Bullfinches are commonly believed to be bearers of good luck, with carved wooden bullfinch figurines being a popular lucky item. Kameido Tenjin Shrine is widely known as one of the most popular places to pray for luck and success, especially for studying and exams. In a ceremony dating back to 1820, each January crowds flock to the shrine for the bullfinch exchange ritual. Visitors can exchange a figurine from the previous year for a new one. Now is the perfect time to refresh your luck and make this year a good one!
Two-time Mercury Prize winner Polly Jean Harvey returns to Tokyo for her first performance in the Metropolis since 1995. As part of an artistic experiment, her latest album, “The Hope Six Demolition Project,” was recorded in front of a live audience at Somerset House in London over the first couple of months in 2015. Viewers could drop in and check on Harvey and band as they worked on songs and put down tracks. The resulting album is solid work, revolving around the Flood-produced lush compositions and Harvey’s distinctive vocals.
If recent set lists are any indication, concert attendees should expect to hear a lot of material from the new album and some old fan favorites at this January 31st show.
In bringing his latest stand-up show, “Force Majeure,” to Tokyo for the first time ever, Eddie Izzard is closing in on having toured thirty different countries. This extensive tour is no match for Izzard’s energetic stream-of-consciousness style of comedy, which often leads him to speak in multiple languages, even ones he claims not to know. Equally at home on stage and on screen, Izzard is a master storyteller and a fearless entertainer.
Tokyo Comedy Club and A Comic Soul bring you one of the UK’s most distinctive comedians. One of the most prolific joke-tellers of recent times, Jimmy Carr embarked on a mammoth world tour earlier this year, and it includes a selection of his very best jokes along with brand new material for the ultimate comedy show.