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Four wonderful things to do this weekend

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It's pretty easy to get FOMO in our lovely capital – where you do you even start, with literally dozens of events going on nearly every single day? Well, fear not, as besides our usual weekend hotlist, we've picked some Tokyo's lesser-known, wonderful events going on this Saturday and Sunday. See the city in a new light with these four options. 

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Gyoza and Curry Festival

Gyoza and curry are both a treat for many people, but the two crowd favourites are rarely seen together. Now it's up to you to decide if they actually are meant to be a pair at Namco Namja Town, inside Ikebukuro's Sunshine City Convention Centre. The indoor theme part is currently home to a 'gyoza stadium', where curry will be served with gyoza in a variety of guises until September 17. Offerings range from a standard curry with meat-filled gyoza to curry udon topped with boiled dumplings. We'll let you be the judge on this one. 2F, 3-1 Higashi-Ikebukuro, Toshima. 10am-10pm (last entry 9pm), curry/gyoza from ¥780. 

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Where is Wally at Tokyo Skytree

After the hugely popular 'Where is Wally' exhibition at Matsuya Ginza back in May this year, the perennially hard-to-spot Wally & co are headed to the Tokyo Skytree as part of the striped t-shirt-wearing guy's 30th anniversary. At the 350m viewing deck, you'll be able to use an app to try and find Wally, Wanda and others hidden across the city. If you happen to be heading that way to show out-of-town friends for the gazillionth time, this should add an extra layer of entertainment. 1-1-13 Oshiage, Sumida. 8am-10pm (last entry 9pm). Adults from ¥2,060. 

Miffy Takashimaya

Photo: Takashimaya Shinjuku

Miffy Plaza

Illustrator Dick Bruna's most famous work, Miffy (aka Nijntje), has a large following in Japan, with random Miffy imagery on anything from stationery to tableware. At Takashimaya in Shinjuku, you can now get your hands on some limited-edition Miffy goodies such as tote bags and bottles, just in case you needed a little extra dose of kawaii in your life. Takashimaya Times Square, 5-24-2 Sendagaya, Shibuya. 

Free entry to the National Museum of Western Art

The National Museum of Western Art's permanent collection is free to visit on the second and fourth Saturday of the month. The collection spans Western art between the 16th and 20th centuries, and with some of the highlights including works by Peter Paul Rubens, Jackson Pollock and Joan Miro, there's more than enough to see. If you do want more, there's always the Michelangelo exhibition, although this one carries a fee. 7-7 Ueno Koen, Taito. 9.30am-5.30pm Tue-Thu, Sun; 9.30am-8pm Fri, Sat (last entry 30min before close), closed Mon (Tue if Mon is a holiday). FREE entry to the permanent collection this Saturday, adults ¥500 all other days (extra fee required for temporary exhibitions). 

Yes, September has arrived well and proper... Get your head around it with our list of the best things to do in September 2018