage. Read more

Matt Bianco
British pop unit Matt Bianco have been in business for well over 30 years, but their combo of latin tunes, funk and jazz is still intact and will surely appeal to both long-time loyalists and new listeners. Catch them tonight at Aoyama's Blue Note. Read more

Club Chic
Feel like dancing in style? Spend a fab evening at the Grand Hyatt, where this popular disco bash once again lights up the Roppongi Friday night. The hotel's vast Grand Ballroom turns into a glitzy disco, with '70s hits, mirror balls and more than 1,500 lavishly dressed partiers. Read more

Saturday 29

Super Yosakoi
Tokyo's own Super Yosakoi festival has been going for over a decade now and sees 100-odd teams of brightly attired dancers trying to outdo each other as they strut their stuff to clapper rhythms. The Udon Tenkaichi Tournament is where to fill up in between dances. Read more

Asakusa Samba Carnival
For even hotter-blooded dancing, head over to Asakusa, where elaborately dressed samba teams flood the streets, shaking their tail feathers to the Brazilian beat all afternoon. Do beware of the crowds, though – this one tends to draw up to half a million spectators. Read more

Premium Beer Party
Looking to make a strong entrance onto the outdoor boozing scene, Futako-Tamagawa's new and fancy Rise complex has turned its main plaza into a beer garden built around two main pillars: basic suds in the form of Premium Malts and Spanish gourmet specialities courtesy of Pastelería Mallorca. Read more

Postwar Art in Close-Up
Marking both two decades since the museum's opening and 70 years since the end of World War II, this display at Kiyosumi's Museum of Contemporary Art surveys the history and development of art in postwar Japan, highlighting social phenomena and currents that influenced it. Read more

Kitsuné Club Night
The Kitsuné brand has fingers in several pies, but is still best known as a music label. The French-Japanese crew now take over megaclub AgeHa for this showcase featuring the likes of Grammy-winning house producer Todd Edwards and Swedish DJ Oliver Nelson. Read more

Sunday 30

Koenji Awa-Odori
The annual Awa-Odori is undoubtedly one of Tokyo's most energetic festivals: around 10,000 dancers pile out on to the streets of Koenji from 5pm, but you'll need to arrive much earlier if you want to snag one of the best viewing spots. Read more

Japan Wildlife Film Festival
Reminding us all what a gorgeous planet we live on, the Japan Wildlife Film Festival returns for its 12th edition with a programme of 48 film screenings – all of which are free to attend. You can also look forward to kid-friendly fun and talks with special guests. Read more

Ensembles Tokyo
Aspiring musicians will want to pay attention: here's your chance to play together with top domestic names like Yoshihide Otomo, the Shibusashirazu Orchestra and Tenniscoats, plus Indonesian rock hero Rully Shabara – out in the open right by Tokyo Station, no less. Read more

Tahitian Breakfast
Those looking for a brunch spot after sleeping in will want to consider stopping by Aoyama, where Polynesian treats like poisson crue tuna stew, pua rôti (grilled pork), po'e fruit pudding and mango desserts are served all day long. Read more

The Do-Over Tokyo
If you're looking for a way to close out the summer with a bang, this is it: the mother of all backyard parties never provides lineup details in advance, but you can safely look forward to a tight group of top-grade DJs, free-flowing sangria and tasty barbecue. Read more

Hi-Sour 35th Anniversary
Head out to Kameido to celebrate 35 years of the Hi-Sour soda mixer, best known for the bootylicious commercials used to promote it. Nine different drinks will be served on the night, while local bars and restaurants also set up stalls to serve hungry imbibers. 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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