9 Events You Don’t Want to Miss This Weekend

More than a hint of autumn in the air this weekend, and no better way to welcome it than with art, music, traditional culture – and spicy food. Here’s what’s on until Monday.

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Tokyo East – Shitamachi Discovery – Exhibition

TIS (Tokyo Illustrators Society) presents its annual group exhibition with a wide selection of work from over 150 of its members. The theme focuses on the Shitamachi area, past and present, with each artist producing a unique 30cm x 30cm piece for the exhibition. Almost all the works will be available to buy, so this could be a perfect opportunity to add something special to your collection.

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Art Aquarium

In its 11th year, this popular goldfish aquarium meets arts installation has come of age. This year’s theme is inspired by the Palace of the Dragon King, a magical place at the bottom of the sea, mentioned in the traditional folk tale “Urashima Taro.” Various artworks playing on this underwater kingdom theme will be on display, along with about 8,000 fish — mostly goldfish.

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The Art of Disney – The Magic of Animation

It’s all led up to this, Disney fans – a lifetime spent watching animated films, regular trips out to Disneyland and roomfuls of branded merchandise – all culminating to the moment you see the sketches from where it all began. This exhibition features nearly 500 drawings, storyboards and cels from the animation giant, from “Steamboat Willie” all the way to “Moana.”

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Gekikara Gourmet Festival 2017

Held in the piquant quarters of Kabukicho, this festival dedicated to gekikara – or super-spicy – cuisine is not for the faint of taste buds. The gathering features food from around the globe, from Korea to Thailand and India.

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Tokyo Art City by NAKED

NAKED Inc. presents a spectacular new exhibition experience that fuses contemporary art, entertainment and technology. An exciting 360° vision of Tokyo will show the charms of the ever-changing metropolis using the latest technologies, including breathtaking projection mapping and giant models.

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The Yosakoi – Oedo Soran Matsuri

Around 45 teams will compete in the annual Oedo Soran Festival. Yosakoi is a unique style of dancing combining traditional Japanese moves with modern music – think somewhere between awa-odori and cheerleading. Large teams perform their choreographed routines in colorful historically inspired costumes, punctuating the dancing with energetic shouts, flag waving and hand percussion.

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Yokohama Triennale 2017: Islands, Constellations & Galapagos

For the Yokohama Triennale’s sixth edition, curators have gathered together the work of more than 40 artists, whose pieces explore themes of isolation and connectivity, imagination and guidance, and distinctness and diversity. Among large scale works that turn art museums themselves into artistic canvases and more intimate pieces that invite musemgoers to reflect quietly on the Triennale’s themes, museumgoers will find surprises, challenging images, and plenty of aesthetic food for thought.

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Alberto Giacometti: Collection Fondation Marguerite et Aimé Maeght

This is your last weekend to see the more than 135-piece exhibit that brings together works from the collections of the Fondation Maeght, the Fondation Giacometti, and those of domestic collectors of this seminal figure of modern sculpture.

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Shibuya Zunchaka

Participation is the name of the game at this community-organized music festival that will take place around Hachiko Plaza, the Shibuya Center Shopping Street, Cat Street, Mitake Park, and other locations in Shibuya.

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