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  • Satoshi Tomiie

    Sat May 30, 2015
    He may spend much of his time in New York or touring the globe, but tech-house veteran Satoshi Tomiie still seems to make it to ... More details
  • Shima Jam 2015

    Sat May 30, 2015
    Shima Jam started life last October as a music festival taking place at a number of locations in and around the Seto Inland ... More details
  • Tokyo Island Fair 2015

    Fri May 29 - Sat May 30, 2015
    Representatives of the Izu and Ogasawara island chains bring their best for this annual festa showing off the cuisine, crafts ... More details
  • Okinawa Mensore Festa 2015

    Sun May 31, 2015
    The street between Ikebukuro Station and Sunshine City gets a distinctly Okinawan flavour during this one-day event featuring ... More details
  • Jesse Ruins

    Sun May 31, 2015
    The dreamy synthesizers, the indistinct vocals, the jarring breaks: it's hard to say exactly what makes Jesse Ruins' music so ... More details
  • One Love Jamaica Festival 2015

    Until Sun May 31, 2015
    Always one of the most popular of Yoyogi Park's annual festivals, the two-day One Love Jamaica is a colourful riot of reggae, ... More details
  • Tokyo Danshi Tokyo Joshi

    Until Tue Jun 2, 2015
    Divvied up into 'Danshi' (boys) and 'Joshi' (girls) sections, this colourfully quirky Harajuku exhibit displays the work of ... More details
  • The Nels Cline Singers

    Tue Jun 2 - Wed Jun 3, 2015
    One of the more unexpected acts making their Japan debut this year, Wilco guitar giant Nels Cline’s commanding electric-jazz ... More details
  • Magnetic Kimura: Demsky & Sawe

    Until Wed Jun 3, 2015
    Inspired by classic NYC graffiti, skateboarding culture, Star Wars and manga, the Spanish-born Demsky has stepped beyond his ... More details
  • The Nels Cline Singers

    Tue Jun 2 - Wed Jun 3, 2015
    One of the more unexpected acts making their Japan debut this year, Wilco guitar giant Nels Cline’s commanding electric-jazz ... More details
  • Magnetic Kimura: Demsky & Sawe

    Until Wed Jun 3, 2015
    Inspired by classic NYC graffiti, skateboarding culture, Star Wars and manga, the Spanish-born Demsky has stepped beyond his ... More details
  • Cat Exhibit at Katakana

    Until Thu Jun 4, 2015
    The Shibuya branch of quirky souvenir shop Katakana dedicates its spring special to the fickle but oh-so-adorable feline form, ... More details
  • Cat Exhibit at Katakana

    Until Thu Jun 4, 2015
    The Shibuya branch of quirky souvenir shop Katakana dedicates its spring special to the fickle but oh-so-adorable feline form, ... More details
  • Robert Glasper Experiment

    Tue Jun 2 - Fri Jun 5, 2015
    Taking time out of his busy post-Taico Club schedule for four nights of Tokyo gigs, innovative pianist and producer Robert ... More details
  • Latin! Latin! Latin! Encore

    Until Fri Jun 5, 2015
    Many of the screenings earlier this spring sold out, so Shinjuku theatre K's Cinema is graciously bringing back its special ... More details
  • Robert Glasper Experiment

    Tue Jun 2 - Fri Jun 5, 2015
    Taking time out of his busy post-Taico Club schedule for four nights of Tokyo gigs, innovative pianist and producer Robert ... More details
  • Latin! Latin! Latin! Encore

    Until Fri Jun 5, 2015
    Many of the screenings earlier this spring sold out, so Shinjuku theatre K's Cinema is graciously bringing back its special ... More details
  • Akira Sato Exhibition

    Until Sat Jun 6, 2015
    Azabu-Juban gallery Take Ninagawa highlights photographer Akira Sato (1930-2002) with this display focusing on the ... More details

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