45 things to do this weekend

Everything you need to make it through the holiday weekend – rain or shine

45 things to do this weekend

45 things to do in Tokyo this weekend
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Mitama Matsuri
Grab a camera and hit Yasukuni Shrine for one of Tokyo's biggest Obon festivals. The Mitama Matsuri is famed for its display of 30,000 lanterns – and, more bizarrely for an event honouring the dead, its haunted house. Read more

Expect all kinds of wildness as 'jazz punk' septet Katteni-Shiyagare draft in club jazz supremos Soil & "Pimp" Sessions and folky rockers Overground Acoustic Underground for a 15th anniversary knees-up. Read more

Telephone Club
Nothing beats a good DIY gig, eh? Slovenian electro-rapper N'toko joins Jebiotto! and a host of other acts from the Tokyo indie underground for an all-nighter at a two-storey rehearsal studio in Koenji. Read more

Tokusatsu: Special Effects Museum
Monster movie fans might find it hard to contain their excitement at this exhibition curated by Neon Genesis Evangelion creator Hideaki Anno, featuring retro SF miniatures and a 16x16m Tokyo cityscape. Read more

Rinko Kawauchi
The Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography stays open until 8pm this evening – which is perfect if you want to catch Deutsche Börse Prize nominee Rinko Kawauchi's solo exhibition before it closes on Monday. Read more

400 Years of European Masterpieces
The National Art Center, Tokyo's exhibition of works from the collection of St. Petersburg's State Hermitage Museum also wraps up on Monday... and, again, it'll stay open until 8pm this evening. Read more

Nano-Mugen Fes. 2012 Pre Party
Former Lady Gaga tour DJ and all-round cheeseball Space Cowboy hits Tokyo for an all-nighter prior to playing at Asian Kung-Fu Generation's Nano-Mugen Fes. in Yokohama on Sunday. Er... lucky us. Read more

P.O.W.E.R. Vol. 02
Give us a P! Give us an O! Give us an... Actually, that'll take too long. Shinichi Osawa and 80kidz return to Sound Museum Vision for another edition of electro-heavy bash P.O.W.E.R., with guests including Taiwan's DJ Mykal. Read more

There's a free Red Bull on the door for everyone going to this all-night session with some of Tokyo's finest beatmakers, including garage-fixated Brit expat Submerse and chiptune graduate Quarta330. Read more

Reboot featuring Axel Karaksis
Greece's best-known techno export, Axel Karaksis tends to opt for a dark, driving style that makes most sense in the wee hours of the morning. He should fit in nicely when he guests at Eleven tonight, then. Read more

Enter The Labyrinth 2012
Boutique techno bash The Labyrinth gets Tokyo clubbers primed for this year's festival, at a pre-party boasting three-hour sets from Berghain resident Marcel Fengler and rehabilitated dubstepper Appleblim. Read more

45 things to do in Tokyo this weekend
Friday | Saturday | Sunday | Monday

By James Hadfield
Please note: All information is correct at the time of writing but is subject to change without notice.


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