Other than that, since my parents spent their first week doing standard Tokyo sightseeing, their last weekend required second level sights with added quirk: Shimokitazawa for second hand kimono shopping and random shop pottering, Kagurazaka for crepes and strolling, Improvazilla for an awesome improvised zombie musical, the amazingly good Italian restaurant Elio Locanda, and finally, (alas) karaoke. All good fun. I literally spent the next 3 days recovering! We also went to the lovely Canal Cafe in Iidabashi and enjoyed pizza while watching people in rowboats. Such a beautiful waterside location. (And right next door to lovely Ginrei Hall where we saw the charming British movie A Royal Night Out in English - it's on til November 11th.) Are there any other waterside locations like this in Tokyo? Answers please!
Our picks of the coolest things to do in Tokyo in the next week
Fri 4 Nov - Tonight there's the Gamuso comedy show in Asagaya. Tonight at the National Film Centre, from the UCLA Film Archive, see classic film Force of Evil. You also have tonight or tomorrow to catch the Japanese version of the UK's Royal Ballet, Romeo and Juliet.
Sat 5 Nov - During the day at the National Film Centre there are three different films from the UCLA Film Archive: The Toll of the Sea, Becky Sharp, and Matewan. All in English. There's the Vega comedy show in Ebisu but most excitingly, don't miss Comedy Sumo Slam in Roppongi - this topical comedy gameshow is my favourite comedy night in Tokyo - and this month I'm performing in it. Eeek! Wish me luck and laugh loudly.
Sun 6 Nov - It's the final day of the UCLA Film Archive run at the National Film Centre. Today you can see Come Back to the Five and Dime Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean; Mickey One; and The Connection.
Mon 7 Nov - Have you noticed there's almost never anything on Mondays in Tokyo? Maybe tonight's the night to see ACurious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime? Or, ahem, Bridget Jones' Baby... Just saying.
Tue 8 Nov - It's stand up comedy new material night tonight in Shibuya.
Wed 9 Nov - The weekly Good Heavens comedy night is tonight!
Thu 10 Nov - There's a special Pecha Kucha night tonight but it looks like it might be more in Japanese than usual...
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