Hanami season is almost upon us - just last night, about four hundred people armed with cameras descended with joy upon my usual dog-walking route with their cameras pointed at the solitary blossom that had appeared on a tree in Chidorigafuchi Park. There are lots of articles on where to admire the sakura. But when you need a rest from those hanami parties, worry not: we have you covered. Enjoy our guide. Oh, and remember to buy Perfect Liars Club tickets for April 13th - they're going fast!
Sat 25 March - One of Tokyo's top music journalists, Ian F Martin, is doing a talk at Books Kinokuniya at 3pm on the Japanese music industry and his new book Quit Your Band. In the evening, Jim Gaffigan comedian's two performances are totally sold out (but if you have tix you can't use, please email me as I forgot to buy any and really want to go!).
Sun 26 March - Tokyo Poetry Journal are having a benefit party this afternoon at What the Dickens! in Ebisu, including comedy and poetry performances. Later, at the very same venue, catch a show by bilingual improv troupe Pirates of Tokyo Bay.
Mon 27 March - Open-mic comedy tonight in Otsuka seems to be the main event of tonight.
Tue 28 March - As part of the UN University's conversation series, tonight experts will be talking about Challenges and Opportunities for the New UN Secretary General. Free, but you need to register. Or go to Next View art show opening featuring Japan's 'up-and-coming visionary brands leading the next generation'.
Wed 29 March - Good Heavens Comedy Club is tonight at, you guessed it, Good Heavens in Shimokitazawa. Or go to Temple University for a free screening of Fukushima, Mon Amour with English subtitles.
Thu 30 March - Can't find much on tonight. So if you haven't already, I suggest you go see Sing at the cinema: it was charming.
Fri 31 March - Brace yourselves, dear readers: the last Friday of the month is always a bit crazy, with an array of great events competing for your patronage. So here's my choose-your-own-adventure guide for your own personal Friday night extravaganza:
- If you share my enthusiasm for a brilliant, professional improv show, don't miss Improvazilla
- If you're a poetry fan, head over to Drunk Poets See God for an open mic poetry slam.
- If you enjoy watching burlesque, then drawing the dancer, go to Dr Sketchy's Anti-Art School
- If you like to combine live music and live art, This & That Cafe is probably for you.
- If you want to focus on Indian art, head to the Indian Embassy's Vivekananda Cultural Centre for a talk on Tagore as a Painter. It's at 5:30pm and go early to see their exhibition by Ashok Bhowmick (Free, but email to register).
- Finally if all of that sounds too decadent and you want to nerd it up on the topic of press freedom, there's a book talk on Press Freedom in Contemporary Japan at Temple University.
April 13 - Perfect Liars Club returns... so make sure you've bought your tickets! Going fast...
April 3-30 - Singin' in the Rain at Tokyu Theatre Orb (11th floor of Hikarie in Shibuya)
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