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The Small Print By Steve Trautlein


—Kobe middle school student Shogo Sano, 12, after learning that a piece of metal he discovered at a local park is actually part of a 2,000-year-old bronze mirror designated an important cultural property by the government.

neighbor’s house, then attacked the 84-yearold resident with a saw before returning to his apartment and trying to hang himself from the balcony. ćć Just before Prime Minister Shinzo Abe decided not to visit Yasukuni Shrine for an autumn festival last month, a poll found that 47.8 percent of Japanese voters would have approved of such a visit. ćć Headline of the Week: “Radiation Exposure Study Finds No Abnormality in Fukushima Bull Testis” (via Mainichi Japan)


YUCK! ćć Researchers at Kochi University have found that an increasing number of people are experiencing allergic reactions to mites lurking in okonomiyaki pancake mix. ćć A Saitama man rammed a delivery truck into a

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ćć An art gallery in Yamanashi hosted an exhibition of “of stones marked with patterns that bear an uncanny resemblance” to Mt Fuji. ćć As part of its 100th anniversary celebrations, Keio Corp opened a “rail-themed museum park” in the western Tokyo city of Hino. ćć Meanwhile, officials at JR East and JR West announced the names of the bullet trains to be used on the Hokuriku Shinkansen line, which will connect Tokyo and Kanazawa when it opens in 2015: Kagayaki, Hakutaka, Tsurugi and Asama. ćć It was reported that Tokyo’s successful bid to host the 2020 Olympics has triggered “a growing interest among many Japanese in acquiring presentation skills.”

THE WAGES OF SIN ćć A top official in NHK’s technology research department was canned for placing a bogus order for audio equipment totaling more than ¥2 million. ćć An 87-year-old death row inmate failed for the seventh time to get a retrial in the case of five women who died after drinking poisoned wine at a community gathering in Mie in 1961. ćć Trade officials in the US have begun an inquiry into 14 companies—including Panasonic, Nintendo and Toshiba—over suspicions that they


Number of Japanese people who suffer from alcoholism, according to health ministry estimates


violated the patents for optical disc drives held by an American firm. ćć Tok yo officials have exempted a shopping association in Setagaya from paying taxes on public statues depicting characters from the popular comic Sazae-san. It was determined that the statues are “part of an effort to revitalize the area, not promote business.”

FINDINGS ćć Officials at the OECD say Japan ranked first among 24 nations in a survey of literacy and numeracy in adults. ćć A team of researchers at Doshisha University have developed a substance that may inhibit “the formation of a protein believed to cause Alzheimer’s disease.” ćć It was revealed that, during the past ten years, the government has failed to inspect about 40 percent of all exports of equipment for nuclear power plants. ćć Officials at the Fire and Disaster Management Agency say a record 58,729 people were rushed to the hospital with heatstroke this past summer.

NICE HAUL ćć Of f icia ls f rom Ta iwa n’s Nat iona l Pa lace Museum say they will exhibit 230 items in Japan next year, including “calligraphy, pottery, porcelain and bronzes.” ćć Authorities at the Commission for the Conservation of Southern Bluefin Tuna raised Japan’s quota for catches of the fish by about 40 percent, to 4,737 tons a year. ćć Soccer star Shinji Ono was named a “cultural ambassador” for the 17th Japan Film Festival in Australia. ćć Officials in Hokkaido are deciding whether to impose a 6 percent power-saving program this winter.


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ore and more people are striving to live a lifestyle that is sustainable and environmentally friendly. But that’s not always so easy given all the disposable products and gratuitous packaging out there. Green shopping website Eco + Waza makes things easier with the Tomorrow Box. Get a subscription (¥6,300 for three months, ¥20,000 for a year) and you’ll receive five to eight new products shipped to your door each month. Each shipment is organized around a theme. October focused on planning for end-of-year cleaning and for November the concept is “Love and Light.” The package includes a newsletter explaining each product and the theme as well as coupons for further shopping. Customers are encouraged to give the box itself a second life with projects from the Cardboard Collective ( online at © ECO+WAZA CO., LTD.

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anking site Goo asked 11,087 Japanese people what bad manners in others are unforgettable. Be careful of the following if you want to avoid getting right up someone’s nose.

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small towel is a constant companion around Tokyo. They serve to damp up sweat in the hot months and wipe away drizzle during the wet ones. Geo Design turns the everyday necessity into something fun with their norimaki towels (¥600 for a small, ¥800 for a large). They look like ordinary towels with colorful stripes, but when folded and rolled up they take on the appearance of everyone’s favorite sushi treat. There is an attached elastic loop to hold everything in place or hang the towel from a hook. Great for kids, they can also be brought along on a sushi picnic to raise a laugh. Available online at

1. Littering............................................................................ 2898 people 2. Being late and not being bothered about it............1650 3. Not using proper greetings..................................................1649 4. Canceling plans at the last minute ...............................1099 5. Not using keigo (polite language).......................................720 6. Bad table manners .......................................................................579 7. Talking in a loud voice................................................................454 8. Doing make-up on the train...................................................353 9. Music blaring from headphones.......................................342 10. Hogging seats on the train....................................................327 Source:

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ere’s something to be really thankful for this Thanksgiving: American toilet deodorizers Poo-pourri are now available in Japan. The company claims they are clinically proven and that unlike aerosol sprays that simply mask odors after the fact, the sprays are designed to be used “before you go.” Spraying the bowl first creates a film on the water’s surface, trapping odors in, and the release of any, erm, flotsam and jetsam releases scents including lemongrass and citrus. The hilariously named lineup ranges from the organic Nature’s Call to the stronger Heavy Doody (both ¥987 for 59ml). There is even Little Stinker (¥1,680 for 118ml) for babies. Pop one in your loo, or hide it in your bag to prevent embarrassment during a visit to your in-laws’ house. Available at http://www. and at Entre Square (3-11-7 Kita-Aoyama, Minato-ku.) Metropolis has three spray bottles to give away. To apply, e-mail with the name of the British plumber who increased the popularity of flush toilets. © ENTRESQUARE AOYAMA

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s Tokyo stores rush to replace Halloween items with red St. Nick caps and plastic trees, one holiday that gets lost in the confetti is the American mainstay of Thanksgiving. While it is possible to cobble together a turkey dinner after frantically tracking down ingredients, it is much more difficult to find proper decorations for turkey day. Rest assured that the folks at Tokyo Party Fun have you covered. Their English website offers Thanksgiving themed plates, napkins, colorful streamers and more. Opt for the Thanksgiving party set (¥3,675) to easily make your feast complete. For more, see our Thanksgiving Dining Special, pages 18-20

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emember the slap bracelets that were big in the late ‘80s? Household goods maker Senshukai helps you relive that moment in the kitchen. Their one-second apron (¥1,680) slaps on and slides off, in, well, one second. It’s made possible by a flexible plastic waist ring hidden under the colorful fabric. The bow on the front is purely decorative. The speed makes this easy to slap on before slipping into the kitchen to put the last touches on Thanksgiving dinner, or to slip off when the takkyubin man rings at the door. Available patterns include seagulls, owls and two-tone polka dots. There’s a loop so you can hang the apron on a hook and the plastic waistband can be removed for washing. Now if they could only make all garments this easy to wear. Slap on corduroys anyone? Available at http://




Antenna Shops bring the whole country to Tokyo By Joan Bailey


elon-flavored ice cream from Hokkaido. Natamame (sword bean) tea from Hyogo. Mikan juice from Wakayama. Usually such unique regional items can only be savored by visiting the prefecture or city they are from, often two or more hours by bullet train or plane from Tokyo. Yet for those who crave food adventures or want to taste a particular fruit from Okinawa again, antenna shops are the answer. Small government shops representing all 47 of Japan’s prefectures, they provide a culinary and cultural glimpse into the unique delights of even the most far-flung of the archipelago’s regions. Created as a way to promote tourism and serve as an outlet for regional products and produce, the shops often also host reasonably priced cafés where visitors can sample scrumptious regional fare.

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inza Washita, the Okinawa antenna shop in the expensive area, opened its doors in 1994 to become the city’s first permanent shop. (Other organizations had previously run short “fairs” such as one held in the Marunouchi department store near Tokyo station in 1933 to showcase regional specialties.) Kagoshima followed suit in 1995, and based on the success of those stores, other prefectures established their own. Governor of Miyazaki Prefecture and former comedian, Hideo Higashikokubaru, led a public relations campaign in 2008 that boosted awareness of the region and helped popularize its antenna shop in Shinjuku. According to the Japan Center for Regional Development, a government agency that helps organize the satellite stores, this resulted in an antenna shop boom. A total of 55 shops can now be found in Shinjuku, Yurakacho and Ginza alone. The most recent one opened at the Tokyo Sky Tree. “Most of our visitors come from Tokyo, Chiba or Saitama. Maybe they lived in Toyama or they traveled there, and they want to find those items peculiar to Toyama. It’s a very natural lifestyle there, much different than Tokyo,” said Seiichi Yamauchi, who moved from Toyama to manage Iki Iki Toyamakan. Here, shoppers wait in line for ichiyaboshi (quick-dried salted fish) and lingered over boxes of masuzushi, thinly sliced salmon on rice wrapped in bamboo leaves. The shop also hosts regular craft classes and publishes a calendar of Toyama’s seasonal fruits. “It’s a way for Toyama people to show others where they are from,” he added. Yukari Sakamoto, author of Food, Sake, Tokyo, finds antenna shops a treasure trove of culinary delights. “I love exploring the depth of ingredients, from pickles to miso to sake. I’ve had the great fortune of traveling through many parts of Japan, so it’s fun to find unique ingredients from past trips,” she said. Shop items usually include a mix of fresh, frozen and dried foods, as well as beverages like sake, shochu and juices, along with unique products such


Kombu-wrapped kamaboko from Iki Iki Toyamakan

Iki Iki Toyamakan

as hechima (loofah) sponges from Toyama or lavender bath salts from Hokkaido. Most shops receive shipments of fresh fruits and vegetables twice a week to reflect their respective growing seasons. The Yamagata shop, for example, offers sansai (mountain vegetables) in spring while Ehime has a range of citrus throughout the winter months. Fresh sweet corn can hardly be kept in stock at the Hokkaido Dosanko Plaza in Yurakacho, and ice cream is always a favorite, according to manager Sadayuki Ishikawa. “We have over 1,000 different items here, but the soft serve ice cream is easily our best seller,” he said, gesturing to a line ten people deep. “Vanilla, melon and melon-mix,” he added as we watched customers of all ages enjoying their cones. Sakamoto offers small group tours of antenna shops and her guests are astounded to discover the vast scope of Japanese food. “Visitors love it as they can see the diversity of Japanese cuisine when visiting several areas in a short period,” she says. One quickly understands the tropical climate of Okinawa compared to the northern island of Hokkaido and its rich seafood and dairy

products. Then a visit to the TokushimaKagawa shop shows how udon is a big part of that region.” “Antenna shops are an open window to provincial Japan,” says Lionel Dersot, who also leads guided tours of the shops. “They are a way to get past standardized food, to remember that there is life beyond that.” Sakamoto’s antenna shop passion started a handful of years ago when a friend told her about Ginza Washita. “We were talking about awamori, the Okinawan shochu made from Thai rice and black koji (a rice-grown mold used to make sake). The Ginza Washita shop has a huge selection of awamori. There is also a nice choice of colorful Ryukyu-style glasses for drinking it,” effused Sakamoto, a trained sommelier. When Dersot began cooking more, he began paying attention to what he says had been in front of him all the time. “The more you cook, the more you are interested in things. I cook which means that I buy food. And when you buy food, you learn things. You think in terms of money but also in terms of variety. And you discover things.” Antenna shops present an interesting alternative to supermarkets.



Sake from Iki Iki Toyamakan




Ikinari dango, Kumamotokan

Ginza Washita

“I prefer antenna shops that offer fresh food. Antenna shops offer many of the things someone might bring back as omiyage (presents), but there are many things you won’t bring back. For example, red leeks from Kumamoto. If you go to the Kumamoto antenna shop, you will find interesting produce. You can find them at upscale department stores but not in the standard supermarket and not at such a reasonable price.”

IKI IKI TOYAMA Head to the basement of the Tokyo Kotsu Kaikan building only a few steps from the station and discover the delights of Japan’s west coast. Fish, sake, rice and noodles are just a few things available. An on-site sushi master will whip up whatever seasonal specialty the prefecture has to offer.Nearest stn: Yurakucho. Open daily, 10am-7pm.


he government isn’t the only group that thinks the antenna shop concept is a good idea. Kenmei Nagaoka, founder of D & Department Project in Tokyo, aims to create an experience for visitors that encourages travel. To that end, he created a bi-lingual magazine, D Design Travel, which is published three times a year with each issue focused on one prefecture and then rented space in Shibuya’s Hikarie building. There on the 8th f loor, visitors will find d47 Shoukudo, a restaurant featuring seasonal regional dishes, sa kes, ju ices a nd teas f rom each of Japan’s 47 prefectures. Across from the restaurant is a workshop space where D & Department organizes talks and hands-on workshops in regional crafts or cooking. A gallery space just around the corner often exhibits products from the prefectures or zeroes in on a specific region. Each piece is designed to support the other, to inspire visitors to explore and begin to understand what is special about a region. “We want them to come here, taste this food, read this magazine, see that item and then want to go. We want them to go and experience the reality of that place,” said Yuko Konoto, public relations officer for D & Department. The idea has also been harnessed by smaller cities. Koganeya is a little shop that sells only products produced in this western Tokyo suburb. Started in 2011 by Koganei’s Chamber of Commerce, the shop has proven to be a big hit with nearly 200 visitors a day. Vegetables, eggs, soap, baked goods, soba and udon from nearly 70 local

Located on the ground floor of the Tokyo Kotsu Kaikan building and less than two minutes from the station, visitors will find Hokkaido’s famous dairy products, fish, assorted seaweeds, snacks and, of course, some of the best ice cream around. Nearest stn: Yurakucho. Open daily, 10am-7pm. http://

KOGANEYA Hokkaido Dosanko Plaza's sweet set

businesses, including nine farms, can be found. A charming café on the second f loor uses local seasonal ingredients for their lunch sets and desserts. “People like being able to buy local items and many different things in one place,” said Eriko Shimomura, a clerk at the store. Koganeya’s most popular item is Ohori farm’s sakura honey. Located next door to Koganei Park, home to nearly 2,000 sakura (cherry trees), their bees find plenty to keep them busy each spring. “The sakura honey has a fresh grassy smell that customers love,” said Shimomura. Local flavor at its best.


Head out the south exit to this very local antenna shop featuring fresh, seasonal produce delivered daily, including a selection of Edo yasai (vegetables) throughout the year. A second floor café whips up yummy lunch sets from local ingredients as well as a nice selection of desserts. Nearest stn: Higashi-Koganei. Tue-Fri, 10am-8pm.

KUMAMOTOKAN Visitors to either of these antenna shops will find a nice variety of fresh fruits and vegetables, local sweets and karashi renkon (mustard stuffed lotus root). Fish, horsemeat, sake, shochu and charcoal bathing products are also available. Don’t forget to say hello to Kumamon, the black and white bear that is the prefecture’s mascot, too.Nearest stn: Ginza or Kichijoji. Open daily, 10am-7pm. http://

WASHITA GINZA A 15-minute walk from the station leads to Okinawa. With an interior designed to look and feel like a traditional island building, visitors will find an excellent selection of fresh produce, awamori, a nd cra f ts. T he Ok inawa n music select ion, according to Sakamoto, is terrific, too.Nearest stn: Onoyamakoen. Open daily, 10am-7pm. #1024 • WWW.METROPOLIS.CO.JP • 07



The staying power of British BPM By Dan Grunebaum


ogether with his partner Sasha, English DJ John Digweed helped bring UK house to the American masses via their legendary ’90s Sasha & Digweed residency at NYC club Twilo. With the latest EDM boom in full swing, Metropolis caught up with the man to get his take on $30 million dollar DJs and hear about his latest recording.

Tell us how Versus came together… Well it started off as a remix swap and we were going to put out an EP of a few tracks with Nick Muir and myself alongside different artists, then it just seemed to grow and grow into something we thought could become an album’s worth of material. I then decided to mix all the tracks together to try and create a smooth journey and we also worked on a CD’s worth of downtempo and electronica tracks together for those after-party moments. We are really happy how the album came together and can`t thank all the other artists enough for there fantastic contributions. How is it an evolution from your previous works? This is the first time Nick and myself have worked on a collaboration-style project with other artists, and we are really happy with the end result. Tell us about the making of some tracks. Nick and myself will start working on grooves and try and get something that we are both happy with, then it`s a case of working on a top line or other elements for the track to build on. What in your view is the trick to getting

people out on the dance floor? It’s all about the groove. If you get that right you are halfway there, it’s so important to get that right before starting to work on other elements of the track. What works and what doesn’t in clubland these days? It’s all about having a good time—there is so

much different music out there at the moment for people to choose from, it all comes down to personal taste. For me, I am having the best time with some amazing gigs all over the world and the music that is being made at the moment is incredible. I just try and focus on making sure my parties are the best they can be and try to be as consistent as possible. What is your take on the new EDM wave? It’s got the mainstream in the USA listening to the more commercial end of electronic music, so hopefully there might be a small trickle of people looking to find a more intelligent quality to their music and search out some of the great underground sounds that are out there. How will it be remembered? Confetti cannons, CO2 blasts, Jesus poses and cake throwing. Top grossing DJs are currently making upwards of $30m a year. What makes them worth that kind of money? Confetti cannons, CO2 blasts, Jesus poses and cake throwing. What kind of gear do you pack for a gig these days? I play off three Pioneer CDJ 2000s , an Allen and Heath DB4 mixer and I use an SD card to store all my music on. How has the evolution of music technology affected the experience for fans? I think nowadays the experience of going to a big event can be mind-blowing. With all the sound and lighting production of the stages, you really are going to see something special. How does Digweed chill out in Tokyo? It’s one of my favorite cities in the world with some of the best restaurants. Vision, Nov 22. See clubbing listings for details.




Japan’s haiku capital vacuum packed for a Tokyo audience By C.B. Liddell


yoto is one of the most evocative place names in Japan. Just to say it is to evoke images of snow-muffled temple bells, courtly ladies walking down paths curtained by whispering bamboo or paper doors sliding open to let in the sound of cicadas. Yes, Kyoto is one giant “haiku factory,” producing thousands of poetic images to match every season. Unfortunately, it is located at the wrong end of Japan, far away from Tokyo. But never fear, the latest exhibition at the Tokyo National Museum is designed to obviate that inconvenience with an exhibition designed to bring a taste of Kyoto to the capital that succeeded it. “Kyoto Inside and Out” has two sides. One focuses


on Kyoto the city, as depicted on gold-leaf-covered folding screens. These cover several panels and show a range of details, from the surrounding mountains to the rooftops, beggars, merchants and people playing various games and sports in walled gardens. These were obviously the Google Street View of their day. To get the best out of these works, you have to get in close and let your eye go for a wander amongst the detail. Not as easy as it sounds: the exhibition is aimed at the soft spot of the Japanese exhibition-visiting public and attendance is high. Alternatively, you can take a step back and view the works from a distance as semi-abstract works. In Scenes in and Around Kyoto, Uesugi Version (16th century) by Kano Eitoku, the aesthetic interest is really on the golden clouds that snake through the city, separating it into hundreds of small visual vignettes. From folding screens depicting the city as it might be seen from above, we move indoors to works painted on sliding doors and wall panels. These come from some of the famous buildings of the city, such as Kyoto

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Pheasant Under Cherry Blossoms



The world’s best compete in Japan By Fred Varcoe


ore great volleyball is heading to Japan in November when Nagoya, Kyoto and Tokyo host the Fedération Internationale de Volleyball (FIVB) World Grand Champions Cup. The women’s tournament will run from November 12-17, while the men’s takes place November 19-24. The first two days of the women’s tournament will be in Nagoya, while the first two days of the men’s competition will be in Kyoto. For both the men and the women, the third day is a rest day and the final three days of the tourney will be held at Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium. The World Grand Champions Cup features a total of six men’s teams and six women’s teams, with host Japan being joined by the continental winners from Asia, Europe, the North, Central America and Caribbean Volleyball Confederation (NORCECA) and South America, along with an additional wild card. Africa does not have an automatic spot in the tournament after finishing the 2012 Olympic Games as the lowest-ranked confederation. The World Grand Champions Cup is a round-robin tournament, meaning all the teams will play all the other teams. The competition, hosted every four years in Japan, started in 1993 with Italy winning the first men’s tournament, followed by Brazil, Cuba, Brazil and Brazil once again. Unlike the men’s competition, the women have

WOMEN As far as volleyball in Japan goes, the women rule. Just over a year ago, the Japan women’s volleyball team clinched the bronze medal at the London Olympic Games, defeating arch-rival South Korea 3-0 in the thirdplace playoff and earning their first Olympic medal since 1984. Brazil defeated USA in the final to retain the title it won in Beijing in 2008. But a number of Japan’s veteran players have retired since London, notably the team’s two leaders, setter Yoshie Takeshita—one of Japan’s finest ever athletes—and captain Erika Araki. Coach Masayoshi Manabe has already started revamping the team and Japan finished fourth in this year’s World Grand Prix under new captain Saori Kimura, the undisputed darling of Japanese volleyball. All three Olympic medalists will be taking part in the World Grand Champions Cup as Brazil is the South American Champion and the Americans are champions of NORCECA. Russia qualifies as European champions and two very strong Asian teams take up the remaining slots. Japan qualify as host of the tournament, with Thailand

in as Asian champion, having surprisingly beaten Japan in the Women’s Asian Championship final in September. The Dominican Republic rounds out the lineup.

MEN While the Japan men’s team has struggled to match the success of the women’s team, it still plays at a high standard and attracts plenty of support, particularly female fans. The team was given a boost this year with the recruitment of American Gary Sato as coach. While Japan may have finished with just three wins (against seven losses) in this year’s FIVB World League, it was a three-win improvement on last year and the team was only whitewashed in one match, showing that it’s on the way up. Joining Japan in the six-team event will be South American champion Brazil, NORCECA champion the United States, European champion Russia, Asian champion Iran and the sixth, Italy, the wild card. Russia beat Brazil in a dramatic final at the London Olympics after losing the first two sets, while Iran scored a convincing victory over South Korea in this year’s Asian Championship final on October 6. Japan finished fourth after losing to China in the bronze-medal playoff. Nov 15-17 (women) & Nov 22-24 (men), Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium, Sendagaya. See sports listings for details.

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Imperial Palace, Nijo Castle and the Ninomaru Palace. One of the most impressive works is Pine and Eagle (1626) by Kano Tan’yu, from the grand hall of Ninomaru Palace, a suitably regal work for a building that was used by the shoguns when they were in town. One of the most interesting facts to emerge is how many of the painters belonged to the Kano family, who seem to have held something of a monopoly over the higher echelons of the art world for several centuries. A few years ago there was even an exhibition that looked at how the Kano family sidelined a famous rival, Tohaku Hasegawa. It seems their dominance wasn’t just down to the genetic talent passed down from generation to generation, but also relied on a bit of skulduggery. But these works are not just about artistic talent. They are also about the beautiful way in which traditional Japanese art ages. It is this, even more than the paintings that exudes the atmosphere of Old Kyoto. In Pheasant Under Cherry Blossoms (1626) by yet another Kano (Naonobu), the slightly fading and flaking quality of the gold leaf seems to echo the falling of the petals, creating yet another little mental haiku. Tokyo National Museum, until Dec 1. See exhibition listings for details. Metropolis is giving away 5 pairs of tickets! Email with your details and "Kyoto Panels" in the subject line.

produced a different winner every time: Cuba (1993), Russia, China, Brazil and Italy. Japan has earned just two medals, both bronze. The men took the bronze medal in 2009 and the women in 2001.


Fukuoka trio’s monochrome weekend By Dan Grunebaum


ukuoka is known for generating some of the most creative rock of the archipelago— think Number Girl and Sheena Ringo. Without relocating to Tokyo like the above, trio Miu Mau are generating accolades all over. A listen to their new single “Monochrome” reveals why. Over jelly synths and airtight drums, singer Masami Takashima casts a spell with a voice that’s at once clear as bell and emotive—a welcome antidote to the simpering songstresses that dominate whatever now passes for Japan’s “airwaves.” Sung in English, the video for “Monochrome” traces the lonely, ennui-filled “monochrome weekend” of a typical (if atypically lovely) young Japanese woman. “The concept for each of our songs is different,” Takashima says by email. “The best description of our overall approach might be, 'new wave/ experimental/indie-rock/breakbeats/ world/disco.'” However you want to describe the musical formula

of Miu Mau (“cat’s tail” in Finnish), they’ve hit on the right combination. The B-side of the single, “Haru wa Kaoru Spring,” is equally compelling, skirting the line of dub and electro without quite being either. Takahashima, who moved from Kumamoto to Fukuoka to create a band, says bandmates Hiromi Kajiwara’s “cool looks” on guitar and drummer Miwako Matsuda’s “rock solid” beats made her realize instantly that they were the vehicle for her musical vision. From their base in Fukuoka—a move to Tokyo is definitely not in the cards—the trio has dreams of one day touring abroad. But if not, they tell Metropolis that in a decade they’ll be the “coolest obasan” around.


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Child Aid Live

Two-day festival for charity with Mix Speaker's Inc and others. Nov 20, 7pm; Nov 21, 7pm, ¥4,000 (adv) +1d. Akasaka Blitz. Nearest stn: Akasaka. Tel: 0570-064-000.

Atoms for Peace

Thom Yorke, Flea and company. Nov 21-22, 7pm, ¥9,000-10,000 (adv) +1d. Studio Coast. Nearest stn: Shin-Kiba. Tel: 03-3499-6669. www.

Hokuo Music Night

Kieran Strange A young UK singer now residing in Vancouver, Canada, Kieran Strange’s musical approach yokes sunny pop melodies to crunchy guitar rock, topping it up with synth effects to give it a varnish of British nerd-rock. Strange has worked with Adam Lambert and Avril Lavigne, and is rumored to be on the next Carly Rae Jepsen tour. On her first Japan live-house circuit, she will be supported by local musicians, and for two shows, Kensuke Ito, member of well-known Japanese indie-rock band Prague, will be behind her on the drum kit. Shimokitazawa Garage, Nov 11 and Hard Rock Cafe Roppongi, Nov 12.

A selection of the best bands from the Nordic countries. Nov 22, 7:30pm, ¥5,800 (adv) +1d. Duo Music Exchange, Shibuya-ku. Nearest stn: Shibuya.

Loud and Metal Mania

Finnish metal heavyweights Battle Beast and Whispered. Nov 22, 7pm, ¥5,800 (adv) +1d. Unit, Shibuya-ku. Nearest stn: Daikanyama.

Sheena and The Rokkets



Visual-kei bands Lynch, Merry and others. Nov 15, 5:30pm, ¥4,000 +1d. Shibuya-AX. Nearest stn: Harajuku. Tel: 03-3447-8822.


Visual-kei rock with electro beats. Nov 8, 7pm; Nov 9, 5pm, ¥5,800 (adv)/ ¥6,300 (door) +1d. Shibuya-AX. Nearest stn: Harajuku. Tel: 050-5533-0888. www.55-69. com


Okinawan melodic hardcore band with None of Your Business and others. Nov 8, 6:30pm, ¥2,500 (adv)/ ¥3,000 (door) +1d. F.A.D. Yokohama. Nearest stn: Ishikawa. Tel: 045-663-3842.

Mad Ollie 2013

Street culture event with Man With a Mission, Ken Yokoyama and others. November 9, 2:30pm, ¥3,900 (adv) +1d. Studio Coast, Koto-ku. Nearest stn: Shin-Kiba. Tel: 03-3499-6669.

Chicano Batman

Ethnomusologists from Los Angeles. Nov 8, 8pm, ¥4,000-6,000 (adv). Motion Blue. Nearest stn: Bashamichi. Tel: 045-2261919. chicanobatman


Okinawan all-girl rock band. Nov 10, 6pm, ¥3,000 (adv)/ ¥4,000 (door) +1d. Shibuya-AX. Nearest stn: Harajuku. Tel: 050-55330888.

Kieran Strange

British nerd-rock singer with guest drummer Kensuke Ito. Nov 11, 7pm, ¥1,00 (adv)/ ¥1,800 (door) +1d. Shimokitazawa Garage. Nearest stn: Shimokitazawa. Tel: 03-5454-7277. www.


Party girl and pop hit-maker. Nov 12-13, 7pm, ¥8,000 (adv) +1d. Zepp Tokyo. Nearest stn: Aomi. Tel: 03-3499-6669. english

Kieran Strange

British nerd-rock singer with Kensuke Ito. Nov 12, 7:30pm, free +1d. Hard Rock Cafe Roppongi. Tel: 03-3408-7018.

Parallel Ocean

Punk, visual-kei and idol groups perform together. The Cherry Cokes, Screw and others. Nov 12, 6pm, ¥3,500 (adv) +1d. Club Quattro, Shibuya-ku. Nearest stn: Shibuya. Tel: 03-34778750.


Freaks Addict Tour Beyond

Angry Frog Rebirth

Metalcore band with Roach, Secret 7 Line and others. November 16, 6pm, ¥2,500 (adv) +1d. Club Asia, Shibuya. Nearest stn: Shibuya.

Big Bang

K-pop hearthrobs. Nov 16, 6pm; Nov 17, 5pm, ¥9,500 (adv). Seibu Dome. Nearest stn: Seibukyujomae. Tel: 04-29251141.

The Pillows

Alternative J-rock. Nov 16, 6pm, ¥4,200 +1d. Shibuya-AX. Nearest stn: Harajuku. Tel: 050-5533-0888. www.


Reggae-punk rock from Shonan. Nov 16, 6pm, ¥2,800 (adv) +1d. F.A.D. Yokohama. Nearest stn: Ishikawa. Tel: 03-3444-6751. www.

Kev Gray & The Gravy Train Bossa-folk band celebrates 5 years of music, love, war and pain with guests TEFCO. Nov 16, 7:30pm, ¥2,000 (adv)/ ¥2,500 (door). Crocodile. Nearest stn: Shibuya. www.

Funkist Festival

J-rock quintet with secret guests. Nov 17, 2pm, ¥3,500 (adv) +1d. Akasaka Blitz. Nearest stn: Akasaka. Tel: 050-5533-0888.

Paul McCartney

Former The Beatles member and contemporary music key figure. Nov 18-21, 7pm, ¥12,500-16,500. Tokyo Dome. Nearest stn: Suidobashi. Tel: 0570-550-799.

Alicia Keys

R&B singer-songwriter. Nov 18, 7pm, ¥9,000 (adv). Yokohama Arena. Nearest stn: Shin-Yokohama. Tel: 03-34996669.

Franz Ferdinand

Glasgow boys who want you to take them out. Nov 19, 7pm; Nov 20, 7pm, ¥7,000 (adv) +1d. Zepp Tokyo. Nearest stn: Aomi. Tel: 03-3444-6751.

Pretty Maids

Not-so-pretty Danish melodic heavy metalheads. Nov 19, 7pm, ¥7,000 (adv) +1d. O-East. Nearest stn: Shibuya. Tel: 03-5453-8899.

New wave from the late 1970s. Nov 23, 7pm, ¥3,800 (adv)/ ¥4,500 +1d. SuperDeluxe. Nearest stn: Roppongi. Tel: 03-5412-0515. www.

Animax Musix

2 days of anime music. Nov 23, 2pm; Nov 24, 2pm, ¥8,500 (adv). Yokohama Arena. Nearest stn: Shin-Yokohama. Tel: 0570-02-9999. www.

Electro-pop female rap duo. Nov 24, 6pm, ¥2,800 (adv) +1d. WWW. Nearest stn: Shibuya. Tel: 050-5533-0888.

Black Rebel Motorcycle Club

Garage rock, neo-psychedelia and blues. Nov 25, 7:30pm, ¥6,300 (adv) +1d. Liquidroom. Nearest stn: Ebisu. Tel: 03-3499-6669.


K-pop heartthrob and daring dancer. Nov 25-28, 7pm, ¥9,500 (adv) +1. Zepp Tokyo, Koto-ku. Nearest stn: Aomi.

Milk Hotel and others. Nov 30, 2pm; Dec 1, 1pm, ¥7,000 (1 day, adv)/ ¥13,900 (2 days, adv) +1d. Yebisu Garden Hall. Nearest stn: Ebisu. contact@ http://

New Peace

Bon Jovi

K-pop heartthrobs. Dec 19-20, 6pm; Dec 21, 4pm, ¥9,500 (adv). Tokyo Dome, Bunkyo-ku. Nearest stn: Suidobashi. Tel: 03-5800-9999.

80s rock icon who'll be there for you. Dec 4, 7pm, ¥9,00012,000 (adv). Tokyo Dome. Nearest stn: Suidobashi. Tel: 03-5800-9999.

Dragon Ash


Punk pop from the OC. Dec 4, 7pm, ¥6,500 (adv) +1d. Shibuya-AX, Shibuya. Nearest stn: Harajuku.


Okinawan melodic hardcore band. Dec 5, 7pm, ¥3,000 (adv)/ ¥3,500 (door) +1d. O-West. Nearest stn: Shibuya.

Geki Rock X The Bonez

Rock, hip-hop and electrofusion. Club Quattro, Shibuya-ku. Nearest stn: Shibuya. Tel: 03-3477-8750. Dec 7, 6pm, ¥3,500 (adv) +1.

Country Yard

Punk rock band with After Tonight, Northern 19 and others. Dec 8, 1pm, ¥2,800 (adv) +1d. Yokohama Bay Hall, Yokohama. Nearest stn: Motomachi-Chukagai. Tel: 045-624-3900. www.


Up-and-coming Osakan industrial metallers. Dec 8, 6pm, ¥3,500 (adv) +1d. O-East. Nearest stn: Shibuya. Tel: 03-3499-6669. www.

Elvis Costello & The Imposters


Up-and-coming J-pop singersongwriter. Nov 28, 7pm, ¥4,800 (adv). Zepp Diver City. Nearest stn: Daiba. www.

The Cardigans

Swedish pop giants. Nov 28, 7pm, ¥7,500-8,500 (adv) +1d. Shibuya-AX. Nearest stn: Harajuku. Tel: 03-3499-6669.

Ryo Carnival

Post-hardcore rockers 9mm Parabellum Bullet and others. Nov 30, 4:30pm, ¥3,150 (adv) +1d. Shibuya-AX. Nearest stn: Harajuku. Tel: 050-5533-0888.

Yokohama Otomatsuri

A wide range of performances of various styles hosted at venues across Yokohama. Until Nov 30. various times, various prices. various venues across Yokohama city. http://

Hostess Club Weekender

Sebadoh, Deerhunter, Neutral

Chucho Valdes & The AfroCuban Jazz Messengers




Leo Ieiri

Big Bang

Lagitagida Tutela

Angry, emotional and energetic ensemble. Dec 11, 7:30pm; Dec 13, 7:30pm; Dec 14, 7:30pm, ¥8,000 (adv) +1d. Ex Theater Roppongi. Nearest stn: Roppongi or Nogizaka. Tel: 03-3444-6751. www.

Tokyo punk rock. Nov 27, 7pm, ¥3,500 +1d. Shibuya-AX. Nearest stn: Harajuku. Tel: 03-3499-6669. www.totalfat. net

American enka singer. Nov 23, 4pm, ¥5,500 (adv). Katsushika Symphony Hills. Nearest stn: Aoto. Tel: 03-5670-2233.

Recently reunited funlovin' punkrockers. Dec 20, 7pm, ¥4,000-4,500 (adv) +1d. Zepp Diver City. Nearest stn: Daiba. Tel: 03-3444-6751. www.

Progressive rock with Mop of Head and others. Dec 4, 7pm, ¥2,800 (adv)/ ¥3,300 (door) +1d. WWW. Nearest stn: Shibuya.

J-pop idol quintet. Dec 12, 6pm; Dec 13, 6pm; Dec 14, 6pm; Dec 15, 6pm, ¥8,500 (adv). Tokyo Dome. Nearest stn: Suidobashi. Tel: 0180-993773.

The Birthday

All-female pop-punk veterans. Dec 21, 6pm, ¥3,000 (adv) +1d. Fever. Nearest stn: Shindaita. Tel: 03-3444-6751. www.

Guitarist Kazumi Watanabe with Sadanori Nakamure. Dec 4, 7pm, ¥2,000-7,000. Mori no Hall. Nearest stn: Hashimoto. Tel: 042-775-3811. www.

Harajuku Performance and Dommune 2013


Open Reel Ensemble, The Otogibanashi's and others. Dec 21, 7pm; Dec 22, 6pm, ¥3,500 (adv)/ ¥4,000 (door). Laforet Museum. Nearest stn: Meiji-jingumae. www.

JAZZ/WORLD Vinicius Cantuaria

Feel drawn Saudade of Antônio Carlos Jobim. Nov 8, 6:30 & 9pm; Nov 9, 5 & 8pm, ¥5,8008,000. Cotton Club. Nearest stn: Tokyo. www.cottonclubjapan.

Mike Price Jazz Orchestra Newly acquired and original compositions. Nov 8, 7:45pm, ¥3,990 (adv) +1d. Someday. Nearest stn: Shinjuku-gyoenmae. www.

Cinema Meets Jazz

Kazumi Tateishi Trio plays hits from Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence and other movies. Nov 9, 4pm, ¥1,500-2,500. Green Hall. Nearest stn: Sagami-Ono. Tel: 042-7429999.

Keola Beamer

Listen with rapt attention to a wide variety of Hawaiian music. Nov 15, 6:30 & 9pm, ¥6,300-8,500. Cotton Club. Nearest stn: Tokyo. www.

The Bad Plus with Kurt Rosenwinkel US trio. Nov 16-17, 5 & 8pm, ¥7,350-9,500. Cotton Club. Nearest stn: Tokyo. www.

Le Grand Jour via Tete/ Tryo


The Glenn Miller Orchestra

Groovy masters of funk. Dec 15, 7pm, ¥2,000 (adv)/ ¥2,500 (door) +1d. ACB Hall. Nearest stn: Shinjuku or Seibu-Shinjuku. Tel: 03-32050901.

The Hero of Jazz cerebrates Blue Note Tokyo 25th Anniversary. Nov 30, 5 & 8pm; Dec 1, 5 & 8pm; Dec 2, 7 & 9:30pm, ¥8,400. Blue Note. Nearest stn: Omotesando.

Shonen Knife

Fear, and Loathing in Las Vegas


Raul Midon & Ricard Bona

Juana Molina

Boz Scaggs

New rave rock from Brazil. Dec 14, 7pm, ¥6,000 (adv) +1d. Ex Theater Roppongi. Nearest stn: Roppongi or Nogizaka.

Feeling Latin jazz. Nov 27-29, 7 & 9:30pm, ¥8,400. Blue Note. Nearest stn: Omotesando.

Teeny bop trio that fuses idol music with metal. Dec 21, 4pm, ¥5,800 (adv). Makuhari Messe. Nearest stn: Kaihin-Makuhari. Tel: 0570-084-003. www.

Garage and punk rock . Dec 13, 7pm, ¥4,500 (adv) +1d. Club Quattro, Shibuya-ku. Nearest stn: Shibuya. Tel: 03-3477-8750.

Electro-metalcore. Kobe kids tear up the dance floor, eardrums and more. Dec 13, 7pm, ¥3,500 (adv) +1d. Zepp Diver City. Nearest stn: Daiba. Tel: 03-3499-6669. www.


Husking Bee, Asparagus and more. Dec 17, 7:15pm, ¥3,000 (adv) +1d. Fever. Nearest stn: Shindaita. Tel: 03-3444-6751.

Japanese rap-rock. Dec 4, 7:30pm, ¥4,980 (adv) +1d. Ex Theater Roppongi. Nearest stn: Roppongi or Nogizaka.

Okinawa pop queen. Nov 26, 6:30pm; Nov 27, 6:30pm; Dec 7, 6pm; Dec 8, 5pm, ¥8,500 (adv). Yoyogi National Gymnasium. Nearest stn: Meiji-Jingumae.

Namie Amuro


Blues and rock legend. Nov 18, 7pm; Nov 19, 7pm, ¥8,5009,500 (adv). Shibuya Public Hall. Nearest stn: Shibuya. Tel: 03-3402-5999.

Rock, blues and jazz a la francaise. Nov 21, 7pm, ¥4,0006,000 (adv). Shinjuku Bunka Center. Nearest stn: HigashiShinjuku. Tel: 03-3498-2881.

One of the most famous jazz bands in the world. Nov 21, 7pm, ¥5,000-7,000. Bunkamura Orchard Hall. Nearest stn: Shibuya. www.

Michel Legrand

Film music Maestro. Nov 21, 7 & 9:30pm; Nov 22, 7 & 9:30pm, ¥8,400. Blue Note. Nearest stn: Omotesando. www.bluenote.

Argentine dub. Dec 3, 7 & 9:30pm, ¥7,350. Blue Note. Nearest stn: Omotesando.

Master × Master

Bamboo wind instrument Shakuhachi virtuoso Dozan Fujiwara performs and discusses the history, present and future of this traditional piece. Dec 8, 4pm, ¥500-1,000. Spiral Hall. Nearest stn: Omotesando. http://meturl. com/shakuhach2013

CLASSICAL Atsuko Temma

Enjoy the amazing Stradivarius timbre. Nov 8, 7pm, ¥5,000-7,000. Kioi Hall. Nearest stn: Yotsuya. Tel: 03-5276-4500. www.kioi-hall.

Peter Rösel

German romanticism piano music. Nov 7, 7pm; Nov 9, 3pm, ¥2,500-11,000. Kioi Hall. Nearest stn: Yotsuya. Tel: 03-5276-4500. www.kioi-hall.

Verdi Gala

Celebrating the 200th anniversary of Giuseppe Verdi's birth. Music from La Traviata, Aida and more. Nov 10, 3pm, ¥1,500-4,500. Saitama Arts Theater. Nearest stn: Yonohonmachi. Tel: 0570-064-939. www.saf.


Performance by pianist Makiko Tanaka and Keiichiro Maeda and others. Nov 10, 2pm, ¥1,500-2,500. Sagamihara South Hall. Nearest stn: Sagamiono.

Izumi Tateno Festival

With Chamber Orchestra La Tempesta. Nov 10, 2pm, ¥4,000-7,000. Tokyo Opera City Concert Hall. Nearest stn: Shinjuku or Hatsudai. www.


Jazz collective headed by keyboard player Naruyoshi Kikuchi. Nov 14, 7pm, ¥5,000 (adv) +1d. Liquidroom, Shibuya-ku. Nearest stn: Ebisu. Tel: 03-3444-6751. Liquidroom, Shibuya-ku. Nearest stn: Ebisu. www.


Shakuhachi, violoncello and piano concert. Nov 14, 7pm, ¥6,000. Tokyo Opera City Concert Hall. Nearest stn: Shinjuku or Hatsudai. www.

The Glenn Miller Orchestra Big band Japan Tour. Nov 14, 1:30pm, ¥5,000-7,000. Sumida Triphony Hall. Nearest stn: Kinshicho.

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Beethoven's three last sonatas. Dec 12, 7pm, ¥6,000-15,000. Yokohama Minato Mirai Hall. Nearest stn: Minatomirai. Tel: 045-682-2020.



Kiriku Handbell Ensemble

World-renowned handbell group. Dec 13, 12:10pm, ¥1,000. Saitama Arts Theater. Nearest stn: Yonohonmachi. www.


Overdose: Psycho-Catastrophe Indonesian director Nandang Aradea died tragically of a stroke at 42 just in October, but his company Indonesia Theatre of Studio decided to soldier on and participate in this year’s Festival/Tokyo. The troupe was an award-winner at last year’s F/T, and returns for another outdoor performance in Ikebukuro Nishiguchi Park. A bamboo theatre will be created using motifs of a ship and the sea. Inspired by the 1883 Krakatoa eruption, the performance is intended to give the audience an experience of the struggle with nature. Their responses will be filmed and projected onto the stage for a unique, at times scary contemplation of the power of nature and frailty of humanity. Ikebukuro Nishiguchi Park, Nov 9-10, 6:30pm & Nov 12-13, 7pm, ¥1,000-3,500 (adv). Nearest stn: Ikebukuro. http://

Scandinavian Serenade

Enjoy works by Carl Nielsen and others while dining on smoked salmon. Nov 15, 6:30pm, ¥9,335. Foreign Correspondents' Club of Japan. Nearest stn: Yurakucho. Tel:

The 92nd Regular Concert

Jörg-Peter Vu~aigure conducts Kioi Sinfonietta Tokyo. Nov 15, 7pm; Nov 16, 2pm, ¥1,50025,000. Kioi Hall. Nearest stn: Yotsuya. Tel: 03-5276-4500.

Eri Tsuchiya

Piano recital with works by Bach and others. Nov 15, 7pm, ¥3,500 (gen)/ ¥6,000 (pair). Matsuo Hall, Hibiya Steinway Salon. Hibiya Marin Bldg., 1-5-1 Yurakucho. alberi.alberini@

Makiko Arai & Kozo Toyota Organ meets Irish flute. Nov 16, 2pm, free. Saitama Arts Theater. Nearest stn: Yonohonmachi.

Tchaikovsky & 4 Venuses

Doppler, Poulenc and Tchaikovsky. Nov 17, 2pm, ¥2,000-5,000. Tokyo Opera City Concert Hall. Nearest stn: Shinjuku or Hatsudai.

City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra Concert

Works by Wagner, Sibelius and Tchaikovsky. Nov 21, 7pm, ¥3,000-16,000. Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre. Nearest stn: Ikebukuro. Tel: 0570-010296.

Duke Ellington Orchestra

One of the best known bands of the 20th century with guest Cecile McLorin Salvant. Nov 23-24, 5 & 8pm, ¥8,400. Blue Note. Nearest stn: Omotesando.

Orchestra Nipponica

Featuring conductor Ichiro Nodaira. Nov 24, 2:30pm, ¥2,000-3,000. Kioi Hall. Nearest stn: Yotsuya. Tel: 03-52764500.

Krystian Zimerman

Beethoven's three last sonatas. Nov 26, 7pm, ¥5,000-16,000. Suntory Hall. Nearest stn: Roppongi-itchome.

Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie

Pieces from Beethoven's opera, Fidelio. Nov 28, 7pm; Nov 30, 3pm, ¥10,000-28,000. Yokohama Minato Mirai Hall. Nearest stn: Minatomirai. Tel: 045-682-2020.

Kazune Shimizu

Performing Chopin and Liszt. Nov 28, 1:30pm, ¥5,000. Tokyo Opera City Concert Hall. Nearest stn: Shinjuku or Hatsudai.


Italian Orchestra E Coro Del Teatro Regio plays a powerful and emotional collection of works by Verdi. Nov 30, 2pm, ¥8,100-25,000. Suntory Hall. Nearest stn: Roppongiitchome. Tel: 03-5774-3040.

Piano Etoile Series vol.23

Piano recital by Yuma Osaki. Dec 1, 2pm, 1,000-3,500. Saitama Arts Theater. Nearest stn: Yonohonmachi. www.saf.

Tokyo Cathedral Christmas Czech Boys Choir 'Boni Pueri' sings Christmas classics. Dec 4, 7pm, ¥5,000. Tokyo Cathedral. Nearest stn: Gokokuiji. www. concert_2013/c04

Celtic Christmas

Irish accordionist. Dec 7, 5:30pm, ¥4,000-6,500. Sumida Triphony Hall. Nearest stn: Kinshicho. www.plankton.


Bach Collegium Japan conducted by Masaaki Suzuki. Dec 7, 4pm, ¥3,000-8,000. Saitama Arts Theater. Nearest stn: Yonohonmachi. www.

Alti Quartet & Paul Meyer

Chamber music by Beethoven and Brahms. Dec 8, 3pm, ¥2,000-6,000. Mori no Hall. Nearest stn: Hashimoto. Tel: 042-775-3811. www.hall-net.

Alti Quartet & Paul Meyer

Chamber music by Mozart and Brahms. Dec 11, 7pm, ¥4,800. Bunkyo Civic Hall. Nearest stn: Korakuen. Tel: 03-5803-1100.

Tchaikovsky Serenade

Overture in C minor and other works, with a post-performance champagne reception. Dec 11, 7pm, ¥5,500 (group)/ ¥6,000 (single). Oji Hall. Nearest stn: Ginza. Tel:

Boni Pueri Christmas

Singing "Silent Night", "Hallelujah" etc. Dec 11, 6:30pm, ¥5,000. Tokyo Bunka Kaikan. Nearest stn: Ueno. concert_2013/c04

Mariko Senju and Suk Chamber Orchestra Christmas Concert

Violinist Mariko Senju plays with the Suk Chamber Orchestra. Dec 14, 1:30pm, ¥4,000-7,000. Tokyo Opera City Concert Hall. Nearest stn: Shinjuku or Hatsudai. YUTENJI 03-3713-4958 JIYUGAOKA 03-3723-4785



Sergey Schepkin

Goldberg Variations. Dec 16, 7pm, ¥3,000-5,000. Sumida Triphony Hall. Nearest stn: Kinshicho.

Rafal Blechacz

Polish classical pianist plays works by Beethoven, Chopin and more. Dec 17, 7pm, ¥2,000-5,000. Saitama Arts Theater. Nearest stn: Yonohonmachi. Tel: 0570-064-939. www.saf.

Christmas Gospel

The Glory Gospel Singers. Dec 17, 7pm, ¥5,000-6,500. Sumida Triphony Hall. Nearest stn: Kinshicho.

Vienna Glass Harmonica Duo

Schubert, Mozart and more. Dec 21, 4pm, ¥2,000-11,000. Kioi Hall. Nearest stn: Yotsuya. Tel: 03-5276-4500.

Stage Tokyo Heterotopia

"Tour" theater experience where participants become a part of the show. Visitors follow a recorded narrative while visiting various public spaces, forming a story in each area. Nov 9-Dec 8, Noon-7pm, every hour, ¥1,000-3,500 (adv)/ ¥1,000-4,000 (door). Various venues across Tokyo. www.

33rpm and a Few Seconds

Linah Saneh and Rabih Mroué engage in Lebanon's complexities. English with Japanese subtitles. Nov 14, 7:30pm; Nov 15, 2pm; Nov 16, 7:30pm, ¥2,500 (adv)/ ¥3,000 (door). Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre. Nearest stn: Ikebukuro. Tel: 03-5391-2111.

Jin and Fantastic Energy

Takarazuka Revue presents the stage version of popular TV drama/manga series. Nov 15, 4pm; Nov 16-17, noon & 4pm, ¥5,000-7,000. Green Hall. Nearest stn: Sagami-Ono. Tel: 03-52512071. www.kageki.hankyu.


Award-winning comedy performance group. Nov 16, 2pm, ¥4,500. Nakano Zero Hall. Nearest stn: Nakano. Tel: 0570-00-3337. www.

Rakugo in English

Katsura Kaishi and Diane Kichijitsu will make you laugh out loud, regardless of your nationality. Nov 16, 7pm, ¥3,000 (adv)/ ¥3,500 (door). Bunkyo Civic Hall, Kasuga. Nearest stn: Korakuen. ENGrakugo@



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STAGE The Sculptor, the Model and the Sergeant What exactly is happening in Happening? After a series of gruesome murders shocks the small town of Happening, the media dubs the serial killer “The Mortician” due to the macabre way he dispatches his victims. Hot on his trail is the sergeant, who comes knocking on the door of a sculptor’s studio whose sitting model may hold the biggest secret of all. The farcical investigation is staged by Rising Sun Theatre. Shakti Studio, Nov 9-10 & 16-17, various times, ¥2,500 (adv). Nearest stn: Horikiri Shobuen.

The Suit

A wife is forced to carry the left-behind suit of her lover as a reminder of her betrayal to her husband. Book-to-play adaption by illustrious director Peter Brook. Until Nov 17, various times, ¥4,500-8,400. Parco Theater. Nearest stn: Shibuya. Tel: 03-3477-5858.

The Long Field Trip

Timeless observations of man versus nature. Japanese with English subtitles. Until Nov 25, various times, ¥3,500 (adv)/ ¥4,000 (door). Nishi-Sugamo Arts Factory. Nearest stn: Nishi-Sugamo. Tel: 03-59615200. www.festival-tokyo. jp/en

No Time to Wait

A silly comedy about life and penguins, presented by Tokyo International Players (TIP) Second Stage. Nov 21-22, 7pm; Nov 23, 1 & 7pm; Nov 24, 1 & 6pm, ¥1,000-3,000. Theater Brats. Nearest stn: Shinjuku Sanchome. Tel: 03-33531868. www.notimetowait. org

Les Contes d'Hoffmann

Opera fantastique by Jacques Offenbach. Nov 28, 6:30pm; Dec 1, 2pm; Dec 4, 6:30pm; Dec 7, 2pm; Dec 10, 2pm, ¥1,500-21,000. New National Theatre Tokyo. Nearest stn: Hatsudai. Tel: 03-5352-9999. www.nntt.

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Post-Fukushima fable by Toshiki Okada. Japanese with English subtitles. Until Dec 8, various times, ¥4,000 (adv)/ ¥4,500 (door). Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre. Nearest stn: Ikebukuro. Tel: 03-5391-2111.


Teatro Regio Torino performs Puccini's Tosca. Nov 29, 6:30pm; Dec 2, 3pm; Dec 5, 6:30pm; Dec 8, 3pm, ¥10,000-41,000. Tokyo Bunka Kaikan. Nearest stn: Ueno. Tel: 03-5774-3040.

The Coming Storm

A cross-cut of multiple stories by innovate British company. English with Japanese subtitles. Nov 29, 7:30pm; Nov 30, noon & 6pm; Dec 1, noon, ¥4,500 (adv)/ ¥5,000 (door). Nishi-Sugamo Arts Factory. Nearest stn: Nishi-Sugamo. Tel: 03-5961-5200. www.

The Qlobe of Life II

Performance that links pedigree to humans, not just animals. Japanese with English subtitles. Nov 29, 7:30pm; Nov 30, 2 & 7:30pm; Dec 1, 2pm, ¥2,500



Ballets Russes Stravinsky Evening

Paris-based ballet company performs The Firebird, Apollo and Les Noces. Nov 13, 7pm; Nov 15, 7pm; Nov 16, 2pm; Nov 17, 2pm, ¥3,150-12,600. New National Theatre Tokyo. Nearest stn: Hatsudai. Tel: 03-5352-9999. www.nntt.jac.

(adv)/ ¥3,000 (door). Asahi Art Square. Nearest stn: Asakusa. Tel: 090-9118-5171. www.


Award-winning comedy performance group. Nov 30, 1pm, ¥4,500. Shibuya Kokaido. Nearest stn: Shibuya. Tel: 0570-00-3337. www.

A Masked Ball

Teatro Regio Torino performs Verdi's operatic tale of murder and deceit. Dec 1, 3pm, ¥11,000-44,000. Tokyo Bunka Kaikan. Nearest stn: Ueno. Tel: 03-5774-3040. www.

Primitive Opera— Momotaro

Punk opera adaptation of classic Japanese folk tale. Dec 2, 3 & 7:30pm, ¥2,000 (adv)/ ¥2,300 (door). Morishita Studio B. Nearest stn: Morishita. Tel: kiki.arts. http://

Ganesh Versus the Third Reich

Australian Back to Back Theatre presents a story rich with imagery and mythology. English with Japanese subtitles. Dec 6, 7pm; Dec 7, 3pm; Dec 8, 2pm, ¥4,500 (adv)/ ¥5,000 (door). Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre. Nearest stn: Ikebukuro. Tel: 03-53912111. www.festival-tokyo. jp/en

Don Quichotte du Trocadéro

Urban dance combined with burlesque and slapstick comedy. Dec 13, 7pm; Dec 14-15, 2pm, ¥1,000-4,500. Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre, Toshima-ku. Nearest stn: Ikebukuro. Tel: 03-5391-2111.

Drums and Voices

A collaboration between twelve performers of traditional music from seven different ASEAN countries. Dec 18, 7pm, ¥5,000. Bunkamura Orchard Hall, Shibuya. Nearest stn: Shibuya. Tel: 03-3477-9999.

La Bohème

Isango Ensemble's perspective of one of the world's most popular operas. Dec 19, 6:30pm; Dec 20, 2pm; Dec 21, 2 & 6:30pm; Dec 22, 2pm, ¥1,000-8,400. Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre. Nearest stn: Ikebukuro. Tel: 0570-010296.

Dance Pudique Acide/Extasis

Renowned choreographer Mathilde Monnier and Jean-Francois Duroure. Nov 9, 3pm, . Saitama Hall. Nearest stn: Urawa. Tel: 048-829-2471.


The Tokyo Ballet performs the often-told tale of love, lust and betrayal. Nov 14, 7pm; Nov 15, 7pm; Nov 16, 3pm; Nov 17, 3pm, ¥4,000-17,000. Tokyo Bunka Kaikan. Nearest stn: Ueno. Tel: 03-3791-8888. www.

Dancing Girl

Fusion of traditional and contemporary Indian dance. Nov 26, 5pm; Nov 27, 2 & 7:30pm, ¥2,000 (adv)/ ¥2,500 (door). Theater Green. Nearest stn: Ikebukuro.

Sacred Monsters

Contemporary and classical dance fusion. Nov 28, 7pm; Nov 29, 7pm; Nov 30, 3pm; Dec 1, 3pm, ¥4,000-15,000. U-Port Hall. Nearest stn: Osaki-Hirokoji. Tel: 03-37918888.

Dance to the Future: Second Steps

The NBJ Choreographic Group performs contemporary ballet. Dec 7, 2pm; Dec 8, 2pm, ¥3,1505,250. New National Theatre Tokyo. Nearest stn: Hatsudai. Tel: 03-5352-9999. www.nntt.

Rabid Romantic Rhapsody Troupe of 15 college dancers choreographed by Akiyo Fukami. Dec 12, 1 & 7pm; Dec 13, 1 & 7pm, ¥3,000-3,300 (adv)/ ¥3,500-3,800 (door). Asahi Art Square. Nearest stn: Asakusa. Tel: 090-91185171. akiyogeneration

The Kabuki

The Tokyo Ballet performs the tale of 47 Ronins. Dec 14, 3pm; Dec 15, 3pm, ¥2,000-10,000. Tokyo Bunka Kaikan. Nearest stn: Ueno. Tel: english@nbs.

Traditional Performing Arts × Street Dance

High school street dance performers collaborate with tsugaru shamisen artist Hiromitsu Agatsuma and dance group Dazzle. Dec 14, 1 & 4pm., ¥2,000-3,000. Nippori Sunny Hall, 5-50-5 Higashinippori, Arakawa-ku. Nearest stn: Nippori. http:// meturl. com/traditionstreet2013

The Nutcracker

Tchaikovsky's classic Christmas ballet. Dec 17-18 & 20, 7pm; Dec 21, 2 & 7pm; Dec 22-23, 2pm, ¥3,150-12,600. New National Theatre Tokyo. Nearest stn: Hatsudai. Tel: 03-5352-9999. www.nntt.jac.

Clubbing FRIDAY 8 Ageha

Asobinite. All mix: DJs Nakata, Taku, etc. From 11pm, ¥4,000 w/1d. Nearest stn: Shin-Kiba.


Resonation. Techno: DJs Ishino, Nishimura, etc. From 11pm, ¥3,000. Nearest stn: Shibuya.

Sound Museum Vision

Rad. All mix, electro: DJs Off the Rocker, Verbal, etc. From 11pm, (m)¥3,500, (f)¥3,000. Nearest stn: Shibuya.

The New Matrix Bar

Matrix Friday. Old school hip-hop, west side, south side, all mix DJ Ykk and more. From


Uttori Twilight. DJs Machida, Mizukoshi, etc. From midnight, ¥1,500 w/1d. Nearest stn: Shibuya. www.

DEC 18, 20-23 Kodo One Earth Tour 2013: Mystery

Taiko performance, the second work directed by artistic director Tamasaburo Bando. Dec 18, KAAT Kanagawa Arts Theatre, Yokohama 6:30pm, Nearest stn: Nihon Odori or Kannai. Dec 20-23, Bunkyo Civic Hall, Tokyo. S-seats ¥7,000, A-seats ¥5,000, Students ¥3,000. Nearest stn: Korakuen or Kasuga. Tel: 0259-86-3630. http://www. 6pm, ¥1,000 (after 11:30pm). Nearest stn: Roppongi. www.

The Room

21th Anniversary. Hip-hop, funk: DJs Kon, Muro, etc. From 8pm, ¥2,100 w/1d. Nearest stn: Shibuya.


Kids Earth Car Charity Night. Charity Party: DJs Iwasaki, Yossy, etc. From 8pm, ¥3,000 w/1d. Nearest stn: Omotesando. Tel: 03-5778-4777. www.


Charity party. Hip-hop: DJs Nd, Hokuto, etc. From 10pm, (m)¥3,000 w/1d, (f)¥2,000 w/2d. Fantastic. Hip-hop: DJs Hokuto, Kekke, etc. From 10pm, (m)¥3,000 w/1d, (f)¥2,000 w/2d. Nearest stn: Azabu-Juban or Roppongi. Tel: 03-6230-0343.


Netherlands Japan Night. Techno DJ Sodeyama: Live: Secret Cinema and more. From 11pm, ¥3,500. Nearest stn: Shibuya. Tel: 03-5459-0039.


The Wonderland. Edm: DJs Sidney Samson, Hirata, etc. From 11pm, ¥3,500. Nearest stn: Shin-Kiba.


Sound City. Hip-hop: DJs Milo, Major Force, etc. From 10pm, ¥3,500 w/1d. Nearest stn: Shibuya.


Back2basic. Hip-hop: DJs Swing, Sakurai, etc. From 11pm, ¥3,000 w/1d. Nearest stn: Shibuya.

Sound Museum Vision

The Room

Em. Nu classic: DJs Sazanami, Cbtek, etc. From midnight, ¥2,100 w/1d. Nearest stn: Shibuya.


Sunday Tribe. Hip-hop: DJs Kango, Hokuto, etc. From 10pm, (m)¥2,000 w/1d, (f)free. Nearest stn: Azabu-Juban or Roppongi. Tel: 03-6230-0343.


Mon Chouchou. Techno, house: DJs Terui, Yuichirou, etc. From 10pm, ¥2,500 w/1d. Nearest stn: Shibuya. www.


Zero Gravity. Drumnbass, electro: DJs Signal, Deep Man, etc. From 9pm, ¥1,500 w/1d. Nearest stn: Shibuya. Tel: 03-5459-0039. www.womb.

Joynt. All good music DJs Atsushi, Haru, etc Live: The Sliding Paper Doors and more. From 7pm, free. Nearest stn: Shibuya. www.module-tokyo. com

Ruby Room

Neuture 01. Hip-hop, electro: DJs Cut Chemist, Krush, etc. From 11pm, ¥6,000. Nearest stn: Shin-Kiba. www.ageha. com


Weaves meets Suara. House, tech house: DJs Coyu, Yashima, etc. From 10pm, ¥3,500. Nearest stn: Shibuya.

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In the Jungle Groove. Afro beats DJs Osada, Sato, etc: Live: Far East Love Afrobeats Musicians. From midnight, ¥1,000. Nearest stn: Shibuya.


Tuemix. Edm, house: DJs Alpha One, Zun, etc. From 10pm, (m)¥1,500, (f)free. Nearest stn: Shibuya. Tel: 03-5459-0039.

WEDNESDAY 13 Ruby Room

Petroglyph. DJs Sasaki, Yocci, etc. From 8pm, free. Nearest stn: Shibuya. www.

Sound Museum Vision

Big Groove. Hip-hop: DJs Maseo, Kango, etc. From 11pm, ¥3,000 w/1d. Nearest stn: Shibuya.


Raft. Techno, house: DJs Roman Flugel, Efdemin, etc. From 11pm, ¥3,500. Nearest stn: Shibuya. Tel: 03-54590039.

Double Circle. Disco, house: DJs Ageishi, Kent, etc. From 10pm, ¥1,500. Nearest stn: Shibuya. Tel: 03-5459-0039.

Open Mic. Open Mic. From 7pm, ¥1,000 w/2d. Nearest stn: Shibuya. www.






Grand Slam. Hip-hop: DJs Nuckey, Kekke, etc. From 10pm, (m)¥3,000 w/1d, (f)¥2,000 w/2d. Nearest stn: Azabu-Juban or Roppongi. Tel: 03-6230-0343.

11pm, (m)¥2,000 w/1d, (f)¥1,000 w/2d. Nearest stn: Azabu-Juban or Roppongi. Tel: 03-6230-0343. www.


The New Matrix Bar


Most popular event in Asia. Love&House World 10th Anniversary! Nov 22 (Fri),10pm @ Womb. Djs Diego Miranda, Mario Fischetti, Dantz and more. ¥3,500(door). ¥3,000(W/F). Tel:03-5459-0039. Nearest stn: Shibuya. metropolis/


The Room

Tip. Trance: DJs X-Dream, Raja Ram, etc. From 11pm, ¥5,500. Nearest stn: Daikanyama. www.



Girls Festival. Hip-hop: DJs Kaori, Kango, etc. From 11pm, (m)¥3,500 w/1d, (f)free. Nearest stn: Shibuya. Saturday Night Fever. Hip-hop, R&B, reggae: DJ Ykk and more. From 6pm, ¥1,000 (after 10pm). Nearest stn: Roppongi. www.

NOV 22, 10PM

The Room Bar. Bar style: DJs Saitou, Mihiro, etc. From midnight, free. Nearest stn: Shibuya. Dance. Soul, funk: DJs Nambu, Soma, etc. From midnight, ¥2,000. Nearest stn: Omotesando. Tel: 03-57784777. Wedm. Electro, house: DJs Hiroki, Ikezawa, etc. From 10pm, (m)¥1,500, (f) free. Nearest stn: Shibuya. Tel: 03-5459-0039. www.womb.


Karizma. House, tech house: DJs Karizma, Ohishi, etc. From 10pm, ¥2,500 w/1d. Nearest stn: Shibuya. www.air-tokyo. com


Celebration. Hip-hop: DJs Sah, Yaz, etc. From

Wah Wah. Rare groove: DJs Kuroda, Ryuhei, etc. From 10pm, ¥2,500 w/1d. Nearest stn: Shibuya.


Trouble House. House: DJ Emma. From 11pm, ¥3,500. Nearest stn: Shibuya. Tel: 03-5459-0039. www.womb.


Gift. House, techno: DJs Steve Bug, Masda, etc. Nov 16, from 10pm, ¥3,500. Nearest stn: Shibuya.

Ruby Room

Peruggia. DJs Various DJs. Nov 16, from 11pm, ¥1,500 w/1d. Nearest stn: Shibuya. www.

Sound Museum Vision

Zouk Out Night. House, electro: DJs Aldrin, Jeremy Boon, etc. Nov 16, from 11pm, (m)¥3,500 w/1d, (f)¥3,000 w/1d. Nearest stn: Shibuya.

The Room

Magic. House, disco: DJ Kawasaki and more. Nov 16, from 9pm, ¥2,500 w/1d. Nearest stn: Shibuya. www.


Creative Departures. Hip-hop DJs Kiyo, Sarasa, etc: Live: Slum Village. Nov 16, from 11pm, ¥3,500. Nearest stn: Daikanyama. www.unit-tokyo. com


Arpa Showcase. Techno DJ Sodeyama: Live: Mathew Jonson. Nov 16, from 11pm, ¥3,500. Nearest stn: Shibuya. Tel: 03-5459-0039. www.

Sound Museum Vision

Transition. John Digweed and Satoshi Tomiie. Nov 22, from 10pm, (m)¥3,500, (f)¥3,000. Nearest stn: Shibuya. www.


Katsuya Kamo

National Film Center




Bridgestone Museum of Art

Toward a Design Museum Japan. Mixed media. Until Feb 2, ¥500-1,000. Open Mon & Wed-Sun 11am-8pm, closed Tue. 9-7-6 Akasaka, Minato-ku. Nearest stn: Nogizaka. Tel: 03-3475-2121.

Fujifilm Square

Ihee Kimura's Travels to Akita and the Ryukyu Islands. Photographer's documentation of pre- and post-war Japan. Until Dec 27, free. Life-Capturing Wildlife in Photos. Four young photographers capture the majesty of wild animals in their natural habitats. Nov 15-Dec 4, free. Two Journeys of Ihei Kimura — The Ryukyu Islands and the Akita Region. Documentation of pre-war rural life and the changes in the regions after WII started. Until Dec 27, free. Open daily 10am-7pm. 9-7-3 Akasaka, Roppongi. Nearest stn: Roppongi. Tel: 03-6271-3350.

Mori Art Museum

Out of Doubt: Roppongi Crossing 2013. Contemporary art series held triennially. This installment takes a fresh look at a familiar intersection to most Tokyoites. Until Jan 13, ¥500-1,500. Open Mon & Wed-Sun 10am-10pm, Tue 10am-5pm. 6-10-1 Roppongi. Nearest stn: Roppongi. www.

Mori Arts Center Gallery

Ever and Never: The Art of Peanuts. Original drawings and sketches of Snoopy & co. Until Jan 5, ¥500-2,000. 52F Roppongi Hills Tower, 6-10-1 Roppongi. Nearest stn: Roppongi. www.roppongihills. com/art/macg/

Suntory Museum of Art

Drinking Glass. A rare collection of drinking vessels from all over the world. Until Nov 11, ¥800-1,300. Celestial Dance: The Art of Hiten. Relics and religious artefacts on display in commemoration of the renovations of Byodoin's Phoenix Hall. Nov 23-Jan 13, ¥800-1,300. Open Wed-Sat 10am-8pm, Sun-Mon & hols 10am-6pm, closed Tue. 9-7-4 Akasaka, Minato-ku. Nearest stn: Roppongi. www.suntory. jp/sma

The National Art Center, Tokyo

Divisionism from Van Gogh and Seurat to Mondrian. Oil paintings. Until Dec 23, ¥800-1,500. The Japan Fine Arts Exhibition. Mixed media. Recent works of traditional themes. Until Dec 8, ¥500-1,200. Open Wed-Mon 10am-6pm, closed Tue. 7-22-2 Roppongi. Nearest stn: Roppongi.

Gustave Caillebotte. Oil paintings. Until Dec 29, ¥1,0001,500. Gustave Caillbotte— Impressionist in Modern Paris. Works by a leading member and supporter of the Impressionist movement. Until Dec 29, ¥1,000-1,500. Open Tue-Sun & hols 10am-8pm, closed Mon. 1-10-1 Kyobashi, Chuo-ku. Nearest stn: Tokyo. Tel: 03-5777-8600. www.

Craft Gallery, The National Museum of Modern Art Close Up Crafts. Mixed media. Until Dec 8, ¥300-500. Open Tue-Thu 10am-5pm, Fri 10am-8pm, Sat-Sun 10am-5pm. 1-1 Kitanomarukoen Chiyoda-Ku. Nearest stn: Takebashi. Tel: 03-5777-8600.

Ginza Graphic Gallery

Japanese Film Heritage. Permanent collection of works from the National Film Center. Until Apr 3, ¥40-200. Open Tue-Sun 11am-6:30pm, closed Mon. 3-7-6 Kyobashi. Nearest stn: Kyobashi.

Zeit-Foto Salon

Faraway. Dark and mysterious works by Yumiko Izu. Until Nov 16, free. Hong Kong - Shenzen 1998. Rudai Takano's documentation of travels in China. Nov 21-Dec 21, free. Open Tue-Fri 10:30am6:30pm, Sat 10:30am5:30pm, closed Sun-Mon & hols. 4F Matsumoto Bldg, 1-10-5 Kyobashi, Chuo-ku. Nearest stn: Tokyo. Tel: 03-3535-7188. www.

HARAJUKU/ AOYAMA Diesel Art Gallery

Extreme AR Image Core. Mixed media. Psychelic manga-style pop art by Kazuki Umezawa. Until Nov 15, free. Global Photo Collaborations: Vice Japan. Photograph. Nov 22-Feb 14, free. Open daily 11:30am9pm. 1-23-16 Shibuya. Nearest stn: Shibuya. www.

Nezu Museum

Ido Tea Bowls: Treasured Possessions of Muromachi Daimyo. Ceramics from the Korean peninsula adored by Japanese tea masters. Until Dec 15, ¥800-1,200. Tue-Sun, 10am-4:30pm. 6-5-1 MinamiAoyama, Minato-ku. Nearest stn: Omotesando. www.


Jan Tschichold. Typography. Until Nov 26, free. Open Mon-Fri 11am-7pm, Sat 11am-6pm, closed Sun & hols. 1F Ginza Bldg, 7-7-2 Ginza. Nearest stn: Ginza. node_19876/hana-hito-tokyo

Tape Tokyo. Numen for Use's tape installation on exhibit at Spiral. Nov 25-Dec 4, free. Open daily 11am-8pm. 5-6-23 Minami-Aoyama, Minato-ku. Nearest stn: Omotesando. Tel: 03-34981171.

Idemitsu Museum of Arts

Ukiyo-e Ota Memorial Museum of Art

The Kano School in Edo— Innovation toward Elegance. Traditional Japanese paintings with an innovative style. Nov 12-Dec 15, ¥700-1,000. Open Tue-Thu 10am-5pm, Fri 10am-7pm, closed Mon. 9F Teigeki Bldg, 3-1-1 Marunouchi. Nearest stn: Tokyo. www.

Mitsubishi Ichigokan Museum

Masterpieces from the Collection of Mitsubishi Ichigokan Museum. Works by Renoir, Vallotton, Toulouse-Lautrec and more. Until Jan 5, ¥400-1,200. The Beautiful-Art for Art's Sake: The Aesthetic Movement 1860-1900. Mixed media. Organized by the Victoria and Albert Museum, London. Jan 30-May 6, ¥500-1,600. Wed-Fri 10am-8pm, Tue, Sat & Sun/ hols 10am-6pm, closed Mon. 2-6-2 Marunouchi. Nearest stn: Tokyo. Tel: 03-5405-8686.

Mitsui Memorial Museum

Momoyama Ceramic Masterpieces. Exquisite tea bowls, incense cases and more. Until Nov 24, ¥700-1,200. 7F Mitsui Main Bldg, 2-1-1 Nihombashi-Muromachi, Chuo-ku. Nearest stn: Mitsukoshimae. Tel: 03-57778600.

Mitsuo Aida Museum

Even Just One Thing. 10th anniversary special display of the calligraphy artist Aida's most important works. Until Dec 15, ¥200-800. Open Tue-Sun 10am-5:30pm, closed Mon. B1 Tokyo International

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Comical Ukiyo-e: Humorous Pictures and the School of Kuniyoshi. Art with a laugh in old Oedo. Until Nov 26, ¥700-1,000. Open Tue-Sun 10:30am-5:30pm, closed Mon. 1-10-10 Jingumae. Nearest stn: Harajuku. www.



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Bunkamura: The Museum

Masterpieces from Yamadera Goto Museum of Art. Wide range of european paintings of the Barbizon School. Until Nov 18, ¥1,300. Open Mon-Thu & Sun 10am-7pm, Fri-Sat 10am-8pm. 2- 24-1 Dogenzaka. Nearest stn: Shibuya. Tel: 03-3477-9111.

Meguro Museum of Art

Yukio Tsuchiya. Performance art and design. Until Dec 8, ¥500. Tsuchiya Yukio - Artist, Designer, Educator. Pre and post-war paintings and designs by Tsuchiya Yukio. Until Dec 8, ¥300-500. Open Tue-Sun 10am-6pm, closed Mon. 2-4-36 Meguro. Nearest stn: Meguro. Tel: 03-37141201.

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Mizuma Art Gallery

Secret Garden. Jane Lee creates unconventional paintings and installations. Until Nov 16, free. Open Tue-Sat 11am-7pm, closed Sun & Mon. 1-3-9 Kamimeguro, Meguro-ku. Tel: 03-3793-7931. www.

Ikura Intersection

The secret weapon in the tool kit of fashion designers from Karl Lagerfeld to Jun Watanabe is hair stylist Katsuya Kamo. The term “stylist” doesn’t do justice to Kamo’s sculptural approach to coiffure, and over two decades his work has graced the catwalk at fashion shows including those by Chanel and Undercover. “Katsuya Kamo: 100 Headpieces”—held in celebration of the eponymous book—gives people a chance to linger over his creations as well as experience a reconstruction of Kamo’s atelier and view about 70 different types of objet and scrapbooks that provide insight into his working methods. Laforet Museum, until Nov 18, ¥500. 6F Laforet Harajuku, 1-11-6 Jingumae. Nearest stn: Meiji-jingumae.

21_21 Design Sight

Forum Glass Bldg, 3-5-1 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku. Tel: 03-6212-3200. www.

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Tokyo National Museum

Sompo Japan Museum of Art

The Galleria d'Arte Moderna in Palazzo Pitti. Italian art from the 19th and 20th centuries. Until Nov 10, ¥600-¥1,000. Tue-Sun, 10am-6pm, closed Mon. 42F Sompo Japan Bldg, 1-26-1 Nishi-Shinjuku. Nearest stn: Shinjuku. Tel: 03-54058686. www.sompo-japan.

150 Years of Modern Japanese Music. Mixed media. Dynamic view of Japan's meeting with the West. Until Dec 23, ¥600-1,000. Project N 54 Mihoko Ogaki. Mixed media. Until Dec 23, ¥600-1,000. Open Tue-Thu 11am-7pm, Fri-Sat 11am-8pm. 3-20-2 Nishi-Shinjuku. Nearest stn: Hatsudai. www.operacity. jp/en/ag

National Museum of Nature and Science

Big Dinosaurs: Wonders of the Gobi Desert. Velociraptor and tarbosaurus bones unravel mysteries of Earth's history. Until Feb 23, ¥600-1,500. Open Tue-Thu & Sat-Sun 9am-5pm, Fri 9am-8pm, closed Mon. 7-20 Ueno Park. Nearest stn: Ueno. Tel: 03-3822-0111.

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Crossed Beliefs. Mixed media. Bold experimention by He Xiangyu. Until Nov 9, free. Open Tue-Sat noon-7pm, closed Sun-Mon. 6-1-23 Yanaka. Nearest stn: Nippori. Tel: 03-3821-1144. www.scaithebathhouse. com

The National Museum of Western Art Michelangelo Buonarroti. Painting, sculpture


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Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum

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Living Design Center Ozone

asterisqueVII. Exhibit featuring a variety of printing methods, such as gelatin silver and cyanotype. Until Nov 17, free. 5-18-11 Shinjuku. Nearest stn: YotsuyaSanchome. Tel: 03-33418118.

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and more. Until Nov 17, ¥700-1,400. Monet, An Eye for Landscapes: Innovation in 19th Century French Landscape. Some of the artist's most famous impressionist works, including "Water Lilies". Dec 7-Mar 9, ¥600-1,400. Open daily 9:30am-5:30pm. 7-7 Ueno Park. Nearest stn: Ueno.

Dangerous Whisper: Um. Paintings and collages by Zdravko Toic. Until Dec 1, free. Open Wed-Sun 1-7pm, closed Mon-Tue. 1-30-7 Sekiguchi, Bunkyo-ku. Nearest stn: Edogawabashi.

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The National Treasure Butto of Yakushi Nyorai and Masterpieces from Kohfukuji. Wooden sculptures and bronze Buddha heads displayed for 1,300th anniversary of Nara’s Kohfukuji. Until Nov 24, ¥800-1,500. Open Tue-Sun 10am-5pm, closed Mon. 12-8 Ueno Park. Nearest stn: Ueno.

Open Space 2013. A melting pot of artists and media. Until Mar 2, free. 4F Tokyo Opera City Tower, 3-20-2 Nishi-Shinjuku. Nearest stn: Hatsudai. E-mail: 3-5-3-1402 Nishi-Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 160-0023

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Nagi no Hira - Fragments of Calm. A selection of 50 years' worth of photographs by Issei Suda. Until Dec 1, ¥400-600. Open Tue-Wed & Sat-Sun 10am-6pm, Thu-Fri 10am-8pm, closed Mon. 1-13-3 Mita, Meguro-ku. Nearest stn: Ebisu. syabi. com

T-Life Design. Furniture. Until Nov 12, free. 10:30am7pm, closed Wed. 3F to 8F Shinjuku Park Tower, 3-7-1 Nishi Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku. Nearest stn: Shinjuku. www.

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Turner from the Tate: the Making of a Master. British romantic landscape paintings. Until Dec 18, ¥600-3,200. Field of Painting. Mixed media. Five artists connect to the outside world. Jan 4-10, free. 8-36 Ueno Park. Nearest stn: Ueno. From Kyoto, Inside and Outside: Scenes on Panels and Folding Screens. Depictions of symbolic locations around Kyoto, including Ryoanji temple, the Kyoto Imperial Palace, and Nijo Castle. Until Dec 1, ¥900-1,500. Calligraphy of the Qing Dynasty: The Stele School. Works by calligraphy masters focusing on the study of epigraphs. Until Dec 1, ¥400-600. Open Tue-Sun 9:30am-5pm. 13-9 Ueno Park. Nearest stn: Ueno.


Feeling the Light and the Wind. Realist painting by Japanese artists. Until Nov 10, ¥750-1,500. Open Mon & Wed-Thu 10am-6pm, Fri, Sat 10am-7pm, Sun 10am-5pm, closed Tue. 3-15 Asumigaokahigashi, Midoriku. Nearest stn: Toke. www.

Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo

Crystallize. Mixed media by Tokujin Yoshioka. Until Jan 19, ¥600-1,100. Bunny Smash: Design to Touch the World. Multimedia. Design focused on changing people's perception of society. Until Jan 19, ¥600-1,100. Tue-Sun, 10am-6pm, closed Mon. 4-1-1 Miyoshi, Koto-ku. Nearest stn: Kiyosumi-shirakawa. www.

National Museum of Japanese History

Documents from Medieval Japan: Functions and Styles. Political power shift from nobles to samurai represented through official correspondence and records. Until Dec 1, ¥450-830. Japanese Lacquerware Overseas II-Export Lacquer in the Edo Period. Items shipped from the exotic Orient to the West. Until Dec 1, ¥250-420. A Tradition of Chrysanthemums. A variety of living chrysanthemums. Until Dec 1, ¥100. Open Tue-Sun 9:30am-4:30pm, closed Mon. 117 Jonai-cho, Sakura-shi. Nearest stn: Keisei-Sakura.

Snow Contemporary XYZ Collective Awes for the Cosmic. Sculptures and standing pieces by Riyoo Kim. Nov 15-Dec 1, 12pm-8pm Mon, Wed-Fri, closed Tue. 1F 2-30-20 Tsurumaki. Nearest stn: Komazawa Daigaku. Tel: 050 1148 7964. snowcontemporary

Faces and Masks. Paintings. Until Jan 13, ¥300-900. Open Tue-Sun 9:30am-5pm, closed Mon. 7-1-5 Masukata, Tama-ku, Kawasaki. Nearest stn: Mukogaoka-Yuen. Tel: 04-4900-9898. www. index_english.html Kyoto Notebook. Paintings by virtuoso cartoonist and storyteller of strange stories, Nicolas de Crécy. Until Nov 24, free. 15 Ichigaya Funagawara-cho. Nearest stn: Iidabashi. Tel: 03-52062500. www.institutfrancais. jp/tokyo

Tokyo Fuji Art Museum

Impressionists at WatersideDepicting urban resorts: Paris, the Seine and Normandy. Painting. Portraying the lives of 19th-century french urbanites' pursuit of leisure. Until Jan 5, ¥300-1,200. 10am-5pm Tue-Sun, closed Mon. Yano-machi 492-1 Hachioji. Nearest stn: Tokyo Fuji Bijitsukan. Tel: 042-6914511.


–Meiji – Yasuda Pirates vs. Hurricanes. Nov 9, 2:30pm, ¥1,200. Kawasaki Stadium. Nearest stn: Keikyu Kawasaki or Kawasaki. Tel: 044-244-2931. –Nihon – Unisys Bulls vs. Keishicho Eagles. Nov 9, 11pm, ¥1,200. Kawasaki Stadium. Nearest stn: Keikyu Kawasaki or Kawasaki. Tel: 044-244-2931. –Asahi – Beer Silver Star vs. Asahi Soft Drinks Challengers. Nov 10, 11am, ¥1,200. Kawasaki Stadium. Nearest stn: Keikyu Kawasaki or Kawasaki. Tel: 044-244-2931. –Kajima – Deers vs. IBM Big Blue. Nov 10, 2:30pm, ¥1,200. Kawasaki Stadium. Nearest stn: Keikyu Kawasaki or Kawasaki. Tel: 044-2442931. –Fujitsu – Frontiers vs. Nojima Sagamihara Rise. Nov 17, 2:30pm, ¥1,000 (adv)/ ¥1,200 (door). Yokohama Stadium. Nearest stn: Kannai. Tel: 04-56611251. –Nihon – Unisys Bulls vs. Meiji Yasuda Pirates. Nov 17, 6pm, ¥1,000 (adv)/ ¥1,200 (door). Yokohama Stadium. Nearest stn: Kannai. Tel: 04-5661-1251. –Tokyo – Gas Creators vs. All Mitsubishi Lions. Nov 17, 11am, ¥1,000 (adv)/ ¥1,200 (door). Yokohama Stadium. Nearest stn: Kannai. Tel: 04-5661-1251.

BASKETBALL Basketball Japan League

–Tokyo – Cinq Rêves vs. Saitama Broncos. Nov 12-13, 7pm, ¥800-8,000. Musashino Municipal Athletic Gymnasium. Nearest stn: Kichijoji. –Yokohama – B-Corsairs vs. Gunma Crane Thunders. Nov 16-17, 6pm, ¥1000-12,000. Yokohama Cultural Gymnasium. Nearest stn: Kannai. Tel: 045-641-5741. –Saitama – Broncos vs. Takamatsu Five Arrows. Dec 21-22, 6pm, ¥900-2,800. Tokorozawa City Gymnasium. Nearest stn: Shintokorozawa. Tel: 04-2991-1181. More game and ticket info at

National Basketball League

–Hitachi – Sun Rockers Tokyo vs. Toshiba Brave

Agenda Listings

LISTINGS FOR COMPLETE LISTINGS Thunders. Nov 22, 7:15pm, ¥1,000-2,000. Yoyogi National Gymnasium. Nearest stn: Meiji-Jingumae. –Hitachi – Sun Rockers Tokyo vs. Hyogo Storks. Feb 9, 3pm, ¥1,000-2,500. Sumida City Gymnasium. Nearest stn: Kinshicho. Tel: 03-3623-7273. –Hitachi – Sun Rockers Tokyo vs. Wakayama Trians. Feb 8, 6pm, ¥1,000-2,500. Sumida City Gymnasium. Nearest stn: Kinshicho. Tel: 03-3623-7273. –Hitachi – Sun Rockers Tokyo vs. Tsukuba Robots. Jan 25-26, 6pm, ¥1,0002,000. Yoyogi National Gymnasium. Nearest stn: Meiji-Jingumae. –Hitachi – Sun Rockers Tokyo vs. Aisin Seahorses Mikawa. Feb 15-16, 6pm, ¥1,000-2,500. Ota City General Gymnasium. Nearest stn: Umeyashiki. Tel: 03-5480-6688.

–Kashima – Antlers vs. Sagan Tosu. Nov 23, 2pm, ¥1,400-7,500. Kashima Soccer Stadium. Nearest stn: Kashima Sports Stadium. –Urawa – Reds vs. Kawasaki Frontale. Nov 23, 2pm, ¥1,000-4,500. Saitama Stadium. Nearest stn: Urawamisono. Tel: 048-8121001. –Yokohama – F. Marinos vs. Albirex Niigata. Nov 30, 2pm, ¥900-5,000. Nissan Stadium. Nearest stn: Kozuke. Tel: 04-5477-5000. –Urawa – Reds vs. Cerezo Osaka. Dec 7, 3:30pm, ¥1,0003,000. Saitama Stadium. Nearest stn: Urawamisono. Tel: 048-812-1001. More game and ticket info at www.j-league.rg/eng

VOLLEYBALL Women's World Grand Champions Cup

(Mon-Sat)/ 10am-6pm (Sun), ¥400-1,300 (adv)/ ¥500-1,500 (door). Tokyo Big Sight. Nearest stn: KokusaiTenjijo-Seimon. www.


DEC 10 (TUE), 11.30-3.30PM Ikebana International Fair

Ikebana International Fair 2013 at Tokyo Prince Hotel. Ikebana (flower arranging) exhibition by iemoto (masters), bazaar and more. ¥2,000 (inc. refreshment). Mention Metropolis and get free entrance. Email: info@ikebanatokyo. Tel: 03-3295-0720 Nearest stn: Onarimon. Tel: 03-3836-0753. www.


Nov 15-17, various times, ¥500-8,500. Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium. Nearest stn: Sendagaya. Tel: 03-5474-2112.

All Japan Championship

Men's World Grand Champions Cup

Masterpieces of horticultural manipulation, including bonsai and other styles. Until Nov 23, 10am-4pm, free. Hibiya Park. Nearest stn: Hibiya. Tel: 03-3930-2828.

More game and ticket info at

Dec 21-Dec 23, various times, ¥2,000-12,000. Saitama Super Arena. Nearest stn: SaitamaShintoshin.

Nov 22-24, various times, ¥500-8,500. Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium. Nearest stn: Sendagaya. Tel: 03-5474-2112.



Ito En Ladies Tournament

Meiji Jingu Gaien Gingko Festival

Nov 15-Nov 17, ¥3,000. Great Island Club. Tel: 0475-463000.

PRO WRESTLING Noah: Global League

Nov 10, 12pm, ¥4,000-7,000. Korakuen Hall. Nearest stn: Suidobashi. Tel: 03-58009999.

Tenryu Project

Nov 13, 7pm, ¥4,000-12,000. Shinjuku Face. Nearest stn: Shinjuku. Tel: 03-3419-0536.

Zero 1: Outbreak

Nov 17, 6pm, ¥4,000-6,000. Korakuen Hall. Nearest stn: Suidobashi. Tel: 03-58009999.

Dradition: New Stage

Nov 19, 6:30pm, ¥5,00010,000. Korakuen Hall. Nearest stn: Suidobashi. Tel: 03-5800-9999.

All Japan

Nov 21, 7pm, ¥4,000-7,000. Korakuen Hall. Nearest stn: Suidobashi. Tel: 03-58009999.

New Japan: World Tag League

Nov 23, 6:30pm, ¥4,0008,000. Korakuen Hall. Nearest stn: Suidobashi. Tel: 03-5800-9999.

Big Japan

Nov 22, 7pm, ¥3,150-6,300. Korakuen Hall. Nearest stn: Suidobashi. Tel: 03-58009999.

SOCCER J. League, Division 1

–FC – Tokyo vs. Cerezo Osaka. Nov 10, 1pm, ¥500-6,000. Ajinomoto Stadium. Nearest stn: Tobitakyu. Tel: 04-24400555. –Kawasaki – Frontale vs. Shimizu S-Pulse. Nov 10, 7pm, ¥800-3,600. Todoroki Stadium. Nearest stn: Musashikosugi. Tel: 044-722-0303. –Yokohama – F. Marinos vs. Nagoya Grampus. Nov 10, 1pm, ¥900-5,000. Nissan Stadium. Nearest stn: Kozuke. Tel: 04-5477-5000. –FC – Tokyo vs. Shonan Bellmare. Nov 23, 5pm, ¥500-5,000. Ajinomoto Stadium. Nearest stn: Tobitakyu. Tel: 04-24400555.

Street perfromances, tea ceremony demonstrations, ikebana exhibition and more. Until Dec 9, various times, free. Meiji Jingu Gaien. Nearest stn: Harajuku. Tel: 03-3401-0312.

Asakusa Tori-no-Ichi

Annual open-air market selling goods thought to bring good fortune. Nov 15 & 27, all day, free. Chokokuji, Asakusa. Nearest stn: Iriya or Asakusa.

Narita San Park Koyo Festival

Shakuhachi and koto performances. Nov 16 -17, 23-24 & 30, all day, free. Narita San Park. Narita city, Chiba. Nearest stn: Narita. Tel: 0476-22-2102. www.

Hachioji Gingko Festival

Oldtimey fun with a classic car parade, orienteering events and hometown bazaar. Until Nov 17, all day, free. Hachioji area. Nearest stn: Hachiioji

Takahata-Fudoson Kiku Matsuri Exhibition and sale of over 1,500 varieties of chrysanthemums. Oct 29-Nov 17, all day, free. Takahata-fudoson Kongoji. 773 Takahata, Hino. Nearest stn: Takahatafudo. http://

Water Ravine Festival

Hiking by the Yorou river, rice cake making contest and more. Nov 23, 10am, free. Otakimachi, Chiba. Nearest stn: Yourou Keikoku. Tel: 0470-80-1146. http:// meturl. com/chibamomiji2013

Harvest Festival

Try out harvesting daikon, negi etc, botanical art lessons and more. Nov 23-24, 9am-4pm, from ¥100. Adachi Nougyou Park. 2-44-1 Shikahama, Adachi-ku. Nearest stn: Akabane. Tel: 03-3853-4114.

Bunkyo Kiku Matsuri

Dolls made from chrysanthemum flowers, dome-shaped displays and more. Until Nov 23, 6am-sunset, ¥500. Yushima Tenjin. Nearest stn: Yushima or Ueno Okachimachi.

Tokyo Metropolitan Tourism Chrysanthemum Exhibition

Doburoku Matsuri

Homebrewed sake is offered to visitors praying for good crops, health and luck. Nov 28, 9am-6pm, free. Koami Jinja, 16-23 Nihombashikoamicho. Nearest stn: Ningyocho. Tel: 03-3668-1080

Mount Takao Momiji Matsuri

Hiking event to view colored leaves. Kokeshi show every weekend. Until Nov 30, all day, free. Takaomachi, Hachioji. Nearest stn: Takaosanguchi. Tel: 042-643-3115. http://

Oji Kumade Ichi

Bamboo rake festival. Rakes and good luck charms are sold, hoping to bring good luck. Dec 6, all day, free. Oji Shrine, 1-1-12 Oji-honcho, Nearest stn: Oji. http://meturl. com/ojijinja

Forums & Expos Measurement and Control Show 2013

Electric measurement instruments and more. Until Nov 8, 10am-5pm, ¥1,000 (gen)/ free (students). Tokyo Big Sight. Nearest stn: KokusaiTenjijo-Seimon. www.jemima.

International Robot Exhibition

Industrial and service robots, and other related devices. Until Nov 9, 10am-5pm, free (w/ preregistration)/ ¥500-1,000 (door). Tokyo Big Sight. Nearest stn: KokusaiTenjijo-Seimon. Tel: j-event@ www.

International Broadcast Equipment Exhibition

The largest audio, video and communications event in Japan. Nov 13-14, 10am-5:30pm; Nov 15, 10am-5pm, free (registration required). Makuhari Messe. Nearest stn: Kaihin-Makuhari.

Winter Sports Festa

Features over 290 of the coolest brands this season. Nov 22, 2-7pm; Nov 23, 11am-7pm; Nov 24, 11am-6pm, free. Makuhari Messe. Nearest stn: KaihinMakuhari.

Tokyo Motor Show

The future of automobiles. Conferences, test rides and more. Until Dec 1, 10am-8pm

A focus on health and fitness. Dec 5-6, 10am-6pm; Dec 7, 10am-5pm, free (pre-registration)/ ¥2,000 (door). Tokyo Big Sight. Nearest stn: Kokusai-TenjijoSeimon. www.sports-st. com/en

Eco-Products 2013

Activities, products and proposals for a sustainable world. Dec 12-13, 10am-6pm; Dec 14, 10am-5pm, free (registration required). Tokyo Big Sight. Nearest stn: KokusaiTenjijo-Seimon. http://eco-pro. com/eco2013/english

Bazaars & Markets Christmas Boutique & Mrs. Claus's Bake Shop

One-of-a-kind ornaments and accessories, and freshly baked goods. Nov 17, 9am-2:30pm, free. Franciscan Chapel Center. 4-2-37 Roppongi. Nearest stn: Roppongi.

Shinagawa Intercity Flea Market

More than 120 vendors. Sun & hols. Until Jan 1, 9am-3pm, free. Shinagawa Intercity. Nearest stn: Shinagawa. http://

Iidabashi Ramla Market

Every first and third Sun, 10am-4pm, Iidabashi Ramla. Nearest stn: Iidabashi.

Umi no Koen Flea Market Every 3rd Sun, 10am-4pm, Umi no Koen. Nearest stn: Uminokoen-Shibaguchi. Tel: 03-3226-6800.

Best Flea Market

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

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


Farm-fresh veg from the north. Every Sat, 7-9am, Roppongi Hills East Court. Nearest stn: Roppongi. Tel: 03-6406-5285.

Nogi Shrine Market

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

Oedo Antique Fair

Japan’s largest outdoor antique market. Every first and third Sun, 8am-4:30pm, Tokyo International Forum Hall C. Nearest stn: Yurakucho. Tel: 03-5805-1093.

Aoyama Marché

Organic farmers’ market. Every weekend, United Nations University. Nearest stn: Omotesando. Tel: 03-3456-0960.

Yasukuni Shrine Antique Market Every Sun, sunrise-sunset, Yasukuni Shrine. Nearest stn: Kudanshita. Tel: 03-32618326.

Fudaten Jinja Market

Every second Sun, 10am-4pm, Fudaten Jinja. Nearest stn: Chofu. Tel: 04-2489-0022.

Shinjuku Central Park Market

Local produce stalls, workshops and live performances. Every Saturday, 10am-4pm, Shinjuku Central Park. Nearest stn: Tocho-mae. Tel: 03-25042128. shinjukuparkmarket

Yebisu Marché

Bordeaux Wine Seminar


TCS Improv Workshop

Organic fruits and vegetables. Every first and third Sun, 11am-5pm, Ebisu Garden Place. Nearest stn: Ebisu. YEBISUMarche

Dr. Sketchy's Anti-Art School

Burlesque models pose for artstars and sketching newbies alike with food, drinks and arty socializing. Every third Wed, 7pm, ¥2,000, The Pink Cow. Nearest stn: Roppongi. Tel: 03-6434-5773. cowmail@thepinkcow. com www.drsketchytokyo.

Sunday Spin

Hula-hoop it up in Yoyogi, no need to bring your own. Drop in/out at any time. Every fourth Sun, Yoyogi Park. Nearest stn: Harajuku. Tel: 03-3469-6081. http://meturl. com/hoopinginjapan

Pause Talk

Open forum where creatives can get together and discuss projects, ideas and cultural currents. Every first Mon, Cafe Pause. Nearest stn: Ikebukuro. Tel: 03-6912-7711. www.

Party and Purpose

A casual get-together over dinner with people interested in personal development, organized by Tokyo Positive Thinkers. Every third Wed, 8pm, about ¥2,000, Ikebukuro TGI Friday's. Nearest stn: Ikebukuro. Tel: 090-44406391. http:// positivethinkerstokyo


Meet fellow knitters, crocheters and sewers to talk, share ideas, eat, drink and create. Every first and third Tue, 7pm, free, Cafe Respekt. Nearest stn: Shibuya. TokyoStitchandBitch

Half-Fast Cyclists

Bicyclists of all treads meet for slide shows, lectures, ride-planning, etc. Every second Wed, 7pm, free, The Pink Cow. Nearest stn: Roppongi. Tel: 03-6434-5773.

Tokyo Street Hockey Association

Casual street hockey group with regular meet-ups. Every first, second and third Fri, Various venues. Check website calendar for details.

Learning Soiree Champagne Sanger

Presentation of 6 kinds of champagne coupled with a gourmet dinner. Nov 14, 6:30pm, ¥12,000. Le Petit Bedon. Hillside West A, 13-13 Hachiyamacho. Nearest stn: Daikanyama. bruno.leroy@

Norimaki Art Workshop

Play with your food! Make art by crafting pictures in your sushi rolls. ; Nov 16, 4pm, ¥1,000. Sakura Hotel Hatagaya. 1-32-3 Hatagaya Shibuya-ku. Nearest stn: Hatagaya. Tel: 03-3469-2511. event

Prolonging Youth: The Bimajyo Phenomenon in Japan Dr. Satoshi Ota of Tama University School of Global Studies discusses women's desire to remain young. Nov 20, 7pm, free. Lakeland College. Nearest stn: Shinjuku. Tel: 03-3225-0425. lakeland-lectures

A gourmet dinner with exceptional wines in an international atmosphere. Nov 30, 7pm, ¥9,980 (adv). Legato. Nearest stn: Shibuya. monthlywine

The weekly Tokyo Comedy Store In the Moment improv workshop, all levels welcome. See website for more details. Every Wednesday, 7-9pm, Our Space Studio. Nearest stn: Hatagaya. Tel: 03-5770-7401. improv_comedy_workshop

Other Events Medieval Wine & Cheese Party Wines from Languedoc, medieval-style music and more. Nov 8, 8pm, ¥3,980 (adv)/ ¥4,980 (door). Castle Tintagel. Nearest stn: Shiinamachi. Tel: jnoyes@ http://

Tape Tokyo

Austrian-Croatian art collective is seeking volunteers to help set up tape installation. Until Nov 24, free. Spiral. Nearest stn: Omotesando. Tel: 03-3498-1171. www.spiral.

Super Oktoberfest

Beer, beer and more beer. Nov 28-Dec 1, 10am-11pm, JPY1,200 (adv)/ JPY1,300 (door). Tokyo Dome. Nearest stn: Suidobashi. info@ www.

Poland Film Festival

A selection of works by Polish filmmakers ranging from the 1950s to as recent as 2011. Nov 30-Dec 13, various times, ¥1,200 (adv)/ ¥1,500 (door)/ ¥8,000 (free pass to all screenings). Image Forum, Shibuya-ku. Nearest stn: Shibuya. www.polandfilmfes. com

Tokyo Run for the Cure/ Walk for Life

Event to raise awareness about breast cancer in Japan. Volunteers needed. Please email for more details. Nov 30, registration from 9am, fee: free (under 5s)/ ¥2,500 (6-12 yrs)/ ¥5,000 (gen). Hibiya Park and around the Imperial Palace. kiei@runforthecure. org en/runwalk

Tama River Basin Folk Performance Festival

Local folk arts by the Group of Tama River Folk Entertainment. Dec 1, 1pm, free. Komae Ecorma Hall. 1-2-1 Motoizumi, Komae. Nearest stn: Komae. http:// meturl. com/tamariver2013

Tokyo Media International

Networking event with short film screenings, art exhibits and a Q&A with Hollywood producer Bruce Nachbar. Dec 2, 7pm, ¥2,500 (adv). Grand Hyatt Tokyo. Nearest stn: Roppongi.


Underground party hosted by drag queens. Every first Saturday night of every month. BYOB. Until Dec 5, 12am, ¥3,000(dress code)/¥4,500 (w/flyer)/ ¥5,000 (door). Tokyo Kinema Club. Nearest stn: Uguisudani. Tel: 03-3874-7988. http://

Shibuhouse Party

All-night house party with the Shibuhouse residents on the 22nd of every month, 7pm-7am. ¥1,000 w/ food & drink. Contact shibuhouseinfo@gmail. com for address/directions. Nearest stn: Shibuya. www.


Agenda Movies BY DON MORTON



n 1976, Brian De Palma famously adapted Stephen King’s first novel about a bullied, cruelly unloved high-school kid (an otherworldly Sissy Spacek) who wreaks severe telekinetic/pyrotechnic prom-night revenge on her tormenters. In addition to its now-classic horror, the movie contained a lot of sly, campy humor as well as a bit of social commentary. This too-slick, technically superior but only intermittently effective remake by Kimberly Peirce (Boys Don’t Cry) covers much of the same ground, sometimes shot-for-shot, and even updates things a bit with the inclusion of cyber-bullying. But all traces of wit and humor have been excised, and overall it’s kind of anemic for a movie with such a pig blooddrenched denouement. Ditto the social commentary. Script aside, part of the problem for me was the casting. I greatly admire Chloë Grace Moretz (Kick-Ass, Let Me In, Hugo). She’s a fine, versatile young actress. But, well, she’s not all that scary a Carrie; just too soft and pretty and—what’s the word?—befriendable to be the sociopathic, abused loner. Julianne Moore, however, really uncorks it as Carrie’s overbearing, psychotic, religiousfanatic mother, and Judy Greer puts in a good turn as a concerned gym teacher. (100 min)



I’ve always been a big fan of M ichael Wi nterb ot tom . H i s movies ( Butterfly Kiss, Jude, Welcome to Sarajevo, I Want You, Wonderland, 24 Hour Party People, others) represent some of the most enjoyable and thoughtprovoking hours I’ve spent at the movies. But this one escapes me. It’s the story of an incarcerated man (John Simm) and the visits by his wife (a terrific Shirley Henderson) and family. The gimmick is that it was filmed over a period of five years, and so the characters age. That’s it. I get the minimalist, slice-of-life theme, but watching paint dry would be an action flick by comparison. Japanese title: Itoshiki Everyday. (90 min) Showing from Nov 9


A squad of Soviet soldiers speaking English with hammy Russian accents and with a propaganda filmmaker conveniently in tow happens upon the mad-scientist l ab of t he g re at-g re at-g re at grandson or something of Dr. Viktor Frankenstein, who is gleefully splicing together deadsoldier parts with mechanical claws, drills, jaws, etc. Pro: visually imaginative creature design (rookie director Richard Raaphorst is a storyboard artist). Cons: full of compromised, forced, found-footage clichés; no plot, suspense or reason to see it unless you’re a stoned, extreme gore-loving steam punk fan and it’s midnight. Japanese title: Bukiningen. (84 min)


Grump. Why do these unbelievably if fleetingly popular boy bands du jour playing disposable arena-pop always compare themselves to the Beatles if none writes songs of even plays an instrument? Okay, this sanitized infomercial was not made for me. But is maybe just one little wart too much to ask for? A hint of the cynicism behind their corporate creation? Tweeting tweeter girls will adore it. Human beings, well, not so much. A closing scene has the Pre-Fab Five wisely saying they’ll just ride out this dumb-luck phenomenon. But I feel the sequel, say five years down the money/ego road, will be less pretty. (92 min)




In the ’70s and ’80s, homicidal sociopath Richard Kukinski wisely channeled his unique talents into a highly successful career as a mob hit man, coldly icing more than 100 unfortunate targets. What made him remarkable (and so filmable) was the fact that his adoring wife (a good Winona Ryder) and two daughters never had the slightest inkling of what he really did for a living. That’s some major compartmentalization. What makes this gritty and gripping true-crime biopic worth watching is an intense Michael Shannon in the title role, exuding palpable menace in every scene not involving his family. (106 min) Showing from Nov 9


Tarantino meets Kaufman. Blocked would-be screenwriter Colin Farrell gets involved with LA’s underworld when his loopy friends, professional dognappers Sam Rockwell and Christopher Walken, swipe the adored Shih Tsu of vicious crime boss Woody Harrelson. There’s a lot going on in this self-aware, enjoyably demented, expectations-defying and occasionally brutal Hollywood spoof from Martin McDonagh (In Bruges). It’s not so much about telling a story as it is about the frustrations of storytelling. Falls apart in the third act, but absurdly entertaining until then. Also Tom Waits and Harry Dean Stanton. (119 min)


W hat? T he fa mously sha l low Ashton Kutcher portraying an extraordinary, complicated visionary? To be fair, Ashton’s impression (he resembles Jobs) represents a personal best that doesn’t suck. But he’s the least of this scattershot biopic’s problems. The first half is intriguing, as hippies Jobs and Wozniak virtually invent the PC in a garage. The messy second half jarringly time-jumps in an inaccurate cherry-picking of incidents mostly having to do with boring boardroom wrangling. At the end, we still don’t know what made this revolutionary tick. Steve Jobs would send it back to the design lab. (122 min)


T wo law- en forcement a gents ( D e n z e l Wa s h i n g to n & M a rk Wahlberg), one DEA, the other Navy Intelligence, are under deep cover as drug dealers, but neither is aware that his partner in crime is anything but a common crook. Not great cinema. The villains (Bill Paxton & Edward James Olmos) are cartoonish, the plot holes numerous. Take away the two bantering A-listers and it’s a fairly preposterous, mismatchedbuddies bag of surprises and reversals that’s as generic as its title. But Denzel and Mark display some crackling chemistry and offbeat humor, and elevate the material to enjoyable time-waster level. (109 min)


Love, war, birth, death, motherhood, sensuality, horror, drama. It’s a lot to pack in to one movie. An Italian woman (a fabulous Penelope Cruz) returns to Sarajevo for a photo exhibition by her deceased former lover (Emile Hirsch). She flashes back to a time when she was diagnosed as infertile, and the two stayed in Sarajevo despite the approaching war to try in vitro fertilization, and, failing that, seeking a surrogate mother. Since she’s accompanied by her teenage son, she was clearly successful in this, but I absolutely did not see the final, devastatingly effective twist coming. Japanese title: Aru Ai he to Suzuku Tabi. (127 min)


Based on the memoirs of manysplendored pianist and proto-queen Lee Liberace’s (an astounding Michael Douglas) much-younger lover Scott Thorsen (Matt Damon, just as good), Steven Soderbergh’s multi-layered film merrily delves into the creepier side of the man’s predatory sexual practices. But Douglas’s subtle performance stops short of portraying the man as a narcissistic control freak, and Damon plays it naïve rather than as victim or opportunist. The two found something akin to love before fame, drugs and money drove them apart. The film is confident, slyly funny and filled with emotional tension. Japanese title: Ai Suru Liberace. (118 min)



The story of Jackie Robinson’s (jersey number 42) triumph over professional baseball’s deeply rooted racism in 1947 is one of the sports world’s most inspiring. TV actor Chadwick Boseman is good in the lead, and Harrison Ford’s a hoot as Dodgers GM Branch Rickey. Brian Helgeland’s (Payback, A Knight’s Tale) movie is competent, polished and inevitably rousing. But it’s also generic, more about the legend than the man and perhaps better suited as a teaching tool. I couldn’t help but wonder what a gutsier director, like Spike Lee or Clint Eastwood, would do with the story. Japanese title: Sekai wo Kaeta Otoko. (125 min)


Almost everyone enjoyed 1999’s American Pie, the raunchy but sort of sweet tale of four high-school budd ie s com m it te d to losi n g their virginity (virginities?) before graduating. But the six sequels and DVD spinoffs took the concept well past its shelf life. Now we have the original, gradually thickening cast back for a 13-year reunion (an anomaly only screen-written grads would dream up), mostly to recycle the original schmaltz, sex gags and sentiment. No discernible plot. Again Eugene Levy gets most of the meager laughs in this innocuous but unnecessary romp. Wait for the airline version. Japanese title: American Pie Pie Pie. (113 min)


Ocean’s 11 with illusionists. A stage magician, an escape artist, a mentalist and a small-time trickster (Jesse Eisenberg, Isla Fisher, Woody Harrelson & Dave Franco) are summoned by a mysterious mastermind. A year later, backed by a Las Vegas billionaire (Michael Caine), they’ve become Sin City’s hottest criminal attraction. But who’s calling the shots here? Morgan Freeman’s an illusion debunker, and Mark Ruffalo’s the dogged FBI agent on their trail. It’s absurd but spirited, and so fast-paced and dazzling you maybe don’t mind the dozens of plot holes and rug-pulls. Fun if you let it be. Japanese title: Grand Illusion. (115 min)


D a n i s h d i re c tor Nie l s A rde n Oplev’s (Swedish The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) first Englishlanguage feature is a heavily revenge-themed and glacially paced euro-flick with flashes of pointless violence and an explosive ending seemingly grafted on from another movie. A woman (Noomi Rapace) scarred in an auto accident blackmails her fellow-damaged-soul neighbor (Colin Farrell), a henchman for a local crime boss (Terrence Howard), into murdering the drunk who caused it. But he has his own dark secrets. Nicely filmed, though, and some fine performances despite the awkward dialogue and fragmentation. (112 min)



If a foot-long turkey sandwich from Subway isn’t enough to get you in the Thanksgiving mood, renting one of these hol id ay c l a s s ic s on DV D should get you counting your blessings. Pieces of April (2003): Katie Holmes faces a broken oven and a kidnapped turkey in her quest to make a family dinner before her mother (Patricia Clarkson) dies of cancer… Hannah and Her Sisters (1986): Woody Allen weaves the relationships between three New York sisters into a tale that begins with a New York Thanksgiving dinner and ends with another one year later… Planes Trains & Automobiles (1987): Steve Martin and John Candy play strangers who very reluctantly bond as they race across the country to get home in time for the holiday. Kevin Mcgue



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ne of the biggest problems with Japanese film today is its tendency to slip into an idealized and generally overly melodramatic and soppy world that drains any real power from the work. Thankfully, that is not the case with Bashauma to Bigmouth. The film follows 34-year-old Michiyo (Kumiko Aso), an aspiring screenwriter who has not found success in her field. Her friend Kiyoko (Maho Yamada) pushes them into a writing class where they come across loudmouth Yoshimi (Shota Yasuda), a brash younger writer full of big dreams. Naturally, he and Michiyo butt heads but they try to work together, setting up the central tension of the story while avoiding the clichés this kind of “opposites-attract” formula often entails. Michiyo is not portrayed as unblemished—she brushes off her kindly parents, for example— and the duo struggles mightily. The balance is finely tuned. A well observed, funny and insightful movie—perhaps not a “sliceof-life,” but close enough that we can relate and root for the leads. (119 min)

movie news


lthough Steve Jobs founded Apple in Silicon Valley and was a world icon by the time of his death, he also had special ties with Japan. “It is not only the uniform that he wore with the Issey Miyake turtlenecks,” director Joshua Michael Stern told Metropolis during his first visit to Tokyo to promote the biopic Jobs. “Even the Apple stores were inspired by a trip he took to Tokyo. There was such a high standard placed on square footage of a store, and he found that a very hip store had a very large space and very clean tables with the coolest jeans. He went back and said he wanted to do the same with Apple, which only had four products at the time.” Ashton Kutcher looks remarkably like the late innovator he plays in the film, and is himself a successful investor in tech startups between acting roles. Stern hopes that people in Japan will take a cue from both Jobs and Kutcher. “This is a post-industrial world now, with less people going to work at factories,” he says. “It is about innovation, what you can do for the world.” The director encouraged the audience at the Japan premiere to think of one idea that can help the world and share it through social media. The filmmaker admits he wouldn’t be where he is today without Jobs. “He didn’t invent the personal computer, but he envisioned desktop publishing. And I would never be able to write a script on a typewriter.” Jobs is currently screening. KM

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a s e d a S h o c h i k u ( 1- 5 -16 Takadanobaba, Shinjuku-ku; presents two of the finest examples of contemporary European animation, November 9-15. The Spanish film Arrugas (“wrinkles”) tells a heartwarming tale set in an elderly home, and the French film A Cat in Paris (pictured) is about a Parisian cat who is, well, a cat burglar…Fans of cinema and New York (not to mention London, Paris and Rome) can rejoice as Kadokawa Cinema Yurakucho (1-11-1 Yurakucho, Chiyoda-ku; www. presents the program We Love Woody Allen, November 16-December 6. Selections from the prolific director’s filmography include Everyone Say I Love You (1996), Small Time Crooks (2000) and Celebrity (1998). Fans of European cinema will want to head to Bunkamura’s Le Cinema (2-24-1 Dogenzaka, Shibuya-ku; to catch the French-Spanish coproduction The Artist and The Model, screening from November 16. Veteran actor Jean Rochefort plays a retired sculptor who returns to his art when he meets a refugee from the Spanish Civil War who becomes his model. KM

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thanksgiving special

Turkey Day

A good Thanksgiving dinner in Tokyo can be as hard to come by as an empty seat on the Yamanote line. Get stuffed at these eateries offering the traditional roast bird as well as some new twists on classic holiday feasts.

B & LOIN Slow smoking does just what the name says: rather than cooking with fire, the meat is smoked over a long period to tenderize and flavor it. This is the method B & Loin uses to prepa re A mer ica n be ef and pork, seasoned with a d r y r ub a nd t hen smoke d in an oven for a full day. It’s enough to make you think of home—especially if home is grillin’ country. Replace the traditional roast bird Thanksg iv i n g d i n n e r w it h s o m e smoky BBQ. To make you even more thankful, American craft beer is available to complement what's on your plate, with a lineup including Brooklyn Lager, a New York standard. Need another reason to celebrate? Bring this copy of Metropolis and receive one free drink. ● 1F Dogenzaka Pia, 1-22-7 Dogenzaka, Shibuya-ku. Tel: 03-3461-1475. Open MonSat 11:30am-1am; Sun & hols 5pm-11pm. Nearest stn: Shibuya.

BACANA GINZA Bacana is the original restaurant that started Tokyo’s churrasco, or Brazilian barbecue, boom over 22 years ago. This Thanksgiving, you can feast on traditional turkey in addition to the regular Brazilian meat buffet. Enjoy roast turkey with all the extra tidbits alongside the monumental all-you-can-eat buffet that has made Bacana a favorite since its opening. Wash it all down with some tropical cocktails and then rev up your metabolism by joining their famous samba dance line. All for only ¥4,500. Metropolis readers receive one free glass of sparkling wine as a welcome drink! ● B1F No. 7 Central Bldg., 8-8-1 Ginza, Chuo-ku. Tel: 03-6228-5627. Mon-Fri 11:303pm & 5:30pm-11pm, Sat-Sun & hols noon-4pm & 5:30pm-10pm. Nearest stn: Shimbashi or Ginza.


CHILES MEXICAN GRILL Give thanks with some tasty Mexican food in the heart of cosmopolitan Harajuku this holiday. Chiles Mexican Grill is cooking up a feast of warm burritos with a special seasonal filling: pieces of tender turkey breast marinated in spicy adobo sauce then oven- cooke d to create a n extraordinary stuffing for your burritos, tacos, quesadillas, nachos and taco salads. Delicious tequila cocktails or a variety of Mexican beers from the cantina are just ¥400 during the 4-8pm happy hour, Tuesday to Friday. Top your repast off with some family recipe horchata (traditional Mexican rice drink) or warm up with a honeyed hot chocolate or Mexican coffee. Every Tuesday from 4-8pm (until January 7, 2014), any spicy turkey order will get you 50% off a second portion. Bring this copy of Metropolis and receive 10% off on any main menu item from 3:30-6:30pm. ● 1-8-24 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku. Tel: 03-6434-9693. Mon 11am-4pm, Tue-Fri 11am-9pm, Sat 10am-10pm, Sun 10am-8pm. Nearest stn: Harajuku.

CROSS TOKYO A cornucopia of flavors awaits this season in a restaurant conceived by Yasumichi Morita, a leading Japanese designer. With a wall made from 912 stained glasses and a view of the Keyakizaka illuminations from November, Cross Tokyo offers exquisite food in a large, open atmosphere. This Thanksgiving they offer special course menus for adults and children. Try the delicious “Cross-burg” made from Hokkaido beef or the Parmigiano cheese pasta—with freshly boiled pasta cooked tableside and served with melted cheese, arugula and prosciutto. On November 28, they will be serving only the Thanksgiving course. The wine list boasts over 100 selections, and the fully-stocked bar is ready to make any cocktail you desire, such as a martini or a mojito. Check the Cross Tokyo Facebook page for special offers throughout the season. ● R-2F EX Keyaki Bldg., 5-10-25 Roppongi, Minato-ku. Tel: 03-5772-1445. MonSat 5pm-4am, Sun 5pm-11pm. Nearest stn: Roppongi. Email:

FRIJOLES Frijoles may offer a focused menu of burritos, burrito bowls and tacos, but this Thanksgiving they’re doing something different: each location will be roasting up a whole turkey with all the trimmings. Then they’ll be serving up a limited number of hot turkey burritos and tacos for ¥1,040 each. With branches in A zabu-Juban , Roppongi, Akasaka and now in Otemachi, Frijoles always offers great-tasting real food in a casual environment, usually only enjoyed at fine dining establishments. Prices are kept simple (lunch and dinner cost the same) to avoid disrupting the relaxation of diners and to not to get in the way of what really matters—fresh and delicious food in an authentic US environment. ● Roppongi, Akasaka, Azabu-Juban & Otemachi. Hours vary by location, check website for details.


thanksgiving special HOOTERS G et a ta ste of s ome dow n home hospitality at the casual American restaurant and sports bar Hooters. This Thanksgiving there’s more to cele brate t h a n ju st t he friendly atmosphere, great food, delicious drinks and t he fa mou s Ho oters Gi rl s . Cop a feel of their seasonal “ Bi g T u rkey Wi n g ” ser ve d with curly fries for just ¥780 f rom Novemb er 18-28. To make it even more festive, enjoy American football and other sports on their large-screen televisions while nibbling on six different types of chicken wings. At Hooters, you can count your blessings and indulge your cravings all at the same time this holiday season. ● Ginza: Tel: 03-6280-6318. Akasaka: Tel: 03-6206-1242. Open daily, check website for details.

MADOSH CAFE Try something different this T h a n k s g iv i n g a t M a d o s h Cafe, a unique and healthy restaurant that uses avocado as its main inspiration. The new spot, with an interior designed by 3D artist Nobuyo s h i M iw a a n d fe a t u r i n g cutting-edge music, caters to all cultures and tastes. This holiday season they are cooking up roast turkey served w ith their fa med avocado salsa for only ¥1,000. To mix things up, try their popular fried avocado topped with mozzarella cheese and wrapped with raw ham, nachos with loads of guacamole or avocado sushi. Bring a copy of Metropolis and receive an avocado and mozzarella burrito for just ¥400 (reg. ¥800). ● 2F, 5-28-7 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku. Tel: 03-3400-1188. Mon-Fri 11:30am-11pm, SatSun & hols 11:30am-10:30pm. Nearest stn: Shibuya. html

TUCANO’S Enjoy a Brazilian-style Thanksgiving with Tucano’s notor iou s a l l-you- c a n- e at churrasco feast. The 14 different t y pe s of chu r ra sco cooking will remind you of Fogo de chão ( "fire of earth"), like the recommended picanha, a very juicy thigh meat. For cocktails, try Brazil’s national drink, the caipirinha, made with Brazilian cachaca. Tucano’s professional churrasqueiro and plenty of foreign staff will make you feel at home and provide you with exquisite grilled food while their stunning samba dancers strut their stuff. Add “Tucano’s Shibuya” on the Line app to get coupons. Bring this copy of Metropolis and receive 10% off lunch or dinner until the end of November. ● 5:30-11:30pm (last entry 9:30pm). B1 Fhontis Bldg, 2-23-12 Dogenzaka, Shibuyaku. Tel: 03-5784-2661. Nearest stn: Shibuya.



Dining Out

local flavors


Fill your basket with Japan’s seasonal best Text and Photos by Yukari Sakamoto


utumn is a particularly delicious time of year in Japan. The market is filled with mushrooms like the long, skinny enoki, fat eringi, frilly maitake, meaty shiitake, or short, stumpy shimeji. Mushrooms can be sautéed with olive oil and garlic and tossed with spaghetti, simply wrapped in foil with butter and garlic and baked until tender, or sautéed and added to the rice pot before cooking for an earthy kinoko gohan. The pricey and aromatic matsutake mushrooms are perhaps best left to the professionals. A traditional Japanese restaurants may serve it in a dobinmushi (seafood broth) soup, simply grilled or steamed with rice.

a cheese platter. Chestnuts are hard to miss if you visit a department store food floor, as the French pastry shops serve up marron glacé cakes. But even more irresistible is the simple kuri kinton, a classic wagashi. If you are not a big fan of traditional Japanese confection, this sweet made from crushed chestnuts and a bit of wasonbon sugar will open your eyes and may even convert you.


s the waters around this island nation cool down, fish become fat. Katsuo tuna (skipjack) is irresistible when the outside is seared, often with burning straw, and inside left raw. Look for this tataki-style filet at your supermarket in the seafood section. Cut it into thick slabs, garnish with thin sliced garlic or grated ginger and some soy sauce.


weet potatoes (satsuma imo) are in abundance and we slice them thin with a mandolin, deep-fry them and serve them simply salted. Kabocha (squash) can be into small chunks, steamed until tender, then pulled from the rough skin, mashed and added to some chicken stock with a little milk. Make a big batch and store in the fridge. This soup is wonderful both hot and cold.


ruit is lovely this time of year and it’s hard to miss the variety of grapes on the market. Note that some Japanese grapes have a thick skin and should be peeled­—and watch out for the seeds. Bright orange persimmons (kaki) make for a quick snack, simply peeled and quartered. If you haven’t tried persimmons before, you are in for a treat. Nashi, sometimes called “the Asian pear,” are juicy and crunchy. Fresh figs can be sliced and blanketed with some cured ham or served on


any of the silvery skinned, fishy fish are at their peak this time of year. Sardines (iwashi) can be simply grilled and put over a salad. Pacific mackerel, saba, is popular at the sushi counter as shime saba, where it is salted and pickled in vinegar. Look for shime saba at your supermarket as a filet. You can slice it up at home and put it over a bowl of rice for a quick meal. Sawara, or Spanish mackerel, is lovely as teriyaki, or marinated in miso and grilled. Sanma, Pacific Saury, is a long, skinny, gleaming fish that is hard to miss at the market. It can be packed in Styrofoam packs, but many fishmongers like to display it in large boxes filled with ice. As sashimi it can be a bit on the piscine side, but most often it is simply salted and grilled and presented whole.


ysters are now coming to market, very nice on the half-shell, or if you prefer them cooked, try ordering them breaded and deep-fried (kaki furai). If you like fish eggs, look for marinated salmon roe. The ikura variety has been removed from the egg sack, while sujiko is still in it and needs to be sliced before putting over a bowl of rice. Marinating at home is surprisingly easy. Just look for nama ikura still in the sack at the market. Pull the eggs out, rinse in water and cover with a mixture of three parts soy sauce, one part mirin (sweet cooking sake) and one part sake.


ewly harvested rice (shinmai) is ideal to serve with your seasonal bounty. For saké fans, autumn brings the shiboritate, freshly pressed, new saké (shin-shu) and unpasteurized saké (nama-zake). Some of these can be a bit more in your face than saké that has time to age. As winter approaches, nourish yourself with the delights of autumn in Japan.

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Dining Out

hot hot heat



fter Turkey and mash tatters smothered in gravy, the food most associated with Thanksgiving is hot apple pie served à la mode with a cup of steaming coffee. Here just in time for the holidays is a whole eatery devoted to the hearty dessert, Granny Smith Aoyama (5-8-9 Minami-Aoyama, Minato-ku. Nearest stn: Omotesando. 03-3486-5581). The antique furniture and Hank Williams music make for a down-home feel that is perfect for enjoying four varieties of homemade pie, including Dutch crumble and English custard (¥550 for eat in, ¥400 for take away). You can add a scoop of ice cream to eat-in orders for ¥50, and to sweeten the deal even more, douse your slice with one of four varieties of sauces, including maple and raspberry. Quiche is available in limited supplies for lunch, and hot coffee and espresso help wash everything down. Open daily 10am-9pm.




ilbur Scov ille developed t he standardized scale to rate the spiciness of peppers that still bears his name. A jalapeño, for example, rates 2,500 Scovilles, meaning it needs to be diluted with that many parts water before it reaches the blandness of a green bell pepper. Like all measurments, people will try to set a world record for it. Korean restaurant Kenary (B1 New Tokyo Bldg, 5-11-13 Ginza, Chuo-ku 03-6226-0630) steps up to the plate with a very spicy hot pot on its dinner course (¥3,000). The nabe is made with Red Savina habanero rated at an eye-watering 350,000 Scovilles, Bhut Jolokia chilis weighing in at over a million and the Trinidad Scorpion Butch T pepper which until recently was the world’s hottest at 1.4 million units. For an additional ¥1,500 gets you an all-you-can-drink option and after one taste—you're gonna need it.



e all know Japan’s favorite condiment, the ground seaweed and sesame seed mixture known as furikake. Kyushubased foodstuff maker Maruhide takes t he sprink led seasoning in a new and healthier direction with Misoful (¥600 for 70g bottle). The flavorful mixture is made from dried miso containing ten different domestic ingredients, including non-GMO soy beans, mung beans and millet. It contains sun-dried salt, but isn’t loaded down with the monosodium glutamate that often appears in furikake. There is a finely ground variety that can be used in homemade salad dressing or other cooking and a course ground that is good for sprinkling over rice, pasta or salad as a vegan alternative to bacon bits. You can even try it with ice cream. Metropolis has three sets of Misoful for our readers. To apply, mail and let us know what you plan to spice up with it.

happy hour


superhero hangout


ith anime characters appearing in movie theaters, TV shows, billboards and phone straps, they might as well be in your food and drink as well. Now they can be at the new Characro Cafe and Bar (1-32-4 Higashi-Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku). Video Game giant Namco says they designed the space as “a crossover of reality and fictional worlds.” Specifically, there are large monitors with motion sensors that allow visitors to interact with characters on screen, or vote for their favorite fictional personality. Characters also pop up on the menu, with current nibbles, cocktails and non-alcoholic drinks based on Tiger & Bunny-including a tiger omuraisu plate (¥1,300). Open daily 11am-11pm. Visits are limited to 100 minutes and reservations can be made at

ince November 11 shows up on the calendar as four 1s standing in a row, a group of bar owners decided it is the perfect day to celebrate that venerable Tokyo institution, the standing bar. Then they went one better and made Standing Bar Day a full week. Drinkers are welcome to explore over 150 bars in six areas of Tokyo including Shibuya, Naka-Meguro and Shimbashi during the the event running November 11-17. Each establishment is offering a drink and signature snack for a ticket, which can be purchased in sets of three for ¥2,300 online or ¥2,500 at designated bars in each area. A bar without stools is one where you are encouraged to mingle with the crowd—and you won’t have to worry if there will be seats free at your next stop.

in the can


estaurants claiming to serve only home cooked food often leave customers wondering how much is simply dumped out of a tin back in the kitchen. Remove any doubt about just what you are getting when you go to Mr. Kanso for a drink and a bite. The concept is so simple it's a wonder no one's thought of it before. Customers select canned items from the shelf, get a seat at the counter or table, order a drink and dig in. Over 300 varieties of canned items from around Japan and the world are on offer, and the color-coded prices range from ¥200 to ¥2,000. Asahi Super Dry is just ¥350 on draft and there is no table charge, so a night out won’t break the bank. A dining experience that resembles eating in a bomb shelter doesn’t seem to be a problem. There are now 19 locations in Kanto, with the newest in Asakusabashi. For locations and hours see:


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2 FIND A PLACE BOOKERS SCHOOL MANAGEMENT SYSTEM ONLINE. No need for clerk staf f anymore. BOOKERS manages students, teachers, lessons and fees. Real-time reservation via web 24/7, 365 days/year. J/E bilingual webpage, documentation and support without additional fees. Roleoriented page layouts for administrators/teachers/ students. Lesson reminders by email. English demo site available. ¥26,800/m. info@ http://www.

LAW OFFICE IN KAWASAKI (next to Tokyo), member o f t h e Yo ko h a m a B a r Association. Legal service in English for traffic accidents, divorce, inheritance, bankruptcy, business cases (contracts, establishing a company, trademarks, etc.) and other legal problems. Email:

2.1 GUESTHOUSE GREAT LOCATION & SUPER CLEAN. Private furnished rooms in Roppongi, Akasaka, Azabu-Juban and MinamiShinagawa, all 2min from stn, ladies-only floor available, weekly cleaning service, free internet, aircon, fridge. From ¥49,000/m. No key m o n ey/g u a ra n to r/a g e n t fee. 090-2405-0022 mail@

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EMERGENCY HOUSING. Non-profit Megumi House is available 24/7 to help the emergency housing needs of the international community. Since 1968. Donation for stay. Email for info. housinginjapan@yahoo. com THREE-STORY, 100M 2 FURNISHED HOUSE FOR RENT WITH ROOF BALCO NY. M o de rn am e nitie s : J a c uzzi , t wo wa s h l e t to i l e t s , large kitchen, 10min walk from M in a m i -S e n ju stn (M etro, J R , Tsukuba Express), semi-furnished (y o u c h o o s e ), b r i g h t , a m p l e storage, shops nearby ¥130,000/m. 090-8852-7084

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3 EDUCATION 3.4 ENGLISH TEACHERS FEMALE ENGLI SH TUTOR available to teach formal and casual English online. Learn privately or via Chat Cafe classes. No contract to be signed. Flexible class times to suit you. Tutor is familiar with J a pa n e s e la n gua g e a n d l ife st yl e . j e n n ife r@ www. BUSINESS ENGLISH. Experienced HR manager and university teacher teaches spoken and written English in Tokyo/Yokohama. You will learn how to speak convincingly, write formal letters/reports in English and make presentations. Free trial lesson. Email for schedule and cost.

3.5 LANGUAGE EXCHANGE Burmese and English. American going to Myanmar in Dec to backpack for over a month. Would like to learn some basic Burmese, as well as travel tips. Machida area. xrc@jcom.home. 042-746-4698 Chinese and English. I'll help you with E, you teach me Chn (Mandarin). Skype or in person. edonara@yahoo. com Danish, German, Japanese. Hej and 'N Tag! JF, 30s, seeks Danes and Germans to help her with languages in Tokyo/Kanagawa through fun conversations over cups of coffee or just hanging out. Please be nonsmokers, 30s preferred. Deutsch und Japanisch. Hallo! Freut mich! Ich habe Deutsch gelern. I'm a JF, early 30s, seeking a language exchange partner for studying Ger. Glad to help you study J. natsuki711@ Deutsch und Japanisch. JM seeks language exchange with someone who can teach me Ger. I can teach you J in return. Prefer central Tokyo or Kanagawa. M/F ok. Native German speakers only. snowsurfsk8@yahoo. com English and Japanese. Seeking E/J language exchange partner around Akishima/Tachikawa. Email if you are interested. English and Japanese. Hi, there. I'm a Japanese male seeking someone to talk to in E. I'd be happy to help your Japanese in E. Looking forward to hearing from you soon. tkycityjpn@ English and Japanese. JM seeking language partner for weekends, preferably on a regular basis. My interests are contemporary art, photos, movies, books, travel. Happy to help with your Japanese! Only native English speakers and no romance, please.

English and Japanese. Working single Japanese mom, 40s, with a British accent, seeks English-speaking Japanese learner for around lunchtime in Jimbocho. Possible topics: art and design, music, being self-employed, children, living in/outside Japan. English and Japanese. American professional, 49, seeking to improve his Japanese skills and help you improve your English. Friendly, interesting, able to communicate casual, business and medical subjects with fun conversation. Tokyo-Yokohama area. Any age. English and Japanese. Japanese guy, 39, writing lyrics in English. I want English speakers to check my lyrics. I can help your Japanese or pay. Cafes in Tokyo or Yokohama. dingrown@ English and Japanese. I'm a JM, 30, living in Tokyo, seeking a language exchange partner. I want to improve my English skills, so if you could teach me E, that would be great. I can teach you J. English and Japanese. I'm Swedish, 22, very good at E. I go to a language school, but I'm struggling with speaking and would love to improve my Japanese. I can help you with your English. unquestionable.fact@gmail. com English and Japanese. Hi, I'm an English-speaking WM, 30, seeking a language exchange partner in my area (Harajuku/Omotesando). I'm working and studying J here in Tokyo, and would like a chance to practice. English and Japanese. Hi, I'm an Asian-American male, 30. I'd like to improve my Japanese for use at work. I'm seeking someone who can meet weekdays (morning/afternoon) on the west side of Tokyo. English and Japanese. Group language exchange every Wed, 7:309:30pm, at coffee shops around Ginza. Most members are 20s and 30s. We switch languages every 30min. Fun events on weekends. Free to join. ando. English, French, Spanish, Chinese. Hello, I'm a Japanese man, 20s, living in Tokyo, seeking someone who I can practice E, Fr, Sp, Chn with. I'd be glad to help you improve your Japanese. Please feel free to contact me. English, German, Latin, classical Greek, Japanese, Hindi, Portuguese. Hi, I'm a German male, 32, six years in England, seeking a language exchange partner for J, Hindi and Port. Interests: history, math, languages, traveling. Hamamatsucho/Azabu. fawlty_ English, Spanish, Japanese. I'm in love with Latino culture after visiting Cuba. I'd like to learn Sp before going back again. I'm a JF, early 30s, living in Tokyo. I hope I can learn Sp in E. French and Japanese. JF, 30s, seeking French language exchange. I'm a beginner, so it won't be hard to help me out. I speak J and E. I'm into the outdoors and food. Let's share interests and language. It will be fun! cotedor@ Fre nc h , Engli sh , Japane se . European man seeking a language exchange partner to improve his Japanese. I can teach you Fr or E. Let's enjoy sharing our cultures and interests. Machida area preferred. German and Japanese. JF seeks Ger/J language exchange partner. Seit Sechs Monaten lerne ich Deutsch aber ich spreche Englisch. F/M ok. If interested, drop me a line. gardenstate2005@ Spanish, English, Japanese. Hi, there. I'm a Japanese female, late 20s, seeking someone who can teach me Sp in E. I'd be happy to help your Japanese in return. Looking forward to hearing from you soon. danae1907wien@

Thai, Japanese, English. Looking forward to meeting anyone who lives in the Tokyo area for language exchange, cafe, hanging out and traveling together sometimes. I'm Thai, male, professional career, easygoing and fun.

3.9 TEACH ME! Business English teacher sought by JF in the central Tokyo area. ¥5000/h. Business email writing and telephoning help needed. Please send CV. eigonosenseisagasu@ Japanese help needed! アメリカ人、 女、23才, needs help with Japanese. Legitimate help. My dream is to become fluent in Japanese. Currently, my speaking is very bad. Thank you in advance! よろしく。 lost. Teach me Burmese! I'll be going to Myanmar in Dec. for about one month. I'd like to learn some basic pronunciation, phrases, greetings, numbers, etc., for my trip. Any help or other info would be greatly appreciated. Tutoring my elementary school d a u g h t e r. S e e k i n g s o m e o n e in Funabashi, ideally a female university student or young adult with free time, to tutor my daughter (third grade of elementary school) for one-two hours, twice a week or more.

4 HOUSEHOLD GOODS 4.1 FURNITURE & FITTINGS Cushion, electric, massage, in good condition, hardly used, w/original box and packaging ¥4000. Shelf, steel, two available, small ¥1000. Medium ¥2000. tokyosportsguy@ Shelving unit, Ikea, no scratches, one m/o (79x39x149cm). Pick up only. 08027817240

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4.2 APPLIANCES Appliance sale! Kettle ¥1500. G rin d e r an d b le n d e r ¥ 20 0 0. Sandwich toaster ¥2000. Iron ¥1500. Discount for bulk buyers. aboy4916@ Air cleaner/dehumidifier, clean, in good condition ¥10,000. Pick up Roppongi. Espresso machine, Delonghi, as new. New ¥37,800. Sell ¥10,000. Photos available. peace.s321@ g m a i l . c o m h t t p : // w w w. f l i c k r. com/photos/23131985@N05/ 080-6806-0412 Foo d s li ce r, Tu r m i x , 2 2 0 V, operates with transformer, 5kg (L34xW27xH23cm), w/sliding table, knife (17cm diameter), hardly used. Best offer. Heater, Koizumi, ‘12, effectively and efficiently heats up the whole room, low energy usage, in excellent condition ¥4000/obo. candicewebb@ 090-1104-4371 Juicer, Vitantonio, 200W, quiet, also makes soy milk and green juice, hardly used, very clean ¥8000. Pick up near Yokohama. sayonara_ Washer/dryer, Toshiba, '08, steel drum, in excellent condition ¥50,000.

4.3 SAYONARA SALE Sayonara sale! All items in good condition: dining table (118x75x71); three chairs, white; kitchen furniture (180x88x36); sofa, seats two, light brown; Panasonic washer; Hitachi fridge; Muji semi-double bed ¥5000/ each. Arrange own delivery/pick up Omotesando by Nov 25. prune2902@i. 09084902902 #1024• WWW.METROPOLIS.CO.JP • 25

Many more Classified ads online! Please visit Sayonara sale! National NA-F80RD1 washer/air dryer, 8kg; Toshiba GR 12-RA1 fridge, two-door; folding table/chair set; hanger; curtains. Sayonara sale! Mitsubishi fridge, 130L ¥5000. Hayer JW-K50F washer ¥10,000. Foldable Muji chair, legless ¥500. Wooden table ¥2000. Foldable screen ¥1000. And more. Pick up near Shibuya stn. niconico.sayonara@gmail. com 09060390476 Sayonara sale! Shelves, bed, sofa, fridge, microwave, wire shelving, bar stool, kitchen table. New ¥120,000. Sell ¥25,000. Pick up only. ermcgraw@ Sayonara sale! Fridge, washer, microwave, kettle, iron, electric pan, rice cooker, coffee table, curtains, etc., items two y/o, in excellent condition. Pick up Shibuya-ku. candicewebb@ 090-1104-4371 Sayonara sale! Dark blue leather sofa, seats two ¥9000. Sharp Aquos TV, 32”, w/remote and stand ¥27,000/obo. 080-3247-1430 Sayonara sale! Carpet (200x200cm), in good condition ¥1000. White leather sofa, love seat, in good condition ¥2000. Massage table, in great condition ¥8000. Pick up only. the. Sayonara sale! Fridge, washer, chair, furniture, phone/fax, iron, kitchen goods, bicycle, etc., all 2.5 y/o, in good condition. Pick up JR Tamachi. Details, photos, manuals available. ger@bloom. Sayonara sale! Semi-double bed; sofas, one seats two, one seats three; Ikea TV bench; Ikea Besta shelf unit, w/doors, all white. Mita/Shirokane. Sayonara sale! Mountain bike, PlayStation 3, dining tables, china cabinet, etc. Details, photos available. 08034136174 Sayonara sale! Steam cleaner, ironing board, mini fridge, long mirror, dining table for two, leather chairs, living room table, rice measurer, kitchen cupboard, oil heater ¥25,000/all. Delivery in Tokyo included. Sayonara sale! Hitachi microwave ¥2000. Shoe rack ¥1000. sale_japan@ Sayonara sale! Dinos semi-double sofabed, beige ¥20,000. Wardrobe, w/ hanging rack shelves ¥30,000. Cloth wardrobe, w/drawers ¥30,000. Pick up by Nov 27 near Kamiyacho/RoppongiItchome stn.

4.4 TV & HOME THEATER 3D TV 32”, LG 32LW5700, full HD, warranty until Apr 22, ‘17, protective plastic still on frame and stand, as new. New ¥150,000. Sell ¥55,000/obo. Pick up only. LCD TV 37”, Sharp LC-37DS3, works well ¥15,000. Pick up only. adriaan.

set-up manual (Japanese) ¥5000. Pick up Denenchofu stn. ckm.wittmann@ Clothing and shoes for girls, newborn-3 years old, some worn only once or twice. elyse.singleton@gmail. com Crib, Aprica Mommy’s Touch, in good condition, turns into bed as child grows older. New ¥50,000. Sell ¥20,000. Pick up or delivery Minato-ku/Shibuya-ku and surrounding area. tokyojames@ Crib and bedding. Ikea crib, spring mattress, mattress protectors, flannel and cotton sheet sets (four total), fitted sheepskin, organic jersey blanket, etc. ¥15,000/all. Pick up Kanamachi. elyse. Infant carrier, Lucky “Buddy Buddy” Kaiteki Kantan, four-way, hardly used ¥1500. Pick up Denenchofu stn. ckm.

4.7 FOR FREE Ping pong/pool table, convertible (ping pong 2.4x1.2m; pool 1.84x0.94m), w/balls, net, cue, paddles. Pick up Shibuya-ku. Planters, five available (50x30x30cm). Will deliver in Minato-ku. johnsb1938@ 090-7015-3720

5 HOBBIES&INTERESTS 5.1 CAMERAS Digital camera, Fuji X100s, as new, in original box, w/accessories, six-month warranty ¥90,000. kodachromed@

5.2 SPORTS EQUIPMENT Snowshoes, Redfeather Redtail (20x64cm), aluminum V-tail frame, never used ¥9000. Pick up near Yokohama. sayonara_vancouver@

5.3 MUSICAL EQUIPMENT Synthesizer, Yamaha DX7 iiD, '80s classic, digital, in excellent condition, 61 keys, great synth-weighted action, fast response ¥30,000/obo.

5.4 BOOKS/CD/DVD Battlestar Galactica DVDs, region 1 (USA), in excellent condition, bought on Amazon US, seasons 1, 2.0, 2.5, 3, 4.0, Razor extended, only missing 4.5. Make an offer. BBC Planet Earth, six-disc set, Bluray, never opened ¥5000.

Tuner for PC, one-seg, USB, w/antenna (20x63x9mm) ¥500. Pick up near Yokohama. sayonara_vancouver@ TV 40", Sony Bravia KDL-40F5 ¥50,000. Minato-ku. Delivery extra.

4.5 AUDIO & MP3 Headphones, foldable, Bluetooth, wireless, white, new, in box ¥6000.

4.6 FOR KIDS Child seat, Hamax Smiley, green seat cover, hardly used, in very good and clean condition, w/instructions and


Bike, Panasonic Mini Velo Les Maillots, 16-speed, carbon fiber frame, 10.9kg, in excellent condition, hardly used, recently serviced ¥38,000/ obo. Can deliver anywhere in Japan.

7 GENERAL 7.1 PHONES Extended battery case, Mophie Juice Pack Helium for iPhone 5/5s, hardly used, some small scratches, w/original box and packaging ¥5000. abel_of_abacus@ iPhone 4S 64GB, white, SoftBank, in excellent condition, w/box and accessories (unused headphones), leather case, screen protector, iOS 6.1.1 currently installed, can update to iOS 7 upon request ¥30,000. No delivery. iPhone 5s 32GB, factory unlocked, space gray, brand new, in box, bought in Hong Kong ¥125,000. Cash only. Can meet anywhere in central Tokyo. abel_of_abacus@ Smartphone, Galaxy Nexus, SIM unlocked, can be used with any 3G/ GSM network around the world, w/ original packaging, accessories, in excellent condition ¥19,000/obo. Watch phone, stand-alone, 1.3" touch screen, 3G+ connectivity, video call, Bluetooth, MP3, vo i ce re co g n iti o n , th re e y/o ¥25,000. 08056842220

7.2 FASHION Boots, Tricker's Chelsea Boot Henry Brogue, black calfskin, men's, size six, brand new, w/box, wax, shammies. N ew ¥6 0,0 0 0. S e ll ¥ 4 5 ,0 0 0. Jeans, G-Star, new, dark gray denim, seven pockets, size W34/L34. New ~¥20,000. Sell ¥9500. turbo32s@ Shoes, women's, size 39, heels, wedges, Converse, in good condition. Details available. elyse.singleton@



8.2 HARDWARE Desktop, Dell Dimension, slim, 19" monitor, speakers, DVD-R, multicard reader, Pentium Dual-Core D920 2.8GHz, 2GB RAM, ATI 512MB, HDD120G, Win XP + Mediaportal, configured as HTPC ¥5000/obo. Pick up Shinagawa stn. hrmanu@gmail. com

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6.3 BICYCLES, PARTS, & ACCESSORIES Bib, fleece-lined wind stopper (W41xH50cm), never used; net, w/six hooks (38x25cm) ¥1000/both. Pick up near Yokohama. sayonara_vancouver@


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WEST PAPUA: ONE SOUL , ONE PEOPLE . Fifty years ago, West Papua should have been an independent country. Since 1969, West Papua has been invaded and the people robbed of their rights, culture and country. Help support West Papuans’ desire to be free. ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS TOKYO. If you have a problem with drinking, we can help. English-speaking m e e t i n g s d a i ly. 0 3 -3 97 1 -147 1 http:// Infertlity support group. TTC Tokyo is an infertility support group that provides informal opportunities for women and men experiencing infertility to connect with one another. Please visit website for more info. www.


Sunglasses, RB 4171, still in box, never used, brown Havana frame, brown gradient lenses, unisex. New ¥15,000. Sell ¥10,000. turbo32s@


Projector, Epson 8350, full HD, imported from the USA, hardly used, in great condition, no box ¥75,000. Receiver, Yamaha RX-V2500, six or seven y/o, in great condition, silver, w/cables and remote ¥10,000. Pick up Hiroo stn. 08030185292

Bike, Trek Madone 4.7, '09, imported from the UK, 60cm, would suit a tall rider of about 6'+, in great condition, w/compact Ultegra group set and wheels, upgraded parts ¥100,000. View Futako-Tamagawa. fareast11@ 09098477980

iMac, 27", 3.1GHz Intel Core i5, 4GB 1333 MHz DDR3, AMD Radeon HD 6970M 1024MB, OS X 10.9, w/box, wireless keyboard, Magic mouse, in excellent condition ¥140,000. warren_ Router, Logitec, Wi-Fi, in excellent condition, E/J settings page ¥1500.

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CLUB 360 PERSONAL TRAINING, physical therapy, fitness classes, massage. Large, modern facility just 3min walk from Roppongi Hills, with experienced t ra i n e r s a n d t h e ra p i s t s . Fo r a l l y o u r f i t n e s s a n d rehabilitation needs, contact us! www. 03-6434-9667 ALL-NATIONALITY TOUCH FO OTBALL . 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 other activities, such as BBQs and drinking parties! Email for details. tokyorugbyleague@ http://ameblo. jp/tokyo13warriors AMATEUR RUGBY LEAGUE PLAYERS . Japan ANZAC S Rugby League team is seeking Rugby League players for Japanese

Rugby League official games from Apr to Sep. Everyone welcome. Contact for more details. 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 Japane se . dojo @ http://www. 03-5994-1185 NEW BEGINNER TAI CHI AND QI GONG CLASS. Daytime class starts Tue, Nov 5, 10:15-11:30am. Evening class starts Thu, Nov 7 6:30-7:45pm. ¥15,000 for six weeks. All classes a re t a ug ht i n En g l i s h . m a ri @ http://www. tokyo-japan 080-6871-8975 PLAY RUGBY. The Tokyo Crusaders are a friendly but keen international rugby club. Devoted to the game and its social side, the “Cru” welcomes all players and supporters. Established in 1990, the Cru plays in the Shuto League 1st Division. crusaders www.tokyocrusaders. com TA M B O U R E L L I . U n i q u e n e w s p or t from S cotla n d . U s in g a tambourine-like instrument as a racquet, players hit a shuttlecock. We play two or three times/month on weekends in Meguro with many socials. Join us! More details: www. info@tamjapan. org All-level tennis group in Tokyo. Serious and motivated tennis players sought by active tennis group to join their weekly sessions in central Tokyo. We have advanced and intermediate groups on weekday evenings. Beginner and lowintermediate also welcome. No entrance or membership fees. Reasonable participation fees. Diving in Izu. Get in touch to talk about scuba diving near Tokyo. Information on scuba lessons, equipment advice, dive trips, monthly social events, CPR training, etc. Don's Half-Fast Flash-Mob Weekend Urban Bicycle Rides. halffastcycling@ English-speaking kendo school? German, 32, just arrived in Tokyo, would love to start kendo. Unfortunately, I have rather long hours at my office job in Hamamatsucho. Can anyone indicate a suitable English-speaking kendo school? Football/soccer players. Tokyo Redstar, Setagaya League 3, is seeking soccer players for GK, CB and FW positions. Practice almost every Sat/Sun in Tokyo. Attendance must be over 60%. Everyone welcome. Please send your profile. http:// Futsal players wanted by a very friendly international team. Practice is in Tokyo and Kanagawa on Sat. Details available. Futsal team. Interested in futsal on weekends in Tokyo? Please introduce yourself (age, nationality, where you live, whether you belong to another team). Gaijin Golfers. Come join the most fun and active golf group in Japan for expats, foreign residents and English-speaking Japanese. Excellent network for finding golf partners, regular golf outings and lots more! http:// Interested in tai chi? Then why not start now? Take a step to counter the stresses of daily living. Practice is in Toyama Park on Sun mornings, near Takadanobaba stn. Jogging Yokosuka. SJM seeking friends to jog 3-5km in Yokosuka, mornings preferred, but depending on the day, other times could work, too. ジ ョギング仲間募集横須賀. elsalvadorjapan@

JOBS P O RT R A I T M O D E L WA N T E D. I ’m a Japanese female freelance photographer. Now, I’m seeking portrait models. Everyone is welcome. If you want, please send me your photo and details. FORE IGN AN D JAPAN E S E CAFE STAFF WANTE D. LD&K Inc . will open a new cafe in Udagawa, Shibuya at the end of Nov. We are seeking friendly, music-loving E/J speakers for the bar, kitchen and hall. Shift work paid at ¥1000 -¥1400/h , depending on experience. Transportation and staff meal provided. Valid visa required. Please contact

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Soccer practice mate sought by JM in Tokyo. I welcome those who can bring a ball, as well as beginners. I haven't exercised for some time, so please don't be too tough on me. Let's chill out and practice soccer! riku_hiroxx@ Spearfishing. Canadian seeks other people to do spearfishing with. I have most of the gear for two people. Mail me if you are interested. Tennis in central Tokyo! Active international group of tennis friends in central Tokyo welcomes new players. We play on weekday evenings and weekends. Different levels, fun workouts with coach, great people! Motivated players preferred. tennis. Volleyball Club Intervoll. Japanese and foreign volleyball players gather in Takadanobaba to enjoy playing. Have volleyball experience and want to play volleyball in a friendly atmosphere? http://

13.2 LEISURE MCARTHUR HEIGHTS. Take a break where General Douglas McArthur did! One hour from Tokyo by car or direct train. Beautiful cabins on the ocean, w/onsen, beach, shopping. mcarthurheights@yahoo. com Free Japanese home cooking lessons. Japanese housewife offers free private home cooking lessons in English to women only at her house near Kawasaki stn during the day on weekdays. You pay the cost of ingredients. tome.haruka-soushi@ Tokyo Snow Club. A ski/snowboard club for anyone living in, or visiting Tokyo. We go on big group trips every weekend in the winter. Powder, live music events, and parties in snow. Membership is free! info@ http://www. 050-5806-5616

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13.4 MUSIC Band needs bassist. Vocalist, guitarist and drummer with original songs needing a bassist. Mani, McCar tney, Novocelic-type of style preferred. Can send a demo if interested. Bass player needed. Band formed by a sax player, guitarist and drummer, into jazz, fusion funk, covers and originals tunes, seeks a bass player. Please write us back to have a try! Drummer and bassist wanted around Yokohama to help us release a CD and perform a show as a support member. We play rock and have rehearsals mainly around Shin-Yokohama on the weekend. m_a_ Drummer seeking band. I love jazz, fusion and funk. Weekly practices and gigs ok. Tokyo or Yokohama. Female vocalist wanted. I'm a JM seeking female vocalists who can sing English and middle/northern European languages for recordings. You can listen to some of my demos at my website. I live in Yokohama. http:// Guitarist seeking to join or form band. I listen to Robert Quine, CAN, Eric Dolphy, Muddy Waters, Black Flag, King Crimson, Mingus, Anthony Braxton, Keith Levene. edonara@ Japane se drummer s e e k i n g musicians. Guitar and bass player sought for rock, dance, pop, blues, jazz, etc. Melody is important. Hopefully, we can have gigs so everybody can dance! kosuke1016@ Jazz/funk keyboardist still needed to complete Tokyo's funkiest band. Must have experience, be serious about gigging and have solid chops.

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14 PERSONALS 14.1 FRIENDS European friends sought. JF, 30s, just returned from abroad, feeling a bit like a tourist. I'm seeking new people. Let me be your friend. hadakazeni@ Friends and cappuccino. Bilingual French guy (English/French), 26, seeking real friends, not the "I have a gaijin friend" type. Lots of interests, but I'd rather tell you in person. Denentoshi line or central Tokyo. Friends in the Nerima area. Hi, I am a Japanese female seeking friends who can chat over coffee. People along the Seibu-Ikebukuro line would be ideal. From Denmark or Germany? If so, drop me a line! Have been seeking Danes and Germans for friendship. Tell me what you would like to do with a JF, 30s. Let's have fun times together! Please be nonsmokers, 30s. Guitarist? Hello! I'm a SJF who loves the arts and music. I only have one electric guitar, but perhaps you also have one and you can teach me sometime over a cup of coffee. Thank you! Jazz-playing friends. JM seeks jazz players for fun. I've been playing the alto sax for a couple of years. Still amateur, but want to play with others. JLPT prep study TEAM. Preparing for JLPT in Dec and seeking study partners in earnest. JLPT N2 most welcome. Let’s get started s o o n . s k y m a t e7 5 @ g m a i l . c o m 090-2656-9691 Lifelong friends sounds wonderful! Sincere friends in their 30s, 40s or 50s wanted by a socially lonely female. Got married and been busy both at office and home, now find myself almost alone socially. Anybody like me, let's be friends. mhih999@ Love wine? I'd like to have friends who love casual wine. I'm a JM, 37. I also love international cuisine. Let's start from a glass of wine! superisajp@ 09039098457 Nakano lunchmate wanted by English-speaking Japanese female. It's a very nice season to have lunch outside, too. Please drop me a line if you are interested! sasapandacyan@ New friends. Hi, I'm a professional JF, but I lived overseas for many years. Hope to make new friends, 30s-40s, who like dining out, movies, art, sports, shopping, etc. Seeking friends in central Tokyo. JF, early 30s, seeks friends to hang out with in central Tokyo. atkm92@

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SUBMISIVE SJM, 35, cute, is seriously seeking a woman who is into, or interested in, dominating men. I am so submissive, with seven years’ experience, that I am happy to take whatever and serve you in any way. Affectionate, tall, hansdome, generous Caucasian man, 40s, seeking a petite Japanese woman, with pretty hands and feet. Looks are unimportant. Let's enjoy amorous, mutually pleasurable and happy times together. Your photo gets mine. Athletic American man seeking Japanese woman. I am an intelligent, honest, considerate man, 30s, seeking an honest, kind, healthy Japanese woman. I respect and appreciate Japanese ladies and I want to have fun with you. Attractive SJM seeks a nice Western or Japanese female for friendship and possibly more. Nonsmokers preferred. I am confident that I can create fun times for you. If you are ready, email me. Attractive SJM seeks SWF for friendship or more in Tokyo or nearby. I am kind, outgoing, fun, thoughtful, fluent in English, with lots of overseas experience. Let's have some fun together! British male, 31, friendly, tall, slim, seeking a nice girl to hang out with. Nationality/race unimpor tant , but should be 20-35 and have a nice personality. Interested in music and film: you should be, too. Caring and cute JM seeks attractive, hearty, nonsmoking Western female for friendship. I simply would like to share fun, interesting and great experiences with you. If you feel the same way, just drop me a line. Chubby chaser. I've always been attracted to chubby women and am seeking one now. Any age (no minors, though)/nationality. Do you want children? I am seeking a woman to have a child with. Marriage is optional. Canadian, master's degree, good job, 180cm, blond, green eyes, fit. Let's chat in detail. 簡単日本語はok. Feminine, normal JF. English guy, single, 30s, seeks an attractive, feminine, normal JF, under 40, for a serious relationship. p.h414@yahoo. Food and wine. Attractive, outgoing, romantic, affectionate SWM, 40s, seeking romantic, elegant, attractive Japanese woman for long-term relationship. I love cooking, dining out, movies, traveling and romantic weekends away. It's getting chilly now - let's warm each other up. Friend and lover. White American, 42, seeking best friend/lover. You are nonsmoking, funny, sexy and feminine, but also eager to do outdoorsy things, open-minded, creative, musical, independent and caring. I am all these except feminine. I speak Japanese. Friends first. JM seeks friendship or a steady relationship with English or Japanese-speaking people. Any nationality ok. I like outdoor activities, movies and music. Tokyo or Kanagawa. Good-looking British man, 39, tall, is seeking a Japanese girlfriend in/around Tokyo. Preferably 18-29, slim, with some English ability. Seeking a girl who is not tied to her work. Waiting for your email. I am an analog person. SJM, 40s, cool and honest, seeks nice female friend who is open-minded and likes to communicate. I enjoy movies, rock music, taking pictures, relaxing walks, etc. Let’s get to know each other. If you love massages and laugh a lot. Hi, I’m seeking some company on weekends. I give awesome massages

and would love to connect with women who are sincere. I am 30, MBA, 5’10, new to Tokyo. katqwerty8880@zippymail. info Japanese male in Tokyo seeks German friend in Tokyo since I plan on visiting Germany and am interested in the culture. I am a Japanese male, 35, caring, friendly, enjoy watching movies and travel. pirlo_cucchiaio@ Japanese man seeking women. I'm a Japanese living in Tokyo. I'm seeking women from foreign countries to be friends or more. I'm 30, slim, tall, like shopping, movies, playing music, cafes, drinking. Japanese man seeks female. Hi, I'm a JM seeking a foreign friend. I'm 30, easygoing, and I like driving, drinking, movies, dancing at clubs, etc. If you are seeking a friend, please mail me back. Any nationality ok. kosuke1016@ JM seeking foreign girl. Hi, I’d like to make friends with a foreign girl. I'm easygoing and I want to do fun things. I play music and I work in real estate in Tokyo. I like to shop, drink, etc. Like curvy women. Businessman, 40, 188cm, 逞しいタイプ, seeks curvy woman for a nice relationship. Central Tokyo. Photos, please. houlala2000-4000@ Love hotel romance. White Canadian guy, tall, good-looking, very wellendowed, seeking fun and romance. Please be a clean nonsmoker, 24-35. No strings attached. Nonsmoking, DD-free man in Tokyo seeking a safe, respectful no-strings-attached relationship. Any age/race ok, but no minors. Any questions? Just ask.

for romance and passion. p.h414@ Starting over. Middle-aged SWM seeking female companion. Any nationality is fine. Please, no highmaintenance or women seeking a sugar daddy. Nice guy I am, loaded I'm not. Let's start by mail and photo exchange. Still seeking batsu-ichi. I'm an African living and working in central Tokyo seeking a serious divorced JF for a serious friendship leading to a relationship. Must be serious. No junk mail, please. Think positive. Fit Caucasian man, 181cm, 75kg, living and working in central Tokyo, financially independent. I can't promise that I'm the one for you or vice versa, but we can exchange a couple of emails and take it from there. Tokyo cosplay. I’m British, 35, tall, athletic, seeking someone interested in cosplay fun, Japanese or other nationality. I’m new to this kind of thing, but get in touch and tell me about yourself if you’re open-minded and sincere! Two cultures, one love. Good-looking SJM, 40s, seeking a special Western lady for a relationship. Inquire for more details. Thank you. toshinoris1012@ Your lucky day perhaps. Hello, I'm tall, British, successful, speak both Japanese and English, good job, stable. What more could you ask for? Ok, don't look too bad either (apparently). Give me a try? Yoroshiku onegaiitashimasu.


Romance with an older lady. Very nice and sexy gentleman seeks an older, or much older, woman to have nice dates and a romance. feeltokyo@ Second chance at love! Outgoing SWM seeks sexy, very slender JF over 30 for fun, laughter and romance! You'll get an adventurous, well-educated, financially stable and handsome gentleman. Fall is here, love is in the air. Email me. Seeking female partner. Foreign male, early 40s, seeking good female friends around the Tokyo, Chiba area. I am mature, sincere, caring, single. Let's have a date over a cup of coffee. Serious only, please. serioussa@gmail. com

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Seeking my flame. Seeking attractive and curvy girlfriend, 160cm+, who is fun to be around and seeking intimacy in the Tokyo area. I'm a generous AfroAmerican male from NY, 35, 183cm, intelligent, working in IT. Interested? Seeking well-read women. Hi, I’m 30, 5’9”, well-read. Have moved to Tokyo and am seeking well-read Englishspeaking women (non-Japanese) to connect and spend quality time on weekends. I smoke and drink socially. Seeking you! Good-looking SWM professional seeks attractive and very slim JF who speaks English. If outgoing, fun-loving and romantic, with sparkling blue eyes is your type, drop me a line and let's see where it goes, together! Serious, long-term. SWM, 34, welleducated and traveled, with a stable job, seeks true love. If you are 20-30s, warm and caring, and seeking a serious long-term relationship, then please drop me an email. Serious only, no games. No Roppongi girls, please.

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This is a make or break week for you. Ready to move to the next step? It all becomes easier with every breath you take. So keep breathing. You’re coming upon your own enlightened self as Chiron and Neptune mop up the spills of spiritual dissolution. Your ego may have taken some hits during this period but it becomes more defined as it strengthens. Uranus insists that you step up to the plate.

When joy is your weathervane and fear has forgotten to get up in the morning, you’re headed in the right direction. You’ve had a breakthrough. Mars in Virgo, moving from its opposition to Chiron and Neptune, has made sure of that. Confusion in a relationship has been unveiled, sorted, and you can breathe easily. Finances are chirping away but look for new depths in communication.

Look at lovely Libra. Balanced, composed, serene. No? You’ll soon be. The teeter-totter of your scales just found its fulcrum with Ceres assisting your sense of security. Mars in your solar twelfth house cuts away cobwebby shadows. Clouds in your coffee drift away as sunshine lights up your thoughts. You revel in your own unique self. Begin to look at extending your finances in powerful ways.

Trust has always been one of Scorpio’s fated paths to tread. Who to trust, how to trust, where to find yourself as you escape the forest of no return. No one will dispute these are tricky times, but you really do have the edge. You have always had to live with knowing more than you were supposed to know in the ‘everyday’. Now you can move forward, confidently, sensing how much you have to offer and will receive.




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Mercury moves direct on Sunday and that’s a blessing. You got through Pluto in Capricorn square Uranus. Whatever happened, the path has been created to be closer to your dreams. Clearing the debris is messy but look at the options you have that you may not have considered before. All this is an opening to your greater self. Find a partner and enjoy playing out some fantasy roles this week.

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Not until December. Also, they shouldn’t be taken down on the 26th. Keep them up until the end of the first week of January.—David Couvreur

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Japan’s Gross National Propaganda By Nancy Snow


Nancy Snow, Ph.D., is professor of communications at California State University, Fullerton, who is currently a visiting professor at Keio University’s Institute for Media and Communications Research (MediaCom). She is completing a book on Japan’s national brand image since 3/11.


bla me Doug las McGray. He penned an article for Foreign Policy  magazine with a most catchy t it le: “Japa n’s Gross National Cool.” It was 2002 and McGray announced that Japan was reinventing itself as a superpower of culture. “Over the course of an otherwise dismal decade, Japan has been perfecting the art of transmitting certain kinds of mass culture,” he proclaimed. The Japanese government pounced. It adopted the most unimaginative tit le, “Cool Japan,” to rev up its commercial footprint in the midst of its economic malaise known as the lost decade. Think of Cool Japan as pre-Abenomics for the runway or maid café set. In the 21st century, nation-states are obsessed with their brand image. Gross National Propaganda (GNP) is the new public face of globalization. While Marx had his theory of alienation, Cool Japan is about engaging the logo within you. So why pick on Cool Japan? Isn’t everybody doing it?

WHILE MARX HAD HIS THEORY OF ALIENATION, COOL JAPAN IS ABOUT ENGAGING THE LOGO WITHIN YOU.” Cool Japan is anything but. A fundamental rule of persuasion is that if you have to identify yourself or your institution as “cool,” then you aren’t and it isn’t. Frank Sinatra and Sammy Davis Jr. would have never made the Rat Pack such an American cultural phenomenon if they had announced their coolness at every stop. “Hey cats. Aren’t we cool? Look how we dress, drink on stage, and have bromance banter with one

another. Cool, huh?” The Rat Pack allowed others to define their style and manner. If we go by how ot hers v iew Japan, this can be a most uncool nation. Young men and women are not coupling as needed for reproducing future generations, women are mostly invisible in executive positions, adult diapers now outnumber baby diapers, people still die from overwork and doe-eyed fembots are anatomically incorrect. I’ve yet to see such buxom Japanese women who can match the cartoonish dolls that cover the pages of manga in the local Lawson. The leading indicators of Gross National Propaganda present a male geek—or perhaps just male—fantasy of cute femininity to an unreal extreme. Recall Real

Women Have Curves. Here in Japan, we need Real Women Transcend Cuteness. It doesn’t take a Chinese female astronaut to conclude that Cool Japan is a government and industry production directed predominantly by men with a feminine ideal that doesn’t exist. Where are the images and ideas of the women scientists and financial executives, as well as the geek girls who don’t want to be viewed through the narrow confines of pubescent cuteness? I’m not against cuteness, just its monopolization. Why not fund the next Akira Kurosawa or Yasujiro Ozu rather than the next AKB48 spin-off? Cool Japan is a retread that’s all been done before. Remember the Union Jack outfits on the Spice Girls, the 1990s girl group that took over the world before Kanye and Kardashian? They were part of the UK’s Cool Britannia promotional campaign before Tony Blair became uncool as Bush’s lapdog post-9/11. Hear much about Cool Britannia these days? As soon as Downing Street became too closely associated with BritPop, the end was near. The same thing could happen to Cool Japan. The Japanese government has announced a USD$500 million spend over 20 years for Cool Japan branding, which was followed by the winning bid for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. Prime Minister Abe’s pitch to the IOC in Buenos Aires was a public relations success, though not one steeped in reality. Despite his promise that the situation in Fukushima is “under control,” the disaster-struck region will not be decontaminated until a projected 2017—just three years before the Summer Olympics. If this nuclear elephant in the room isn’t fixed in time, then no public relations or consumer market goods promotion campaign will be able to gloss over the reality of a lost homeland for those displaced by the disaster. And that’s probably the most uncool prospect for Japan.

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In this issue: JOHN DIGWEED Pioneering DJ surfs the new dance wave | FEATURE Shop all of Japan at Tokyo's antenna shops | LOCAL FLAVORS How...