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August 2018 events in Tokyo

Plan your August in Tokyo with our events calendar of the best things to do, including summer festivals, fireworks, gigs and dance parties

August in Tokyo is usually when the summer heat hits its peak, resulting in plenty of sweaty messes on the trains, peak electricity usage and incessant dehydration warnings. However, August is also the month for some of the city's best summer festivals, firework shows and outdoor drinking events, not to mention the Obon holidays, all-night dance parties and after-dark activities on water. Find the right beer garden, hit a public pool or head out to Chiba for Summer Sonic – our guide to all the best events in Tokyo this August helps you avoid FOMO for good.

Our August highlights

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Japan in Architecture: Genealogies of Its Transformation

Japanese architecture has proven to be quite the hit, with architects from Kenzo Tange to Kengo Kuma and Tadao Ando getting much national and international acclaim. High time for a full-scale exhibition, the people at the Mori Art Museum must have thought. Structured as a veritable time travel through Japan’s history of architecture, the exhibition is divided into nine sections explaining architecture with keywords such as ‘the possibility of wooden architecture’ or ‘coexistence with nature,’ supported by architectural documents, models, and hands-on installations. The highlight is a full-scale reproduction of the 'Tai-an', a tea ceremony house connected to Sen no Rikyu, a tea master from the 16th century. If your knowledge is a bit rusty, you can also read up in the book lounge, full of famous modernist furniture pieces.

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Mori Art Museum , Roppongi Until Monday September 17 2018
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Star Wars In Concert

After well-received performances in the UK and North America, orchestral extravaganza Star Wars In Concert makes its way to Japan again, complete with enormous cinema screens and laser lighting. Mark Watters conducts the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra in a show that draws on John Williams' scores from throughout the series, running in chronological order from Episode IV: A New Hope to Episode VI: Return of the Jedi and accompanied by clips from the films. Yes, the force will be with you here. 

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Tokyo Opera City Concert Hall , Hatsudai Sunday July 29 2018 - Sunday September 2 2018
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