Things to do in Tokyo this week

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

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By Time Out Tokyo Editors
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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.

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Best things to do this week

Things to do, Festivals

Edogawa Goldfish Festival

icon-location-pin Gyosen Park, Kasai
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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 shiny specimens of more than 20 kinds, buy some for your own aquarium, or try kingyo sukui (goldfish scooping). Great for families with small kids – especially if you live nearby...

Things to do, Markets and fairs

HandMade In Japan Fes

icon-location-pin Tokyo Big Sight, Ariake
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Art, crafts, fashion, accessories and much more – it's all here at the annual HandMade in Japan festival, a massive two-day celebration of artisanal crafts and creativity, which attracts over 3,000 artists, designers and craftsmen in addition to the thousands of amateur DIYers. Shop for unique items at the many markets, learn a new skill at one of the workshops, drop in on the live music gigs...

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Photo: Guy Heath
Music, Funk, soul and disco

Sunnyside Japan Tour

icon-location-pin Multiple venues
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This bright but funky six-piece Australian funk-jazz collective has been selling out jazz bars and nightclubs across their home country and taken the stage in a host of music festivals around the world. This summer, the group makes their Japan debut with six shows taking them from Tokyo down to Osaka, Kyoto and Nagoya...

Things to do, Festivals

Festival Brazil

icon-location-pin Yoyogi Park, Harajuku
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Expect a colourful, caipirinha-fuelled, energy-packed couple of days as the Brazil Festival takes over Yoyogi Park's event square. There’ll be plenty of live music and dancing including bossa nova singers, percussionists and capoeira performances, plus grilled meats, churros and a lineup of fruity beverages...

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Things to do

Gin Live Festival

icon-location-pin Akihabara UDX, Akihabara
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Gin is having a moment in Japan, and we’re not complaining. Next up on the year’s juniper-driven calendar is the Gin Live Festival, held in Akiba Square for just one day in July. Taste over 60 varieties of gin, including international labels like Sweden’s Göteborg and Scotland’s The Botanist as well as domestic Japanese products like Awa from Tokushima and Hinata from Miyazaki...

Eifman Ballet
Photo: Souheil Michael Khoury
Dance

Eifman Ballet: Rodin, Her Eternal Idol

icon-location-pin Tokyo Bunka Kaikan, Ueno
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This dramatic performance was inspired by the tumultuous relationship between French sculptors Auguste Rodin and Camille Claudel. Claudel was a longtime lover and confidante of Rodin, but her daring ideas and unique talent eventually led her to become a formidable rival of his, causing a strain on the relationship...

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Washu Fes in Nakameguro

icon-location-pin Nakameguro GT, Nakameguro
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This popular sake shindig features over 150 varieties of Japan’s finest spirit from 35 sake makers hailing from all over the country – and for two hours, you can sample the lot. The ¥3,000 ticket price doesn’t just include the all-you-can-drink plan; you’ll also be treated to live music and comedy performances plus there are shopping booths so you can take home your new favourite tipple...

Things to do, Food and drink events

Komazawa Oktoberfest

icon-location-pin Komazawa Olympic Park General Sports Ground, Komazawa-Daigaku
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While it is one of the more popular Bavarian beer fests in Tokyo, this Setagaya soiree at Komazawa Park doesn't really bring anything original to the table: you'll find the familiar sausages and quality German beer served from hefty glass tankards, plus contributions from Japanese craft breweries...

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Adachi Fireworks Festival
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Things to do

Adachi Fireworks

icon-location-pin Arakawa River (near Kita-Senju, Kosuge Stations), Kita-Senju
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First held in 1924, this annual firework spectacle shoots about 13,000 rockets into the night sky. Secure a spot by the river bank, lay down your picnic blanket, fill up at the nearby food stalls and prepare for a treat...

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Tokyo Hula Festa in Ikebukuro

icon-location-pin Ikebukuro West Gate Park, Ikebukuro
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Spreading out all over Ikebukuro, the annual Hula Festival paints the area in distinctly Hawaiian colours. Outdoor gigs by Hawaiian bands and a dizzying variety of food and drink stalls complement the main event − as of last year, 181 teams and up to 5,000 dancers  showed off their hula skills across six stages...

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Shopping

Washi Tape Jamboree

icon-location-pin Keio Seiseki Sakuragaoka Shopping Center, Tama
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Usually made from washi paper, Japanese masking tape is a popular stationery item often used for decorating. At this jamboree, there’ll be a total of over 1,000 different kinds of washi tapes with varying colors and patterns that you won’t find in your local stationery shops...

Nightlife, Daytime parties

Good Music Party

icon-location-pin Saru Island, Yokosuka
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The annual Tropical Disco event is back this year, but with a new name: Good Music Party. The ten-day soiree, stretched over a few weekends from July to September, takes place on the desert island Sarushima, close to Yokosuka in the neighbouring prefecture Kanagawa...

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Things to do

Sumomo Matsuri

icon-location-pin Okunitama Shrine, Fuchu
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According to legend, the warlord Minamoto no Yoriyoshi and his son Yoshiie stopped to pray for victory in the Zenkunen War (1051-1063) at this Fuchu shrine. Their wish was eventually granted, and the Sumomo (named after the plum that Yoriyoshi is said to have offered to the gods) festival began...

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Kawasaki Daishi Fuurin-Ichi

icon-location-pin Kawasaki Daishi, Kawasaki
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Annually held at Kawasaki Daishi temple, this festival is dedicated to traditional Japanese wind bells and has been going on for the better part of two decades now. Chime craftspeople from Hokkaido to Okinawa peddle their wares (which number in the tens of thousands), there's a recycling corner for old and decrepit bells, and tasty festival food is of course also available...

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Kawagoe Hikawa Shrine Wind Chime Festival

icon-location-pin Kawagoe Hikawa Shrine, Saitama
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Known as a 'love shrine', Kawagoe Hikawa out in Saitama attracts plenty of fed-up singles looking for help in finding the partner of their dreams. This relatively new summer festival is another chance to do just that, as the hot summer night atmosphere and pretty light-ups ensure that love will be in the air. Colourful fuurin (wind chimes) adorn the grounds and the food and drink stalls include a shrine café...

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Fuurin Matsuri

icon-location-pin Nishiarai Daishi, Adachi
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Find a pretty wind bell made of glass (fuurin) at this annual festival taking place at Adachi's Nishiarai Daishi temple. Craftspeople from all over the country will be peddling their wares, exhibiting a staggering variety of colours, shapes and sounds. As well as shopping for wind bells, you can also join a wind-bell painting workshop and watch live performances...

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Things to do

Midtown Loves Summer

icon-location-pin Tokyo Midtown, Roppongi
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Tokyo Midtown gears up for the hot season with a packed programme of summery fun. The complex interior will be decorated with wind chimes, while the expansive outdoor lawn, which will be illuminated at night, is where to dip your feet in a cool stream or sit down for some refreshments at the Roku Midpark Lounge...

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Fruits in Tea – Tea More Omotesando

icon-location-pin ZeroBase Omotesando, Aoyama
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Popular British tea brand Lipton is back with its annual pop-up shop in Omotesando, offering refreshing iced tea beverages to go (¥600 for cup; ¥1,000 for tumbler). Create your own drink by simply choosing one of the three base teas: cold brew earl grey, rooibos or green tea. Then, upgrade it with fresh fruits (pineapples, strawberries, kiwi and more); toppings such as colourful tapioca pearls, lemon collagen jelly and mint; and syrups including hibiscus, apricot and passion fruit...

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Art

Samurai Mania!

icon-location-pin Tokyo National Museum, Ueno
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This comprehensive exhibition focuses on one of the most celebrated Japanese icons – the samurai. There will be a variety of head to toe armour from different eras on display, some are actual specimens from the past while others are modern reproductions...

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Sports x Manga

icon-location-pin Panasonic Center Tokyo, Ariake
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In preparation of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and Paralympics, Panasonic, one of the sponsors, is fueling the hype for the upcoming Games with a special exhibition, showcasing 100 works of Japanese sports manga. Look forward to famous football comic ‘Captain Tsubasa’, high school basketball story ‘Kuroko’s Basketball’ and the '80s baseball-themed manga 'Touch', all displayed using the latest in Panasonic technology, such as projectors and LCD panels...

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Walkman in the Park

icon-location-pin Ginza Sony Park, Ginza
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To celebrate the Walkman’s 40th anniversary, 40 celebrities including Ichiro Yamaguchi, frontman of famous Japanese rock band Sakanaction, and professional ballet dancer Nozomi Iijima will be talking about their best memories with the portable music player. At the exhibition, take a walk down memory lane as you examine the evolution of this revolutionary music device through the years since its invention in 1979...

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World Press Photo Exhibition 2019

icon-location-pin Tokyo Photographic Art Museum, Ebisu
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This eye-opening exhibition features some of the most impactful, newsworthy images captured by leading photojournalists from around the world. This year, the World Press Contest received a staggering 78,801 entries from 4,738 photographers. The images are deeply moving and often shocking, encapsulating some of the most harrowing moments of global events that made headlines in recent years...

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Rainbow Sushi

icon-location-pin Kitsune Shippo, Asakusa
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[Sponsored] This summer, international sushi chef Jiro Onoda will be hosting a series of classes focused on making rainbow sushi. Don’t worry, you don’t need any cooking experience to join. The classes are open to anyone interested to learn how to make sushi using traditional Edo-style techniques. The vibrant rolls are inspired by colours of the rainbow, and Onoda only uses all-natural ingredients to create the many-hued assortments...

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