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Perfect Liars Club (Feb 9): A smash-hit comedy story interrogation show hailing all the way from Washington, DC. Four people tell an incredible story—but only three of them are true. Listen, laugh, suspect, interrogate—then vote. Are you shrewd enough to spot the liar? All taking place at Good Heavens bar in Shimokitazawa. Entry is 1,500 yen and includes a drink.

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Nerd Nite Tokyo (Feb 10): Nerd Nite is “the Discovery Channel with beer”, a worldwide monthly event series that mixes presentations, performances, trivia, demos, music, and of course drinking. Themes for the February event include earthquakes, non-profits in Japan and astrological big bangs.

Lantern Festival in Chinatown (Feb 11): Chinese New Year festivities are drawing to a close this weekend, but definitely not without a splash. Saturday marks the 15th and last day of the festival with a display of paper lanterns on which people’s hopes and dreams for the year ahead, along with lion dance festivals in Yokohama’s Yamashita-cho Park.



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Kite Market (Feb 12): Looking to pick up a unique souvenir? Head to the Kite Market taking place at Oji Inari Shrine where traditional kites are for sale. You might be thinking that it seems odd for a market to be devoted entirely to such a thing, but kites were considered very lucky during the Edo period; they were said to ‘cut the wind’ that fueled fires (which were extremely commonplace and detrimental in those days). The market returns annually so locals and visitors alike can ensure their luck for another year.

Tokaigi Game Party (Feb 11-12): Gaming nerds rejoice – the Tokaigi Game Party is back for its 3rd year. The event allows you to try out new video games, spectate gaming tournaments, buy gaming merch, be entertained by a slew of musical performances and a whole lot more.

Valentine’s Day plans: If you’re seeing your sweetie on the weekend rather than on actual Vday, here are a few ideas on how to express all your love without spending all your money. Or be proactive and take this time to make Feb 14th plans.

Plum Blossom Festivals: Cherry blossoms will soon overshadow any other blooming thing, so take this month to enjoy the just-as-beautiful plum trees blossoming now across Tokyo.

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