Things to do in Tokyo this week

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

Shibuya Hatsudai Awaodori
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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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Things to do

Japan Food Park

icon-location-pin Hibiya Park, Hibiya
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This massive event in Hibiya Park brings together a sampling of four of Tokyo most popular food festivals: Tokyo Wagyu Show, Oedo Beer Festival, Karaage Festival and Ramen Festival...

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Nezu Shrine Grand Festival

icon-location-pin Nezu Shrine, Nezu
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Nezu Shrine is not only famous for its 3,000 blooming azalea in spring, the sacred grounds also host the annual Grand Festival, considered as one of Edo’s top celebrations. The festival, formerly named ‘Tenkasai’, started in 1714 under the sixth shogun Tokugawa Ienobu and saw large floats carried through the streets...

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Shibuya Hatsudai Awaodori
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Shibuya Hatsudai Awaodori Festival

icon-location-pin Hatsudai Station, Hatsudai
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Awa-Odori is a popular Japanese dance originating from Tokushima prefecture, and this festival celebrating the traditional dance form has been held in Shibuya every September since 1970. Hundreds of amateurs and professionals will be participating in the dance all decked out in custom-made costumes, but anyone is welcome to jump in as long as they know some of the basic moves...

Dance

Dance Truck Tokyo

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This novel mobile dance project takes place on a cargo truck. From September 2019, the truck will visit 15 different locations around Tokyo for performances until August 2020. The truck is equipped with solar-powered generators and the performance space is created with LED lighting along with video projections. Participating performers include premier multidisciplinary artists and dancers such as Yoko Higashino, Tsuyoshi Shirai and Yukio Suzuki, all of whom specialise in contemporary choreography...

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Film

Open air cinema at the Tokyo National Museum

icon-location-pin Tokyo National Museum, Ueno
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For one weekend in September, you’ll get to watch a flick on a breezy summer night in the beautiful courtyard of the Tokyo National Museum – all with food carts and craft beer to hand. This year the museum will collaborate with mobile movie theatre Kino Iglu to screen the 2016 hit anime ‘In This Corner of the World’. Directed by Sunao Katabuchi, the critically acclaimed film tells the story of Suzu, a spirited 18-year-old girl who, after getting married, has to endure the hardships of life during World War II in Hiroshima...

Tokyo Opera City
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Music, Classical and opera

Tokyo Opera City – Lunchtime Concerts

icon-location-pin Tokyo Opera City Concert Hall, Hatsudai
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Head over to Tokyo Opera City's concert hall and enjoy their monthly lunchtime performance entirely free of charge. This 45-minute recital, which is part of the ‘Visual Organ Concert’ series, usually consists of four pieces. Expect stellar acoustics from the 3,826-pipe organ, which holds pride of place in the pyramid-like space that's all decked out in a stunning oak wood finish...

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Chiharu Shiota: The Soul Trembles
Chiharu Shiota ‘Uncertain Journey’, Blain | Southern Berlin, 2016. Metal Frame, Red Wool. Photo: Christian Glaeser
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Shiota Chiharu: The Soul Trembles

icon-location-pin Mori Art Museum, Roppongi
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Based in Berlin, Japanese artist Chiharu Shiota is known for creating beautifully complex installations entangled in a web of red or black yarn, stretching across the exhibition space. She uses everyday objects such as keys, worn-out shoes and burned pianos to evoke expressions of memory, anxiety and dreams. This comprehensive solo exhibition is a rare opportunity to explore the last 25 years of Shiota’s career...

ティラノサウルス 復元骨格
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Museums

The Dinosaur Expo 2019

icon-location-pin National Museum of Nature and Science, Ueno
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Expect a full-scale T-Rex skeleton and more at this exhibition presenting a gripping overview of the last 50 years in palaeontology. It starts with the fascinating story of the 1969 discovery of the carnivorous Deinonychus in America and moves onto countless bones, fossils andillustrative displays spread across four separate areas...

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Ginza Six Rooftop Orchestra ‘The Garden of Sounds’

icon-location-pin Ginza Six, Ginza
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Ichiro Yamaguchi, a member of the Hokkaido-based rock band Sakanaction, has created a visual and sound installation ‘NF’ on the rooftop garden of Ginza Six. This green space features six monuments, each resembling a small orchestra and is surrounded by several light pillars...

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Star Wars Identities: The Exhibition

icon-location-pin Warehouse Terrada, Tennozu
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After touring Canada, Europe, the UK and Australia and being viewed by over 2 million people, the X3 Productions and Lucasfilm collab exhibition is finally descending on Tokyo. This special 'Star Wars' exhibit will showcase 200 original props, costumes and artworks from the film franchise, plus tons of interactive pieces...

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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...

Unko Museum
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Unko Museum

icon-location-pin Aso Building, Yokohama Station area
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Looking for a wacky thing to do outside of our 88 things to do in Tokyo list? Then head over to this temporary museum in Yokohama dedicated to poop. Yes, really. The Unko ('poop' in Japanese) Museum is open until September 30, focusing exclusively on the cute emoji in all its pastel-coloured glory...

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UNU Farmer's Market
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United Nations University Farmers' Market

icon-location-pin Aoyama

The UNU farmers’ market is one of Tokyo’s longest running and best-attended markets. Taking place every weekend in front of the university’s Aoyama headquarters, this one always attracts a knowledgeable crowd. Organic and local fare is readily available every Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 4pm, with the farmers themselves happy to provide details about their wares.

Art

Mori Building Digital Art Museum Epson teamLab Borderless

icon-location-pin Odaiba

Tokyo's hottest art opening of 2018, self-styled 'ultra-technologists' teamLab have now got their very own museum on Odaiba. The 10,000sqm is space inside the huge Odaiba Palette Town development, courtesy of the Mori Building group and Epson. A good 50 artworks are on display, which all interact with visitors and can even move between rooms – it's truly 'borderless' art...

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