New York-Style Cafe & Restaurant Sarabeth’s Celebrates 7 Years in Japan With Special Event in Shinjuku
It has been seven years since Sarabeth Levine took her New York-based cafe and restaurant Sarabeth’s to Japan back in 2012. To celebrate, the establishment will hold a special one-night event with a commemorative menu.
“Fermented Foods” is the theme of the event, which will see an incredible line-up of premium dishes. There will also be a talk by Sarabeth Levine herself who will be in attendance.
The menu line-up features a range of healthy fermented foods, like pancakes and Eggs Benedict, while drinks options include lemonade with fermented syrup, goishicha tea from Aichi Prefecture, and more. There will also be Sarabeth cookies which you can take home with you.
Sarabeth’s Japan 7th Anniversary Special Event
Date: November 5, 2019
Time: Reception 18:30 / Open 19:30-20:45 (subject to change)
Price: ¥3,800 (Tax Included)
Capacity: 50 (Reservation-Only)
Location: Sarabeth’s Lumine Shinjuku (Lumine 2 Floor 2F, 3-38-2 Shinjuku, Shinjuku Ward, Tokyo)
Tokyo’s New Museum Cafe is a Haven For Fans of Architecture
Japanese company Banc, which specialises in setting up hotels and other sites, held the grand opening of the new Architecture Cafe Sumika, a new museum/cafe in Shinjuku, Tokyo, on April 28.
A peek inside
A recreation of Fallingwater, a house designed by the architect Frank Lloyd Wright
Painting by chalk artist Misuzu Wakai
Architectural designs recreated at the new museum cafe
Villa Savoye (Le Corbusier)
Fallingwater (Frank Lloyd Wright)
Casa Ligornetto (Mario Botta)
Sky House (Kiyonori Kikutake)
Maison a Bordeaux (Rem Koolhaas)
Malin Residence “chemosphere” (John Lautner)
Eames House (Charles and Ray Eames)
Silver Hat (Toyo Ito)
Fisher House (Louis Kahn)
Mailam House (Paul Rudolph)
The Glass House (Lina Bo Bardi)
Steel House (Kengo Kuma)
A little look at the menu
<Miho Chef Chocolatier> Premium Gateau Chocolate: ¥1,200 / Raw Marble Chocolate: ¥1,000 / Raw Dami Chocolate ¥450
<Ten no Ya> Egg Sandwich: ¥750
Architecture Cafe Sumika aim sto be a cosy space for architecture lovers who can enjoy thinking about their ideal home, talking about their favourite architect, and thinking about how architecture changes with the times. The cafe has recreated 12 architectural marvels from 12 different renowned architects, each at which sits at a different table.
The cafe, which is located in Shinjuku Sanchome, employs a spacious cafe area with high ceilings that can be enjoyed by both lovers of architects and cafe enthusiasts where they can relax with a cup of tea, coffee, a soft drink, or even alcohol, the latter of which is served at bar hours from 18:00, completely changing the atmosphere into a night museum. There’s also a tasty food menu to tuck into.
If you’re looking to speak to someone about architecture and real estate, Architecture Cafe Sumika also houses its own resident experts. Customers can also enjoy a range of other works by architects and interior designers.
In celebration of the cafe’s opening, a competition is being held to create a jungle gym for children where entrees can win cash prizes, the top being ¥300,000. More details below.
Architecture Cafe Sumika
Address: 6th Sanwa Bldg Floor 4F, 3-6-7 Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
Opening Hours: Cafe 10:00-18:00 / Bar 18:00-04:00 (Last Orders 03:00)
No Fixed Holidays
Official Website: https://sumika-shinjuku.com/
1st Architect Contest
Submission Period: June 20, 2021 – June 27, 2021
Winner Announcement: June 28, 2021
Winning Work Display Period: July 1, 2021 – August 30 2021
Submission Entry: Children’s Jungle Gym
Size: Max 60cm x 60cm x 40cm
Cash Prizes: Winner ¥300,000 (1 Person) / Runner-Ups ¥100,000 (7 People)
Submissions: Must be made by June 19, 2021
How Winners Are Selected: Entrants will be posted on the cafe’s official Instagram – the most popular from the votes will be selected
BEAMS JAPAN Shinjuku Launches Event to Promote Japan’s Sento Bath Houses
The Sento no Susume 2021 event being held by BEAMS JAPAN and Cow Brand Soap has now headed to BEAMS JAPAN Shinjuku. As part of the event, Mizuno has held designed a ‘running course’ is collaboration with sento bath house owners who have listed their recommended spots for running.
From Left: Hiroshi Fukui (Managing Director at Cow Brand Soap), Aya Terakawa (Sports Caster), Mari Yamazaki (Manga Author), Ryozo Naganuma (Kotobukiyu’s 3rd Generation Owner), Hikaru Ikeuchi (Chairman of Board of Directors)
BEAMS JAPAN Shinjuku Floor 1F – Sento no Susume 2021 Pop-Up
BEAMS JAPAN Shinjuku Floor 1F – Sento no Susume 2021 Pop-Up
BEAMS JAPAN Sento no Susume 2021 Virtual Venue
For many years, sento public bath houses have been big part of Japanese culture and are located up and down the country. They are places people go to unwind, relax, and destress. However, with times changing, they are because less part of people’s lives, and the facilities themselves are seeing significant wear and tear as well as not having successors to take over the businesses. Sento no Susume aims to revitalise sento and raise their cultural value once again by showing how they can be enjoyed. The first event was held in January and February in 2019.
The event arrived at BEAMS JAPAN Shinjuku on April 26 and invites manga artist Mari Yamazaki on board who has given the store a makeover with her iconic artwork themed on exercise and bathing. This event combines sento bath houses with sports, and so as well as discovering bath houses to visit, you can learn find out about great running courses at the Sento Run no Susume corner. There’s also a virtual venue accessible on the official website that creates the store in 4K 3D so everyone around the world can get involved regardless of their location.
Sento no Susume 2021
Srart Date: April 26, 2021
- BEAMS JAPAN Shinjuku
Running: April 26, 2021 – May 31, 2021
- MIZUNO OSAKA CHAYAMACHI
- MIZUNO TOKYO
Sento no Susume 2021 Merchandise
Available at BEAMS in-store and online
Participating Branches: BEAMS JAPAN (Shinjuku)
Dates: April 26, 2021 – June 30, 2021
Future participating branches depending on Japan’s state of emergency: BEAMS JAPAN SHIBUYA/BEAMS JAPAN KYOTO/BEAMS STREET UMEDA/HEP FIVE
BEAMS Official Website: https://www.beams.co.jp/
- BEAMS JAPAN Shinjuku
Peter Luger Steak House Opens First Japanese Branch at Ebisu Garden Place
Hailing originally from Brooklyn, the 130-year-old Peter Luger Steak House has announced the opening of its first-ever Japanese branch which will welcome customers at Ebisu Garden Place in Tokyo this September with its 3-storeys of red brick.
Peter Luger is credited with spreading the mouth-watering wonder of dry-aged beef steak to the world which has made the restaurant’s name globally famous. The restaurant of course wields a Michelin Star and has been featured high on the Zagat Survey for over 30 years.
The secret behind Peter Luger’s signature ingredient
The restaurant’s beef fillet and New York strip are signature items on the menu, both of which are made from porterhouse steak. Their steak is also made from USDA Prime beef which is dry-aged by hand to intensify the flavour and aroma.
The porterhouse is placed directly onto the broiler and seasoned solely with salt. The steak is flipped only once during the broiling process. A knob of melted butter is added to a serving platter and the steak is sliced atop it. It’s then placed back into the broiler for a few minutes depending on the doneness requested by the customer. It’s this process that gives Peter Luger’s steaks their deliciousness.
Brooklyn red brick building and theatre decor
The Japanese branch takes inspiration from the Brooklyn restaurant with its red brick exterior.
The first floor is home to the bar where customers can enjoy food and cocktails. There’s also a takeout shop with gifts and other items.
The second floor is the spacious dining space which is home to Peter Ruger’s first-ever open kitchen. The third floor is another seating area with balcony-like seats so you can look out over the city.
There are seven private dining rooms of varying sizes for those looking a little more intimacy and privacy. The restaurant’s lighting was also designed by a New York designer.
Peter Luger Steak House Tokyo
Grand Opening: September 9, 2021
Address: 4-19-19 Ebisu, Shibuya, Tokyo
Bookings: From August 2021
Peter Luger Steak House Japan Official Website: https://peterluger.co.jp/
Hibiya Festival 2021: Musicals, Performances, and More
This year’s Hibiya Festival will take place around Tokyo Midtown Hibiya from April 29 to May 16. Visitors can enjoy free musicals, Japanese dance, opera, and more, all in an open space.
Hibiya Festival main visual
Peter Pan Broadway Musical – Mini Concert & Talk | Thursday April 29, 2021
Everybody’s Talking About Jamie – Japan’s First Rendition | Sunday May 9, 2021
Hibiya Festival x Hibiya Music Festival Collaboration Stage | Saturday May 8, 2021
Hibiya Outdoor Noh Performance | Thursday April 29, 2021
NBA Ballet | Saturday May 1, 2021
CAT-A-TAC SHOW (CAT-A-TAC) | Sunday May 2, 2021
“Hibiya Ongaku Daigaku” – Shibuya Ongaku Daigaku Open Campas
Hibiya Festival Program
This year marks 40 years since the Peter Pan Broadway musical first hit Japan, and so it will be performed at Hibiya Festival 2021. The hit British musical Everybody’s Talking About Jamie will also be performed in Japan for the first time with a full Japanese cast. On the music side of things, music producer Seiji Kameda is spearheading the Hibiya Musical Festival. There are around 20 different slots to enjoy at the festival, all of which are free to watch and many which don’t need to be booked in advance. The festival is also producing video content this year for those unable to attend so they can still be part of the fun online.
Hibiya Festival 2021
Running: April 29, 2021 – May 16, 2021
Where: Tokyo Midtown Hibiya
Event Details: https://www.hibiya.tokyo-midtown.com/hibiya-festival/
Laforet Harajuku Announces LAFORET GOLDEN WEEK
Golden Week is almost here in Japan, and so Laforet Harajuku is readying itself for its special LAFORET GOLDEN WEEK event which will run from April 24 to May 9.
Around 60 stores inside the Harajuku-based shopping centre are participating in this event where shoppers can get their hands on a new wardrobe full of outfits, a stock of items and accessories, and more. There is also a special item available at Charles Chaton on Floor 4F of Laforet that is made as part of a triple collaboration between the store, DJ and music producer Night Tempo, and Rie Kanou, the author of the manga series Slow Motion wo Mou Ichido. At FRAPBOIS on Floor 1.5F, there’s a selection of t-shirts, shirts, one pieces and other must-grabs created in collaboration with Osamu Goods. And that’s just a taste of the many exclusives to be sold and doesn’t take into account all the other events that will take place at this year’s LAFORET GOLDEN WEEK. Let’s dive deeper.
The Little Cat Shop by MILKBOY | April 30 – May 9 | Floor 1F Entrance Space
The Little Cat Shop by MILKBOY is a cat-themed shop by three brands: MILK, MILKBOY, and LAND. It will incorporate hit motifs from the brands’ past line-ups as well as introduce all-new trends. As well as clothes, there are accessories, sofvi toys, and other items, each woven with each of the brand’s touch. There will also be a raffle to win exclusive sofvi toys made by notable sofvi artists like IZUMONSTER and Konatsuya. Plus, all customers who spend over ¥10,000 will get an original sticker.
Cat eyes dress ¥32,450 / CAT EYES SHIRTS ¥19,250 / CAT TOWER TEE ¥8,800 / MISCHIEF cat Frill TEE ¥13,200 / Ribbon CAT TEE ¥7,920 (Tax Included)
Kuttsuketemiyou Picture Book Pop-Up Shop | May 1 – May 16 | Floor 2F POP UP SHOP SPACE
Kuttsuketemiyou is a picture book by contemporary artist Ken Kagami and it’s getting its first pop-up shop at Lofret Harajuku. The humorous book sees Kagami seeing what would happen if he tried attaching certain things to animals. It’s a work of artistic nonsense enjoyed by children and adults alike, and fans of the quirky story can get their hands on a range of merchandise featuring the cute creatures. Kagami will also be doing signings.
Kuttsuketemiyou Book ¥1,650 / Mug ¥2,750 / Tote Bag ¥4,180 / T-Shirt ¥4,950 (Tax Included)
ABEMA 5th Anniversary Laforet Harajuku Campaign
In celebration of ABEMA’s 5th anniversary, it is holding a limited-time campaign in collaboration with several popular Japanese TV shows such as Koi to Ookami ni wa Damasarenai and Black Cinerella. ABEMA is a Japanese video streaming website. During the campaign, customers who spend over ¥2,000 at select stores will receive a limited-edition Black Cinderella sticker and a ticket to an online event centred on Koi to Ookami ni wa Damasarenai. They can also enter a raffle to win signed merchandise from the shows if they show their receipt and have spend over ¥2,000.
Harajuku Shopping Week 2021 | April 28 – May 7
Shoppers who spend over ¥1,000 at select stores will receive a scratch card that may net them a ¥1,000 coupon.
UNDER GROUND SNAP Photoshoot | April 29 – May 8 @ 12:00-16:00
A photoshoot will take place down on Floor B1.5F. Those who sign up can have their photo taken professionally by Gothic and Lolita Market which will be featured in the early June 2021 edition of Laforet Harajuku’s tabloid as well as on HARAJUKU POP WEB. Info on how to apply can be found on LAFORET GOLDEN WEEK’s official website.
LAFORET GOLDEN WEEK
Running: April 24, 2021 – May 9, 2021
Where: Laforet Harajuku
Address: 1-11-6 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo
Official Website: https://www.laforet.ne.jp/special/gw_2021/
Tennozu Canal Fes 2021 Spring: A Line-Up Of Asian Music Artists
Tennozu Canal Fes 2021 Spring ~WORLD TRAVEL – ASIA~ is set to take place online via CANAL’s official YouTube channel on April 24. The event comes in response to the cancellation of the in-person event due to fears of COVID-19 transmission.
“World Travel” is the theme of Tennozu Canal Fes 2021 with a different region to be chosen each season, allowing for music lovers and concertgoers to enjoy a little bit of something from abroad. The theme for spring is Asian music which focuses on music from around Asia – except Japan. Viewers can tune in to see everything from Indian dancing to classical Chinese opera, Chinese erhu performance, and more. Performances will still take place at Tennozu Canal in Tokyo but will be live streamed.
14:00～14:30 coco ayumi & Ethno-Exotica Vaudeville (Indian dance)
15:00～15:30 Kanae Nozawa (Erhu)
16:00～16:30 Shinchou Gekiin (Classical Chinese opera)
17:00～17:30 HamojiN (Acapella)
18:00～18:30 Tsukiko Nakamura (Piano and hand mic)
18:40～19:10 Tsuzu King (Solo singing)
Laforet Harajuku Welcomes New Stores For Spring 2021
Starting this month, Laforet Harajuku is readying itself for Spring 2021 with the rollout of items by high-end brands and shops, all with an audience in mind who simply love culture regardless of their age or gender.
4.23 | New Store Opening
《Floor 3.5F》circle in circle
circle in circle welcomes a diverse selection of brands such as l’atelier du savon, CHILD WOMAN, and more. The new store’s concept is to act as the perfect place for an appointment with your wardrobe. Every month, the store will collaborate with various different people, and line the shop floor with outfits that will have customers feeling like a kind in a candy store. For its initial opening, circle in circle is collaborating with photographer Kensuke Hosoya.
4.9 | New Store Opening
《Floor 1.5F》LIBERTY TOKYO
“Freedom” is the keyword at LIBERTY TOKYO, where customers are encouraged that it’s great to get your hands on the things you want, and great to wear the things you want to wear. The shop stocks a range of apparel and items that combine accessories and fashion. They even sell stickers, merchandise, and more. This custom select shop offers made-to-order products, making each and every one unique and the only one in the world. It also collaborates with artists and other brands.
3.12 | New Store Opening
《Floor 5F》OSEWAYA TOKYO
OSEWAYA TOKYO is an accessory shop offering everything from basics to trends. Their motto is “bring your happiness” which is melded into their range, spanning the latest trends to must-have dailies. They have everything you hope a store specialising in accessories would have.
4.9~6.6 | New Store Opening
《Floor B0.5F》GLAZE KOHL x NUTTY VINTAGE
GLAZE KOHL x NUTTY VINTAGE is a limited-time collaboration shop between chic apparel brand GLAZE KOHL and NUTTY, a vintage shop that first opened in 1995. They line-up features new Spring 2021 items as well as the “GLAZE KOHL add VINTAGE” corner which features a selection of vintage items picked out by designers who themselves are vintage buyers. NUTTY VINTAGE is also offering a huge selection of the best authentic vintage items. Customers can enjoy some little limited-edition gifts when shopping there which are being given out to commemorate the shop’s opening.
5.22~6.4 | New Store Opening
《Floor 4F》Mansion Mikura
Mansion Mikura’s main store is located at Harajuku Cat Street. This limited-time rendition is a ‘mansion’ with four tenants – a collection of four second-hand shops including SAUCE which stocks miscellaneous items and second-hand clothes, top ranking vintage name STEP A HEAD, side car charlie which specialises in ‘maniac items,’ and the long-selling brand vintagesheets.
6.5~7.25 | New Store Opening
SAUCE is another vintage store located behind Cat Street. For its limited-time opening, it’s selling hats in collaboration with Antage which previously sold out, as well as its own upcycled vintage clothing, as well as vintage clothes, rugs, and more from overseas.
5.22~5.30 | New Store Opening
vanilla will provide a diverse line-up of unique fashion as well as brands such as att production, room boy pony, phemesaccessories, and more.
5.31~6.6 | New Store Opening
《Floor 0.5F》Ochame Department
At Ochame Department, they believe simply being cute is being, and being the same as others is boring. Their fashion stock and handmade bits and bobs are imbued with the magic to make customers smile.
CLEAN KEEPERS Regular Member Uniforms
CLEAN KEEPERS is a cleaning project that takes place every Saturday at Laforet Harajuku in the hopes of creating a clean town and in turn clean hearts for all. Their uniform worn by regular members has changed into a blouson and one piece produced by ehka sopo on Floor B1F of Laforet. The blouson has a retro feel to it while the one piece has long sleeves and is inspired by 19th century British maids.
Running: Saturdays @ 10:30-12:30 (Booking Required/Cancellation if it rains)毎
Address: 1-11-6 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo
Official Website: http://www.laforet.ne.jp/
Stay in Harajuku’s New Hotel Produced by Rolling Roster of Artists
India-ink painter CHiNPAN is collaborating with Rokuyon, who is known for helping to create a range of unique accommodations such as MOSHI MOSHI ROOMS, to launch a new kind of hotel experience in Harajuku beginning on April 23, 2021.
The project’s name is Harajuku Yofukashi Art Exhibition, with yofukashi being Japanese for ‘staying up late.’ It will invite a new artist or creator on board every one or two months as an opportunity for them to showcase their works.
One of the art pieces
Works displayed in the living space
The bedroom with art pieces against the walls and on the ceiling
MOSHI MOSHI ROOMS Series
MOSHI MOSHI ROOMS is our own hotel site located in the heart of Harajuku’s tourism: it is within walking distance of Takeshita-dori (Takeshita Street), Meiji-dori, the Ura-Harajuku area, and Omotesando. This makes it the ideal place to stay for travellers visiting Harajuku.
SAKURA | More details here
ORIGAMI | More details here
DOSUKOI | More details here
With art events and exhibitions cancelled or severely restricted due to the pandemic, this project serves as a get promotional opportunity for artists to display their works and for art lovers to appreciate them. It aims to grow and become a new way to enjoy art.
Harajuku Yorufukashi Art Exhibition
Japanese Name: 原宿夜ふかしアート展
Start Date: April 23, 2021
Where: Yados Jingumae (Formerly Wind Jingumae)
Address: 2-26-10 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo
Official Website: https://www.chillnn.com/1773daedf52237
Stylish Bags and Sneakers Arrive at Camper’s Pop-Up Shop in Isetan Shinjuku
Shoe, boots, and sneaker brand Camper opened a pop-up shop at Isetan Shinjuku on Wednesday which is set to run until April 27. The shop is a collaboration with Japanese textile designer Masaru Suzuki who has provided his iconic designs to a collection of bags and sneakers that you can get your hands on. The shop also has a display designed by Suzuki.
Pop-Up Store Line-Up
HOP STEP LIFE | ¥19,800 (Tax Included)
ANIMAL BISCUIT | ¥22,000 (Tax Included)
CHARM POINT | ¥5,500 (Tax Included)
TWINS by MASARU SUZUKI (Women’s) | ¥25,300 (Tax Included)
TWINS by MASARU SUZUKI (Men’s) | ¥25,300 (Tax Included)
TWINS by MASARU SUZUKI (Kid’s) | From ¥12,100 (Tax Included)
Men’s Building – “CAMALEON 1975” Pop-Up Store
Men’s Building Pop-Up Store Original Novelty
This marks Camper’s third long-awaited collaboration with Masaru Suzuki and the first in four years, and this time the series adds shoes to the mix in addition to the popular bags. Suzuki visited Camper’s main office in Majorca, Spain, for detailed discussions on the designs.
Suzuki is set to attend the pop-up event on April 17. Customers who spend over ¥5,500 (tax included) on this day will receive a fabric swatch signed by Suzuki. Additionally, the men’s building of Isetan Shinjuku is also opening its CAMALEON 1975 pop-up shop once again selling shoes made from recycled materials from Camper. Those who spend over ¥14,300 (tax included) at this shop will receive a free eco-friendly bag made from 100% recycled nylon.
ISETAN x CAMPER Pop-Up Store
Running: April 14, 2021 – April 27, 2021
Where: Isetan Shinjuku
ISETAN x CAMPTER/Masaru Suzuku: Main Building Floors 1F & 2F
CAMALEON 1975: Men’s Building Floor B1F
Opening Hours: 10:00-20:00
Official Website: https://www.camper.com/
Earth Day Tokyo 2021 to Promote Sustainability, Eco-Friendliness, and an Organic Lifestyle at Yoyogi Park
15.April.2021 | SPOT
This year’s Earth Day Tokyo will take place at Yoyogi Park from April 17-18 where messages of eco-friendliness, organic products, sustainability, ethics, and inclusiveness will be at the core of various events held as part of the festival.
This year marks Earth Day Tokyo’s 20th run as part of the global Earth Day initiative and brings together environmental NPOs, charities, and locals. Due to COVID-19, in-person events will only take place on April 17 and 18 but the festival will run online from April 17 to 25.
Earth Day Tokyo 2021 Concert
Concerts will take place across the two-day Yoyogi Park festival. Many musicians and guests have committed themselves to the future of the planet at the Earth Day Tokyo’s concerts, with past line-ups including Japan’s King of Rock Kiyoshiro Imawano, UA, BONNIE PINK, and more.
This year will see performances from Itou Seikou ITP, Kenichi Nagira, yae, scoobie do, Taiji Sato, Nozomi Nobody, hachi_Aigoz, tico moon, Rokuta Yanagiya, and Ichido Ryutei.
Every single product at the market booths has a story, and visitors will be able to hear about them from the makers in-person as they shop. And the items sold at the market will be different each day, stocking something to add a little environmental consideration into our lives.
C. W. Nicol’s “Nicol’s Forest Kitchen” sausages help plant forests
The late Welsh-born Japanese writer, actor, and singer-songwriter C. W. Nicol was the Executive Committee Chairman for Earth Day Tokyo from 2000 until his passing last year. He also launched Nicol’s Forest Kitchen in 2011 which has been a regular at Earth Day Tokyo to help protect Japan’s forests. The food stall will make an appearance this year too.
C. W. Nicol began to wonder how he could help raise people’s interest in forests as well as help revitalise forests that had been destroyed. Nicol’s Forest Kitchen project was his answer: to spread awareness through food, and in doing so, the project could help build up forests.
Visitors separate garbage themselves with the help of volunteers
At the Eco Station, volunteer staff will help direct visitors in separating garbage properly, raising awareness on the proper procedures which they can take away home with them.
Earth Day Tokyo 2021 @ Yoyogi Park
Running: April 17, 2021 – April 18, 2021
Where: Yoyogi Park
Earth Day Tokyo Official Website: https://www.earthday-tokyo.org
Little Glee Monster and Other Japanese Artists Announced For Tokyu Musix Challenge
Tokyu Musix Challenge is set to take place at Bunkamura Orchard Hall this year on March 7 at 18:00.
2020 saw the cancellation of music events across the world, with Japan being no exception. Shibuya, Tokyo’s hub of countless live music venues and halls, was particularly affected by the effects of the pandemic. But the energy and power that music artists hold is one they can offer to brighten up peoples’ time during today’s times. That’s where Tokyu Musix Challenge comes in, a new kind of music festival that will bring together a multitude of genres, and where better for it to be held than the cultural melting pot that is Shibuya.
This year will be the first run of the festival, where a collaboration between classical music and contemporary pop music will clash at Bunkamura Orchard Hall. The Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, which is recognised as Japan’s oldest symphony orchestra, will play alongside acts such as Little Glee Monster, Ai Higuchi, Win Morisaki, Meimi Tamura, Kayoko Yoshizawa, ROTH BART BARON, and more. And the line-up is set to grow as more performers will be announced in the lead up to the event.
Comments from the Artists
Little Glee Monster
“We are really looking forward to feeling the fresh breeze of our music colliding with the grand scale of an orchestra. We’ll be sure to play our part so that we don’t lose to the overwhelming performance of everyone in the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, but also so that our music complements theirs. We hope that everyone can have a good time and feel good from the strength that music has.”
“In 2020, we may have all lived kind of complicit with so many options in front of us leading down different paths. A certain friend might have gone to a drinking party, another might not have seen their lover for a long time. What choices do we make? We become darker depending on our choices. In Shibuya, a city that continues to change, I will sing my unchanged songs.”
“Over this past year, the respect I have for the position I’m in where I can express myself has really sunk in. I’m so happy I’ve been able to get involved with this challenge. And getting to sing with an orchestra, it’s magnificent. I’m so excited about what’s to come.”
“I can’t contain my excitement at a genre collaboration between classic, which is the foundation of music, and pop which is strongly tied to Shibuya. I think I’m going to start feeling tense at getting to perform alongside everyone in the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra and singers of all different kinds of music. We don’t have a lot of freedom today during the pandemic, but I will work my hardest so that I can deliver love through music from the city of Shibuya.”
“My chest roars and having the opportunity to perform along side Japan’s oldest and longest-running Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra at the legendary Orchard Hall. It’s my first time experiencing singing with an orchestra, so I’m looking forward to seeing how the songs will be structured, and how my voice will sound, when we do it.”
Tokyu Musix Challenge
Date: May 7, 2021
Time: Doors 17:30 / Start 18:30 / End 20:00
Venue: Bunkamura Orchard Hall
Address: 2-24-1 Dogenzaka, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Price: ¥7,000 (Tax Included)
Buy Tickets: https://l-tike.com/st1/tokyu_musix_challenge
Tokyu Musix Challenge Official Website: https://tokyu-musix-c.com
Solve Mysterious in Tokyo While Walking Around Asakusa in This New IRL Game
14.April.2021 | SPOT
Japanese IRL mystery game production company Haregake is launching a new game in collaboration with Cosmos Hotel Management who are known for managing the apartment hotel chain MIMARU. MIMARU Tokyo Asakusa STATION, a new branch, is set to open on April 22.
This game will take place around Asakusa in Tokyo and can be played by couples, families, and groups. The event is being carried out with all necessary COVID-19 safety measures in place and aims to get people learning more about the wonders of Asakusa with a game that incorporates elements of the district’s traditional buildings, culture, and more. It’s a chance to sightsee around one of Tokyo’s most iconic areas while solving puzzles at the same time.
The game kit can be bought at the vending machine inside MIMARU Tokyo Asakusa STATION when it opens later this month. It includes the story, which you can read below, and everything you need to get yourself started. There’s also no time limit, so players can take as long as they like while they enjoy the sights.
The Game’s Story
“I want you to find the treasure of Asakusa for me.”
So says the request that finds its ways to you – you, who are a detective.
A certain wealthy individual once resided in Asakusa.
He left a letter behind, and now this letter is in your hands.
“This map – perhaps it shows the location of this treasure.”
Will you be able to locate the treasure resting in Asakusa?
Head on out and solve the mystery as you walk around the district.
Asakusa Detective Game: The Secrets of the Millionaire’s Forgotten Letter
Japanese Game Name: 浅草街歩き探偵録〜富豪の残した手紙の秘密〜
Start Date: April 22, 2021 (Not a limited-time event, will be held permanently)開
Start Point: MIMARU Tokyo Asakusa Station
Address: 2-20-4 Kaminarimon, Taito-ku, Tokyo, 111-0034
Official Website: https://nazotoki.mimaruhotels.com/