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December 2015
Free

Hiroshi Sugimoto: In Praise of Shadows

December 12, 2015 @ 11:00 am - February 28, 2016 @ 7:00 pm
Costume National Lab,
5-4-30 Minami-Aoyama, Minato-ku, Tokyo 107-0062 Japan
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Japan’s foremost minimalist photographer, acclaimed for his abstract seascapes, records “the life of a candle” for his latest exhibition at Costume National’s Lab gallery.

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January 2016
¥1,800

Foster + Partners

January 1 @ 10:00 am - February 14 @ 10:00 pm
Mori Art Museum,
6-10-1 Roppongi Japan
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The quintessential architect of postmodernism has built up a portfolio of innovative architecture, numbering well over 300 projects across continents, including the HSBC Main Building (a state-of-the-art monolithic high-rise in Hong Kong) as well as The Gherkin (a futuristic glass façade built in 2004 that today became the face of London). This is the first comprehensive exhibition in Japan on the foremost architectural firm of innovative urbanism.

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Claudia Ahlering: Selected works

January 13 - February 21
Hiromart Gallery,
1-30-7 Sekiguchi, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo 112-0014 Japan
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This is the fourth solo show in Japan for this Hamburg-based German artist. The show features oil paintings from 2007 to 2015.

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¥1,600

Vermeer and Rembrandt: The Masters of the 17th Century Dutch Golden Age

January 14 @ 10:00 am - March 31 @ 8:00 pm
Mori Arts Center Gallery,
6-10-1 Roppongi Japan
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Features masterpieces from the 17th century Dutch paintings by such heavyweights including Vermeer and Rembrandt as well as those by Frans Hals, Jan Steen, and Pieter de Hooch. Some of the works, such as “Young Woman with a Water Pitcher” by Vermeer, will be shown for the first time in Japan.

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February 2016
¥6,500-12,500 (weekdays)/ ¥7,500-13,500 (weekends & hols)

Cirque du Soleil: Totem

February 3 @ 7:00 pm - June 26 @ 3:30 pm
Odaiba Big Top,
1 Aomi, Koto-ku, Tokyo 135-0064 Japan
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Montreal’s theatrical supertroupe Cirque du Soleil returns to Japan with Totem. Originally premiered in 2010, this successful touring show—which has so far attracted as many as four million spectators worldwide—stages the epic journey of humankind’s evolution across hundreds of millions of years, from its inception to the future, set to rhythms that draw upon Native American music, Spanish flamenco, and Indian music. Inspired by the many origin myths than run through human civilization, the show is performed by the company’s well-oiled, gravity-defying multinational acrobats. This extravagantly entertaining production, which won the New York Drama Desk Award for Unique Theatrical Experience in 2013, incorporates cutting-edge technology such as projection mapping. Directed by Canada’s maverick theatrical talent Robert Lepage.

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¥1,000-3,000

TPAM

February 3 @ 8:00 pm - February 21 @ 1:00 pm
Kanagawa Arts Theater,
281 Yamashita-cho, Naka-ku, Japan
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Once called Tokyo Performing Arts Market but now confusingly retitled Performing Arts Meeting in Yokohama, TPAM is Japan’s biggest contemporary dance and theater exchange. Though targeted at professionals, the event includes an extensive showcase program serving up a buffet of experimental performances. Among the companies to appear are venerable butoh dance group Dairakudakan, Thailand’s Pichet Klunchun, and the duo of Daniel Kok (Singapore) and Luke George (Melbourne). The latter will stage Bunny, a performance that utilizes macramé, sailors’ knots, Chinese knots, and rope bondage to weave together an “interactive experience of collectivity.”

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¥3,240-10,800

La Sylphide/Men Y Men

February 6 @ 1:00 pm - February 11 @ 1:00 pm
New National Theatre Tokyo,
Hon-machi 1-1-1, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 151-0071 Japan
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Two ballets with contrasting themes. La Sylphide is one of the fist known romantic ballets, premiering at the Paris Opera in 1832; Men Y Men, which was first performed in 2009, is the work of Canadian choreographer Wayne Eagling.

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¥3,500 (adv)/¥5,000 (door)

Matsuri Digital Presents Psy-Fi Festival ShowCase in Tokyo

February 6 @ 11:55 pm - March 7 @ 6:00 pm
Daikanyama Unit,
zaHouse 1−34−17 Ebisunishi , Shibuya-ku, Tokyo Japan
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Netherlands cutting edge Psytrance Festival “Psy-Fi Festival” is coming to Tokyo on February. MATSURI DIGITAL is holding this party as collaboration event with official Psy-Fi crews :) You will experience holographic universe by arts and music. 100 Limited advance ticket will be start to sell from 16 JAN. We wish that you feel the altered states thru music. Don’t miss it ! Please check all information on event page!

Special Guest : KOXBOX/TETRAMETH
with full power Japanese djs for whole UNIT 3 floors!

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Bunkyo Ume Matsuri

February 8 - March 8
Yushima Tenjin,
3-30-1 Yushima Bunkyo-ku Japan

Enjoy roughly 300 trees’ worth of plum blossoms.

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DOOR: 2000

THE WEDNESDAY CLUB FT. Roy Comanchero

February 10 @ 10:00 pm - February 11 @ 5:00 am
CIRCUS TOKYO,
3-26-16, shibuyaku, Shibuya, Tokyo, Tokyo 150-0002 Japan

KENJI TAKIMI (Crue-L/Being Borings)
Roy Comanchero (Running Back)
and more!!!!

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¥1,600

Takashi Murakami: The 500 Arhats

February 11
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Every day until March 6, 2016
Mori Art Museum,
6-10-1 Roppongi Japan
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Japan’s biggest artistic export of the 21st century (perhaps all time?) is the subject of a major exhibition at the newly renovated Mori in Roppongi. Takashi Murakami has many admirers—and detractors—but his domination of the Japanese art scene is an immutable fact. The 500 Arhats is Murakami’s reaction to the 3.11 disaster—a 100-meter-long Buddhist-flavored token of gratitude to Qatar, one of the first nations to offer help in the wake of the tsunami. The show also features a number of new creations including towering sculptures like The Birth Cry of the Universe, as well as more predictable anime-flavored canvasses.

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¥250-510

Play! Digital Game Exhibition

February 11 @ 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
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Every day until February 28, 2016
Skip City,
3-12-63 Kamiaoki, Kawaguchi, Saitama Japan
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If you long for the pre-Android simplicity of arcade games, then this is the event for you. The exhibition is broken over three series and includes unique insights into the history of video games, as well as a chance to play some retro favorites like Space Invaders and Pacman.

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¥700-1,400 (adv)/ ¥900-1,600 (door)

The Great Terracotta Army of China’s First Emperor

February 11 @ 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
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Every day until February 21, 2016
Tokyo National Museum,
13-9 Ueno Park, Taito, Japan
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This exhibition brings together artifacts with connections to the First Emperor of China, Qin Shi Huang, while exploring the “everlasting world” of his terracotta army and its mysteries.

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¥700-1,200

“Tokyo”: Sensing the Cultural Magma of the Metropolis

February 11 @ 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
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Every day until February 14, 2016
Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo,
4-1-1 Miyoshi, Koto-ku, Japan
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Starting this month at the Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, the exhibition will shine a light on the city’s evolving art forms which developed out of the defining magma-like vitality of the 1980s, featuring a wide range of media including visual arts, music, video and design.

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¥1,200

Yoko Ono: From My Window

February 11 @ 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
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Every day until February 14, 2016
Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo,
4-1-1 Miyoshi, Koto-ku, Japan
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This exhibition looks back at Yoko Ono’s 60-year career as a conceptual artist by exploring her relation to Tokyo, her hometown. Materials from the artist’s formative years there would be on display as well as her works related to the Japanese capital and its cultural relations with the US and Europe.

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¥350-1,500 (adv) ¥600-2,000 (door)

Yebisu International Festival for Art & Alternative Visions 2016

February 11 @ 10:00 am - February 20 @ 6:00 pm
Yebisu Garden Place,
4-20 Ebisu, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-0013 Japan
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Now in its eighth edition, this alternative arts festival for moving images is fast becoming one of the most prominent events of its kind in Japan. For this year, Yebisu Festival takes up French philosopher Gilles Clément’s concept of “Garden in Movement” to explore a “new look at contemporary society as a garden that changes day by day.” Works selected include No Home Movie, the last completed film by the late Chantal Akerman who past away in October; documentarist Pithy Panh’s France Is Our Mother Country; and Iraqi-born artist Jananne Al-Ani’s video installation Groundworks III.

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¥500

John Wood & Paul Harrison “Some Things Are Hard to Explain”

February 11 @ 11:00 am - 6:00 pm
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Every day until February 21, 2016
NTT Intercommunication Center,
3-20-2 Nishi-Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 163-1404 Japan
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Known for their absurdist humor, Wood and Harrison have collaborated on an expansive range of artistic mediums for over 20 years. This exhibition includes a collection of performances, animation, stories and moving images.

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Free

Open Space 2015

February 11 @ 11:00 am - 6:00 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)
Every day until March 6, 2016
NTT Intercommunication Center,
3-20-2 Nishi-Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 163-1404 Japan
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Explore an array of representative, historical, and new works from the realm of media art, as well as results of research activities at educational institutions.

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Free

Cedric Delsaux “Dark Lens”

February 11 @ 11:30 am
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Every day until February 11, 2016
Diesel Art Gallery,
1-23-16 Shibuya Japan
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Have you ever wondered what it would it would be like to bump into Darth Vader at your local train station? The French sci-fi photographer presents an exhibition of 14 works featuring Star Wars characters neatly placed in modern world settings.

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¥2,500

Comedy Headliner: Ben Norris (UK)

February 12 @ 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Good Heavens! Bar,
Daizawa 5-32-5, Tokyo, Tokyo Japan
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London Comedy Store veteran and star of UK’s ‘Mock The Week’ is bringing the laughs to Shimokitazawa for 1 night only!

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¥2,500 (door)

Sonny Wharton “Worldwide Status” Release Tour

February 12 @ 10:00 pm - February 13 @ 5:00 pm
CIRCUS TOKYO,
3-26-16, shibuyaku, Shibuya, Tokyo, Tokyo 150-0002 Japan
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GUEST:
Sonny Wharton
DJ:
JAXX DA FISHWORKS
YASUCA [Hed Kandi]
HIKARU TAKAI
redcard collector, and more

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¥500-8,800

Tokyo Cinq Reves vs. Sendai 89ers

February 13 @ 6:00 pm - February 14 @ 2:00 pm
Inagi Sogo Taiikukan,
Nagamine 1-1, Inagi-shi, Tokyo Japan
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2000 adv

The Complaints Department in Emergenza Band Contest

February 13 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Shinjuku Nine Spices,
2 Chome-1-2 Kabukicho, Shinjuku, Tokyo 160-0021 Japan

Tokyo indie rockers returning to world wide unsigned band contest Emergenza.

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¥14,980 + tax (adv)

Italian Wine Seminar

February 13 @ 7:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Legato,
3-6 Maruyamacho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo Japan
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Learn about Italian wines and enjoy a gourmet dinner in an international atmosphere.

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