Art: Hooray: the Tokyo Photographic Art Museum in Ebisu has been closed ever since I moved to Tokyo, much to my frustration as it always sounded great. But it's now re-opened. We went to see the annual World Press Photo contest, which I last saw in Washington DC. With captions in English and Japanese, this is always an interesting exhibition worth seeing. A lot was about refugees this year but perhaps my favourite picture was of the Ebola Survivors' Football Team.
Film: I had a nice cinema week with all sorts of lovely experiences. The top was probably The Great Gatsby which screened outdoors in Tokyo Midtown park. We got borrowed mats and sprawled on the lawn with Moet to enjoy the film. Lessons: if you want to hear the film in English, position yourself very near one of the speakers as the volume is set pretty low; be one of the first 50 in line to score a comfy cushion, and bring a picnic and a clear umbrella. There are more films on this weekend, assuming the rain abates... We also had a super time seeing 45 Years, which was slow but good, at the delightful Ginrei Hall, my favourite cinema in Tokyo so far. What's yours? Comment below or on @perfectliarstky please! And we saw the BFG at Toho Nihonbashi which we enjoyed as much as the cheese shop we found in the basement of the same building.
What's on in Tokyo this week: our top picks
Sat 24 - During the day this weekend, head to the UNU Farmers Market for Tokyo Coffee Festival. In the evening, it's my favourite comedy night of the month, Comedy Sumo Slam. For those of us who love comedy but don't enjoy hearing people telling the same jokes again and again, Sumo Slam is our saviour! Topical comedy game show with much fun and entertainment - and pizza. If you don't like comedy and it's a nice night, just down the road at Tokyo Midpark Cinema you'll find The Devil Wears Prada.
Sun 25 - If you had envy of my description of seeing The Great Gatsby at Tokyo Midpark cinema, good news: it's on again tonight!
Mon 26 - As a storytelling fan, I have been loving Japanese-style funny storytelling, rakugo. But the Footnik Ebisu English language rakugo has been the most fun for me. And it's returning tonight!
Tue 27 - It's new material stand up comedy night in Shibuya's Double Tall Cafe.
Wed 28 - Good Heavens Comedy Club tonight in Shimokitazawa as usual. It's always fun. Also tonight, it's Pechakucha - people doing cool, fast talks about their passion projects in art/architecture/fashion and the like.
Thu 29 - I'm still having traumatic flashbacks about performing comedy in Japanese last month, but if your Japanese is better than mine, tonight is Okomedyaki. Enjoy. I'll probably be at Fuckup Nights where at least half of it will probably be in English - people doing snappy talks about their professional failures in an entertaining way. It's in Meguro.
Fri 30 - I'm so excited that it's time for Improvazilla - my favourite improv show in Tokyo. And even better... I'm going to be in it! In advance of Perfect Liars Club, I'm going to be telling a Perfect Liars Club story that will inspire improv fun. Are you excited? I know I am. Fill in their form to reserve seats. If you're more in the mood for serious theatre, London's The Hard Problem is screening at both Toho Roppongi and Nihonbashi and continues all week. These NTLive screenings are almost as good as being in the theatre in London. Still not tempted? Drunk Poets See God is also on - stories, poems and song.
Ginrei Hall cinema is showing Southpaw and The Revenant. Not for me - but maybe for you?
Reserved your tickets for Perfect Liars Club on 6th October? This is going to be the show of the season. If you like comedy, storytelling, gameshows, or general fab things, reserve your tickets here.
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