The Best 10 Tokyo Nightlife Activities: Hang Out With Locals

1. Tokyo Pub Crawl – Roppongi

Tokyo’s Best Pub Crawl. Visit three to four different bars or clubs, and get to meet the locals. They have events every weekend – expect drinking, shots, and more drinking (with a bit of dancing thrown in for good measure). Aiming for a safe and fun night, the organisers also make sure to change it up each time, so even if you go twice it’ll be a different experience!

Access : Tokyo, Minato City, Roppongi, 3 Chome−14, 2F
Day : Every Friday and Saturday
Time: Starting 1st location 7:00-8:10
HP: http://www.tokyopubcrawl.com/

2. English Standup Comedy Show by Japanese Comedian – Asakusa

English Standup Comedy Show “My Japanese Perspective”. Because who doesn’t want to spend their time in Tokyo listening to jokes in English? Just kidding – all the jokes are about life in Japan, from the point of view of a Japanese comedian. Hilarious anecdotes and one-liners will tell you more than you ever wanted to know about Japanese culture. This is definitely a unique, memorable take on Japan.

Place:Asakusa smile bar 8minutes from Asakusa Station
Access : 2-20-10 Higashi-Komagata, Sumida-ku, Tokyo
Day : Every Monday and Thursday
HP: https://funnyjapanproject.com/tokyo-nightlife-standupcomedy/

3. Golden Gai – Shinjuku

This is now a famous Shinjuku location to go drinking, with the narrow streets and many small bars creating a warm, old-fashioned feeling. Many of the bars only fit a few patrons, and there are some unique ones mixed in with all the others. Why not get a drink at Tachibana Clinic, a medical-themed bar? A few of the stores say ‘regulars only’, so avoid those ones and you’re good. Wherever you end up, you’ll be sure to get more than enough photographs for Instagram.

Place:Golden Gai
Access : 1-1-6, Kabukicho, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
Day : Everynight 7:00pm – 5:00am
HP: https://tokyocheapo.com/food-and-drink/quick-guide-golden-gai/

4. Kentos – Ginza

One of the largest live music bars in Tokyo, they seat over 200, and play mostly 70s and 80s pop music. Their house band is Bless of K, and you can check them out on YouTube here. Japan loves old pop music, as you’ll realize if you go to any bar with open karaoke, so just sit back and enjoy the nostalgia as you have a great evening out!

Place:Ginza Kentos
Access : Nitta building 9F 8-2-1 Ginza Chuo-ku Tokyo
Day : Everynight 8:00pm – 2:30am Sunday 8:00pm – 11:30pm
HP: http://kentos-tokyo.jp/ginza/

5. Tokyo International Party

Organising many international parties in Tokyo, this is the party to go to if you want to meet a cute Japanese girl (or guy) who can speak English. Most Japanese people will speak some English, or at least be studying it, so you’ll have a higher chance of being understood – and can get some help ordering that unique cocktail if necessary. You can find them through Meetup, with all information in English and Japanese, to make it easier.

Meet up Group:Tokyo International Party
HP: https://www.meetup.com/%E5%9B%BD%E9%9A%9B%E4%BA%A4%E6%B5%81%E3%83%91%E3%83%BC%E3%83%86%E3%82%A3%E3%83%BC/

6. Tokyo Waterway Night Paddling

Want to get an entirely different perspective on Tokyo? Or just not really into the drinking scene? Here you can kayaking down Tokyo’s canals in the evening! It’s pretty safe, the water’s calm, and you’re highly unlikely to crash into another boat (but they give you a life jacket just in case). Bring a camera and you can get a photo of the Skytree from a unique angle, too.

Meeting Place : Higashi-Oojima station (S16) of Toei Shinjuku Line
Day : 3-4times a week
HP: https://www.airbnb.com/experiences/107865

7. Omoide Yokocho – Shinjuku

This tiny alley is smaller than you’re expecting, but packs a lot in. Literally translating to Memory Lane, it’s affectionate nickname of Piss Alley probably gives you a better idea of what you’re in for. The shops are crammed close, with only thin walls dividing them, here’s where to go to get a feel for old Shinjuku. This was originally a black market area, and still has many yakitori chicken skewer restaurants. Not too much English support in some of the stores, but if you’re lucky the other clientele will help you out.

Place:Shibjuku
Access : 1 Chome-2 Nishishinjuku, Shinjuku City, Tokyo 160-0023
HP: http://www.shinjuku-omoide.com/english/index.html

8. Karaoke Bar Champion – Shinjuku

With affordable alcohol and karaoke, what more could you ask for? If you want to try singing but don’t really want to get a private room (and miss out on making new friends), this is your best option! They have plenty of English support, friendly patrons, and singing support too. All you need to hang out until the sun comes up.

Place:Shibjuku sanchome
Access : Address:1-1-10, Kabuki-cho, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
Open : Every night 6:00pm – 4:00am
HP: https://media.magical-trip.com/one-coin-bar-champion-ef-bd-9cshinjuku-san-chome–e3-80-80the-best-selection-karioke-shinjuku/

9. Baseball game – Tokyo Dome

One of Japan’s most popular sports is baseball – and where else to see it than the famous Tokyo Dome. Japanese sports fans have made the news a lot recently for their politeness and warm support of the players. By all accounts, watching sports in Japan is an entirely new experience, and highly popular amongst international sports fans.

Place:Tokyo Dome
Access :
Suidobashi Station: JR Chuo · Sobu Line/Subway Mita Line
Korakuen Station: Subway Marunouchi Line/Namboku Line
Kasuga Station: Subway Oedo Line
HP : https://www.tokyo-dome.co.jp/en/tourists/dome/

10. Hub – British Pub

We all know the Hub. Really, every foreigner in Japan knows the Hub. If you aren’t sure of the area you’re in or where to go next – or it suddenly starts raining – here’s where to go and regroup. There’s always a high ratio of foreigners here, which is great for when you want advice on where to go. Most of the Japanese clientele will be drinking at the Hub in order to meet foreigners. Perfect! Meet some new people, and hopefully they’ll show you around the town afterwards.

HP : https://www.pub-hub.com/index.php/en

Top Observation Decks with Night Views of Tokyo

There’s something fantastical about Tokyo at night time: like you exist for a moment inside a futuristic, cyberpunk world. Think neon lights, crowds of people, the low throb of music from nearby clubs…and patches of complete darkness where Tokyo’s numerous parks are placed. If you want to get the perfect photo for Instagram, check out the following observation decks; Located all across Tokyo, you’ll be sure to find the view (and the price) you want.

1. Roppongi Hills Observation Deck (Roppongi)

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This is one of the best places to get an amazing view of the metropolis at night, although not the cheapest on our list with a ¥1,800 entrance fee. Roppongi is also famous for their winter lights, so the city looks sparkling as it’s laid out before you. It also means there’s lots of amazing night scenery to take photos of even on ground level. The ticket price includes entrance to Mori Museum, so be sure to go when there’s an exhibition you want to see!
Closest station: Roppongi (Location)
Hours: 10:00am-11:00pm (last admission 10:30pm)
Fri, Sat, days before national holidays 10:00am-1:00pm (last admission 12:00 midnight)
English website

2. Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building (Shinjuku)

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Shinjuku is a crowded, bustling business center, with a skyline full of towering buildings. The Tokyo Metropolitan Government building was actually the tallest building in Tokyo until 2007. It is a government building, so expect your bags to be checked on the way up, but the second floor holds an information centre which is also worth a visit anyway. Best of all, it’s free!
Closest station: Shinjuku (Location)
Hours: 9:30am-11:00pm (last admission 10:30pm)
English website

3. Tokyo Skytree (Asakusa)

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The tallest freestanding broadcasting tower in the world (you have to be very specific to get the title of ‘tallest’), get a new perspective from inside one of the most common landmarks in Tokyo. There are two decks, at 350m and 450m above ground, so this one isn’t for the faint of heart. There are restaurants located inside the Skytree, for more leisurely viewing, and if you’re travelling make sure to bring your passport to get a fast entry ticket!
Closest station: Oshiage (Location)
Hours: 8:00am-10:00pm (last admission for Tembo Deck 9:00pm / Tembo Galleria 9:20pm)
English website

4. World Trade Center Building Observatory (Hamamatsucho)

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The Seaside Top has a 360° view, including Tokyo Bay and Odaiba area. The Rainbow Bridge, located in Tokyo Bay, is one of the most famous locations in Tokyo and is often used in movies and TV shows to show the audience that it is set here. Odaiba itself is a wonderful location for a day out (or a special date) with restaurants overlooking the bay, so finishing up here would be a great ending to the evening. It’s also a pretty affordable option, at only ¥620!
Closest Station: Hamamatsucho (Location)
Hours: 10:00am-8:30pm (last admission 8:00pm)
No English website

5. Shibuya Scramble Square (Shibuya)

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This newly completed building is home to Shibuya Sky, an observation area 229m above Shibuya. Day-of tickets cost ¥1,800 for adults, but are about ¥200 cheaper if bought online in advance, so this is one time when it pays to be prepared. Also, all tickets are for a specified day and time, so don’t be late! Shibuya of course is a major city centre, with a little of everything, so expect to have things to do all day and night here.
Closest Station: Shibuya (Location)
Hours:9:00am-11:00pm (last admission 10:00pm)
English website

6. Sunshine 60 (Ikebukuro)

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Rebranded as Sky Circus, this is not just an observatory – it also has VR attractions, in case the skyline just isn’t enough. Also inside the same building, Sunshine City, is a popular aquarium with otters and penguins which appear to fly above you, and an indoor theme park called NamjaTown (think food stalls and kids games rather than jet coasters).
Closest station: Ikebukuro (Location)
Hours: 10:00am-10:00pm (last admission 9:00pm)
English website

7. Tokyo Tower

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While it has been overtaken by the Tokyo Skytree, Tokyo Tower is still a much-loved symbol of Tokyo. The Skytree may be visible from all over Tokyo, but there’s something magical about suddenly seeing Tokyo Tower in the distance, between all the high-rise buildings. Tokyo Tower has souvenirs, a trick art museum, and even a shrine, so there’s plenty to see! It’s also located next to Shiba Koen, a park with a traditional kofun or historical burial mound in it (there’s not much to see, but it’s interesting once you know it’s there). Tickets cost ¥1,200 for the Main Deck, but go up a bit more for the Main Deck + Top Deck Tour at ¥3,000 (or ¥200 cheaper online). But what’s price when it comes to climbing a historical landmark!
Closest station: Onarimon, Akabanebashi, or Kamiyacho (Location)
Hours: Main Deck 9:00am-11:00pm (last admission 10:30pm)
Top Deck Tour 9:00am-10:45pm (last tour 10:00-10:15)
English website

The Best 10 Areas for Anime & Manga Lovers

Tokyo has become a very popular place to visit for foreigners travelling to Japan. There are many reasons that Tokyo attracts international tourists. Tokyo has the highest number of Michelin-starred restaurants in the world, and there many good night clubs, museums, and sightseeing spots as well. If you are an anime and manga lover, you should check out these 10 areas in Tokyo. These are the 10 best areas for fans to visit.

TOKYO ONE PIECE TOWER- Akabanebashi

This theme park dedicated to One Piece boasts nine different attractions spread out over four floors, including a replica kitchen to explore and a mirror maze. You can take photographs with models of your favourite characters, and buy unique souvenirs only be found here. Even if you don’t watch One Piece, it’s a great place to take the kids for a day out. Finally, there’s a live show held every day, so you can see the characters come to life on stage!
Access : Foot Town, Tokyo Tower, 4-2-8 Shiba Park, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Nearby Station :
Toei Oedo Line : Akabanebashi Station Akabane hashiguchi(gate) 5min
Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line : Kamiyacho Station Exit 1 7min
Toei Mita Line : Onimen Station Exit A1 6min
Open : 10:00am-10:00pm
HP : https://onepiecetower.tokyo/news/

Sanrio Puroland – Tama

A famous icon world-wide, everyone knows Hello Kitty! Not to mention Sanrio’s wide variety of cute characters, including the lazy egg Gudetama, and the currently popular on Netflix Aggretsuko. Sanrio Puroland is where you can meet them all, see live shows, and take photos with your favourite characters. It’s like Disneyland but without the rollercoasters. This is a great place to visit with the whole family – and come in the winter months for some awesome night lighting!
Access : 1-31 Ochiai, Tama, Tokyo
Nearby Station :
Keio Line, Odakyu Line : Tama Center 10min
Open : 9:30am-5:00pm
HP : https://en.puroland.jp/

Mandarake Store – Shibuya

If you’re looking for your favourite items and they don’t need to be new-in-the-box, Mandarake is the place to come. This second-hand store deals mainly in anime and manga, as well as related goods, DVDs, etc. There’s always something new (or old and unique) here, so you can spend hours just browsing the shop and seeing what you stumble across.
Access : Shibuya BEAM B2 floor Udagawa-cho 31-2, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Nearby Station : Shibuya Station
Open : 12:00pm-8:00pm
HP : https://en.puroland.jp/

Tokyo Anime Center

Tokyo Anime Center

This is where to go if you’re looking for keychains, toys, accessories – basically any anime-related merchandise. You can’t walk around reading manga all the time, and if you don’t display the characters you like through a pin badge on your bag then how will other people know? The shop is rather small and maze-like, but that just makes it all the more enchanting.
Access: DNP Ichigayatamachi Bldg. (BF)
1-14-1 Ichigaya-tamachi, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
Nearby Station :
Ichigaya Station (Yurakucho Line) 1-minute walk from Exit 6Ichigaya Station (Namboku Line) 1-minute walk from Exit 6
JR Ichigaya Station 5-minute walk
Ichigaya Station (Toei Shinjuku Line)6-minute walk from Exit 1
Open : 11:00am-8:00pm
HP : https://animecenter.jp/en/

Pokemon Center Tokyo DX and Pokemon Café – Nihonbashi

Located inside the famous Takashimaya department store, this is the largest Pokemon Center in Japan. You’ll need to make a reservation for the cafe in advance, but you can check out the store any time. It has a huge range of soft toys, and with some collaborations with traditional shops in the area – so you can find uniquely Japanese souvenirs such as Pokémon-themed chiyogami paper. Definitely worth checking out for anyone who’s a fan!
Access : Nihombashi Takashimaya S.C. East Building (5F)
2-11-2 Nihombashi, Chuo-ku, Tokyo, Japan Postal code: 103-0027
Nearby Station :
5-minute walk from the Yaesu North Entrance of JR Tokyo Station
B2 entrance of Nihombashi Station of Tokyo Metro Ginza Line or Tozai Line
4-minute walk from Nihombashi Station of Toei Asakusa Line
Open : (DX) 10:30am-9:00pm (Cafe) 10:30am-10:00pm
HP : https://www.pokemon.co.jp/gp/pokecen/english/tokyodx_access.html

Otome Road – Ikebukuro

This one’s for the ladies. While Akihabara is known for its maid cafes, often aimed at a more male audience, this area is focussed on items that generally women buy. There’s a Butler Cafe located here, as well as an Animate and Mandarake store that stock manga that are popular with women. If you want any goods decorated with your favourite bishounen, here’s where to find them!
Access : Otome Road is 8-10 minutes from the station
Close to Sunshine 60 Street, Sunshine City
Nearby Station :
JR, Maruuchi line : Ikebukuro Station
Open : 10:00am-9:00pm
HP : https://mipon.org/otome-road/

Unicorn Gundam – Diver City Mall

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To get a sense of what it would feel like to live in a world with Gundam, visit this life-sized one in Odaiba. Towering above the people below it, you really get a sense of scale – and how scary it would be to get caught in a war fought with Gundam. This one even transforms a bit, from Unicorn Mode to Destroy Mode. ProTip: Visit in the evening to see it lit up. Odaiba also has Joypolis, so there’s more than enough to keep you busy all day.
Access : DiverCity Tokyo Plaza 1-1-10 Aomi, Koto-ku
Tokyo 135-0064
Nearby Station :
Yurikamome Line : Odaibakaihinkouen
Rinkan Line : Tokyo Teleport Station
Day time performance : 11:00/13:00/15:00/17:00
HP : https://mipon.org/otome-road/

Nakano Broadway – Nakano

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It’s often said that after Akihabara became more commercialised, Nakano Broadway became the place to go for anime and manga. Make sure not to stick to the ground floor, as most anime stores are on the second and third floors. You can find multiple small Mandarake stores here too, if you don’t have time to visit any of the major ones.
Access : Nakano Broadway is a five minute walk along the Nakano Sun Mall shopping street, which starts just across from the north exit of Nakano Station
Close to Sunshine 60 Dori, Sunshine City
Nearby Station :
JR Chuo Line, Tozai Subway Line : Nakano Station
Open : 12:00pm-8:00pm
HP : https://mipon.org/otome-road/

Nintendo TOKYO – Shibuya

This is the first official Nintendo store in Japan, located inside the newly renovated Parco in Shibuya. Here you can buy unique merchandise, and try out Nintendo’s latest releases for the Switch. As Nintendo also owns Pokemon, there’s Pokémon store on the same floor, so you can visit both at once!
Access : 15-1 Udagawacho Shibuya Tokyo
5 minute walk from Shibuya Station
Nearby Station : Shibuya Station
Open : 10:00pm-9:00pm
HP : https://www.nintendo.co.jp/officialstore/

Ghibli Museum – Mitaka

ADVANCE RESERVATIONS NECESSARY. No, seriously, get in quick. Tickets go on sale the previous month, and you will get a specified day and time. They’re not easy to get, so plan ahead. Once you’ve got your ticket, however, expect an amazing day out! There are original short films, special exhibitions, model rooms from different Ghibli movies, and a reading room. This is a must-see for Ghibli fans.
Access : 1-1-83 Shimorenjaku, Mitaka-shi, Tokyo 181-0013, Japan
Nearby Station :
To JR Mitaka Station, take the JR Chuo Line, approximately 20 minutes from JR Shinjuku Station. From the south exit of JR Mitaka Station, it’s a 15-minute walk to the Museum.
Open : 10:00pm-6:00pm
HP : http://www.ghibli-museum.jp/en/hours-and-directions/

Tokyo Comedy Club: English Stand-up Comedy

Stand-Up Tokyo

A stand-up comedy group run by foreigners for foreigners, Stand-Up Tokyo curates a wide range of shows to ensure there’s something for everyone. With performances most nights of the week, there’s always time for a laugh here in Tokyo. Two of their most popular shows are below, but they are also active in Kinshicho, Shibuya, Roppongi, Asagaya, Ebisu and even Yokohama.

Good Heavens Comedy Club
Good Heavens is a British pub located in Shimokitazawa. This is Stan-Up Tokyo’s flagship show – no matter how serious you might find England’s current political situation, here you can find good laughs and good British food (I swear that isn’t an oxymoron) for an enjoyable evening out.

Get on the Mic!
Held at Titans Craft Beer, located in Otsuka. This is great option if you want to try your stuff in front of a mostly English-speaking audience. The other comedians are really supportive and love watching new stuff, so feel free to try improv, sketches, music – as long as it’s funny, anything goes.

English website here

Funny Japan Project

Mainly based in the more historical downtown areas of Edo, such as Asakusa, Funny Japan Project has a high number of Asian comedians – learn a bit about Japan from a local’s viewpoint through comedy in English. As the audience is often comprised of tourists, the shows often have a definite ‘life in Japan’ angle. Below are three of the most popular shows.

Stand-Up Comedy in Asakusa “My Japanese Perspective”
A solo show by Meshida, the founder of Funny Japan Project, learn about Japan through humor at this unique Japan-focused show. Chill with drinks for 30 mins before the show – alcohol always helps with enjoying comedy show – and of-course you can always continue drinking afterwards with your new friends. Located in Asakusa, a historical center of Tokyo, it makes the perfect ending to a day’s sightseeing.

Book here “Standup Comedy Show “My Japanese Perspective

Live English Stand-Up Comedy in Asakusa
Bringing together a range of comedians, both Japanese and international, here you can get different takes on Japan from a range of nationalities. Life in Japan is very different if you’re British, Japanese, Indonesian… A relaxed, friendly show, you can also chat to the comedians before and after – hopefully over a drink or two.

Guest House Open Mic Comedy
Want to try get on stage and try make people laugh? Or maybe you’re a comedian and want to see if your jokes will do well in Japan? Here’s the perfect place to try. The other comedians are very supportive, and there’s often at least a few Japanese people in the audience (English-speaking, hopefully…) so it’s a great first step. You can sign up on the day, no advance reservation needed.

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The Best Comedy Nights in Japan

Are you looking for English Standup Comedy in Japan?
Here are the gigs you can watch an English comedy show!

Tokyo

Stand-Up Tokyo

With a wide range of shows across Tokyo, both professional level and free mic nights, you’re sure to find something in a neighborhood nearby. Many of the performers have been doing stand-up for many years now, both in Japan and internationally. There tends to be a very international audience here, so you’ll cheer right up on those nights when you wish you were back home. While it’s mainly stand-up, they accept anything as long as it’s funny, so don’t be surprised to see singers, magicians, skits, or anything else.
Website here

Funny Japan Project

This comedy club tends to hold shows in the old shitamachi or downtown areas of Tokyo, such as Asakusa. A lot of the comedians (and audience) are Japanese, so you’ll have a chance to meet the locals and make some new friends. Everyone’s very warm and supportive, so it’s also the perfect chance to get on the mic and introduce yourself. While they focus on stand-up comedy, their open mic nights are a little more casual, and it’s fine to just get up and introduce yourself.

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Pirates of Tokyo Bay

An improv group based in Tokyo, their goal is to create a show which anyone can enjoy regardless of language. They provide regular shows each month, as well as offering, rather surprisingly, workshops for businesses. I guess a lot of customer service is improvisation.
Website here

Tokyo Comedy Store

One of the longest-running comedy clubs in Tokyo, they offer mostly improv shows. Their TCS Improvazilla Show is the longest-running improv show in Tokyo, and they also offer about two workshops a week for the uninitiated. If you want to meet the locals, their Wednesday evening workshops in particular are all-inclusive, so you’ll find many Japanese speakers joining who find the other classes a little bit hard to follow.
TCS Improvazilla Show website


Osaka

ROR Comedy

With an open mic every Tuesday and a show each Fri and Sat, all entirely in English of course, this is your best bet for a hilarious evening out. ROR Comedy has been around since 2011, and was the first English stand-up comedy club in Osaka, so you know it’s good.
Website here

Fukuoka

Comedy Fukuoka

With regular shows in both English and Japanese, and a free mic night, even all the way down in Kyushu you can see stand-up comedy in Japan. Comedy Fukuoka was created in 2014 by Ollie Horn, who first studied stand-up while living in Paris. Get a wide range of unique takes on Japan from a variety of international comedians.
Website here

Nagoya

Nagoya Comedy

Yet another originally named comedy show, Nagoya has actually had English comedy happening on and off since the 1990s. Thanks to Nagoya Comedy, they now have a rather regular show once or twice a month with a group of standard performers
Website here

Best 10 Japanese Romantic Comedy Movies Of All Time

10.Hana Yori Dango Final

Based on the Hana Yori Dango manga series, this is the final movie. Preparing for marriage, Tsukasa and Tsukushi go through many trials and tribulations. Will they work it out, or will they have to call the marriage off…?

9.Chihayafuru

A Japanese sports romantic teen drama, revolving around the Japanese card game karuta. The main character, Chihaya, is striving to be the best karuta player in Japan. Her two male friends, also excellent players, support her with her dream – and also, unknown to her, have both fallen in love with her…

8.One Week Friends

A Japanese youth romance, based on a manga. Yuki falls in love at first sight with Kaori, but his offer of friendship is rejected. He learns that this is became she suffers from amnesia, and any memory other than that of her parents is gone after a week. Creating a shared journal, to help her remember him, they slowly grow closer. Until old friends of hers show up, and she seems to remember one of them…

7. I Give My First Love to You

Another teen romance based on a manga, this follows the first love of two childhood friends, one of whom won’t live past 20 due to a heart condition. A bittersweet story, learn of love, loss and happiness through their relationship.

6. A Song to the Sun

Released in 2016, a Hollywood remake titled Midnight Sun was released in 2018. Another bittersweet love story, a girl Kaoru, who suffers from a rare skin condition which makes UV radiation from the sun possibly fatal, falls for a surfer, Kōji. She keeps her condition a secret from Kōji for as long as possible, but eventually he finds out…

5.Crying Out Love in the Center of the World

A Japanese drama released in 2004, the protagonist, Saku, returns to his hometown following his fiancé. At his family home, he discovers a box of tapes with messages from his highschool sweetheart, who had leukemia. Past and present blend to create this beautifully bittersweet story.

4.Whisper of the Heart

In this fantastical anime, the protagonist, Shizuku, follows a cat riding the train, all the way to an antique shop. There she grows close to Seiji, who heads off to Italy to continue his studies towards becoming a professional violin maker. She begins to write a story about a cat statue in the antiques shop, ‘The Baron’, determined to finish it before he gets back.

3. Cyborg She

Sci-fi and romance intertwine in this time traveling movie. The main character, Jiro, receives a cyborg girlfriend as a present from his future self, to protect himself from a disaster about to occur, changing the future.

2.Your Name

Highly acclaimed, this anime is about a high-school boy in Tokyo and a girl in rural Japan who begin to intermittently switch bodies. Helping out each other’s lives, they grow closer through notes they leave eachother, until they find disaster looms…

1. Be With You 

This 2004 romance drama was remade as a Korean movie in 2014. When she passes away, Mio leaves behind a husband and young son. One day, the father and son find a woman while out walking – she has no memory of who or where she is, so they accept her as a new Mio. She comes to live with them, and the father recounts to her how he met his ex. wife, a long story of many missed chances. As the rainy season comes to an end, his son finds Mio’s diaries inside a time capsule they had hidden together before she died, and the father finally gets to hear the other side of the story…

Live English Stand-up Comedy Show in Tokyo by Japanese Comedian “Meshida”

English Comedy Show: My Japanese Perspective

Have you ever seen a Japanese guy telling jokes in English in Tokyo?
If not, then you might want to check out my show called My Japanese Perspective. Japanese comedian Meshida has done his solo show in Tokyo more than 250 times, and has more than 500 reviews on Airbnb Experiences.

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About Japanese Comedian Meshida

He is a Japanese stand-up comedian who performs in English. He grew up in Tokyo, and he had never been abroad until he was 21 years old. After graduating from college, he soon started working as a typical Japanese employee for the next 5 years. However! He then quit his job and went to the United Kingdom to do stand-up comedy. He likes to introduce funny things about Japan to foreigners, and was a 2017 London Comedy Store King Gong comedy show finalist. He has a Youtube channel called “Meshida – Japanese Comedian” and he started organizing a project known as “Funny Japan Project,” which aims to publicize funny things about Japan to an international audience. He uploads articles and movies and discovers sand promotes other funny people through his events.

Youtube: Meshida-Japanese Comedian

English Stand-up Comedy Show
“My Japanese Perspective”

Poster: My Japanese Perspective

We’ll have 30 minutes before the show starts to get to know one another – with a drink included – followed by a 60 minute comedy show about Japan.
I’m a Japanese stand-up comedian and I’ll introduce you to Japanese history, religion, culture, and the recommended sightseeing spots in a funny way.

After this comedy show, you’ll be able to understand ‘why Japanese people are like this.’ At the end of the show, you can mingle with the other guests and we’ll all hang out together while I tell you more about Japan.

Reservations

Book here “Standup Comedy Show “My Japanese Perspective

Every Monday and Thursday
6:00pm start

Place
Asakusa Smile Bar

Adress
2 Chome-2-20-10 Higashikomagata, Sumida-ku,Tokyo-to 130-0005

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English Stand-up Comedy Show My Japanese Perspective

Have you ever seen a Japanese guy telling jokes in English in Tokyo? If not, then you might want to check out my show called My Japanese Perspective. Japanese comedian Meshida has done his solo show in Tokyo more than 250 times, and has more than 500 reviews on Airbnb Experiences.

Asakusa Smile Bar

2019/12/23 2019/12/23

Standup Comedy Show My Japanese Perspective

Best TV Comedy Series on Netflix: Top 5

5. Bojack Horseman

Not one to watch with the kids while satirizing the entertainment industry, this comedy show tackles depression, racism, sexism, self-destructive behavior and more. The humorous moments are interspersed throughout, in a ‘you have to laugh’-style of black humor.

Creator: Raphael Bob-Waksberg
Voice Artists: Will Arnett, Amy Sedaris, Alison Brie, Aaron Paul, Paul F. Tompkins, and more.

4. The Good Place

This sweet comedy is about a woman who goes to ‘the good place’ in the afterlife, although she knows she wasn’t meant to. The show is about her trying to avoid being found out, with the help of her soulmate who is trying to teach her how to be a good person.

Creator: Michael Schur (Parks and Recreation)
Cast: Kristen Bell, William Jackson Harper, Jameela Jamil, Ted Danson, D’Arcy Carden, Manny Jacinto, and more.

3. Brooklyn Nine-Nine

Michael Schur and Greg Daniels both seem to have a winning formula for Netflix comedies, co-creating this one with Greg Daniels. The show focuses on a police precinct in Brooklyn, and our protagonist – skilled, but rather immature, NYPD detective Jake Peralta. While it doesn’t shy away from portraying serious issues, it does so while keeping its sense of comedy intact.

Creators: Michael Schur, Greg Daniels
Cast: Andy Samburg, Stephanie Beatriz, Andre Braugher, Terry Crews, Melissa Fumero, and more.

2. The Office

Based on the original UK series, and adapted for US television by Greg Daniels, the American show is unsurprisingly a bit more optimistic (UK comedies often have a rather bleak background. It’s probably all the rain). A mockumentary-style comedy, The Office has made its way into every day vocabulary, and you’ll often hear it quoted – especially if you work in an office.

Creator: Greg Daniels
Cast: Steve Carell, Rainn Wilson, John Krasinski, Jenna Fischer, B. J. Novak, and more.

1. The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

Having been trapped underground for 15 years as part of a doomsday cult, the series follows the titular Kimmy as she navigates life on the outside world – her positivity and optimism encouraging her to make the most of it. She moves in with Titus Andromedon, a struggling actor who is also flamboyantly gay. A fish-out-of-water comedy, Kimmy’s quirkiness and enthusiasm is infectious and will leave you smiling all-day

Creators: Tina Fey, Robert Carlock
Cast: Ellie Kemper, Tituss Burgess, Carol Kane, Jane Krakowski

Comedy Cellar: A Famous Comedy Club in New York

A famous comedy club in New York

The Comedy Cellar is one of the most popular comedy clubs in America. Many top comedians performed here on their way to fame. If you want to get a feel for what real stand-up culture is like, you should definitely check it out!

Performers

Featuring top US talent, a lot of the comedians have been on NY’s premier comedy shows, including the Daily Show, The Tonight Show, Saturday Night Live, SNL, Comedy Central, and The Late Show (I never noticed until now what a winning formula “The … Show” is).
Dave Chapelle, who also did a show here in Tokyo in 2019, is a regular performer, and many famous comedians debuted there, such as Aziz Ansari and Jon Stewart.

As the performers change every week, you can check the current line-up on their website. Weekend line-ups are generally put up the previous Thursday.
https://www.comedycellar.com/line-up/

Opening Hours

The first show is generally between 6pm-7pm (or even earlier), with shows every half hour after that. Reservations are generally necessary, and can be made through the website.
Above the club is a joint-owned restaurant, The Olive Tree Cafe, where many of the comedians hang out after performing. It’s open from 11am to 2:30am Sun-Thurs, and extends until 4am on Friday and Saturday.

Access

https://www.google.com/maps/place/%E3%82%B3%E3%83%A1%E3%8

International Equivalents:

Tokyo
Stand-up Tokyo (mostly West Tokyo)
http://www.standuptokyo.com/


Funny Japan Project (mostly East Tokyo)
https://funnyjapanproject.com/

London
The Comedy Store (Oxendon Street)
https://thecomedystore.co.uk/

Paris
SoGymnase (Bonne Nouvelle)
http://www.sogymnase.com/les-spectacles-shows

Netherlands
The Comedy Embassy (various locations)
https://www.comedyembassy.com/

Report: English Standup Comedy Show in Asakusa, Tokyo [Vol. 40]

Did you guys know that stand-up comedy is currently getting more popular in Japan? Although it’s still super niche.
In Asakusa, a traditional area of Tokyo, they have an English stand-up comedy show once a month at Smile Bar.

The most recent one was on October 26th. There were 7 international comedians. They performed for 9-10 minutes each. The comedians were from New Zealand, Australia, UK, Singapore, Sweden, and Japan.

The show was packed as usual, and most of the audiences were international travelers. They were from Brazil, Russia, Argentina, Germany, Italy, and so on.

After the show, the comedians and travelers became friends through drinking and chatting together. A lot of the travelers said that it was one of their greatest experiences in Japan.

We had a theme of ‘jokes about Japan’ so the comedians mostly talked about their experiences in Japan.

Lie told about her experiences looking for an apartment in Japan, and about her Japanese boyfriend.

Bobe was telling jokes about the trains in Japan.

Alex taught us how difficult it is for white people living in Japan.

Hayatt was telling us about his excellent home country, Singapore and his loving family.

Max told us why he first came to Japan, and how his dream never came true.

Daniel was talking about how Japan looks from a Swedish viewpoint.

And lastly, legendary Japanese comedian Ken Suzuki told jokes about Japan compared to other countries.

The emcee Meshida did a great job hosting with his strong Japanese accent as usual, and the audience seemed to like him. No one realized he used to live in London and learned British English though.

The next stand-up comedy show is coming on November 30th.
Please join us and enjoy the show!

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