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 14

Tokyo International L&G Film Festival
The summer edition of TIL&GFF is back this week with a selection of new and interesting films on sexual minorities, including Alain Guiraudie's 2013 award-winning Stranger by the Lake and Sophie Hyde's 52 Tuesdays. Read more

Tuesday 15

George Nelson Exhibition
Opening today, this show takes a look at how the multi-talented George Nelson defined American design through his work in a dizzying variety of fields, including architecture, editing, design and education. Read more

Wednesday 16

Morning Gloryville Tokyo
Morning person? Get your rave on from sunrise at Morning Gloryville, the pre-work party that started in London last year and now comes to Tokyo with everything from dance groups to DJs and a 'yoga party'. Read more

Omotesando Space Summer Festival
Held at Omotesando's brilliant Space Café, this summer celebration of our universe kicks off today and commemorates the 1969 Apollo 11 mission with Moon-themed workshops and other fun running until Sunday. Read more

Thursday 17

The Two Jodorowskys – Fruits of Love
'They are precious to me, so I price them high in order not to sell,' says legendary cult film-maker Alejandro Jodorowsky of the series of drawings he did in collaboration with his wife Pascale. Luckily for us, they're on display here. Read more

Friday 18

Midtown Meets Godzilla
The new Hollywood version of Godzilla doesn't hit Japanese shores until next week, but those who just can't wait will be grateful for this opportunity to hang out with our protagonist on the Tokyo Midtown lawn. Read more

Tokyo Hula Festival
Spreading out all over Ikebukuro, the annual Hula Festival paints the area in distinctly Hawaiian colours. Gigs by Hawaiian bands and a dizzying variety of food stalls complement the 3,800 dancers showing off their hula skills. Read more

Bacardi Midpark Cafe
If beer gardens aren't your thing, head to the lawns outside Tokyo Midtown to sip mojitos instead, at this summer-only outdoor café opening today. The drink menu includes frozen mojitos and weekly specials. Read more

DJ Funk
Chicago 'ghetto house' pioneer DJ Funk has been combining hip-hop and electronic beats since the early 1990s, creating an entirely new sound in the process. Catch him and techno godfather Takkyu Ishino tonight. Read more

Park Brewery
All-you-can-drink craft beer? Yes, really: Shinjuku's luxurious Park Hyatt puts on this show together with Kanagawa brewery Sankt Gallen, combining delectable appetisers with the limited-edition Park Brewery Ale. Read more

Saturday 19

HandMade In Japan Fes
Crafts, fashion, accessories and much more – it's all here at the HandMade in Japan festival, a two-day celebration of creativity attracting around 3,000 artists and craftspeople, along with thousands of amateur DIYers. Read more

Edogawa Goldfish Festival
The Edogawa area has been known for its goldfish breeding since the late 1800s, and this festival also boasts decades of history. Stroll around admiring the shiny specimens and try your hand at goldfish scooping. Read more

The Street Goes On
Get that road trip feeling at this photo exhibition, which introduces visitors to street imagery courtesy of greats like Stephen Shore and veteran Japanese artist Keizo Kitajima. Don't miss the 'photo market' either. Read more

Ueno Summer Festival
Ueno's natsu matsuri kicks off for real with a parade down the area's central street today. There will also be market stalls in the park selling antiques, potted plants and more, while you might even be able to spot ice sculptures. Read more

Sounds of Water
Art themed on the sounds of water fits perfectly with the hot summer. Curators at the Yamatane Museum of Art have picked out the best 'cooling' works from their collection, including both classic and contemporary pieces. Read more

Adachi Fireworks
Adachi's annual fireworks festival goes back as far as 1924 and traditionally kicks off the Tokyo fireworks season. This year will see rockets shot up from three locations along the Arakawa near Kita-Senju and Kosuge stations. Read more

Sunday 20

Setagaya Firefly Festival
Setagaya gets into a festive mood at this small-scale but always fun celebration, which features not only the titular glowing insects but also lanterns, food stalls, dance performances and sagiso flower watching. Read more

Ancient Egyptian Queens and Goddesses
A collection of around 200 pharaoh statues, deity images and jewellery pieces from New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art comes to Japan and Ueno from today. We're not sure if there'll be any creepy mummies though. Read more

Sumomo Matsuri
Honouring the Sumomo plums that supposedly helped warlord Minamoto no Yoriyoshi win the Zenkunen War in the 11th century, this festival at Fuchu's Okunitama Shrine certainly provides a distinctive weekend experience. 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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