Things to do this week in Tokyo September 16th – September 21st

Things to do this week in Tokyo September 16th – September 21st

Posted on Sep 16, 2013 in Must see, Things to do |

Deborah J Carter

Mon Sep 16, 2013 B Flat

 American jazz singer Deborah J Carter will be stopping in Tokyo for one night only as part of her September Japan tour. Having started her career in Okinawa (where her Japan tour will culminate later this month), she’s now based in Europe, and her music draws inspiration form a range of cultures. She will be accompanied by the Amsterdam Trio – consisting of Joost Swart on piano, Mark Zandveld on bass, and Seb Kaptein on drums – when she plays B Flat tonight.


Open Sep 16

Time Doors 6.30pm

Admission Free

Venue B Flat

Address Akasaka Sakae Bldg B1F, 6-6-4 Akasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo

Transport Akasaka station (Chiyoda line), exit 5A.


Yebisu Beer Festival 2013

Wed Sep 11 – Mon Sep 16, 2013 Yebisu Garden Place
 After the summer onslaught of Oktoberfests, here’s an outdoor beer-a-thon that doesn’t feature oompah music, sauerkraut or ludicrously overpriced drinks. It’s held at the sight of a former brewery, and, unsurprisingly, it’ll be strictly Yebisu on tap – if you’re looking for interesting brews, you’d probably be better off heading to the Great Japan Beer Festival 2013 in Yokohama instead. That said, if you get bored of the beer there will be also be a variety of cocktails, iced coffees and snacks to sample in the square.


Open Sep 11-16

Time Sep 11-12 5-9pm, Sep 13-16 11.30am-9pm (last order 8.30pm)

Venue Yebisu Garden Place

Address 4-20 Ebisu, Shibuya, Tokyo

Transport Ebisu station (JR Yamanote Line), East Exit or (Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line), exit 1


Hibiya Oktoberfest 2013

Fri Sep 6 – Mon Sep 16, 2013 Hibiya Park

 Tokyo has gone into Oktoberfest overdrive this year, with no less than ten Bavarian bacchanales taking place over the summer months – only one of which actually coincides with the original festival in Munich. Hibiya Park’s second session of the year promises to lure back the same throngs of office workers, fräuleins and men with impressive beards with the promise of sausages, oom-pah music and quality German beer served from hefty glass tankards (note that you’ll have to pay a refundable ¥1,000 deposit each time you order one). There’s always a strong showing by German breweries, plus local heavyweights like Sankt Gallen and Fujizakura Heights, with a few beers that aren’t available anywhere else… well, except in Munich.


Open September 6-16

Time TBA

Admission Free

Venue Hibiya Park

Address 1-6 Hibiya Koen, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo

Transport Hibiya Station (Tokyo Metro Marunouchi/Chiyoda Lines, Kasumigaseki Station; Toei Subway Hibiya Line)

Belgian Beer Weekend (2013)

Fri Sep 6 – Mon Sep 16, 2013 Roppongi Hills Arena

 Just when Tokyo’s Oktoberfest onslaught was beginning to get too much, along comes an alternative. Compared to its Munich forebear, the Belgian Beer Weekend is a recent invention: the first edition was held in 1999, at the Grand Place in Brussels. Tokyo became home to the Weekend’s first international offshoot in 2010, and it’s been getting bigger and better ever since. Expect a vast selection of beers, including fruit beers (Boon Kriek, Redbocq), white beers (Hoegaarden, Pater Lievin Wit) and golden ales (Duval), among others. The Tokyo line-up is yet to be announced, but if last year’s is anything to go by you can expect some big-name Belgian acts.


Open September 6-16

Time TBC

Admission TBC

Twitter BBWJapan

Venue Roppongi Hills Arena

Address 6-10-1 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo

Transport Roppongi Station (Hiroo, Oedo lines)


French Paintings from the State Pushkin Museum

Sat Jul 6 – Mon Sep 16, 2013 Yokohama Museum of Art

ピエール=オーギュスト・ルノワール 『ジャンヌ・サマリーの肖像』1877年 油彩、カンヴァス 56×47cm ©The State Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts, Moscow
The State Pushkin Museum is Moscow’s largest repository of European art, and you can see some of its finest treasures – including key works by Poussin, Degas and Cézanne – in this blockbuster show. Masterpieces of French Paintings from the State Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts, Moscow (to give it its full title) was originally due to arrive in Japan in April 2011, but had its trip postponed following the March 11 disaster. Highlights include Renoir’s 1877 ‘Portrait of Jeanne Samary’ (pictured) and Ingres’ ‘Virgin with Chalice’ (1841).


Open July 6-September 16 Closed Thu (except Aug 1, 15)

Time Fri-Wed 10am-6pm

Admission Adults ¥1,500, students ¥1,200, junior high school students ¥600

Venue Yokohama Museum of Art

Address 3-4-1 Minato Mirai, Nishi-ku, Kanagawa

Transport Minato Mirai station (Minato Mirai line), exit 5.

Andreas Gursky

Wed Jul 3 – Mon Sep 16, 2013 The National Art Center, Tokyo (NACT)


Proud creator of the most expensive photograph ever sold, Germany’s Andreas Gursky helped put the colossal-scale ‘is it photography or is it painting?’ approach on the map. His first solo exhibition in Japan takes a career-spanning approach, with around 65 images running from the 1980s to the present day, and documenting subjects ranging from supermarkets (99 Cent, pictured) to North Korea’s Mass Games. And yes, they include that aforementioned record-breaker: Rhein II (1999), a print of which sold for US$4.3 million in 2011.


Open July 3-September 16 Closed Tue

Time Wed-Mon 10am-6pm (Fri until 8pm)

Admission Adults ¥1,500, students ¥1,200, high school students ¥800

Venue The National Art Center, Tokyo (NACT)

Address 7-22-2 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo, Japan

Transport Nogizaka Station (Chiyoda line), Roppongi Station (Oedo, Hibiya lines)


Liquidroom 9th Anniversary: Under the Influence

火 9月 17, 2013 Liquidroom

Fans of Tuesday-night partying should check out Under the Influence at Liquidroom tonight. Continuing its series of 9th anniversary celebration parties, tonight’s event will feature hip hop beats from rapper Dengaryu and J-rock from four-piece Flower Companyz.


Open Sep 17

Time Doors 6.30pm

Admission ¥3,000 adv

Telephone 03 5464 0800

Venue Liquidroom

Address 3-16-6 Higashi, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo

Transport Ebisu station (Yamanote, Hibiya lines), west exit.


Hiroshi Nagai Exhibition: Summer Madness

Until Wed Sep 18, 2013 Kata

 An exhibition of works by illustrator Hiroshi Nagai, who’s perhaps best known for the album jacket artwork on Eiichi Otaki’s A Long Vacation. Other pieces on display include adverts, posters and records, all with his signature tropical designs.


Open Sep 13-18

Time noon-9pm

Venue Kata

Address 2F Liquidroom, 3-16-6 Higashi, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo

Transport Ebisu Station (Yamanote, Shonan-Shinjuku, Hibiya lines)


Moon-viewing Live

Thu Sep 19, 2013 Tokyo Tower Tokyo Tower special observatory











Open Sep 21-22

Time 10am-7pm

Admission Free

Venue Yoyogi Park

Address 2-1 Yoyogi Kamizounocho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo

Transport Harajuku Station (Yamanote line), Yoyogi-Koen Station (Chiyoda line), Yoyogi-Hachiman station (Odakyu line)