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A Select Guide to Tokyo Events and Kyoto Events--Updated November 17, 2014

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21_21 Design Sight
The Fab Mind: Hints of the Future in a Shifting World Seemingly quirky and eclectic examples of design stressing the importance of good communication in an increasingly diversifying world. October 24, 2014 - February 1, 2015
1,000 yen for adults, free for under-12 y.o.
11am - 8pm (entry until 7:30pm). Open every day except Tuesdays. At Tokyo Midtown.

Bridgestone Museum of Art
Willem de Kooning From the John and Kimiko Powers Collection About 35 works by Willem de Kooning (1904-1997), a leading light of the American post-war Abstract Expressionist movement. October 8 2014 - January 12, 2015 Tue - Sat 10am-8pm (till 6pm Sat & public holidays)
800 yen for adults (100 yen discount coupon available on gallery website).
In Kyobashi, 5 mins walk east of Tokyo Station.
Google Map to the Bridgestone Museum of Art
Read more about the Bridgestone Museum of Art

The Bunkamura Museum of Art

See what's on now in the Bunkamura Galleries (Bunkamura Gallery,Bunkamura Box Gallery, Bunkamura Wall Gallery): featuring a variety of typically week-long exhibitions of solo Japan artists. Entry free.
In Shibuya. B1 floor of Bunkamura. 10am to 7:30pm

Design Festa Gallery
A bohemian gallery in two locations (Gallery East and Gallery West - less than a block from each other) in Tokyo's Harajuku street fashion district, with numerous short-running exhibitions by up and coming young artists. Has a bar & cafe too. Design Festa Gallery exhibition schedule.11am-8pm daily.

Edo-Tokyo Museum
Explore! Experience! Edo-Tokyo With the regular exhibition undergoing upkeep, this interactive attraction featuring models and materials will provide visitors with an extra-hands-on feel of what life was like in old Tokyo. December 2, 2014 - March 8, 2015.
9.30am - 5.30pm (till 7.30pm Sat) Closed Mondays.
In Ryogoku. 03 3626 9974. Regular entrance fee, 600 yen for adults. More about the Edo-Tokyo Museum

Hara Museum of Contemporary Art
The Hara Museum Collection at 35 An exhibition celebrating 35 years of the Hara Museum October 25, 2014 - January 12, 2015
11am - 5pm (Wed. 11am - 8pm, except when Wednesday is a public holiday: 11am - 5pm).
Closed Mondays, except when Monday is a public holiday (in which case closed Tuesday). Near Shinagawa Station. 03 3445 0651. 1,000 yen for adults.
Google Map to the Hara Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo

Idemitsu Museum of Arts
Ninsei, Kenzan and Crafts of Kyoto—Utensils of Elegance Kyoyaki ceramics, epitomized in the work of the 17th century Japanese potters Nonomura Ninsei and Ogata Kenzan.. October 25 - December 21, 2014. 1,000 yen for adults
10am - 5 pm (Fri. 10am - 7pm). Closed Mondays. 1,000 yen for adults. On the 9th floor of the Teigeki Building in Marunouchi. 03 5777 8600 (Hello Dial General Information).
Google Map toth e Idemitsu Museum of Arts

Isetan Art Gallery
See what's on now at the Isetan Art Gallery: featuring a variety of typically week-long exhibitions of solo artists. Entry free.
10:30 am - 8 pm. On the 5th floor of the the Isetan Department Store, Main Store, in Shinjuku. Tel. 03-3352-1111 (General info).
Google Map to the the Isetan Department Store, Main Store

Kawamura Memorial Museum of Art
Kawamura Memorial DIC Museum of Art Collection
Tomoo Gokita: The Great Circus 90 delightfully retro-abstract works by influential Japanese illustrator Tomoo Gokita (b. 1969). August 31 - December 24, 2014 1,200 yen for adults.
631 Sakado, Sakura City, Chiba Prefecture, 9:30am - 5pm (last admission 4:30pm) (Closed Mondays.) Tel. 043 498 2672.
An hour and a half out of Tokyo.

Matsuoka Museum of Art
Patterns on Vessels Featuring pitchers, vases and other ceramic vessels and the various patterns used to give them character. October 8 - December 21, 2014
 Shirokanedai, Tokyo, 10am - 5pm (Closed Mondays.) Tel. 03 3822 1111.800 yen for adults.
Read more about the Matsuoka Museum of Art

Miraikan (National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation)
Shake! Art Exhibition! and Learn and Play! teamLab Future Park A digital art exhibition that's fun for kids featuring huge works by the young "ultra-technologist" group, teamLab. November 29, 2014 - March 1, 2015 1,800 yen for adults, 1,200 yen for school age, 900 yen for age 3 - school age.
Aomi, Koto-ku, Tokyo, 10am-5pm (Closed Tuesdays). 03 3570-9151. Free every Saturday for 18 y.o. and under.

Mizuma Art Gallery
Hisashi Tenmyouya: Rhyme II Paintings in vivid modern media and colors depicting ancient Japanese cavalry scenes inspired as typically depicted in traditional Japanese art, by Hishashi Tenmyouya (b.1966). October 22 - November 22, 2014
Ichigaya, Tokyo, 11am-7pm (Closed Sundays, Mondays, and national holidays). 03 3268 2500.
Read more about the Mizuma Art Gallery

Mori Art Museum
Lee Mingwei and His Relations: The Art of Participation - Seeing, Conversing, Gift-Giving, Writing, Dining and Getting Connected to the World A retrospective of major works by charming Taiwanese artist, Lee Mingwei (b.1964), from over the past two decades. September 20, 2014 - January 4, 2015
Roppongi Hills, Mori Tower 53F, 10am - 10pm (10am - 5pm on Tuesdays). 03 5777 8600. 1,500 for adults.

Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo
Around Michel Gondry's World Interactive fun with film director Michel Gondry, noted for his work with Bjork. September 27 2014 - January 4 2015 1,000 yen for adults.
10am-6pm (last admission 5:30pm), but until 9pm Fridays (last admission 8:30pm). Closed Mondays. 03 3443 0201. Near Kiyosumi-shirakawa station.
Read more about the Musuem of Contemporary Art, Tokyo.

Wataru Yamamoto: Shapes of Desire Photography of vessels, featuring the theme of desire, by photographer Wataru Yamamoto (b. 1986). October 31 - December 7, 2014
03 3443 0201, in Omotesando (A2 exit of the Omotesando subway), 03-3403-8814. Free.

National Art Center, Tokyo
Masterpieces from the Kunsthaus Zurich 74 masterpieces of modern art from a renowned treasure house of the genre. The first ever full-scale introduction of Kunsthaus Zurich works in Japan. September 25 - December 15, 2014 1,600 yen for adults.
10am - 6pm (Fri till 8pm). Last entry 30 minutes before closing time. Closed Tuesdays. 03 6812 9900. In Roppongi. (Exit 6 of the Nogizaka subway station (less than 1 min walk), exit 7 of Roppongi Station (5 min)).
Read more about the National Art Center Tokyo.

The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo
Nakahara Ikko: Domains Nakahara Ikko (b.1931), a leading Japanese photographer, presents 87 prints from his early career, depicting life in a Japanese Buddhist monastery and a women's prison. November 18 2014 - March 1 2015. 430 yen for adults.
Takebashi Subway Station, Line, exit 1B, open 10am - 5pm, (till 8pm Fridays). Closed Mondays. 03 57778600.

The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo: Crafts Gallery
Celadon Now: Techniques and Beauty Handed Down from Southern Sung to Today Celadonware from China and Japan. September 13 - November 24, 2014 900 yen for adults.
Touch &Talk: Tour with English speaking staff: every Wednesday and Saturday 2-3pm. Booking email: cg-edu [atmark]
03 5777 8600. Hours: 10am-5pm. Last admission 4.30pm. Closed Mondays.(Located 300m west of the National Museum of Modern Art)

National Film Center
Yasuki Chiba Retrospective A large-scale retrospective exhibition of the works of Yasuki Chiba (1910-85), who started out in the silent era of film and kept producing until the late 1960s. November 18 – December 27, 2014
Nihon Eiga: The History of Japanese Film The Center's permanent collection.
500 yen for adults. 03 5777 8600. Hours: 11am-6:30pm. Last admission 6pm. Closed Mondays. (Near Kyobashi Station, exit G10)

National Museum of Western Art: Ueno Park
150th Anniversary of Diplomatic Relations between Switzerland and Japan--Ferdinand Hodler: Towards Rhythmic Images Works by Ferdinand Hodler (1853–1918), a late-19th to early 20th century Swiss painter hailed by Vassily Kandinsky as a painter who, along with Paul Cézanne, changed painting from "melodic compositions" to "rhythmic compositions." . October 7, 2014 –January 12, 2015 1,400 yen for adults. 9.30am -5.30pm, Fridays 9:30am - 8:30pm, Closed Mondays. 03 5777 8600.

National Museum of Nature and Science Ueno Park
Permanent exhibitions include:
-Animals of the Earth: The Endurance of Mammals and Birds
-"Woodland Wonder" Exploratory Space
-Progress in Science and Technology: Human Design and Creativity
-"Hands-on Experiments" Exploratory Space
-Biodiversity: "We are All Part of the Same Ecosystem"
-Solving the Mysteries of the Dinosaurs
-The Evolution of Life: "From the Earth' s Origin through to the Birth of Humans"
-The Natural World: "The Universe, Matter, and the Laws of Physics"
-"Behind the Scenes at the National Science Museum": Collecting and Studying Samples and Making Them Available to the Public.
Light The mysteries and marvels of the phenomenon of light, focusing on "Space and light," "Earth and light," "humans and light." October 28, 2014 - February 22, 2015 1,600 yen for adults.
Ueno Park, 9am-5pm, Fridays 9am-8pm, closed Mondays. 03 5777 8600. 500 yen (300 yen for astronomical night viewing, or for ordinary group entry). 620 yen for adults for permanent exhibitions. Free for pupils up to and including senior high school.

Ota Memorial Museum of Art
Utagawa Kunisada: 150th Anniversary of His Death Works by Japan's most prolific ukiyoe artist, Utagawa Kunisada (1786-1864) October 31 - November 24, 2014
1,000 yen for adults. 10:30a.m. - 5:30p.m. (last admission 5:00 p.m.). Closed Mondays.
Jingumae. 03 3403 0880.

SCAI The Bathhouse
Julian Opie: Street Portraits Technologically infused works by the renowned British artist Julian Opie (b.1958), whose inspirations include traditional Japanese artists. November 14 - December 20, 2014 Tue - Sat, noon - 6pm. Closed Sun., Mon. & public hols. Yanaka, near Nippori Station. 03 3821 1144. Admission free. In Yanaka.

Sen-oku Hakuko Kan (The Sumitomo Collection)
The Beauty of Chanoyu Kettles An array of beautiful kettles used over the past four centuries in the Japanese tea ceremony. November 1 - December 14, 2014 Museum hours: 10am - 4:30pm (enter by 4pm). 520 yen for adults. Closed Mondays (except when Monday is a national holiday, when it closes the next day). 3 mins walk from Roppongi-Itchome subway station on the Namboku Line. No parking lot. 03-5777-8600

Setagaya Art Museum
Ruki Matsumoto Collection: Seeking for Utopia (sic) Modernist Russian posters by greats such as Vassily Kandinsky and Kasimir Malevich, from the collection of the late Japanese fashion designer, Ruki Matsumoto (1946-2012). September 30 - November 24, 2014
1,500 yen for adults. 10am-6pm. Last admission 5.30pm. Closed Mondays (except when Monday is a national holiday, when it closes the next day). 03 3415 6011.

Seiji Togo Memorial Sompo Japan Nipponkoa Museum of Art
Collection of Seiji Togo Memorial Sompo Japan Nipponkoa Museum of Art Two sections: Seiji Togo and "Surrealistic Stroll" featuring numerous works by a famous depicter of female nudes, Seiji Togo (1897-1978), and a section of a range of paintings from the Museum collection. September 6 - November 9, 2014 Closed Mondays, 1,000 yen for adults.
Van Gogh's Sunflowers, Gauguin's L'Alle'e des Alyscamps, Arles and Cezanne's Pommes et Servieette on permanent display.
In West Shinjuku.Open 10am-6pm Mon-Sat, 10am-8pm Fri. Entry till 30 mins before closing time. Closed Mondays. Tel. 03 5777 8600.
Map to Sompo Japan Museum of Art (then scroll down).

Sezon Museum of Modern Art, Karuizawa
Keiji Usami: A Year After his Death Commemorating Japanese artist Keiji Usami (1940-2013) and his work. Usami worked throughout his career with just four figures taken from a Life magazine photo of the Los Angeles Watts Riots in 1965. October 12 - December 23, 2014 In Karuizawa.
Hours: 10am-6pm Apr-Oct, 10am-5pm Sep-Nov. Closed between exhibitions.
Last admission 30 minutes before closing. Google Map of Sezon Museum of Modern Art

Suntory Museum of Art
Koyasan 1,200th Anniversary: Treasures of the Sacred Mountain Priceless historical works from one of Japanese Buddhism's most revered sites, founded in 816AD. October 11 - December 7, 2014 1,300 yen for adults.. English audio guide 500 yen.
Open Sundays, Mondays and National Holidays 10am-6pm; Wednesdays to Saturdays 10am-8pm. Last entrance 30 minutes before closing time. Closed every Tuesday. In Tokyo Midtown, Roppongi.

SuperDeluxe Monthly schedule Near Roppongi Hills. 03 5412 0515.

Taka Ishii Gallery Photography/Film
Leo Rubinfein: Vintage Prints from "A Map of the East" 1980-87 Magically colorful photographs from the book on Asia, with a special focus on Japan, produced in 1992 by New York photographer and essayist Leo Rubinfein. October 25 - December 6, 2014
Photography gallery in Roppongi. 2F Axis Building. 11am - 7pm. Closed Sundays, Mondays and on public holidays). 03 5575 5004

Toguri Museum of Art
Kokutani, Kakiemon style and Nabeshima Ware Hizen porcelain in three delightful historical styles. October 4 - December 23, 2014
Ceramics museum in Shibuya 10am - 5pm. Last entry 30 mins before closing time. Closed Mondays (but open if Monday is a public holiday). 1,000 yen for adults.

Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum
Florentine Art from Botticelli to Bronzino: Towards a 'New Style' "This exhibition will trace the development of Florentine art from the 15th to the 16th century through works from the collection of the world-famed Uffizi Gallery, Florence's oldest art museum, founded to house the art collections of the Medici family." October 11 - December 14, 2014 1,600 yen for adults. Ueno Park. Tel. 03 3823 6921.

Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Art Museum
Rei Naito: the emotion of belief The latest sculptural and two-dimensional work of Rei Naito (b.1961), displayed in the 1930s Art Deco former residence and the pristine new white cube exhibition space. November 22 - December 25, 2014
5-21-9 Shirokanedai, Minato, Tokyo 108-0071
Tel. 03-3443-0201

The Tokyo National Museum, Ueno Park
"Honkan" Room T5
Joint Special Exhibition of National Museums, Japan, China and Korea, 2014 East Asian Elegance: Masterpieces of Ceramics A first ever joint Chinese-Japanese-Korean exhibition of all three countries' outstanding ceramic treasures. September 20 - November 24, 2014 620 yen for adults.
See what's on now in the Honkan (Main Gallery) of the Tokyo National Museum in Ueno
More exhibitions at the Tokyo National Museum The Tokyo National Museum has numerous simultaneous exhibitions covering a wide range of fields. Go here for information on more exhibitions in English.
9.30 - 5.00pm (until 8pm Fri, until 6pm Sat/Sun)
Entry until 30 min before closing time. Closed Mondays. 03 5159 5874. In Ueno Park.

Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography
Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography exhibition schedule
10am - 6pm. Closed Mondays (except when Monday is a national holiday, when it closes Tuesday). (Free admission for over-65s on third Wednesday of the month.) In Ebisu. 03 3626 9974

Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery
Zaha Hadid Featuring the work of the much decorated British-Iraqi architect, Dame Zaha Mohammad Hadid. October 18 - December 23, 2014
11am - 7pm (till 8pm on Fri, Sat). Closed Mondays. 1,200 yen for adults. In Hatsudai, 03 5280 9996

University Art Museum - Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music
Numerous short-run exhibitions for the next month or so. See what's on now at the University Art Museum - Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music. In Tokyo University of the Arts Exhibition Hall, 2F. Free.
10am-5pm (Last entry 4.30pm). Closed on Mondays.
In Hatsudai. Inquiries: NTT Hello Dial: 03-5777-8600

Watari Museum of Contemporary Art
Numerous short-run exhibitions for the next month or so. See what's on now at the University Art Museum - Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music. In Tokyo University of the Arts Exhibition Hall, 2F. Free.
11am-7pm (until 9pm on Wednesdays). Closed on Sundays except when a public holiday.
In Jingumae. 03-3402-3001

Yokohama Museum of Art
James McNeill Whistler Retrospective Paintings by James McNeill Whistler (1834-1903), the U.S. artist based in London, U.K., who maintained close connections with Paris Impressionists. December 6 2014 - March 1 2015 300 yen for adults.
In Yokohama. 10am - 6pm, but till 8pm on Fridays. (Admission till 30 minutes before closing). Closed Thursdays. 10-minute walk from Sakuragicho station (JR Tokyu Toyoko Line, Yokohama subway) or 3 minutes from Minatomirai station (Minatomirai line) from the "Museum" exit or Keyaki Street exit. 045 221 0370.

Tokyo Events What's On

Infinity Books & Cafe Japan
Acoustic Open Session A monthly get-together in this east-end Tokyo second-hand English bookshop for those with something musical to share or share in. December 13 (Sat.), 2014 7 pm till late. Second Saturday of every month. Azumabashi, Sumida-ku, Tokyo--just across the bridge from Asakusa. Infinity Books & Cafe Facebook page Tel 080 3412 2564

Tokyo Music What's On

Akarenga "Red Brick Warehouse"

Yoyogi Event Plaza
(Across from Yoyogi Park, next to Yoyogi National Stadium)

Aoyama Theater / Aoyama Gekijo
A technically sophisticated theater complex in Tokyo, between Shibuya and Omotesando, comprising a Theater and Round Theater, and staging a lot of dance and some drama. On the 1st and 3rd floors of the National Children's Castle (Kodomo no Shiro), Aoyama.
Aoyama Theater performance schedule
5-53-1 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku Tokyo 150-0001, Japan. 03-37975678.

Shibuya Ax is a large rock concert hall near Yoyogi Park featuring Japanese rock acts.
2-1-1 Jinnan, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-0041. 03-5738-2020 In Shibuya. Tel. Creativeman 03-3462-6969.

Billboard Live
An upscale Roppongi venue with an almost-nightly line-up of jazz, vocals, rhythm'n'blues, and classic rock, pop and lounge artists, international and local. In the Tokyo Midtown complex. Has an Osaka branch too.
4F Garden Terrace, Tokyo Midtown, 9-7-4 Akasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo 107-0052.
03-3405-1133 (Inquiries weekdays: 11am-10pm, Sat/Sun/public holidays: 11am-9pm, days with no shows: 11am-7pm.

Blue Note
This month's schedule
In Minami Aoyama, nearest station: Omotesando Subway Station, exit B3, Chiyoda Line. 03 5485 0088.

Blues Alley
Monthly schedule(in Japanese only)
, mainly Japanese performers only; in Meguro.
03 5740 6041.

Nippon Budokan
Kudanshita station on the Tozai and Hanzomon subway lines.

Bunkamura Orchard Hall
Shibuya. 03-5485-0088.

Club Quattro (Click for map)
Monthly online schedule In Shibuya, 03 3477 8750.

Bunkyo Civic Hall
Kasuga. 03-5803-1100.
Google Map to Bunkyo Civic Hall

Club Quattro (Click for map
Monthly online schedule In Shibuya, 03 3477 8750.

The Cotton Club
The Cotton Club recreates the experience of the original Prohibition-era New York Cotton Club, but in the radically upmarket setting of Tokyo's Marunouchi district. International - and local - acts croon, strum, tinkle and percuss loungy, adult-oriented music in this venue with capital-A ambiance. Book ahead.
Performances: 5pm - 11pm daily, but 4pm - 10:30pm on Sat. Sun, public holidays. 5 mins walk from Tokyo Station.
Tokia 2F, Tokyo Bldg., 2-7-3 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-6402. 03-3215-1555 (Inquiries/bookings: 11am - 10:30pm, but 11am - 9pm Sat. Sun, public holidays.)

Harlem is a legendary Shibuya dance club now with a 15+year history, and regular parties with prominent DJs (mainly hip-hop) almost every night of the week: "Amazing Sundayz" on Sunday, "Red Zone" on Tuesday, "Party Naked" on Wednesday, "Never Broke" or "Dance Holic" on most Thursdays, "Punch Out" on Friday, and "Monster" on Saturday. Harlem monthly schedule. Opens 10 or 11pm. Closed Mondays and some Thursdays.
2,3F, Dr. Jeekahns, 2-4 Maruyamacho Shibuya, Tokyo 150-0044

Hitomi Memorial HallSchedule (Japanese language only)Sangenjaya Station, 03 5465 1233.

Kawasaki Sangyo Shinko Kaikan
Kawasaki (8 minutes walk from Kawasaki station) 044-548-4111.

Koseinenkin Kaikan Shinjuku, 03-3356-1111.

Liquid Room, Ebisu
Higashi, Shibuya-ku; Info: Flip Side 03 3470 9999

Makuhari Messe
in Chiba City; 2-1 Nakase, Mihama-ku, Chiba City; 043-296-0001

Minato Mirai New PortMinato Mirai New Port, Yokohama 045 671 9911.

Nakano Sun Plaza:Get off at Nakano Station, north exit. Next to Nakano Ward Office.

Shinjuku Pit InnEast Exit, Shinjuku Station. 03-3354-2024

Saitama Super Arena
in Saitama.

Shibuya Nest
(click on "Access Map") in Shibuya 03 3444 6751.

Shibuya O-East
(click on "Access Map") in Shibuya 03 3444 6751.

Shinjuku Bunka Center in Shinjuku, 03 5467 7880.

Tokyo Big Sight in Ariake
Ariake, 03-3498-9999.

Tokyo Dome

Tokyo International Forum Hall
Tokyo International Forum Schedule Flea markets, fairs, seminars.
In Yurakucho 03 3746 1152.

Womb website

2-16 Maruyamacho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo. Womb map
03 5459 0039.

Yoyogi National Stadium (map in Japanese, Sendagaya Station) 03 3498 9999.

in Odaiba, 03 5466 0777.

Tokyo Film What's On


Tokyo Theater and Performance What's On

Setagaya Public Theatre / Theatre Tram
4-1-1 Taishiodo, Setagaya-ku, Tokyo 154-0004, Japan. Tel. 03-5432-1526

Tokyo Gay and Lesbian What's On

Read more about Gay and lesbian Tokyo

Ageha (Studio Coast)
Shangri-La 46: THE WHITE BALL Shangri-La 46: The White Ball is another in the series of legendary Shangri-La gay extravaganzas happening at Ageha, one of Tokyo's most cavernous clubs. A mid-winter ball to keep things hot, pumping and jumping. 11pm, Saturday December 13, 2014 4,000 yen at the door. Access (see "Shuttle Bus Info" at bottom of the Ageha page if going there from Shinjuku Ni-Chome)
2-2-10 Shinkiba, Koto-ku, Tokyo. Tel. 03 5100 2525.

ArcH (B1F, Dai-2 Hayakawaya Building, Shinjuku 2-14-6, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 160-0022. Tel. 03-3352-6297.

Amate-Raxi (AKA Amrax)
Nightly events featuring different music genres, including its famous "Party Hard Tuesday" reggae night, and Thursday night's Buena Suerte featuring house/hip-hop/R&B.
To get there: From JR Shibuya Stn walk 10 mins up Dogenzaka (i.e. veering left at the big 109 store) all the way up to the 7-11 on the right hand side of the road. Turn left, then left again at the first street you come to, and it's on your right a little further down.
Dai-ichi-no Bldg., B1, Dogenzaka 1-17-12, Shibuya, Tokyo. Tel: 03 3462 6644 (English not spoken).

Club Asia, 4F, No.8 Yazawa Bldg., 2-21-7 Dogenzaka, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo. Tel. 03 5458 2551.

Heaven's Door
Takimoto Bldg 2F, 2-17-10 Kitazawa, Setagaya-ku, Tokyo 03-3411-6774

To get there: Exit 7, Roppongi subway station, Oedo line. Walk 100m down the road, walking away from the Tokyo Midtown complex. Downstairs from the Seven Eleven convenience store.
Roppongi GM Bldg., B1, Roppongi 4-11-11, Minato ward, Tokyo. Tel: 03-5414-2683 (English not spoken).

Tokyo Sports What's On

Major Events


TokyoVerdy: Home games are played March-late November at Ajinomoto Stadium, 03 3635 8985. Tobakyu Station on the Keio Line.

FC Tokyo: Home games are played March-late November at Ajinomoto Stadium, 03 3635 8985. Tobakyu Station on the Keio Line.


TokyoGiants: Home games are played at Tokyo Dome 03 5800 9999. Suidobashi or Korakuen Stations.

Yakult Swallows: Home games are played at Jingu Stadium, (03) 3404-8999. Kokuritsukyogijo or Gaienmae Stations.

Nagoya What's On

Kyoto Exhibits What's On

Hosomi Museum
Coming Face to Face with Beauty: The Paintings on Sengai and Nabeshima Ceramics, from the Yuji Kamio Collection Featuring decorative French demitasses. October 4 - December 14, 2014 1,100 yen for adults.
10am-6pm. Closed Mondays, unless Monday is a public holiday (in which case closed Tuesday). A 10 minute walk from the Higashiyama Station on the Tozai Subway Line. (Hosomi Bijutsukan) Tel. 075 752 5555.

Kyoto International Manga Museum
Yasuko Aoike's 50th anniversary: A world of beautiful artwork from 'Eroica' to 'Falco' Over 300 works by the groundbreaking manga artist, Yasuko Aoike (b.1948) November 1, 2014 - February 1, 2015 800 yen for adults.
10am-6pm (last admission 5:30pm). Tozai or Karusama Subway Line, Oike Station, a two minute walk. 075 254 7414

Kyoto Municipal Museum of Art (Kyoto Shi Bijutsu Kan)
Looking East: Western Artists and the Allure of Japan The influence of Japan in Western art of the late 19th to early 20th centuries. September 30 - November 30, 2014
1,500 yen for adults. From Kyoto Station, take bus 5 or 100. From the Tozai Line's Higashiyama Station; a 5-minute walk. 075 771 4107

Kyoto National Museum (Kyoto Kokuritsu Hakubutsukan)
Masterpieces of Kōsan-ji Temple: Commemorating the Restoration of the National Treasure Scrolls of Frolicking Animals and Humans The Scrolls of Frolicking Animals and Humans (Chōjū giga) are a restored National Treasure of Japan owned by Kosan-ji temple. This exhibition features the scrolls and other temple treasures. October 7 - November 24, 2014 1,500 yen for adults.
Access: At Kyoto Station go to bus platform D2 in front of the station. Take city Bus #206 or #208 to "Hakubutsukan Sanjusangendo-mae" bus stop. A one-minute walk. Keihan Railways: get off at Shichijo Station. Walk east along Shichijo Street (about seven minutes) to the Museum. Tel. 075 541 1151.

Miho Museum of Art
Shishi and Komainu: Mythical Beasts from Far Away September 2 - December 14, 2014 Calendar (days open) (Miho Bijutsu Kan 0748-82-3411).
Access to and more about the Miho Musuem of Art.

Museum of Kyoto
Noguchi Hisamitsu Cinema Graphics Hisamitsu Noguchi (1909-1994) was a groundbreaking, multifaceted Japanese graphic designer most famous for his movie posters in the golden age of film pre- and post-WWII. Over 300 works, including record and magazine covers, but featuring his designs of posters for Western movies, depicting legendary Hollywood stars. October 7- December 7, 2014 1,000 yen on the day for adults.
Closed Mondays. (Kyoto Bunka Hakubutsukan, 075 222 0888). Access to and more about the Museum of Kyoto.

Prinz Eizan Railways, Chayama Station. 075 712 3900.

The National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto (MOMAK)
No special exhibition at present: regular collection only.
NB The Museum will be closed for renovation December 1 2014 - March 26 2015.
Closed Mondays (except when Monday is a public holiday, when it closes Tuesday instead). (Kyoto Kokuritsu Kindai Bijutsukan, 075 761 4111). From Kyoto Station, take bus #5. From the Tozai Line's Higashiyama Station, a five minute walk. 830 yen.

The Ritsumeikan International Peace Museum (Ritsumeikan Daigaku Kokusai Heiwa Bijutsukan, 075-465-8151) Anti-war hall with an extensive collection of Imperial Army artifacts. Periodic exhibits. From Kyoto Station, take bus #50 or #205. 300 yen.

Kyoto Music What's On

Kyoto Kaikan Dai-ichi Hall: 0570 000 403.

Lab Tribe
Schedule, 075-254-1228.

Live Spot Rag 075 255 7273. On Kiyamachi, north of Sanjo. Kyoto Empire Building, 6F

Kyoto's best night club. Features kool to kool, latin, rub-a-dub, techno, house, and more. Major acts and DJs. 075 752 2787 Access.From Exit Two of the Marutamachi Station on the Keihan Line.

Parker House RollRestaurant/bar with live performances. 075-353-8042. On the east side of Karasuma Dori between Manjuji and Matsubara (north of Gojo) in the basement of the "Members Golf Building."

Taku Taku
Live performance space. Schedule, 075 351 1321. From Exit 5 of the Shijo Subway Station.

Urban Guild
Live performance space Monthly schedule 075 212 1125. On Kiyamachi on the south side between Sanjo and Shijo.

Night club and performance space. 075 213 4119. Just north of Shijo-Kiyamachi. On the west side of the street in the Imagium building.

Kyoto Film

Minami-Kaikan(Japanese map, Toji Station), Alternative Cinema; 075 661 3993.

Kyoto Cinema (click on "map"; Karasuma Station): 075 353 4723.

Kyoto Traditional Culture, Other What's On


Flea Markets

Toji Temple (buses #19/20/208) from Kyoto Station). Known as Kobo-san, this flea market is held on the 21st of the month. At Toji Temple Market. Get there early and bargain hard.

Kitano Tenmangu Shrine (buses #203/204/205/10 /51/55 from Shijo Kawaramachi. Hakubaicho Station on the Keifuku Line). Known as Tenjin-san, this market is held on the 25th of the month. Get there early and bargain hard.

Hyakuman-ben (buses #17 and 206 from Kyoto Station, buses 201, 31, 17, 17 from Shijo Kawaramachi). This open air market is held at Chion Temple across from Kyoto University on the 15th of the month.

Other Events What's On

Kyoto Sports What's On


Kyoto Sanga FC: Home games are played March-late November at Nishikyogoku Stadium. Nishikyogoku Station on the Hankyu Line.

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