8 Things You Don’t Want to Miss This Weekend: October 19–21

The peaceful gondola ride from Keio Yomiuru Land station drops passengers into a glittering world of magic and light. While typically a winter activity, from this month the entire theme park is cast in euphoric illumination and is a breathtaking escape from Tokyo life. The rest of the city is gearing up for Halloween parties, so in between all the costumes, lights and cameras, check out these enlightening art exhibits, concerts and cat festivals happening in Tokyo this weekend.

 

Digi Salon

This international exhibition of digital creativity at UltraSuperNew Gallery showcases innovative projects at the intersection of technology, art and music (just check out the cool picture).

 

Yomiuri Land Jewellumination

Kicking off early this year, this dazzling illumination designed by Motoko Ishii is the largest in the metropolitan area. Date night-satisfaction guaranteed with candy lights at the Pink Sapphire Town and sparkling illuminations at the brand new ice skating rink (opening November 16).

 

Rubens and the Birth of the Baroque

One of the largest displays of Baroque Master Peter Paul Rubens’ work in recent years focuses on his relationship with Italy, for which the Antwerp native had a special admiration. Along with Rubens’ own paintings, including “Crash of Paëton,” this exhibition presents works by influential Italian artists from the same era.

 

The Oak Door Spooky Halloween Laboratory

Pick your poison from an array of Instagram-worthy Halloween-themed cocktails such as Love Potion, Eternal Beauty Sangria or a “wisdom shot” from the mad scientist’s test tube.

 

Nature Airliner

Coming off a successful UK and Canada tour, the Tokyo-based acoustic singer-songwriter duo return to play an original set of songs including their latest single, “Letting Go.”

 

The Phillips Collection: A Modern Vision

The heir of a Pittsburgh steel and glass magnate, private collector Duncan Phillips (1886–1966) amassed a wealth of modern masterpieces, including the 75 artworks from the likes of Manet, Cézanne, Picasso, Gauguin and Klee carefully selected for this exhibition.

 

Kichijoji Cat Festival 2018

Release the cat-crazy from within as the Kichijoji station neighborhood explodes with feline displays, products and a film festival starting this weekend at three different cinemas. Be sure to get your snuggles in at the cat cafés.

Amnesty International Brave Concert 2018

Amnesty International hosts a human rights concert to support women in Kyrgyzstan fighting against prejudice and discrimination towards disabled individuals. Join other activists and advocates and enjoy live music from great Tokyo bands.

 

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