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The Small Print By Steve Trautlein



“mandatory” nutritional labeling program. ćć Other goods that will be able to skip the requirement include bottled water, tea leaves and “food products that are too small to put labels on their packages.”

—Russian figure skating legend Evgeni Plushenko, 31, on 19-year-old Japanese gold medalist Yuzuru Hanyu

ELECTRIC AVENUE ćć For the first time since the March 11 disaster, the Diet building has resumed nighttime illumination. ćć Researchers from Kyushu University and a group of private companies are developing a passenger plane that will be powered by the same technology used in electric cars. ćć The aircraft, which would seat five or six people, will be mainly used “for connecting prefectural capitals with each other.” ćć Headline of the Week: “Students Create Fax Machines With Empty Cans at University in Tokyo” (via Mainichi Japan)

NEWS FROM THE STICKS ćć Officials from cities that are renowned for t heir ume (plum) t rees held a sum m it in Tokyo to figure out what to do about a disease called plum pox virus, which has become an “epidemic.” ćć Researchers at Kinki University and a maker of men’s hair-care products have found that “broccoli sprouts help hair growth.” ćć A research firm says sales of skin-whitening products dropped just 0.7 percent last year, despite revelations that cosmetics manufactured by Kanebo Corp. caused 10,000 women to suffer blotching on their skin. ćć Authorities in Hiroshima announced a plan to earthquake-proof the city’s iconic Atomic Bomb Dome.


PLATE TECTONICS ćć In response to a spate of food-labeling scandals, officials at the Consumer Affairs Agency will dispatch 200 investigators to check the ingredients listed on menus at restaurants around the country. ćć There’s just one catch: the agency doesn’t have qualified staff to carry out the job, so it will conscript “food-display investigators and ricedistribution surveillance officers” from the agriculture ministry. ćć Government authorities announced that they will exempt alcoholic drinks from their new

ćć Coast Guard officials say that an island formed by an undersea volcanic eruption late last year in the Ogasawara chain has grown so large that it “may expand Japan’s exclusive economic zone.”

DIGGING DEEP ćć Archeologists in Hokkaido have discovered—for the first time ever in Japan—an intact skeleton of an animal that lived during the late Cretaceous period some 70 million years ago. ćć The bones belong to an eight-meter-long, seven-ton beast called a hadrosaurus. ćć Meanwhile, researchers in Kansai have uncovered the bones of a Mie elephant, aka “the largest terrestrial mammal ever to live in Japan.”


Number of goodbye letters written by kamikaze pilots that officials in Minami-Kyushu have recommended for inclusion in the UNESCO Memory of the World registry

ćć For the second time in three years, a Japanese ballerina has won Switzerland’s prestigious Prix de Lausanne, which is awarded to promising young dancers. ćć Scientists from JAXA and the central government are developing a radar system that, it is hoped, will detect space debris before it poses a threat to satellites. ćć An executive at a US information securit y firm claimed that the Chinese military has “a cyber attack unit that specializes in targeting Japan.” ćć Bottom Story of the Week: “Cherry Blossoms Likely to Bloom at Usual Time” (via The Japan News)

2.61 million

Number of Japanese deer living in Hokkaido in 2011, according to the environment ministry

25 million

Projected population of the deer in 2025




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Designers and laymen alike argue against the use of frillyfonts in any context. For some, it’s a matter of taste, while others stress the importance of how the message is conveyed. It’s this portrayal and expression of how words are interpreted that inspired Type ( to design a new line of eyewear. What we wear is also a way for people to understand who we are and what we say. That’s where these specs, based on the Garamond and Helvetica fonts, come in. To give you full command over design, the company offers them in bold, regular and light versions, with tortoise-shell, clear and black frames. Perfect for typographically-oriented hipsters and the fashion conscious, they give new meaning to “just my type.” The design team is currently discussing what the next font will be, though we're sure it won’t be Comic Sans.

The appropriately-named M o u s o u Ko u s a k u s h o ( l itera l ly, "delu siona l construction place") has some pretty crazy items for sale. Perhaps none are more fishy (excuse the pun) than these piscine pencil cases. They look like the real thing, but it is not until you gut (read "unzip") your catch that you realize the realism extends to the insides. The lineup includes hokke (mackerel) and medetai (red sea bream; all ¥2,380). From nose to fin they’re about 26cm, which is not enough for a tall tale, but these are sure to make an impression.http://

Speed up your language learning with these imitative Japanese sounds じわじわ jiwajiwa steadily, without haste こつこつ kotsukotsu continuing efforts little by little for future purpose すらすら surasura unimpeded, continuous ますます masumasu increasingly, more and more or decreasingly, less and less ぞこぞこ zokozoko feel a thrill, adrenaline rush せっせと sesseto enthusiastic continuation of a task てきぱき tekipaki doing a job quickly and proficiently

#donteventry Warning sign in a conbini for people who might be tempted to go overboard with selfie silliness after a spate of convenience store- and restaurant-related Twitter photo pranks riled the public last year. The yellow text reads, " There's a big price to pay for 'just a joke.'" The red asks: "Are you going to take responsibility?"


Source: Giongo/Gitaigo: A Practical Guide to Mimetic Expressions Through Pictures, by Akutsu Satoru (ALC Press Inc., 1994)


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Deep in the midst of old lady paradise Ginza, lies a treasure trove of vintage goods and antiques. Antique Mall Ginza (1-13-1 Ginza, Chuo-ku. Nearest stn: Ginza Itchome. Open Thu-Tue 11am-7pm, closed Wed. Tel: 03-3535-2115) is the largest of its kind in Tokyo and has two floors stacked to the ceiling with furniture, knick-knacks and bric-a-brac of all shapes, sizes and origin. Items range in age from old to older and include Western and Asian collectibles, kimono and fabrics. Delicate ceramics are on display next to tobacco cases and jewelry. Whether you’re a serious collector or just looking for a unique souvenir to take home, there’s always something to discover as the 20 stalls are occupied by a rotation of around 60 different dealers.

Recently developed website gives users a handy overview of tattoo-friendly (or at least accepted) pools, onsen, gyms, hotels and more across the nation. With an increasing number of beaches and other places erecting “No Tattoo” signs, it’s getting harder to sneak by for “marked” individuals of any nationality. While many people profess to never have problems showing their ink in Japan, an almost equal number have been asked to leave a venue or have been denied entry from the start. For those who feel it’s better to be safe than sorry, this site is for you. User-sourced and updated regularly with addresses, opening times and prices. Non-Japanese speakers can make use of Google translate or internet browser translate functions to get by. http://tattoo-spot. jp/



Expand your circle of friends—and your waistline—in Tokyo


By Jessica Kozuka


f you are looking to get more connected this year, ask yourself this: Who doesn’t love a good meal ? While there is an almost endless diversity when it comes to cuisines, eating itself is a universal necessity and pleasure. A meal is a nexus for human connection, offering a window into someone’s culture, a ready topic of conversation, a shared experience, a reason for gratitude and nourishment of the literal and figurative kinds. With that in mind, we’ve checked out some ways Tokyoites are bringing people together through food.

patience towards our fellow man. The location and timing of the Tokyo events changes, so check t heir Facebook page for announcements regarding upcoming meetings.


to get the best results for all. Visitors are advised to book at least two weeks in advance to guarantee a seat at the table. The websites allow users to review hosts and communicate with them ahead of time about the menu, particular interests or dietary restrictions. It also looks like most hosts allow you to BYOB, so it could end up being cheaper than a night out.

THE TOKYO VEGAN MEETUP GROUP, FOR STARTERS Connecting with people who share your culinary passions is particularly important when you are a vegetarian or vegan. Whether you gave up meat for health or ethical reasons, dining out in Tokyo can be a drag when you are the only one grilling the server on where there might be dashi (fish soup stock) hidden in the menu or explaining how chicken is indeed meat. No need to fret about that when the rest of your group is as meatless as you. From soy “meat” tasting competitions to a shojin ryori (Buddhist cuisine) experience to a monthly vegan buffet, this group offers events where you can forget about the menu and focus on getting to know your fellow diners. On a side note, if vegan dining isn’t your thing, you will likely find a group that matches your particular palate on the Meetup site, from the broadly restaurant-loving Tokyo Eatup Meetup to specific regional cuisines or areas of Tokyo. Bon appetit!



Karma Kitchen is an experiment in generosity. Volunteers staff a restaurant, preparing and serving a completely free meal to guests. To complete the full circle of giving and sustain the program, guests can then make a donation of any amount to cover the cost for the next diner. They can also offer gifts or services in lieu of cash, such as doing a musical performance or teaching a lesson. Most guests attend by themselves, and the staff will seat you with others until the table is full, making it easy to strike up a conversation with your tablemates. When we attended, some of the other guests brought small, hand-made gifts to hand out, as did the staff, providing us with lots to talk about in addition to the food. The atmosphere was lively and people who were complete strangers 30 minutes prior were hugging and bursting into gales of laughter, so there is certainly something to be said for the ambiance created by so much generosity. The warm, fuzzy feeling stuck with us well into the week, too, allowing us to face even the Tokyo commute with a little more

Something about having a meal in someone’s home is so much more enlightening than just eating at a restaurant together. Particularly if you are new to or just visiting Japan and wondering how the typical person lives, it can be frustrating that so few Japanese entertain at home. Instead of waiting for an invitation, you can check out your options on online services like EatWith (, KitchHike ( and Nagomi Visit (www. Kind of like couch surfing for foodies, these services match interested diners with hosts willing to invite a stranger into their house for a meal. The host sets the price per guest to cover costs and perhaps make a little money, while the diner gets a home-cooked meal, a peek at life in a different culture and maybe even some cooking lessons in the bargain. Nagomi Visit differs slightly with a standard cost of ¥3,150 for adults (children under 5 are free) to cover the organization's overhead costs and pay for ingredients. They also match diners with hosts





Java in Tokyo is much more than big international brands and smokefilled station shops. In this guide, Metropolis takes a look at some perhaps overlooked aspects of the city’s coffee culture.

Chatei Hatou


Leave latte art and Wi-Fi behind at these old-school Tokyo coffee shops By Michael Kleindl


ok yo beats any other city in the world for its variety and depth of cof fee d r i n k i ng experiences. Of course, the st reet corners are rife w it h slick Seattle-based coffee-drink emporiums. And the city boasts world-class baristas who can decorate a café creme with a Pikachu character, a rose or a Valentine heart. But if you want to taste a demitasse brew Café de L’Ambre of 30-yea r aged Cuban beans, plu mb t he dayto-day depths of Brazil Santos #2 or compare a Sumat ra Ma nd hel i ng bea n prepa red t h r ou g h a c otton f lannel filter, a paper f ilter or a g lass siphon


contraption while listening to Coltrane or Schubert on vintage vinyl records, then it’s time check out Tokyo’s kissaten. T he t h i ng is, k issaten—t he old-school Japanese name for coffee shop—are not easy to find. They don’t advertise. They close early, and are often closed on weekends. You’ve got to seek them out as on a pilgrimage. If you’ve never tried neru-drippu (cottonflannel filter) coffee, then you are in for a pleasant surprise. The best place to start would be Café de L’Ambre (8-10-15 Ginza, Chuo-ku. Tel: 03-3571 -1551) Tokyo’s mecca for coffee connoisseurs for 60 years. On a quiet side street in Ginza, this laidback shop roasts its beans everyday 300 grams at a time. Small batches, they say, ensure freshness. Over 30 types of fragrant beans fill the glass jars on the shelves behind the polished wood counter. Coffee beans, if properly warehoused, will age over decades like fine wine developing nuances of fuller, rounder flavor and aroma. The demitasse is the cup to try.


Coffee Lodge Dante

A n o t h e r neru temple is T s u t a (5 -11- 2 0 Minami Aoyama M i nato-k u. Tel: 0 3 - 3 4 9 8 - 6 8 8 8) . This iv y-covered kissaten, with its large bay window overlook ing a Japanese garden, Meikyoku Kissa, Lion was started over 20 yea rs ago by Koyama-san who learned the basics of roasting and brewing at Café de L’Ambre. Koyama uses only Brazil Santos #2. One bean is enough for him, he says, because the taste of the coffee changes according to the humidity, the season, the time of day, and even the mood of the customer. One more neru kissaten worth finding is Café Bechet (2-2-19 Ginza, Chuo-ku. Tel: 03-3564-3176). Named after Sidney Bechet, the jazz clarinetist whose vinyl album covers and black-and-white photos grace the walls, this kissaten offers a respite from the crowds and prices of Ginza with retro jazz and old-school coffee quality. After selecting the bean you prefer, say Mandheling, you can also choose a roasting style, lighter to darker: city roast, full city roast or French roast. The siphon method, a two-part contraption with a glass globe and detachable upper glass chamber, produces an impeccable cup. Coffee Lodge Dante (13-10-2 Nishi-Ogikubo, Suginamiku. Tel: 03-3333-1597) is a fine example of this fading, yet still delicious, brewing technique. Dante is also one of the many rustic, old brick and dark wood decorated kissaten from the 1960s and ’70s which still survive across the city. Request a tune from the hundreds of vintage jazz albums crowded into old bookcases. Hold i ng out for nea rl y 90 yea r s, Meik y ok u K i s s a , L ion (2-19 -13 D o g e n z a k a , Shibuya-ku; serves paperfiltered coffee. But it is also a bastion for the musically pious and a refuge from the sordid world of love hotels outside. Inside Lion it ’s a s qu ie t a s a c hu rc h . Pa le, Café m i l k y su n lig ht Bechet seeps in through


How much coffee do Tokyo residents drink? I don’t drink it regularly, but when I do, it’s a lot

One cup a week


One cup per month


If it’s a latte or cappuccino, I drink it often


I don’t really drink it


A cup every two-three days


I’ll drink what I’m served


I don’t really like coffee


Two cups a day


More than three cups a day



Your personality in a cup Espresso: Moody, hard-bitten and hard working. Into leadership, but not loyal. Black coffee: Minimalistic, no-frills, difficult but rewarding friend. Latte: Metrosexual pleasers with a compulsion to be liked. Cappuccino: Extroverted and optimistic, but easily bored. Instant coffee: Cheerful and straightforward, but unadventurous. Decaf soy milk: Self-righteous and fussy, high-maintenance. Frappucino: Flighty and shallow, trend follower. Non-Coffee: Fear of coffee means fear of life, and non-likers SOURCE: HTTP://WWW.SMH.COM.AU should grow up.

-Caffeinated Level-

Super Caffeinated #1. Nara #2. Ishikawa #3. Hokkaido #4. Ehime #5. Yamaguchi #6. Tottori #7. Shimane #8. Iwate #9. Kyoto #10. Aomori #11. Saitama #12. Okayama #13. Hiroshima #14. Niigata #15. Okinawa #16. Toyama #17. Osaka #18. Shiga #19. Hyogo #20. Fukuoka #21. Kanagawa #22. Yamagata #23. Kagawa #24. Akita #25. Tokushima



Which prefectures are the most caffeinated in Japan?

#26. Miyagi #27. Oita #28. Wakayama #29. Chiba #30. Saga #31. Gifu #32. Ibaraki #33. Kochi #34. Tokyo #35. Mie #36. Aichi #37. Yamanashi #38. Gunma #39. Fukushima #40. Tochigi #41. Nagano #42. Kumamoto

You people need more coffee

#43. Fukui #44. Miyazaki #45. Nagasaki #46. Shizuoka #47. Kagoshima

Canned coffee criteria How do Japanese consumers choose their canned coffee? Whether it contains sugar or not

Where do the Japanese drink coffee?

1. At home.......................................... 2774 votes 2. Pretty much anywhere.......................1070 3. At work/school..........................................996 4. At cafes/coffee shops..............................911 5. In the car........................................................420 6. At the conbini...............................................125 7. At fast food place.........................................99 8. At a restaurant..............................................88 9. While commuting to work/school....83 10. On the train/bus.........................................18





Whether it contains milk or not


How popular/ familiar it is


¥ Price



The image the TV commercial presents


Where the beans come from


Depends on availability

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glazed windows. Dark wood Doric columns support Moorish arches. Very faded, red plush chairs are neatly arranged below like pews facing the soaring altar of the massive speakers mounted high in a tabernacle and illuminated by electric candelabra and a chandelier. Order a coffee here and worship Bach, Beethoven or Shostakovich. Near Shibuya station, Chatei Hatou (1-15-19 Shibuya, Shibuya-ku. Tel: 03-3400-9088) has lifted the paper filter brew to an art form. The water is treated and filtered with an ion-alkaline process

until it is as pure and tasty as a clear mountain stream. The beans are carefully weighed and ground fresh for each cup. Hatou prefers the Kalita brand filter holder with its three drip holes at the bottom for a faster drain. Other brands have only one drain hole, explained the master, resulting in a more leisurely drain. Such details are essential for the coffee cognoscenti. The cups at Hatou are of the finest porcelain and hundreds of different designs are on display and seasonal f lower arrangements dominate

one corner table. Oil paintings in ornate frames hang on the wall alongside modern lithographs. A grandfather clock tick-tocks soothingly beside an armoire displaying antique vases. Hatou is intimate enough for lovers and spacious enough for large thoughts and grand ideas. At f i rst g la nce t he pr ices seem exorbitant—¥800 for a cup of coffee, ¥900 for a glass of juice. But if you order a second cup or glass—of anything on the menu—it will cost only ¥500. A modest price to pay for perfection.





member of the all-female staff at Lattest in Omotesando, Nozomi Takiguchi tells the the steamy truth of working the espresso machine How did you come to work at Lattest? To tell you the truth, I didn’t really care for coffee too much before. I discovered this place shortly after it opened and found their espresso to be strong



f you can’t live without your double shot, triple ristretto, run-throughtwice latte, here's a few Metropolis readers’ faves to try. PHOTO: JEFF W. RICHARDS

Ryumon Coffee Stand Minimalist in Kichijoji. Open Mon-Tue & Thu-Sun 8am-8pm, closed Wed. Tel: 0422-49-5839.

Turret Coffee No sleep till Tsukiji. Open Mon-Sat 7am-6pm, Sun noon-6pm.

Mocha Coffee

Lattest Triple ristretto restraint in Shibuya. Mon-Fri 10am-7pm, Sat & Sun noon7pm. Tel: 03-3478-6276.

Streamer Coffee Company Roaster and Barista Pro Shop in Harajuku. Open Mon-Fri 9am-6pm, Sat, Sun & hols noon-6pm. Tel: 03-5772-6633.

Mojo From New Zealand to Kagurazaka. Open Mon 7:30am-7pm, Tue-Thu 7:30am-8pm, Fri 7:30am-8:30pm, Sat 9am-8:30pm, Sun 9am-8pm. Tel: 03-6265-3286. 08 • WWW.METROPOLIS.CO.JP

Yemeni beans in Daikanyama. Open Tue-Sun noon-7pm. Tel: 03-6427-8285.

Taste & Sense Pour over and espresso in Kami Meguro. Open daily 11:30am-midnight. Tel: 03-5728-7043.

The Cream of the Crop Coffee Fresh in Shirakawa and Shibuya. Shirakawa: Open Tue-Sun 10am-6pm, closed Mon. Tel: 03-5809-8523. Hikarie: Open daily 8am-9pm. Tel: 03-6434-1567.

but easy to drink. That piqued my interest and I started working about a year and a half ago. How long does it take to master latte art? Some people can learn it in two weeks and others can practice for a year and not be able to do it. Luckily, I caught on rather fast. How do you come up with your foamy designs? We have a base of about ten basic designs and all the baristas arrange them according to their own style to show our personality. We sometimes get special requests—people on a date will ask for a heart design. How do you keep honing your skills? I’m in training for the TNT Latte Art Competition in July. Thankfully, I can practice while I am working.


If you’re hipper than the hipster latte crowd, you roast your own beans


ore and more coffee devotees are buying green beans to roast at home. Their motivation lies in the scientific fact that once the roasting process is complete, the brown beans start to oxidize and no amount of vacuumsealed packaging can keep the flavor from gradually turning acidic. After the initial investment, home roasting is easy on the wallet—nama mame (raw beans) are cheaper per kilo— and allow you to fine tune flavors. Here are some resources to get you started.

● Coffee Tonya’s Yokohama flagship store (1-27-6 Tennocho, Hodogaya-ku, Yokohama. Tel: 045-334-0203) stocks a selection of green beans and affordable hand roasters that are a great way to get started. Their online shop offers automated roasting machines including compact ones for home use. ● Mame Kobo based in Tokushima sells green beans in quantities ranging from 200 grams up to five-kilo sacks on their Japanese language site. ● Mitsumoto Coffee sells green beans in one-, five- and ten-kilo bags on their Rakuten shop. mmc-coffee ● Tokyu Hands locations stock simple hand roasters. ● The Coffee Project website has a Roasting 101 primer as well as reviews of roasting machines. www.

Omotesando Koffee


Hard-to-find hideaway in Omotesando. Open daily 10am-7pm. Tel: 03-54139422.

Custom-roasted beans in Shimokita. Open daily 11am-8pm, closed second Tue. Tel: 0120-935-466.

Ballon D’Essai

Obscura Kafe

Lattes and art in Shimokitazawa. Open Tue-Sun 10:30am-9pm. Tel: 03-6407-0511.

Coffee laboratory in Sangenjaya. Open daily noon-11pm, closed third Wed. Tel: 03-3795-6027.

Life Coffee, dinner and music at Yoyogi. Open daily 11:45am-2:30pm & 6-10pm. Tel: 03-3467-3479.




f you’re a caffeine addict trying to save a little extra dosh, you may want to start cutting back on those ¥500 designer coffees. Last year, one of the bigger trends in Tokyo was the convenience store “¥100 coffee.” While not the best cup of Joe in Japan, for the price of one or two chrysanthemum coins, you get a fresh-ground brew that doesn’t come out of an ancient, warmed over urn—or a can. We visited the top five chains and had Canadian barista, coffee expert and self-confessed java junkie Sean Laver give us some persnickety tasting notes. Whether you're cutting back on indulgences or just need a quick fix, here’s our ranking of the ¥100 jolt.


SUNKUS/CIRCLE K “FAST RELAX CAFE” The beans: “K-Cups,” individual coffee-and-filter pods for each cup of “Original Taste,” “Blue Mountain Blend” or “Organic” coffee The menu: Blend coffee (hot or iced), Lipton Yellow Label tea (hot or iced) The price: ¥100-180 The comments: “By far the best of the five I tried. Fresh tasting, medium-to-bold roast profile, low acidity, medium-to-full bodied, slightly earthy and peppery flavour. Pretty tasty for only 100 yen!”


7-ELEVEN “SEVEN CAFE” The beans: Four types of handpicked 100% Arabica, double-roasted coffee beans The menu: Blend coffee (hot or iced) The price: ¥100-180 The comments: “Medium roast, medium acidity, light floral aroma and citrus taste, but a little watery. Overall, decent but probably not for the black coffee drinker. Needs milk.”


FAMILY MART “FAMIMA CAFE” The beans: 100% Arabica beans made up of Brazilian “Ipanema Farm” beans, Colombia Supremo, Tanzania Kilimanjaro, Nicaragua SHG, Guatemala SHB and Indonesia Mandheling The menu: Blend coffee (hot & iced), cafe latte (hot & iced) The price: ¥120-180 The comments: “A little disappointed. I was expecting a better flavor when I saw it pour. It looked like it had a bit of a crema on top, like an Americano. Sadly, it was all an illusion. It had a decent nutty aroma, but the taste was quite weak with a medium-to-light body and acidity.”



roperly roasted cof fee is the secret to a great cup of Joe. Masaki Itahara, master roaster for The Cream of the Crop and Co., gives us the Joe-down. Lots of people want to become baristas these days. Why did you decide to to become a roaster? I don’t really separate the jobs like that. My goal is to do a good job to make our customers happy. In my case, it was just a matter of timing. The company needed someone to roast so I took the job. How did you learn the art? I read a lot and talked to other roasters. But nothing beats handson experience. You’ve got to get to know the beans. Tell us about your roasting machine. It’s imported from the US. It’s one of only three in Japan, and the only in Tokyo. It can do 35 kilos at a time. How do you know if a batch has come out right? It is hard to judge right after roasting, because the acidity is high and the aroma hasn’t come out. I let it rest a day or two and then judge if it is fit to send on its way.


Lawson’s “Machi Cafe” The beans: 100% Arabica beans with Brazilian “Ipanema Farm” beans, Colombia Supremo, Tanzania Kilimanjaro AA, Nicaragua SHG, Guatemala SHB and Indonesia MandhelingThe menu: Blend coffee (hot & iced), cafe latte (hot & iced), Darjeeling tea, royal milk tea, limited seasonal drinks (Hokkaido corn potage, granitte, caramel hazelnut mocha, cocoa) The price: ¥180-260 The comments: “The worst of the five I tried. The coffee tasted sour (usually a sign the machine needs to be cleaned). The only one where the "conbinirista" prepares it for you in a nice cup with a sleeve. I also found it had a gritty texture—and not the good way like you get from a French-pressed coffee. The flavour was slightly nutty with a medium-to-high acidity and low body. Save the ¥80 and look across the street for a Sunkus/Circle K or 7-11.”


MINI STOP “M’S STYLE COFFEE FOREST” The beans: 100% Arabica full city roast (hot), Arabica and Robusta French roast (iced) The menu: Blend coffee (hot or iced) The price: ¥100-150 Select comments: “Not fresh ground, so has to come last. Coffee sits in dispenser for undetermined length of time. A little sour, perhaps old, medium everything. Couldn't help it—I combined it with their soft ice cream (which is really good!) for a makeshift affogato.”

Conbini Coffee Budget

You think you're cheap? A survey by website Goo Ranking asked Japanese coffee drinkers what they spend on average at the conbini on their habits. 1. Up to ¥150...................................1393 votes 2.I don’t drink coffee...............................1008 3.Up to ¥200......................................................921 4. Up to ¥120.....................................................787 5.Up to ¥100......................................................544

6. I make my own..........................................232 7. Up to ¥250......................................................211 8. Up to ¥300.....................................................196 9. Up to ¥500........................................................30 10. Anything okay...........................................22 SOURCE: GOO RANKING JAPAN




Andy Warhol. $ (9). 1982. Screen print on Lenox Museum Board. 101.6 x 81.3 cm

Andy Warhol. Marilyn Monroe (Marilyn). 1967. Screen print on paper. 91.4 x 91.4 cm



ANDY WARHOL: 15 MINUTES ETERNAL The Mori looks at the man behind the myth By C.B. Liddell


ndy Warhol is not everyone’s cup of tea, but even if you think you don’t like the master of Pop Art, the show at the Mori Art Museum will probably convince you otherwise. “Andy Warhol: 15 Minutes Eternal” is the biggest retrospective of the artist’s work ever held in Japan, and even includes a convincing mock-up of his famous Factory, the New York studio from which he and his assistants churned out his “art products.” The main criticism usually leveled at Warhol is that he was just a talentless copier with a wry sense of humor who simply reproduced images of everyday Americana in an artistic context and at a volume that could match the sharp rise in serious collectors in the US in the '60s and '70s.


Andy Warhol. Self-Portrait. 1986. Acrylic and silkscreen ink on linen. 203.2 x 193 cm

There is some truth in this, and Warhol conveniently enough said things like, “Don’t think about making art, just get it done. Let everyone else decide if it’s good or bad, whether they love it or hate it. While they are deciding, make even more art.” But because many of the images are culled from advertising and mass media, they have intrinsic appeal and strong aesthetic elements. They are also given a new twist by Warhol’s scaling-up and vibrant coloring. Also, the exhibition is detailed enough to tell Warhol’s story and evoke his character. It is this, ultimately, that sells the art and the show.

The exhibition succeeds in getting beneath the public persona to show us the man within, from the naïve, sensitive boy to the rather Zen-like older man, ever ready with a telling quip. The young Andy Warhol comes across as an effete and precociously talented mama’s boy, but stereotypes don’t quite work in his case. In addition to being gay, he was also a relatively sincere Catholic—a combination that was perhaps guaranteed to give him a heightened sense of irony. At the start of his career, he was full of creative energy and became a relatively successful designer and commercial illustrator. He also created work like the suggestively camp illustrations for In the Bottom of My Garden (circa 1956), but it was only when he stopped expressing himself directly that he achieved fame. The exhibition is littered with his quotes, which provide an interesting commentary on the art. In one he complains that his originality was not always appreciated and that he therefore decided to be original by being as unoriginal as possible. This led to the work for which he is most famous—variously colored silkscreen reproductions of American iconography from Hollywood and advertising. Key works in this respect were his Campbell’s Soup Can paintings and his silkscreen Marilyn prints, both here in profusion. In such work he buried his tremulous younger personality and expressed himself subliminally through the details: the color choices, the materials and the selection of images. His focus on popular culture also gives Warhol’s art and photography the sheen of nostalgia. It reflects the eras in which he worked, and as you look at the personalities—their body language and fashions—you start to understand another Warhol quote: “Your own life while it’s happening to you never has any atmosphere until it’s a memory.” Mori Art Museum, until May 6. See exhibition listings (Roppongi) for details. Metropolis is giving away three pairs of tickets to the exhibition. For a chance to win, e-mail with your your postal address with “15 Minutes Eternal” in the subject line and answer the question: " When did Andy Warhol first visit Japan?"




Guitars and the meaning of life


misunderstood German poet once proclaimed that music must reconcile Apollo and Dionysus—logic and reason must collide with chaos and instinct to give birth to this ancient art. Over the last three decades, Morrie’s musical projects—notably the legendary Dead End and more recently the experimental Creature Creature—have been an attempt to balance these elements, fusing uplifting guitar harmonies with dark and philosophical lyrics. Metropolis engaged the influential rocker as he approaches his “Half Century Anniversary of Flesh” 50th birthday concert. Currently, you are involved with Dead End and Creature Creature, as well as your solo pursuits. How do you differentiate these projects? In Dead End, I am one-third of the sum. We all play a very equal part in the creations. Creature Creature is a time and space where I explore my ideas with other musicians. I have been working with most of the same members for five years, so I write with them in mind with voicing for two seven-string guitars, a five-string bass and drums. In the end, everything written for Creature Creature goes through my filter. I would say that in both bands I perform with similar intensity. Dead End is more centrifugal and the lyrics are explosive and outward. Our impetus has a kind of death drive. Creature Creature is more centripetal with lyrical content evoked by philosophical questions of being and what is "I." Of the younger Japanese musicians you’ve influenced, which ones are your favorites? I like bands that make a sort of chemical reaction that goes beyond themselves: when each member brings something forth and the interaction creates something that exceeds expectations. I see this exciting phenomenon in some younger bands. Some artists are motivated by the injustices they see in the world, others by personal struggles or beauty. What has been your most consistent inspiration over the years? The most consistent inspiration are questions about the secret of being, the secret of "I." It leads me to find companionship with the great philosophers. The answers and path are beyond good and evil, and beyond justice. Truth. The truth of us. The truth of language. What is beauty? What is being? What is "I"? I sense that this question cannot be eternally solved, but I am lured to these questions and am inspired by those who devote their lives to them. When done right, there can be an almost ritualistic atmosphere to live musical performances. What is your approach? The best performances for me are when I do not think or feel what I am doing on stage. I become the music. Those are the best moments for me, but ironically, I have little memory of what happens. How well can your fans get to know the real Morrie through your music and lyrics? Impossible. I don't even know. There is no real Morrie. You have been living in the U.S. since the '90s. What are the most notable aspects of expat life for you? When one is inside of something, one does not recognize what it is until one is away. Like in a dream, one does not know it is a dream until one awakens. Living outside of Japan has made me recognize and discover another Japan. Who is your classical music composer of choice and why? Wagner. Every time I listen to the prelude of Tristan and Isolde my body and spirit are transported. From the Baroque period—Bach. When I listen to Bach, I am not moved emotionally, but I am blown away to the end of the universe, especially listening to his fugues. Bach evolves in the silent space above like an enigmatic star. Is there something about you that would surprise your admirers if they were to find out? I cannot live without high-cacao chocolate. What is the meaning of life? To pursue the meaning of life is the meaning of life. Make life meaningful and fruitful in your own way. Akasaka Blitz, Mar 4. See concert listings (popular) for details.


By Nina Kouprianova



A big year for Japan’s football team By Fred Varcoe


or Japanese football, 2014 is a big year. The national team will be heading off to Brazil to play in the World Cup in the summer, changes are coming for the J. League and we’ll see the end of the old National Stadium, which will be rebuilt for the 2020 Olympic Games. The highlight of the year—well, hopefully for Japan’s fans—will be the World Cup. It will mark the end of Alberto Zaccheroni’s tenure as Japan manager and, as is usual, will be his final exam. At the last World Cup, Takeshi Okada’s men were in dreadful form before heading to South Africa, but they underwent an amazing transformation once they were there (one that even the coaching staff were unable to explain). They beat Cameroon in their first match, lost to the Netherlands 1-0 in their second and then stunned Denmark 3-1 to advance to the Round of 16 where, after a 0-0 draw with Paraguay, they went out 5-3 on penalties. The national team has found better form going into 2014, but there are still plenty of question marks hanging over Zaccheroni’s men. Japan’s performances at the 2013 Confederations Cup were erratic, losing poorly to Brazil and Mexico, but playing superbly in 4-3 defeat to Italy. Dire losses to Serbia and Belarus in Europe had the media in panic mode again—some even calling for Zaccheroni’s head—but a good draw against the Netherlands and a convincing win over a strong Belgium lineup boosted the Italian’s stock and ended the team’s year on a high note. Japan’s first test of 2014 will be against New Zealand at the National Stadium on March 5. The game will be the team’s final appearance at the National Stadium, which hosted the 1964 Olympic Games. Japan’s final game before heading to the World Cup will be against Cyprus at Saitama Stadium 2002 on May 27. At the December draw for the World Cup, Japan were relieved to miss out on the big guns of world football and are quietly confident of reaching the Round of 16 for the third time. In Brazil, they will play Ivory Coast on June 14, Greece on June 19 and Colombia on June 24. While all these games can be won, a lot will depend on which Japan team turns up—the confident 11 that almost beat Italy and the Netherlands or the losing side that crumbled against Serbia and Belarus. Consistency has not been one of the best features of Zaccheroni’s four years in office. Japan boasts of a large number of players plying their trade at top clubs in Europe, but some aren’t plying enough. There’s concern over star striker Shinji Kagawa, who has been largely sidelined at Manchester United since the arrival of new manager David Moyes at the start of the season. Likewise, central defender Maya Yoshida has been used sparingly by Southampton (who also released 2011 Asian Cup hero Tadanari Lee and eventually transferred him to Urawa Reds). While Japan has a wealth of talent in midfield and attack, the defense has come under considerable pressure over the last year, with the media getting their knives out for the regular back four: Yoshida, Yuto Nagatomo, Atsuto Uchida and Yasayuki Konno. There has even been talk about trying to bring back veterans Tulio and Yuji Nakazawa, who will be 33 and 36, respectively, when the World Cup is staged. While they could bring a lot to the team, it is unlikely that Zaccheroni will shift away from his current group of players. The Italian coach will be relying on the likes of Keisuke Honda, Yasuhito Endo, Makoto Hasebe and Kagawa to lead his team in Brazil. They’ve got the ability; they just have to use it. Japan vs. New Zealand. National Olympic Stadium, Mar 5. See sports listings for details. #1039 • WWW.METROPOLIS.CO.JP • 11







�  New York’s American Ballet Theat re ret u r ns to Tok yo w it h a f u l l schedule of events for their dedicated fan base in Japan. The troupe starts off at Shibuya’s Bunkamura Orchard Hall with Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker featuring a different pair of dancers in the leads for each performance. All-star gala performances on February 25-26 bring together selections from the ABT’s extensive repertoire, including Don Quixote, Sleeping Beauty and Shostakovich’s Piano Concerto No.1, which is being performed for the first time in Japan. The group then move on to Ueno’s Tokyo Bunka Kaikan with Manon, a modern ballet update of the Massenet opera. While tickets couldn’t exactly be described as cheap, they are less than airfare to JFK. Bunkamura Orchard Hall, Feb 21-22 & Feb 25-26. Tokyo Bunka Kaikan, Feb 27-Mar 1. See dance listings for details.

�  Can Berlin offer lessons to Tokyo on reinvention? 25 years after the fall of the Berlin wall, some of the key players who have driven the city’s artistic renaissance will be in Tokyo for a conference and night of cutting-edge music. The links between Tokyo and Berlin’s electronic music scenes are many. One of the main guests for the conference will be Robert Henke, co-creator of the Ableton software that drives so much techno at present. A reading is also scheduled from Tobias Rapp, author of Lost and Sound: Berlin, Techno and the Easyjet Set. When folks have had enough talk, they’ll head for club Unit in Daikanyama, where German artists including Burnt Friedman will be holding it down alongside domestic creators such as Open Reel Ensemble. Dan Grunebaum Goethe Institut and Unit, Mar 1. See clubbing listings for details. © MUNETOSHI IWASHITA



�  The legless daruma doll is thought to be based on a Buddhist monk who sat facing a wall, deep in meditation, for nine years straight until his lower appendages withered and fell off. His dedication and perseverance (and lack of legs) became the model for the modern daruma that­—thanks to his rotund bottom—will always pop back up after being pushed over. If you want to get your very own symbol of persistence, this fair at Jindaiji Temple is the best way to go. The largest fair of its kind in Tokyo, it features 300 stalls selling the iconic figurines and other items. The temple will hold prayers and offering rituals regularly during the fair, as well as monks writing Sanskrit characters on new or old dolls, for that extra bit of good luck. LW Jindaiji Temple, Mar 3-4. See bazaar & market listings for details.


KIYOMARO �  Nezu Museum is holding a exhibition of 50 top-grade blades by Minamoto Kiyomaro, a swordsmith who is known for his fine craftsmanship as well as his intriguing personal life. Born in Nagano in 1813, he began his career at a young age, but abandoned it—along with his wife and son. He returned to the former, making swords in Edo, moving to Hagi, Yamaguchi prefecture for a few years and returning to the capital where he committed suicide in 1854. Theories for his motivation range from alcoholism, to his betrayal of the shogunate, to chronic chest pains. Regardless of his troubled life, his works are still renowned for the beauty of the hamon (the pattern on the blade), the utsuri (a tempered effect above the hamon) and their dynamic form. Lisa Wallin Nezu Museum, Feb 26-Apr 6. See exhibition listings (Harajuku/Aoyama) for details.




�  Nearly 150 Japanese and international art galleries will descend on Tokyo International Forum March 7-9 for one of the biggest art events of the year. Whether you are in the market to buy or just want to observe the latest trends, there is more than enough to flood your senses over the weekend. A number of zones will be set up to make the expansive floor space easier to navigate. The Discover Asia section will be given over to galleries promoting cuttingedge Asian art. The G-plus zone is for big hitters and Covered Tokyo will feature up and coming venues on the local scene. The Tokyo Limited area will be dedicated crafts and jewelry . There will also be a fashion installation by apparel brand Matohu and a cafe space featuring innovative cardboard furniture from Pap-Design. Tokyo International Forum, Mar 7-9. See forum and expo listings for details.




Katana named Ichigo hitokoshi (partial view) By Minamoto Kiyomaro Japan Edo period, 1848



�  Despite a history stretching back over a century, the Tokyo International Players have yet to perform one of theater’s best-known works. This year they have they have finally taken on Shakespeare’s story of woe for their main production. Director Wendell T. Harrison has transplanted the famous star-crossed lovers from Verona to Nagasaki in 1639. With the leads recast as a Portuguese sailor and a Japanese woman, there are ever stronger forces than language keeping them apart—as the play is presented in both Japanese and English. “It is unprecedented in our approach but effective for this production,” Harrison explains. “Using a well-known story, we want to prove that love can overcome family history, lineage and language barriers.” The Pocket Nakano, Feb 27-Mar 2. See stage listings for details.



Concerts POPULAR

¥4,600 (adv) +1d. WWW. Nearest stn: Shibuya. 050-5533-0888. http://

Eric Clapton

11th Anniversary Live: MRF

Master of the Stratocaster. Feb 21& 28, 7pm, ¥11,00012,000 (adv). Nippon Budokan. Nearest stn: Kudanshita. Feb 23, 5pm, ¥11,000-12,000 (adv). Yokohama Arena. Nearest stn: Shin-Yokohama. Tel: 03-34025999.

The Novembers

Four-piece alt-rock. Feb 21, 7pm, ¥3,000 (adv) +1d. Liquidroom. Nearest stn: Ebisu. Tel: 03-3444-6751. www.

Mix Speaker's, Inc

Industrial rock meets cosplay critters. Feb 22, 6pm, ¥4,860 (adv) +1d. Akasaka Blitz. Nearest stn: Akasaka. www.


With Dalljub Step Club, Nowearman and others. Feb 22, 6:30pm, ¥2,000 (adv)/ ¥2,500 (door) +1d. Lush. Nearest stn: Shibuya. Tel: 03-5467-3071. lush

Emotion! Vol.8

Survive Said the Prophet, Dirty Little Secret and others. Feb 22, 2:40pm, ¥2,000 (adv)/ ¥2,500 (door) +1d. Club Seata. Nearest stn: Kichijoji.

All Off

Roach, Angry Frog Rebirth and others. Feb 23, 5pm, ¥2,500 (adv)/ ¥3,000 (door) +1d. Unit. Nearest stn: Daikanyama. getticket

Home Made Kazoku

Hip-hop trio. Feb 24, 7pm, ¥4,800 (adv) +1d. Heaven's Rock Saitama Shintoshin. Nearest stn: SaitamaShintoshin. Tel: 048-858-7251.


UK indie rock. Feb 25, 7pm, ¥6,300 (adv) +1d. Ex Theater Roppongi. Nearest stn: Roppongi or Nogizaka. Tel: 03-3444-6751. www.

Nine Inch Nails

Industrial rock gods. Feb 25, 7pm; Feb 26, 7pm; Feb 28, 7pm, ¥9,000 (adv) +1d. Studio Coast. Nearest stn: Shin-Kiba. Tel: 03-3499-6669. http://meturl. com/nin2014


With Crystal Lake. Feb 26, 7pm, ¥6,000 (adv) +1d. Shibuya O-East. Nearest stn: Shibuya.

The Rolling Stones

Retro rockers still rollin'. Feb 26, 6:30pm; Mar 4, 6:30pm; Mar 6, 6:30pm, ¥14,000-80,000. Tokyo Dome. Nearest stn: Suidobashi. Tel: 0570-029581. rollingtix2014

Sixpence None the Richer

"Kiss Me" singers. Mar 1, 3:45 & 6:45pm, ¥6,500. Motion Blue. Nearest stn: Bashamichi. Tel: 045-226-1919. www. Mar 2, 3:45 & 7pm, ¥7,350. Blue Note. Nearest stn: Omotesando. Tel: 03-54850088.

Bark at the Moon

Roach, Garlic Boys and more. Mar 2, 5pm, ¥2,300 (adv)/ ¥2,800 (door) +1d. Shimokitazawa Reg. Nearest stn: Shimokitazawa. Tel: 03-6450-9346.


With guests Kiyoharu and Sugizo. Mar 4, 7pm, ¥6,300 (adv) +1d. Akasaka Blitz. Nearest stn: Akasaka. Tel: 03-3584-8811.


Fashionista Takeru and company. Mar 9, 5:30pm,

Punk bands Hawaiian 6, Dustbox and Shank. Mar 9, 3pm, ¥3,000 (adv) +1d. Studio Coast. Nearest stn: Shin-Kiba. Tel: 03-3444-6751. www.

Wilko Johnson

Essex-based guitar genius. Mar 11, 7:30pm, ¥6,500 (adv) +1d. Club Quattro. Nearest stn: Shibuya. Tel: 03-5720-9999.


K-pop group with awkward anagram, Boys of the East Standing Tall. Mar 15, 6pm; Mar 16, 5pm, ¥8,500 (adv) +1d. Zepp Diver City. Nearest stn: Daiba.

Dark Tranquility

With guest The Resistance. Mar 18, 7pm, ¥7,000 (adv) +1d. O-East. Nearest stn: Shibuya. Tel: 03-3444-6751. www.


J pop all-girl quartet. Mar 20, 7pm, ¥3,000 (adv) +1d. Akasaka Blitz. Nearest stn: Akasaka. Tel: 050-5533-0888.

Minna no Senkan

Uhnellys, Doit Science and others. Mar 21-23, 1pm, ¥3,000 (1 day, adv)/ ¥7,000 (3 days, adv) +1d. SuperDeluxe. Nearest stn: Roppongi. www.

Ska Ska Club

Third wave ska from the Big Mikan. Mar 22, 6pm, ¥3,300 (adv) +1d. Zepp Diver City. Nearest stn: Daiba. 050-55330888.

Nouvelle Vague

Punk and post-punk cover band from France. Mar 29, 7pm, free. The French Institute Tokyo. Nearest stn: Iidabashi. Tel: 03-5206-2500 www.

Bob Dylan

No introduction needed. Mar 31-Apr 10. 7pm, ¥13,00022,000 (adv) +1d. Zepp Diver City. Nearest stn: Daiba. Tel: 03-3402-5999. Artists/BobDylan


Bad Religion,The Hives, SiM and others . Mar 29, noon, ¥8,800-12,000 (adv). Makuhari Messe. Nearest stn: KaihinMakuhari. Tel: 06-7732-8888.


Benny Green Trio

Exciting night with swingy and funky music. Until Mar 2. various times, ¥7,000-18,000. Cotton Club. Nearest stn: Tokyo. Tel: 03-3215-1555.

Ray Yamada

MOSC 1st anniversary show. Feb 28, 8pm, ¥4,500. Motion Blue. Nearest stn: Bashamichi. Tel: 045-226-1919. www.


French singer. Mar 1, 3:45 & 7pm, ¥7,350. Blue Note. Nearest stn: Omotesando. Tel: 03-54850088.

Spicy Kickin'

1970s crossover and golden age fusion inspired music. Mar 2, 5:30 & 7:30pm, ¥3,800. Motion Blue. Nearest stn: Bashamichi. Tel: 045-226-1919.

Kurt Rosenwinkel Quartet: Star of Jupiter 2014 The king of modern jazz guitar. Mar 4, 5 & 8pm, ¥6,80018,000. Cotton Club. Nearest stn: Tokyo. Tel: 03-3215-1555.

Music and networking event. Feb 23, 4pm, ¥4,000. Musicasa. Nearest stn: Yoyogi-Uehara. Tel: 03-5454-0054. ww

Shomyo no Kai—Voices of a Thousand Years

One of the oldest forms of vocal music performed by two dozen Buddhist priests. Feb 24-25, 7pm, ¥4,300 (adv)/ ¥4,500 (door). Spiral Hall. Nearest stn: Omotesando. www.kaibunsha. net

Bach and others. Feb 24, 7pm, ¥1,000. Sumida Triphony Hall. Nearest stn: Kinshicho. Tel: 03-5608-1212. www.triphony. com

Il Divo

Operatic pop crooners. Feb 26-27, 7pm; Mar 10, 7pm, ¥10,000-13,000. Nippon Budokan. Nearest stn: Kudanshita. Tel: 03-3402-5999.

The 8th Yomikyo Metropolitan Series

Kazuki Yamada conducts Beethoven and others. Feb 27, 7pm, ¥3,000-7,000. Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre. Nearest stn: Ikebukuro. Tel: 03-35621550.

Motion Blue. Nearest stn: Bashamichi. Tel: 045-226-1919.

Kankawa Quartet

Pixar in Concert

Funky music delivered by Kankawa. Mar 6, 7 & 9pm, ¥3,600. Motion Blue. Nearest stn: Bashamichi. Tel: 045-2261919.

Mike Price Jazz Orchestra

Big band music, including pieces from Cuban Fire. Mar 7, 8pm, ¥3,990. Someday. Nearest stn: Shinjuku-gyoenmae.

Anna Maria Jopek "Haiku" with special guest Makoto Ozone

Polish popular singer. Mar 7, 5:30 & 8:45pm, ¥8,400. Blue Note. Nearest stn: Omotesando. Tel: 03-5485-0088. www.


Hyper folk rock trio. Mar 9, 6pm, ¥3,700 (adv)/ ¥4,200 (door). Liquidroom. Nearest stn: Ebisu. Tel: 03-5720-9999.


Organ music. Mar 9, 5:30 & 7:30pm, ¥4,500. Motion Blue. Nearest stn: Bashamichi. Tel: 045-226-1919. www.

Omar Sosa & Paolo Fresu


International Jazz Meetup Party

MATE Brass Ensemble

Chopin and others. Feb 27, 6:30pm, ¥1,000. Sumida Triphony Hall. Nearest stn: Kinshicho. Tel: 03-5608-1212.

Roberta Gambarini

New generation European jazz. Mar 21-22, 3:45 & 7pm, ¥7,500. Blue Note. Nearest stn: Omotesando. Tel: 03-54850088.

Beethoven and Tchaikovsky. Feb 23, 1:30pm, ¥2,000. Sumida Triphony Hall. Nearest stn: Kinshicho. Tel: 03-56081212.

Con Sale Soiree du Concert

Duo with guest Kazunori Kumagai. Mar 10, 5:30 & 8:45pm, ¥7,500. Blue Note. Nearest stn: Omotesando. Tel: 03-5485-0088. www.bluenote.

Nicola Conte Jazz Combo featuring Melanie Charles

Wagner Orchestra 40th Anniversary Concert

A Touch of Music Jazz Trombone Quartet Voltz. Mar 5, 7 & 9pm, free.

Yuji Miyake and Light Joke Jazz Orchestra. Feb 21, 7 & 9:30pm; Feb 22, 5 & 8pm, ¥8,400. Blue Note. Nearest stn: Omotesando. Italian jazz singer. Feb 21, 6:30 & 9pm; Feb 22-23, 5 & 8pm, ¥6,800-9,000. Cotton Club. Nearest stn: Tokyo. www.

6pm, ¥2,000. Sumida Triphony Hall. Nearest stn: Kinshicho. Tel: 03-5608-1212. www.

Yukio Yokoyama

Performing Chopin and Liszt. Feb 21, 1:30pm, ¥5,000. Tokyo Opera City Concert Hall. Nearest stn: Hatsudai or Shinjuku. Tel: 03-5353-9999.

The 534th Subscription Concert

Clemens Schuldt conducts Ligeti and others. Feb 21, 7pm, ¥3,500-7,000. Suntory Hall. Nearest stn: Roppongiitchome. Tel: 03-3562-1550.

Tokyo University of the Arts Department Oboe Regular Concert

Stravinsky and others. Feb 21, 6:30pm, ¥1,000. Sumida Triphony Hall. Nearest stn: Kinshicho. Tel: 03-5608-1212.

FAF Orchestra The 46th Regular Concert Brahms and others. Feb 22,

Compilation of music and imagery from Pixar movies, performed by a full symphony orchestra. Feb 28, 7pm; Mar 1, 2 & 7pm, ¥6,500-8,500. Bunkamura Orchard Hall. Nearest stn: Shibuya. Tel: 050-5533-0888. www.

The 568th Suntory Hall Popular Series

Kazuki Yamada conducts Beethoven and others. Feb 28, 7pm, ¥3,500-7,000. Suntory Hall. Nearest stn: Roppongiitchome. Tel: 03-3562-1550.

Kazuhiko Hattori Composer Solo Show

Vocal sextet group and others. Mar 1, 1pm, ¥4,000. Sumida Triphony Hall. Nearest stn: Kinshicho. Tel: 03-5608-1212.

The 86th Subscription Concert

Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra plays Rachmaninoff and others. Mar 2, 2pm, ¥2,0007,500. Bunkamura Orchard Hall. Nearest stn: Shibuya. Tel: 03-5353-9522. www.tpo.

Tomin Symphony Orchestra the 117th Subscription Concert

Orchestra plays Wagner and others. Mar 2, 1:30pm, Free. Sumida Triphony Hall. Nearest stn: Kinshicho. Tel: 03-5608-1212. www.triphony. com

Olafur Arnalds

Contemporary classical composer. Mar 2, 5:30pm, ¥3,500 (adv)/ ¥4,000 (door). Goethe Institut Tokyo. Nearest stn: Aoyama-icchome. event@ jp/kam

The 845th Subscription Concert

Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra plays Tchaikovsky and others. Mar 3, 7pm, ¥2,0007,500. Suntory Hall. Nearest stn: Roppongi-itchome. Tel: 03-5353-9522. www.tpo.

The 86th Subscription Concert

Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra plays Rachmaninoff and others. Mar 5, 7pm, ¥500-7,500. Tokyo Opera City Concert Hall. Nearest stn: Hatsudai or Shinjuku. Tel: 03-5353-9522.

Fukuhara Akirayoshi Piano Recital Piano recital of Chopin and others. Mar 5, 7pm, ¥2,500. Sumida Triphony Hall. Nearest stn: Kinshicho. Tel: 03-56081212.

Olafur Arnalds

Genius Icelandic composer. Mar 5, 7:30pm, ¥4,000 (adv)/ ¥4,500 (door) +1d. WWW. Nearest stn: Shibuya. Tel: 0570-02-9999. http://meturl. com/foundland

Le Velvets

Classical-pop crooners. Mar 6, 6:30pm; Mar 7-8, 2pm, ¥5,5009,800. Bunkamura Orchard Hall. Nearest stn: Shibuya. Tel: 03-3234-9999. www.le-velvets. com

The 8th Yomikyo College

Naoto Otomo conducts Ravel. Mar 7, 8pm, ¥3,000-4,000. Bunkyo Civic Hall. Nearest stn: Korakuen. Tel: 03-3562-1550.

Portrait of Composers Series Vol.96

Eliahu Inbal conducts Symphony No. 8. Mar 8, 2pm, ¥6,500-11,000. Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre. Nearest stn: Ikebukuro. Tel: 045-6822000.

Portrait of Composers Series Vol.96

Eliahu Inbal conducts "Symphony No. 8." Mar 8, 2pm, ¥6,500-11,000. Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre. Nearest stn: Ikebukuro. Tel: 045-6822000.


Sumida Peace Memorial Concert. Mar 9, 3pm, ¥5,0007,000. Sumida Triphony Hall. Nearest stn: Kinshicho. www.

Respighi Serenade

Champagne reception and concert. Mar 12, 7pm, ¥5,5006,000. Oji Hall. Nearest stn: Ginza. tickets@tokyosinfonia. com.

The 535th Subscription Concert

Tatsuya Shimono conducts works by Dvorak. Mar 12, 7pm, ¥3,500-7,000. Suntory Hall. Nearest stn: Roppongiitchome. Tel: 03-3562-1550.

Stage Performative Architecture Exhibition, installation and performances by up-andcoming masters of the stage. Feb 22-23, noon-5pm, free (students)/ ¥1,000 (gen). Nichigei Nihon University College of Art. intsct@gmail. com.

Don Carlo

Giuseppe Verde's grand opera in five acts. Feb 22-23, 1pm, ¥2,000-18,000. Tokyo Bunka Kaikan. Nearest stn: Ueno. Tel: 03-3234-9999. www.nikikai. net/english

Romeo and Juliet

Bilingual version of the classic tale, with a twist. The Capulets are Japanese and the Montagues are expatriates. Subtitles in both languages provided. Feb 27-28, 7pm; Mar 1, 1 & 7pm; Mar 2, 3pm, ¥2,500 (student)/ ¥4,000 (adv)/ ¥4,500 (door). The Pocket. Nearest stn: Nakano. Tel: 03-3381-8422.

Let It Be

New National Theatre Tokyo. Nearest stn: Hatsudai. Tel: 0120-489-459. www.nntt.

Canary English Rakugo Recital

Traditional Japanese narrative performed in English. Mar 21, noon; Mar 22, noon; Mar 23, noon, free. Oedo Ryogokutei. Nearest stn: Ryogoku.kanariya.eiraku@

Harold Pinter Double-Bill Blackstripe Theater presents challenging plays Ashes to Ashes and One for the Road. Mar 28, 7:30pm; Mar 29-30, 2 & 7pm, ¥2,000 (students)/ ¥3,000 (adv)/ ¥3,500 (door). Trance Mission Theatre. Nearest stn: Sangubashi. tickets@

In the Heights

Broadway musical with an all-star Japanese cast. Until Apr 20. Various times. Bunkamura Theater Cocoon. Nearest stn: Shibuya. Tel: 03-3477-9999. cocoon


Musical about a redhead who loves tomorrow. Until May 11, Various times, ¥6,800-8,500. Aoyama Round Theater. Nearest stn: Shibuya. www.

Ovo - Cirque du Soleil

Revolutionary troupe that blends circus arts and street entertainment. Until May 11, various times, ¥4,500-12,000. Odaiba Big Top, Odaiba. Nearest stn: Tokyo Teleport.

Dance Swan Lake

The National Ballet of Japan performs the tale of Odette. Feb 21, 7pm; Feb 22-23, 2pm, ¥3,150-10,000. New National Theatre Tokyo. Nearest stn: Hatsudai. Tel: 03-5352-9999.

The Nutcracker

The American Ballet Theatre transports you to a magical world of solders and mouse kings. ; Feb 21, 1 & 7pm; Feb 22, 1pm, ¥5,000-20,000. Bunkamura Orchard Hall. Nearest stn: Shibuya. Tel: 03-5774-3040. www.japanarts.

All-Stars Gala Performance

The crème de la crème of the American Ballet Theater present the best scenes from notable ballets. Feb 25, 6:30pm; Feb 26, 6:30pm, ¥7,000-22,000. Bunkamura Orchard Hall. Nearest stn: Shibuya.


The American Ballet Theater takes on Kenneth MacMillan's extravagant production. Feb 27, 6:30pm; Feb 28, 1 & 6:30pm; Mar 1, 1pm, ¥6,300-22,000. Tokyo Bunka Kaikan. Nearest stn: Ueno. Tel: 03-5774-3040. www.

Suzuko Ishikawa and Izumi Tanaka

Contemporary dance. Mar 7, 7pm, ¥4,000-5,000. Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre. Nearest stn: Ikebukuro. Tel: 03-53912111.

Don Quichotte

Theatrical concert from London's West End. Mar 4-9, Various times, ¥9,800-19,800. Theatre Orb. Nearest stn: Shibuya. Tel: 0570-000-777.

Ballet de l'Opéra National de Paris blends windmills with dancers. Mar 13-14, 6:30pm; Mar 15, 1:30 & 6:30pm; Mar 16, 3pm, ¥7,000-25,000. Tokyo Bunka Kaikan. Nearest stn: Ueno.

Die Tote Stadt


The story of a young man struggling to get over the death of his wife. Mar 12, 7pm; Mar 15, 2pm; Mar 18, 7pm; Mar 21 & 24, 2pm, ¥5,250-26,250.

Contemporary dance. Mar 14, 7:30pm; Mar 15-16, 3pm, ¥2,500-3,500. Theater Tram. Nearest stn: Sangenjaya. Tel: 03-5432-1526.





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Listings Symphony in Three Movements

A triple bill of ballet performances including new work by Jessica Lang and others. Mar 18-19, 7pm; Mar 21-23, 2pm, ¥3,150-10,500. New National Theatre Tokyo. Nearest stn: Hatsudai. Tel: 03-5352-9999. www.nntt.jac.

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Hype Dx. DJs U-Ge, Miho, etc. From 11:30pm, ¥2,000 w/1d. Nearest stn: Shibuya. www.

Sound Museum Vision

Tokyo Madness. Hip-hop: DJs Hasebe, Sn-Z, etc. From 10pm, (m)¥3,000 w/1d, (f)¥2,500 w/1d. Nearest stn: Shibuya. www.

Performed by Ballet de l'Opéra National de Paris. Mar 20, 6:30pm; Mar 21, 1:30pm; Mar 22, 1:30 & 6:30pm; Mar 23, 3pm, ¥7,000-25,000. Tokyo Bunka Kaikan. Nearest stn: Ueno.

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Swan Lake and Messiah: Meet the Production

Destiny. Boogie, funk: DJ Shuya Okino(Kyoto Jazz Massive) and more. From 7pm, ¥2,000 w/1d. Nearest stn: Shibuya. www.

ABC Tokyo presents a timeless masterpiece, followed by a deeper look into Rio Mitani's work about Jesus's last days on Earth. Mar 23, 4pm; Mar 29, 6pm, free. Tokyo Union Church. Nearest stn: Omotesando. abc-tokyo@

Clubbing FRIDAY 21 Ageha

Asap. All mix: DJs U5, Tora, etc. From 11pm, (m)¥3,000, (f)¥2,000. Nearest stn: Shinkiba.


Love Tribe. House: DJs Nozaki, Shacho, etc. From 10pm, ¥3,000 w/1d. Nearest stn: Shibuya.


Rara Aves. Techno, house: DJs Nt89, Hdn, etc. From 10pm, ¥3,000. Nearest stn: Shibuya.

Sound Museum Vision

Edm Junkies. Edm: DJs Angger Dimas, Blue Cosmic Monkey, etc. From 10pm, (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 6pm, ¥1,000 (after 11:30pm). Nearest stn: Roppongi. www.

The Room

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


The Marathon. Techno: DJ Rohad and more. From 10pm, ¥3,500. Nearest stn: Daikanyama. www.unit-tokyo. com


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


Edm Music Festival. Edm: DJs Tanaka, Marc Panther, etc. From 11pm, ¥3,500. Nearest stn: Shibuya. Tel: 03-5459-0039.


Lumber Jack. Electro: DJs Thomas Gold, Vivid, etc. From 11pm, ¥4,000. Nearest stn: Shinkiba.


Secretsundaze. House: DJs Giles Smith, James Priestley, etc. From 10pm, ¥3,500. Nearest stn: Shibuya.


Soi. Jungle: DJs Yahman, Don, etc. From 10pm, ¥2,500 w/1d. Nearest stn: Shibuya. www.

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

The Room


1st Anniversary. Hip-hop: DJs Nuckey, Kekke, etc. From 9pm, (m)¥3,000 w/1d, (f)¥1,000 w/2d. Nearest stn: Azabu-Juban or Roppongi. Tel: 03-6230-0343.


Neverland. House, techno. From midnight, 11pm. Nearest stn: Shibuya. Tel: 03-5459-0039.

SUNDAY 23 Module

Destination. Broken beats, deep house: DJs Downwell 79s, Oka, etc. From 5pm, ¥2,000 w/1d. Nearest stn: Shibuya. www.


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


Edm Sunday. Edm: DJs Yoshimasa, Sone, etc. From midnight, (m)¥2,500, (f)free. Nearest stn: Shibuya. Tel: 03-5459-0039. www.womb.


Shellfish. House, techno: DJs Rama, Sugai, etc. From 10pm, ¥2,000. Nearest stn: Shibuya.


Edmmmmm!!! Edm: DJs Hikaru, Shuta, etc. From 10pm, (m)¥1,500, (f)free. Nearest stn: Shibuya. Tel: 03-5459-0039.


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THURSDAY 27 Sound Museum Vision

Black Channel. House: DJs Kaz, Kazufumi, etc. From 10pm, ¥3,500 w/1d. Nearest stn: Shibuya.


Village Thursday. Hip-hop: DJs Various DJs. From 10pm, (m)¥2,000 w/1d, (f)¥1,000 w/2d. Nearest stn: Azabu-Juban or Roppongi. Tel: 03-6230-0343.


Reboot. Techno: DJs The Advent, Qhey, etc. From 10pm, ¥3,500. Nearest stn: Shibuya.


Wag. Techno, house: DJs Cmt, Gen, etc. From 10pm, ¥2,500 w/1d. Nearest stn: Shibuya.

Ruby Room

Neet Spirit. 90s music: DJs Timutaku, Special K, etc. From 7:30pm, ¥1,000 w/1d. Nearest stn: Shibuya. www.

WEDNESDAY 26 Girl’s Dj Night. DJs Girls DJs. From 8pm, free. Nearest stn: Shibuya. www.rubyroomtokyo. com

The Room

The Room Bar. Bar style: DJs Cicci, Grv, etc. From midnight, free. Nearest stn: Shibuya. www.


Wedm. Electro, house: DJs Hiroki, Ikezawa, etc. From 10pm, (m)¥1,500, (f) free.

Imari: Japanese Porcelain for European Palaces. Luxurious early seventeenth century porcelain from Saga prefecture. Until Mar 16, ¥800-1,300. The Scientific Eye and Visual Wonders in Edo. The birth of intriguing visual effects in Japanese art. Mar 29-May 11, ¥1,000-1,300. 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

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Champ. Funk, jazz: DJs Tominaga, Oibon, etc. From 10pm, ¥2,500 w/1d. Nearest stn: Shibuya.


Tim Deluxe. House, techno: DJs Tim Deluxe, Emma, etc. From 11pm, ¥3,500. Nearest stn: Shibuya. Tel: 03-5459-0039.


Daishi Dance. House: DJs Daishi Dance, Komori, etc. Mar 1, from 11pm, ¥3,500. Nearest stn: Shinkiba.


Domino. House, techno: DJs Nastia, Masda, etc. Mar 1, from 10pm, ¥3,500. Nearest stn: Shibuya.


Force. Techno: DJs Various DJs. Mar 1, from 10pm, ¥2,500 w/1d. Nearest stn: Shibuya. www.

Sound Museum Vision


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Hennessy Artistry. Hip-hop: DJs Madlib, Mabanua, etc. From 10pm, ¥3,500 w/1 Hennessy Mixer. Nearest stn: Shibuya.

Ruby Room

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

Pre-Raphaelites: Victorian Avant-Garde. Masterpieces by English painters. Until Apr 6, ¥500-1,500. 52F Roppongi Hills Tower, 6-10-1 Roppongi. Nearest stn: Roppongi. www.

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Alien Radio. Techno: DJs Stacey Pullen, Groove Patrol, etc. Mar 1, from 11pm, (m)¥3,500 w/1d, (f)¥3,000 w/1d. Nearest stn: Shibuya.


Mori Arts Center Gallery

Kazumi Nakamura. Acrylic and oil paintings. Mar 19-May 19, ¥500-1,000. The Power of Images: The National Museum of Ethnology Collection. Symbols and totems from around the world. Until Jun 9, ¥500-1,000. Open Wed-Thu, Sat-Mon 10am-6pm, Fri 10am-8pm, closed Tue. 7-22-2 Roppongi. Nearest stn: Nogizaka. www.

Reactivate. Techno: DJs Shingo, Lyoma, etc. From 10pm, ¥2,500 w/1d. Nearest stn: Shibuya. Open Mic. Open Mic. From 7pm, ¥1,000 w/2d. Nearest stn: Shibuya. www.

Eternal. Almost 700 works by the standard-bearer of Pop Art. Open Mon & Wed-Sun 10am-10pm, Tue 10am-5pm. 6-10-1 Roppongi. Nearest stn: Roppongi. museum

Graphic Hankerchiefs: Tohoku Messages. Colorful cloths with positive messages. Until Feb 23, free. Open daily 11am-7pm. 5F Midtown Tower, 9-7-1 Akasaka. Nearest stn: Roppongi. Tel: 03-6743-3775. www.

GINZA/KYOBASHI/ TOKYO Bridgestone Museum of Art

The Painters' Eyes, the Sculptors' Hands. Paintings and sculptures by various artists. Until Apr 13, ¥500-800. Open Tue-Sun & hols 10am-8pm, closed Mon. 1-10-1 Kyobashi, Chuo-ku. Nearest stn: Tokyo. Tel: 03-5777-8600. www.

Ginza Nikon Salon

Life Studies. Photography by Aya Fujioka. Until Feb 25, free. Remembrance 3.11. Photos of Fukushima by Hiromi Tsuchida. Feb 26-Mar 11, free. 1F Strate Ginza, 7-10-1 Ginza, Chuo-ku. Nearest stn: Ginza. Tel: activity/salon/index_en.htm

H.P. France Window Gallery

After 25. Mar 1, from 11:59pm, ¥4,000 (adv). Nearest stn: Daikanyama. www.moretrax. com/after25

Banknotes. Photography by Ryo Ohwada. Until Mar 6, free. Open Mon-Sat 11am-9pm, Sun & Hols 11am-8pm. 1F Marunouchi Bldg. 2-4-1 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku. Tel: 03-3240-5791.


Idemitsu Museum of Arts

06s. Drumnbass: DJs Dbridge, Aki, etc. Mar 1, from 11pm, ¥3,500. Nearest stn: Shibuya. Tel: 03-5459-0039. www.

Exhibitions AKASAKA/ROPPONGI Fujifilm Square

Sakura Line 3/11. Photography. Mar 7-20, free. 2011.03.11 From the Date of the Disaster. Photography. Underwater. Mar 7-20, free. Open daily 10am-7pm. 9-7-3 Akasaka, Roppongi. Nearest stn: Roppongi. Tel: 03-6271-3350.

Mori Art Museum

Andy Warhol: 15 Minutes

Sake: The Aesthetic Movement 1860-1900. Mixed media. Organized by the Victoria and Albert Museum, London. Until 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. www.

Mitsui Memorial Museum

Hina Dolls of the Mitsui Family. Display of rare dolls. Until Apr 6, ¥500-1,000. 7F Mitsui Main Bldg, 2-1-1 Nihombashi-Muromachi, Chuo-ku. Nearest stn: Mitsukoshimae. Tel: 03-57778600.

National Film Center

Japanese Film Heritage. Permanent collection of works from the National Film Center. Until Apr 3, ¥40-200. Iconography of Yasujiro Ozu Films. A collection of paintings, design and lettering that sheds light on Mr. Ozu's unique aesthetic sensibility. Until Mar 30, ¥40-200. Little Known Japanese Cinema Vol.7. Recently restored films from Shochiku. Until Mar 16, ¥100-500. Open Tue-Sun 11am-6:30pm, closed Mon. 3-7-6 Kyobashi. Nearest stn: Kyobashi. Tel: 03-57778600.

Sprout Curation

Synchronicity: Admiring Kazuo Ohno. Photos of a master dancer by Naoya Ikegami. Until Mar 8, free. Open Tue-Sat noon-7pm, closed Sun, Mon & hols. 6F, 1-3-2 Kiyosumi. Nearest stn: Kiyosumishirakawa. Tel: 03-3642-5039.

The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo

Your Portrait: A Tetsumi Kudo Retrospective. Mixed media. Abstract expression of ordinary objects by one of Japan's most innovative artists of the 20th century. Until Mar 30, ¥250-850. Open Tue-Thu & Sat-Sun 10am-5pm, Fri 10am-8pm. 3-1 Kitanomaru-koen. Nearest stn: Takebashi. Tel: 03-5777-8600.

Zeit-Foto Salon

Mono-ha by Anzai. Photography by Sigeo Anzai. Until Feb 22, free. Open Tue-Fri 10:30am-6:30pm, Sat 10:30am-5:30pm, closed Sun-Mon & hols. 4F Matsumoto Bldg, 1-10-5 Kyobashi, Chuo-ku. Nearest stn: Tokyo. Tel: 03-35357188.

HARAJUKU/AOYAMA Itochu Aoyama Art Square Iro no Tsuranari. Japanese-style paintings by Yuuki Sori. Until Feb 28, free. 11am-7pm daily. B1 CI Plaza, 2-3-1 Kita-Aoyama. Nearest stn: Gaienmae. Tel: 03-5772-2913.

National Children's Castle Artscape. Over 500 artworks from students of over 50 different nationalities. Mar 1-16, free. Open Tue-Sun 12:30-5:30pm, closed Mon. 5-53-1 Jingumae. Nearest stn: Omotesando. Tel: 03-37975666. www.kodomono-shiro. com/english

The Dreams of Itaya Hazan: The Bliss of Japanese Modern Ceramics. Retrospective featuring some of the artist's greatest works. Until Mar 23, ¥700-1,000. Open Tue-Thu 10am-5pm, Fri 10am-7pm, closed Mon. 9F Teigeki Bldg, 3-1-1 Marunouchi. Nearest stn: Tokyo. museum

Nezu Museum

Megumi Ogita Gallery

Katsuhika Oi: "Courtesans Showing Themselves to the Strollers through the Grille" Beauty of Light and Shadow. Woodblock prints. Until Feb 26, ¥500-700. Reminiscence of Hiroshige: Ukiyo-e History Walk. Comparing real locations in old Oedo and modern Tokyo. Mar 1-23, ¥500-700. Open Tue-Sun 10:30am-5:30pm, closed Mon. 1-10-10 Jingumae. Nearest stn:

Dreams of Winter. Mixed media by Aya Cagiu. Until Mar 1, free. Shoko Kanazawa. Calligraphy. Until Mar 29, ¥500. Tue-Sat 11am-7pm, Closed Mon & Sun. 4F, 5-4-14 Ginza. Nearest stn: Ginza.

Mitsubishi Ichigokan Museum The Beautiful-Art for Art's

Kiyomaro: Master Swordsmith to the Last Samurai. Celebrating the 200th anniversary of the artist's birth. Feb 26-Apr 6, ¥900-1,200. Tue-Sun, 10am-4:30pm. 6-5-1 Minami-Aoyama, Minato-ku. Nearest stn: Omotesando. www.

Ukiyo-e Ota Memorial Museum of Art



The Places Nobody Knows. Works by Toshio Miyaoka. Feb 21-Mar 29, free. Open Mon-Sat 11am-7pm, closed Sun and Hols. 1-1-6 Nihombashi-Kayabacho, Chuo-ku. Nearest stn: Kayabacho. www.basegallery. com

Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo

Fragments: Incomplete Beginnings. Mixed media. Until May 11, ¥700-1,600. The Marvelous Real. Contemporary Spanish and Latin American art from the Musac collection. Until May 11, ¥600-1,100. Tue-Sun, 10am-6pm, closed Mon. 4-1-1 Miyoshi, Koto-ku. Nearest stn: KiyosumiShirakawa.

SHIBUYA/EBISU Bunkamura Gallery

Synchronicity of Photograph and Picture. Mixed media. Mar 5-16, free. Open daily, 10am-7pm. 2- 24-1 Dogenzaka. Nearest stn: Shibuya. www.

Bunkamura: The Museum Arcadia on the Shore: Puvis de Chavanne's Mythic World. Mural painter that combined innovation with classical style. Until Mar 9, ¥700-1,400. Open Mon-Thu & Sun 10am-7pm, Fri-Sat 10am-9pm. 2- 24-1 Dogenzaka. Nearest stn: Shibuya. Tel: 03-5777-8600.

Logos Gallery

100 People's Book Covers. Book covers abound. Mar 12-26, free. Open daily 10am-9pm. B1F Parco Part1, 15-1 Udagawacho, Shibuya-ku. Nearest stn: Shibuya. web/logos

Parco Museum

Infinity VS. Photography. Until Feb 24, ¥200. We Love AAA. Mixed media. Goods, music video set props etc. Feb 28-Mar 17, ¥400-500. Open daily 10am-9pm. B1F Parco Part1, 15-1 Udagawacho, Shibuya-ku. Tel: 03-3477-5873. www.

The Watari-Um Museum of Contemporary Art Treasure. Photography by Harumichi Saito. Until Mar 16, ¥500-1,000. Open Tue & Thu-Sun 11am-7pm, Wed 11am-9pm, closed Mon. 3-7-6 Jingumae. Nearest stn: Gaienmae. www.watarium.

Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography

True Colors. Photography. Until Feb 23, free. Open Tue-Wed & Sat-Sun 10am-6pm, Thu-Fri 10am-8pm, closed Mon. 1-13-3 Mita, Meguro-ku. Nearest stn: Ebisu.

Tokyo Wonder Site Shibuya

Wonder Seeds 2014. Mixed media. Young artists present their works. Until Mar 2, free. Asia Anarchy Alliance. Photography by artists from all across Asia. Mar 8-20, free. 1-19-8 Jinnan. Nearest stn: Shibuya. Tel: 03-3463-0603. shibuya

Yamatane Museum of Art

Jakuchu's Adorability and Shoen's Beauty : "Kawaii" in Japanese Art. Edo-period screen paintings. Until Mar 2, ¥900-1,200. My. Fuji, Cherry Blossoms, and Flowers in Spring. Mixed media. Commemorating Mt. Fuji's registration as a World Cultural Heritage site. Mar 11-May 11, ¥900-1,200. Open Tue-Fri 11am-5pm, closed Mon & hols. 3-12-36 Hiroo. Nearest stn: Ebisu. Tel: 03-5777-8600. www.


Listings SHINJUKU/ IKEBUKURO Bunka Gakuen Costume Museum European Fashion. Rococo for men and children. Until May 24, ¥200-500. Mon-Sat 10am-4:30pm, Closed Sun and hols. Shinjuku Bunka Quint Bldg. 3-22-7 Yoyogi. Nearest stn: Shinjuku. Tel: 03-3299-2387. www.bunka. html

Eitoeiko Gallery

Baseball Coloring Book in Urasoe, Okinawa. Illustrations by Takahiro Nagasawa. Until Feb 28, free. Open Wed-Sun noon-7pm, closed Mon-Tue. 32-2 Yaraicho. Nearest stn: Kagurazaka. Tel: 03-64796923.

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Monet, An Eye for Landscapes: Innovation in 19th Century French Landscape. Some of the artist's most famous impressionist works, including "Water Lilies". Until Mar 9, ¥600-1,400. The 150th Anniversary: The Prints of Edvard Munch from the National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo. Prints. Major element of Munch's overall work method. Until Mar 9, ¥130-420. Open daily 9:30am-5:30pm. 7-7 Ueno Park. Nearest stn: Ueno. www.

NTT Intercommunication Center

Admired from Afar: Masterworks of Japanese Painting from the Cleveland Museum of Art. Traditional Japanese paintings return home. Until Feb 23, ¥800-1,600. The 60th Japan Traditional Kogei Exhibition Engendering Beauty, Preserving Technique: Artworks by Living National Treasures. Pieces made by artists acknowledged for their dedication and pursuit of excellence. Until Feb 23, ¥800-1,400.Yayoi Culture at the Westernmost Point of Honshu: The Hibikinada Area and the Ayaragigo Site in Yamaguchi Prefecture. Artifacts from western Japan. Until Mar 9, ¥400-600. Open Tue-Sun 9:30am-5pm. 13-9 Ueno Park. Nearest stn: Ueno.

Nippon Camera Photo Contest 2013. Award-winning photography. Feb 25-Mar 3, free. Why do We Exist? A visual study of high energy physics at CERN. Mar 4-17, free. Open daily 10am-7pm. Tokyo L-Tower 28F, 1-6-1, Nishi-shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku. Nearest stn: Shinjuku. Tel: 03-3344-0565. www. salon/index_en.htm

Sompo Japan Museum of Art

Face. Mixed media. Feb 22-Mar 30, ¥300-500. Face 2014. Mixed media. Grand-prix winners of an annual competition aimed at young artists. Feb 22-Mar 30, ¥300-500. Tue-Sun, 10am-6pm, closed Mon. 42F Sompo Japan Bldg, 1-26-1 Nishi-Shinjuku. Nearest stn: Shinjuku. Tel: 03-5405-8686. museum

The Sato Museum of Art

Keiko Inokuma. Woodland paintings. Until Mar 2, ¥500. Open Tue-Sun 10am-5pm, closed Mon. 31-10 Daikyocho. Nearest stn: Sendagaya. Tel: 03-33586021. sato-museum

Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery

Island View: Why Artists Focus on Islands. Mixed media. Until Mar 7, free. 8-36 Ueno Park. Nearest stn: Ueno. www.

Tokyo National Museum

Ueno Royal Museum

VOCA: The Vision of Contemporary Art 2014. Mixed media. Mar 15-30, ¥500. Open Sat-Thur 10am-6pm, Fri 10am-8pm. 1-2 Ueno Park. Nearest stn: Ueno. www.


Hoki Museum Award Exhibition Vol. 1. Painting. Until May 18, ¥900-1,800. Open Mon & Wed-Thu 10am-6pm, Fri, Sat 10am-7pm, Sun 10am-5pm, closed Tue. 3-15 Asumigaokahigashi, Midoriku. Nearest stn: Toke. www.

Japan Folk Crafts Museum Tea and Beauty: Soetsu Yanagi and the Way of Tea. Tea utensils and other accessories. Until Mar 23, ¥500-1,000. 10am-5pm, closed Mon. 4-3-33 Komaba. Nearest stn: Komabatodai.

Sawa Hiraki: Under the Box, Beyond the Bounds. Photography. Until Mar 30, ¥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



Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo

Edo-Tokyo Museum Safe Locker storage

The National Museum of Western Art

Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum

Shinjuku Nikon Salon

Offering you “Authentic Pilates”

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. www.

Ultra Deep Field. Painting. Abstract art by Alan Van Every. Until Mar 9, free. Open Wed-Sun 1-7pm, closed Mon-Tue. 1-30-7 Sekiguchi, Bunkyo-ku. Nearest stn: Edogawabashi. www.

Open Space 2013. A melting pot of artists and media. Until Mar 2, free. Solaris. Works by Arata Isozaki. Until Mar 2, ¥500. 4F Tokyo Opera City Tower, 3-20-2 Nishi-Shinjuku. Nearest stn: Hatsudai. www.

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Ukiyo-e: A Journey Through the Floating World. Woodblock prints. Until Mar 2, ¥450-1,300. Open Tue-Fri & Sun 9:30am-5:30pm, Sat 9:30am-7:30pm, closed Mon & hols. 1-4-1 Yokoami. Nearest stn: Ryogoku. Tel: 03-3626-9974. www.

National Museum of Nature and Science

Big Dinosaurs: Wonders of the Gobi Desert. Velociraptor and tarbosaurus bones unravel

The Sekai-Ichi. Assortment of surprising and inspiring objects made in Japan. Until May 6, ¥300-1,000. 2-3-6, Aomi, Koto-ku. Nearest stn: Telecom Center station. Tel: 03-3570-9151. www.miraikan.

Fragments: Incomplete Beginnings. Mixed media. Until May 11, ¥700-1,600. The Marvelous Real. Contemporary Spanish and Latin American art from the Musac collection. Until May 11, ¥600-1,100. Tue-Sun, 10am-6pm, closed Mon. 4-1-1 Miyoshi, Koto-ku. Nearest stn: KiyosumiShirakawa.

National Museum of Japanese History

Various Seasonal Festivals. Traditional ornaments and

accessories. Until May 6, ¥250-420. Earthquakes in Japanese History. Mixed media. A closer look into individual experiences and social impacts of these natural disasters. Mar 11-May 6, ¥450-830. Open Tue-Sun 9:30am-4:30pm, closed Mon. 117 Jonai-cho, Sakura-shi. Nearest stn: KeiseiSakura. english

Pola Museum of Art

Homage to Renoir: Renoir and Painters of the Twentieth Century. Impressionist oil paintings. Until Apr 6,¥1,0001,800. Color, Line, Form: Matisse, Degas, Chagall. Oil, watercolor and pastel painting. Until Apr 6, ¥1,000-1,800. 9am-4:30pm. 1285 Kozukayama, Sengokuhara, Hakone-machi. Nearest stn: Gora. www.

Setagaya Art Museum

Ginko, Ryusei and Reiko Kishida—Genealogy of Innovative Spirit. Painting. Until Apr 6, ¥500-1,200. Open Tue-Sun10am-6pm, closed Mon. 1-2 Kinutakoen, Setagaya-ku. Nearest stn: Seijogakuenmae. Tel: 03-3415-6011. www. index_e.html

Sprout Curation

Synchronicity: Admiring Kazuo Ohno. Photos of a master dancer by Naoya Ikegami. Until Mar 8, free. Open Tue-Sat noon-7pm, closed Sun, Mon & hols. 6F, 1-3-2 Kiyosumi. Nearest stn: Kiyosumishirakawa. Tel: 03-3642-5039.

Taka Ishii Gallery of Photography and Film

Frank Lloyd Wright. Photos of Wright's works taken by architectural photographer Yukio Futagawa. Until Mar 15, free. Noon-7pm, closed Mon, Sun & hols. 5F, 1-3-2 Kiyosumi, Koto-ku, Tokyo. Nearest stn: Roppongi. www.

The French Institute Tokyo

Digital Choc 2014. Machinery on the walls, robots of dreams and more. Until Mar 23, various times, free. 15 Ichigaya Funagawara-cho. Nearest stn: Iidabashi. Tel: 03-5206-2500.

The Museum of Modern Art, Hayama

Masamu Yanase 1900-1945: A Retrospective. Mixed media. Until Mar 23, ¥100-1,000. Open Tue-Sun 9:30am-5pm, closed Mon. 2208-1 Isshiki, Hayama, Miura-gun. Nearest stn: Zushi.

The Museum of Modern Art, Kamakura

From the Collection: Where is the Light. Mixed media. Until Mar 23, ¥100-700. 2-1-53 Yukinoshita, Kamakura, Kanagawa. Nearest stn: Kamakura. Tel: 045-226-1919. fuse/index.html

Sports BASEBALL Central League

–Yomiuri – Giants vs. Tokyo Yakult Swallows. Mar 1-2, 6pm, ¥500-4,500. Tokyo Dome. Nearest stn: Suidobashi. Tel: 03-5800-9999. –Yomiuri – Giants vs. Yokohama DeNA Baystars. Mar 21, 2pm, ¥500-4,500. Tokyo Dome. Nearest stn: Suidobashi. Tel: 03-5800-9999.


–Chiba – Lotte Marines vs. Yomiuri Giants. Mar 12, 1pm, ¥300-2,500. QVC Marine Field. Nearest stn: Kaihin-Makuhari. Tel: 043-296-1227. –Chiba – Lotte Marines vs. Hiroshima Toyo Carp. Mar 15, 1pm, ¥300-2,500. QVC Marine Field. Nearest stn: Kaihin-

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Pacific League

–Chiba – Lotte Marines vs. Fukuoka Softbank Hawks. Mar 8, 1pm, ¥300-2,500. QVC Marine Field. Nearest stn: Kaihin-Makuhari. Tel: 043-2961227. –Chiba – Lotte Marines vs. Saitama Seibu Lions. Mar 9, 1pm, ¥300-2,500. QVC Marine Field. Nearest stn: KaihinMakuhari. Tel: 043-296-1227.

BASKETBALL National Basketball League

–Hitachi – Sunrockers vs. Kumamoto Volters. Mar 1-2, 6pm, ¥1,000-3,500. Sumida City Gymnasium. Nearest stn: Kinshicho. Tel: 03-3623-7273. –Hitachi – Sunrcokers vs. Mitsubishi Electric Diamond Dolphins. Mar 15-16, 3pm, ¥1,000-3,500. Kashiwa Chuo Gymnasium. Nearest stn: Kita-kashiwa. Tel: 04-71649573.

BOXING Shoot Boxing

Feb 23, 6pm, ¥4,000-10,000. Korakuen Hall. Nearest stn: Suidobashi. Tel: 03-5800-9999.

Hidenori Ohtake vs. Takafumi Nakajima

Mar 24, 5:50pm, ¥4,00015,000. Korakuen Hall. Nearest stn: Suidobashi. Tel: 03-5800-9999.

ICE HOCKEY Asia League

–Nikko – Icebucks vs. Tohoku Free Blades. Mar 1-2, 6:30pm, ¥500-6,000. DyDo Drinco Ice Arena. Nearest stn: Higashifushimi. Tel: 042-467-7171. –Oji – Eagles vs. Nippon Paper Cranes. Mar 1-2, 3pm, ¥500-6,000. DyDo Drinco Ice Arena. Nearest stn: Higashifushimi. Tel: 042-467-7171.


Mar 8, 6pm, ¥4,500-9,000. Korakuen Hall. Nearest stn: Suidobashi. Tel: 03-58009999.


Feb 23, noon, ¥3,000-4,000. Womb. Nearest stn: Shibuya. Tel: 03-6912-7280. www.


Feb 23, 4pm, ¥6,000-50,000. Ota City General Gymnasium. Nearest stn: Umeyashiki. Tel: 03-5480-6688.


Mar 16, 5:30pm, ¥5,00010,000. Korakuen Hall. Nearest stn: Suidobashi. Tel: 03-5800-9999.


Feb 22, 6pm, ¥4,000-7,000. Differ Ariake. Nearest stn: Ariake-tennis-no-mori.


Feb 23, 1pm, ¥4,000-7,000. Shinkiba 1stRing. Nearest stn: Shinkiba. Tel: 03-3521-1015.

Big Japan: BJW-ZET

Feb 26, 7pm, ¥4,000-6,000. Shinjuku Face. Nearest stn: Shinjuku. Tel: 03-3419-0536.

Wrestling New Classic

Feb 27, 7pm, ¥3,000-7,000. Shinjuku Face. Nearest stn: Shinjuku. Tel: 03-3419-0536.

Big Japan

Nov 22, 7pm, ¥3,150-6,300. Korakuen Hall. Nearest stn: Suidobashi. Tel: 03-5800-9999.

Wrestle-1: Outbreak

Mar 2, 5pm, ¥4,000-30,000. Ryogoku Kokugikan. Nearest

stn: Ryogoku. Tel: 03-36235111.

Kaientai Dojo

Mar 5, 7pm, ¥4,000-6,000. Shinjuku Face. Nearest stn: Shinjuku. Tel: 03-3419-0536.

Dragon Gate

Mar 6, 6:30pm, ¥3,000-6,000. Korakuen Hall. Nearest stn: Suidobashi. Tel: 03-58009999.

RUGBY Japan Rugby Championships

51st Japan Rugby Championship. Mar 1, 2pm, ¥500-3,000. Komazawa Stadium. Nearest stn: Komazawadaigaku. Tel: 03-3421-6199.

SOCCER Fuji Xerox Super Cup: Sanfrecce Hiroshima vs. Yokohama F. Marinos

Feb 22, 1:35pm, ¥1,000-6,500. National Olympic Stadium. Nearest stn: Gaienmae. Tel: 03-3403-1151.

Kirin Challenge Cup

Japan vs. New Zealand. Mar 5, 7:40pm, ¥1,000-20,000. National Olympic Stadium. Nearest stn: Gaienmae. Tel: 03-3403-1151.


Mar 1, 11:30am, ¥1,800. Yoyogi National Gymnasium. Nearest stn: Meiji-Jingumae.

World Team Table Tennis Championships

Apr 28-May 5, various times, ¥1,000-8,000. Yoyogi National Gymnasium. Nearest stn: Meiji-Jingumae.

VOLLEYBALL Suntory Sunbirds vs. JT Thunders

Mar 1, 11am, ¥300-6,900. Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium. Nearest stn: Sendagaya. Tel: 03-5474-2112.

Panasonic Panthers vs. JTEKT Stings

Mar 2, 10:05am, ¥300-6,900. Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium. Nearest stn: Sendagaya. Tel: 03-5474-2112.

Festivals Edo Nagashibina Ceremony

Dolls imbued with disasters that may befall children are sent down the river to be rid of them. Mar 2, 11:30am, free. Azumabashi Bridge Shinsui Terrace and Sumida Park. Nearest stn: Asakusa. Tel: 03-3847-2200. http://

Plum Blossom Viewing

600 trees, including numerous rare varieties. Until Mar 3, 9am-5pm, ¥200-500. Sankeien Garden Museum. Nearest stn: Negishi. Tel: 045-621-0634.

Fire-walking Festival

Yamabushi and other participants walk across hot coals while praying for protection against illness. Mar 9, all day, free. Takao-san Yakuoin Head Temple. 2177 Takao-machi, Hachiojii. Nearest stn: Takao-san Iriguchi. english

Kannon Jigen-e

Celebrating the original of the shrine with a golden dragon dance and other events. Mar 18, all day, free. Sensoji. Nearest stn: Asakusa. Tel: 03-3842-0181.

athlete. Feb 21, 11am-9pm; Feb 22, 11am-8pm, free. Tokyo Big Sight. Nearest stn: Kokusai-Tenjijo-Seimon. www. expo2014

Carbon Market Expo

Latest information on carbon offset programs and more. Mar 4, 10am-5pm, free. Tokyo International Forum Exhibition Hall. Nearest stn: Yurakucho. Tel: 03-5776-0402.

Japan Shop

Shop fittings, signs, audio visual equipment and more. Mar 4-6, 10am-5pm; Mar 7, 10am-4:30pm, free (adv registration)/¥2,000 (door). Tokyo Big Sight. Nearest stn: Kokusai-Tenjijo-Seimon. Tel: 03-3512-5670. http://messe.

Security Show

Japan's largest exhibition of security and safety technology. Mar 4-6, 10am-5pm; Mar 7, 10am-4:30pm, free (adv registration)/ ¥2,000 (door). Tokyo Big Sight. Nearest stn: Kokusai-Tenjijo-Seimon.

Tokyo Franchise Show

Franchisers and new businesses seek partners. Mar 5-6, 10am-5pm; Mar 7, 10am-4:30pm, free (registration required). Tokyo Big Sight. Nearest stn: Kokusai-Tenjijo-Seimon. Tel:

Art Fair Tokyo

From antiques to contemporary art, media and fashion. Mar 7, 11am-9pm; Mar 8, 11am-8pm; Mar 9, 10:30am-5pm, ¥1,500 (1 day, adv)/ ¥3,000 (3 day, adv). Tokyo International Forum Exhibition Hall. Nearest stn: Yurakucho. info@artfairtokyo. com. www.artfairtokyo. com/en

Shinjuku Central Park Market

Yasukuni Shrine Antique Market

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

Yebisu Marché

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

Community Kizuna Fundraising Event

Gala networking event for a great cause. Invitation only, email for details. Feb 25, 7pm, ¥10,000. Togo House #301, 5-11-12 Minami-Azabu. Nearest stn: Hiroo.

Roppongi Tenmon Club

Star gazing with other astronomy enthusiasts. ; Feb 28 & Mar 28, 7-9pm, ¥500-1,500 (entrance fee) + ¥2,000 (seminar, optional). Tokyo City View. Tel: 03-6406-6652. http://

Japanese Speech Contest 2014 Cheer on competitors testing their Japanese skills. Mar 1, 6:30am, free. Za-Koenji. Nearest stn: Koenji. info@ www.

Pause Talk

Bazaars & Markets Artism Market


Gothic and Lolita, steam punk accessories and art. Mar 1, 11am-4pm, ¥500. Tokyo Metropolitan Industrial Trade Center. Nearest stn: Takeshiba. Tel: 03-3434-4242. www.

Daruma Doll Fair

Over 300 stalls, various buddhist rituals and processions. Mar 3-4, all day, free. Jindaiji. Nearest stn: Mitaka. Tel: 042-486-5511.

Shinagawa Intercity Flea Market

More than 120 vendors. Sun & hols. Nov 15-Jan 1, 9am-3pm, free. Shinagawa Intercity. Nearest stn: Shinagawa.

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.

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

Forums & Expos Tokyo Marathon Expo

Fudaten Jinja Market

Every second Sun, 10am-4pm, Fudaten Jinja. Nearest stn:


Local produce stalls, wworkshops and live performances. Every Saturday, 10am-4pm, Shinjuku Central Park. Nearest stn: Tocho-mae. Tel: 03-2504-2128. shinjukuparkmarket

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.

Organic farmers’ market. Every weekend, United Nations University. Nearest stn: Omotesando. Tel: 03-34560960.

Everything and anything for the casual jogger to the serious

Chofu. Tel: 04-2489-0022.

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.

Dr. Sketchy's Anti-Art School

Burlesque models pose for artstars and sketching newbies alike with arty socializing. Every third Wed, 7pm, ¥2,000 1d incl. Studio and Space IVVA. Nearest stn: Meiji-jingumae. www. drsketchytokyo.wordpress. com

Learning Chile Wine vs. French Wine

Setagaya Ume Matsuri Plum blossoms daily with related events on weekends. Haiku lessons, tea ceremony and koto performances. Stalls sell everything from plum daifuku to plum madeleines. Until Mar 2, various times, free. Hanegi Park. Nearest stn: Umegaoka.

Chukagai. www.japan.

Tel: 03-6891-9354. www.

The 13th JIPA Intellectual Property Symposium

Tokyo Marathon 2014

Discussion of international property on both a national and global scale. Feb 24, 10:30am, free. Tokyo International Forum. Nearest stn: Yurakucho. sympo@jipa.

Burgundy & Champagne Wine Seminar

An exclusive wine seminar with a French gourmet dinner. Mar 15, 7pm, ¥15,980 (adv). Legato. Nearest stn: Shibuya. frenchwinetasting@ http://meturl. com/otherwine

Ice Rinks Art Rink

Artistically designed outdoor ice rink. Until Feb 23, Mon-Fri 1-10pm, Sat, Sun & hols 11am-10pm, ¥300-500, +skate rental. Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse. Nearest stn: Minatomirai.

Diner's Club Ice Rink

Blading in the heart of Roppongi. Jan 9-Mar 9, 11am-10pm, ¥1,000 (elem and under)/ ¥1,500 (gen). Tokyo Midtown. Nearest stn: Roppongi. Tel: 0570-017-154. midskate2014

Sora x Niwa x Ice Park

Skating, churros, hot cocktails and more. Until Mar 2, daily 11am-10pm, ¥1,8005,500. Matsuya Ginza rooftop, 3-6-1 Ginza, Chuo-ku. Nearest stn: Ginza. www.soraxniwa. com/ice201314

Toshimaen Rooftop Ice Rink

On the ice in the sky. Until Mar 2, Mon-Fri 10am-6pm, Sat, Sun & hols 10am-7:30pm, ¥500 (elem and under)/ ¥1,000 (gen) +rental fee. Akasaka Sacas. Nearest stn: Akasaka. http://

White Sacas Ice Garden

Wine seminar with a South American-style gourmet dinner. Feb 22, 6:30pm, ¥10,980 (adv). Legato. Nearest stn: Shibuya. http://meturl. com/monthlywine

Enjoy the nearby illuminations while skating. Until Mar 2, Noon-9pm Mon-Fri, 11am-9pm Sat-Sun & hols, ¥500 (elem and under)/ ¥1,000 (gen). Akasaka Sacas. Nearest stn: Akasaka. sakasice2014

SCBWI Writer's Day - Jazz it Up!

Other Events

Workshops and discussion with professionals on writing, publishing, and promoting books and manga for children and young adults. Feb 22, 9am-4pm, ¥3,000 (member)/ ¥5,000 (non-member). Yokohama International School. 258 Yamate-cho. Nearest stn: Motomachi

About 36,000 runners take to the streets of Tokyo for the biggest race of the year. Feb 23, from 9am, free (spectator). all avross Tokyo. tm2014@ www.tokyo42195. org/2014en

Latin Beats & Havana Heat

Escape to the tropics with salsa dancing, free flow mojito plans and more. Every Thu,, from 7pm, free. Mixx Bar & Lounge. Nearest stn: RoppongiItchome. Tel: 03-3505-1111.

Snow Splash

After party for Kick & Shred with performances by Osaka Monaurail, DJ Shapeshifter and more. Mar 1, 8pm, ¥2,500 (ladies)/¥3,000 (men). Mominoki Hotel Pub, 4683-2 Wadano Hakuba, Nagano.

Spring Festival in Tokyo: Tokyo no Mori 2014

Series of classical concerts held annually. For more details on specific performances, see "Classical" section. Mar 14-Apr 13, various times, various prices. Venues in the Ueno area. Nearest stn: Ueno. Tel: 03-33229966.

Yokohama St. Patrick's Day Parade

Annual procession of green-clad revelers. Mar 15, 2pm, free. Motomachi area, Yokohama. Nearest stn: Ishikawacho or Minato Mirai.

I Love Ireland Festival

Performances by Lady Chieftains, Trinity Irish Dance Group and others. Mar 16, 10am-5pm, free. Yoyogi Park. Nearest stn: Harajuku. Tel: 03-3469-6081. www.

Illuminations Oto to Hikari no Omotenashi

Until Mar 2, daily from 5pm, free. Akasaka Sacas. Nearest stn: Akasaka.

Night Venus - Light for Wishing

Until Mar 16, daily from noon, free. Venus Fort. Nearest stn: Aomi. Tel: 03-3599-0700. www.

Winter Fantasy

Tokyo Marathon International Friendship Run 2014

Fun-run and cultural exchange event ahead of the marathon. Feb 22, 10:45am, free (spectator)/ ¥3,000 (contestant). Ariake Jogport. Nearest stn: Kokusai Tenjijo Seimon.

Until Apr 9, daily from sunset, free. Cosmo Clock 21, Cosmo World. Nearest stn: Minato Mirai.

Lake Sagami Illumillion

Until Apr 13, daily from 5pm, ¥300-500. Sagamiko Resort Pleasure Forest. Nearest stn: Sagamiko.


Agenda Movies BY DON MORTON

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don’t think I was alone, back in 2008 when w a tc h i n g t h e e xe c r a b l e r o m a n t i c c o m e dy Fo ol ’s G ol d, i n w r it i n g o f f M at t h e w McConaughey as a serious actor. I am pleased to have been wrong. He has shown unexpected depth and versatility in recent movies like The Lincoln Lawyer, Magic Mike, The Paperboy and Mud, and he’s even garnered an Oscar nom for his spoton performance in this outstanding movie. He lost 30 or so kilos to portray the real-life Ron Woodruf, a redneck super-bigot who is diagnosed with AIDS in 1985 and given a month to live. So this good ol’ boy fought back by educating himself, eventually formulating a quasi-legal, mostly effective vitamin cocktail that he black-marketed to other desperate HIV-positive men and women who signed up with his title group. He lived to 1992. It’s an astounding story, but what makes this movie great is



Despite the violence, 2010’s edgy Kick Ass was sporadically amusing. It made fun of superhero tropes, and Chloe Grace Moretz’s 12-year-old “Hit Girl” character was delightfully shocking for that potty mouth on her. But this tonally schizophrenic, vulgar sequel goes all Dark Knight on us. It’s mean-spirited and meandering, and looks a lot like what the first one was satirizing. There’s a lot of killing. Christopher Mintz-Plasse is off-putting as the super-villain, and now Moretz, though still the best thing in the picture, is just another cussing teenager. A very unpleasant movie. Please, NOT for kids. (103 min)





1921 was not a good time to be a lone female immigrant on the streets of NYC. Targeted while still on Ellis Island, Ewa falls almost immediately into the clutches of a pimp (with a heart of gold). The soulful center of this film is the divine Marion Cotillard. Watch her eyes as she faces the reality of each new humiliation thrown at her by the brutal world in which the American dream has turned into a nightmare. Although the gradual pace of its unfolding may be a bit slow for some, the story is told with great narrative and emotional richness. The final long shot is a work of art in itself. (117 min) Japanese title: Eva no Kokuhaku

There’s nothing wrong, exactly, with this “origin” reboot of the Tom Clancy cash cow (Clancy didn’t write this). It competently cobbles together all the action tropes, the direction is able, and the central conspiracy suitably wacko. Chris Pine’s a little weak, but that’s nothing new. Good supporting work from Kevin Costner, Keira Knightley and director Kenneth Branagh as the villain. Yes, it’s all there. But then it isn’t. I cannot remember a more personality-free, by-the-numbers action retread. It fairly throbs with not-newness. Better to watch any Bourne a third time than this total snore once. (105 min)


watching this character develop from a hateful, narrow-minded homophobe into a person who comes to respect and even care for the gay people he’s helping



Lori Petty had a ghastly childhood. She and her two sisters grew up in the title abode, neglected (or worse) by their prostitute cokehead mom (a great Selma Blair) and were generally left to fend for themselves. Lori survived and even thrived, and, as such people sometimes do, she has written and directed a movie about it. As autobiographical musings go, it’s not bad, aside from some story arc problems. What makes this 2008 release a mustsee is that it stars a pre-Winter’s Bone Jennifer Lawrence and a pre-Kick Ass Chloe Grace Moretz (plus an equally good Sophie Bairley). Nice talent-spotting. (93 min) Japanese title: Soujuku no Iowa.



Lee Daniels ( Precious) uses the truish story of a butler (Forest Whitaker) who was a fixture in the White House from 1952 to 1986 to chronicle the Civil Rights movement. It’s full of truths, and you should see it. Now the gripes: It’s a tad self-important, its blatant (evidently ineffective) Oscar-baiting is off-putting, and the parade of big-name cameos portraying all those presidents is distracting. But, somewhat paradoxically, the best scenes take place outside the presidential mansion, focusing on the battles between the non-confrontational butler and his vastly more politically engaged son (David Oyelowo). (127 min)


Starts off with, “Some of this actually happened,” which is a refreshing take on that trite “inspired by true events” hogwash, and also the only honest statement you’ll find in this hugely entertaining assemblage of lies, disguises, deceits, scams, stings and cons. A pair of small-time con-persons (a transcendent Christian Bale & a terrific Amy Adams) get caught by an insanely ambitious FBI agent (Bradley Cooper) who uses them to set up other stings to advance his career. Jennifer Lawrence, too. Great use of vintage '70s jukebox hits. A twisted tale well told. I want to see it again. (138 min)

(notably Jared Leto, also an Oscar nom). It’s a raw and raucous story, told without manipulation, condescension, sentimentality or sermonizing. (117 min)





In a plodding procedural that adds precisely zilch to the legal suspense genre, Kate Beckinsale plays a former big-time lawyer who took to booze and blew it all, including her marriage and custody rights for her young daughter. To gain reinstatement to the bar, she must take on the appeal of a woman who claims she was wrongly convicted of murder. But not all is what it seems, etc., etc. Well, it’s all just very fraught. I had a hard time staying awake. This bomb has failed to find a distributor in the UK, and went straight to the Lifetime channel in the USA. I have no idea why it’s being released here. (90 min) Japanese title: Legend Mind

In one of the late Paul Walker’s last roles, he plays a New Orleans father having a very bad day. His wife has just died in childbirth, the hospital’s blacked out thanks to Hurricane Katrina, and the ancient respirator keeping his daughter alive must be hand-cranked every two or three minutes. While Walker’s expressions of angst, frustration and anger are indistinguishable, the film, though dramatically thin, at least gives him more opportunities to act than his F&F efforts. But your main emotion may be impatience with the myriad contrivances and the numerous gauzy flashbacks used to pad it out. (96 min)


High-finance low-life Jordan Belfort and his v u lga r cad re of bad ly behaving brokers built their wildly successful trading house through fraud and bullying sales tactics. An extended feature about these degenerates would be unwatchable. So Scorsese has instead made a flat-out comedy and pulled out all the stops. Leonardo DiCaprio stars as the swinging-dick anti-hero in an unchained, balls-to-the-wall portrayal. Kind of like a Gordon Gekko but, you know, funny. While true stories of twisted characters are diverting for a while, three hours is a long time to spend in the company of such douchebags. (180 min)



Ron Howa rd ’s crowd-ple a si n g auto-racer focuses on the famous 1976 Formula One rivalry between the handsome Brit playboy James Hunt (Chris Hemsworth, good) and the methodical, antisocial Au st r ia n tact icia n Ni k i L auda (Daniel Brühl, better). The racing scenes are top-gear, but the appeal for adults in this furiously fast flick is in the warts-andall dual character study (neither man is favored), and on what happens off the track. I don’t mean their wives and loves (a tad dull) but in the symbiosis that made these two complete opposites tick, and win. Works both as drama and as spectacle. (123 min)


Okay, let me see if I ’ve got this straight. After a botched high-tech attempt to halt global warming results in a frozen planet, mankind is reduced to those aboard a single, never-stopping super-train. The haves occupy the front, the peons the back. Some have praised this all-star, high-end sci-fi/fantasy by South Korea’s Bong Joon-ho for its “vision” and (rather obvious) top-down social symbolism. I am not among them. Imaginative, maybe, but mostly just silly. That said, I’d watch it again for Tilda Swinton’s hilariously grotesque performance as a mid-management fascist. Tilda? Hilarious? Who knew? (125 min)




anga by Osamu Tezuka, the legendary innovator and popularizer of the genre, have been made into films for many years now. The current film series is based on his grand comic book run (1972-1983) on the life of Siddartha Gautama, the historical Buddha. The series sold over 20 million copies, and in some ways Tezuka considered it his crowning achievement. The film trilogy superimposes the life of Siddartha over a fictional war between his home kingdom of Shakya and the nearby one of Kosala. The first film (2011) set up the youth of Siddartha and his quest for spiritual enlightenment. Director Toshiaki Komura again takes the reins, working with a screenplay from renowned scriptwritter Reiko Yoshida (Dragon Ball Z). The story builds up a cast of fictional characters, good and evil, who have helped or harmed the Buddha, his allies or his kingdom. This installment focuses on Buddha’s quest and the war that Shakya is losing. The possible downfall can be blamed on Siddartha, who abdicated his throne in his search for Nirvana. With an artistic style that is a conscious throwback to Tezuka’s '70s and '80s renderings, and a majestic 5th century story, the work feels both wonderfully retro and awesomely epic. With its accessible Buddhism, pop fight scenes and melodrama, this one will please those looking for light entertainment with a message. English title: Buddha 2: Endless Journey (85 min.)


The quietly watchful, sweet-natured title six-year-old is intelligent and perceptive, and virtually ignored by her bickering, divorce-bound parents, neither of which can appreciate what a remarkable little girl they’ve produced. Rarely have I seen a movie on such a downbeat subject that’s so profoundly moving, even optimistic. Julianne Moore and Steve Coogan do their usual spot-on job, but it’s little Onata Aprile as Maisie that sets this movie apart. Her sad-eyed patience is gut-wrenching, and we feel her pain. Required viewing for all parents, as well as anyone even considering parenthood. Japanese title: Maisie no hitomi (99 min)


I nvolv i n g spy d ra ma f rom Za l Batmanglij ( Sound of My Voice) follows an undercover field agent for a high-end private intelligence company (Brit Marling in a complex role) as she infiltrates the title eco-terrorist cult. As can happen, she begins to feel sympathy for those she’s spying on, and begins to question her mission. At times a suspenseful spy romp, at others a prickly political rant, this one’s hard to classify, but there’s no shortage of ideas floating around. While tonally uneven, it’s got brains and guts galore. It may start arguments, but they’ll be worth having. A Movie that Matters. (116 min)


Ah. So what’s a critic supposed to say about a deeply silly, obligatory sequel to a so-so flick about a minor Marvel guy, a film intended mostly to tide over fans eager for the next Avengers? Well, maybe it is precisely because it is of less than epic “importance” that it can relax and be, on its own terms, constantly amusing. This time the Man with the Mallet (Chris Hemsworth, major beefcake) must team up with his mischievous sociopath of a brother Loki (Tom Hiddleston, saving the movie) to battle an ancient evil (Christopher Eccleston, unrecognizable). I had fun because I didn’t expect to. (112 min)


he sleeper hit The Butler chronicles the American civil rights movement through the lens of one African-American family from the ‘40s up through Obama’s historic first election.The casual, hands-on approach of director Lee Daniels, who always wears pajamas to the set (and interviews), meant the cast and crew were like family, despite this being his biggest project to date. “On my films everyone rolls up their sleeves and works,” Daniels told Metropolis during his first visit to Japan. “And you’ll see big stars standing in line to get lunch with people from the craft services department.” The “no entourage” rule even applied to one of the most powerful people in the entertainment world—Oprah Winfrey took her first major screen role in 15 years to play the wife of the titular servant (Forest Whitaker) who saw eight presidents pass through the White House. “She shows up and is like ‘I’m here!’” Daniels explains, singing the line. “I thought, 'How am I going to make her this character?' But I like a challenge and gradually we peeled away the layers of the onion and got her to a place where she was vulnerable and ready for the role.” The Butler is now playing nationwide. Kevin Mcgue

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he cold months are almost over, but there’s still a nip in the city air. A quick way to ward off the chill is with a stiff, warm drink—something the Japanese have known for centuries. You don’t need to trek to your local izakaya (though that works, too)—getting started is a breeze. So invite some friends over, get the nabe ready and put a pot on the boil. Be sure to use a teacup or mug for your drinks, or the vessels will be too hot to pick up.


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Warm shochu drinks are probably the easiest to make in a hurry. Heat some water, but not too hot (ideally around 70C). Pour the warm water in a cup, about halfway, and then add the shochu. Play around with the water-to-shochu ratio and see what you like. The single-distilled Honkaku (authentic) shochu is best, ideally from kome (rice) or imo (sweet potatoes). If you pour the shochu in the cup first and then add the warm water, you tend to get more harsh and bitter flavors.

Bar Gen Yamamoto in Azabu-Juban (www. does a unique warm strawberry drink mixed with sake. New Kayaba, a men-only bar in Kayabacho (women can go if accompanied by a male host; has self-serve hot sake machines—great fun here. Kanda Shimpachi (www.kanda-shinpachi. com) is famous for its warm sake.


HIREZAKE Up for something a little different? Pick up some dried fugu hire (pufferfish fins), available throughout Tsukiji Market or at well-stocked sake shops, and make some hirezake. It may sound out there, but there’s no fear of poison—just a drink with a little extra kick. Heat the dried fugu fins over a gas flame, put in a cup of warm sake and cover for about a minute. The charred fins will infuse the drink with roasty, marine notes.

HOT STOUT This one is very simple and while it sounds strange, it is a revelation that a sparkling beverage can be


The notion that only bad or cheap sake is heated is old news. Japanese brewers make sake that should be heated. Once you get used to drinking atsukan (hot sake), it opens the doors to a whole new drinking pleasure. Just be careful: it does go down quite quickly and easily. After the laughter, a bad hangover is not unheard of, so it pays to count your cups. Heat a pot of water over the stove and in it place a tokkuri (slender ceramic bottle) filled with sake. Aficionados use a pewter cup (or more affordable aluminum one) for warming the beverage. You can also invest in a special thermometer—an okan meter or sake ondokei—so that the drink is not overheated and, most importantly, it reminds you when the sake gets too hot so as not to lose its flavor and alcohol. Eventually you’ll find the temperature you like and warming up the sake becomes much easier. A good bottle shop will be able to help you pick nihonshu that is ideal for warming up. I usually look for junmaishu or honjozo. Avoid the daiginjo or ginjo grades as their more delicate (and expensive) aromas will be lost.

heated. Pour some stout in a glass mug, leaving some room at the top of the glass as it will foam up. Add a teaspoon of sugar to the beer and stir lightly to mix. Put in the microwave for about 50 seconds. The warm beverage is reminiscent of coffee with some bitter notes and a rich flavor.

WARM UMESHU The syrupy, sweet umeshu can be warmed up with hot water, like shochu. For a milky treat, try adding some to milk and warm it up in the microwave. Add a splash to some tea for a different kind of cuppa. Mixed two parts wine to one part umeshu, it becomes the perfect East meets West warm cocktail.

WINE European winter markets often serve up spicy, mulled wine. The aroma of the wine and spice warms up the room and puts everyone in a good mood. Simply heat a bottle of wine—red or white as you like—in a pot. Serve with some sliced oranges and lemons, a generous amount of sugar with a cinnamon stick and some cloves.

WHISKY A splash of whisky in a rich mug of hot chocolate is a nice alternative to dessert. Until spring comes, these home remedies ought to keep you cozy. You’ll find warm cocktails in bars and izakaya, but making them at home ensures that you can have them any time you feel the chill.

Kirin City (various locations; http://www. and Popeye in Ryogoku ( serve warm beer. Maruche dix Jours in Aoyama (w w boasts warm wine. Gozouroppu Honten ( gozohon) in Sangenjaya hots up the shochu (and seafood). Babel in Yokohama Bay Quarter (http:// has a “Hot Alcohol Menu” with warmed Amaratto and milk, hot sangria, hot lemonade and more. The ice skating rink on the roof of Matsuya Ginza serves hot mojitos (but only until Mar 2).




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Sometimes find yourself just pretending you know what you’re doing when browsing a list of fine vino? You can stop cheating and educate yourself at bistro Le Petit Tonneau's wine event on March 5, 7:30pm. The evening is dedicated to four of France’s main wine areas—Bordeaux, Bourgogne, Loire and Languedoc. Sample 18 different varieties while comparing, contrasting or just plain enjoying. And you can glean insider knowledge from the makers of many of the wines who will be on hand to explain their techniques and the characteristics of each region. A country buffet, which is of course suited to wine, is included in the event price of ¥5,000. R e s e r v e o n l i n e a t w w w. p e t i t o n n e a u . com/en 2-1-1 Toranomon, Minato-Ku. Tel: 03-5545-4640

Any time of day is a good time for cookies. Proving the concept also applies in Japan is the instant popularity of New Zealand chain Cookie Time’s first location in Tokyo. The colorful shop that opened last month just across from Harajuku station already has a dedicated clientele who line up for their soft chocolate chunk and cranberry cookies in two sizes (¥80 and ¥240) as well as ice cream sandwiches (¥280) and coffee drinks. The hyper-colorful interior makes it a great place to bring kids (provided they can bear the wait) and the staff is mostly bilingual. Other items include gift packs of cookies, iPhone cases and, strangely, Cookie Time undies. Open daily 10am-8pm. 1-21-15 Jingumae, S h i b uy a - k u . Te l : 03- 6 804 -3779. w w w.

Japanese bento boxes are getting a lot of international attention of late—most of it directed at extremely clever, super-cute creations based on anime characters while overlooking the finer points of the culinary artform. Writers Kumiko Kawai and Nao Muramatsu investigate the historic roots and contemporary significance in their book Fine Dining in a Box: The World of Kyoto Bento, now available in an English Kindle edition. Less of a recipe book and more of a cultural study, it explores the ingredients and presentation of the Kyoto-style lunch box to get at its underlying philosophy. A book that gets your mind working and stomach rumbling.

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Oisix has built up a reputation for quality veggies with their organic food delivery service. Now they've opened Crazy for Veggy, a new style supermarket in the heart of Kichijoji. While not quite as convenient as having your groceries dropped off on your doorstep, the same promise applies—delicious and safe vegetables for you and your family. The market sources from farmers who use natural fertilizers and minimal pesticides. To avoid wilted spinach, the market has a crisper fridge for leafy greens and even the potatoes have their own cooler. The ready-made bento and the deli counter are life savers for busy people who still want to eat healthily. Open daily 10am-9pm. Atre Kichijoji, 1-1-24 Kichijoji Minami-cho, Musashino-shi. Tel: 0422-22-1858.

Near Shibuya and want a place to rest your feet or for a quick business meeting? Need to kill time for waiting your perpetually late friend? Not as easy as it may sound, as most coffeeshops in the area will have long queues. The new Coin Station lounge on the first two floors of Tokyu Plaza in Shibuya is such a simple concept, it's a wonder it hasn’t been thought of before. ¥100 buys you ten minutes in the space, where you can charge your phone, use the Wi-Fi, rent an iPad, enjoy self-service soft drinks or bring in your own food. Parents can pop in to use the diaper changing station, nursing room or kids room. Get an extra five minutes for your coin during the current grand opening campaign. Open daily 9am-10pm. 1-2-2 Dogenzaka.

In honor of The Rolling Stones’ first Japan tour in eight years, Mr. Grillman temporarily remade itself as Honky Tonk Diner. The special menu pays tribute to the British rockers with fish-andchips (¥850) and the Honk y Tonk Plate daily special and drink (¥2,500). There are also the seemingly unrelated Spanish oysters and potato ajillo (¥850) as well as a Scandinavian nordic salmon grill (¥1,300). But the biggest draw is the gallery of over 100 shots of Mick and the boys. The band has a series of pricey shows at Tokyo Dome (see concert listings), but if you can’t afford the tickets you want, you can get what seafood you need at the diner through the end of April. Open daily 11am-11pm. 1F 3-2-6 Kasumigaseki, Chiyoda-ku. Nearest station: Toranomon. Tel: 03-5157-3888.


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English and Japanese. British man, 35, seeks Japanese exchange partner around central Tokyo. Flexible work schedule, so anytime ok. I'm kind and love talking and hearing about movies, books, travel, sports. Let's help each other and have fun! eigonosensei@ English and Japanese. Well-educated single black American guy, 35, 180cm, seeking E/J language exchange. Tokyo, Chiba, Saitama. eddywillson33@ English and Japanese. Black American male, 32, seeks Japanese for language exchange. povic2010@

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English and Japanese. Hi. I'm seeking a language exchange partner. I'm studying E by myself. I can teach you J. Can we do a language exchange together? If you wish, we can meet in Yokohama or Fujisawa. water_green_home@ English and Japanese. Japanese female, 40, seeking a native English speaker for language exchange. I would like to improve my English for my work. I am available after 7pm on weekdays around Shibuya. I'm happy to help with your Japanese. English and Japanese. Professional JF, 41, seeking English-speaking language exchange partner in central or eastern Tokyo. Mature and professional a must. I can teach you business Japanese. Email me only if seriously interested. nokt310@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. Japanese seeks native language exchange partners in the Ikebukuro area. I'd be glad to help your Japanese improve. English and Japanese. Do you want to improve your English and translation skills? Canadian, 40-ish, seeking a language partner. Let's help each other with our language skills over tea. Let's meet in Ikebukuro, Shinjuku or Nerima. tarry2@hotmail. com English and Japanese. Japanese seeks friends from foreign countries between Soka and Takenozuka for language exchange. Let's talk over coffee. Friendship only. No sexual emails, please. language_exchange3@ 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. English and Japanese. A native Japanese speaker seeks study buddy/ exchange partner to make learning enjoyable and practical. Can meet two-three times/month near Otemachi after work or Aoyama on weekends. M/F ok. Around my age (mid-20searly 30s) preferred. white.magnolian. English and Japanese. Hi, Canadian male, 30, in Ebisu, seeks language exchange on weekday mornings/ afternoons. I work all over, so Kanagawa/east Tokyo ok, too. 同僚とい つも英語だけ使うから日本語で話したいです。

English and Japanese. I need someone who can help me with questions about English by email. I can answer your questions about Japanese language and life in Japan in return. pokopokoponponpon@ English and Japanese. Englishspeaking male wants to practice basic J with a Japanese male in exchange for E coaching. Lunch breaks in Marunouchi/Ginza. dawhittal@gmail. com English and Japanese. Hi, I'm a native Japanese-speaking university student, 23, seeking a language exchange partner in Omiya, Saitama. If you are interested, please contact me. Cheers. bayaizu704goni98@ English, Chinese, Japanese. Seeking some English speakers for an E/Chn/J language exchange. Can meet for coffee after work, or travel on weekends. deep-ocean@hotmail. 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 your Japanese. Please feel free to contact me. zeno77dst@

Mattress, Ikea Sultan Favang, as new, clean (90x200cm) ¥10,000. Pick up Sangenjaya. japanjohan@

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'll be fun!

Table , c o f fe e , s m a l l , w h i t e , re c t a n g ul a r, wo o d e n . Ph oto s available. alessandrolibri@gmail. com

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. German, English, Japanese. I am Lukas, 24, from Europe, currently studying Japanese in Tokyo. I am seeking a language exchange partner. My native language is Ger, but I am also fluent in E. lukas.thompson@ Korean and Japanese. Hi, will you teach me Kor? I can help you study J. I'm a true beginner, but eager enough to learn! Shinjuku area preferred. Thank you! joycouragehope15@ 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. freemap49@

3.9 TEACH ME! BRITISH CULTURE AND SPORTS. Seeking a cheerful person who can teach my son British culture a n d s p o r t s i n c e n t ra l To k yo . S m a l l r e w a r d fe e a n d l ove l y homemade cake will be provided. Computer instruction. Private computer instructor needed in Omotesando. Indonesian teacher sought to teach beginner Indonesian to me (Japanese female, 30s). Nearest station is Kyodo, Odakyu line. I can pay ¥1000/h. Japanese teacher sought by Indian man, intermediate, for two afternoons/ week. Nakano, Shinjuku or Jimbocho area. Please email with experience, hourly rate. Japanese. Need some help with my Japanese and kanji. I can help you learn English or pay you. I am friendly and like meeting interesting people. We can also be friends. funjamsession@ Karate lesson for English lesson. I am seeking someone who can teach me English in exchange for a karate lesson. tsuneokobayashijapan@ Seeking English tutor for my Japanese lady friend. Will pay ¥5000/h for lessons in Kichijoji. Women only, please. 090-3439-5558 Seeking Geman teacher. Could you please teach me German on weekends at a coffee shop near Shibuya/ Omotesando/Daikanyama? hiroko_

4 HOUSEHOLD GOODS 4.1 FURNITURE & FITTINGS Bed, Ikea, semi-double (120x200), six m/o. Bed frame, Muji, Japanese ash, double (W146xD207.5xH82), in good condition. New ¥31,000. Sell ¥10,000. Pick up only Ebisu. marie01132011@ Cabinet, Chin e s e - st yl e (approximately H115xW100xD45cm), black lacquer, design of ornate birds and branches, brass hinges and fittings, two doors, central shelf, two drawers below, in very good condition ¥19,000.

TV console, brown (H47xW79cm), w/two side drawers for CD/DVDs ¥10,000. Pick up near Tamachi. Various items. Semi-double bed, w/ wooden frame, comfortable ¥5000. Kitchen gas stove, w/two burners and built-in oven, hardly ever used. New ¥12,000. Sell ¥3000. Pick up Kichijoji. hawaiisurfer808@gmail. com

4.2 APPLIANCES WET AND DRY VACUUM, roller brush carpet shampoo, w/handle for floor building, portable carpet shampoo cleaner, new 20-piece Amway cookware set. Call Elena: 090-6536-0914 Appliance sale! Vacuum, w/seven dust bags ¥9000. Fridge/freezer, 255L, three drawers ¥29,000. Washer, 51L, 6kg ¥9000. Office Multi-Tool, new toner ¥7000. Rice cooker ¥4000. Table ¥15,000. P i c k u p M e g u ro t h ro u g h o u t Fe b . h o f m a n n m i c h a @ g m x . d e 090-1458-3417 Espresso machine, D e l o n ghi EC200N-W, espresso/cappucino, hardly used. New ¥20,000. Sell ¥10,000. Pick up Shinagawa-ku or takkyubin at buyer’s expense (weighs 3kg). perukunboy@hotmail. com Fan, electric, two speeds, automatic turn, up/down adjustable orientation, in good condition, in original box ¥1000. Pick up near Meguro stn. Heater, R N - C 3 3 5 S F H - B E g a s fan, w/5m hose ¥13,000. Pick up around Miyazakidai stn. Heaters, electric and gas, in original boxes. Photos available. aleslibri@ Ironing board, small, in good condition, no stains, torso-shaped (69x37x20cm) ¥1000. Pick up near Meguro stn. Lamp, Francfranc, for tables, small, in good condition, in original box, w/ bulb ¥1000. Pick up near Meguro stn. Lights, ceiling, w/bulbs ¥5000. Pick up near Meguro stn. befaft03@ Rice cooker, Zojirushi, '08, IH type, as new ¥8000. mizi2005@hotmail. com Vacuum, Hitachi PV-SL1, stand, compact, ‘08 ¥2200. Pick up Sangenjaya or buyer pays for delivery (Kanto area only). union-v@ Vacuum, AIM-R0B01, robot, white, new ¥5000. Pick up Shimokitazawa.


table, bed frame, etc . Photos available. Sayonara sale! Dishes, bowls, mugs, glasses from ¥50/each. Hand blender ¥1500. Light blue curtain ¥800. Plastic shoe rack, ironing board ¥500/each. Humidifier ¥1000. Pick up Tokyo area. Details and photos available. Sayonara sale! T-Fal Ingenio pots and pans, made in France, never used. New ¥30,000. Sell ¥10,000. Camping gear and vacuum: free. Details available. tbor_rocks@

4.4 TV & HOME THEATER LCD TV 32”, JVC, English version, two weeks old, still in box ¥63,000/obo. Cash only.

4.5 AUDIO & MP3 Audio system, Bose, CD/AM/FM radio, new, white (W368xH106xD219mm), AC100V (50/60Hz), remote, manual ¥40,000. Pick up or pay for delivery.

4.6 FOR KIDS Child seat, Hamax Smiley, for bicycles, green seat cover, hardly used, in very good and clean condition, w/J/instructions and set-up manual ¥4000. Pick up Denenchofu stn. ckm. Danish kids for play dates. Danish kids, 2-7 years old, sought by mom of two boys, 2 and 4, for play dates around central Tokyo. ullakofoed@hotmail. com 08031286753 Ski wear. Pants, size 130cm ¥300. Gloves and other items. Pick up or chakubarai. Photos available. Stroller, Maclaren, in very good condition. New ¥35,000+. Sell ¥12,000. Free delivery possible. mizi2005@

4.7 FOR FREE Antenna, SkyPerfect (dish, tuner, cable), never used. Pick up Yoyogi. Fan, electric, hardly used; single bed, wooden, w/mattress; oil heater, Zass ZR1208S, hardly used. Pick up near Tamagawa-san, Tokyu line. Laptop, Sony Vaio, Win XP. Details available. Mosquito repellent, electric. Pick up near Meguro stn. befaft03@ Table, extendable (H68xW75xL75120cm), can be disassembled. Pick up near Cross Garden, Kawasaki. Various items. Space heater, humidifier, ceiling light, semi-double bed, TV (old, will work if you have cable). Various items. Washer, fridge, TV, and stereo, all new, in good condition. Pick up near Ginza. frangipaniny@


Sayonara sale! Toshiba AWC70VP washer; Hitachi R-277A fridge/ freezer, 215L; kitchen cabinet; double bed; computer speakers; external HD; external DVD writer. becalm77@

Digital camera, Canon Powershot S50, in excellent condition, w/all cables, battery, instructions ¥2000/obo. Details, photos available. jai0424@ jai0424

Sayonara sale! J-Force digital clock radio, w/iPod ¥1500. Highbacked black office chair, needs seat cover ¥2000. Panasonic tape player ¥500. Mitsubishi washer ¥10,000. Microwave ¥1000. Electric rug ¥1000. Ichigaya area.

SLR and lenses. Minolta Dynax 7000i, w/two AF zoom lenses (35-80mm and 70-210mm), camera handle slightly discolored, lenses in good condition ¥2000. Pick up Denenchofu stn. ckm.

Sayonara sale! Casio Exilim digital camera, new, unused ¥9000. Sony Cyber-shot digital camera ¥4000. And more. Sayonara sale! Wooden furniture, good quality, solid: Kosuga side

5.2 SPORTS EQUIPMENT Golf clubs, Callaway BigBertha, irons, putter, some drivers, new carbon shafts w/new grips, w/ clean golf bag. New ¥60,000. Sell ¥10,000.

Leg stretcher, DX, some scratches, in good condition, no box, w/leg stretcher PRO ¥7000. Pick up near Akihabara or Kanda stn. brucebat@ Punching pole, good for ages 14-18 ¥5000. Can deliver within Tokyo. Rugby balls, Canterbury, training, size 4, two available, require inflation or can inflate, brand new ¥1000/obo. com/site/jai0424 Snowshoes, Redfeather Redtail (20x64cm), aluminum V-tail frame, never used ¥9000. Pick up near Yokohama. sayonara_vancouver@

5.3 MUSICAL EQUIPMENT Electric drum set, Yamaha DTX500, as new, hardly used ¥60,000. Pick up only. 09083462111 Electric guitar, Fender Stratocaster, Japan model, hardly used, w/bag, amp, stand. New ¥85,000. Sell ¥35,000/obo. Tokyo. Equipment sale! Drum brushes, two pairs; one mini mic stand; two 5M midi cables, never used, one in original package; USB Korg Kontrol, never used, in original box ¥13,000/ all. Photos available. earth_travel_joy@ Guitars, two available: Yamaha, w/ hard case ¥6000. Westone, w/soft case ¥7000. Headphones, New Beats, studio, never used ¥30,000. en_sabah_nurx@ Mic. AT2020 cardioid condenser mic, in original box ¥5000. Stedman N90 mic ¥9000/obo. ¥13,000/both. Photos available. earth_travel_joy@ Monitors. Edirol MA 15D digital stereo micro monitors, 24-bit/192Khz digital ¥12,000. earth_travel_joy@hotmail. com Room correction software , Arc, for mixing, w/pro calibrated measurement mic, multi-platform Mac/ PC measurement software, RTAS, VST, AU DAW correction plug-in, original box ¥20,000. Photos available. earth_

5.4 BOOKS/CD/DVD American TV shows. Region 1 (US) DVDs: The Office, seasons 1-6 ¥2000. The Simpsons, seasons 1-4 ¥1000. South Park, seasons 1-7 ¥1500. All 17 seasons ¥4000/obo. Pick up Roppongi/ Shibuya/Azabu. 080-3004-8303 Childbirth and maternity books and DVDs. Books on preparing for a baby and pregnancy and post-natal yoga DVDs, region 2. Details, photos available. sites. Japanese language materials. Large and small dictionaries, training books, JLPT books, grammar books, kanji books, word construction books, etc. ¥9000/all. Please call 080-3350-8967. Japanese textbooks. Japanese for Busy People, Minna No Nihongo, etc., like new ¥500/each. Pick up Shibuya. Kanji study cards, pack of 2042, full information on kanji (Chinese and Japanese readings, English equivalents, hints for vocabulary building), w/box ¥5000. masay14@ Playboy magazine, four classic issues (US edition): Dec ‘88 (Kata Karkkainen), March ‘91 (Stephanie Seymour), Aug ‘91 (Corinna Harney), Jan ‘92 (Swedish Bikini Team), sold together ¥2000/all.

5.6 COLLECTORS Dom Perignon, vintage 1978 ¥40,000/obo. Photo available.

5.7 PETS Adopt or foster a rescued cat. Japan Cat Network, a registered NPO, is seeking loving homes for rescued cats and kittens. Please act now to find a friend, and save a life! http://www.

6 VEHICLES 6.3 BICYCLES, PARTS, & ACCESSORIES Bicycle, white, regular adult type, durable, light, w/front basket, slightly more than one y/o, from Aeon. New ¥14,000. Sell ¥8000/obo. Photos available. earth_travel_joy@hotmail. com

7 GENERAL 7.1 PHONES Fax and cordless phone, Brother ¥2000. 080-6553-6819 iPhone 4S 32GB, black, SoftBank, as new, no contract needed, w/USB cable, iOS 7, cleaned of data ¥25,000. Cash only.

7.2 FASHION Coat, Lapine Madore, winter, nylonpolyester stretch material, size XL-XXL, fluffy, warm. New ¥13,000. Sell ¥1000. Pick up Kannai, Ishikawacho, Bandoubashi subway stn, or postal/bank transfer, then chakubarai. Coat, trench, ladies, bust size 86-94cm (H154-162cm), 100% polyester. Pick up Kannai or Bandoubashi subway stn, or postal/bank transfer, then chakubarai. Raincoat, Cecilene, size M, ivory ¥1000. Pick up or chakubarai. Photos available.

7.3 MISCELLANEOUS Cutlery, from ¥100 shop, w/table knives, forks, spoons, teaspoons, five pieces each. New ¥2500. Sell for cost of shipping. Nicorette gum, fresh mint, 2mg, 630 pieces (21x30-piece boxes), expires autumn ‘14. New ¥45,000. Sell ¥15,000. Meet Shinagawa or send chakubarai. perukunboy@hotmail. com Suitcases, large and small, five y/o, casters slightly worn, otherwise in good condition, good for one-way trip home. New ¥25,000. Sell ¥5000/both.

7.4 ITEMS WANTED Computer. Seeking old PC for free. Household items for free. Electronics (fridge, vacuum, TV, microwave, etc.), furniture (cupboard, study desk, chair, etc.). Can pick up from Mar 2. Records. Budding musician in need of sample material. Give me your old records - the more obscure or strange, the better. I’ll pay for postage. mallon_ 080-6497-5403 Sofa, three-in-one. steps.od@ezweb. 09061526274 Vinyl records, LP collections. Japanpressed LPs, EPs and singles from the ‘60s, ‘70s, etc., any genre considered. Will pay cash for quality items. brian.

8 COMPUTERS 8.2 HARDWARE HD, external, five available, 40-160GB ¥320 ~¥1240. Details available. iPad Air 16GB, Wi-Fi only, space gray, as new, w/Yodobashi Akiba receipt, black case ¥50,000. dosenstechen@ Keyboard, wireless, 2.4GHz, w/ trackball mouse, function keys for

music player, volume, etc., good grip for use without table, in good condition ¥2000. Pick up Sangenjaya or Shibuya. Kindle Fire HD 7 64GB, brand new, unused (but opened and out of box), requires Japanese credit card and Amazon Japan account ¥25,000/obo. Monitor, I-O Data, 15", white, older but works well, w/Win XP Home Edition ¥4000. Notebook, Toshiba Dynabook RX1, Portege R500, Intel Core 2 Duo CPU, 160GB, Wi-Fi, fingerprint reader, highcapacity SD card reader, less than 1kg, good battery, E/Win 7 Ultimate, MS Office ¥15,000. 08066576161 Router and Apple accessories. Netgear 54G+ 802.11a/g wireless router ¥1000/obo. Apple 30-pin to HDMI adaptor ¥1000/obo. iPad 2 30-pin stand/ charger ¥1000/obo. jai0424@gmail. com Tablet, Nexus 7, 3G, Wi-Fi, SIM-free, ‘12, still under warranty ¥32,000. Tablet, Google Nexus 7, 32GB, Wi-Fi, five m/o, w/black poetic cover ¥25,000.

10 HELP! 10.1 HELP ME Documentary on religion needs interviews. Assassin Wolves Films is in the process of wrapping a featurelength documentary on religion and we are seeking a couple of interviews to polish the film. Religious or atheists both welcome to apply! assassin.wolves. Need help creating home page. I have all the ideas, but it is difficult for me to get it made. Can you help? I live near Aoyama-Itchome stn.

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. 03 -3 97 1 -147 1 http:// TOKYO AMERICAN CLUB I N T E R N AT I O N A L M E M B E R ’ S ASSOCIATION. A call out to TAC members! Have you been bullied, harassed and mistreated by TAC? Have you been suspended and/ or expelled by TAC without proper due process? YOU ARE NOT ALONE! We are a group working together to help individuals like you and to make a better TAC for everyone! Contact us at: Infertility 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.ttctokyo. org/



Seeking Y. Oneyama. If anyone has any knowledge of her whereabouts, please email me. I’d appreciate it a lot. Thanks.


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JAPAN I NTE R NATI O NAL PARTY - Winter Festival. Sat, Feb 22, 6:30-9pm, Devi Fusion (Roppongi). Japan’s biggest international party. 250 people expected. All-youcan-drink and free snacks. J a p a n e s e m e n : ¥ 4 0 0 0. Othe rs : ¥3000. M obile : mobile/ jiparty@hotmail. com 090-1735-5405 www.

J O I N T H E B I G G E S T, B E S T, M O S T P O P U L A R INTERNATIONAL PARTY! Great people, drinks and food! Meet new friends and party

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 a n d i n te rm e d i ate g ro u p s o n weekday evenings. Beginner and low-intermediate also welcome. No entrance or membership fees. Reasonable participation fees. tokyo. Basketball in the Yokohama area. Good intermediate games every Mon and Wed night at a local school’s gym. Feel free to come. It’s free. Please contact for further details.

AMERICAN FOOTBALL . Nihon Unisys Bulls, X league Central Division, seeks fit players w/ US college football experience for all positions. Practice every Sat/Sun from 10am-3pm (including meeting) in Tokyo/Saitama (time & venue subject to change). Attendance at practice must be over 60%. Please contact for tryout info and send your profile to team admin. bullsxleague@gmail. com football/

Seeking Max (Rei). Seeking Max, a photographer who lived in Tokyo House in the mid-’90s. His girlfriend’s name was Rei. Anyone know their whereabouts? Please let me know. Thank you.

Need help from native English speaker! Hi! JF seeks kindhearted person to check grammar and correct mistakes in my English resume. I speak both Japanese and English. Could you help me? I would help you, too! apriluuuu@ Photographer seeks models. Will arrange photo shooting. No payment, but will provide prints or DVD in return for your time.

with nice people in a friendly atmosphere. Events in Tokyo (Ginza, Azabu, Roppongi) and Osaka. ¥1500-¥2000.

Cricket. Cricket. Cricket! Play cricket with the Chiba Sharks C r i c ke t C l u b ! Te a m s i n J C A Division 1, Division 2, T20 and monthly indoor training. Indoor Winter League underway! Men/ women, all nationalities, abilities welcome. Never too late to play! http:// 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. D o n ' s H a l f - Fa s t Fl a s h - M o b Weekend Urban Bicycle Rides. Futsal players wanted by a very friendly international team. Practice is in Tokyo and Kanagawa on Sat. Details available. fkkyn468@ybb.

E F F E C T I V E H A N D -T O HAND COMBAT AND SELFDEFENSE . Learn REAL Imi Krav Maga from an Israeli i n st ru c to r t a u g h t by I m i Lichtenfeld, founder of Krav Maga. Gain self-confidence. Know where you are and where you want to go. boaz. 0902995-0945 ALL-NATIONALITY TOUCH FOOTBALL. Non-contact 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 J a p a n e s e Ru g by Le a g u e official games from Apr to S e p. Eve r yo n e we lco m e . Contact for more details. AIKIDO IN EN GLI SH. 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 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 o r t fro m S cotl a n d . U s i n 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

Futsal team. Interested in futsal on weekends in Tokyo? Please introduce yourself (age, nationality, where you live, whether you belong to another team). 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. chifact@

Tokyo Public Bath Club. Let’s share relaxing Japanese bath time at sento (public baths) in central Tokyo. Everybody welcome! みんなで銭湯体験し ませんか? 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

13.3 ARTS Love Shakespeare? Amate ur group in Tokyo, meeting once/month to celebrate our love of the Bard. Come to read, or just to listen. All nationalities welcome, no experience necessary! rchrd_schwartz@yahoo. com Shakespeare-sama/

13.4 MUSIC A cappella group. Miss singing? Join our singing group! We sing orchestral classical music only in human voice, conducted by a professional a cappella singer. r yu s e i @a c a p p e lla - c a nt a b il e . jp ht tp: //acappella - cantabile . jp/?page_id=202 Alt/punk/indie/prog bass player needed. American guitarist/singer and Japanese drummer seek bass player, w/backing harmonie s . Anyone is invited as long as you are serious and can lock in! Contact to learn more. piece-of-shit-car Another "bass player wanted" ad. Forming the best blues/rock band in Japan to be rock legends. Making CD. Right bass player needed. Are you out there? See link for my drumming. Band members wanted. Early R.E.M. cover band, please.

International football club. Fivea-side, 11-a-side, on grass fields. Two or three practices/matches on Sun. All nationalities welcome. Happy and friendly club! We have many socials.

Drummer and bassist wanted around Yokohama. We mainly play rock music and have rehearsals in Shin-Yokohama. Any kind of player is welcome, so feel free to contact us.

Samurai and ninjutsu martial arts. Free training group for samurai and ninjutsu fighting arts. Vigorous, but safe and intelligent, one-on-one, or small group training depending on the day. Spiritual refinement is a key element.

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://

Tai chi in the park. Winter is here, but spring is coming, so it's a great time to get out to Yoyogi Park and engage in guang ping yang taichi exercises with like-minded people! http://www. 03-3487-3011 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? intervollclub@yahoo. Women's football club. Five-aside, 11-a-side, on grass fields. Two or three practices/matches on Sun. All nationalities, experience levels, beginners welcome. Happy and friendly club! We have many socials.

13.2 LEISURE MACARTHUR HEIGHTS. Take a break where General Douglas MacArthur did! One hour from Tokyo by car or direct train. Beautiful cabins on the ocean, w/onsen, beach, shopping. housinginjapan@yahoo. com Free Japanese home cooking lessons. Japanese housewife offers free private home cooking lessons in English (women only) at her house near Kawasaki stn during the day on weekdays. You pay the cost of ingredients. tome.haruka-soushi@

Jazz singer, bassist, saxophonist, trumpeter, flutist sought by Japanese guitarist. I play standards in Tokyo. Like metal? Need a drummer and another guitarist. Currently have ex-members of Hang The B*stard and Abolition from London. your_ Musicians in the Jiyugaoka area sought to meet up, jam, and enjoy making some noise once/month or so. I play guitar/bass/sing. Influences include (but are not limited to) Elvis Costello, Tom Waits, Pogues, but I’m open to anything. wemamp@yahoo. Piano/keyboard player wanted for long-term collaboration on rock/ jazz/funk originals. Someone who can learn existing parts note-fornote and also add to them where it feels needed. Find me at the burgessbrad channel on YouTube. Seeking drummer, bassist, female vocalist who can sing in English or Spanish. Let's start a new project for the whole world. Any nationality, age welcome. We are professionals. https://www. Seeking vocalist and DJ. I 'm a JF seeking a vocalist who can sing, write lyrics in English and DJ. http://

You're right - we can play guitar and sing a song! Seeking singer or singer-songwriter. I'm a JM guitarist. Beginners welcome. Please let me play your songs and make music with me. Gigs in Tokyo. I like pop, rock, punk.

13.5 MIND, BODY, SPIRIT Diamond Way Buddhism Tokyo. Do you want to explore your own mind? Guided Buddhist meditation every Sun, 6pm, near Azabu-Juban. International practitioners, beginners welcome, Japanese spoken. Please call 090-3598-3072 for more information. http://www. Reiki share. Non-profit Reiki share group, meeting twice/month in the Ueno area. Other healing modalities are ok, too. Free introduction available. Zen meditation (Zazen). Join a small group of practitioners Fri evenings at Tokuun-in in Ueno. No Japanese ability necessary. Please make arrangements in advance by email, and check our home page. www.

13.8 PROFESSIONAL Tokyo Traders Club. International club for traders and investors. Discuss opportunities in stocks, commodities and forex. Many regular events, including FX trading workshop. New to trading? No problem: beginners also welcome. You can also learn to trade. Join free! info@tokyotraders. com 080-5681-1321

13.9 INTERNATIONAL Intercultural Activities. JII (Japan Intercultural Institute) is a nonprofit, member-run organization that sponsors activities (seminars, cultural events, conferences) for those wanting to further develop intercultural competencies and m e et oth e r inte rculturali st s . International Friends. We’re a group of foreigners and Japanese people who sometimes get together and hang out. It’s always so much fun. New friends are always welcome, so come join us. Nihongo 倶楽部いんたぁなしょなる. Nihongo Club International is a volunteer group to help foreign people learn Japanese at the Tokyo Volunteer Action Center in Iidabashi. Every Thu, 7-9pm.

14 PERSONALS 14.1 FRIENDS Are you from...? JF, 30s, seeking nonsmoking friends from Denmark, Germany, Canada or Australia for having fun times together. Let's meet for a cup of coffee first. Please be nonsmokers, 30s. Mail with selfintroduction, please! b2jw13@hotmail. Cafe friend. American living in the Tokyo area seeking a daytime friend in central Tokyo, preferably Shinjuku, for coffee or lunch. I want to make more friends in Japan. Let’s meet soon! 090-1678-5644 Danes wanted! JF, 30s, into Denmark like crazy. Er der nogen dansker i Tokyo eller Kanagawa at moedes til kaffe og hjaelpe mig at laere dansk lidt? Please be nonsmokers, 30s preferred. Glaeder mig til at hoere fra jer! European boy seeks Japanese friends. Hello, my name is Andrew and I'm from Eastern Europe. I am seeking someone to hang out with while I am in Tokyo. Please send me a message if you want to know more. Friends in Japan. Half-Japanese, halfFilipino female, 25, seeking friends. Shy and timid at first. Hope to find friends here in Japan.


Many more Classified ads online! Please visit Gaijin for gaijin friends. British guy, just back to Japan, seeking new gaijin friends in Tokyo for a decent English language chinwag. Sex/age irrelevant, but an understanding of (or tolerance of, at least) British humor would be fab. Good friend. SJF, late 30s, seeking new single friends around my age. Female friends more than welcome! Central Tokyo area only. coolqoo324jp@ Good friendship. JF seeks English speaker for friendship (not a relationship or romance). Non-native is ok. Preferably meet in Tokyo or talk over the internet around noon or on weekday afternoons. Nonsmoking, punctual people under 40 preferred.

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Omotesando, Shibuya, Azabu. I am seeking friends for coffee, lunch, dinner, language exchange in the Omotesando-Shibuya area. I am Japanese, with fluent English.

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Jazz-playing friends in Tokyo. Japanese male seeking jazz players for fun in the Tokyo area. I've been playing the alto sax for a couple of years. Still amateur, but want to play with others. Please feel free to contact me!


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Attractive Japanese male for SWF. Seeking attractive Western female with nice smile. If you are interested in chatting with coffee or nice food, please contact me and let me know. I am looking forward to your contact. Attractive single Japanese male 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. Decent, attractive, gentle, interesting SJM seeks a SWF to share happy times. As you know, seeing is believing, so let's make sure, face-toface, if we're compatible. Just let me know your thoughts. sjpman2007@ Attractive, cute, gentle SJM seeking foreign female. Let's enjoy new experiences and feel happier together. Nonsmoker preferred. Waiting for your response! Let's start with dialogue. 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. Can we be friends? Married man for housewife. Can we exchange emails and meet sometimes for a coffee together? Serious but slightly lonely married gentleman here. vbcfgt@

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Canadian female? I'm a nice Japanese male, 31, seeking a Canadian girlfriend in/around Saitama/Tokyo. I really like the Canadian personality. How about going out together? Any age/looks ok. Please send me a message. beautiful. 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. Chinese-Canadian, 32, 175cm, 65kg, caring, fun-loving, athletic, likes basketball, music, movies, seeking a serious relationship with an attractive JF, 22-32.

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Cool and sweet JM s e e k s kindhearted, interesting Western lady for cultural exchange and friendship in Tokyo. Especially welcome if she is a newcomer and wants to know more about Japan and its culture. hisjm2007@gmail. com

Art and music lovers. People to enjoy art galleries and classic concerts together in Tokyo sought by Western man, 40s.

Daytime fun. Mature British MWM, polite and respectful, would like to share relaxing time with friendly JF. Married is good. Mail or Skype ok.

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Happy marriage, but almost sexless. I am a man who loves his wife and his family. I have a good job and a good life. A long marriage, though, means little sex. vbcfgt@

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Hola! Friend in Kanagawa. Tall Spanish man is seeking a kind, clean, financially secure lady living and working in the Kanagawa area. I am seeking a cheerful and mature lady for love. 日本語日常会話 . jp_yoroshiku@ Japanese executive seeking a discreet relationship. Japanese business executive, 44, married, is seeking a Japanese or Western woman with passion and curiosity to have a discreet relationship. Let's enjoy conversation over drinks and dinner. Looking forward to your response! Japanese girlfriend. British man, new to Japan, seeks Japanese girlfriend to show him around. Me: 173cm, blue eyes, blond hair, medium build, likes music, reading, etc. Japanese guy, around 40, speaks English and Spanish, seeking a girlfriend for a relationship leading to marriage in/around Tokyo. I’m not highly paid, but I am kind and humorous. My hobbies are jogging, Latin dance, language learning. Japanese male, 41, single, seeks sincere, warm, open-minded white female for friendship and romance. I am generous, nonsmoking, like traveling, reading, philosophy and enjoying my life. skyoverture@mail. Japanese or foreign woman for long-term relationship. I am Turkish, 42, 194cm, very good-looking, affectionate, emotionally mature, empathetic. I love traveling, music, reading, yoga, bicycling, cooking. I seek happiness from the simple things in life. pisces030771@hotmail. com JM seeks older or fat woman. I live in Tokyo and am seeking an older or fat woman. If you’re interested, please send an email. riku_hiroxx@

Gentleman, European, wants to meet a gentle, feminine, romantic, discreet person from time to time for a good time. I am tolerant and respectful, and I expect the same from you.

Keep things simple. Kind MWM, 40-something, seeking a no-stringsattached relationship with a nice woman. Maybe I can help satisfy a need. Let’s have some food and drinks in Ebisu or Shibuya, and if we click, more. Look forward to hearing from you.

Handsome JM for marrie d woman. Tall MJ businessman, 39, seeks Western woman for discreet meetings - dinner, drinking and more.

Kissin’ the moonlight. In an open relationship, seeking female kissing friend. I want to go to a park or somewhere else. riku_hiroxx@


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The Mars–Uranus opposition is over, but Mars is still in the sign opposite yours. Translated: you’re over the hump but there’s a bit of debris to clean up. Whether it’s physical, emotional or both, Mars will put you through a similar phase in April and June, so why not clear up how you really feel ASAP? Uranus wants you to change the world and Mars will energize this. But what path is the best fit for you?

Which of the many realities offered will you choose to share your energy with this week? There are so many ways to view your life force and your choices do make a difference. We have moved out of the Piscean self-sacrificing era to the Aquarian, where innovation and freedom are the order of the day. Do you choose love and beauty? Security? Trust? Jupiter retrograde asks tough questions about your input.

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Your friends are fun, moving fast and furious or just making no sense at all. Their nervous systems are sped up while you’re working to calm them down. It's been going on for some time but you’re beginning to see you can’t walk away for long from this one. Expect renovation, revival or a new perspective of how you feel about home. Pallas Athene is retrograde in this sector of your chart and instills creativity.

Your heart keeps growing in feeling and understanding, so much so that you may wish you could slow it down. But once you’ve started, there is no turning back. The human race has begun its transformation and you are part of it. You get a vote, but it may be that you also have a greater destiny and that’s why you’re here. It’s might not be glamorous, but that’s the mystery of right now: unearthing secrets.



You’re ever more creative with your finances. Pallas Athene in this sector of your chart makes sure of it. She’s retrograde and Mercury is retrograde in your relationship sector, so don’t lose heart. Your strength is in knowing we live in a beneficent universe, and angels float by just when you need them (though not always before). This ebb and flow may help you become more psychic everyday.

Ah, Virgo. You’re not going to follow anyone’s footsteps. Pallas Athene has made her presence known in your sign and she is determined to leave her mark. The Sun is opposite, in your sector of relationships. Double check your list of what you’ve wished, because when this transit is over, you may get what you ask for. It won’t be what you’re used to, and there’s no chance you’ll be bored.



The vast majority of planetary influence lies below the horizon of your chart. It’s built in to spend your time taking care of yourself and all the parts of your life, including family, brothers, and sisters. Having said that, you’ve been dealing with Jupiter retrograde in your career sector for what may feel like forever. The feelings and desire to make things palatable are well founded and worth supporting this week.

No one knows what it’s like to walk along the waters of reflection like you, Scorpio. There’s a time to act and a time to pull back. The intellect can’t answer most questions this week – Mercury is still retrograde! Ripples of reaction will not necessarily indicate what’s going on in the deep. Your original visions may still be on their way in. If you feel that’s your desire, don’t take off into the forest of no return.



You could be patient, but what’s the point? Holding back has long lost its effective tonic. Mercury is retrograde in your sector of discussions and maybe it’s time to have one, or several. Not ready? That’s ok. You have plenty of time. Though the sooner you free your current cycle of thoughts, the quicker your next adventure will start. Some people are born to hold the template. Others would rather rearrange it.

You won’t have to search for something to occupy your mind. Venus has transited Pluto in your sign and you know the depths of your soul. You’re looking in the mirror and seeing your best friend. Mercury retrograde keeps you in a lock regarding finances. Be patient, gentle and loving towards yourself as you bridge this gap with your internal kindness. Friends understand more than you know. No judgement!

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Some people think Aquarius has a detached approach, but nothing could be further from the truth. Your sign is opposite Leo, which rules the heart. Each sign incorporates aspects of its ‘other’. You bring balance to a current scenario. You view it with your intellect and let the emotions simmer on the back burner. Mercury is still retrograde in Aquarius. Not the time to make snap decisions. Time to walk carefully.

You can do this. Definitely. Set yourself free over the weekend. With the moon in square aspect to your sign, trying to figure things out in advance will just make your head swim. Wait until Monday to see how things will fall into place. A partner may have an unusual but creative approach to an old problem. Start formulating plans for a trip or to learn something new. Happy Birthday to all Pisces born this week.

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OLYMPIC VILLAGE CAFETERIA TABLE CONFLICT FLARES BETWEEN ASIAN TEAMS Yet another territorial dispute erupted between China, Korea and Japan as the participants at the Sochi Olympics all laid claims to a cafeteria table in the Olympic Village. International mediators are working with the concerned nations to establish the veracity of claims to the table that sits in a strategic location near both the salad bar and bathrooms, and includes a full unobstructed view of the television. The Chinese team asserts that a tray and half-eaten apple they left earlier in the day marks the table as their rightful property. Japanese officials argue, however, the unfinished, abandoned apple doesn’t supersede the right of possession guaranteed by a team member who just sat down. While Korea has no specific assertion regarding the table, they have entered the negotiations since, “It is really nearby and we don’t want to be left out.” Japan’s claim also includes a one-meter “exclusive eating zone” surrounding the table and access to all folding chairs within the area—whether or not said chairs may occasionally have moved between tables. As yet, no resolution to the dispute has been made and efforts to share the table have been rejected.

EXCHANGE STUDENTS AGREE, ‘JAPANESE HUGS SUCK’ Maya Santos, a second year student from Brazil at Waseda University sat at the cafeteria table with ten other exchange students from across the globe as she explained one of the reasons she was so homesick after only one month of living in Japan. “Japanese hugs suck! Nothing makes me feel more like the carrier of a potentially pandemic disease than when someone tries to hug me without touching any part of my body. I can see the calculation in their faces as they try not to touch me with the hug that they themselves have initiated and these are just the hugs from the people I've slept with!” The students all nodded in agreement. Amy Garrity, an exchange student from Scotland who has lived in Japan for two years added, “I think it’s really starting to affect me. When I went home for Christmas, people gave

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JAPANESE COUPLES WON’T KISS IN PUBLIC BUT WILL BREAK UP AT STATION “We had such a lovely day, why did he wait until it was time to go home to tell me he was dumping me,” Miwako Watanabe sobbed into her handkerchief. As Kentaro Sato, the alleged dumper, hugged Watanabe and patted her back, he also checked his smartphone for text messages. Watanabe continued to sob as Sato replied to emails from his new girlfriend and avoided eye contact with onlookers. “Break-ups are always hard,” Sato explained. “What was I supposed to do? Tell her I was never going to see her again before we went to the love hotel?”

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AMERICAN CELEBRITIES WANT JAPAN TO STOP SLAUGHTERING DOLPHINS, SUGGEST KILLING SOMETHING UGLY INSTEAD Japan is facing severe criticism from the Western entertainment industry for trapping and killing large numbers of dolphins near the fishing town of Taiji. “Dolphins are just so cute! How could it be tradition to kill something that smiles at you all the time? If it was a creepy smile, then I could understand, but dolphin smiles aren't creepy, are they?" American actress and dolphin activist Scarlett Johansson called for a stop to the slaughter of dolphins and suggested killing more sea urchins instead. “Sea urchins are spiky rocks with mouth anuses. You don't want them to smile at you. You can kill loads of sea urchins and nobody will care. Plus, the gonads of the sea urchin are considered an aphrodisiac in Japan and can help improve the currently dwindling birth rate,” she continued. “Gonads are good for you, they are high in vitamin A, D and Zinc, but only if you swallow.”

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