I had such a lovely vacation in Vietnam, but now it's back to the bright lights of Tokyo. So let's see... what's coming up that sounds like fun? Well after last week's bonanza, it's a bit quiet this week. But not to worry: I'll find you some fun things to do... and be sure to reserve Perfect Liars Club tickets. There are very few advanced tickets left!
Sat 4 March - More amazing British plays from the UK's National Theatre, filmed in London and screened in Yebisu Garden Cinema kick off this week. The Audience screens every day at 11am from today til Friday. It's about the Queen's weekly audiences with British Prime Ministers over the years. I have seen it twice and think it's outstanding - and Helen Mirren is amazing as the Queen. I'm sort of tempted to a third viewing... Or if you are hoping for a bit of Shakespeare, another play filmed in the UK, Romeo and Juliet, is screening at 6:40pm every day this week. Also today and for the next two weeks, the Ginrei Hall double bill of films is Genius and Sully. Finally, why not go swing dancing in Shibuya? And if you're in the mood for Rakugo (Japanese storytelling in English), it's on today (and tomorrow) 12-3:30pm. Free admission. Catch them before their international tour!
Sun 5 March - At noon, check out more free Rakugo (Japanese storytelling in English - and even if you saw it yesterday, the stories are apparently different today). Later, there's an open mic poetry night at What the Dickens bar at 6pm in Ebisu. It's also the final day of iceskating at Tokyo Midtown and Skytree.
Mon 6 March - If you're free at 4pm and so inclined, head to the University of Tokyo fora talk on Darwin, Dharma and the Divine: Evolutionary theory and religion in modern Japan. Sounds interesting. Then there's open mic stand up comedy in Otsuka tonight.
Tue 7 March - Why not attend an International Women's Day screening of I Am A Girl.
Wed 8 March - Don't miss Stand Up Tokyo's Good Heavens Comedy Night in Shimokitazawa. Or attend the opening reception of Blossom Blast 2017: What it Means to Be a Woman art show, also associated with International Women's Day.
Thu 9 March - Tonight there's a public talk at Temple University called Persuader-in-Chief: Deconstructing Trumpaganda. It's by Nancy Snow.
Fri 10 March - There's going to be a screening of the 25th anniversary show of Miss Saigon. I think it's a one-day-only special screening, though I might be misinterpreting. Either way, you'd better get over to Toho Nichigeki (in Yurakucho) and grab some tickets. There's also Balls to the Wall stand up comedy in Roppongi.
Planning ahead - things you should book in advance
11th and 12th March - Nerd Nite and Yokohama Theatre Group are getting together for a brilliant-sounding science/performance mash-up. Three nerds will talk about their cool expertise, then the actors will bring us performances inspired by the talks.
13 March - CITA (the International Center for Theatre Arts) is putting on a show called Earthbound, inspired by the 1950s collaboration to pioneer rocket development in Japan. One night only - reserve your tickets asap. We hear they are going fast.
16 March - The next Perfect Liars Club is going to be fabulous, and most of the advance tickets are already sold at time of typing this. So make sure you've reserved yours here.