Things to do this week in Tokyo August 29th-September 1st
Angel Project: Hatsune Appearance
Everyone’s favourite humanoid musician, Hatsune Miku, will be showing her cartoon face at this dedicated summer festival, held one year on from her Hakkeijima concert. Head to Akihabara to hear her synthesized warblings, as the lady herself (or at least her hologram projection) performs live.
Open Aug 21-29
Time Mon-Fri noon, 2.30pm, 5pm, 7.30pm; Sat-Sun 10.30am, 1pm, 3.30pm, 6pm, 8.30pm
Venue Belle Salle Akihabara
Address B1F-2F Sumitomo Fudosan Akihabara Bldg, 3-12-8 Sotokanda, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
Transport Akihabara Station (Keihin-Tohoku, Yamanote, Chuo-Sobu, Hibiya lines)
Asahi Beer Oktoberfest in Hibiya 2013
Sure, we’ve managed to extract some mild amusement from the spate of Oktoberfests that have cropped up around Tokyo over the summer – but if they showed scant regard for seasonality, at least they had the decency to serve the right beer. With the real Oktoberfest starting in Munich in a few weeks’ time, Tokyoites can mark the occasion with foaming pints of that most prized Teutonic tipple, Asahi Super Dry. Er… what? In a grudging concession to authenticity, Löwenbräu – which Asahi produces under license in Japan – will also be sold, and there’ll be the requisite yodeling and oompah music. But really: who, other than the thousands of sloshed office workers who’ll doubtless head to the event, are they trying to kid?
Open August 29-September 1
Venue Hibiya Park
Address 1-6 Hibiya Koen, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
Transport Hibiya Station (Tokyo Metro Marunouchi/Chiyoda Lines, Kasumigaseki Station; Toei Subway Hibiya Line)
Marcel Fengler: Fokus Release Party
Marcel Fengler, resident DJ at Berlin’s famed club Berghain, will be making his Air debut tonight to mark the release of his first album, Fokus
. Expect perfectly blended techno beats, with support from DJs
Gonno and So.
Open Aug 30
Time Doors 10pm
Akiko Yano has continued to bring Yanokami’s synthesized tunes to loyal fans in memory of bandmate Rei Harakami, who passed away in 2011. This indoor festival will feature live music from Yanokami, plus special guests U-zhaan, Yoshinori Sunahara, Illreme, and Maki Morishita.
Open Aug 30
Time Doors 6pm
Address 3-16-6 Higashi, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Transport Ebisu station (Yamanote, Hibiya lines), west exit.
Asakusa Samba Carnival 2013
Sat Aug 31, 2013 Central Asakusa
Teams of elaborately attired dancers flood the streets of Asakusa for Japan’s largest samba carnival, shaking their tail feathers to the Brazilian beat as they work their way from Sensoji Temple
to Tawaramachi Station. First held in 1981 in an attempt to revitalise the neighbourhood, the carnival is now one of Tokyo’s more popular summer events, drawing half a million spectators. Seeing that this is the first time in a while that it hasn’t clashed with rival dance festivals like the Koenji Awaodori
and Super Yosakoi
, you can expect an even fuller turnout than usual in 2013.
Open August 31
Venue Central Asakusa
Kitsuné Club Night
Electro, house and indie rock combine when this touring club night makes its Tokyo stop at Ageha. The globetrotting lineup will feature Kitsuné founder Gildas, French decksmith DJ Falcon, Brit trio Is Tropical and New York band HeartsRevolution, so one of them’s bound to get you dancing.
Open Aug 31
Time Doors 11pm
Admission ¥3,500 adv, ¥3,500 on the door
Address 2-2-10 Shinkiba, Koto-ku, Tokyo
Transport Shinkiba station (Rinkai, Yurakucho lines).
Fujiko F Fujio Anniversary Exhibition
Until Sun Sep 1, 2013 Kitte
An exhibition to commemorate the 80th anniversary of the birth of celebrated manga artist Fujiko F Fujio (the pseudonym of Hiroshi Fujimoto, one half of the duo Fujiko Fujio). His works include the likes of ‘Doraemon’ – Japan’s favourite earless feline – and ‘Perman’, among others. Characters, quotes and drawings will be on display for fans to enjoy.
Open Aug 12-Sep 1
Address 2-7-2 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
Transport Tokyo Station (Yamanote, Chuo, Marunouchi, Sobu lines), Nijubashi Station (Chiyoda line)
Bacardi Midpark Cafe (2013)
If beer gardens
aren’t your thing, head to the lawns outside Tokyo Midtown to sip mojitos instead, at this summer-only outdoor cafe sponsored by Bacardi. There’s seating for 150 people, and a menu of drinks including frozen mojitos and Japan originals that change every week – plus a selection of food to soak up all that alcohol.
Open July 19-September 1
Time Mon-Fri 5pm-10pm (Aug 12-16 from 3pm), Sat, Sun & hols 3pm-10pm
Venue Tokyo Midtown
Address 9-7-1 Akasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Transport Roppongi Station (Oedo line), exit 8/(Hibiya Line), exit 8 via underground passageway near exit 4a; Nogizaka Station (Chiyoda line), exit 3