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Things to do this week in Tokyo

This week’s hottest events, gigs, films, festivals and more

When you're spending time in a city as big as Tokyo, it's never too early to start planning for the week ahead. You can pack a lot of living into seven days, whether you're someone who likes to spend an afternoon at the museum or prefers to stay out late clubbing. We've sifted through hundreds of listings to weed out a handful of the week's best events, gigs, festivals and things to do.

The best things to do this week

Wing Chan: Urban Tapestry

A Hong Kong-born photographer and montage artist, Wing Chan grew up in the shadows of the old Kowloon Walled City, worked at a noodle factory from age six and eventually became an award-winning commercial designer. Chan turns the chaos of urban life into harmonious images by employing the technique of photomontages – a selection of which will be on display at Ginza's Gallery Kanon.

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Gallery Kanon , Ginza Until Monday May 1 2017

Bisai Art Market

Specialising in traditional Japanese art – from calligraphy works and letters to paintings – Kyobashi's Kashima Arts gallery has been making a name for itself with these biannual art markets. Held every spring and autumn, their Bisai now returns for its first 2017 edition and will again help introduce Tokyoites to lesser-known pieces that date back all the way to the Edo era.

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Kashima Arts , Kyobashi Until Sunday May 7 2017

Seijun Suzuki Retrospective

Look back at the roller coaster ride of a career enjoyed by cult filmmaker Seijun Suzuki, who passed away in February at the age of 93, with this retrospective that focuses particularly on the Tokyo Drifter and Branded to Kill director's early- and mid-career productions.

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Shin-Bungeiza , Ikebukuro Until Monday May 8 2017

Nikufes Tokyo 2017 Wonderland

Now here's a Golden Week food event for every carnivore out there: the nationally popular Nikufes once again heads back to Odaiba, where 26 restaurants from both Tokyo and further afield gather for ten days of meaty madness, serving up their juiciest delicacies at reasonable prices. Complementing all the meat-chewing are craft beers, non-meat snacks and decadent desserts.

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Symbol Promenade Park , Odaiba Friday April 28 2017 - Sunday May 7 2017

8th World Bonsai Convention in Saitama

It's been a good 28 years since the World Bonsai Convention last visited Japan. First held in 1989 in Saitama, arguably the birthplace of bonsai, it takes place once every four years and has travelled as far as the US, South Korea and Germany for past editions. But it's returning to its roots this time, and sure looks appetising for mini-tree enthusiasts.

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Saitama Super Arena , Omiya Until Sunday April 30 2017

Genichiro Inokuma: Walls in NYC

A master of the abstract and avant-garde, painter Genichiro Inokuma spent around 20 years in New York during the ’50s and ’60s. Shot during that time and now assembled in 'Walls in NYC', a new photo book, Inokuma's photographs of the Big Apple's graffiti- and poster-covered walls are the focus of this display at the artsy Utrecht bookstore.

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Utrecht , Harajuku Until Sunday April 30 2017

Jazz Auditoria 2017 in Waterras

The halls, shops and surrounds of Ochanomizu's Waterras development will echo with groovy tunes during this three-day celebration of jazz, which coincides with the Unesco-certified International Jazz Day. Stop by to catch the Blue Note Tokyo All-Star Orchestra, Meiji University's Big Sounds Society Orchestra and many other performers – all for free.

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Waterras , Awajicho Friday April 28 2017 - Sunday April 30 2017

Minne Handmade Market

Representing over 170,000 artists, from established names to amateurs, Japan's largest handicraft market deals in everything from bags and clothing to chopsticks and sweets, and now returns for its annual mega-bash. The Minne Handmade Market will see over 1,800 booths set up, so finding something you like is pretty much guaranteed.

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Tokyo Big Sight , Ariake Friday April 28 2017 - Saturday April 29 2017

Ebisu Urban Garden Festival

Unleash your inner gardener or just sit down for some coffee and a scone under the flowers at Ebisu's Garden Place, where this plant-focused celebration takes over in preparation for Golden Week. In addition to a plentiful selection of food trucks, you can look forward to a wide range of sustainability- and gardening-themed workshops.

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Yebisu Garden Place , Ebisu Until Sunday May 7 2017

Sunset the Marina: Fika

That's it, the warm season is officially here: aiming to recreate a 'little piece of Ibiza' in Tokyo, this fun and family-friendly seaside music happening returns to Yumenoshima Marina out in Shin-Kiba for its first 2017 edition. Resident 'Sunset Music Navigator' Calm will be joined by British-born, Tokyo-based hybrid dance purveyor Ian O'Brien on the day.

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Tokyo Yumenoshima Marina , Shin-Kiba Saturday April 29 2017

Forest Movie Festival Golden Week Special

Japan's first all-outdoor film festival has been held out in the forests of Yamanashi on two consecutive summers now, but the organisers are turning up the heat further with this Golden Week special. Take a break from the city and watch movies under the night sky – every day will see a different programme composed of everything from short films to full-length features.

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Verdant Garden Saturday April 29 2017 - Saturday May 6 2017

Fukuneko: Cat Art at Hyakudan Kaidan

The 'hundred-step staircase' (Hyakudan Kaidan) pavilion at Meguro's Gajoen, a Registered Tangible Cultural Asset of Japan, highlights uber-cute cat art over Golden Week for no particular reason – not that you need one to display pieces as purry as these. Get ready to snap some selfies with your artsy feline friends.

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Meguro Gajoen , Meguro Until Sunday May 14 2017

BS04GF: DJ Die

An integral part of legendary Bristol jungle/D&B label and collective Full Cycle together with Roni Size, Krust and Suv, DJ Die remains a fiercely innovative and exciting musician – more than two decades after the zenith of the Bristol sound. Catch him in Shibuya over a very long Friday night.

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Toranoko Shokudo , Shibuya Friday April 28 2017 - Saturday April 29 2017

Yokohama Frühlingsfest

Held all across Germany to celebrate the coming of spring, Frühlingsfest is also a familiar feature on Yokohama's Golden Week calendar. There's always plenty of fun stuff to look forward to for kids, with this year's edition featuring gorgeous, antique-style wooden merry-go-rounds and more modern pirate ships in which to place the young 'uns.

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Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse , Minato Mirai Friday April 28 2017 - Sunday May 7 2017

Love Doll x Shinoyama Kishin

One of Japan's most in-demand photographers right now, veteran snapper Kishin Shinoyama’s display at Shibuya's Atsukobarouh gallery certainly has an interesting theme. Known for his celebrity portraits and nudes, Shinoyama has turned his camera to lifeless beauty this time, shooting almost disturbingly expressive portraits of Japan's high-end 'love dolls'.

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Atsukobarouh Arts Drinks Talk , Shibuya Saturday April 29 2017 - Sunday May 14 2017

EDC Japan

With Ultra Japan now an annual – and wildly popular – highlight for the neon-and-frills crowd, new entrant Electric Daisy Carnival is trying to entice the capital’s party people with a lineup that includes EDM megastars like Armin Van Buuren, Afrojack, Martin Garrix and Zedd, plus good ol' Norman Cook, better known as Fatboy Slim. Check it out at Chiba’s Zozo Marine Stadium and Makuhari Beach Park over the weekend.

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Zozo Marine Stadium , Makuhari Saturday April 29 2017 - Sunday April 30 2017

Kirin Hinyari Bar

With temperatures likely to hit summery heights during Golden Week, you can never have enough options when it comes to ice-cold boozy drinks. Adding to the city's already significant output in that department is beverage giant Kirin, which is opening this pop-up bar at Daikanyama's T-Site. With drinks going for a wallet-friendly ¥100, we expect to spend quite a while here mixing, matching and imbibing.

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Daikanyama T-Site Garden Gallery , Daikanyama Friday April 28 2017 - Sunday May 7 2017

Tokyo Jazz Joints Pop-Up Exhibition

Marking the Unesco-certified International Jazz Day, record store Jazzy Sport's Shimokitazawa outpost hosts this pop-up photo exhibition showcasing shots from the ongoing Tokyo Jazz Joints project. There's a tiny bar at the entrance, so you can combine sipping and appraising after work.

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Jazzy Sport Shimokitazawa , Shimokitazawa Sunday April 30 2017