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Things to do this weekend in Tokyo October 18- October 20

Innovative Sweden

innovative designs
This touring show of innovative designs has arrived in Tokyo, having already visited a number of countries, including the US, China and Brazil. Expect innovative design and technology from 20 up-and-coming Swedish companies in the fields of ICT, cleantech, gaming and life sciences, with the likes of eye-controlled computers and green mobile phone chargers on the bill.

Details

Open Oct 2-18

Time 10am-5pm

Admission Adults ¥600, 18 or under ¥200

Venue National Museum of Emerging Science & Innovation

Address 2-3-6 Aomi (Odaiba), Koto, Tokyo

Transport Funeno-Kagakukan station or Telecom Center station (Yurikamome line).

 

The Trojans

Fri Oct 18, 2013 Shibuya Club Quattro
The trojans
Celebrating the first new Trojans album in 14 years, frontman Gaz Mayall brings his ska rockers back to Japan and to Shibuya’s Club Quattro. Members and times have changed, but the Trojan sound remains something truly special, combining ska and reggae with Celtic tunes and more. The band will be joined by guest vocalist Hollie Cook and trumpeter Eddie ‘Tan Tan’ Thornton.

Details

Open Fri Oct 18

Time 7.30pm (doors open 6.30pm)

Admission Adv ¥6,000

Venue Shibuya Club Quattro

Address 5F, 32-13-4 Udagawacho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo

Transport Shibuya Station (Yamanote, Ginza, Hanzomon, Fukutoshin, Denentoshi, Tokyu Toyoko, Keio Inokashira lines), Hachiko exit

 

Tokyo Vegefood Festa 2013

Sat Oct 19 – Sun Oct 20, 2013 Yoyogi Park (Keyaki Namiki Road)
Tokyo vegafood festa 2013
Throughout the year, Yoyogi Park serves as a gathering point for Tokyo’s various ethnic minorities and special interest groups. This weekend, one of the more long-suffering communities gets its moment in the sun: the vegans. Tokyo Vegefood Festa boasts roughly 100 stalls, ranging from macrobiotic cafes to vegetable vendors to fair trade goods. Though the event hopes to convert a few carnivores to the cause, it’s probably the people who’ve already sworn off meat, fish and dairy that’ll enjoy it the most.

Details

Open Oct 19-20

Time 10am-5pm

Admission Free

Venue Yoyogi Park (Keyaki Namiki Road)

Address 2-1 Yoyogi Kamizounocho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo

Transport Harajuku Station (Yamanote line), Yoyogi-Koen Station (Chiyoda line), Yoyogi-Hachiman station (Odakyu line)

 

Tokyo Meat Market Festival

Sat Oct 19 – Sun Oct 20, 2013 Tokyo Central Meat Wholesale Market
Tokyo meat market festival

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Once every year, and perhaps as a rebellious answer to Yoyogi’s Vegefood Festa, this unique wholesale market opens its doors for one meaty festival. This is your chance to try free samples, buy special wares at reduced prices, and marvel at the various animal flesh-related exhibits. The focus is squarely on the good stuff: shabu-shabu, tonkatsu cutlets, yakiniku, and so on.

Details

Open Oct 19-20

Time Sat 10am-4pm, Sun 10am-3pm

Admission Free

Address 2-7-19 Konan, Minato-ku, Tokyo

Transport Shinagawa Station (JR lines)

 

Japan Hoop Dance Championship

Japan hoop dance championship
The time has come to give credit to the most talented hoop dancers in the land. Although relatively popular in the West, hooping has failed to break out on a large scale in Japan so far. However, the community keeps growing and this event brings together the best dancers from all over the country. Marvel at the finalists’ performances at the main gala show and get acquainted with this energetic form of expression.

Details

Open Sat Oct 19

Time 1pm-3:30pm

Admission General admission ¥1,500, children ¥500 (first-come, first-serve)

Venue Ushigome Tansu Citizens’ Hall

Address 15 Tansumachi, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo

Transport Ushigome-kagurazaka Station (Oedo line), exit A1

 

Sancha de Daidogei

Sat Oct 19 – Sun Oct 20, 2013 Setagaya Public Theatre , around Carrot Tower
Sancha de Daidogei
Though Sangenjaya is always nice for a wander, there’s no better time to visit than during this two-day street performance festival, in which acrobats, clowns, musicians, dancers and assorted costumed freaks ply their trade to a gawping public. Keep an eye out for the international visitors including France’s aerial hoop artist Julot and the stilt-sporting Nani-Sole (who, at about 10 feet tall with enormous wings, is pretty hard to miss).

Details

Open Oct 19-20

Time 6pm-8pm

Venue Setagaya Public Theatre , around Carrot Tower

Address 4-1-1 Taishido, Setagaya-ku, Tokyo

Transport Sangenjaya station (Tokyu Denentoshi line) Sancha Patio exit.

 

Nezu-Sendagi Shitamachi Matsuri 2013

Sat Oct 19 – Sun Oct 20, 2013 Nezu Shrine
Nezu Sendagi Shitamachi Matsuri
Nezu flaunts its shitamachi (downtown) roots at this autumn festival, a relatively recent invention that marks its 15th edition this year. The action centres around Nezu Shrine, which will be hosting concerts and performances throughout the weekend, accompanied by a flea market and stalls selling traditional goods. The rest of the neighbourhood follows suit, with attractions including a Sunday afternoon parade, and performances of traditional Japanese music and various dances at the Fureai-kan on Shinobazu-dori.

Details

Open Oct 19-20

Time 6pm-8pm

Venue Nezu Shrine

Address 1-28-9 Nezu, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo

Transport Nezu Station or Sendagi Station (Chiyoda line), Todaimae Station (Namboku line)

 

Kagurazaka Bakeneko Parade

Sun Oct 20, 2013 Kagurazaka Nursing Home, around Kagurazaka O-dori
Kagurazaka Bakeneko parade
Kagurazaka will again play host to the Bakeneko Parade, one of the more curious Halloween-related events in the city. Everyone is welcome, all you have to do is dress up as a cat and bring a feline attitude. You can get a cat makeup done for ¥100 before the parade, and there are also costume-related goods available for purchase in case you feel the need to complement your outfit. The parade route reaches along Kagurazaka O-dori toward Iidabashi Station and back again.

Details

Open Sun Oct 20

Time 2pm-3.30pm
participant registration 10am-1pm at Kagurazaka Nursing Home

Admission Free

Venue Kagurazaka Nursing Home, around Kagurazaka O-dori

 

Shimokitazawa Curry Festival

Until Sun Oct 20, 2013 Shimokitazawa area
Shimokitazawa curry festival
‘Making Shimokitazawa the holy ground of curry’ is the motto of this spicy ten-day festival, in which participating restaurants (over 70 in total) tout their specialty curries in all corners of the trendy neighborhood. Meet the ‘Curryman’ mascot, see who gets crowned ‘Miss Curry’, and use the curry map (available for free around town) to discover the tastiest curry joints.

Details

Open Oct 11-20

Time Varies by event

Twitter CurryShimokita

Venue Shimokitazawa area

 

Rhizomatiks Inspired by Perfume

Until Sun Oct 20, 2013 NTT InterCommunication Center
Rhizomatiks inspired by perfume
Creative group Rhizomatiks – best know for their work on the stage productions of J-poppers Perfume – will be displaying their work in an exhibition. This group of creators and engineers have garnered attention around the world for their original production methods and use of cutting-edge technology – including 3D scanning and data visualisation. This exhibition will introduce visitors to their production techniques, and showcase costumes and equipment from Perfume’s music videos and stage performances, as well as 3D models of Perfume group members.

Details

Open Sep 21-Oct 20 Closed Mon (Tue if Mon is a holiday)

Time 11am-6pm

Admission ¥500

Telephone 0120 144199

Venue NTT InterCommunication Center

Address 4F Tokyo Opera City Tower, 3-20-3 Nishi-Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo

Transport Hatsudai Station (Keio line)

 

Mitsuaki Iwago: Cats & Lions

Mitsuaki Iwago
Popular wildlife photographer Mitsuaki Iwago just can’t seem to get enough of milking the internet’s favourite meme. Following his Go With Cats show at Mitsukoshi Nihombashi, the avid snapper heads to the more highbrow Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography for another exhibition devoted to all things feline. This time around, Iwago will be juxtaposing photos of domestic cats with similar images taken of lions in the wild. ‘Cats are just small lions,’ he observes. ‘Lions are just big cats.’ Deep.

Details

Open August 10-October 20 Closed Mon (Tue if Mon is a holiday)

Time Tue-Sun 10am-6pm (Thu, Fri until 8pm)

Admission Adults ¥800, students ¥700, over 65s, high school & junior high school students ¥600

Venue Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography

Address Ebisu Garden Place, 1-13-3 Mita, Meguro-ku, Tokyo

Transport Ebisu station (Yamanote line), east exit; (Hibiya line), exit 1.

 

 

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Japanese love their vending machines. Now there is even one for games!

Vending machines are quite popular in Japan, and Google recently put up a few of its own to distribute mobile games to Android users. Engadget reports that the machines offer 18 different games—some of which are free while others require payment—and transactions are made by resting an NFC-enabled phone running Android 4.0 or higher onto a tray below the large touchscreen.

googleplay

Photo credit: Engadget

If you don’t have a compatible device, the vending machine lets you take it for a test run with a Nexus 4, which, unsurprisingly, you do have to give back. Google employees will be present to ensure proper return of the phone.

The Google Play machines can be found in front of the Parco department store in Shibuya and will be there for just over a week. Or, if Japan is too far for you, you can always just tap the Play Store icon on your Android phone or tablet for a similar, albeit less novel, experience.

 

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Things to do this week in Tokyo September 16th – September 21st

Deborah J Carter

Mon Sep 16, 2013 B Flat

 American jazz singer Deborah J Carter will be stopping in Tokyo for one night only as part of her September Japan tour. Having started her career in Okinawa (where her Japan tour will culminate later this month), she’s now based in Europe, and her music draws inspiration form a range of cultures. She will be accompanied by the Amsterdam Trio – consisting of Joost Swart on piano, Mark Zandveld on bass, and Seb Kaptein on drums – when she plays B Flat tonight.

Details

Open Sep 16

Time Doors 6.30pm

Admission Free

Venue B Flat

Address Akasaka Sakae Bldg B1F, 6-6-4 Akasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo

Transport Akasaka station (Chiyoda line), exit 5A.

 

Yebisu Beer Festival 2013

Wed Sep 11 – Mon Sep 16, 2013 Yebisu Garden Place
 After the summer onslaught of Oktoberfests, here’s an outdoor beer-a-thon that doesn’t feature oompah music, sauerkraut or ludicrously overpriced drinks. It’s held at the sight of a former brewery, and, unsurprisingly, it’ll be strictly Yebisu on tap – if you’re looking for interesting brews, you’d probably be better off heading to the Great Japan Beer Festival 2013 in Yokohama instead. That said, if you get bored of the beer there will be also be a variety of cocktails, iced coffees and snacks to sample in the square.

Details

Open Sep 11-16

Time Sep 11-12 5-9pm, Sep 13-16 11.30am-9pm (last order 8.30pm)

Venue Yebisu Garden Place

Address 4-20 Ebisu, Shibuya, Tokyo

Transport Ebisu station (JR Yamanote Line), East Exit or (Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line), exit 1

 

Hibiya Oktoberfest 2013

Fri Sep 6 – Mon Sep 16, 2013 Hibiya Park

 Tokyo has gone into Oktoberfest overdrive this year, with no less than ten Bavarian bacchanales taking place over the summer months – only one of which actually coincides with the original festival in Munich. Hibiya Park’s second session of the year promises to lure back the same throngs of office workers, fräuleins and men with impressive beards with the promise of sausages, oom-pah music and quality German beer served from hefty glass tankards (note that you’ll have to pay a refundable ¥1,000 deposit each time you order one). There’s always a strong showing by German breweries, plus local heavyweights like Sankt Gallen and Fujizakura Heights, with a few beers that aren’t available anywhere else… well, except in Munich.

Details

Open September 6-16

Time TBA

Admission Free

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)

Belgian Beer Weekend (2013)

Fri Sep 6 – Mon Sep 16, 2013 Roppongi Hills Arena

 Just when Tokyo’s Oktoberfest onslaught was beginning to get too much, along comes an alternative. Compared to its Munich forebear, the Belgian Beer Weekend is a recent invention: the first edition was held in 1999, at the Grand Place in Brussels. Tokyo became home to the Weekend’s first international offshoot in 2010, and it’s been getting bigger and better ever since. Expect a vast selection of beers, including fruit beers (Boon Kriek, Redbocq), white beers (Hoegaarden, Pater Lievin Wit) and golden ales (Duval), among others. The Tokyo line-up is yet to be announced, but if last year’s is anything to go by you can expect some big-name Belgian acts.

Details

Open September 6-16

Time TBC

Admission TBC

Twitter BBWJapan

Venue Roppongi Hills Arena

Address 6-10-1 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo

Transport Roppongi Station (Hiroo, Oedo lines)

French Paintings from the State Pushkin Museum

Sat Jul 6 – Mon Sep 16, 2013 Yokohama Museum of Art

ピエール=オーギュスト・ルノワール 『ジャンヌ・サマリーの肖像』1877年 油彩、カンヴァス 56×47cm ©The State Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts, Moscow

The State Pushkin Museum is Moscow’s largest repository of European art, and you can see some of its finest treasures – including key works by Poussin, Degas and Cézanne – in this blockbuster show. Masterpieces of French Paintings from the State Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts, Moscow (to give it its full title) was originally due to arrive in Japan in April 2011, but had its trip postponed following the March 11 disaster. Highlights include Renoir’s 1877 ‘Portrait of Jeanne Samary’ (pictured) and Ingres’ ‘Virgin with Chalice’ (1841).

 

 

 

 

 

 

Details

Open July 6-September 16 Closed Thu (except Aug 1, 15)

Time Fri-Wed 10am-6pm

Admission Adults ¥1,500, students ¥1,200, junior high school students ¥600

Venue Yokohama Museum of Art

Address 3-4-1 Minato Mirai, Nishi-ku, Kanagawa

Transport Minato Mirai station (Minato Mirai line), exit 5.

Andreas Gursky

Wed Jul 3 – Mon Sep 16, 2013 The National Art Center, Tokyo (NACT)

© ANDREAS GURSKY / JASPAR, 2013 Courtesy SPRÜTH MAGERS BERLIN LONDON

Proud creator of the most expensive photograph ever sold, Germany’s Andreas Gursky helped put the colossal-scale ‘is it photography or is it painting?’ approach on the map. His first solo exhibition in Japan takes a career-spanning approach, with around 65 images running from the 1980s to the present day, and documenting subjects ranging from supermarkets (99 Cent, pictured) to North Korea’s Mass Games. And yes, they include that aforementioned record-breaker: Rhein II (1999), a print of which sold for US$4.3 million in 2011.

Details

Open July 3-September 16 Closed Tue

Time Wed-Mon 10am-6pm (Fri until 8pm)

Admission Adults ¥1,500, students ¥1,200, high school students ¥800

Venue The National Art Center, Tokyo (NACT)

Address 7-22-2 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo, Japan

Transport Nogizaka Station (Chiyoda line), Roppongi Station (Oedo, Hibiya lines)

 

Liquidroom 9th Anniversary: Under the Influence

火 9月 17, 2013 Liquidroom

Fans of Tuesday-night partying should check out Under the Influence at Liquidroom tonight. Continuing its series of 9th anniversary celebration parties, tonight’s event will feature hip hop beats from rapper Dengaryu and J-rock from four-piece Flower Companyz.

Details

Open Sep 17

Time Doors 6.30pm

Admission ¥3,000 adv

Telephone 03 5464 0800

Venue Liquidroom

Address 3-16-6 Higashi, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo

Transport Ebisu station (Yamanote, Hibiya lines), west exit.

 

Hiroshi Nagai Exhibition: Summer Madness

Until Wed Sep 18, 2013 Kata

 An exhibition of works by illustrator Hiroshi Nagai, who’s perhaps best known for the album jacket artwork on Eiichi Otaki’s A Long Vacation. Other pieces on display include adverts, posters and records, all with his signature tropical designs.

Details

Open Sep 13-18

Time noon-9pm

Venue Kata

Address 2F Liquidroom, 3-16-6 Higashi, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo

Transport Ebisu Station (Yamanote, Shonan-Shinjuku, Hibiya lines)

 

Moon-viewing Live

Thu Sep 19, 2013 Tokyo Tower Tokyo Tower special observatory

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Details

Open Sep 21-22

Time 10am-7pm

Admission Free

Venue Yoyogi Park

Address 2-1 Yoyogi Kamizounocho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo

Transport Harajuku Station (Yamanote line), Yoyogi-Koen Station (Chiyoda line), Yoyogi-Hachiman station (Odakyu line)

 

 

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Where to eat: Mi Choripan for delicious choripán

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Mi Choripan

Anyone who’s visited Argentina should be familiar with choripán, those gut-busting sandwiches of chorizo sausage topped with chimchurri sauce, vegetables and other condiments. This South American street food staple makes its Tokyo debut at Mi Choripan, a garish decorated new eatery that aims to bring the spirit of Buenos Aires to Yoyogi-Uehara. The shop’s Japanese owner learned the art of sausage-making in Argentina, so expect authentic flavours and hearty portions – just the way it should be. For when you feel like eating something other than Japanese for a change.

Details

Address 

2-4-8 Uehara, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo

Transport Yoyogi-Uehara Station (Chiyoda, Odakyu lines)

Telephone 03 5790 9300

Open Daily 11am-6pm / Closed Tue, 2nd & 3rd Mon (except holidays)

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Where to shop: Tokyo’s top 6 department stores

Department Stores

Tokyo is home to some of Japan’s biggest department stores, rivaling most around the world. Shoppers can spend the entire day wandering the floors of a Tokyo department store, where primarily fashion and home decor make up the bulk of the goods sold. Throughout the day, visitors can go to a Depachika, or department basement gourmet halls, commonly found throughout the city’s biggest department stores. Here, customers may spend hours walking through the isles of depachika looking for fresh food, snacks, and other packaged goods.

 

Shinjuku Isetan
This Shinjuku based department store is one of Tokyo’s biggest, with branches located all around Asia.

 

Ginza Mitsukoshi
Mitsukoshi is one of Ginza‘s most prominent department stores. It’s “depachika”, or basement food hall, is considered to be one of Tokyo’s best.

 

Lalaport
Lalaport in Tokyo Bay is a shopping mecca. With shops, cafes, and gourmet restaurants, visitors can spend the entire day just exploring all it has to offer.

 

Kiddy Land
This toy store in Harajuku is one of Tokyo’s finest. A great stop for anyone traveling with kids.

 

Shibuya Parco
Shibuya Parco is the perfect place to spend the day pampering yourself. With shops, cafés, a theatre, and a salon, a day in Shibuya Parco is another one of Tokyo’s finest department stores.

 

Marui
Marui is another chain of Japanese department stores that features high end fashion brands and designers as well as boutiques.

 

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Things to do: this week in Tokyo September 4- September 8

Tokyo Tower 2020 light-up

Until Sat Sep 7, 2013 Tokyo Tower
Tokyo Tower is doing its part to get the city into the spirit of the Games. Check it out after dark to see it lit up in the Olympic colours of green, yellow, blue and red, with the shut-off observatory lights representing black to complete the set. Catch it while you can – the lights will only be on until the announce date (September 7).

Details

Open Until Sep 7

Time 5-10pm

Venue Tokyo Tower

Address 4-2-8 Shiba-Koen, Minato-ku, Tokyo

Transport Kamiyacho station (Hibiya line), exit 1 or Onarimon station (Mita line), exit A1 or Akabanebashi station (Oedo line), Akabanebashi exit.

Thatta: Boys be Commercial Tour Final

Wed Sep 4, 2013 Club Asia

J-rockers Thatta will conclude their release tour for new album Boys Be Commercial in Shibuya tonight. Sporting a sound that’s heavily influenced by Madchester and the ’90s music scene in both the US and UK, you can expect an energetic live show when they take the stage at Club Asia.

Details

Open Sep 4

Time Doors 6pm

Admission ¥2,500 (including one drink)

Venue Club Asia

Address 1-8 Maruyamacho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo

Transport Shibuya station (Yamanote, Ginza lines), Hachiko exit; (Hanzomon line), exit 3A.

Ukiyoe: Floating World from the Saito Collection

Until Sun Sep 8, 2013 Mitsubishi Ichigokan Museum, Tokyo
Though it’s restricted itself mostly to 19th century European art thus far, the Mitsubishi Ichigokan Museum will be plunging headfirst into the world of ukiyoe woodblock prints this summer, with a show so sprawling that it’s had to be divided into three parts. There’ll be a total of 600 pieces on display during the exhibition, starting with the late-18th century ‘golden age’ (June 22-July 15), moving through the print series of Hokusai, Hiroshige, et al. (July 17-August 11), then finishing with the rush to modernism of the late Edo and early Meiji eras (August 13-September 8).

Details

Open June 22-September 8 Closed Mon (Tue if Mon is a holiday)

Time Tue, Wed, Sun & hols 10am-6pm, Thu-Sat 10am-8pm

Admission Adults ¥1,300, students ¥1,000, junior high & elementary students ¥500

Venue Mitsubishi Ichigokan Museum, Tokyo

Address 2-6-2 Marunouchi, Chiyoda, Tokyo

Transport Tokyo station (JR, Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Lines), Marunouchi South exit

 

MHD malt whisky tasting

Thu Sep 5, 2013 Shoto Gallery

Get acquainted with the Glens at this malt whisky tasting session held by MDH. This year’s lineup includes quality single malts from 12 distilleries, including Talisker, Lagavulin and Glenmorangie (see the full list below). Bookings must be made in advance, and the event is limited to 300 people. Don’t forget your ID…

Exhibitors
Talisker (Isle of Skye)
Glenmorangie (North Highland)
Ardbeg (Islay)
Lagavulin (Islay)
Caol Ila (Islay)
Glenkinchie (Lowland)
Dalwhinnie (Highland)
Cragganmore (Speyside)
Glen Elgin (Speyside)
Knockando (Speyside)
Clynelish (North Highland)
Oban (West Highland)

Details

Open Sep 5

Time 7-9pm

Admission ¥3,000 men, ¥2,500 women, couple’s ticket ¥5,000

Telephone 03 3796 0126

Venue Shoto Gallery

Address 1-5-4 Shoto, Shibuya, Tokyo

Transport Shibuya Station (Yamanote, Ginza, Hanzomon, Fukutoshin, Denentoshi, Tokyu Toyoko, Keio Inokashira lines)

Tokyo Jazz Festival 2013

Fri Sep 6 – Sun Sep 8, 2013 Tokyo International Forum Cotton Club
Japan’s biggest jazz event is also its least catholic. The three-day Tokyo Jazz Festival doesn’t balk at booking crooners (Burt Bacharach last year, Tony Bennett this year), and each indisputably great musician on the lineup seems to be counterbalanced by a soporifically smooth operator (we’re looking at you, Bob James and David Sanborn). After seeing de facto headliner Ornette Coleman pull out of last year’s event at the last minute, the organisers are probably praying that the same thing doesn’t happen with the 86-year-old Bennett or saxophonist Lee Konitz (85). Also look out for appearances by Chick Corea, Orquesta Buena Vista Social Club, Bobby McFerrin and the hugely gifted Ai Kuwabara. The main concerts are complemented by more intimate shows across the road at the Cotton Club, plus free gigs held in TIF’s open-air plaza.

Details

Open September 6-8

Time Various times

Admission The Hall: ¥6,500-¥9,500 (one-day pass ¥18,000); The Club: ¥3,000; The Plaza: free

Venue Tokyo International Forum Cotton Club

Address 3-5-1 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo

Transport Yurakucho station (Yamanote, Yurakucho lines), Tokyo International Forum exit.

 

Hibiya Oktoberfest 2013

Fri Sep 6 – Mon Sep 16, 2013 Hibiya Park
Tokyo has gone into Oktoberfest overdrive this year, with no less than ten Bavarian bacchanales taking place over the summer months – only one of which actually coincides with the original festival in Munich. Hibiya Park’s second session of the year promises to lure back the same throngs of office workers, fräuleins and men with impressive beards with the promise of sausages, oom-pah music and quality German beer served from hefty glass tankards (note that you’ll have to pay a refundable ¥1,000 deposit each time you order one). There’s always a strong showing by German breweries, plus local heavyweights like Sankt Gallen and Fujizakura Heights, with a few beers that aren’t available anywhere else… well, except in Munich.

Details

Open September 6-16

Time TBA

Admission Free

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)

Belgian Beer Weekend (2013)

Fri Sep 6 – Mon Sep 16, 2013 Roppongi Hills Arena
Just when Tokyo’s Oktoberfest onslaught was beginning to get too much, along comes an alternative. Compared to its Munich forebear, the Belgian Beer Weekend is a recent invention: the first edition was held in 1999, at the Grand Place in Brussels. Tokyo became home to the Weekend’s first international offshoot in 2010, and it’s been getting bigger and better ever since. Expect a vast selection of beers, including fruit beers (Boon Kriek, Redbocq), white beers (Hoegaarden, Pater Lievin Wit) and golden ales (Duval), among others. The Tokyo line-up is yet to be announced, but if last year’s is anything to go by you can expect some big-name Belgian acts.

Details

Open September 6-16

Time TBC

Admission TBC

Twitter BBWJapan

Venue Roppongi Hills Arena

Address 6-10-1 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo

Transport Roppongi Station (Hiroo, Oedo lines)

 

Omohara Beer Forest

Until Sun Sep 8, 2013 Tokyu Plaza Omotesando Harajuku
It’s starting to feel like every department store in Tokyo is turning its rooftop into a beer garden this summer, and Tokyu Plaza Omotesando Harajuku clearly isn’t immune. Thankfully, they’re doing things a little differently: rather than encouraging visitors to get royally sloshed on all-you-can-drink Super Dry, they’ll be serving a classier lineup of microbrew beer, courtesy of Kanagawa’s Sankt Gallen – and all for the reasonable price of ¥500 a glass. Expect a rotating selection of tipples, plus offbeat concoctions like a ‘beer punch’ made with fruit beer and sliced fruit.

Details

Open July 13-September 8

Time Mon-Fri 5pm-9pm, Sat, Sun, hols & Aug 12-16 noon-9pm

Venue Tokyu Plaza Omotesando Harajuku

Address 4-39-3 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo

Transport Meiji-Jingumae Station (Chiyoda, Fukutoshin lines)

 

Fashion’s Night Out 2013

Sat Sep 7, 2013
Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour conceived Fashion’s Night Out as a globe-straddling nocturnal celebration of the glories of haute couture (and its related pastime, shopping). This year, the after-hours shopathon will run from 6-11pm, with more than 400 stores and boutiques in Harajuku, Omotesando and Aoyama getting in on the act. There’ll be DJs playing throughout the night, and hardened shopaholics can clock up stamps in the official guidebook to take part in a raffle for all kinds of covetable goodies. This year, you’ll be spending for a good cause – a selection of T-shirts and bags designed by Souun Takeda will be on sale, with proceeds going towards earthquake relief activities.

Details

Open Sep 7

Time Opening ceremony 5pm, closing ceremony 11pm

 

The Power of Manga: Osamu Tezuka and Shotaro Ishinomori

Until Sun Sep 8, 2013 Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo
The Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo pays tribute to two of Japan’s great manga pioneers in its summer show. Osamu Tezuka and Shotaro Ishinomori weren’t just ground-breaking innovators in the world of Japanese comics – they were also colleagues, working together on Shonen Mangamagazine in the early 1950s. The Power of Manga charts the careers of both men, from early drawings to seminal works like Tezuka’s Atom Boyand Ishinomori’s Cyborg 009. In testament to their lasting impact, it also includes homages from young Japanese and international artists who’ve been influenced by these two manga giants – and we’re guessing there have been quite a few.

Details

Open June 29-September 8 Closed Mon (except July 15), July 16

Time Tue-Sun 10am-6pm

Admission Adults ¥1,200, students & over 65s ¥900, high school & junior high school students ¥700

Venue Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo

Address 4-1-1 Miyoshi, Koto-ku, Tokyo

Transport Kiyosumi-Shirakawa station (Hanzomon line), exit B2 then 9mins walk. Kiyosumi-Shirakawa station (Oedo line), exit A3 then 13mins walk.

Francis Alÿs: Gibraltar Focus

Until Sun Sep 8, 2013 Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo
The Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo has been giving some generous exposure to Francis Alÿs this spring and summer, with two shows devoted to the oeuvre of the Belgian-born, Mexico-based conceptual artist. Following on from the career-spanning Mexico Survey, the museum now hosts a more recent work. Don’t Cross the Bridge Before You Get to the River revolves around a massive performance art piece that Alÿs orchestrated on both sides of the Gibraltar Strait in 2008, documented across a hundred-odd pieces of video, photos, drawings, paintings, sculptures and installations.

Details

Open June 29-September 8 Closed Mon (except July 15), July 16

Time Tue-Sun 10am-6pm

Admission Adults ¥1,100, students & over 65s ¥800, high school & junior high students ¥600

Venue Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo

Address 4-1-1 Miyoshi, Koto-ku, Tokyo

Transport Kiyosumi-Shirakawa station (Hanzomon line), exit B2 then 9mins walk. Kiyosumi-Shirakawa station (Oedo line), exit A3 then 13mins walk.

 

 

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Things to do this week in Tokyo August 29th-September 1st

Angel Project: Hatsune Appearance

Until Thu Aug 29, 2013 Belle Salle Akihabara
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.

Details

Open Aug 21-29

Time Mon-Fri noon, 2.30pm, 5pm, 7.30pm; Sat-Sun 10.30am, 1pm, 3.30pm, 6pm, 8.30pm

Casts ¥4,410

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

Thu Aug 29 – Sun Sep 1, 2013 Hibiya Park
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?

Details

Open August 29-September 1

Time 11.30am-10pm

Admission Free

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

Fri Aug 30, 2013 Air
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.

Details

Open Aug 30

Time Doors 10pm

Admission ¥3,000

Telephone 03 5784 3386

Venue Air

Address Hikawa Bldg B1F-B2F, 2-11 Sarugakucho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo

Transport Daikanyama station (Tokyu Toyoko line).

 

Yanokami

Fri Aug 30, 2013 Liquidroom
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.

Details

Open Aug 30

Time Doors 6pm

Admission ¥4,000

Venue Liquidroom

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.

Details

Open August 31

Time 1.30pm-6pm

Venue Central Asakusa

 

Kitsuné Club Night

Sat Aug 31, 2013 AgeHa
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.

Details

Open Aug 31

Time Doors 11pm

Admission ¥3,500 adv, ¥3,500 on the door

Telephone 03 5534 2525

Venue AgeHa

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.

Details

Open Aug 12-Sep 1

Time 6pm-8pm

Venue Kitte

Address 2-7-2 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo

Transport Tokyo Station (Yamanote, Chuo, Marunouchi, Sobu lines), Nijubashi Station (Chiyoda line)

 

Bacardi Midpark Cafe (2013)

Until Sun Sep 1, 2013 Tokyo Midtown
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.

Details

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

 

 

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Things to do: This weekend: Super Yosakoi (2013) dance festival

Sat Aug 24 – Sun Aug 25, 2013 Yoyogi Park Omotesando, Meiji Shrine, Yoyogi Park

The final weekend of August is always a good time for dancing in the streets, with many major festivals kicking off. The original yosakoi dance started life in Kochi in 1954, where it was intended to help revitalise the struggling post-war economy, and Tokyo’s own Super Yosakoi festival has been going for just over a decade now. The event sees 90-odd teams of brightly attired dancers trying to outdo each other as they strut their stuff to the rhythm of the naruko – a type of clapper that the people of Kochi originally used to scare birds away from their fields.

Details

Open August 24-25

Time August 24 10am-8pm; August 25 10am-5pm

Venue Yoyogi Park Omotesando, Meiji Shrine, Yoyogi Park

Address 2-1 Yoyogi Kamizounocho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo

Transport Harajuku Station (Yamanote line), Yoyogi-Koen Station (Chiyoda line), Yoyogi-Hachiman station (Odakyu line)

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Things to do: This weekend: U-1 Grand Prix; an undon noodle contest in Yoyogi park

Sat Aug 24 – Sun Aug 25, 2013 Yoyogi Park

There are plenty of delicious udon places in Japan, but which is the best? How do you know whether you’re eating the finest bowl out there, or being fobbed off with second or third-rate noodles? The U-1 Grand Prix, held in Yoyogi Park, is a championship to determine Japan’s best udon. Stores from across the country will gather for the two-day fest to prove their worth, including representatives from as far afield as Akita, Fukuoka and the Goto Islands off the coast of Nagasaki. Go along and lend your taste buds to the cause.

Details

Open August 24-25

Time Sat 10am-8pm, Sun 10am-7pm

URL u-1gp.com/

Venue Yoyogi Park

Address 2-1 Yoyogi Kamizounocho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo

Transport Harajuku Station (Yamanote line), Yoyogi-Koen Station (Chiyoda line), Yoyogi-Hachiman station (Odakyu line)

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Things to do: Go to Akihabara and enjoy some maid cafe madness. Here is my top 5

Maid cafés may seem like a fad from 2006 but they’re here to stay. We present you with a guide to the maid experience.

Maid cafés have become so embedded in Japanese media and fetish culture that it is hard to imagine a Tokyo without them. There are now about 217 maid cafes in Japan, but the good news is that increased competition is making them much, much crazier. (For those needing background, there’s more on the history of maid cafes here)

Here is a guide to the best maid cafes in Akihabara — to help you pick just the right place for your maid-ly needs.

Cure Maid Café: First maid café ever

Service offerings: The keyword here is “iyashi” — or “to be soothed.” Cure Maid offers the quintessential Victorian maid fantasy, though not in the sexualized sense of the anime and games featuring these characters. There is abundant greenery, classical music and respectfully distant maid service. The food is decent, and less conventional services may be offered during the café’s regular anime promotions.

Downside: Because maids do not break decorum and engage their masters in conversation, casual visitors might be a little bored.

Cure Maid Café: Gee Store 6F, Soto-Kanda 3-15-5, Chiyoda-ku, tel. 03 3258 3161, http://www.curemaid.jp

Schatz Kiste: ‘Akihabara Culture Café’

Service offerings: A place to relax, sharpen hobby skills and meet people with similar tastes. Otaku pay for time slots to build models, draw manga and generally geek out. Even the maids are in on it, and their homemade crafts decorate the bookshelves. Try some of the girls’ culinary creations, too.

Downside: With only 30 seats and dedicated regulars, it is not uncommon to be turned away.

Akihabara Culture Café Schatz Kiste: Hasegawa Building 1F, Soto-Kanda 6-5-11, Chiyoda-ku, tel. unlisted, schatz-kiste.net

@home café: Moe maid heaven

Service offerings: The insanely friendly and cute maids are masters in conversation. They also chant “moe moe kyun” over your drinks to make them taste better. Certain foods, most famously the omelet rice, include the maid writing on your food with ketchup, as cute little addition.

Pictures and games are on the entertainment menu for just ¥500 a pop. The maids sing and dance too, and CDs and merchandise are available.

Downside: The line can be two hours or more on evenings and weekends. Inside, time is limited to an hour and the seating charge starts at ¥500. Being as saccharine sweet and kinetic as it is, some customers might leave with a headache.

@home café: Mitsuwa Building 4F-7F, Soto-Kanda 1-11-4, Chiyoda-ku, tel. 03 5846 1616, http://www.cafe-athome.com

Cos-cha: Back to school

Service offerings: Cos-cha is famous for its costumes, including variants such as “school swimsuit” day. Spoon-feeding service starting at ¥500, and for ¥2,500, customers can play a game where they have to drink a vile concoction the maid mixes. Those who fail at this task get a slap in the face in front of the room.

Downside: There is a table charge for everyone if anyone at a table orders alcohol. The menu is a bit pricey, and the crowd can get a little rambunctious at night.

Café & Kitchen Cos-cha: Soto-Kanda 3-7-12-2F, Chiyoda-ku, tel. 03 3253 4560, http://www.cos-cha.com

Nagomi: The ‘little sister’ café

Service offerings: The girls dress in frilly outfits and call you “big brother.” Depending on their mood, they can be kind and sweet or rude and bossy, or both — an icy-hot routine called “tsundere.” Sometimes they bully you for an hour and then cry when you leave. Score some conversation time with tabletop games for ¥500.

Downside: The old location has limited seating and smells sort of stale and smoky, but the new location on Chuo Dori is touristy.

Pash Café Nagomi: Zenitani 2F, Soto-Kanda 1-8-4, Chiyoda-ku, tel. 03 5256 8001, http://www.nagomi.tv

Additional spots

Most foreign friendly: Popopure, which has several non-Japanese, English-speaking maids on site. Dub your own souvenir anime DVD with a maid for ¥1,500. (2F, Soto-Kanda 1-8-10, Chiyoda-ku, tel. 03 3252 8599, popopure.com)

Weirdest service: Royal Milk offers “Soul Care” — 90 minutes of one-on-one talk with a maid for ¥9,000. This is more expensive than a private English lesson. (Nikka Sekiyuu Building, Soto-Kanda 3-10-12, Chiyoda-ku, tel. 03 3253 7858, r-milk.com)

Strangest concept: St. Grace’s Court is a nun café where the staff offer miniature food for men dining with dolls and pray for the souls of all their guests. (Chiyoda K1 Building 1F-B1F, Kanda Sudacho 2-19-33, Chiyoda-ku, 03 5298 5947, http://www.st-gracecourt.com)

For the ladies: Queen Dolce, a “danso” café where girls dress up like beautiful boys and strut their stuff. They are better men than any man ever could be. (Akibako Tower 3F, Soto-Kanda 3-15-6, Chiyoda-ku. tel. 03 3252 2031, http://www.akibakotower.com/queen-dolce)

Most overrated: Pinafore, which appeared in the Fuji TV primetime drama “Densha Otoko” in 2005 and put Akihabara maid cafés on the popular radar. They don’t actually offer the services seen on TV, and the place smells like cat urine. (Yamanaka Building 1F, Kanda Sakumacho 1-19, Chiyoda-ku, tel. 03 5295 0123, pinafore.livedoor.biz)

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