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Things to do in Tokyo this weekend

Time Out Tokyo's editors pick the top parties, festivals, concerts, food events and more this weekend in the big city

Got no plans for the weekend? You'll be struggling for a free hour once you've checked out all our recommendations for the best things to do in Tokyo over Saturday and Sunday.

What's on this weekend?

Phak Chi Fes

If fresh coriander and your innards don't get along, it might be for the best to stay away from Kabukicho during this five-day festival, which sees all things phak chi served up in obscene quantities and in forms that range from pad thai to curry and burgers...

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Kabukicho Cine City Plaza , Shinjuku Wednesday May 31 2017 - Sunday June 4 2017

Books Kinokuniya Anniversary Sale

Arguably Tokyo's best-stocked foreign-language bookstore, Books Kinokuniya are celebrating their third anniversary since reopening by offering a 20 percent discount on pretty much their entire imported selection, from magazines to English, Chinese, French, German and Italian novels...

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Books Kinokuniya Tokyo , Shinjuku Friday June 2 2017 - Sunday June 4 2017

Department H 2099

One of Tokyo's most venerable fetish parties, the monthly Department H is again gearing up for its early summer edition, which is always a highlight on the city's S&M calendar. Taking place at Uguisudani's Tokyo Kinema Club, a former cabaret theatre and a retro reminder of the smoky days of Showa...

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Tokyo Kinema Club , Uguisudani Saturday June 3 2017
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The Greenmarket Sumida

A monthly market taking place on the plaza in front of the Sumida ward office, this one sees local craftspeople, shop owners and baristas from across the neighbourhood join farmers from all over Japan to show off their wares. These range from fresh veg and fermented products like miso to leather items...

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Sumida Ward Office Uruoi Plaza , Asakusa Saturday June 3 2017 - Sunday June 4 2017

Body & Soul Live in Japan

Danny Krivit, François K and Joaquin 'Joe' Claussell have acquired the aura of elder statesmen on the New York club scene – hardly surprising when you consider that the former two have been rocking the Big Apple's dancefloors since the 1970s. The trio started their Body & Soul parties in 1996...

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Odaiba Body & Soul Venue , Aomi Sunday June 4 2017

Night Factory Views Exhibition

Discover the beauty in factories. No, really. You may not think industrial zones such as the Keihin sprawl just south of Tokyo would warrant any attention, but come night-time, the cranes, power plants and factories are illuminated like a castle of lights. 'Night view factory cruises', which see your boat weave through the plants and down mysterious...

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Todays Gallery Studio , Asakusabashi Friday June 2 2017 - Sunday June 25 2017
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Italian Nights at Uplink

Shibuya's Uplink takes movie-goers on a mini-journey through contemporary Italian cinema, showing three recent films from the country with Japanese subtitles. See Cristina Comencini's Latin Lover, a family-focused comedy-drama...

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Uplink , Shibuya Saturday June 3 2017 - Friday June 9 2017

Toshimaen Hydrangea Festival

An old and somewhat outdated amusement park up in Nerima, Toshimaen is, surprisingly enough, also one of Tokyo's top spots for hydrangea flower viewing during the rainy season. The blue and purple beauties are especially beautiful on Saturday and Sunday evenings, when they're lit up from 5.30pm onwards...

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Toshimaen , Nerima Until Friday June 30 2017

Warriors Based on Novels of Kyokutei Bakin

Marking 250 years since the birth of Edo-era popular author Kyokutei Bakin, Harajuku's Ota Museum zooms in on ukiyo-e created to illustrate Bakin's mainly samurai-themed novels. Although Katsushika Hokusai, who also knew the author personally, is considered the premier illustrator of Bakin's work...

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Ukiyo-e Ota Memorial Museum of Art , Harajuku Friday June 2 2017 - Sunday June 25 2017
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Shinagawa Open Theater

Returning for its fourth run, this film get-together in Shinagawa is one of the capital's better open-air cinema happenings. In addition to the free screening (from 7.20pm), you can look forward to an array of food trucks parked in front of the Season Terrace complex from noon...

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Shinagawa Season Terrace , Shinagawa Saturday June 3 2017

Five of our favourite free events

Shinagawa Open Theater

Returning for its fourth run, this film get-together in Shinagawa is one of the capital's better open-air cinema happenings. In addition to the free screening (from 7.20pm), you can look forward to an array of food trucks parked in front of the Season Terrace complex from noon...

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Shinagawa Season Terrace , Shinagawa Saturday June 3 2017

Masaya Nakahara Exhibition

Best known for his noise-making antics as Violent Onsen Geisha and Hair Stylistics, Masaya Nakahara is also a prolific film critic, cultural commentator and artist. The multi-talented provocateur will be exhibiting his artwork at Ebisu's Waitingroom...

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Waitingroom , Ebisu Wednesday May 31 2017 - Sunday June 25 2017
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Roman Cieślewicz: Melting Mirage

A Polish-French graphic designer, Roman Cieślewicz drew on the traditions of Bauhaus and Russian Constructivism is his early poster work, but veered off in a more experimental, photomontage-focused direction after moving to France in the early 1960s...

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Ginza Graphic Gallery , Ginza Until Saturday June 24 2017

Masako Hayashi: Bricolage

Incorporating motifs from celestial bodies and topographical elements to potted plants, visual artist Masako Hayashi shows off new work at the Caikot vintage store way out in Kunitachi. In addition to the artworks, which this time are inspired by the lines, marks and patterns...

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Caikot , Kokubunji Wednesday May 31 2017 - Sunday June 4 2017

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