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Future Fashion

Cutting-edge clothes and close-cut edges for Tokyo's metrosexuals By Dreux Richard and Charles Ayres

04 THE SMALL PRINT 05 Upfront 14 Arts & Entertainment Japan Beat 19 Agenda 29 Restaurant Review 31 ClassifiedS, JOBS & REAL ESTATE NEW 41 HOROSCOPE & MAILBOX 42 the last word cover design: kohji shiiki; photo: Hiromi Iguchi; clothes: courtesy of Candy Boutique; TOP: MIKIO SAKABE, ¥42,000; PANTS: KATHLEEN KYE, ¥63,000; model: Dreux richard

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—Pope Benedict XVI, responding to a question from a seven-year-old Chiba girl about “why children [affected by the March 11 quake] have to go through tremendous sadness”

SEE YA ćć A Japanese man was sentenced to 16 years in prison for attempting to smuggle 6kg of hashish into Bali last November. ćć A National Police Agency study found that autopsies were performed on only 11 percent of dead bodies last year, leading to worries that “many suspicious deaths have been left uninvestigated.” ćć And you thought you were busy: in a four-day stretch earlier this month, Japanese Foreign Minister Takeaki Matsumoto made official visits to Washington, Berlin, Dakar and Brussels. ćć Headline of the Week: “Stranded Boat May be Left on Roof” (via The Daily Yomiuri)

FOREIGN INTRIGUE ćć The defense ministry said that the number of sorties flown by the ASDF “to intercept foreign aircraft flying near Japanese airspace” surged by 29 percent in 2010. ćć Ten Japanese tourists were injured when their sightseeing bus hit a wall in Seoul. ćć After the Japanese Embassy in France lodged a complaint with a local TV station for airing a program that mocked the March 11 disaster, the network responded by saying that its show “criticizes anything and is not a news program.” ćć The University of Arkansas-Fort Smith has set up a scholarship fund for “two Japanese students who want to study abroad but face financial difficulties because of the [March 11] disaster.”


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ćć Three North Koreans who had been granted asylum at a Japanese consulate in northeastern China were given permission by Beijing to leave for Japan. ćć Two mountain climbers died in an avalanche on Mt. Shirouma in Nagano Prefecture, but nine others escaped with their lives. ćć During a visit to Tokyo, the Dalai Lama warned that a “cultural genocide is taking place” inside Tibet. ćć A meeting of environment ministers from Japan, China and South Korea was held in Busan to discuss bird flu, yellow sandstorms and the need “to promote information-sharing” during extreme natural disasters. ćć Talk about dumb luck: it is now believed that the hydrogen explosion at the no. 4 reactor of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant on March 15 might have helped prevent a meltdown “by causing a flow of water into the pool the rods are stored in.” ćć The Japan Business Federation announced that 80 percent of its members plan to enact some type of energy-saving program to meet government power-consumption reduction targets by this summer. ćć The government has also pitched in by extending its “Cool Biz” promotion for office workers to wear casual clothes by two months.

ćć Thanks to their performance at last month’s Meiji Cup in Tokyo, twin brothers Shinichi and Kenichi Yumoto will represent Japan at the World Wrestling Championships in Istanbul in September. ćć Yomiuri Giants slugger Alex Ramirez broke Hideki Matsui’s team record by hitting in the no. 4 spot in the batting order for 416 consecutive games. ćć A 32-year-old man who “was shirtless and screaming” died after ramming his car into a police station in Tochigi. ćć The internal affairs ministry said that household spending dropped by a record 8.5 percent in March compared to the year before. ćć The same survey revealed that spending on bottled water jumped by 260 percent. ćć The Diet approved a law that will make it easier for Japanese people and companies to sue foreign corporations in Japan. ćć In a move it says is “in line with its ongoing business realignment,” Panasonic will fire 40,000 workers worldwide by next year. ćć Itochu Corp. has inked a ¥100 billion deal with a British consortium to “produce electricity from garbage in Tyne and Wear, England.” ćć Meanwhile, major real estate corporation Sekisui House has bought 1,700 hectares of land for development near Seattle.

YOU’VE COME A LONG WAY, BABY ćć After beating out hundreds of other hopefuls to earn a spot on the Oakland Raiders’ cheerleading squad, 22-year-old Kisato Nishimura said, “I would like Japanese people to know more about the NFL through dance.” ćć A report by the Asian Development Bank and the International Labor Organization found that the lack of job opportunities for women in Asia was costing the region at least $42 billion annually. ćć If Japan’s Fair Trade Commission approves the merger of Nippon Steel Corp. and Sumitomo Metal Industries, it will result in the creation of the world’s second-largest steelmaker. ćć Mitsubishi says it has developed a forklift that is “the world’s first with a cabin that shields against radiation.” ćć A Japanese IT industry group said that domestic shipments of new PCs have regained the levels they were at before the 2008 global financial crisis. ćć Four Japanese were reportedly injured in an explosion at a café in Marrakesh, Morocco. Fourteen others were killed in the blast, 11 of them foreigners. ćć Fifty-eight people were sickened and four died of E. coli poisoning after eating raw beef at a yakiniku chain in Toyama. ćć ANA said that it failed to announce an incident in which five people were hurt by turbulence last month because “it initially thought all five had suffered only minor injuries.” In fact, a flight attendant is in serious condition.

AND FINALLY… ćć A piano teacher in Shiga Prefecture said she will attempt to break the Guinness World Record for “most types of instruments played in a single musical performance.” The current record, set in Britain in 2002, is 147. ćć It was reported that the number of letters and parcels sent by snail mail in Japan in fiscal 2010 may have fallen below 20 billion for the first time since 1987. ćć The internal affairs ministry said that the number of children under the age of 15 has dropped for the 30th consecutive year. According to the ministry, there are just 16.93 million children in Japan, the lowest figure in 60 years. ćć Bot tom Stor y of t he Week : “F lag D yer Determined to Keep Traditional Fukushima Horseback Event Alive” (via The Mainichi Daily News) Compiled from reports by Bloomberg, Jiji, AP, Japan Today, The Japan Times, The International Herald Tribune, The Asahi Shimbun, The Mainichi Daily News, The Daily Yomiuri, AFP and Kyodo

� 30 Percent of Japanese who say they are in favor of ditching the war-renouncing Article 9 of the Constitution � 22,000 Okinawa residents who have filed a lawsuit seeking a ban on nighttime flights at the US’ Kadena Air Base � 21,000 People who gathered for a May Day rally at Yoyogi Park � 5 Pacific Nations Cup matches that the International Rugby Board relocated from Japan to Fiji due to the March 11 earthquake

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in other news Model Marie held Japan’s first Twitter fashion show, explaining 14 outfits live from the event at the X-girl store in Jingumae… Perfume, the Japanese girl group from Hiroshima, is to lend their hit


Any advice for aspiring artists? “First, make a CD with two or three songs of your best performances,” she says. “Do live shows and see how the audience responds. There are a lot of venues for non-professional musicians. Japan is really good for that. The important thing is to have a great passion to continue, whatever the response. It takes time to flower as an artist; some do it in their 30s, others in their teens. Believe in yourself.” W hen not per for m ing, Sha nt i heads to Hayama beach. “I like to listen to the waves and wind,” she says. She hasn’t had much of a chance to travel abroad recently. “I always get this urge to leave to a culturally different environment. In June, I’ll be going to France to perform at Japan Expo and the Japan Cultural Center. I’ll be singing in three languages.” Shanti hopes to be around for a long time. “There’s a great album by Shirley Horn, Here’s to Life, and another by Joni Mitchell called Both Sides Now—orchestrated jazz with a lot of pop and folk. That’s where I want to be when I’m 50.” For details of Shanti’s schedule, visit http:// Chris Betros is the editor of Japan Today (


fter chatting with Japanese-American singer Shanti for an hour, you get the impression there is ver y little the bilingual artist cannot do. Born Shanti Snyder to an American father (musician Tommy Snyder) and a Japanese mother, she has carved out an impressive niche for herself in Japan as a singer, songwriter, lyricist, guitarist and music TV program host. Shanti, who turns 30 in June, was born in Zushi, Kanagawa. “I always had a big passion for the fine arts. I did modern ballet and contemporary dancing for about 10 years,” she recalls. “A lot of my dad’s musician friends wanted me to do music and invited me to make demos for fun. That’s when I realized I loved singing and wanted to do it for the rest of my life. I got into gospel music when I started taking vocal lessons at 16, and began listening to lots of R&B music, soul and jazz.” Shanti—whose name means “peaceful” in Sanskrit—decided to follow her father’s advice. “He said the best way to learn was to be inspired by great musicians, writers and arrangers.” Over the years, she has collaborated with such artists as Keisuke Kuwata, Yoko Kanno, and Hajime Yoshizawa. Her jingles include ads for Ajinomoto, Uniqlo and Shiseido, and she has written two songs for Mount Rainer’s Caffe Latte TV campaign, one featuring actress Scarlet Johannsson. For 18 months, she also co-hosted NHK World’s music program J-Melo. Shanti has released three albums to date: Share My Air (2008), Born to Sing (2010) and Romance With Me (in January this year). “As a studio musician, I sang all sorts of genres, from bossa nova to rock,” she says. “I realized I was more comfortable singing in English because it’s a more emotional language.” She describes her music as jazzy pop with a soul and R&B influence. “I’m working with a Brazilian percussionist, a keyboard player whose background is Chinese and American-Indian, an African-American bass player and drummer, and a Japanese guitarist.”

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song “Polyrhythm” to Pixar for use in the upcoming animated movie Cars 2, which opens July 30… Johnny Depp, who was unable to attend this week’s Japanese premiere of Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, sent a message saying: “To all my fans in Japan, I’m so sorry I can’t be there this time. I promise to come back as soon as possible.” CB

his year Metropolis is the official English media supporter of the Short Shorts Film Festival 2011. Since it was founded in Tokyo and Yokohama in 1999, the fest has grown in leaps and bounds and is now an official qualifying festival for the Academy Awards. In the weeks to come, look for regular coverage of the festival in Metropolis, and check out our dedicated webpage for more up-to-date info (http:// Short Shorts is part of a larger wave of festivals showing that the short film genre is alive and kicking in Japan. Film students here are among the few in the world who hone their skills shooting on 8mm film—rather than going straight to digital—and a successful short can mean the start of a highprofile career. Horror film maestro Yoshihiro Nishimura got his start when his no-budget short Anatomia Extinction garnered attention at the 1995 Yubari Fantastic Film Festival. After building a name for himself as a special effects artist, Nishimura was able to expand the short into the acclaimed 2008 feature Tokyo Gore Police. With that, we present a short guide to some of Japan’s short fests:   Short Shorts Film Festival. Taking place from June 16-26, films will be screened at five venues in Tokyo and Yokohama, including a 3D screening at Cinemart Shinjuku and a nocturnal screenathon at Toho Cinema, Roppongi Hills. http://metropolis.,   Sapporo International Short Film Festival and Market. This Hokkaido-based fest launched in 2006 with the goal of revealing the value of short films that are “intriguing, funny and moving, with stories depicting the essence of love and life.” The festival includes programs of shorts for kids, works by filmmakers working in Japan, and international entries, as well as Q&As, workshops and other events. Mid-October.   Miyukino Snow Theater International Short Film Festival. If Sapporo in October isn’t cold enough for you, bundle up for this fest in Madarao, Nagano, where the entire theater, including seats and the big screen, are sculpted out of ice. Tokyobased filmmaker Nate Jensen premiered his short Walking Lost at the 2011 edition of the fest. MidFebruary.   Con-Can Movie Festival. This unique festival takes advantage of the ease of streaming. Shorts are streamed on their website allowing viewers around the world to watch and vote online, with the most popular selected for offline screenings in Tokyo followed by an award ceremony. MidDecember.   The Pink Cow Film Club. Shibuya art haven the Pink Cow holds a monthly screening of short films by Japanese and foreign directors. Submissions are open to anyone. Kevin Mcgue

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Multi-talented JapaneseAmerican singer Shanti takes a peaceful look at her future



Future Fashion Origami, trash and gender-bending at Tokyo’s cuttingedge clothiers Text by Dreux Richard; photos by Hiromi Iguchi

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Jacket: Phenomenon ¥52,500 Net tank top: Phenomenon ¥26,250 Tank top: Phenomenon ¥12,600 Pants: used ¥5,040 Shirt belt: Phenomenon ¥26,250 Shoes: used ¥37,800

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In Act 1 this writer, whose wardrobe is only as varied as the sweatshirts he pairs with his Dickies, visits two very different purveyors of Tokyo’s forwardmost fashion and dresses himself in their respective visions. Among the things he learns: there is no Act 2. For Japan’s fashion innovators, the future is now.


like to imagine a future where men enjoy clothes as much as women,” says Shogo Yana g i , m a n a g e r o f C a n dy, a n envelope-pushing incubator of trash-A-class fashion that moved from Shinjuku-nichome to Shibuya last year. “We don’t make a distinction between men’s and women's fashion,” he says. “The store layout is a deliberate attempt to confuse the two.” I’ll testify to the confusion, and to the fun. In a whirlwind tour of the store’s gender-flouting fashion options, only a single jacket I try on is identifiably masculine. The clothes are sheer loudness, and I’m all smiles. I’m not the first. “In Nichome, men would try on dresses,” Yanagi says. “They had so much fun. It was inspiring. Back then the store was about highlighting emerging designers, but now I’m trying to focus on encouraging people to have fun with clothes." My many wardrobe changes don’t include any dresses, but they do reshape my perception of what’s at stake when I visit a store that’s poised on fashion's leading edge. “Just come in. Try on clothes. We’ll tell you how to wear it, show you the styling. No judgment,” Yanagi says. The notion of a Tokyo fashion hotspot as the place one goes to escape the city’s aesthetic pretenses might be counterintuitive, but given the frailty of our longsuffering egos, it’s also good medicine.

interview was the release of his latest line, 132 5. At the 132 5 store in Aoyama, gender is again noticeably absent from the clothes I try, though they’re a very different kind of conspicuous. 132 5 is the result of a collaboration with Tsukuba University’s Jun Mitani, whose research deals in the digital modeling of origami. Miyake’s Reality Lab developed a proprietary textile made of recycled plastic bottles and adapted Mitani’s software to design garments for it. This isn’t Miyake’s most wearable work, but it’s undeniably prescient. And if it looks like something you’d imagine yourself wearing in the distant future, Miyake envisioned precisely that. “It’s important to make clothes for long-term use now, not just one season. We can’t keep throwing things away,” he told Telegraph. Can a wardrobe of permanence really save the world? Maybe not, and Miyake’s work benefits from a

conspicuously affluent patronage, but in an increasingly green-washed marketplace his genius-laden approach to altering fashion’s ecology is as vital as it is sincere. And high-minded though he may be, he makes no grandiose claims about his designs’ impact. For Miyake, design is a means to an end, and success is measured by the quality of the product. The product is intriguing. On the shelf, folded flat, it’s fractal art. Worn, it retains the visual appeal of its origami-inspired shape without resorting to stiffness. If I feel surprisingly comfortable in 132 5’s hakama-influenced #3 pants, it’s not just because I’ve never worn anything this expensive.


hether in gender-bending basement boutiques or high culture’s glass-walled showrooms, Tokyo residents can wear today what the world might tomorrow. What’s hanging in our closets is one thing—jobs come with dress codes, and transgressing our solid, finite ideas about how we should look tends to spell discomfort. But in Tokyo, what we try on is something else entirely—an opportunity to glimpse the future in the mirror. ✦ C andy 18-4 Udagawa- cho, Shibuya-ku . Tel: 03-5456-9891. Open daily 12am-8pm. Nearest stn: Shibuya. ✦132 5 Issey Miyake 5-3-10 Minami-Aoyama , Minato-ku. Tel: 03-3499-6476. Open daily 11am-8pm? Nearest stn: Omotesando.

T-shirt: Issey Miyake ¥8,190 Recycled polyester pants: Issey Miyake ¥63,000


n the future, I suppose there will be no difference between genders. We want our clothes to be suitable,” Issey Miyake told Telegraph Magazine in September 2010. The occasion for the

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Keeping up with Japanese metrosexual manes… Howard Regner of Gold Salon gives you the highlights By Charles Ayres


Japanese men tend to be immaculate—what can foreign guys do to compete? J-men have something that works for them but doesn’t always cross over. Gaijin need to celebrate their obvious differences in a refined way so as not to come off Neanderthal-like. Think Tom Ford rather than Tom Cruise’s character in Days of Thunder. Do you have any advice for Afro-Caribbean or

So what hair issues do you often hear about from your male clientele? I guess a common one is that a lot of men are looking for some versatility in their look. They want a balance between something that gets taken seriously closing the deal but can be loosened up and personalized into something sexier/edgier for downtime.

other hair types? Keep it tight or grow it out proud and big. The middle ground is the realm of the Blaxploitation films and ’70s sitcoms. Yes, I suppose modern guys shouldn’t go around looking like J.J. from Good Times. Speaking of media, which celebrities do people most wish to emulate? [British MTV presenter] Alexa Chung. She is the queen of balayage highlights. James Franco. Prizes for finding any major men’s grooming magazine this guy hasn’t been on the cover of in the past 12 months. A personal favorite has got to be the hard man/shaved-head look of John Travolta in his recent films. My regular request is still Simon Le Bon from Duran Duran. What are some keywords men might keep in mind when visiting a Japanese

oreign women have to maintain their A-game while living among Japanese ladies with their petite figures, flawless skin and polished sense of style. But the pursuit of Sweet Lady Vanity is not solely for the fairer sex. Tokyo men have made a name for themselves as the world’s most lavish metrosexuals. They collect vintage designer duds, groom themselves immaculately and preen like 21st century peacocks—nothing to do with the salarymen in frumpy black suits getting drunk in Ginza. Foreign men have long-coasted on the “Charisma Man” appeal, but let’s face it: some young Japanese guys make us look like savage, hairy wildebeests in comparison. If you are going to hobnob with the glitterati in Ebisu or meet a lovely lady for cocktails, try not to look like an anime geek from Montana. A wise beginning is your hair. Any Sloppy Joe can get a buzz cut, but a man’s haircut and shoes are often the first things women check on first meeting. Salons can be a hurdle when living abroad, so Metropolis hereby introduces a specialist to prevent you being stamped with the “D word”—“Dasai!” (cheesy/déclassé). Australian stylist Howard Regner has plied his trade in Japan for nine years. A consummate professional, he is tight-lipped about the high-end clientele frequenting his Azabu-Juban salon, Gold. Suffice to say many Hollywood types just might end up there. You don’t have to be a runway model though, and the Englishspeaking staff is a welcome treat. They might even serve you a glass of wine if you ask politely.

stylist? Eigo ga dekimasu ka? (“Do you speak English?”), because if they don’t, and you are not a Japanese speaker, it might be more prudent to use visual aids, such as tearing sheets from magazines, print-outs from the internet, that kind of thing. If language is a problem, take your iPhone or iPad and hope like hell they have Wi-Fi. Communication is key to a successful encounter with any stylist. You must hear all the secrets of the fabulous women that frequent your salon. Do you ever hear complaints about foreign men’s grooming? I’ve heard Japanese gays complain that Caucasians are too smelly and hairy, etc. Never! My ladies are way too discerning to waste their time on the follicley-challenged and inept (laughs). Beach season is just around the corner and my big issue in Tokyo is that I am pale—though I prefer “melanin-challenged.” How can foreign men get ready for the beach? I know this is really un-PC, but I’m an advocate for careful use of sun beds. Just start really slowly—5-10 minutes per session—and build up. Once you have a nice base, after 3-4 sessions you usually only need to go every 2-3 weeks to maintain a healthy glow. Otherwise, you have to resort to spray-on tans or bronzers, which I’ve tried from time to time without any great success. I personally like “tan in a bottle,” especially French ones such as Clarins, but if you don’t do it properly it’s a travesty showing up to Shonan two-toned. What hairstyles are en vogue for men at the moment? The scruffy unkempt look has run its cycle, and men are returning to a cleaner, groomed look. Think Cary Grant, not billy goat Brad [Pitt]. Many foreign men are befuddled by the vast array of hair products on offer in stores. Do you have any recommendations? My advice is to use what your stylist uses and recommends, or quiz them on what they’re using and why. Search for something with the same qualities, effects, etc. Past Metropolis cover boy Charles Ayres writes for m e d i a a n d a dv i c e b l o g

P A R T I N G ✂W O R D s Vocab snippets for hairy situations 歌舞伎町のホストのようにしな いで下さい 。 Kabukicho no hosuto no you ni shinaide kudasai Don’t make me look like a host in Kabukicho 眉毛も切って下さい 。 Mayuge mo kitte kudasai Please trim my eyebrows too

七三分けにして下さい 。 Shichi san wake ni shite kudasai Please part it

前髪を切って下さい 。 Megami wo kitte kudasai Please cut my bangs (fringe)

丸坊主にして下さい 。 Maru bouzu ni shite kudasai Shave it all off

ロックな感じにして下さい 。 Rokku na kanji ni shite kudasai Please make it a bit “rock ‘n’ roll”

バリカンで刈り上げて下さい 。 Barikan de kariagete kudasai Please cut it with electric hair clippers (Be prepared to answer nan miri 「何ミリ?」, meaning “How many millimeters?”)

スポーツ刈りにして下さい 。 Supootsu-gari ni shite kudasai Give me a buzz cut

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黒く染めて下さい 。 Kuroku somete kudasai Please dye it black

緑色に染めないで頂きたい です 。 Midori-iro ni shinaide itadakitai desu Whatever you do, don’t dye it green 脱色して下さい。 Dasshoku shite kudasai Please bleach it (literally “remove the color”)


Self-Made Man Dr. Akai shows the boys what they can do


r. Hidemi Akai cuts a genial figure sitting at his desk with the warm afternoon sunlight percolating into the room through the blind. “Everything,” is his prompt answer to what his Medical Clinic—a longtime leader in the field in Tokyo—can provide. But we’re here to talk about men’s grooming, and he consents to expand for Metropolis on what his male clients are generally after. Dr. Akai notes that his percentage of male customers has grown to some 30-40% of all clients over the last few years, as cosmetic surgery becomes more common among the testosteronefueled members of our species. Perhaps the most popular male request is for unwanted hair removal, especially on the back—though the clinic will gladly remove hair from any part of the body you like. Back hair laser removal costs around ¥40,000¥90,000 per session (depending on the area), with approximately five to seven sessions needed. Paradoxically, while some wish to remove hair, there are others keen to do the opposite. “There are many ways to fight baldness,” explains Dr. Akai, seasoned at explaining complex procedures to complete novices—such as this writer. “Most baldness is caused by a certain type of hormone, and this can be treated by inhibiting it.” Simple, eh? Treatments range from topical use of lotions and intraoral treatment to injections and—if your pate is totally bereft—transplantation.

Akai’s passion for his work powered through as he explained the transplantation procedure. A clump is removed from the donor site, the back of the head, which is usually resistant to the baldness hormone. The hairs are painstakingly separated into individual strands, and then inserted one by one into the subject’s head. Akai giggles at our surprise and shows us some fascinating pictures, which will probably stick in my mind forever. The operation costs ¥200,000 and a further ¥500 per hair (usually 2-3,000 are needed)—but the good news is that 97% of grafted hair sticks.

Liposuction is offered everywhere— “from face to ankle,” adds Akai—with this one-time surgical procedure costing ¥250,000 per area. For general aging treatment such as removal of bags under the eyes or tear troughs, you can get a course of non-surgical growth factor injections. Taken from your blood, the growth factor comes from your own platelets and tells the skin to repair itself. This is definitely the biggest craze in cosmetic surgery of recent years, as it uses the body’s own natural elements to reverse the processes of aging. Surgery to correct nose and chin shape is also typical, along with a straightforward technique to pin recalcitrant ears back using sutures woven into the cartilage. Male clients often plump for a reduction of fat around the breast area,

which sets you back ¥400,000. As far as the nether regions go, a variety of options are available for “upgrading.” Some go for a simple aesthetic job down there to remove unnecessary skin, while those in favor of a proportional increase should note that a simple elongation procedure costs ¥500,000. For erectile dysfunction matters, all the top brands of medication from across the market are available from Akai Medical Clinic. If you want to take a leaf out of the US President’s book, try a treatment famously employed by recent holders of the post to maintain their youthful vigor in the face of a rather stressful job: the growth hormone treatment. This is a course of self-applied injections— though to be eligible you must previously be in good shape with no trace of debilitating diseases. This costs about ¥300,000-¥500,000 per month, which is worked out with your medical doctor to suit your particular physical profile. This will go some way to making you feel generally stronger, faster and rejuvenated—and putting a new youthful spring in your step. These are just a few of the services on offer at Akai Medical Clinic, but they go some way to showing the range of solutions on offer. The staff offer consultations in English and are accustomed to dealing with people from around the world. In fact, as Dr. Akai tells me, a third of his male clients are foreign nationals. He’s happy with this growing trend, and keen to appeal to more and more. The procedures are fast, effective and increasingly sought-after among both women and men, both Japanese and international alike. • Omotesando: 3F KNK Bldg, 3-5-17 Kita-Aoyama, Minato-ku. Tel: 03-57714114. Email: Open daily 11am-8pm. Nearest stn: Omotesando. • Yokohama: 4F Katsukou Bldg, 1-2-8 Horai-cho, Naka-ku. Tel: 045252-9455. Email: amc-skincare@ Open Tue-Fri 11am-7pm, Sat 11am-5pm, closed SunMon. Nearest stn: Kannai. •

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Men’s Grooming Azabu Skin Clinic As summer begins, the weather has warmed up and the beautiful days are filling everybody with the joy of life. For many, this is a time to think about youth and the future, and that’s where Azabu Skin Clinic comes in. T he mo s t com mon kind of baldness and hair t h i n n i n g i n men—AGA (Androgenetic Alopecia)— is linked to basic genetics. Azabu offers effective treatments for individual patients, such as genetic testing, growth factor regenerative therapy, Propecia, 5% Minokixidi, and CET hair therapy, which can also increase blood circulation and activate hair cells, working to stimulate hair growth. Have you been feeling symptoms like fatigue, lack of motivation, insomnia, depression, or a propensity to gain weight? Perhaps this is the time to check your hormonal balance. Azabu offers BHRT (Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy) to improve youthfulness of body and mind. The warm season activates sebum secretion, bringing acne. Azabu has launched face and back courses for treating acne; along with needle therapy and/or fractional resurfacing and growth factor therapy for treating acne scars. Back and beard laser hair removal is also available. Botox (underarms/palms/hyperhidrosis) treatments are popular among male clientele, and there have been rave reviews about ThermaCool CPT, Titan XL (face and neck), Polaris, and anti-aging treatment courses for around the eyes. With thirty percent of Azabu Skin Clinic’s clientele foreign nationals, the doctors, clinicians and receptionists can speak English, and their worldwide experience is capable of handling all types of skin, including Caucasian, Asian and African. The Medical Director is constantly working to keep up-to-date with the latest and most advanced techniques. With the latest technology, well-informed clinicians with a sharp aesthetic sense, and treatment to best suit the needs of each client, Azabu Skin Clinic is the place to ease your worries in the upcoming season. 7F Hagiwara Bldg 1, 1-3-1 Hiroo, Shibuya-ku. Tel: 0120-005-327 (toll-free). Open Thu-Mon 10am-7pm, Tue-Wed 11am-8pm. Nearest stn: Ebisu.

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Ken’s Nail Ken’s Nail is the nail specialist for men and women in Tokyo, equipped to deal with all grooming matters as well as medical concerns such as pincer nails. If you experience pain while wearing socks and shoes, or find yourself constantly trim m in g you r toenails, you should get this treated as soon as possible. Therapy for pincer nails is totally painless. Ken’s nail-care specialists will analyze the cause behind the condition, give you the appropriate treatment, and advise on aftercare. In keeping with the motto of “total care,” the staff consider each individual’s lifestyle when providing treatment. For nails that look good, you should know that there’s much more to a manicure than just varnish and decoration. Simply removing the dry and hardened outer cuticle and trimming your nails to a good shape and length can give a dramatic result. You will be surprised at how good your nails can become. Ken’s Nail promotes the philosophy that the maintenance of healthy, clean nails gives a discernible boost to your self-confidence—and can make a fantastic first impression. Ken’s offers a simple, flat-rate plan that allows clients to come in for multiple treatments. The men’s plan, starting at ¥5,145 per month, offers unlimited care and buffing sessions. A ladies’ monthly plan is also available, with unlimited care and color (¥8,295), or gel nail treatment with one color (¥12,495; removal fee included). Visit any time, any day to take advantage of the constant service this plan offers you. Metropolis readers can also get 20 percent off any of Ken’s services on their first visit. 4F ABA Asami Bldg, 2-18-8 Azabu-Juban, Minato-ku. Tel: 03-6435-1900. Email: Open daily 11am-10pm. Nearest stn: Azabu-Juban.


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MDSA Hair Removal Salon Are you fed up to the back teeth with unwanted hair? Place your trust in MDSA, the Japanese capital’s premier scourge of naughty follicles. MDSA boasts more than 80% male c u s to m e r s , m e a n i n g they have a very full understanding of male grooming needs in the 21st century. There is not a body part that MDSA is not experienced in dealing with: back, beard, arms, and the nether regions are all frequent cases on their books, giving them an edge over competitors in Tokyo. Just pop out of Azabu-Juban station and take a two-minute merry jaunt along to the MDSA complex, fitted with private rooms. The salon has a relaxing, at-home style. Appointments are by reservation only, meaning you will never have to hang around waiting. The state-of-art machinery employed by MDSA is imported directly from the US, a nation long renowned in the art of hair removal. The equipment is also widely used throughout the European continent. MDSA clients have always expressed positive feedback about the facilities and expertise of the staff; the price is also known to be good value. Choose between a male or female hair-removal specialist as you wish. Those of you who are not that fluent Japanese can relax at MDSA—consultations are given in English, making it a comfortable process for international clientele. 2F Ishihara Bldg, 3-7-1 Azabu-Juban, Minato-ku. Tel: 03-6435-1276. Email: Open daily 12-11:30pm. Nearest stn: Azabu-Juban, exit 1. http://

Only Cut Zone How can you spot a forei g n g uy who ca n’t speak Japanese? Just check out his hair—if it’s shaggy or looks funny, that means he probably can’t communicate with his Japanese barber. But even if you don’t speak Jap a ne s e , you don’ t have to worry about your hair at Only Cut Zone. This Kita-Senju salon offers fantastic haircuts for the amazingly low price of ¥1,000—with service in English to boot. Only Cut Zone is run by Ichiro, who lived and worked in California as a stylist for ten years. He enjoys speaking English with his customers and providing fantastic service to go along with his stylish cuts. The procedure is simplicity itself: just walk in, write down your name in English or Japanese, and indicate if you need service in English. Ichiro will assign the appropriate staff to assist you. Your cut will begin with a spritz of water and finish with a thorough vacuum blow to remove the loose hairs. Cuts for ladies and kids are also just ¥1,000, so the whole family can enjoy a nice cut at a low, low price. But hair’s not all. The Only Cut Zone salon folk also host the La Cucaracha Cooking School. The objective is simple: introduce the Japanese culinary art to non-Japanese people in the most comprehensive way possible. Videos of this lighthearted cooking salon are available to watch on YouTube (, with past dishes including yakisoba, okonomiyaki and takoyaki. 1F MK Bldg, 2-5-14 Senju, Adachi-ku. Tel. 03-3882-1550. Open daily 10am-7pm. Nearest stn: Kita-Senju.

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Pantheon of Japanese Rock gods Metropolis celebrates the Japanese men who rocked the planet


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s a bookend to our Pantheon of Japanese Rock Babes feature (http://, we asked a rocker’s dozen (13) seasoned critics of Japanese music to tell us what their favorite rock god means to them.

1. Eikichi Yazawa With a record 112 Budokan performances, Eikichi Yazawa may be the most successful Japanese rock singer of all time. Originally the lead singer of Carol, Yazawa launched his solo career in 1975, and at age 61, continues to tour prolifically every year. Fans see Yazawa as a self-made man, the proverbial bad boy who turned his back on social norms and did things his way, rising from poverty to achieve the “Japanese Dream.” To Japanese baby-boomers, he is the embodiment of cool, and remarkably, he has remained so throughout his career. Fans still flock to hear him sing “I Love You, OK” today, just like they did in 1975. Yazawa, often wearing a white suit with shirt buttons undone à la Freddie Mercury, spins his white mike stand like Rod Stewart, and struts the stage like Mick Jagger. But unlike many Japanese musicians, he has somehow been able to fuse these borrowed elements together and make them his own, creating a distinct sound, style, and feeling that can only be described as Eikichi Yazawa. Isaku Kageyama is a professional taiko musician. � http://meturl. com/895rockgod1

2. Murahachibu I name a Kyoto group called Murahachibu, which formed in 1968 and split in 1973. They are my all-time favorite Japanese band, even beating off worthy followers Carol, Guitar Wolf and RC Succession. When legendary ’70s guitarist Char first heard Murahachibu he said, “This sounds like a Japanese Sex Pistols.” What he should have said was, “This sounds like Keith Richards shagging Iggy Pop in a gutter.” Murahachibu’s singer Chabou, who died in 1994 after a life of excess, at age 44, had a guttural howl more terrifying than Iggy Pop and Johnny Rotten. Together with guitarist Fujio Yamaguchi’s killer blues riffs, this was a

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marriage made in hell—the biggest-ever homegrown influence on Japanese rock. I first heard Murahachibu when 54 Nude Honeys singer Yuri moved in with me. Yuri had this vinyl record with what looked like some New York Dolls wannabes on the cover. It was an original copy of Murahachibu’s best album, Live +1, and when the first track “Ahhh!!” kicked in, I was in love. W hen Yuri moved out, I hid the Murahachibu record in the hope she’d forget it. She didn’t .Since then I’ve bought every Murahachibu record I can find, but originals are rare, as the band were pretty obscure and never even bothered to record a studio album. Simon Bartz, tokyo �

3. Kiyoshiro Imawano Best known to this writer as the perennial closer of Fuji Rock—and fellow patron of a favorite Shibuya curry shop—Kiyoshiro Imawano was an unmistakable presence. With a shock of teased hair, makeup and outlandish garb, he expertly blended T-Rex glam-rock swagger with New York Dolls androgyny. Rising to fame as part of RC Succession, which originally formed as the Clover in 1966, the impish Imawano was a raspyvoiced leprechaun who refused to grow old—or grow up. Prancing about the bandstand, he dared you to stay seated or ignore his imprecations— whether you liked his unsubtle rock ‘n’ roll or not. Imawano was also an antinuclear activist and, in the wake of Fukushima, appears prescient. After Chernobyl, he penned a cover of “Summertime Blues” with new lyrics warning of the risks posed

by the increasing number of nuclear reactors in Japan. But the album, Covers, was quashed by RC Succession’s label Toshiba EMI, a subsidiary of the same Toshiba Corporation that builds nuclear reactors. The company issued a press release that the record had been canceled because it was “too wonderful to be released.” RC Succession went on to issue Covers from its original label, Kitty Records, in 1988, when it became the group’s only Number One album. In a sign of the reverence with which Imawano is regarded in Japan, more than 40,000 fans turned out for his funeral when he died of cancer at 58 in May 2009. DG �

4. Shinki Chen Shinki Chen is a Japanese rock legend as much for what he hasn’t done as for what he has. Since his 1972 eponymous solo album, the guitar god has given up recording and lived the life of a recluse. What makes this so tantalizing is that when he broke upon the scene he was hailed as the “Japanese Hendrix.” Born in Yokohama in 1949 to Chinese parents, Chen was unusual not only for his looks—tall with cascading Afro hair and a cigarette dangling from his lips (a kind of proto-Slash)—but also for his uncompromising rock ‘n’ roll attitude. Starting out playing folk, he graduated through a Ventures-type surf group before becoming obsessed with The Kinks and The Yardbirds, playing increasingly psychedelic blues-rock between stints in the Japanese version of the musical Hair and periods sleeping rough on the Shinjuku streets. In 1970, with keyboard wizard Hiro Yanagida, he recorded



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the legendary Food Brain album, then went on to form Speed, Glue, and Shinki, a threesome, where the two other members were nicknamed after their respective addictions. In these various combos Chen’s guitar oozes expressiveness along with the don’t-give-a-f**k attitude that later saw him turn his back on the music business. C.B. Liddell writes on art and music for Metropolis and The Japan Times. � http://meturl. com/895rockgod4

5. Kazuhiko Kato Originally a member of the Folk Crusaders in the ’60s, Kazuhiko Kato—Tonovan to friends—hit icon status in the ’70s when he teamed up with wife Mika to form the glam-rock-tastic Sadistic Mika Band, a pun on the Plastic Ono Band. It was his ear for melody that stood out on one of J-rock’s all-time classic albums, Kurofune, produced in Kato’s beloved England in 1974. Appearances on the BBC’s The Old Grey Whistle Test (renamed “Gley Whistle” in their honor) and a tour with Roxy Music gave Japanese rock its first showcase to an international audience. Current pretenders Abingdon Boys School paid their dues by booking the same Camden venue as SMB on their 2009 Europe tour. A true gent rarely seen in anything but a slim, smart suit, and an avid collector of antique British memorabilia that filled his stately Tokyo apartment, Kato stayed inventive until the end. He brought in Kaela Kimura for Sadistic Mikaela Band and then paired up for two delightful folk-rock releases with Koji Sakazaki (of The Alfee) as “Kazukoh.” The suicide in 2009 of a quiet man whose musical statements were the peak

of Japanese rock’s first golden age was a shock even to close friends. Robert Michael Poole is director of Something Drastic Artist Management. �

6. Friction Japanese punk had quite different origins to the UK scene, emerging organically out of the 1970s avant-garde, underground rock scene rather than in violent reaction against mainstream excesses. Thus, by the time Friction formed in 1978, founding members Reck and Chico-Hige had already been making a noise in and around Tokyo, not to mention during a sojourn in punk-rock central New York, playing in no wave screech-meisters Teenage Jesus & The Jerks and The Contortions. Friction’s early style demonstrated vocal inf lections influenced by The Sex Pistols, but veered away from pub rock-influenced guitar chug, preferring instead to slash away at sharp angles, with a scratchy, metallic guitar sound influenced more by the arty New York no wave scene and perhaps by British postpunk acts like Wire. With their background based in the Japanese underground, Friction quickly synthesized their Western influences into a style of their own, and they remain one of the country’s most influential punk generation acts. With their jittery rhythms, wiry frames, and Reck’s Lou Reed shades, their early, black-and-white concert films present a how-to guide for anyone wanting to be a cool young punk. But for me it’s perhaps the film Dumb Numb, directed by punk film veteran Sogo Ishii in 1991 long

after most remnants of Japanese punk had collapsed, that captures the band at their defiant, furious, idiosyncratic best. Ian Martin runs Call and Response Records. � http://meturl. com/895rockgod6

7. Hide Finding a rock god in Japan isn’t that easy; finding a rock god in the line-up of X-Japan is a piece of cake. The problem is picking just one. In the early days, they all looked like rock gods, with their truly monumental hairstyles, and there is no doubt that leading light Yoshiki is a rock ‘n’ roll legend. But X-Japan has only one immortal presence: the sadly-deceased-but-still-with-us Hide. The band’s guitarist died 13 years ago at age 33—most people doubt the official verdict of suicide—but he lives on. Really. When X regrouped three years ago and played a triumphant comeback gig at the Tokyo Dome, Hide also returned, playing alongside his band mates via spookily synchronised visuals. Age shall not wither his beauty—and Hide was a stunner on stage: massive hair, androgynous clothes, psychedelic guitars and creative makeup (he was a licensed beautician). But even clothes and makeup won’t give you what Hide had in spades: charisma. He loved the spotlight and just seemed to be made for the stage—at times cool and detached, at others wild and abandoned—you just couldn’t take your eyes off him. He may have departed this world, but Hide deserves his place in the pantheon of rock ’n’ roll gods. Fred Varcoe is a journalist with short hair who still thinks he has long hair. �

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8. Atsushi Sakurai Recognized as one of the founders of visual-kei, Buck-Tick is influenced by the likes of David Bowie, Sisters of Mercy and Bauhaus, and the band has explored a variety of genres including cyberpunk, goth, electronica and rock. Yet, somehow, the band remains true to its own signature sound and its name—a play on the word “firecracker” (bakuchiku). Guitarist Hisashi Imai is the band’s founder and composer, starting it in 1983 out of Fujioka. But it is Atsushi Sakurai who best embodies the Buck-Tick brand. A bad boy in high-school, “Acchan” was first recruited as the drummer, and then went on to become the vocalist and lyricist. Whether sultry, emotionally raw, or electronically distorted, Sakurai’s distinct vocals and even more distinct angry samurai looks have made him an unforgettable front man. Provocative on stage, yet modest in interviews, dressed to the nines in dark haute couture, a cat lover, Baudelaire-admirer, and a bit of a poet himself—what more could a J-rock fangirl’s heart desire? With 18 Buck-Tick studio albums, plus literary, film and solo music projects, as well as numerous collaborations (notably with Raymond Watts and Sascha Konietzko of KMFDM fame) under his impeccably styled belt, Atsushi Sakurai is a true entertainer who only gets better with age. Nina Kouprianova blames Japanese pop culture for distracting her from a PhD thesis on a totally unrelated subject. �

9. Yamataka Eye With scraggly hair and a raucous character, Tetsuro Yamatsuka is not the best candidate

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to hustle home and greet sheltered parents. Despite Yamatsuka’s predilection towards changing his DJ and production names, he’s best known as Yamataka Eye, and as a member of Boredoms—one of the greatest noise rock bands in a country equally renowned for Melt-Banana and Merzbow. Formed between 1982-1986 and likely inspired by The Birthday Party and Einstürzende Neubauten, Boredoms have rotated their membership while keeping Yamatsuka in the role of front man. Known for his atypical vocal workouts and post-production prowess, Yamatsuka was a pivotal player in the band’s most enduring album, Pop Tarti (1993), which still stands strong 18 years on. Beyond Boredoms, Yamatsuka also recorded an EP with Sonic Youth (1993’s TV Shit), worked with Bill Laswell’s band Praxis, John Zorn’s Naked City and released two brilliant live LPs in 1995 with experimental composer Yoshihide Otomo (under the underplayed alias of MC Hellshit & DJ Carhouse). Thrown together in disseminated ways, Yamatsuka is a rock kami unto himself—hair awry and all. Andrez Bergen is a journalist and Japanese music groupie, from noise and taiko through its more dulcet J-pop moments. �

10. Cornelius Keigo Oyamada—known best under nom de musique Cornelius—put Japanese indie music on the map—both in Japan and overseas. Son of famed Hawaiian band vocalist Satoshi Mihara, Oyamada grew up an avid collector of obscure Western music, and

right out of high-school signed a record deal for his neo-acoustic act Flipper’s Guitar. The young band ushered in the Shibuya-kei wave of Western-minded domestic indies, introducing an increasingly sophisticated youth to diverse musical influences such as C86, bossa nova, Italian film soundtracks and Madchester. After Flipper’s sudden breakup in 1991, Oyamada kept busy, taking on the Planet of the Apes-inspired moniker Cornelius, releasing hit albums The First Question Award and 69/96, forming seminal indie label Trattoria (home to Citrus, Salon Music, and Seagull Screaming Kiss Her Kiss Her), and doing ads for hair mousse Uno. He did not etch his name in musical history, however, until 1997’s Fantasma—a meta-musical, headphone-optimized concept album that perfectly meshed retro-future visions of the 1960s with 1990s jungle breaks, kitschy sampling, and references to Elephant 6. This reputation of genius later spread overseas thanks to constant touring in the West and some high-profile remixes of pop stars like Beck. In recent years, Oyamada has moved into increasingly minimalist directions with albums Point (2001) and Sensuous (2006), and over the last half-decade has mostly popped up playing guitar for other members of the Japanese music pantheon, such as Yellow Magic Orchestra and Yoko Ono. As a musician, I am grateful to Cornelius’ music for re-defining what was possible for pop music, and as music fans, we can all thank him for championing an innovative stream of Japanese acts whom we would not have otherwise heard. W. David Marx is Chief Editor of Neojaponisme. �



11. Tamio Okuda Born in 1960s Hiroshima where he developed a lasting love for the pop sensibilities of The Beatles, Tamio Okuda rose to prominence during the band boom of the mid-’80s, fronting experimental rock-pop five-piece Unicorn. When the band split in 1993, Okuda retained his management deal with Sony, and released the solo albums 29 and 30 in homage to his ripening age. The albums’ blues arrangements and staccato vocal phrases showcased his rich, bruised voice. He soon found himself writing songs for Sony’s fresh-faced new pop duo Puffy (alongside Yosui Inoue), including mega-hit debut single “Asia No Junshin.” Several million sales later, he remains one of Japanese rock’s most affable artists, gamely collaborating with performers as diverse as pop chick Kaela Kimura, underground heroes HiGE and The Who’s session bassist Pino Palladino. The occasional experimental live show and his strong songwriting chops have inspired a whole new generation of Japanese musicians. “If you start out trying to make people laugh, you can go anywhere from there,” he told me when I interviewed him during Unicorn’s 2009 reunion tour—and it is this guiding principal that has made him such an enduring and loveable icon 24 years later. Daniel Robson writes on Japanese music for NME and CNN and runs monthly event Bad Noise. � http://meturl. com/895rockgod11

12. Guitar Wolf Clad in f ull-piece motorc ycle leat her and sunglasses, sporting greased hair and rude looks, garage punk band Guitar Wolf has been

delivering high-octane performances since their formation in 1987. The group is selfdescribed as “Japan’s Greatest ‘Jet’ Rock ‘n’ Roll Band,” a genre they coined themselves in homage to the sounds of Joan Jett, the Ramones, and the other great hard rock bands of the ’70s. With screaming vocals, loud guitars and Chuck Berry harmonies that meet the metal age, Guitar Wolf takes the archetypal elements of rock ‘n’ roll to the very extreme. Their live show is every bit as intense. Guitar Wolf Seiji has presence unlike any other rock front man. He swings his hips, jumps off amplifiers, windmill-strums his guitar, and sweats up a storm. Guitar Wolf’s vintage aesthetic and indefatigable energy puts the Yoyogi greaser boys to shame. The band has even garnered success in America, touring extensively and attracting the attention of legendary indie rock label Matador Records. For proof of the band’s rock prowess, pick up the 2000 film Wild Zero, a rock flick in which the band fights the onslaught of the zombie apocalypse with nothing other than the deified power of rock ‘n’ roll. I first saw the film when I was a college freshman. I enrolled in firstyear Japanese the following autumn. Ethan Green blogs as An American Werewolf in Tokyo: �

13. Boris I decided it was time to give life in Asia a try at about the same time I discovered Boris. I had just had my mind thoroughly blown by Boris’ album Pink, and as I looked into them more, I figured any place that could produce a band


this multifaceted deserved to be explored. Off to Japan I went. Apart from superlatives describing their talent, eclectic is probably the best way to describe Boris. Their first album, Absolutego, was one 65-minute drone song. In the 15 years since their albums have covered a plethora of styles including stoner rock, punk, and psychedelic to name a few. The first of three outings they’ll be releasing this year, New Album once again explores new territory and is jam-packed with J-rock weirdness. The impressive thing about Boris for me is that, in spite of the many stylistic changes and extremes their music goes to—from single-chord drones to head-banging rock anthems—it’s always engaging. It’s a shame that Boris doesn’t get more attention here in their home country, because not only is this band willing to try nearly anything with their music—they are also able to make it work. Kevin Gillich—when not at a local rock concert—teaches English in Kanagawa so he can afford to go to more shows. � http://meturl. com/895rockgod13

Catch up with more gods at our very own rock Valhalla Eikichi Yazawa: © ON CO., LTD.; Hide: © HEADWAX ORGANIZATION ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.; Shinki Chen: ©1971UNIVERSAL MUSIC LLC; Buck-Tick: ©Ariola Japan Inc.; Friction: © Yasushi Saitama.; Tamio Okada: © Ki/oon Records Inc.; Guitar Wolf: © Ki/oon Records Inc.; Yamataka Eye: © commmons; Kazuhiko Kato: Courtesy of Columbia Japan; Cornelius: Courtesy of Warner Music Japan

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�  England’s International Theatre Company London (ITCL) brings another compact interpretation of Shakespeare to Japan. Under director Paul Stebbings, the troupe specializes in delivering economical yet professional productions to difficult parts of the world and in recent years has offered the only regular touring English-language theater in

Japan. Stebbings’ approach to Much Ado About Nothing, one of Shakespeare’s darkest comedies, is to try and explore its extremes, “not to flatten it by making its conflicting moods and fast changing values into one harmonious whole.” Rikkoukai Hall, June 3. See stage listings for details.

�  Expatriate French illustrator and cartoonist Vincent Lefrançois is the subject of an exhibition at the French Institute. Lefrançois is a two-decade resident of Fukuoka and is best known for adapting the work of renowned Japanese manga-ka Jiro Taniguchi into French. “Vagabondages” (“Wanderings”) includes a series of classrooms that Lefrançois painted at the French Institute to forge a bond between visitors, students and the arts. The other part of the show displays his cartoon series A Wandering Mind, which ran until recently in the Asahi Weekly. The French Institute, until May 31. See exhibition listings (Shinjuku/Ikebukuro) for details.


Courtesy of The French Institute

exhibition Vagabondages

Courtesy of Something Drastic

Max Rodriguez

quake aid Nigerian Union in Japan Tsunami Benefit gig Switch 3 �  Aussie rockers Switch 3 bring their febrile mash-up of punk, metal and melody to Japan for a tour that includes a three-night trawl of Tokyo’s live houses. Formed in Canberra in 2002, founders brothers Maf and Ben Davis drew on influences from The Cure to Iron Maiden to create an amalgam of styles that combines

layered guitars with virtuosic drumming. For a taste of what to expect check out their latest album Calm Before, an aural assault that takes a darker turn than Switch 3’s previous work. ACB, May 25; Chelsea Hotel, May 26; and Eggman, May 27. See concert listings (popular) for details.

�  For all its ethnic homogeneity, Tokyo is also a city of many cultures. Rarely do they mingle. For those who’d like to take a step toward integration, the Nigerian Union in Japan is holding a fundraiser at Academy Hall in Ikebukuro to help those affected by the tsunami. With refreshments, speakers and a big donation drive, the event welcomes all unfamiliar faces. Support the best possible cause and get to know the guys who work the blocks you party on. Dreux Richard Academy Hall, May 29. See community listings for details.

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Agenda Listings hot list 21 Concerts 21 Stage 21 Dance 21 Clubbing 22 Exhibitions 24 Sports 24 Festivals 24 Forums & Expos 24 Bazaars & Markets 25 Community 25 Learning 25 TV Picks

Concerts Popular The Go! Team

English rock band with eclectic influences. May 20, 7pm, ¥5,500. Liquidroom, Ebisu. Tel: Smash 03-34446751.

Avril Lavigne Canceled

Angsty Canadian singersongwriter. May 21, 5:30pm; May 22, 3pm, ¥7,000-¥16,000. Saitama Super Arena, Saitama. Tel: Creativeman 03-34626969.

Kabuto Metal

Two-day metal fest with Story Of The Year, Morbid Angel and others. May 21-22, 3:30pm, ¥8,500 (one day)/¥16,000 (both days). Liquidroom, Ebisu. Tel: Smash 03-3444-6751.

Greenroom Festival

Two-day outdoor J-indie fest with Emi Meyer, Mountain Mocha Kilimanjaro and others. May 21-22, 1pm, ¥8,000 (one-day pass)/¥15,000 (two-day pass). Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse, Nihon-Odori. Tel: Creativeman 03-34626969.

Katy Perry

Pop singer on her California Dreams tour. May 23-24, 7pm, ¥6,500. Studio Coast, Shin-Kiba. Tel: Creativeman 03-3462-6969.


Reunited ’80s pop rockers. May 23, 7pm, ¥8,000¥9,000. Pacifico Yokohama, Minatomirai. May 24, 7pm, ¥8,000-¥9,000. Nippon Budokan, Kudanshita. Tel: Udo 0570-09-3333.

Seiko Omori

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(one day)/¥15,000 (two days). Wakasu Park, Shin-Kiba. Tel: Creativeman 03-3462-6969.

Sense of Wonder

Alternative music fest with ooioo, Predawn, Kahimi Karie and others. May 28, 10am, ¥10,000. Kasama Artforest Park, Tomobe.

Finland Fest 2011

Finnish heavy metal band with Amorphis. Jun 14, 7pm, ¥7,350-¥8,400. Shibuya-AX, Harajuku. Tel: Creativeman 03-3462-6969.

Piano-centric group tours their new album. May 29, 6pm, ¥7,500-¥8,500. Showa Women’s University Hitomi Memorial Hall, Sangenjaya. May 31-Jun 1, 7pm, ¥7,500¥8,500. Nippon Budokan, Kudanshita. Tel: Udo 0570-093333.

’80s American power ballad group. Jun 13-14, 7pm, ¥7,500¥8,500. C.C. Lemon Hall, Harajuku. Tel: 03-3463-3022.

Children of Bodom

Midnight Star

03-3462-6969. Scottish singer-songwriter. Sep 1, 7pm, ¥6,500. O-East, Shibuya. Tel: Smash 03-34446751.


Lucia di Lammermoor

KT Tunstall

Peter White & Mindi Abair Smooth jazz guitarist and saxophonist. May 20-21, 7 & 9:30pm, ¥8,400-¥10,500. Cotton Club, Tokyo. Tel: 03-3215-1555.

Tomita Lab

Jazz keyboardist Keiichi Tomita and friends. May 20, 5:30pm, ¥8,400. Blue Note, Omotesando. Tel: 03-54850088.

Tuck & Patti

’80s electro funk band. Jun 23-24, 7 & 9:30pm, ¥8,400¥10,500. Cotton Club, Tokyo. Tel: 03-3215-1555.

Texas band Wild Tribe with local support from Extinct Government. May 29, 4:30pm, ¥1,900 (adv)/¥2,200 (door). Antiknock, Shinjuku. Tel: 03-3350-5670.



One Draft

J-rock trio tour their new album. Jun 1, 6pm, ¥3,800. Laforet Museum, Meiji-Jingumae (Harajuku). Tel: Creativeman 03-3462-6969.

French indie pop band. Jun 25, 6pm, ¥6,300. Yokohama Bay Hall, MotomachiChukagai. Jun 30, 7pm, ¥6,300. Liquidroom, Ebisu. Tel: Creativeman 03-3462-6969.

Cheryl Bentyne

The Posies


J-rock group tour their new album. Jul 1, 7pm, ¥2,800. Club Quattro, Shibuya. Tel: Creativeman 03-3462-6969.

Jazz bass player with Scott Kinsey and Gene Lake. May 31-Jun 2, 7 & 9:30pm, ¥7,000¥9,000. Cotton Club, Tokyo. Tel: 03-3215-1555.


Dionne Warwick

Punk Addict Vol.56

Alternative power pop group with vocalist Caroline of Mice Parade. Jun 1, 7pm, ¥5,500. Club Quattro, Shibuya. Tel: Smash 03-3444-6751.


Japanese indie rock band tour their new album. Jun 1, 6pm, ¥2,500. Unit, Daikanyama. Tel: Smash 03-3444-6751.


NYC-based jam band returns home. Jun 2, 7pm, ¥4,000. Club Quattro, Shibuya. Tel: Smash 03-3444-6751.

Scafull King

Japanese indie rock band. Jun 2, 6pm, ¥4,000. Studio Coast, Shin-Kiba. Tel: Smash 03-34446751.

Asami Izawa

Japanese singer-songwriter tours her new album. Jun 4, 7pm, ¥2,000 (adv)/¥2,500 (door). Short Link Circuit, Roppongi. Tel: 03-3470-7315.

Michael Monroe

Former Hanoi Rocks frontman with Hardcore Superstar. Jun 3, 6:30pm, ¥6,900. Studio Coast, Shin-Kiba. Tel: Creativeman 03-3462-6969. Japanese hip-hop trio. Jun 3, 7pm, ¥3,800. Unit, Daikanyama. Tel: Smash 03-3444-6751.

Bleeding edge rock from Esie, Jonny, Six, Mothercoat and The Cold Tommy. Jun 4, 6pm, ¥2,000 (adv)/¥2,500 (door). Shibuya Milkyway, Shibuya. Tel: 03-6416-3227. www.

Kumi Koda

Japanese indie rock veteran. May 25, 7pm, ¥3,000. O-East, Shibuya. Tel: Smash 03-34446751.

J-pop diva on her Déjà Vu tour. Jun 10, 6:30pm; Jun 11, 5pm; Jun 12, 4pm, ¥7,800. Tokyo International Forum Hall A, Yurakucho. Tel: Kyodo 0570-064-708.

Sum 41

New Acoustic Camp

Rocks Tokyo 2011


Unplugged jam band. Jun 10, 7pm, ¥3,500. Duo Music Exchange, Shibuya. Tel: Smash 03-3444-6751. Japanese alternative rock duo. Jun 11, 7pm, ¥3,300. Liquidroom, Ebisu. Tel: Smash 03-3444-6751.

J-pop unit from Osaka with Soul’d Out. Jun 25, 6pm, ¥4,000. Zepp Tokyo, Aomi. Tel: Creativeman 03-3462-6969.

Tahiti 80

Masked heavy metal band. Jul 1, 7pm, ¥3,000-¥3,500. Shibuya-AX, Harajuku. Tel: Creativeman 03-3462-6969.


Visual-kei band. Jul 7, 7pm, ¥3,500. Zepp Tokyo, Aomi. Tel: Creativeman 03-3462-6969.

Back Drop Bomb

Japanese indie rockers. Jul 13, 7:30pm, ¥3,200. O-West, Shibuya. Tel: Smash 03-34446751.

Cash Cash

American rock band with Holiday Parade. Jul 14-15, 6:30pm, ¥5,000. The Game, Shibuya. Tel: Creativeman 03-3462-6969.

The Cherry Coke$

Celtic-influenced punk band. Jul 15, 7:30pm, ¥2,800. Liquidroom, Ebisu. Tel: Creativeman 03-3462-6969.

Eastern Youth

Japanese rock trio. Jul 15, 7:30pm, ¥3,500. O-East, Shibuya. Tel: Smash 03-34446751.

The Music

English alternative rock band. Jul 27, 7pm, ¥6,500. Shibuya-AX, Harajuku. Tel: Smash 03-3444-6751.

Fuji Rock Festival ‘11

Coldplay, Yellow Magic Orchestra and many others. Jul 29-31, 9am, ¥16,800 (one-day pass)/¥39,800 (three-day pass). Naeba Ski Resort, Tsuchitaru. Tel: Smash 03-3444-6751. www.


Filipina jazz vocalist and band. May 24-25, 7 & 9:30pm, ¥7,350. Blue Note, Omotesando. Tel: 03-54850088. Manhattan Transfer vocalist. May 24-27, 7 & 9:30pm, ¥7,500¥9,500. Cotton Club, Tokyo. Tel: 03-3215-1555.

Matthew Garrison

Grammy-winning soul singer. Jun 2-3, 8pm; Jun 4, 7pm, ¥19,950. Blue Note, Omotesando. Tel: 03-54850088.

Emi Meyer

Japanese-American singersongwriter tours her new album. Jun 5, 7pm, ¥4,000 (adv)/¥4,200 (door). Club Quattro, Shibuya. Tel: Plankton 03-3498-2881.


Jazz funk trio. Jun 5, 7 & 9:30pm, ¥6,300. Blue Note, Omotesando. Tel: 03-54850088.

Mike Stern

Jazz fusion guitarist and band. Jun 6, 7 & 9:30pm, ¥9,500-¥10,500. Cotton Club, Tokyo. Tel: 03-3215-1555. Jun 8-10, 7 & 9:30pm; Jun 11, 6 & 8:45pm, ¥8,400. Blue Note, Omotesando. Tel: 03-54850088.

Jef Neve Trio

Jazz keyboardist and band. Jun 8-10, 7 & 9:30pm, ¥1,000¥3,000. Cotton Club, Tokyo. Tel: 03-3215-1555.

Ron Carter

Veteran jazz bassist with Russell Malone and Mulgrew Miller. Jun 16-17, 7 & 9:30pm; Jun 18-19, 6 & 8:45pm, ¥8,400. Blue Note, Omotesando. Tel: 03-5485-0088.


Cuban guitarist and band. Jul 6-8, 7 & 9:30pm, ¥7,500¥9,500. Cotton Club, Tokyo. Tel: 03-3215-1555.


Underworld, Primal Scream, Jamaica and others. Aug 12, 10pm, ¥9,000. Makuhari Messe, Kaihin-Makuhari. Tel: Creativeman 03-3462-6969. sonicmania

Così fan tutte

Summer Sonic 2011

Madama Butterfly

Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Strokes and others. Aug 13-14, 12pm, ¥15,000 (one-day pass)/¥27,000 (two-day pass). Makuhari Messe, KaihinMakuhari. Tel: Creativeman

La Bohème

Anna Netrebko and New York’s Metropolitan Opera perform the Puccini opera. Jun 8, 7 & 19, 7pm; Jun 11, 3pm, ¥24,000¥64,000. NHK Hall, Harajuku. Tel: Japan Arts Pia 03-57743040.

Jazz guitar and vocal duo. May 17-18, 7 & 9:30pm; May 21-22, 6 & 8:45pm; ¥8,400. Cotton Club, Tokyo. Tel: 03-32151555.

Saiko vol.8: Rock Chick’s Revenge

Two-day outdoor J-rock festival featuring Polysics, Kegawa no Maries and others. May 28-29, 12pm, ¥8,500

Japanese indie rock band. Jun 12, 6pm, ¥2,500. Club Quattro, Shibuya. Tel: Smash 03-34446751.

Ben Folds Five

Switch 3

Canadian pop punk band. May 27, 7pm; May 28, 6pm, ¥6,500. Studio Coast, Shin-Kiba. Tel: Creativeman 03-3462-6969.


Night Ranger


Ken Yokoyama

Electro-rock: De De Mouse, Joseph Nothing Orchestra and others. Jun 11, 7pm, ¥3,500. WWW, Shibuya. Tel: Smash 03-3444-6751.

Scandinavian metal bands Korpiklaani, Lapko, Mygrain and Moonsorrow. May 28, 5pm, ¥5,800. Liquidroom, Ebisu. Tel: Creativeman 03-3462-6969.

Unplugged singer-songwriter with Sayuri Hara and others. May 23, 7pm, ¥1,000. Muryoku Muzenji, Koenji. Tel: 03-33377735. Australian punk band. May 25, 6:30pm, ¥1,500 (adv)/¥1,800 (door). ACB Hall, Shinjuku. Tel: 03-3205-0901. May 26, 7pm, ¥1,500 (adv)/¥2,000 (door). Chelsea Hotel, Shibuya. Tel: 03-3770-1567. May 26, 6:30pm, ¥2,000 (adv)/¥2,500 (door). Eggman, Shibuya. Tel: 03-34961561.


Mozart’s comic opera performed in Italian. May 29, Jun 5, 8 & 11 2pm; Jun 2, 6:30pm, ¥1,500-¥26,250. New National Theater, Hatsudai. Tel: 03-5351-3011. Puccini opera starring Latvian soprano Kristine Opolais. Jun 1 & 12, 2pm; Jun 6 & 9, 6:30pm, ¥1,500-¥21,000. New National Theater, Hatsudai. Tel: 03-5351-3011.

Diana Damrau and New York’s Metropolitan opera perform the Donizetti opera. Jun 9, 6:30pm; Jun 12, 3pm; Jun 16, 6:30pm; Jun 19, 12pm, ¥24,000-¥64,000. Tokyo Bunka Kaikan, Ueno. Tel: Japan Arts Pia 03-57743040.

Don Carlo

Barbara Frittoli and New York’s Metropolitan opera perform the Verdi opera. Jun 10 & 15, 6pm; Jun 18, 3pm; Jun 19, 12pm, ¥24,000¥64,000. NHK Hall, Shibuya. Tel: Japan Arts Pia 03-57743040.

29, 3pm, ¥1,500-¥6,300. New National Theater, Hatsudai. Tel: 03-5351-3011.

Romeo and Juliet

Prokofiev ballet choreographed by Kenneth MacMillan. Jun 25-26, 29 & Jul 2, 2pm; Jul 3, 7pm, ¥1,500-¥12,600. New National Theater, Hatsudai. Tel: 03-5351-3011.

Clubbing Friday 20 Ageha

Fever. Hip-hop: DJs Sn-Z, Hazime, etc. Live: Kan and more. 11pm, ¥3,500. Koto-ku.


Time Capsule. Techno, house: DJs Kimura, Wada, etc. 10pm, ¥3,000. Shibuya. Tel: 03-61456231.


Stage Beauty and the Beast

Japanese version of the Disney musical. Ongoing, various times, ¥3,000-¥9,800. Shiki Theatre Natsu, Oimachi. Tel: 03-5776-6730. www.

Blue Man Group in Tokyo

Painted performance art troupe from the US. Ongoing, various times, ¥7,500(S)/¥8,500 (poncho seats). Blue Man Theater, Roppongi. Tel: 03-5414-3255.


Latest installment of a series of plays teaming veteran directors with young playwrights. Until May 22, various times, ¥3,150-¥5,250. New National Theater, Hatsudai. Tel: Ticket Pia 0570-000-777.

La Tempête

Director George Lavaudant blends A Midsummer Night’s Dream and The Tempest. May 20-21, 7pm, ¥6,500. Setagaya Public Theater, Sangenjaya. Tel: 03-5432-1526.

Much Ado About Nothing Shakespeare comedy performed by The International Theatre Company London. Jun 3, 6pm, ¥5,000 (adv)/¥5,500. Rikkoukai Hall, Shinbanba. Tel: 03-3471-3200.


Musical on the life of Mitsuko Aoyama, who emigrated to Europe in the 19th Century. Jun 11-Jun 29, various times, ¥3,000-¥15,000. Aoyama Theatre, Omotesando. Tel: Kyodo 0570-064-708.


Japan premiere of Frank Wildhorn’s gothic musical. Aug 20-Aug 31, various times, ¥6,000-¥20,000. Tokyo International Forum Hall C, Yurakucho. Tel: Kyodo 0570-064-708.

Dance The Sleeping Beauty

NNTT director David Bintley presents the Tchaikovsky ballet. May 21, 1:30 & 6:30pm; May 22, 1:30pm, ¥5,000¥18,000. Tokyo Bunka Kaikan, Ueno. Tel: 03-3828-2111.

The Dream

NNTT director David Bintley presents the Mendelsohn ballet with the short work Daphnis and Chloe. May 27, 6:30pm; May 28-29, 3pm, ¥5,000-¥18,000. Tokyo Bunka Kaikan, Ueno. Tel: 03-38282111.

Dance To The Future 2011

The National Ballet of Japan gets an injection of contemporary dance. May 28, 6pm; May

Tokyo Shake. Trance, hip-hop: DJs Ozawa, Tora, etc. 9pm, price TBA. Shibuya. Tel: 03-5428-5195. www.clubatom. com

Club Asia

Yeah!!! Electro: DJs Van Cliffe D, Sarasa, etc. 11pm, ¥3,500 w/1d. Shibuya. Tel: 03-5458-2551


Liberation. House, techno: DJs Osamu, Kiuchi, etc. 10pm, ¥3,000. Nishi-Azabu. Tel: 03-5775-6206.


Fashion Fridays. Mixed genre. 11pm, men ¥3,500 w/ 2d, women ¥2,500 w/2d. Azabu-Juban. Tel: 03-35866383.


Home Disco Light. Hip-hop: DJs Hasebe, Yanatake, etc. 12am, ¥2,000 w/1d. Shibuya. Tel: 03-5784-5496. www.


Natraja.Dubstep, bass music: DJs Osam, Dubinch, etc: Live: Quarta330 and more. 11pm, ¥2,500 w/1d. Shibuya. Tel: 03-3464-8432.

The New Matrix Bar

Matrix Friday. Old school hip-hop, west side, south side, all mix: DJ Ykk and more. 6pm, ¥1,000 (after 11:30pm). Roppongi. Tel: 03-3405-1066.

The Room

Champ. Rare groove: DJs Tominaga, Oibon, etc. 10pm, ¥2,500 w/1d. Shibuya. Tel: 03-3461-7167.

The Ruby Room

Beer Pong. All mix. 8pm, ¥1,500 w/1d. Shibuya. Tel: 03-37803022. www.rubyroomtokyo. com


Quiss Volume 2. All girl DJs: DJs Qp, Sacra, etc.: Swim wear fashion show. 10pm, men ¥3,000 w/1d, women ¥2,000 w/1d. Omotesando. Tel: 03-5778-4777.


Pink! House: DJs Daishi Dance, Mitomi, etc. 10pm, ¥3,500. Azabu-Juban. Tel: 03-62300343. www.warehouse702. com


Trouble House. House: DJ Emma. 11pm, ¥3,500. Shibuya. Tel: 03-5459-1383. www.

Saturday 21 Ageha

Tech Mode 2011. DJs Ken Ishii, Kaoru Inoue, etc. 11pm, ¥3,500. Koto-ku. www.ageha. com

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Agenda Listings Air

Defected in the House - ATFC. House: DJs Atfc, Nozaki, Musiqconcierge, etc. 10pm, ¥3,500, dB UKi guestlist: ¥2,000 (email: info@dbuki. com). Shibuya. Tel: 03-61456231.


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Love Love Night. All mix: DJs Dragon, Mitsuu, etc. 10pm, ¥2,500 w/1d. Shibuya. Tel: 03-6145-6231. www.air-tokyo. com

Tokyo Rave. Trance, hip-hop: DJs Ozawa, Tora, etc. 9pm, price TBA. Shibuya. Tel: 03-5428-5195. www.

Salon de Disco. Trance, J-pop: DJs Hosaka, Tora, etc. 9pm, price TBA. Shibuya. Tel: 03-5428-5195. www.clubatom. com

Club Asia


In Business. Funk, soul: DJs Jin, Kuroda, etc. 11pm, ¥3,000 w/1d. Shibuya. Tel: 03-5458-2551. http://asia.


Fred P New Album Release Japan Tour. Techno, house: DJs Fred P, Nobu, etc. May 21. 10pm, ¥3,500. Nishi-Azabu. Tel: 03-57756206. www.go-to-eleven. com


Anima. Tech house, techno: DJs Ettoo, Tsutsui, etc. 12am, ¥2,000. Shibuya. Tel: 03-5784-5496. www.


Think Big. Hip-hop: DJs Kashi da Handsome, Ryuhei, etc. 10pm, ¥2,500 w/1d. Shibuya. Tel: 03-34648432. www.module-tokyo. com

The New Matrix Bar

Saturday Night Fever. Hip-hop, R&B, reggae: DJ Ykk and more. 6pm, ¥1,000 (after 10pm). Roppongi. Tel: 03-3405-1066. www.

The Room

Vision. House, crossover: DJs Kent, Kawasaki, etc. 9pm, ¥2,500 w/1d. Shibuya. Tel: 03-3461-7167. theroom. jp

The Ruby Room

Cat House. Rock: DJs Take, Ucky. Live: Clack Nash and more. 5pm, ¥2,000 w/1d. Shibuya. Tel: 03-3780-3022.


Mixpedia. DJs Towa Tei, Tamaki, etc. Live: Atom. 12am, ¥3,500. Daikanyama. Tel: 03-5459-8630. www.


Black List. Luxurious Chic Event: DJs Cedoric, Beno, etc. 11pm, men ¥5,000 w/1d, women ¥4,000 w/1d. Omotesando. Tel: 03-57784777.


Armada. Techno, tech house: DJs Groove Patrol, Y2k, etc. 11pm, ¥3,000. Azabu-Juban. Tel: 03-62300343. www.warehouse702. com


Tres Vibes. DJs Dan Ghenacia, Otsuki, etc. 11pm, ¥4,000. Shibuya. Tel: 03-5459-1383. www.womb.

Sunday 22 Atom

Manplan04. Techno, house: DJs Nakamura, Goro, etc. 10pm, ¥2,000 w/1d. Nishiazabu. Tel: 03-57756206. www.go-to-eleven. com


Monday Martinis. Mixed genre. 9pm, ¥1,000 w/ 2d. Azabu-Juban. Tel: 03-35866383.


Asobihouse. House, deep house: DJs Takizawa, Yossy, etc. 12am, ¥2,000 w/1d. Shibuya. Tel: 03-5784-5496. www.microcosmos-tokyo. com


Pre Basement Soul. House, dance classics: DJs Shuta, Hitoshi, etc. 10pm, ¥1,500 w/1d. Shibuya. Tel: 03-34648432. www.module-tokyo. com


Us. House, techno: DJs Osamu, Wada, etc. 10pm, ¥2,500 w/1d. Azabu-Juban. Tel: 03-62300343. www.warehouse702. com


Vs. Electro, techno: DJs Alyn, Yoshiki, etc. 10pm, ¥1,500 w/1d. Shibuya. Tel: 03-54591383.

Tuesday 24 Air

Iro Mono. Techno, house: DJs Igarashi, Kyotaro, etc. 10pm, ¥2,500 w/1d. Shibuya. Tel: 03-6145-6231. www.air-tokyo. com


Style. Trance, hip-hop: DJs Kenzi, Tora, etc. 9pm, price TBA. Shibuya. Tel: 03-54285195.


Club Asia

Bomboclat Night. Reggae: DJs Spicy Chocolate, Asian Star, etc. 11pm, ¥2,500 w/1d. Shibuya. Tel: 03-5458-2551.


Soundpost meets Sideshow. Techno, house: DJs Seki, Ktyng, etc. 10pm, ¥2,000 w/1d. Nishi-Azabu. Tel: 03-57756206.


House Clapperz. DJs Maar, Jommy, etc. 12am, ¥1,000 w/1d. Shibuya. Tel: 03-5784-5496.


Reezent Me. Techno, jungle: DJs Yogurt, Mori, etc. 10pm, ¥2,000. Shibuya. Tel: 03-34648432.

The Room

Oto no Minamoto. Hip-hop, crossover: DJs Kanno, Bara, etc: Live: KeepLoose and more. 10:30pm, ¥2,000 w/1d. Shibuya. Tel: 03-3461-7167.


Call Forth. Deep house, house: DJs Silva, Show5, etc. 10pm, ¥2,500 w/1d. Azabu-Juban. Tel: 03-6230-0343. www.


Page7. Techno: DJs Yasuhiro, You, etc. 10pm, ¥1,500. Shibuya. Tel: 03-5459-1383.

Friday 27 Air

Zettai Mu. Dub, techno: DJs Baku, Kuranaka, etc. 10pm, ¥3,000. Shibuya. Tel: 03-61456231.

Club Asia

Upbeat. House: DJs Tasaka, Yamariki, etc. 11pm, ¥3,000 w/1d. Shibuya. Tel: 03-54582551.

The Ruby Room


Open Mic. Live. 7pm, ¥1,000 w/2d. Shibuya. Tel: 03-37803022. www.rubyroomtokyo. com

Museum. House: DJs Morita, Maar, etc. 10pm, ¥3,000. Nishi-Azabu. Tel: 03-57756206.

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Rock Star. Fashion and DJ event: DJs Arther, Gtmk, etc. 11pm, men ¥3,000 w/1d, women ¥2,000 w/1d. Omotesando. Tel: 03-57784777.



Interactive. House, techno. 10pm, ¥1,000 w/1d. NishiAzabu. Tel: 03-5775-6206.


Easy Skanking. Reggae: DJs Bana, Ucchie, etc. 7pm, ¥1,500 w/1d. Shibuya. Tel: 03-34648432. www.module-tokyo. com


The Ruby Room

Yuragi. Deep house: DJs Kiichiro, Gara, etc. 5-10pm, ¥1,500 w/1d. Shibuya. Tel: 03-3461-7167.

DNA. Trance, hip-hop: DJs Kenzi, Tora, etc. 9pm, price TBA. Shibuya. Tel: 03-54285195.


The Room

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Donutz. House, techno: DJs Kyoko, Yummy, etc. 10pm, ¥2,500 w/1d. Shibuya. Tel: 03-6145-6231. www.air-tokyo. com

StarK. House, techno: DJs Yummy, Omata, etc. 5pm, ¥2,000 w/1d. Shibuya. Tel: 03-3464-8432.

Carnival. Trance, hip-hop: DJs Hosaka, Kenzi, etc. 9pm, price TBA. Shibuya. Tel: 03-5428-5195. www. Cell Generation. Hip-hop, electro: DJs Yu-Ki, Bunta, etc. 12am, ¥2,500 w/1d. Shibuya. Tel: 03-5784-5496. www.

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The Room Bar. Bar style: DJs 33queen, Yoko, etc. 6pm, free. Shibuya. Tel: 03-3461-7167. String Experiment. DJs Hata, Haru, etc. 8pm, price TBA. Shibuya. Tel: 03-3780-3022.


Black. Black music: DJs Sachiho, Sugi, etc. 10pm, ¥2,500 w/1d. Azabu-Juban. Tel: 03-6230-0343. www.

Kats’. Electro, disco: DJs Mongoloid, Kango, etc: Live: Wise and more. 10pm, ¥3,500 w/1d. Azabu-Juban. Tel: 03-6230-0343. www.


So Very Show. Breakbeats, drum ‘n’ bass: DJs Luke Vibert, U-Ziq. 11pm, ¥4,000. Shibuya. Tel: 03-5459-1383. www.

Exhibitions Akasaka/Roppongi Fujifilm Square

Meiji Portraits. Photography. Until Jun 30, free. Yomiuri Photo Contest Winners. Photography. May 20-26, free. Tetsuya Shimizu: Shiragami. Photography. May 20-26, free. Open daily 10am-7pm. 9-7-3 Akasaka, Minato-ku. Nearest stn: Roppongi. Tel: 03-62713350.

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Jun Igarashi: The Construction of a State. Painting. Until Jun 18, free. Open Tue-Sat 11am-6pm (Fri until 7pm), closed Sun-Mon & hols. 3F, 1-24-3 MinamiAoyama, Minato-ku. Nearest stn: Nogizaka. Tel: 03-34021010.

Mori Art Museum

French Window: Looking at Contemporary Art Through The Marcel Duchamp Prize. Various media. Until Jul 3, ¥500 (MS and under)/¥1,000 (HS, univ)/¥1,500 (adult). Taguchi Yukihiro. Painting. Until Jul 3, ¥500 (MS and under)/¥1,000 (HS, univ)/¥1,500 (adult). Open Wed-Mon 10am-10pm, Tue 10am-5pm. 6-10-1 Roppongi, Minato-ku. Nearest stn: Roppongi. Tel: 03-5777-8600.

Mori Arts Center Gallery

Sky Planetarium Gallery II. Installation. Until Jun 26, ¥800 (MS and under)/¥1,300 (HS, univ)/¥1,800 (adult). Open Sun-Thu 11am-10pm, Fri-Sat 11am-11pm. 52F Roppongi Hills Mori Tower, 6-10-1 Roppongi, Minato-ku. Nearest stn: Roppongi. Tel: 03-57778600 www.roppongihills. com/art/macg www.

New Otani Art Museum

Bernard Buffet’s Vision in France and Japan. Painting. Until May 29, free (hotel guests)/¥200 (elem, MS)/¥500 (general). Open Tue-Sun 10am-6pm, closed Mon. 6F The Garden Court, 4-1 Kioi-cho, Chiyoda-ku. Nearest stn: Akasaka-Mitsuke. Tel: 03-3221-4111. www.

Nichido Contemporary Art

NCA Collection. Various media. Semi-permanent exhibition, free. Open Tue-Sat 11am-7pm, closed Sun-Mon. 4-3-3 Hachobori, Chuo-ku. Nearest stn: Hatchobori. Tel: 03-35552140.

Suntory Museum of Art

In Pursuit of a Dream: The Collection Today. Painting. Until May 22, free (MS and under)/¥1,000 (HS, univ)/¥1,300 (adult). Open Wed-Sat 10am-8pm, Sun-Mon & hols 10am-6pm, closed Tue. 9-7-4 Akasaka, Minato-ku. Nearest stn: Roppongi. Tel: 03-3479-8600. www.suntory. com/culture-sports/sma

The National Art Center, Tokyo

Impressionist and Post-Impressionist Masterpieces from the National Gallery of Art. Painting. Jun 8-Sep 5, ¥700 (high school)/¥1,200 (univ)/¥1,500 (adult). Open Wed-Mon 10am-6pm, closed Tue. 7-22-2 Roppongi. Nearest stn: Roppongi, exit 4. Tel: 03-6812-9900.

Wako Works of Art

Carl Richter & Cy Twombly: New Works. Painting. Until May 21, free. Open Tue-Sat 11am-7pm, closed Sun, Mon & hols. 3F Pyramid Bldg, 6-6-9 Roppongi, Minato-ku. Nearest stn: Roppongi. Tel: 03-6447-1820.

Yokoi Fine Art

Maki Fukuda. Painting. Until May 21, free. Open Tue-Sat 11am-7pm, closed Sun-Mon & hols. 1-4-3 Higashi-Azabu, Minato-ku, Tokyo-to. Nearest stn: Akabanebashi or Kamiyacho. Tel: 03-6276-0603.

Ginza/Kyobashi/ Tokyo Art Statements

Shunsuke Francoise: Nanjo. Various media. Until Jun 19, free. Banana Bona: Life is a Fast Food. Illustration. Until Jun 18, free. Open Tue-Sat 12pm-7pm, closed Sun-Mon & hols. 3-2-12 Ebisu-Minami, Shibuya-ku. Nearest stn: Ebisu. Tel: 03-37127708.

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Aujik: Cathexis. Various media. Until May 21, free. Open Mon-Sat 11:30am-7pm, closed Sun & hols. 3-6-5 Kyobashi, Chuo-ku. Nearest stn: Kyobashi. www2.kb2-unet.

Bridgestone Museum

Postwar Abstract Painting in France and Art Informel. Painting. Until Jul 6, free (MS and under)/¥700 (HS, univ)/¥800 (65 and over)/¥1,000 (adult). Open Tue-Sat 10am-8pm, Sun & hols 10am-6pm, closed Mon. 1-10-1 Kyobashi, Chuo-ku. Nearest stn: Tokyo, Yaesu central exit. Tel: 03-3563-0241. www.

Creation Gallery G8

The Truth About Yusuke Kawamura. Illustration. Until May 20, free. Open Tue-Sun 11am-7pm, closed Mon. 8-4-17 Ginza, Chuo-ku. Nearest stn: Ginza.

Galerie Saoh & Tomos

Momoko Takekoshi. Painting. Until May 20, free. Open Mon-Sat 11am-7pm, closed Sun. 11-3-1 NihombashiHoncho, Chuo-ku. Nearest stn: Mitsukoshi-mae. Tel: 03-32716693.

Galerie Nichido

Nicole Bottet. Painting. Jul 3-14, free. Open Mon-Fri 10am-7pm, Sat-Sun 11am-6pm. 5-13-6 Ginza, Chuo-ku. Nearest stn: Yurakucho. Tel: 03-3571-2553.

Galerie Sho

Beautiful Portfolio, Wonderful Matching. Painting. Jun 3-Jul 9, free. Open Mon-Fri 11am-7pm, Sat 11am-5pm, closed Sun. B1 Sansho Bldg, 3-2-9 Nihombashi, Chuo-ku. Nearest stn: Nihombashi, exit B1. Tel: 03-3275-1008.

Ginza Graphic Gallery

Koichi Sato. Various media. Until May 31, free. Open Mon-Fri 11am-7pm, Sat 11am-6pm, closed Sun & hols. DNP Ginza Bldg, 7-7-2 Ginza, Chuo-ku. Tel: 03-3571-5206. Nearest stn: Ginza.

Ginza Nikon Salon

Sang-ill Lee: Koshu Mangwoldong. Photography. Until May 24, free. Open daily 10am-7pm. 10-1-7 Ginza, Chuo-ku. Nearest stn: Ginza. Tel: 03-5537-1434. activity/salon

Guardian Garden

Nakaban: This Far Land. Painting. Until Jun 9, free. Open daily 12pm-7pm (Wed until 8:30pm). B1, 7-3-5 Ginza, Chuo-ku. Nearest stn: Shimbashi. Tel: 03-5568-8818.

Idemitsu Museum of Arts

The Beauty of Flowers and Birds. Painting. Until Jun 19, free (MS and under)/¥700 (HS, univ)/¥1,000 (adult). Open Tue-Sun 10am-5pm (Fri until 7pm), closed Mon. Teigeki Bldg. 9F, 3-1-1 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku. Nearest stn: Yurakucho or Hibiya. Tel: 03-3213-9402. www.idemitsu.

Megumi Ogita Gallery

Bidou. Painting. Until May 28, free. Open Tue-Sat 11am-7pm, closed Sun-Mon. 2-16-12 Ginza, Chuo-ku. Nearest stn: Ginza. Tel: 03-3248-3405. www.

Mitsubishi Ichigokan Museum, Tokyo

Tea Party a la Japonaise from the Davey Collection. Ceramics. Jul 14-Aug 21, ¥500 (elem, MS)/¥1,000 (HS, univ)/¥1,400 (adult). Open Wed-Fri 10am-8pm, Tue, Sat-Sun & hols 10am-6pm, closed Mon. 2-6-2 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku. Nearest stn: Nijubashimae or Marunouchi. Tel: 03-57778600.

Mitsui Memorial Museum

Treasures From the Museum Collection. Various media. Until Jun 19, free (MS and under)/¥700 (HS, univ)/¥1,200 (adult). Open Tue-Sun 10am-5pm, closed Mon. 7F Mitsui Main Bldg, 2-1-1 Nihombashi-Muromachi, Chuo-ku. Nearest stn: Mitsukoshimae. Tel: 03-5777-8600. www.

Mitsuo Aida Museum

The Power of Words, the Power of Writing. Calligraphy. Until Jul 3, ¥200 (elem)/¥500 (MS, HS, 70 and over)/¥800 (general). Open Tue-Sun 10am-5:30pm, closed Mon. B1 Tokyo International Forum Glass Building, 3-5-1 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku. Nearest stn: Tokyo. Tel: 03-6212-3200. www.mitsuo.

Ring Cube Gallery

Onward: Project Basho Photography Prize Winners. Photography. Until May 22, free. Open Wed-Mon 11am-8pm, closed Tue. 8-9F San-Ai Dream Center, 5-7-2 Ginza, Chuo-ku. Nearest stn: Ginza. Tel: 03-3289-1521.

Shiodome Museum

Georges Rouault: Paysages. Painting. Until Jul 3, ¥200 (elem, MS)/¥300 (HS, univ)/¥400 (65 and over)/¥500 (general). Open Tue-Sun 10am-6pm, closed Mon. 4F, 1-5-1 HigashiShimbashi, Minato-ku. Nearest stn: Shiodome. Tel: 03-5777-8600. www.mew.

Shiseido Gallery

Ritsue Mishima. Painting. Until Jun 12, free. Open Tue-Sat 11am-7pm, Sun 11am-6pm, closed Mon. 8-8-3 Ginza, Chuo-ku. Nearest stn: Shimbashi. Tel: 03-3572-3901. www.


The National Museum of Modern Art, Craft & Design

Masuda Mitsuo’s Bracing Metal Chasing: And Tomimoto Kenkichi. Metalwork. Until Jun 26, free (18 and under, 65 and over)/¥450 (univ)/¥850 (general). Open Tue-Sun 10am-5pm, closed Mon. 1-1 Kitanomaru Park, Chiyoda-ku. Nearest stn: Takebashi, exit 1B. Tel: 03-5777-8600 (Hello Dial).


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Nezu Museum

Imari Kaiemon and Nabeshima Wares. Ceramics. May 28-Jul 3, free (MS and under)/¥1,000 (HS, univ)/¥1,200 (adult). Open Tue-Sun 10am-5pm, closed Mon. 6-5-1 Minami-Aoyama Minato-ku. Nearest stn: Omotesando. Tel: 03-34002536. www.nezu-muse.


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Ukiyo-e Ota Memorial Museum of Art

Oedo Fashion. Prints. Until May 26, free (MS and under)/¥500 (HS, univ)/¥700 (adult). 1-10-10 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku. Tel: 03-5777-8600. Open Tue-Sun 10:30am-5:30pm, closed Mon. Nearest stn: Harajuku, Omotesando exit.




Zeit-Foto Salon

The Fruits of Adventures. Photography. Until May 28, free. Open Tue-Fri 10:30am-6:30pm, Sat 10:30am-5:30pm, closed Sun-Mon. 4F Matsumoto Bldg, 1-10-5 Kyobashi, Chuo-ku. Nearest stn: Kyobashi. Tel: 03-35357188.


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Agenda Listings Shibuya/Ebisu Art Front Gallery

Ramon Todo: 700 Basalt. Sculpture. Until Jun 12, free. Open Tue-Sun 11am-7pm, closed Mon. Hillside Terrace A, 29-18 Sarugakucho, Shibuya-ku. Tel: 03-3476-4868. Nearest stn: Daikanyama. www.

Bunkamura Gallery

Eros/Thanatos. Various media. Until May 30, free. Open daily 10am-7:30pm. 2-24-1 Dogenzaka, Shibuya-ku. Tel: 03-34779174. Nearest stn: Shibuya. gallery

Bunkamura: The Museum

Vermeer: The Geographer and Flanders. Painting. Until May 22, ¥700 (elem, MS)/¥1,000 (HS, univ)/¥1,400 (adult). 2-24-1 Dogenzaka, Shibuya-ku. Open Sun-Thu 10am-7pm, Fri-Sat 10am-9pm. Tel: 03-3477-9111. Nearest stn: Shibuya. www.bunkamura.

Nadiff Gallery

Kosuke Ichikawa: Flowers. Painting. Until May 29, free. Open daily 12pm-8pm. 1-18-4 Ebisu, Shibuya-ku. Nearest stn: Ebisu. Tel: 03-3446-4977. www.nadiff. com

Parco Factory

Taro Okamoto: The Face is Cosmos. Various media. May 20-Jun 20, ¥200 (students)/¥300 (adults). Open daily 10am-9pm. 6F Parco Part 1, 15-1 Udagawacho, Shibuya-ku. Nearest stn: Shibuya. Tel: 03-3477-5873. www.

Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography Photographs of Children: Children and War. Photography. Until Jul 10, free (elem)/¥250 (MS, 65 and over)/¥400 (univ)/¥500 (general). Josef Koudelka: Invasion 68: Prague. Photography. Until Jul 18, free (elem)/¥250 (MS, 65 and over)/¥400 (univ)/¥500 (general). Open Tue-Sun 10am-6pm (Thu & Fri until 8pm). 1-13-3 Mita Meguro-ku Tokyo. Nearest stn: Ebisu. Tel: 03-3280-0099. www.

Yamatane Museum of Art

A Profusion of Flowers. Painting. Until Jun 5, free elem, MS)/¥1,100 (HS, univ)/¥1,300 (adult). Open daily, 10am-5pm. 3-12-36 Hiroo, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo. Nearest stn: Hiroo. Tel: 03-5777-8600. www.

Shinjuku/ Ikebukuro Ancient Orient Museum The Glory of Persia. Various media. Until May 22, ¥150 (elem, MS)/¥500 (HS, univ)/¥500 (adult). Open daily 10am-5pm. 3-1-4 Higashi-Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku. Tel: 03-57778600. Nearest stn: HigashiIkebukuro. net/~aom

B Gallery

Ayaco Nakamura: Silence. Photography. Until May 31, free. Open daily 11am-8pm. 6F Beams Japan, 3-32-6 Shinjuku. Nearest stn: Shinjuku. Tel: 03-5368-7309.

Epson Imaging Gallery epSite

Takashi Honma: Yuki/Under Construction. Photography. Until May 26, free. Open Mon-Sat 10:30am-6pm, closed Sunday. 1F Shinjuku

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Hiromart Gallery Tokyo

Claudia Ahlering: Internal Organs. Painting. Until May 29, free. Open Wed-Sun 1-7pm, closed Mon-Tue. 1-30-7 Sekiguchi, Bunkyo. Nearest stn: Edogawabashi or Waseda. Tel: 03-6233-9836. www.

Konica Minolta Plaza

Norifumi Inagaki: West Tibet Mt. Kailas. Photography. Until May 30, free. Yuu Uchiyama: Time on the Waterfront. Photography. Until May 30, free. Open daily 10:30am-7pm. 4F Shinjuku Kono Bldg, 3-26-11 Shinjuku. Nearest stn: Shinjuku. Tel: 03-3225-5001.

Roonee 247 Photography Kazuyo Shino. Photography. Until May 22, free. Open Tue-Sun 12pm-7pm, closed Mon. 4-11 Yotsuya, Shinjuku-ku. Nearest stn: Yotsuya-Sanchome. Tel: 03-3341-8118. www.roonee. com

Shinjuku Nikon Salon

Megumi Ichikawa. Photography. Until May 30, free. Open daily 10am-7pm. 28F Shinjuku L Tower, 1-6-1 Nishi-Shinjuku. Nearest stn: Shinjuku. Tel: 03-3344-0565.

Sokyu-sha Gallery

Masakazu Sugiura: Back Alleys. Photography. Until May 29, free. 3F, 1-3-5 Shinjuku. Tel: 03-3358-3974. Open daily 1-7pm. Nearest stn: ShinjukuGyoenmae. www.sokyusha. com

Sompo Japan Museum of Art Giovanni Segantini: Views of the Alps. Painting. Until Jul 3, free (MS and under)/¥300 (HS, univ)/¥500 (general). Open Tue-Sun 10am-6pm, closed Mon. 42F, 1-26-1 Nishi-Shinjuku. Nearest stn: Shinjuku. Tel: 03-5405-8686. museum

The French Institute

Vincent Lefrançois: Wandering. Illustration. Until May 31, free. Open Mon 12pm-8pm; Tue-Fri 9:30am-8pm; Sat 9:30am-7pm; Sun 9:30am-6pm. 15 Ichigayafunagawaracho. Nearest stn: Ichigaya. Tel: 03-5206-2500.

Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Art Museum

20th Century Poster Typography. Graphics. Until Jul 3, ¥400 (HS and under, 65 and over)/¥640 (univ)/¥800 (general). Open daily 10am-6pm. 5-21-9 Shirokanedai, Minato-ku. Nearest stn: Meguro, west exit or Shirokanedai, exit 1. Tel: 03-3443-0201.

Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery

Honma Takashi: New Documentary. Painting. Until Jun 26, ¥600 (elem, MS)/¥800 (HS, univ)/¥1,000 (adult). Open Tue-Thu & Sun 11am-7pm, Fri-Sat 11am-8pm, closed Mon. 3-20-2 Nishi-Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku. Nearest stn: Hatsudai. Tel: 03-5353-0756.

Wako Works of Art

Carl Richter & Cy Twombly: New Works. Painting. Until May 21, free. Open Tue-Sat 11am-7pm, closed Sun, Mon & hols. 101/103 3-8-2 Nishi-Shinjuku. Nearest stn: Roppongi. Tel: 03-6447-1820. www.wako-art. jp

Ueno Edo-Tokyo Museum

Gohyaku Rakan: Works From Zozoji Temple. Painting.

Until May 29, free (MS and under)/¥650 (HS, 65 and over)/¥1,040 (univ)/¥1,300 (general). Open Tue-Sun 9:30am-5:30pm (Sat until 7:30pm), closed Mon & hols. 1-4-1 Yokoami, Sumidaku. Nearest stn: Ryogoku. Tel: 03-3626-9974. www.

National Museum of Nature and Science

Jewelry from the Deep Sea. Jewelry. Until May 29, ¥500 (HS and under)/¥1,300 (general). Open Tue-Sun 9am-5pm (Fri until 8pm), closed Mon. 7-20 Ueno Park, Taito-ku. Nearest stn: Ueno. Tel: 03-5777-8600. www.

The National Museum of Western Art

Rembrant: The Quest for Light, the Temptation of Darkness. Painting. Until Jun 12, free (HS and under)/¥450 (univ)/¥850 (adult). Open Tue-Sun 9:30am5:30pm, closed Mon. 7-7 Ueno Park, Taito-ku. Nearest stn: Ueno. Tel: 03-3828-5131. www.

Tokyo National Museum

Sharaku. Prints. Until Jun 12, free (MS and under)/¥900 (HS)/¥1,200 (univ)/¥1,500 (adult). Open Tue-Sun 9:30am5pm, closed Mon. 13-9 Ueno Park, Taito-ku. Nearest stn: Ueno. Tel: 03-3822-1111. www.

Other Areas Amuse Museum

Japanese Beauty. Textiles. Until Oct 10, free (preschool)/¥500 (elem, MS)/¥800 (HS, univ)/¥1,000 (adult). Open daily 10am-6pm. 2-34-3 Asakusa, Taito-ku. Nearest stn: Asakusa. Tel: 03-5806-1181. www.

Gallery A4

Hizuchi Elementary School and Masatsune Matsumura: The Possibilities of Modernism. Architecture. Until Jun 3, free. Open Mon-Fri 10am-6pm, closed Sat-Sun & hols. Takenaka Komuten Tokyo Office 1F, 1-1-1 Shinsuna, Koto-ku. Nearest stn: Toyocho. Tel: 03-6660-6011.

Galerie Paris

Noriko Nagano. Painting. May 9-May 14, free. 14 Nihon Odori, Naka-ku, Yokohama. Open Mon-Sat, 11am-6pm. Nearest stn: Nihon Odori. www.

Hara Museum of Contemporary Art

Mickalene Thomas. Mama Bush: One of a Kind Two. Painting. Until Jun 12, ¥500 (elem, MS)/¥700 (HS, univ)/¥1,000 (adult). Open Tue-Sun 11am-5pm (Wed until 8pm), closed Mon. 4-7-25 Kita-Shinagawa, Shinagawa-ku. Nearest stn: Shinagawa. Tel: 03-3445-0651

Hoki Museum

Special Commemorative Exhibition: From the Collection. Various media. Until May 22, free (MS and under)/¥1,000 (HS, univ, 65 and over)/¥1,500 (general). Open Mon, Wed-Thu & Sat 10am-6pm, Fri 10am-7pm, Sun 10am-5pm, closed Tue. 3-15 AsumigaokaHigashi, Midori-ku, Chiba. Nearest stn: Toke (JR Sotobo Line). Tel: 043-205-1500. www.

Kawamura Memorial Museum of Art

Flowerscapes. Painting. Until Aug 21, ¥500 (HS and under)/¥700 (univ, 65 and over)/¥900 (general). Open Tue-Sun 9:30am-5pm, closed Mon. 631 Sakado, Sakura-shi. Nearest stn: Sakura, free shuttle bus available. Tel: 04-3498-2131. http://

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Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo

Kohei Nawa: Synthesis. Sculpture. Jun 11-Aug 28, free (elem and under)/¥650 (MS, HS)/¥1,000 (65 and over, univ)/¥1,300 (general). Open Tue-Sun 10am-8pm, closed Mon. 4-1-1 Miyoshi, Koto-ku. 4-1-1 Miyoshi, Koto-ku. Nearest stn: Kiyosumi-Shirakawa. Tel: 03-5245-4111.

National Museum of Japanese History

The Koshaku Family Album. Photography. Until May 29, free (MS and under)/¥250 (HS, univ)/¥420 (general). Open Tue-Sun 9:30am-4:30pm, closed Mon. 117 Jonaicho, Sakura-shi, Chiba. Nearest stn: Sakura. Tel: 043-486-0123.

Nerima Art Museum

Platform. Various media. Until May 29, free (MS and under, 75 and over)/¥300 (HS, univ, 65-74)/¥500 (general). Open Tue-Sun 10am-6pm, closed Mon. 1-36-16 Nukui, Nerima-ku. Nearest stn: Nakamurabashi. Tel: 03-35771821. museum

Setagaya Art Museum

The Dream of an Italian Room. Sculpture. Until Jun 30, ¥500 (elem, MS)/¥800 (HS, univ, 65 and over)/¥1,000 (general). Open Tue-Sun 10am-6pm, closed Mon. 1-2 Kinuta-koen, Setagaya-ku.Nearest stn: Yoga. Tel: 03-3415-6011. www.

Sogo Museum of Art

Mizu Kaneko. Various media. Until Jun 5, free (MS and under)/¥800 (HS, univ)/¥1,000 (adult). 2-18-1 Takashima, Nishi-ku, Yokohama. Tel: 045-465-5515. Open daily 10am-8pm. Nearest stn: Yokohama. www2.sogo-gogo. com/common/museum

The Museum of Modern Art, Hayama

Hattula Moholy-Nagy: Light Laboratory. Photography. Until Jul 10, free (MS and under)/¥100 (HS)/¥450 (65 and over)/¥750 (univ, under 20)/¥900 (general). Open Tue-Sun 9:30am-5pm, closed Mon. 2208-1 Isshiki, Hayama, Kanagawa. Nearest stn: Zushi. Tel: 046-875-2800. www.

6:15pm; May 21, 1pm. ¥2,500¥4,500. Chiba Marine Stadium, Makuhari, Chiba Prefecture. Tel: 03-5682-6341. ––Seibu Lions vs. Chunichi Dragons. May 20, 6pm; May 21, 1pm. ¥800-¥22,000. Seibu Dome, Tokorazawa. Tel: 04-2925-1151. ––Yokohama BayStars vs. Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters. May 22, 2pm; 23, 6pm. ¥2,500-¥4,500. Yokohama Stadium. Tel: 045-6639999/045-661-1251. ––Yakult Swallows vs. Fukuoka Softbank Hawks. May 22-23, 6pm. ¥1,500¥4,500. Jingu Stadium, Gaienmae. Tel: 03-32115555/03-3354-2366. ––Yomiuri Giants vs. Orix Buffaloes. May 22, 2pm; May 23, 6pm. ¥1,000-¥12,000. Tokyo Dome, Korakuen. Tel: 03-3817-6085. ––Yakult Swallows vs. Orix Buffaloes. May 25-26, 6pm. ¥1,500-¥4,500. Jingu Stadium, Gaienmae. Tel: 03-32115555/03-3354-2366. ––Yomiuri Giants vs. Fukuoka Softbank Hawks. May 25-26, 6pm. ¥1,000-¥12,000. Tokyo Dome, Korakuen. Tel: 03-38176085. ––Yokohama BayStars vs. Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles. May 26, 6pm. ¥2,500¥4,500. Yokohama Stadium. Tel: 045-663-9999/045-6611251. ––Chiba Lotte Marines vs. Yomiuri Giants. May 28, 6pm ; 29, 2pm. ¥2,500-¥4,500. Chiba Marine Stadium, Makuhari, Chiba. Tel: 03-5682-6341. ––Seibu Lions vs. Yakult Swallows. May 28, 1pm; May 29 2pm. ¥800-¥22,000. Seibu Dome, Tokorazawa. Tel: 04-2925-1151. ––Chiba Lotte Marines vs. Yakult Swallows. May 31-Jun 1, 6:15pm. ¥2,500-¥4,500. Chiba Marine Stadium, Makuhari, Chiba Prefecture. Tel: 03-56826341. ––Seibu Lions vs. Yomiuri Giants. May 31-Jun 1, 6pm. ¥800-¥22,000. Seibu Dome, Tokorazawa. Tel: 04-29251151.


Nichirei Ladies. Jun 17-19, 8am. ¥2,200-¥5,000. Sodegaura Country Club, Shinsode Course, Chiba. Tel: 043-2282221.


Kayo Kubodera. Painting. Until Jul 10, free. 2-1-3 HigashiShinagawa, Shinagawa-ku. Tel: 03-5479-4555. Open daily 11:30am-10:30pm. Nearest stn: Tennozu Isle.

––Diamond Cup. May 26-29, 8am. ¥4,000-¥5,000. Chiba Country Club, Umesato Course, Chiba. Tel: 0570-000777/0570089999. ––Citibank Cup Shishido Hills. Jun 2-5, 8am. Shishido Hills Country Club, Ibaraki. Tel: 03-3585-7381.

Urawa Art Museum


TY Harbor Brewery

Seiichi Horiuchi: Travel, Picture Books and Design. Various media. Until Jun 26, ¥200 (elem, MS)/¥400 (HS, univ)/¥600 (general). Open Tue-Fri 10am-5pm, Sat-Sun 10am-8pm, closed Mon. 3F Urawa Century City, 2-5-1 Naka-cho, Urawa-ku, Saitama. Nearest stn: Urawa. Tel: 048-827-3215. www.uam.

Yokohama Museum of Art

300 Years of French Painting from the Pushkin Museum. Painting. Until Jun 26, free (elem and under)/¥600 (MS)/¥1,200 (HS, univ)/¥1,500 (adult). Open Fri 10am-8pm, Sat-Wed 10am-6pm, closed Thu. 3-4-1 Minatomirai, Nishi-ku, Yokohama. Nearest stn: Sakuragicho or Minato Mirai. Tel: 045-221-0300. www.

Sports BASEBALL Interleague Games

––Chiba Lotte Marines vs. Yokohama BayStars. May 20,


Jul 10, 5:30pm. ¥4,000¥10,000. Shinjuku Face. Tel: 03-3419-0536.

MOTORCYCLING FIM Trials World Championship

Japan Grand Prix. Jun 4-5. ¥4,000. Twin Ring Motegi, Tochigi Prefecture. Tel: 0285-64-0080.

RUGBY Pacific Nations Cup

Japan vs. Samoa. Jul 2, 6:10pm. Chichibunomiya Rugby Ground, Gaienmae. Tel: 03-3401-3290.

0570-029111/048-812-1001. ––Omiya Ardija vs. Shimizu S-Pulse. May 22, 4pm. NACK5 Stadium, Omiya. Tel: 048-644-7950. ––Urawa Reds vs. Albirex Niigata. May 28, 2pm. ¥2,000¥4,500. Saitama Stadium 2002. Tel: 0570-029111/048812-1001. ––Kashiwa Reysol vs. Vissel Kobe. May 28, 2pm. ¥1,500¥5,500. Hitachi Stadium, Kashiwa. Tel: 04-71622250/0570-000777. ––Kawasaki Frontale vs. Gamba Osaka. May 29, 4pm. ¥1,500-¥6,000. Todoroki Stadium, Kawasaki. Tel: 044-739-6070.

SOFTBALL Japan Women’s Softball League

––Yokohama Round. May 28-29, 10:30am. ¥1,000. Hodogaya Stadium. Tel: 03-3481-2380. ––Chiba Round. Jun 4-5, 10:30am. ¥1,000. Chiba Sports Center Baseball Field. Tel: 03-3481-2380. ––Tokyo Round. Jun 4-5, 10:30am. ¥1,000. Akiruno Municipal Stadium. Tel: 03-3481-2380.

Festivals Itako Ayame Matsuri

Display of over one million iris flowers. May 21-Jun 26, 10am, free. Maekawa Ayame-en, Itako. ayame

Takigi Noh

Open-air torch-lit performance of a selection of scene from noh theater. May 27, 5:30pm, ¥4,000. Kawasaki-Daishi Temple, Kawasaki-Daishi. Tel: 044-266-3420.

Sanno Matsuri

A procession of 300 people dressed in ancient costumes. Jun 9-16, 10am, free. Hie-jinja Shrine, Nagatacho. http://

Forums & Expos IBP Nostalgic Car Show

Classic Japanese car expo. May 28-29, 10am, ¥1,800. Tokyo Big Sight, Kokusai-Tenjijoseimon. Tel: 050-3321-3487. www.

Bazaars & Markets Best Flea Market

Every fourth Sun, 10am-4pm. Tokyo International Forum Hall C, Yurakucho. Tel: 03-3226-6800.

Hanazono Shrine Market Every Sun, 8am-4pm. Hanazono Shrine, Shinjuku. Tel: 03-3200-3093.

Fudaten Jinja Market

Every second Sunday of the month. Fudaten Jinja, Chofu. Tel: 04-2489-0022.


Fresh vegetables from farms in Ibaraki. Every Sat, 7-9am. Roppongi Hills East Court, Roppongi. Tel: 03-6406-5285.

Umi no Koen Flea Market

Every third Sunday of the month, 10am-4pm. Umi no Koen, Hakkeijima. rinpodan@ Tel: 03-3226-6800.

Mottainai Flea Market


May 22. Ooi Racetrack, Ooi.

J. League Division 1

Nogi Shrine Market

––Yokohama F. Marinos vs. Ventforet Kofu. May 21, 3pm. ¥2,200-¥5,000. Nissan Stadium, Shin-Yokohama. Tel: 045-277-2307. ––Urawa Reds vs. Kashima Antlers. May 21, 4pm. ¥2,000-¥4,500. Saitama Stadium 2002. Tel:

Every second Sun, 5:30am3pm. Nogi Shrine, Akasaka. Tel: 03-3478-3001.

Shinagawa Intercity Flea Market

Every Sun & hols, 10am-4pm. Shinagawa Intercity, Shinagawa.

Connect with us on twitter Yasukuni Shrine Antique Market

Every Sun, sunrise-sunset. Yasukuni Shrine, Kudanshita. Tel: 03-3261-8326.

Kaiko Kinen Bazaar

200 stalls selling plants, clothes, etc. May 31-Jun 6, 10am, free. Yokohama Park, Kannai. Tel: 03-3201-3331.

Wind Bell Bazaar

Wind bells from around Japan on display and for sale. Jul 20-21, 10am, free. KawasakiDaishi Temple, KawasakiDaishi. Tel: 044-266-3420.

Community Dr. Sketchy’s Anti-Art School

Burlesque life-drawing meets cabaret with lots of food and drink. No drawing experience necessary. May 22, 5pm, ¥2,000 w/1d. The Pink Cow, Shibuya. Tel: 03-3406-5597.

PechaKucha Night

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Synecdoche, New York (M)__________________________ 5:20-7:30am W CBS Evening News_________________________________________ 7:30-8am BST MLB: Yankees vs. Orioles____________________________________ 8-11am N1 Desperate Housewives: Season 6_____________________ 11-11:45pm N2

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World Wave_____________________________________________________ 5-8am N1 MLB: Rangers vs. Phillies____________________________________ 8-11am N1 Criminal Minds: Season 5_______________________________ 11-11:50am W European Football Final: TBA_______________________ 2:20-4:10am 4

Show and tell a new design or project with designers and architects. May 25, 8:20pm, ¥1,000. SuperDeluxe, Nishi-Azabu. Tel: 03-54120515.

Sunday 22

Nigerian Union in Japan Tsunami Benefit

Monday 23

Unfamiliar faces welcome at this community donation drive. May 29, 3pm. B1 Seibu Sunshine Bldg, 1-30-6 HigashiIkebukuro. Tel: 090-6122-0024.

Open Mike Night

Try out your new material with the Tokyo Comedy Store. Every first Tue, 8pm, free. Ben’s Cafe, Takadanobaba. Nearest stn: Takadanobaba. open_mike_night

Half-Fast Cyclists

Bicyclists of all treads meet for slide shows, lectures, ride-planning, etc. Every second Wed, 7pm, free. The Pink Cow, Shibuya. Tel: 03-3406-5597., www.

Mad Cows Big Night Out

Stand-up comedy event. Jun 4, 8pm, ¥1,000. The Pink Cow, Shibuya. Tel: 03-3406-5597.

Tokyo Wine Tasting Meetup Group

Learn about wines and make new friends in an international atmosphere while enjoying gourmet food. Every last Sat, from 7pm. Restaurant venue changes monthly. Email frenchwinefriends@hotmail. com or see com/715

Learning TCS Improv Workshop

The Tokyo Comedy Store’s weekly improv workshop. All levels welcome. Real Dear, Mita. Tel: 03-5770-7401.

Cosmos Club Japanese Lessons

Group of volunteers offer basic Japanese lessons for foreigners. Every Wed, 10am-2pm, ¥2,000/month. Kudan Shogai Gakushuukan, Kudan. Nearest stn: Kudanshita. Tel: 048-7611788.

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CSI NY: Season 6_________________________________________ 10-10:50am W X-Men Origins: Wolverine (M)______________________12:50-2:40pm W Race To Witch Mountain (M)____________________________ 6:15-8pm W EPL: Man Utd vs. Blackpool_________________________________ 12-2am N1 Golf: PGA Tour: Day Final: TBA______________________________ 5-7am N1 Murderland: Season 1____________________________________ 12-2:50pm W Private Practice: Season 3________________________________3-4:40pm W Poetic Justice (M)___________________________________________1:59-4am 4

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The Sleeping Dictionary (M)_________________________ 1:30-3:30pm 12 Twelve Monkeys (M)______________________________________ 4:40-7pm W Criminal Minds: Season 5______________________________ 11pm-12am W BS World Documentary______________________________________12-1am N1

Wednesday 25

Royal Pains: Season 2_________________________________________ 1-2pm The Imaginarium Of Doctor Parnassus (M)_ _____ 5:35-7:40pm 24: Season 5_________________________________________________9-9:54pm Tennis: The French Open: Day 4___________________________ 12-5am

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CBS Evening News_________________________________________ 7:30-8am BST MLB: Athletics vs. Angeles______________________________ 11am-2pm N1 CSI Miami: Season 8_______________________________________ 2-2:50pm W Tennis: The French Open: Day 5___________________________ 12-5am W

Friday 27

PGA Golf: Crown Plaza Invitational________________________ 7-9pm N1 How I Met Your Mother: Season 1_ __________________________ 6-7pm T Repo Men (M)_____________________________________________ 10-11:55pm W Desperate Housewives: Season 6_____________________ 11-11:45pm N2

Saturday 28

The Savages (M)________________________________________________6-8am W MLB: Yankees vs. Mariners_____________________________ 11am-2pm N1 Terminator Salvation (M)____________________________ 5:30-7:40pm W Beverly Hills, 90210 #24_ ______________________________ 10-10:45pm 3

Sunday 29

Soccer J1: Cerezo Osaka vs. Omiya Ardija_ ________________1-3pm BST Baseball: Chiba Lotte Marines vs. Yomiuri Giants_______2-6pm T Killing Down (M)___________________________________________ 6-7:55pm W A Dangerous Man (M)________________________________10:10-11:48pm W

Monday 30

Boxing: Juan Manuel López vs. Orlando Salido________ 8-10pm W Alien (M)__________________________________________________ 10pm-12am N2 Medium: Season 6________________________________________ 11-11:55pm W The West Wing: Season 2_______________________________ 11pm-12am BSJ

Tuesday 31

I Love You. Man (M)________________________________________5-6:50am W Crossing Over (M)_____________________________________ 9:45-11:40am W Baseball: Saitama Seibu Lions vs. Yomiuri Giants_______6-9pm BSA Gossip Girl: Season 2_ __________________________________ 1:59-2:54am 4

Go Practice

Every Sun, 11am. Ben’s Café, Takadanobaba. Tel: 03-32022445.

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BST=BS TBS BSJ=BS Japan BSF=BS Fuji TV BSE= BS Eleven T=TwellV W=Wowow FOX=Fox Japan

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Agenda Movies By Don Morton Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides


You know, they’re going to make t h e s e t h i n g s a s l o n g a s yo u keep buying tickets. The first movie—inspired by a Disneyland ride—surprised everyone, and a $equel was inevitable. But the SFX-fuelled yo-ho-ho is wearing a bit thin, creativity-wise, in this fourth installment. Consists of about a half-dozen witless set pieces strung together, and there’s a new romance between a missionary and a mermaid. Snore. Worse, the many interior and night shots are so dimmed by the friggin’ 3-D glasses that I had a hard time figuring out who was actually talking! Even Johnny Depp’s vamping can’t save this shipwreck. (137 min) Cinemas 2 19 43 45 46 50 53 61 62 63 78 79 80 81 82 83 86 87 88 90 92 93 94 95 96 97


Inside Job


his movie will make you mad. Okay, madder. It’s as though James Bond was this time cruelly defeated and the greedy, warped villains won, taking over Wall Street and governments as well as financial rating and regulatory agencies, and even corrupting academia in order to attain untold wealth while remaining beyond the law. I don‘t pretend to understand everything that led up to the 2008 global economic meltdown or the tottering financial instruments made up by the weasels on the Street.



Title refers to a rare condition called “anesthetic awareness,” which causes sufferers to appear unconscious but remain aware while enjoying surgical procedures. In this suspensefree medical thriller, Hayden Christensen, who is arguably more interesting zonked out than awake, does a lot of scenery chewing through flashbacks, and Jessica Alba frets prettily in the waiting room. Some second-act intrigue totally unrelated to the premise provides brief defibrillation, with no one as (fill in the blank) as s/he seems to be, but it fades fast. I experienced difficulty swallowing and wanted to be sedated. (84 min) Cinema 40

The Economics of Happiness

Jackass 3D

If this film fails to offend you even once, I don’t ever want to meet you. (94 min) Cinemas 17 35 50 87 96



Mother’s Way, Daughter’s Choice


Title notwithstanding, this is more a moody revenge melodrama with a few car chases and knife fights than it is an action thriller. Dwayne Johnson (referred to only as “Driver”) winds up ten in the pen, hops into a vintage muscle car (cool) and purposefully goes after his brother’s murderers. Billy Bob Thornton (“Cop”) is a junkie policeman following Driver’s trail of bodies, and Oliver Jackson-Cohen (“Killer”), the film’s most ridiculous character, is a self-obsessed assassin hired by persons unknown to off the Rock, etc. It all devolves into a message about forgiveness, and who goes to the movies for that? Japanese title: Faster Ikari no Dangan. (100 min) Cinemas 36 85 88


A n exa m ination of the rea l effects of globalization by people on six continents who advocate a halt to the ongoing multinationalization of the planet and a move toward more human-scale efforts, stressing localization instead. The filmmakers (who should probably have hired a narrator) point out that the explosion in big business and international banking has worsened every problem we face, from species extinction and unemployment to fundamentalism and ethnic conflict. And, as the title suggests, it has all made few inhabitants of the planet happy, unless you count CEOs and bankers, and their humanity is questionable. Japanese title: Shiawase no Keizaigaku.(68 min) Cinemas 24

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But muckraking filmmaker Charles Ferguson (No End in Sight) does, lays it all out here in a clear and well-argued manner, and gets Matt Damon to narrate it. By the end of this furious and infuriating film you will understand how the deregulation begun by Reagan and supported by Clinton and the Bushes led to the outrageous state within our financial institutions in which “advisors” sell complicated derivatives based on purposefully bad mortgages to trusting customers, and then turn around and bet that they will fail. Because they’ll make more money that way. Throughout the film, you’re thinking, “Why aren’t any of these guys in jail?” Mr. Obama? Sounds like a goal we can all work toward. (108 min) Cinema 45

TV Tokyo “reporter” Kyoko Gasha fled to New York City to free herself of Japan’s sexist employment system and made a minor name for herself. Now she calls herself a “documentary filmmaker,” and offers this universally and deservedly ignored film to support that claim. It’s unfocused, narcissistic and poorly written, repeatedly meandering back to interviews with Kyoko herself justifying her inflated sense of accomplishment. Fortunately, the four other women she interviews are quite interesting. Had she stayed behind the camera, we’d have a pretty good half-hour TV program on a valid subject of interest to many. (80 min) Cinema 64

The Kids Are All Right

A smart comedy of manners about marriage, parenting and partnerships that’s more universal than alternative. (104 min) Cinemas 7 21 52 84 92 95

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Mr. Nobody

The Red Baron


Letters to Juliet


It’s hard to make one of the most feared warriors in the history of airborne combat seem boring, but this dreary, Hollywood-ish, English-language, German-made melodrama takes a pretty good rat-a-tat at it. This lifeless movie attempts to return some humanity to the lethal ace (played by a callow Matthias Schweighofer) by disingenuously portraying him as a wronged aristocrat who nobly advocated shooting down planes, not pilots, whom he quaintly respected as fellow warriors while killing 80 of them. Nice, expensive-looking dogfight sequences; should’ve spent the money on better actors and writers. (106 min) Cinema 3

A young woman (the ubiquitous A m a nd a S ey f r ie d ) d i s cove r s hidden in a wall in Verona below what’s purportedly (Romeo and) Juliet ’s balcony a 50-year-old letter from a lovesick teenager. She answers it and subsequently me ets t he now- elderly woma n (a n i nev itable Va ne s s a Redgrave). They and the woman’s priggish grandson then set out to locate her love once lost. Destino, no? Boy, flicks don’t get much chicker than this, but despite a predictable story arc and some goopy dialogue, this travelogue romantic dramedy successfully walks the cusp between mawkishness and inanity. I’ve sat through worse, and the scenery’s great. (105 min) Cinemas 5 85 88 92 95 96

black swan

It’s a rare film that can mesmerize you with beauty while it fills you with dread. Darren Aronofsky’s superbly twisted companion piece to The Wrestler shows that while the hermetic world of ballet may be a lot prettier than pro wrestling, it’s not a bit less brutal. A perfectionist ballerina is chosen to dance the lead in Swan Lake. But while she is technically perfect for the pure White Swan, she lacks the emotion, the worldly seductiveness necessary for the Black Swan, and her attempts to fix this push her already unstable psyche closer to the edge. It all comes together in a riveting third act. (107 min) Cinemas 1 27 43 45 46 53 60 61 62 63 65 78 79 80 81 82 83 84 86 88 90 92 93 94 95 96 97

Justin Bieber: Never Say Never

I like it that music documentaries teach me stu f f I d id n’t k now. Usually. I realize it’s churlish to criticize a nice, modestly talented kid, but I feel obliged to try. Because this fake movie is pure marketing, aimed solely at his squealing fans, from awww-inspiring baby pix to his grassroots “discovery.” His Youtube-fueled rise to fame is irritatingly presented as a tale of rigorous dedication rather than clever social media manipulation. Plus, golly, everyone on the tour bus is an aunt, a brother, an uncle lookin’ out for Justin (and their share of the cash calf). And I still know squat about him. (105 min) Cinemas 53 82 86

2:19 of gorgeously filmed, intricately detailed experimental cinema is not as deep is it thinks, but every bit as opaque. (139 min) Cinemas 27 96

Scott Pilgrim vs. the World

Fanboys of ’90s video games and comics will love this send-up. Sentient beings may find it juvenile and colossally pointless. Japanese title: Scott Pilgrim vs. Jaaku na Moto-kare Gundan. (115 min) Cinemas 22 85 96 97




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Hot d i re ctor Ry u ich i Honda (GS Wonderland) comes forth with a wacky, surreal comedy in the vein of Kankuro Kudo, king of the genre. B a s e d on a nove l by celebrated author Shiro Maeda, this road moviecum-dreamlike exploration opened the beloved northern Japan Yubari Fantastic Film festival in February. The story centers on Nobu (Yutaka Takenouchi) and Saki (Asami Mizukawa), newlyweds already getting tired of each other and starting to bicker. The flick starts out slow-paced, sketching the couple’s dull everyday life, and picks up as it gets more surreal—a clever technique. After meeting a bizarre fortuneteller, the couple embarks on an otherwordly romp through alternate realities—or kinds of hell. Worlds disappear into new landscapes and red-faced demons and bluish nymphs appear from nowhere. Clever, inventive and unpredictable, this unique piece borders on brilliant. English title: The Oki Family’s Fun Trip: Newlywed Hell; (121 min) Cinemas 43 54 62 84 96 97


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Ginza • Hibiya • Yurakucho

Awake: (C) 2007 AWAKE HOLDINGS LLC. All Rights Reserved; Faster: ©2011 Sony Pictures Digital Inc. All Rights Reserved.; Mother’s Way, Daughter’s Choice: Keiko Tsuyama; Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides: (C) Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved.; The Red Baron: ©2008 NIAMA-FILM GMBH; Letters to Juliet: ©2010 Summit Entertainment, LLC. All rights reserved.; Black Swan: ©2010 Twentieth Century Fox.; Justin Bieber: Never Say Never: ©2010 Paramount Pictures. All Rights Reserved.; Unknown: ©2011 DARK CASTLE HOLDINGS, LLC; The Hoax: ©2006 Hoax Distribution LLC All Rights Reserved.; Okike no Tanoshii Ryokou: Shinkon Jigoku-ken: ©映画「大木家のたのしい旅行 新婚地獄篇」製作委員会


Tokyu Hands

Prince Hotel

Sunshine 60, Sunshine City

Seibu Ikebukuro line

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Cerulean Tower




The Perfect Host

With the cops breathing down his neck, an injured bank robber (Clayne Crawford) charmingly lies his way into the home of a mild-mannered man (David Hyde Pierce) preparing for a dinner party, but before long he’s looking at jail time as a reasonable alternative. This smart, twist-ridden little indie then becomes a tense cat-and-mouse game, with alternating perceptions of who’s the bad guy as writer/director Nick Tomnay tightens the noose. A few too many plot holes, but it earns the appellation “psycho-thriller.” Good to see Pierce, best known as Dr Niles Crane on TV’s Frasier, in perfect, darkly comedic form. (94 min) Cinema 14


An American professor in Berlin for a biotechnology conference is involved in an auto accident. When he emerges from a coma four days later, his wife doesn’t r e c o g n i z e h i m a n d wo r s e , there’s a guy at the hotel with her who says he’s him and can prove it. I guess Liam Neeson liked being an action/suspense hero in Taken so much that he decided to do it again. This nicely filmed pseudo-smart film is not as good, but it keeps you guessing, at least until the mystery is explained in the final 20 minutes, but then the explanation is so ludicrous that it keeps you laughing. Liam, please go back to acting. (109 min) Cinemas 45 53 62 63 80 81 83 84 88 92 93 95 96

The Hoax

Fictionalized, “based on” potboiler about writer/con artist Clifford Irving’s audacious fake autobiography of Howard Hughes in the early ’70s. Irving (an antsy Richard Gere) and his researcher Dick Susskind (the always excellent Alfred Molina) almost pulled it off, convincing the McGraw Hill brass that their faked interviews with the reclusive billionaire industrialist had actually taken place. They were brought down just days before publication when the real Hughes denounced them in an on-air phone interview. It’s no Catch Me If You Can, but a mildly intriguing couple of hours nonetheless. (115 min) Cinema 33

Blue Valentine

Unflinching autopsy of a decaying marriage for people tired of those happily-ever-after rom-coms. (114 min) Cinemas 7 43

other areas (no map)

Cinema Key Ginza/Yurakucho/ Hibiya 1. Toho Cinemas Nichigeki (033574-1131) 2. Marunouchi Piccadilly (03-3201-2881) www. 3. Marunouchi Louvre (03-32147761) 4. Toho Cinemas Yurakuza (033571-1946) 5. Human Trust Cinema Yurakucho (03-6259-8608) 6. Yurakucho Subaruza (03-3212-2816) 7. Toho Cinemas Chanter (033591-1511) 8. Toho Cinemas Scala-za/ Miyuki-za (03-3591-5358) 10. Marunouchi Toei (03-35354741) 11. Cine Switch Ginza (03-35610707) 12. Ginza Theatre Cinema (033535-6000) 13. Ginza Cine Pathos (03-3561-4660) 14. Togeki (03-3541-2711) www.

Shibuya 15. Shibuto Cine Tower (03-54894210) 16. Shibuya Tokyu (03-3407-7219) 17. Shibuya Toei (03-54675773/5774) http://theaters. 19. Shibuya Cine Palace (03-34613534) www.mitsuba-inc. 20. Shibuya Humax Cinema (03-3462-2539) 21. Cine Quinto (03-3477-5905) 22. Cinema Rise (03-3464-0051) 24. Uplink X (03-6825-5503) 25. Le Cinema (03-3477-9264) cinema

27. Human Trust Cinema Shibuya (03-5468-5551) 29. Cinemavera Shibuya (03-3461-7703) www. 30. Eurospace (03-3461-0211) 33. Theater N Shibuya (03-54892592) 34. Theatre Image Forum (03-5766-0114) www.

Shinjuku 35. Shinjuku Tokyu Milano Building (03-3202-1189) 36. Shinjuku Cinema Square Tokyu (03-3202-1189) 40. Shinjuku Musashinokan (03-3354-5670) http:// 41. Kadokawa Cinema Shinjuku (03-5361-7878) www. 42. Cinemart Shinjuku (03-5369-2831) 43. Shinjuku Wald 9 (03-5369-4955) 44. Theatre Shinjuku (03-3352-1846) 45. Shinjuku Piccadilly (03-5367-1144) www. 46. Ikebukuro Humax Cinemas (03-5979-1662) 47. Shin Bungeiza (03-3971-9422)

Ikebukuro 48. Ikebukuro Tokyu (03-3971-2727) 49. Ikebukuro Theatre Dia (03-3983-9793) 50. Cinema Sunshine Ikebukuro (03-3982-6388) 51. Ikebukuro Cinema Rosa (03-3986-3713) 52. Cine Libre Ikebukuro (03-3590-2126)

53. Toho Cinemas Roppongi Hills (03-5775-6090) 54. Cinemart Roppongi (03-5413-7711) 57. Iwanami Hall (03-3262-5252) 58. Jimbocho Theater (03-52815132) 60. Ueno Tokyu (03-3831-6620) 61. Shinagawa Prince Cinema (03-5421-1113) http://princecinema. 62. United Cinema Toyosu (03-6219-3000) 63. Cinema Mediage Odaiba (03-5531-7878) 64. Pole-Pole Higashi-Nakano (03-3371-0088) 65. Kichijoji Toa Kogyo (0422-48-6521) 66. Kichijoji Baus Theater (0422-22-3555) 67. Kichijoji Plaza (04-2222-5336) http://movie. 68. Kineka Omori (03-3762-6000) 69. Waseda Shochiku (03-3200-8968) 70. Ginrei Hall (03-3269-3852) 71. Shinbashi Bunka (03-3431-4920) http://movie. 77. Toho Cinemas Kinshicho (03-5637-1040) 72. Meguro Cinema (03-34912557) 73. Sangenjaya Cinema (03-3421-3322) http://movie. 74. Sangenjaya Chuo (03-3421-4610) http://movie. 76. Rakutenchi Cinemas Kinshicho (03-3631-7020)

78. Heiwajima Cinema Sunshine (03-5764-8801) 79. 109 Cinemas Kiba (03-5683-0109) 80. United Cinema Toshimaen (03-5912-9800) 81. Warner Mycal Cinemas Itabashi (03-3937-1551) 82. Toho Cinemas Minami-Osawa (042-679-6180) 83. Warner Mycal Cinemas ShinYurigaoka (044-965-1122) 84. Cinecitta Kawasaki (044-223-3190) 85. 109 Cinemas Kawasaki (0570-007-109) 109cinemas. net 86. Toho Cinemas Kawasaki (044-230-1122) 87. Movil (045-311-0330) 88. 109 MM Yokohama (045-664-0109) 89. Yokohama New Theatre (045-261-2995) http:// yokohamanewtheatre.web. 90. Warner Mycal Cinemas Minato Mirai (045-222-2525) 91. Toho Cinemas Lalaport Yokohama (045-929-1040) 92. Movix Saitama (048-600-6300) 93. United Cinema Iruma (04-2965-9999) 94. Toho Cinemas Ichikawa Colton Plaza (047-314-0055) 95. Cinema Ikspiari (047-305-3855) 96. Kyosei Roza (043-225-6355) 97. YokohamaBurg 13 (045-222-6222)

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If you’ve ever been disappointed with overpriced, tiny portions of Japanesestyle “Chinese food,” then Amur Chinese Dining Hitoekizoku (1F Nakada Bldg, NishiKameari, Katsushika-ku; 03-3603-6118) is for you. A typical shitamachi old-town haunt, this small, chic restaurant is a bit off-center. You could adopt the ways of a hitoekizoku (a commuter who walks an extra train stop for exercise) only to negate the effects by stuffing yourself with their voluminous and delicious “one-coin” lunch meal, which includes a main, soup, rice and salad for only ¥500. You can’t go wrong with any dish—the owner-chef earned his spoons at one of Akasaka’s Michelin-starred restaurants.

With thousands of soba shops ranging from expensively exquisite to cheap and mediocre, it’s only at a rare spot like Yabuchu (6-1-5 Shibamata, Katsushika-ku; http://yabuchu. where you can fill up with fresh, made-from-scratch buckwheat noodles and still be wallet-friendly. Cold soba starts at ¥600—and you can triple it for an extra ¥200. You won’t be surprised at the long line outside after you try the kamozeiro—cold soba with hot duck dipping sauce (¥1,100)—and the “zanmi” special set (¥1,400), which goes excellently with their buckwheat shochu or reishu. If you’re not up for the queue, Yabuchu’s other branch is just five minutes away on the temple walk (7-7-8 Shibamata). Margarita

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restaurant review Elegant French dining in a quiet corner of Aoyama By Mayumi Burgener


n a quiet corner of Aoyama a one-minute walk from Omotesando station, a stand-alone building houses the French restaurant Reims Yanagidate. A soft-spoken, unctuous (but slightly contemptuous) garçon greets you when you push open the heavy, oversized wooden door. The premises may not be spacious, but as with other restaurants in Tokyo, it is elegant and the seating is comfortable. With no music in the background, a whisper can be heard across the table. It is so popular with Japanese diners that when we made a reservation, they told us we would have to wait two weeks for a table on the weekend. We opted for the chef’s recommendation, and were delighted from the start. The amuse-bouche was

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colorful layers of rich red tomato purée, white crab meat tartare and pastel-orange carrot mousse delicately positioned in a small glass. It was thrilling for the taste buds—the luscious, creamy mousse and subtle tang of the purée created a pleasant sensation that promptly required a glass of white wine. The first appetizer was white asparagus blanc-manger with a slice

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Mayumi Burgener

“ Mor nin g wood” is somethin g gentle men have when they wake up. It’s also the translation of Asadachi (1-2-14 NishiShinjuku;, a hole-in-the-wall food hut whose specialty is extraordinary stamina food. As one of the cluster of ramshackle izakaya in Shomben Yokocho (“Piss Alley”)—now known more poetically as Omoide Yokocho (“Memory Lane”)—Asadachi offers seasonal treats from across the nation. Some of the offerings, in alphabetical order, are: acorn barnacle, basashi, frog, monkfish liver, pig testicle and uterus, salamander, sea squirts and turtle feet. The dishes and prices depend on what’s freshly available at the market.

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of lobster meat, lobster bisque and caviar, followed by a second, deux terrine des conger et foiegras (anago, foie gras terrine and cinnamon-flavored bread) and a large spoonful of diced tuna marinated in olive oil with chopped olive and mint. Moist and flavorful, the combination of bread, foie gras and anago balanced in perfect harmony. The third appetizer was a cocktail of oyster and cauliflower purée garnished with a deep-fried, shredded root vegetable. A courteous waiter explained each dish as he delivered it to the table, with each arriving at a well-timed pace. Following the entrées was a perfectly cooked, lightly seasoned poêlé of white fish with lemon-f lavored risotto. The combination of crispy skin, tender fish and the accompanying sauce was a delight. W hen t he t ime came for our main—a charcoal-grilled pork loin with truffle sauce, creamed potato and dandelion—the smiling waiter advised us to try the dandelion and pork together, as the bitter f lavor would enhance the taste of the meat. Green areas Perfectly salted and perfectly grilled, we agreed it to be about as succulent River/sea as it gets. Dessert was a generous portion of pecan tart with vanilla and caramel ice cream. For me, it was too big and too sweet, overbearing the flavorful ingredients I had savored until then. Only able to eat half of it, I offered it to my partner who gladly finished it all. Reims Yanagidate strikes a good balance between classy and casual. Small children are welcome (we dined

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Dining Out the latest dish on food & drink in the big city Judging from its chic atmosphere, you’d have never guessed that a 60-year-old private house was renovated to become Hachi (1412 Kobunacho, Shimbashi; http://bar-hachi. com), an “Espaňa & Italiana Bar” standing on a quiet Ningyocho corner. During its happy hour from 5-7pm, wine and highballs are only ¥200. You can also go for Mediterranean foamers like Cruzcampo and Moretti for ¥600, and tapas such as chorizo imported from Spain plus handmade Iberian pork sausage. Depending on how you feel you could chill out at the open-air counter on the first floor or the traditional horigotatsu on the second. Try their set menu for ¥2,500 and get a nomihodai for an additional ¥1,500.

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Sitting proudly on Fukagawa Fudo-do temple approach, the entrance of Orihara Shoten (1-13-11 Tomioka, Koto-ku, http:// is a dagashiya, or oldschool toy and sweet shop. But behind the façade, is a wall of fridges and shelves containing fruit wine, shochu and vintage sake. A table welcomes anyone who wants to sip the 150 different varieties of the latter (from ¥250), with some classic Japanese dishes from ¥50 per gram, which can easily be taken out. It’s a great hang-out spot for a family, but the best time to go would be during the temple’s monthly festival on the 28th, when you can put your tongue to the test with a sake tasting.

Ever been to an izakaya where booze is cheaper than soft drinks? Welcome to Imanari (3-20-1 Kitazawa, Setagaya; http://, where Suntory Malt’s and a variety of alcoholic delights such as their Shimokita-highball and ume-hai are all only ¥180. With soft drinks costing ¥280, we know you’ll make the right decision. Imanari’s specialties are sashimi of jidori, or local pedigree chicken from Miyazaki (¥1,000); tamago kake gohan (a bowl of rice topped with chicken sashimi and raw egg seasoned with soy sauce; ¥400); and juicy yakitori and deepfried dishes. Watch them prepare the food at the first floor’s open counter, or chillax on the second-floor zashiki. Margarita

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3.5 Language Exchange Chinese and English. Native Chinese speaker is seeking an English speaker for language exchange. Hope to study together fun and seriously. zrbgz2009@ Danish, German, Japanese. JF seeks people from Denmark or Germany for language and cultural exchange, with fun and witty conversations and a relaxed atmosphere. Can help your Japanese. Please be a nonsmoker. Age 28-35 preferred.

Japanese. My hobbies and interests are contemporary art, economic issues, fine wine, movies, world politics, music and trying Japanese foods. hakone55@ English and Japanese. I’m a JF, 30s, seeking an English speaker for an exchange in Shibuya. My English level is very basic. I’d like to talk about art, movies, literature, etc. Looking forward to hearing from you! chiaki.takubo@ English and Japanese. Group language exchange every Wed at coffee shop around Ginza. Most members are 20s. We switch E/J every 30min. Fun events on weekends. Free. Ando.Andy@ English, Chinese, Japanese. JM is seeking language exchange, weekdays and weekends ok. Shinjuku is convenient for me. Let’s meet up and talk about culture, art, sports, politics and economics.

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English, French, Spanish, Japanese. I’m a Japanese guy seeking an English, French or Spanish speaker with whom to practice. I will help your Japanese in return. M/F ok. zeno77dst@hotmail. com

English and Japanese. I’m a JM, 34, seeking a native English speaker. I work in Tokyo, live in Saitama. I want you to help me with my English. I can help you with your Japanese. msnmrx0603@ English and Japanese. Hello, I’m a JM, 35, working in Tokyo, seeking a native English language exchange partner. I’m interested in doing a language exchange to meet people. Let me know if you are interested. English and Japanese. Interesting, well-educated and cute SJM seeks native English speakers in Tokyo for a language exchange. Let’s meet once or twice/week to improve our language abilities. I’m sure that it’ll be a wonderful experience. English and Japanese. JF, late 30s, is seeking a native speaker of English, female preferred, for a language exchange. Meeting around Shinjuku on weekends would be perfect. Let’s help each other to improve my English and your Japanese. English and Japanese. Black American guy, 30, seeks Japanese for language exchange. English and Japanese. I’m a JM, 30, working as a translator. I’d like to exchange language and culture with native English speakers once or twice/ month at a cafe. umek2002jp@yahoo.

English, French, Spanish, Japanese. I’m a Japanese guy seeking an English, French or Spanish speaker. If you teach me one of them, I’d be glad to help you in Japanese. M/F ok. English, Mandarin Chinese. Hey, I’m a Taiwanese female, 30, working for a Japanese company in Tokyo. I speak native Chinese and so-so native Japanese. I’m seeking a native English speaker for language exchange. M/F ok. Please mail me. Thanks! English, Spanish, Japanese. I can speak English, so I can help your Japanese. Send me a message if you’re interested. willbegood222@yahoo. French and Japanese. JF, 28, would like to meet up with someone to learn French. Can offer my Japanese in exchange. I’m still a super-beginner in French. I prefer exchanging with someone near my age. Thanks for reading. French, English, Japanese. Hello, I’m a JM living in Tokyo. I’m seeking a F/E speaker in order to improve my conversational skills. I will help you in Japanese in return. M/F ok. Thank you, merci. German and Japanese. JF is seeking a native German speaker for a language exchange. Shibuya or Roppongi area preferred. Feel free to send me an email.

English and Japanese. Well-educated single American black guy, 35, 180cm, is seeking a Japanese language exchange. Tokyo, Chiba, Saitama. eddywillson33@

Italian, French, English, Japanese. JF, 30s, just came back from Europe. I want to keep my language skills by talking with you. I can help you with Japanese or cooking. Let me be your friend!

English and Japanese. I’m a Japanese guy, 24, seeking an English speaker to practice with. Hiroo or Ebisu area is preferred. I will help your Japanese in return. M/F ok. dirk_nowitzky41@

Korean and Japanese. Korean woman, 32, living in Shinjuku. I was born in Seoul and raised in America. I can help you learn Korean. Looking forward to meeting you. healthyrisu@

English and Japanese. If you want to learn academic Japanese skills like politeness, editing essays and gender words, I can help you. Let’s meet up for coffee and learn cultural differences sometimes. I am a nice Japanese male. English and Japanese. Hi, I’m seeking a female interested in doing a language exchange around Funabashi, Chiba. I’d like to improve my English, and I’d be happy to teach you! I’m a Japanese female, 32. English and Japanese. I’m an investment banker from New York teaching finance in Tokyo. I want to improve my

4 HOUSEHOLD GOODS 4.1 Furniture & Fittings HOUSEHOLD CLEARANCE. Complete household goods, sofa & chairs, TV 40” (flat-screen), TV-set, bed, dining table & chairs, kitchen utilities, etc. Most of it only 9 months old. Most original bills available. Detailed info at https:// Email: Tel: 090-2546-8552

Bed, foldable, w/recliner. New ¥28,000. Bed cover. New ¥3000. Sell ¥15,000/all. com albums/rr63/table401/Foldable%20 Bed/?albumview=slideshow Bed, Muji, pine (200.5x101.5x62cm), used only a few months. New ¥25,000. Sell ¥4000. Pick up only Meguro-ku. Bed, king-sized, in good condition; and bookshelf. Pick up Ikejiri-Ohashi. Details available. Bed, Loft, brand new, never used, w/ one pillow. New ¥65,000. Sell ¥30,000. Pick up Harajuku stn by May 23. Bookshelves, two, beautiful, large (H109xW118xD34), handmade, oak, w/file cabinets ¥40,000, including delivery. 090-6170-7445 Cabinet, TV, modern, stylish, dark wood (W50xH50xL180cm), as new, w/storage drawers which remotes work through ¥18,000. Hiroo. Chair. Blue Ikea armchair ¥3000. Pick up Omotesando/Shibuya area. ceaioos@ yutenji3/SayonaraBabyGoods# Chest of drawers, Ikea Malm, w/ six drawers (160x48x78cm), birch veneer. New ¥24,900. Sell ¥10,000. Pick up Meguro. products/40158239 Chest of drawers, Ikea Kullen (70x40x72cm), w/three drawers, birch wood color, about one y/o, in perfect condition, perfect for small spaces. Pick up close to Hikawadai stn. hk_2411@ Furniture sale! Kotatsu, black; dining table, w/three chairs, light brown; bookshelves, light brown; two identical working desks, w/containers, wood, light brown; double bed, extra long, w/ mattress; etc. 0459122640 Lights, ceiling, two available, in excellent condition: 5-halogen track lighting ¥10,000. 4-halogen stylish track lighting, w/remote control ¥18,000. Sofa, Italian, leather. New ¥320,000. Sell ¥35,000. Can help w/moving. Sofa, Muji, L-shaped, beige, in good condition ¥16,000. Pick up Nakameguro. Details, photos available. store/cmdty/detail/4548718120901 09073930624 Sofa, three-seat (230x95x95cm), black, leather ¥30,000. kantat0321@yahoo. 080-1242-8097 Sofa, Kosuga, two-seat (L160cm) ¥4000. Strengthened oval-shaped glass coffee table (L100xW60) ¥3000. And more. 08065683626 Table, dining, w/four chairs, brand new. New ¥40,000. Sell ¥10,000/obo. Photos available. Table, small, folding, w/beech veneer ¥2000. Table, dining, Ikea, black, in great condition ¥3000, plus delivery. larner55@ 090-9390-0222 Table, dining, w/four chairs, maple, solid construction, in good condition ¥2000. Higashi-Nakano. 090-9380-6907 Table, center, Nittori, a few years old, never used. New ¥15,000. Sell ¥6000. Can deliver. Table, antique atelier (W140xD67xH75cm), old pine, pretty old, but has style ¥23,000. Minato-ku. mmcaproni2010@

4.2 Appliances Appliance sale! Newer family fridge ¥20,000. Newer 8kg Hitachi washer/ dryer combo, all-in-one, dries clothes well ¥18,000. Large National microwave and baking oven, w/grill ¥7000. Window aircon ¥12,000. Sofa ¥10,000. Heater ¥5000. #895 • wWW.METROPOLIS.CO.JP • 33

Many more Classified ads online! Please visit Appliance sale! Mitsubishi fridge, 410L, stainless steel, w/double doors and two drawers ¥35,000. Toshiba front-loading washer/dryer, newer model, stainless steel, 8kg + ¥25,000. Microwave ¥7000. All newer, clean and ready to use! sayonara. Appliance sale! DVD player ¥1000. National iron ¥2000. Sharp microwave ¥3000. Heated carpet ¥1500. All working well. Plus more items. liukinwai@ 08065683626 Bread maker, Panasonic, in great condition, as new ¥5000, plus delivery. http://bbs. 0909390-0222 Dishwasher, Toto EUD510, in perfect condition ¥25,000. Pick up Nishi-Koyama, Meguro-ku. Fridge, National, silver, in good condition ¥2000, plus delivery. larner55@ bbs/21205010831/ 090-9390-0222 Fridge, Toshiba, w/automatic door and ice maker w/digital control panel ¥35,000. American Bissell deep carpet cleaner and steam cleaner ¥25,000. And more. http:// product.aspx Fridge/freezer, S h a r p , b i g (545x585x1510mm), 165L fridge, 60L freezer, 225L total capacity, very quiet. New ¥40,000. Sell ¥5000. Anjo, Aichi. Your posting can be seen at http://nagoya. 0803073-0098 Heater, foot, for under desks or kotatsu ¥1000. Pick up Kanamecho, Ikebukuro. Humidifier, Vicks, steam, safe for babies, bought Feb ‘11, w/half a bottle of Capo Steam. New ¥3900. Sell ¥1800. Pick up Akasaka. rakesh.vazirani@ Humidifiers, two available: Zojirushi EE-QA30 and Zojirushi EE-RB, three m/o, used for about a week ¥10,000/ both. Pick up Shirokane. 090-1545-8344 Microwave, in very good condition ¥4000. Vacuum, Sanyo SC-WR5F, bag-style ¥2000. Sanyo Shuttle Press A-LT41 cordless iron ¥2000. Toshiba Separon cordless iron TA-F53 ¥2000. Can deliver to central Tokyo. Washer, ‘03, 4.2kg ¥3000. Electronic pot ¥1000. Pick up Kawaguchi, Saitama. Free delivery around Tokyo. Details available. Washer/dryer, Sanyo Aqua, 9kg, drumtype, two y/o ¥50,000. Photos available. Water boiler, Zojirushi CD-WF, 2.2L, w/ drip mechanism, 7-hour timer, and four temperatures ¥2500. Pick up Shirokane.

4.3 Sayonara Sale Sayonara sale! VOX 15W Pathfinder guitar amp ¥12,500. Shure condenser mic BG4.0, excellent for guitars ¥7500. Near Shibuya. Sayonara sale! Glass and wrought iron coffee table, butterfly Chinese wedding chest, wood dining table and chairs, dog carrier, Yamaha electric guitar, Wii, Ikea single bed and mattress, Henredon sleigh double bed and side tables, iron, vacuum, etc. Delivery ok. erbsan@ com/erbsan/ADS02 Sayonara sale! Table, chairs, rice cooker, toaster, curtains, futon dryer, various appliances. Free tableware. Pick up around Oji/Jujo, Kita-ku by May 31. e7KP07 090-9682-9515 Sayonara sale! Dining table, w/four chairs ¥10,000. Clothes chest drawer ¥3000. Washer ¥10,000. Old leather sofa, two bookshelves: free. Photos available. l637/sayonarasale/

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Sayonara sale! Muji items: smaller desk, w/chair ¥10,000. Double down comforter, w/cover and two pillow cases ¥15,000. Plastic storage container for four ¥3000. Kitchen stuff ¥5000/all. Sayonara sale! Ikea bunk bed ¥5000. Girls’ bike ¥3500. Microwave ¥2000. Rugs, curtains, TVs, heaters, children’s clothes, books, and Coach purses. Pick up Setagaya-ku. Some delivery possible. Sayonara sale! Two frying pans, four dishes, two mugs, chopsticks, grater set (for raddish, cucumber, etc.), etc. ¥2000. Sayonara sale! Light bulbs, Toshiba, LED, 6.4W ¥1200/each. ¥5000/five. Sayonara sale! Flat screen TV 37”, fridge/freezer (H180cm), aircon, Muji sofa, Muji double bed/mattress, microwave, scooter, dining table set, SkyPerfect set, washer, shelves, other household stuff. By May 31. 09073930624 Sayonara sale! All one y/o, in excellent condition: microwave, toaster, electric kettle, rice cooker, lamps (tall/table/ side), DVD players, vacuum, phone set (main and portable), hairdryers. rlal@ 08013793022 Sayonara sale! King-sized bed, baby cot, satellite dish, kitchen closet, bookshelf, treadmill, in good condition. Pick up Ikejiri-Ohashi. Details available. 08032470275 Sayonara sale! Ikea sofa; Ikea dining set; Muji nightstands; lamps; kotatsu; wardrobes; desk and executive chair, almost new; desk lamp; bicycle; printer; stereo and speakers; fans; heaters; clothing rail; mattresses and massager. 090-9959-2266 Sayonara sale! Color printer, humidifier, oil heater, electric heater, rice cooker, baby chair, ceiling lamps, converter, etc. Details, photos available. Pick up Hiroo or Tokyo stn or arrange delivery. http:// Sayonara sale! Toshiba vacuum, new; wall unit aircon; window unit aircon; nice fridge; washer/dryer; microwave oven; desktop PC; stereo; DVD/VCR; lights; standing lights; etc. Details, photos available. Sayonara sale! Large Hitachi “PAM” fridge, 440L, digital ¥18,000. Newer Hitachi washer/dryer all-in-one ¥18,000. Microwave, w/oven ¥6000. Heater ¥5000. Nice 2-3 person sofa ¥15,000. And more. Sayonara sale! Washer, dryer, sofa, vacuum, dehumidifier, bicycle, wakeboard. Ikea desk, Ikea draws, standing mirror: free. Pick up Hiroo. Details, photos available.

4.4 TV & Home Theater DVD player, Auding, region free, in good condition ¥2000, plus delivery. larner55@ 090-9390-0222 Flat screen TV 37”, Toshiba, in great condition ¥35,000. Nakameguro. 09073930624

Speakers, Kenwood Bass Reflex LS-V230, tower, in perfect condition ¥10,000. Pick up Nishi-Ogikubo stn. Stereo system, Kenwood R-K711-B, HiFi, black, w/remote control, good base sound, audio and CD/MP3-CD, timer function, etc. New ¥36,000. Sell ¥19,000. http:// 080-4291-5677 Stereo, Pioneer X-NT9, CD/cassette/ radio, w/great speakers, in great condition. New ¥100,000. Sell ¥15,000. 0806552-9266

4.6 For Kids Bed, bunk, quality-built, Canadian maple, almost new, sturdy, w/nice finish, good workmanship, ladder ¥10,000. Pick up Higashi-Nakano. rodszasz@ 090-9380-6907 Bike seat, Hamax Discovery, for babies ¥3000. Pick up Omotesando/ Shibuya area. https:// SayonaraBabyGoods# Clothes, for baby girls 6-12 months, ten pieces: Gymboree; Baby Gap; First Impressions; Ralph Lauren, w/four crib mattress cover sheets; baby bottle insulating bag ¥1500. Pick up Akasaka. Desk, study, for kids, maple, w/chair, above-desk shelves, and drawers, good quality ¥5000. Higashi-Nakano. 090-9380-6907 Strollers, for babies, two available. Details, photos available. 09073930624 Various items, for boys and girls from 6 months-4 years old: clothes, shoes, toys, bath, seat for bike, etc. Omotesando/Shibuya area. SayonaraBabyGoods#

4.7 For Free Baby/child items. Tricycle, baby bed, and some more baby items. Pick up Nishi-Koyama. Bed, for babies, white, in excellent condition, w/mattress and cover, disassembled. Pick up Nishi-Ogikubo stn. Photo available. 4whateveremail@ Bookshelf, brown (H1690xW760xD350), in good condition, w/four glass shelves. Pick up near Gakugei-Daigaku, Toyoko line. Clothes, for a 3-4-year-old boy (90120cm), in good condition, and some toys, too. Pick up preferred Ishikawa-cho or Motomachi-Chukagai stn. Crib, folding, for babies, w/changing tray; baby carrier, car-seat type; baby bathtub; etc. Pick up only. money@hpo. net 080-3014-0566 Keyboard, Yamaha EZ-J14, works well, w/power cord and carrying case, has nice piano sound. Pick up weekends only Matsudo stn.

LCD TV 46”, Sharp Aquos LC-46GX1W, HD, 1080p, bought Jan ‘07 ¥50,000/obo. 08012915036

Sofabed, Ikea, semi-double, hardly used as a bed, in perfect condition; and shoe cupboard. Pick up Sangenjaya. 09055761089

Plasma TV 42”, Panasonic Viera TH-42PZ80, full HD, 1080p, in excellent condition, guarantee until Dec ‘13 ¥70,000/obo. Pick up Kawagoe, or pay delivery.

Stroller, Joovy Caboose Double, in good condition. Pick up Minami-Azabu, Tokyo. caboose.php 08037022543

SkyPerfecTV tuner, digital, and satellite dish ¥3000. Pick up Nakameguro. 09073930624

TV 20”, Sharp CRT, in good condition, w/ remote. Pick up Yutenji, Tokyu-Toyoko line.

Speakers, Sony, surround sound, tower, w/bass. New ¥60,000. Sell ¥5000.

4.5 Audio & MP3 Earphones, for iPods, in very good condition ¥500. Pick up Azabu-Juban stn. 090-1559-3656 Microcassette recorder, Sony M-850 Pressman, in perfect condition, very lightly used. New ¥9000. Sell ¥2000. Pick up Kanamecho, Ikebukuro.

5 HOBBIES& INTERESTS 5.1 Cameras DSLR, Pentax 100d, 2007, 6.1 megapixel, w/all original documents, cables and software, and brand new Pentax DA18-55mm/3.5-5.6AL WR lens ¥50,000. Lighting kits, Westcott, four Spiderlite TD5 Medium kits, one TD5 Small kit, models 4822, 4821 and 4211, w/lamps

and travel case. New ¥400,000. Sell ¥180,000. Tripod, silk, standard head, quick release, well used, lots of nicks, center post cut short, but very solid, w/two attachments for camera bodies, carry bag ¥2000. Can meet between Yokohama and Tokyo. Photos available.

5.2 Sports Equipment Chairs, Coleman, collapsible, for camping, two available, large, blue and green, w/beer holders, carry bags, almost new condition ¥2000/both. Can meet between Yokohama and central Tokyo. Photos available. richardred@yahoo. com Dumbbells, 10lb pair (5lbs each) ¥1000. Golf bag, Cleveland, 9”, purple, ‘09, new, never used, w/tags attached. Will consider reasonable offer. Pick up or pay delivery. Golf club, Nike SQ 3 wood, 15 degrees, w/stock graphite Mitsubishi Diamana stiff shaft ¥5000. Can meet around Tokyo. Inline skates, w/hand protectors; size US 9.5, EUR 42.5, 27.5cm; gray/black; a few scratches, but hardly used; in excellent condition ¥5000. Pick up Mejiro, Yamanote line. Photos available. Skates, ice, size 6, for females ¥500. Tennis racquet, Prince Graphite Oversize, 4-3/8 original leather grip, in mint condition ¥5000. Pick up near Yokohama. sayonara_vancouver@hotmail. com

Motorcycle mechanic study course, 30 booklets, used, cover basic repairs/ prep to full diagnostic inspections and repairs, w/graphs, photos, and tests ¥13,000. Tools available. Study books, in good condition, no pen marks: Princeton Review GMAT and GMAT Math, ‘11 edition ¥4000/ both. Princeton Review GRE, ‘11 edition ¥2000. Tokyo/Yokohama area. 080-3578-4513

5.5 Gaming Nintendo DS games. Trivia training game, kanji practice game, and Mario Kart DS ¥2000/each. Pick up Kanamecho, Ikebukuro. djlosangeles@ Nintendo Wii, in great condition, w/ original box, two remotes, motion plus controllers and nunchucks, Wii Sports, Wii Sports Resort, Punch Out, NBA Live ‘09 and SSX Snowboarding ¥15,000. Pick up Shinjuku.

5.7 Pets Cat supplies. Cat litter, soft, flushable, paper type, 1 1/2 bags; and cat harness/ leash set: Free. Pick up Kanamecho, Ikebukuro. Cats, two available, 4-5 years old, very healthy, all shots up to date, friendly: free. Details available. tiuccia@yahoo. com

Keyboard, Yamaha EZ-J14, works well, w/power cord and carrying case, has nice piano sound. Pick up weekends only Matsudo stn.

J C E A U T O S THE AUTOMOBILE P R O F E S S I O N A L S Specializing in car buy-backs, door-to-door shipping, long term car storage and any other car related matters. If you need assistance with your car we are here to help. Tel: 03-6868-3366 or 0906042-8555 03-6868-3366

Piano, Korg, digital, stage, red, used two months, 88 keys, outer shelling is hard plastic, w/small chair. New ¥100,000. Sell ¥40,000. Pick up Harajuku stn by May 23. Shamisen, Hososao, two available, thinnecked, both w/case and accessories: beginner model ¥20,000. Advanced model ¥50,000. bombeodevacio@ Turntables, Technics SL-MK5, pair, black, w/Audio Technica DJ headphones, two speakers, white professional DJ table, in excellent condition ¥130,000.

L E XU S R X 3 5 0 , O N E O W N E R , FOR SALE. Need to sell quickly. 15,000km, 3.5L V6, 5-speed auto, HID lights, HDD navigation, TV, back camera, CD, MP3. ¥2.65million. Can show in Azabu area. Call Rumi 080-5495-4873 080-5495-4873

5.4 Books/CD/DVD CISSP study material. All-in-one CISSP Shon Harris, 3rd edition; and Exam Cram practice question, 2nd edition ¥1000/all. Kanda area on weekdays. DVD set, “24,” seasons 1 and 3, region 2 ¥2000/each. Pick up Kanamecho, Ikebukuro. Japanese language books. “Minna no Nihongo I and II,” textbook, translation and grammatical notes; “Japanese for Busy People II,” w/CD ¥900/each. ¥3900/all http:// 080-4291-5677 MBA course books, "Real Estate Finance and Investment", brand new, Japanese version, required reading for MBA courses in the USA, two volume set. New ¥10,500. Sell ¥5000.

6.3 Bicycles, Parts, & Accessories Bike, black, less than two y/o, w/basket on front and back and documentation ¥4000. Pick up Azabu-Juban stn. 090-15593656 Child/baby seat, OGK RBC-007DXS, for bicycle, w/removable headrest, hardly used, some wear on the seat ¥4000. Free delivery in Kanto area. Mountain bike, Trek 4900, 21.5” (for 175-192cm rider), blue/black, hardly used, w/disc brakes, XT, LX, Deore parts, Trek’s lifetime warranty, a few accessories. New ¥100,000. Sell ¥50,000/obo. anthonylovatt170@

8 COMPUTERS 8.1 Services

6.1 Cars, Parts, & Accessories

Amp, Yamaha AR-1500, in good condition ¥3000. Pick up Kanamecho, Ikebukuro.

Guitar, vintage 1977 Guild D25 USA VGC, w/OHSC and K&K pickup, solid spruce top, mahogany sides/arched back, straight neck, low action, no cracks/issues, w/VGC case, great sound ¥80,000.

Scooter, Aprilia Leonardo, 250cc, burgundy, 23,500km, complete history book, carefully serviced. New ¥500,000. Sell ¥105,000.


5.3 Musical Equipment

Guitar, Legend, new, played once, in perfect condition, w/electronic tuner, carry bag, strap, etc. ¥5000. Details, photos available.

Motorbike, BMW Dakar F650GD, low mileage, ABS, grip heater, twin sparkplug, shaken until 2011, w/helmet and battery charger, in great condition ¥550,000.

PORSCHE 911 CABRIOLET FOR SALE. Relocation car. 3.6L engine, 996 MK2 model, 50,000km, not a scratch, always kept under cover. 6-month warranty. ¥4.3million, negotiable (a bit). Contact Super Rudy on 090-2918-7536 090-2918-7536

T o k y o IT S e r v i c e s . English computer repair and data recovery service in Tokyo: we fix all computer problems! 1min walk from JR Yamanote line, Hamamatsucho stn, S5 exit; 3min from Daimon subway, B4 exit. 10am6:30pm Call: 03-3437-2312

8.2 Hardware Desktop, Dell Dimension 8300, Pentium 2.66GHz, 120GB HD, DVD, CD, w/ monitor, multi-media keyboard, optical mouse and Altec Lansing ADA995 surround sound system ¥25,000/obo. 08032506971 Keyboard/mouse set, Logicool EX 100, cordless, w/original packaging and papers, very lightly used. New ¥4000. Sell ¥2000. Pick up Kanamecho, Ikebukuro. djlosangeles@ Laptop, Toshiba PSLB84, Pentium Dual-Core, 2.16GHz, 4GB RAM, Win 7, 250GB HD, w/CDs, used one week ¥50,000. Laptop, MSI netbook u100, 1.6GHz, 160GB HD, 1.5GB RAM, webcam, internal WiFi, two-hour battery, case, power cord, Win XP disc/Mac OS X 10.6 ISO copy disk, card reader. Laptop, Toshiba Satellite A305, American model, w/Win Vista, 300GB HD, 15.5” screen ¥30,000. Delivery within Tokyo area possible. Details, photos available. bigdpain2000@hotmail. com 080-3939-2879 Mouse, Apple Magic, brand new, no box, wrapped well. New ¥6800. Sell ¥6000. Akasaka. kongkahloon@gmail. com 090-99748928 Printer, Ricoh IPSIO SP C710, network color laser, needs two toner cartridges replaced ¥15,000/obo. Pick up Tameikesanno/Akasaka/RoppongiItchome.

6.2 Motorbikes, Parts, & Accessories

Speakers, Sony SRS-D211, one y/o, seldom used, well maintained, still in box ¥4000. Akasaka stn. kongkahloon@ 090-99748928

Motorbike, Kawasaki ZXR, 400cc, in good condition, w/navigation, speakers, amp, trunk bag ¥230,000. Pick up Tokyo or Chiba. Photos available. avi_ 090-7194-1718

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A M ERI C AN F O O T B ALL . Nihon Unisys Bulls, X league Central Division, seeks fit players w/ US college football experience for all positions. Practice every Sat/Sun from 10am-3pm (include meeting) in Tokyo/Saitama (time & venue subject to change). Attendance at practice must be over 60%. Please contact for tryout info and send your profile to team admin. http://

ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS TOKYO If you have a problem with drinking, we can help. English speaking meetings daily. 03-3971-1471 inquiries@ 03-3971-1471

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G IN Z A’ S B IGGE ST INT ’ L PARTY, 250 PEOPLE! Sat, May 21, 7:10-9:30pm, 250 people in GINZA. Party for Int’l People! Only ¥2,000 for girls and non-Japanese with a reservation from our website. All-You-Can-Drink + Free snacks. 250 people! http:// 070-5462-2122

JAPAN INTERNATI O NAL PARTY – EARLY SUMMER SPECIAL Sat, May 28, 6:309:00pm , at Devi Fusion (Roppongi). Japan’s Biggest International Party. Meet 250 people. All-you-can-drink and free snacks. Mobile: emtop.htm ¥3,000. jiparty@ 090-1735-5405

S H IN J U K U C O S M O P O LITAN PARTY – S U M M ER SPECIAL. Sat, June 4, 6:209:00pm, Int’l Club Tokyo Loose. Shinjuku’s Biggest and full-scale International party. 200 people. Everybody Welcome! Allyo u - c a n - d ri n k a n d fr e e s n a c ks . Fe m a l e ¥3 ,000, Male ¥3,500. party@shinjukupa r m w w w.

12.3 Arts JAPANESE CALLIGRAPHY CLASS FOR FOREIGNERS. L e t ’ s experience and enjoy Japanese culture. You can study Kanji and Hiragana th roug h c a llig ra p hy. 90min per lesson between 4pm~8pm on every 2nd & 4th Saturday. ¥7,000/month or ¥3 , 500 one time . sho. www. 03-3440-2609 ART MODEL. Individual amateur photographer is looking for naked models for art photography project/ practice. Privacy is 100% respected! Please do not hesitate to contact me. For more details: artwithsun@

12.4 Music Japanese drummer seeking band. Hi, I’ve been playing the drums since I was in grade 2. I went overseas to play music (USA, AZ, Japan). I play basically rock, pop, funk, jazz, blues, etc.

ANYTIME FITNESS. New 24/7 fitness gym opened on Apr 1. 1,500 stores worldwide. 30% of users are foreigners. Early morning and late night workout at Anytime Fitness ¥8,500/m. Akasaka Ark Hills 2 F, n e a r Ta m e i ke - s a n n o stn & Roppongi- Itc hom e st n . 03 -3 5 8 9 -2 141 . w w w. 03-3589-2141 All-Nationality Touch Football . N o n - co nt a c t tag rugby (OZ tag) and rugby league players. We play every Sat from 10am in Tatsumi. M/F and beginners welcome! Good exercise and fun! Many ot h e r a c tiviti e s , s u c h a s BBQs, and drinking parties. Email for more details. tokyorugbyleague@ A mateur R u g by L ea g ue P layers . Japan ANZACS rugby league team is looking for rugby league players for Japanese Rugby League official games from April-Sep. Everyone welcome. Contact for more details. Fun with touch. Do you want to join a club where you get a bit of fitness and a lot of fun? Touch Footy is one of the most exciting ways to meet people and have a great day out every week! funwithtouch@ Rugby in Tokyo. Tokyo’s top forei g n club . Rugby oasis, w/own ground, showers/jacuzzi, bars/ re st a u ra nt s . Two te a m s , weekly fixtures, free beers, birds, international tours, and great camaraderie. All ages, shapes, and sizes welcome. http:// AIKIDO IN ENGLISH . Seidokan Aikido of Tokyo invites you to practice a modern style of aikido in an international environment. Sat, 1-3pm. Itabashi-ku, Toei Mita/ Saikyo line. We welcome men and women, foreign and Japanese. www. 03-5994-1185

Musician sought for rock/pop recording project and live performance. I have three different projects and each needs a drummer, a bassist, a guitarist, and a keyboardist. All ages, any nationality. M/F ok. Prefer experienced musician.

13 PERSONALS 13.1 Friends HOT WIVES CLUB. Non-Japanese wife married to a local and permanently in Tokyo searches for Japanese wives (or non-Japanese wives who are here permanently) to paint Tokyo red. I seek friends who are well-traveled, well-maintained, and well-educated. I do not seek the following types of friends: women who treat men like wallets and women who are cunning and jealous of other beautiful women. If you are seeking free Eigo lessons, look elsewhere. I speak conversational Japanese reasonably well. 35-50 years old. hotwivesclub@ Gaijin photographer friends. Female gaijin, early 30s, living in Tokyo three years, has traveled to 37 countries, seeking gaijin photographer buddies with DSLRs for fun. Can speak E/J, my mother tongue at native level. Late 20slate 30s, single preferred. gravitywoo@ Play basketball with us. Please contact me if you want to play basketball or practice with us. Everyone is welcome. Please email me. Thanks! christhan_12@ Rave/club /concert-goer. JF, 30s, seeks new friends. Taico club, Big Beach, Metamorphose, Sonicmania, Fuji Rock, and other cool events are piling up, but all my friends my age quit going to parties! Any age, any nationality, M/F ok.

13.2 Men Looking For Women R eady to start over . American male is looking for a lasting marriage-bound relationship with a Japanese woman who is thinking about relocation to America. I’m in my 50s. My former wife passed away last year but I am ready to start over. After work drinks. British male seeks young, educated, normal woman for after work drinks and friendship in Tokyo, around 4pm. alhupforit@yahoo. Cute JM seeks attractive and warmhearted SWF for friendship and cultural exchange. Let’s get to know each other

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Generous SJM seeks pretty SWF. Warm, nice and generous SJM, 36, in Tokyo, seeks a pretty white girlfriend. I’m not a playboy. Nonsmokers only.

From NY? Attractive, petite and tender SJF, mid-30s, seeks black American, around 40, with stable job, hopefully from NY. Please be a serious person who seeks a long-term relationship.

Granny lover. Young SJM, early 30s, is seeking a granny girlfriend over 50. I might be unusual, but I only like mature women. Japanese women also welcome. Handsome and gentle SJM seeks well-educated, interesting, nonsmoking, attractive female to share wonderful times and make a good friendship. So let’s start our communication and understand each other. If no experience, just try me. Not Mr. Right. Is that too real for you? SBM American seeking lover/girlfriend in Tokyo. No games/promises/drama, just enjoying you and me. I’ll pay for everything. Just be sweet and, above all else, honest. Intelligence is sexy. stitt_c_ Platonic relationship. I am a SJM, 63, almost bilingual, divorced two years ago, working. I want to have an intimate female friend to enjoy English conversation. 080-3424-3007 Seeking a girlfriend. I am Bangladeshi, 28, and working full-time in Tokyo. I can speak E/J. I have a good sense of humor. I’m confident that you will enjoy my company. Seeking fun. SWM, 28, French, seeking people who want fun like me. My life is stable, but boring and stressful. I need excitement for my mental health balance. If you feel the same way, contact me, please. Serious relationship. JM in Setagaya seeks a bilingual lady for a relationship. I’m 39, fit, nonsmoking, smart and fun. I used to live in NYC, so I can communicate in English. Please email me and let’s start talking! Short skirt and heels? British man seeks JF for fun dates and friendship, possibly leading to more. Enjoys music, books, football, drinking and eating. Someone younger. WM, 43, not your typical middle-aged salary man, seeking friendship and hopefully more with a younger JF, 25-28, who is friendly, affectionate, curious, maybe a little shy. Looks unimportant. No rich sugar-daddy hunters, please! To Advertise In Japan’s No.1 English magazine, log on at www.metropolis. or email your commercial ads to commercial@metropolis. Want to feel like a queen? Any JF, 18-40, want to feel special? You will feel like a queen with me. I will cook, give you massages, even bathe you. All you have to do is relax. Where are the big girls? I am seeking a big and beautiful JF with long, black hair for a serious relationship. I am a black American. Must be 34-39. apresmidi55@

JF with broken heart, 33, is seeking a good friendship, or more, with someone nice, stable, fun and around my age, a nonsmoker who loves marine sports. I love to travel, go scuba diving, cook, dine out and do yoga. I speak English and Italian. Serious only. piccolamica@ Learn to be your woman. I believe in innocence and class, although my instincts and experience have taught me how important it is to be strong, intelligent and extremely sexy to satisfy you forever. Please teach me more. Very feminine and beautiful SJF, early 40s, seeks professional SWM. Need a boyfriend or lover. Charming curvy woman, 30s, seeks a nice white guy whose heart is loving. Could be more than romance if we get along well. You will get a perfect, loving story in Tokyo with me. vanillawomans@

and traveling. I’m seeking a serious relationship with an attractive and fun SWM to enjoy outdoor activities like surfing, camping or barbecuing together. Serious only. Well-spoken Englishman. If you are a single Englishman, 40s-50s, who can’t avoid buying stuff at TESCO in Tokyo with patriotism, but also likes Japan, you are the one. JF, 40s. s2p6d10@

13.4 Gay & Lesbian Friends and a boyfriend sought by foreign bottom guy living in Tokyo. I’m 29, 1.75m, 68kg, young-looking and cute. Not into going to gay clubs or bars. I like movies, musicals, foreign languages, reading, traveling, talking, etc. Cheers! vitorvitorvitor@ Seeking a Japanese guy? I’m seeking a nice guy who can hang out with me sometimes. Let’s meet up for coffee or dinner and have fun. I am an attractive JM. Contact me if you are interested. Seeking lesbian friends. SJF, 31, seeks girls to hang out with or maybe more. My English level is not so bad since I lived in the US. Westerners preferred, but other nationalities ok, too.

13.5 Escorts

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Non-typical Japanese girl here! Seeking a guy who is gentle, honest, and who has a great heart. I won’t lie, looks are important too, but I am not so picky. I am thin, 5’3”, with long, straight black hair. Romantic winter together? Elegant and educated SJF, 30s, in central Tokyo, seeks a sophisticated and intelligent single gentleman with a nice smile. How about talking and laughing over a glass of wine on a sparkling night in Tokyo? Serious only. Russian female, 38, 173cm, well-educated, working at Japanese HQ, likes swimming, yoga, seeks tall, professional SWM, 35-45, for a long-term relationship. Seeking the one. SJF, 30s, seeking a partner around my age who can share many interests and passions. My interests are art, movies, literature, and traveling. Seeking the same. Attractive SJF seeks SWM to have a romantic relationship, enjoy simple things and relaxing times together. I like travel, dining out, drinking, nature, walking in the park, etc. I’m honest and sincere. No playboys or smokers, please. Serious man. Seeking a serious, kind, fun Caucasian man, 30s, who isn’t fat. I’m a fun, sincere, smiley and slim JF, mid30s, working in Tokyo. Let’s be friends first! Serious relationship. JF, early 30s, seeks a well-educated French, Swiss or Belgian guy, over 30, for a serious relationship, possibly leading to marriage. Serious only, please. tournesol333@ Serious. Seeking a serious friendship for a long-term relationship, any age and nationality ok. - Teach me surfing. I’m a cute and fun SJF, 38, who enjoys healthy food, sports

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14.6 And Others STRAIGHT MEN OUT THERE. A good-looking straight Japanese guy wants to give you a hand job or a blow job. Please reply with your photos at handjob2011@hotmail. Tokyo Sundays. Us: three dashingly handsome, charming guys. You: three ridiculously hot, fun girls, 24-34. Plan: Our Tokyo pad on a Sun afternoon. We cook for you; you find us irresistible. Apply: email w/photos. tokyosundays@

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Things come down to Earth in a way you can handle. Jupiter finishes up in your Sign, making the most of opportunities that come your way. It’s about to enter your money house, offering rewards for efforts you have made. The unconventional is about to descend into your life, which may be just what you’ve been hoping for. Love is stable, though if it seems staid, Saturn will enliven things in mid-June.

Jupiter transits to the far reaches of your house of secrets, opening the last few if there are any left. Probably not of much consequence, as your ruling planet Venus in Taurus brings out your sensual side. Others can’t help but notice your attractive qualities. There’s a power play in your shared resources sector, which includes large organizations and corporations. Detach and treat yourself to love.

The Sun enters your Sign on Saturday, heralding your Birthday Zone. This is a time when planetary energies increase vitality and bring you a bit of bliss. Making up your mind about where to go and how to infuse your career (if you’re starting one or developing one you already have) is another question. Slippery Neptune in this sector is elusive, but friends and groups are so much fun you may not notice.

Career matters reach apex this week, as Jupiter transits the last degrees of this sector. If you have been offered a chance to expand, move, or take on projects with vision, this opportunity is about to change focus. Grab it if you think it’s right for you. The Sun moves into your karmic sector of secrets, shedding light on a question or two. Love continues with power plays and “who’s on top” questions.





The Sun adds a lively note to your house of friendships as it transits to this sector on Saturday. Four and a half weeks of warmth, camaraderie, and possibly invitations to join new societies. The vast majority of planets are in your public sectors, meaning you might receive attention from partners, colleagues and the universe in general. If you are planning a “public” move, this is an excellent time.

Dreams come true, and can for you too this week. When Neptune opposite your Sign offers a glimpse of your future, build towards that. If life is about a learning journey, you can make yours both pleasant and beautiful. Details are not important to Neptune—but feelings are. Following them is the key to where you actually belong. Juno in your Sign brings a companion to help you find your way.

Saturn is retrograde for a while in your Sign. This is not really to make you think nothing is happening, or heaven forbid, to trip you up. It is there to strengthen your lovely Libran qualities, which include your powers of negotiation, staying in balance, and appreciating love. When retrograde, it’s giving you a chance to consider what is important to you so that you choose your most beautiful path.

There’s healing in romance and creative projects with Neptune and Chiron communicating this week. Add to that the strength of Venus, Mercury and Mars in your house of significant others, and you should have a better idea of the power a relationship can bring. If you’re single, this realization bodes well for potential partners you choose in the near future. You’re about to receive a gift, so accept it.




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People look to you for fun and freedom, while you might not see yourself as a perpetual party animal. Your idealism is heightening, so what may have sufficed in the past could look a bit tarnished in the scheme of things. Continue to strengthen in any way you can, whether it’s physically, financially, emotionally or with family members. You’ll be traveling soon, thus it’s time to wrap up loose ends.

Taking things slowly is not necessarily a bad thing. The world outside might press for a quick response, so it’s a great time to practice your internal reality vis-à-vis what happens around you. At the moment you’re building muscles to inhabit the future as you let go of the past. Not a Capricorn’s favorite thing at all, so give yourself every gentle benefit of the doubt and go easy during this time.

Not as excited by life as you would like to be? Things are in the works, so any time you can take to relax and repair yourself is a great way to prepare for your immediate future. The Sun transits to your sector of love and children on Saturday, as the Moon enters your Sign. This is a great week to shake off the blues or the restrictions of others, and just enjoy the simple beauty of being alive.

Love becomes wired with a sense of longing as Neptune increases its influence in your Sign. Beauty will suffice, but make it a habit to balance your week. If you have a sense you’re waiting for the other shoe to drop, know that both Uranus and Jupiter are in your money house. Translated, surprises are bound to pop up that fill your coffers. The Sun transits to your home base to make things lively.

power with clean solutions. But the current protests and movement lack the popular support and political insight to succeed in much more than raising a little noise. Until that movement has a tangible political and fiscal plan to replace the energy needs of Japan with a non-nuclear solution, then it will not be a catalyst for anything, including the drifting youth of Japan who make up a tiny portion of the movement in any case.—tkoind2**

slander written by Charles Gachichiro in your April 2011 issue. If you were true lovers of Japan, you would have then deleted this letter from your email box! Now on to you, Charles. Who do you think you are, saying such filth to Japan? Japan is one of the most loving countries in the world. They deserve your prayers not your CURSES! Even Pope Benedict (mind you a true worker of GOD) prayed to Japan saying “GOD HAS NOT ABANDONED YOU!” Not only did he say this but he also donated $ 100,000 to help Japan recover. Now if you think the Pope was wrong to do that then you, sir, have no soul!!! —Marisa Lattanzi

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aren’t up in arms about this just shocks me. If the young folks in Egypt can topple a government, can’t the ones here at least [find] their voices? —herefornow**

Apathetic Fallacy Regarding “Apathy Meltdown” (The Last Word, Apr 28): If Japan Inc. is at the root of many of the current society’s problems, then the only way to affect real change here is for the youth to stand up and push back. Not just throw up their hands and say, “shoganai.” These folks have their whole lives ahead of them. Are they simply going to resign themselves to over 50 years of paying for others’ mistakes in a system they probably don’t support? TEPCO’s blunders are going to cost these young folks in both direct ways (higher taxes, lower government services), as well as indirect ones (less foreign investment in Japan, lower esteem for Japan internationally). The fact that they

Interesting article but just speculation and nothing new— someone please tell us all something we don’t know. —miamun** Q: “Could Fukushima provide the catalyst for Japanese youth to reach criticality?” A: Not in a million years!—tamanegi** I have had a few heated arguments with other foreigners over the prospects for Japan’s anti-nuclear movement in the wake of 3/11. The sad truth they can’t get their heads around is that Japan has no viable alternative solution to meet her energy demands. The second hard-to-digest reality is the cost to replace nuclear power that the mainstream will not be willing to fund. I am 100% for replacing nuclear

Seeing as how zero people have died from radiation at Fukushima, I am not sure what it should be providing a catalyst for.—sengoku38** There are youth in Japan? Since when?— BurakuminDes** Japan’s youth is its future, so I hope the young are thinking about safe ways for their country to generate electricity. Going green with a trash-to-steam power plant would reduce landfill space. Stuff like that.—Utrack**

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You go, Kazusa! Regarding “High School Heroics” (The Last Word, May 6): Great article—funny, thoughtful and well written. More like this please!— shearchitect* Kazusa, Sayaka, Megumi et al, you guys are awesome!—nipponophile* * via Metropolis ** via Japan Today

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Sheep’s Clothing McFashion’s improbable grip on Tokyo’s wardrobe By Dreux Richard

Dreux Richard is James Dickey Fellow in Fiction at the University of South Carolina

Shibuya style was loud and cheap, the visual equivalent of a slogan. Golden Arches, if you will”


fter twenty years in Harajuku, Kaz Taira is gett ing out of dodge. Once he settles on a new space, he’s moving his hair salon, Dude, to Shimok itazawa. The current digs aren’t what they used to be. Once the site of a fashion revolution predicated on self-expression and subtle subversion, Harajuku has evolved into little more than choice real estate for purveyors of fast fashion looking to acquire the legitimacy of an Omotesando address. “There are ten gyaru stores on my street alone,” Taira says. “And a major chain is moving in this month.” Before he opened lowkey, laid-back Dude, Taira spent t welve years at the aptly-named Panorama, a larger salon that afforded

Want to have the Last Word? Send your article to: him a broad v iew of t he area’s changing business demographics. Late-arriving franchise retailers coveted the credibility of a Harajuku image they knew little about, and, in their rush to reproduce it, created a strangely conformist simulacrum that borrowed from the opposing aesthetic of Shibuya style. Shibuya style was loud and cheap, the visual equivalent of a slogan. Golden Arches, if you will. Its subsequent triumph as a recognizably Japanese cultural export and consumer phenomenon wouldn’t be so troubling if not for the perception, widely-shared among Japan’s fashionistas, that Japan’s fashion industry is becoming something it shouldn’t. “For me, the essence of Harajuku style is being an independent individual, and dressing for yourself. Not trying to impress, fit in, or one-up,” Taira says. “Fashion shouldn’t be an arms race.” But an arms race it has become, at least at the retail level, and in any arms race economies of scale exert influence. Fast fashion stores (Shimamura, H&M, Forever 21) benefit. They sell five products for the price of one, and they’ve all been tied to sweatshops. And while citing child labor in developing countries is the easiest way to make clear just how damaging McFashion can be, it doesn’t reveal the full spectrum of cultural neuroses fast fasthion preys on. We all wear clothes, and as Mak i Nakamura—who works in textiles for Issey Miyake—recently pointed out to me, we a l l ma ke choices every time we dress ourselves. If we go out in public, those decisions acquire a social dimension. Like a lot of people, I’ve been guilty of

passing my fashion apathy off as a political statement— claiming I’m less shallow than people who dress purposefully because I’m not as careful about my appearance. But complacency is toxic no matter how you spin it, and it’s the not caring part that underpins the spending habits McFashion outlets bank on. At best, indifference toward what we wear is an illusion. At worst it’s complicity in a sinister, paradoxical kind of corporate brainwashing that touches on our deepest insecurities. “We live in an uncertain world,” says Nakamura. “What people want most of all is to feel safe. Any kind of conformity, especially the immediate k ind you can access through clothing, offers that safety. If you look the same as someone else, you can see yourself in others, and you can feel like you exist.” Designers respond to our anxiety by offering bland, saleable products to accommodate our fevered times, manifesting a classic tension between thoughtfulness and austerity that’s long been an occupational hazard for people like Nakamura, whose work depends on some level of collective consumer faith in high culture. That tension causes some bizarre parsing amongst consumers. “People are into lifestyle right now. They pay more attention to what they eat than what they wear. Designers tie their products to lifestyles because fashion for its own sake is perceived as frivolous,” says Nakamura. I shouldn’t have to point out the contradiction in terms that extricating style from lifestyle presents, or the significance of clothing production to the global economy and quality of life the world over.


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If you’re st ill not conv inced consumer fashion in t he recession era is alarmingly schizophrenic, consider t he ma rket i ng h istor y t hat underlies Uniqlo’s current of f e r i n g s —t he e x p or t ation of affordable Japanese fashion to New York, where it w a s promot e d on t he basis of its Japanese-ness, then a subsequent reverse i mpor t at ion of t he Ne w Yo r k- a p p r o v e d p r o d u c t back to Japa n, where it’s now successfully marketed using gaijin models who’d be equally at home in Hitler’s idea of a good Urban Outfitters catalogue. One can see why another designer I recently met confessed to feeling like she’s part of Japanese fashion’s lost generation. We have a responsibility to reject fashion as a least common denominator, and doing so is largely a matter of changing your habits. Resist the temptation to visit chain stores out of anxiousness or the desire for a familiar, unchallenging experience. Instead, invest the effort to ensure you’re shopping at independent stores. There are plenty in neighborhoods like Shimokitazawa, Kichijoji and Koenji—not exactly Tok yo’s hinterlands. Buy secondhand where possible. Choose one nice garment instead of five cheap ones. Remember that the varieties of self-expression available when you dress yourself are limitless, and that your decision to engage with them is mandatory. Be purposeful about the opportunities this presents. Because choosing our clothes, like any other decision, reveals something about our character, and it shapes the world we make for ourselves.

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