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21 Things To Do in Tokyo This Week: June 19–25

Tokyo Weekender's guide to the best events, activities and things to do in the city

Tokyo has officially entered tsuyu, Japan’s rainy season. But don’t let a little rain stop you from enjoying what this city has to offer. From lavish afternoon tea spreads at hotels to exhibitions by small independent artists, there’s a great variety of events happening in the capital this week.

Community Events

Omotenashi Selection Awardees at Shishokuya

Shishokuya is a new specialty shop where you can sample food and drink items from all over Japan for free before purchasing. It’s a rare experience and it can be exciting to get to know the unique products by actually tasting them.

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Live Events

Sayonara Nakano Sunplaza Music Festival

Since opening in 1973, Nakano Sun Plaza has hosted numerous concerts by artists of all genres. Celebrating the venue’s 50th anniversary, the Sayonara Nakano Sunplaza Music Festival is gathering many musicians with ties to the beloved place for a special concert.

Date & Time UNTIL Jul 2, 2023・18:00-
Price ¥2,000-¥13,000
Location Nakano Sunplaza

Feel-Good Family Band The Joy Project Comes To Tokyo

The Joy Project is a band aimed at lifting spirits all around the world. Born out of the COVID-19 pandemic in San Francisco, The Joy Project is a close-knit family consisting of a talented set of multi-instrumentalists creating upbeat songs touching on styles from folk to rock to Motown, anchored by catchy hooks and bright melodies. The quartet brings their sound to Japan for a tour of the country.

Date & Time Jun 22, 2023・19:00-
Price ¥2,300
Location Shimokitazawa THREE


A Year of Forgetting the Pines: A Solo Exhibition by Jes Kalled

Multidisciplinary artist Jes Kalled presents parts of memory and perception in their shifting forms and textures across the mediums of photography, oil paint, text, video and audio.

On Friday, June 23, Kalled will give a live painting performance with musician and artist, Ippei, who will be improvising on keyboard and acoustic guitar. The performance begins at 7pm and will carry on into the evening. Beer and wine can be purchased for ¥500. Mingling and engaging with the pieces is encouraged.

Date & Time UNTIL Jun 25, 2023・13:00-20:00
Price Free
Location ギャラリーパラディソgallery PARADISO

James Bingham Exhibition: “Proximity and Distance”

UK photographer and long-term Tokyo resident Jim Bingham explores the duality of space in a series of monochrome photographs taken between 2011 and 2023. He has captured over 800 images in this collection. A select few have been carefully curated to explore the binary theme and have been re-sized to a 1×1 crop for claustrophobic intimacy and tightly focused contemplation.
The portrait section of the exhibition invites you to observe Tokyo’s residents, devoid of identity and removed from context. These spontaneous images are an unguarded exploration of the spectrum of emotional reactions an urban environment elicits.
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Origin: Photography Exhibition by Stephanie Zhao

Chinese-American photographer Stephanie Zhao is having her first solo photography exhibition, “Origin,” at Bonta Italia in Daikanyama. The exhibition is about Zhao’s search for her own cultural background in China, featuring daily life scenes, local cuisines and art in her photos.

Prints displayed are also available for sale during the exhibition.

Date & Time UNTIL Jun 25, 2023・11:00-20:00・Closed Mondays and Tuesdays
Price Free
Location Bontà Italia

Mari Katayama Exhibition: “Cavern”

Prestigious artist Mari Katayama‘s deeply personal artworks, which often place her as the subject, allow the viewer a glimpse into her own, deliberately constructed mise-en-scene, placing her as a doll within certain conceived situations. As a double amputee, her portraits strike an exceptionally powerful chord with audiences across the globe.

She will have her new solo exhibition “Cavern” at Gallery Ether. “Cavern” features works from “possession,” “just one of those things” and “leave-taking.” It also contains new drawings and two new photo series “Calypso” and “Study for Caryatid.”

Date & Time UNTIL Jun 24, 2023・12:00-19:00・Closed for lunch 15:00-16:00 | Closed Sun, Mon, Holidays
Price Free

Nobuyuki Kimura Exhibition: “The Scenery of Celadon and Tenmoku”

Born and raised in a pottery family in Gojozaka, Kyoto, Kimura explored the expression of celadon even before embarking on his independent artistic journey. Driven by a deep admiration for the masterpieces of the Northern Song dynasty, his pursuit of celadon has unfolded in a diverse variety of colors, such as toka (peach blossom), moegi (vibrant yellow), and suishoku (jade green).

In recent years, Kimura has also dedicated his efforts to studying tenmoku, a type of glaze inspired by Chinese ware from the Song dynasty (1127–1279). He describes tenmoku as having a unique sense of familiarity and admiration within his family. It evokes the imagery of twinkling stars in the night sky. Combining refined glaze techniques honed over the years with the inherent elegance of Kyoto, experience the harmonious blend of the craft skills and sophistication in Kimura’s creations.

Date & Time UNTIL Jun 22, 2023・10:00-18:30・Closed on Sundays and public holidays
Price Free
Location HULS Gallery Tokyo

You Can Be Anything: The Barbie Exhibition

Barbie, the world’s most famous fashion doll, is celebrating her 65th anniversary in 2024. In this exhibition, Barbie is the symbol of potential, of all the things one can be, as the doll has had many professions and expressions through the years. Since debuting in 1959, Barbie has mirrored the changing environment surrounding women. In this exhibition, children can imagine the future without restrictions. Adults can also look at the world in a new light, without being bound by social expectations.

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Ryutaro Takahashi Contemporary Japanese Art Collection Exhibition

WHAT Museum is a contemporary art collector’s museum operated by Terrada Warehouse. For its reopening, the museum is showing Ryutaro Takahashi’s Contemporary Japanese Art Collection Exhibition. The collection was established in 1997 by psychiatrist Ryutaro Takahashi, one of Japan’s foremost art collectors. It currently consists of more than 3,000 works of art, which offer a comprehensive view of the diversity of the Japanese contemporary art scene.

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Kusama in the exhibited hexagonal mirror room at “Kusamaʼs Peep Show” or “Endless Love Show,” a solo exhibition at Richard Castellane Gallery, New York. 1966 © YAYOI KUSAMA

Yayoi Kusama’s Self-Obliteration/Psychedelic World Exhibition

This exhibition focuses on the psychedelic aspects of Yayoi Kusama’s work and presents rich variations of her creations from different periods. It includes the premiere of her latest series of hexagonal mirrored rooms — first presented at her solo exhibition in New York in the latter half of the 1960s, as well as a film and related materials. Through these showcases, this exhibition introduces Kusama’s activities at that time, which were also a driving force of the psychedelic movement.

Date & Time UNTIL Sep 18, 2023・11:00-17:30・Closed Mon, Tue & Wed (Except national holidays)
Price ¥1,100
Location Yayoi Kusama Museum

Seasonal Events

Grand Hyatt’s Soirée Blanche Summer Events

This stylish summer event with an all-white dress code is inspired by the French Riviera. Soirée Blanche takes place on Saturdays at The French Kitchen (2F) in Grand Hyatt, for a total of nine events throughout this summer. At the event, you can enjoy free flow Moët & Chandon champagne and other drinks, as well as an all-you-can-eat buffet containing everything from light appetizers to barbeque dishes and desserts.

Date & Time UNTIL Aug 26, 2023・18:00-22:00・Saturdays only | Standing from 19:00 | Last order 21:30
Price Regular plan ¥13,200 | Standing plan ¥9,350
Location Grand Hyatt Tokyo

The Wonder Movie Cafe

This cinema-themed concept café celebrates Disney’s 100th anniversary. The concept of the café changes three times. Each phase is based on a different process of movie production. The menu, merchandise and store decorations change with each phase as well.

Date & Time UNTIL Jun 25, 2023・11:15-20:50
Price ¥500-¥1,800
Location BOX cafe&space 表参道店

Popup Ramen: A Relay Event of Popular Ramen Restaurants

“Popup Ramen” is the first Tokyo branch of “Ramen Walking,” a relay event store of popular ramen restaurants from all over Japan. The menu changes regularly, so make sure not to miss out on the exclusive limited-time-only ramen.

Date & Time UNTIL Jun 30, 2023・11:00-23:00
Price From ¥500-¥1,380
Location Tokyo Midtown Yaesu

Pikachu Afternoon Tea at The Strings Omotesando

The Strings Omotesando is collaborating with Pokémon for the first time ever, resulting in a cute yellow afternoon tea that stands out. The menu features a variety of playful items, including mini burgers inspired by Pikachu’s bright yellow color, muffins with the Pikachu silhouette, macarons designed with Pikachu’s back pattern and other unique menu items.

Date & Time UNTIL Jul 3, 2023・11:30-18:00
Price ¥1,012-¥10,000
Location THE STRINGS Omotesando

Detective Conan Cafe

Detective Conan is one of the longest-running manga and anime characters in Japan. This spring and summer, you can enjoy a limited, luxurious hotel lounge-themed café based on the popular character. Other characters from the show are dressed up in violet and black, and all drinks and dishes have matching color schemes.

Date & Time UNTIL Jul 17, 2023・11:20-21:40
Price ¥500-¥2,400
Location Mylord

Matcha Afternoon Tea at ANA InterContinental Tokyo

This hotel offers an elegant afternoon tea featuring 12 types of petit gâteaux combining summer fruits and fragrant matcha, as well as five beautifully presented savory dishes, all made with matcha tea. Enjoy a cool afternoon with a wide variety of beverages, including Ronnefeldt tea. The set will be served in the Atrium Lounge with a two-hour seating limit.

Date & Time UNTIL Sep 30, 2023・11:00-19:00・19:00 is last entry | Seatings last up to two hours
Price ¥7,500 per person
Location InterContinental - ANA Tokyo, an IHG Hotel

Summer BBQ Terrace at Grand Hyatt Tokyo

Making the best out of the summer season, the Grand Hyatt Tokyo has a seasonal summer terrace offering American barbecue and free flowing drinks. Oak Door Summer Terrace “BBQ Road Trip” is an indulgent spread of five types of meat including Japanese beef and pork ribs, as well as grilled shrimp and scallops. There’s also a plan for a free flow of tropical fruit, sweet and sour cocktails and ice-cold beer. The theme revolves around traversing the Mid-Southern United States on “Route 66.”

Date & Time UNTIL Aug 31, 2023・18:00-・Seating is 2 hours, free flow is 90 minutes. There are four seatings per day: 18:00 | 18:30 | 20:30 | 20:45
Price Starts from ¥8,800 and varies according to the menu
Location Grand Hyatt Tokyo

Mediterranean Beer Terrace at Pullman Tokyo Tamachi

Open-air beer terraces are a hallmark of Tokyo’s sweltering summer. Pullman Tokyo Tamachi has themed its beer terrace this year around Mediterranean cuisines. Alongside beer, it offers sparkling wine, whiskey, plum wine, lemon sour and soft drinks. You can enjoy Greek souvlaki-inspired quesadillas, sausages, grilled vegetables and more. Unlike evening-only spots, this beer terrace is open both for lunch and dinner and pets are allowed too.

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The Steakhouse Chef’s Brunch at ANA InterContinental Tokyo

The hotel’s international team of chefs came up with a menu that would suit the diversified lifestyles of the ever-evolving cosmopolitan city of Tokyo. Based on the concepts of “the city that never sleeps,” “any person can eat anytime,” and “always brunch time,” The Steakhouse Chef’s Brunch features a lineup of international dishes suitable for a brunch that is not restricted by time.

An eye-catching seven-course of snacks is served on a three-tiered stand in the style of afternoon tea. Snacks include a mini croissant with grilled bacon, deviled eggs, hummus and more. This is followed by a fixed-style menu with a choice of appetizers, main dishes and desserts.

Date & Time UNTIL Oct 30, 2023・11:30-18:00・Not available on Tuesdays
Price ¥8,452 per person
Location InterContinental - ANA Tokyo, an IHG Hotel

Il Lupino Prime Mango & Tropical Fruits Afternoon Tea

Il Lupino Prime in Tokyo, a German-owned Italian restaurant established in Hawaii, is offering a new Mango & Tropical Fruits Afternoon Tea course beginning on June 15. It features six different savory dishes, including USDA prime beef mini hamburgers, lemon and caviar capellini and fresh vegetable sticks.
Date & Time UNTIL Sep 15, 2023・11:30-・Reservations required
Price ¥6,800 (Weekdays) | ¥7,800 (Saturdays, Sundays and holidays)
Location IL LUPINO PRIME TOKYO 表参道 イタリアン レストラン テラス ペット可
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