Cool things coming up in Tokyo this week
Fri 8th - The Apocrypha storytelling night is on at Bar Gari Gari tonight. Prepare for true stories based on the format of the popular RISK! storytelling show. Or else go see a film at EU Film Days - many have English subtitles and this is the last weekend of the festival.
Sat 9th - Tokyo's International Lesbian and Gay Film Festival, Rainbow Reel Tokyo, launches today. From now til the 18th, enjoy lots of great LGBT-themed films in English or with English subtitles. Top pick for today: How to Win at Checkers (Every Time). Plus see another film at EU Film Days.
Sun 10th - A traditional rakugo comedy storytelling show by Master Ichinosuke in Japanese... but with English surtitles! This is a preview before the show goes on tour around Europe and it sounds fab. It's in Koenji. Or you can see the charming-sounding film The First Girl I Loved at the Rainbow Reel festival. This is also the final day of EU Film Days in Tokyo. And the closing day of a photo exhibition about old cinemas in Japan, also at the National Film Centre.
Mon 11th - Tonight at Rainbow Reel, it's Gayby Baby about kids of LGBT parents.
Tue 12th - For some new material in stand up comedy, head to Double Tall Cafe in Shibuya. Or tonight's Rainbow Reel film is Girls Lost, a Swedish film (with English subtitles) about girls who use magic to temporarily become boys.
Wed 13th - It's comedy night at Good Heavens! in Shimokitazawa and Layla's performing with a brand new set. Don't miss it! Also, Joseph and the Technicolour Dreamcoat opens tonight at Tokyu Theatre Orb. It's on til the 24th? Is it in English? I think so, but I can't entirely tell...
Thu 14th - Try Paris 05:59 at Rainbow Reel, a French film with English subtitles about two young men falling in love.
Fri 15th - It's another Nerd Night - more sciencey talks, this time at Hub Tokyo in Meguro.