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Android:What is Human?, Miraikan

The exhibition will be a unique and rare event which will provide visitors with the opportunity to communicate with and operate android robots, while shedding light on the attributes of humans in contrast with those of robots.

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location:
2-3-6 Aomi, Koto-ku, Tokyo

via:
http://www.miraikan.jst.go.jp/en/

Namio Harukawa Art

Osaka artist Namio Harukawa is known for drawings of dominant women sitting on the faces of weak and submissive men.
The women are generously proportioned and their rounded figures overwhelm the small men. Their faces remain aloof yet pleased.

via:
http://www.akatako.net/catalog/japanese-artists/namio-harukawa

Green Tea Cup Ring Black Plate

This is soooo cute! It is a cup of “ocha” or green tea. It is just like the green tea you get at sushi restaurants as these restaurants usually use bagged tea. You can see the little bag in the tea! It is sitting on a cute black plate with flowers.

It is on a silver tone adjustable band that will fit most ring sizes. It measures about 2.5 cm wide (1 inch) and 2 cm high (.8 inches).

SouZouCreations’ products are made with attention to detail, creativity and long lasting dependability.

These products are constructed with many types of plastic, glass, metal, ceramic and much more. They are not expensive pieces but are meant to be fun and beautiful.

SouZouCreations’ products are created to be worn on special occasions – fun times or to add a little bling to any outfit.

via:
https://www.etsy.com/listing/73185700/green-tea-cup-ring-black-plate

InterMix PARTY 2014, Roppongi Hills Arena

Festival in Roppongi Hills!
You know its summer in the city when the outdoor music festivals start.
Keep up with the latest event information in Japan

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via:
http://t.clubberia.com/ja/events/224812-Ray-Ban-InterMix-Party-2014/
http://www.eyescream.jp/news-all/rayban-intermix-2014

location:

6-10-1, Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo

Bay Side, Odaiba

If Tokyo had a Coney Island it would be Odaiba.
Ride the ferris wheel for views of Tokyo Bay, take in a concert at Zepp Tokyo or have a picnic in the beach.
And, Gundam of full scale has been standing here.

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via:
http://www.japan-guide.com/e/e3008.html
http://gundamfront-tokyo.com/jp/floorguide/gundam.php

location:

1-1-10 Diver City Tokyo, Aomi, Koto-ku, Tokyo

CLUB 328, NishiAzabu

You’ll spot 328’s large neon sign from the Nishi-Azabu crossing. A real veteran of the club scene, it opened way back in 1979. Expect a mix of genres, from soul to dance classics, and an older crowd. On Saturday the focus turns to rare groove, and 328 gets packed (it’s small), so arrive early. It usually stays open past midnight on weekends.

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Kawasaki Kanamara Festival

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As spring comes and flowers bloom thoughts turn to love.
Attracting tourists from around the world , the Kawasaki Kanamara festival celebrates the organs of generation. Combining modern twists with a traditional aesthetic, it’s a uniquely Japanese celebration that is not to be missed.

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There is no stronger celebration of the Japanese joystick than Kawasaki’s Kanamara Matsuri (Festival of the Iron Phallus). Despite smirks and giggles from Westerners, this is no Fantasy Fest: it’s an ancient tradition that serves as a celebration of (and prayer for) fertility, long marriages and healthy births, and a way to promote awareness about sexually transmitted diseases, most importantly HIV.

location:
金山神社(Kanayama Shrine)
2-13-16 Daishi Ekimae
Kawasaki Ward, Kawasaki, Kanagawa

via:
http://www.fest300.com/festivals/kanamara-matsuri

EAGLE, Yotsuya

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Eagle is really the prototypical jazz cafe.

「いーぐる」は、今では珍しくなったジャズ喫茶です。

開店から夕方6時までは、じっくりとジャズを楽しんでいただくため、店内ではお静かにお聴きくださるようお願いいたしております。

そして、6時以降はジャズファンのみなさま、そして、ジャズに関心をお持ちの多くの方々が気軽にジャズを楽しめるよう、ビール、ウィスキー、ワインなどを飲みつつ 、楽しく語り合えるジャズバーに変身いたします。

おつまみ類も、各種パスタはじめ、自家製チリビーンズやミートパイ、キッシュ、生ハムなど、各種取り揃えております。

location:
1-8, Yotsuya, Shinjuku-Ku, TOKYO

via:
http://www.jazz-eagle.com/information.html

Cherry blossom, Shibuya and Yoyogi

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Cherry blossom viewing in Shibuya and Yoyogi :
Time is of the essence if you want to see them while you are in Tokyo.

NISHIKIGOI

Ornamental nishikigoi (“brocaded” carp) swim serenely around a large tank. Their names highlight their distinctive colors. Red-and-white Kohaku evokes the Hinomaru (Japanese flag). Taisho Sanshoku and Showa Sanshoku feature black, red, and white spots. Yamabuki Kogane shimmers like gold.

Developed in Japan, nishikigoi are a unique type of domesticated koi bred for decorative enjoyment and raised with aquafarming. This culture — which pays meticulous attention to colors and patterns — originated in an old Yamakoshi village in Niigata Prefecture during the 19th century. Nishikigoi were first exhibited at the Tokyo Expo in 1914, sparking popular interest and creation of many varieties that Japanese people know and love.

Recently, sophisticated transportation enables nishikigoi export to overseas countries. Nishikigoi have become status symbols of affluence even among enthusiasts outside Japan, and are gradually spreading around the globe.

via:
http://www.koikoimatsuda.jp/en/
https://www.ana-cooljapan.com/shopping/movie/nishikigoi/?cid=INT13011201

TATTOO STOCKINGS

Japanese girls have no qualms about showing off their gams, and while Shibuya-fashion girls tend to stick to bare legs, the Harajuku fashion set likes to cover up, usually with tights. So the tights/stocking obsession in Japan is still a big one, ​and since it’s summer the tattoo stockings are all over the streets.

日本人の女の子たちは、すらりと伸びた自分の足をさらけ出すことを気にとがめない。それと同時に渋谷ファッションの女の子たちは、生足にこだわる傾向がある。対して原宿ファッションの子たちは隠したがる。たいていタイツを履いていたり。そう。まだまだ日本では、タイツやストッキングのレッグウェアが大人気。それから夏以来、タトゥーストッキングがストリートの至る所で爆発中。

via:
http://www.tokyofashiondiaries.com/
http://unusjapan.ocnk.net/

Tonkatsu Maisen, Omotesando

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Tonkatsu is a breaded and deep fried pork cutlet, usually served with a thick, tangy sauce (“Tonkatsu sauce”), shredded cabbage, and miso soup. Inspired by European cuisine, it first appeared in the late 1800′s in a Western-food restaurant in Ginza, Tokyo.

These days, Maisen in Tokyo is pretty universally acknowledged as one of the best tonkatsu houses in the city. Their signature dish is the kurobuta tonkatsu (literally “black pork,” also known as Berkshire pork in the US). Kurobuta is known for its high fat content and intense, juicy flavor.

The restaurant is uniquely situated inside a former World War II public bathhouse. In fact, the main dining room (pictured above) was once the changing room, complete with some of the original architectural details in the high ceilings.

location:
4-8-5, jingumae, shibuya-ku, Tokyo

via:
http://mai-sen.com/
http://terinaandtim.blogspot.jp/2013/03/maisen-tonkatsu.html
http://www.tinyurbankitchen.com/2011/04/maisen.html

Department H, Tokyo Kinema Club

Go to the Underground.
Explore Tokyo’s subcultures at Department H .
Learn about the dark side of Tokyo’s subculture in Uguisudani every first Saturday of the month … if you dare :)

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HP:
TOKYO KINEMA CLUB
http://www.kinema.jp/

location:
1-1-14 6F, negishi, taito-ku, Tokyo
東京都台東区根岸1-1-14 6F

Dirty Dancing in Tokyo

March 26th in Shinjuku.

Here are the details:

Event Title: Dirty Dancing in Tokyo Featuring 3 dancers
Location: Bliss-out Shinjuku
Address: Shinjuku L. Bluilding, B-1, 1-10-1 Kabuki-cho Shinjuku
Date: March 26th
Time: 7 pm – 10 pm Door open 7
First show starts: 7:30
Ladies Entrance Fee: 3,500 Free Food and Drinks
2 Prize Drawings 1 Special Drawing I hope you can come.
Contact no: 03-6457-6169 or 090-6127-2973 ask for Tony

Nekoya, Yotsuya

Shamisen store “Nekoya” (in Yotsuya). Shamisen is made by the cat skin.

location:
3-6-4, yotsuya, shinjuku-ku, Tokyo

the Hachiko

A Dog's LifeAny visit to Tokyo must include a visit to the Hachiko exit of Shibuya station. With the busiest intersection in the world, the statue of the eponymous Hachiko has become a byword for faithfulness .

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Disco -Nail Salon, Shibuya

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The majority of what passes for nail art in Tokyo starts to seem very wan indeed after you’ve encountered the work of Nagisa Kaneko. The owner of Disco nail salon acts like a graffiti artist working in miniature, using gels to create detailed illustrations and more abstract designs, where the only limit seems to be her imagination and her customer’s budget (an hour session costs a cool ¥9,450).

location:
1-14-9-3F jinnan, shibuya-ku, tokyo

via:
http://ameblo.jp/nagicoco/
http://www.disco-tokyo.com/gallery/

Robot Resutaurant, Shinjuku

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Every night in a basement in Shinjuku’s Kabukicho district, bikini-clad women stage mock battles using enormous robots – though it’s more steroid-enhanced fairground attraction than modern-day Gundam. Fitted out at a cost of ¥10 billion, Robot Restaurant looks like something straight out of Gaspar Noé’s Enter the Void, all migraine-inducing neon, video screens and mirrors.

location:
shinjuku robot building B2, 1-7-1 kabukicho, shinjuku-ku, tokyo

via:
http://news.3yen.com/2013-03-29/cruel-shoes-in-japan/
http://www.robot-restaurant.com/

KAMON

In the Muromachi period and the following Warrior Society (15c-16c), the shape of the family emblem became more abstract and refined than before. At the same time, these family emblems came to be used by the warrior class as heraldic markings. They played a significant role in the warrior society of that time. You may have seen scenes in some movies of battle flags with family emblems waving over the battle field, or of a group of soldiers sitting on benches surrounded by encampment curtains with a family emblem.

By the Edo period (17c-19c), at the height of the feudal era, the use of these emblems was established throughout Japan. What heraldry eventually became in Japan was a system of family emblems–the use of a distinctive mark as a symbol of one’s family name. During the Edo period, the haori, a half-length coat, was popularized as a formal garment. The standardization of these garments led to the final formalization of the design of family emblems since they were now displayed on official garments used in formal settings.

The family emblem played a significant role as a symbol of lineage. The design of most family emblems was emphasized by enclosing them in a circle. Among the lower classes, it became popular to wear emblems showing a family mark similar to those used by upper-class families. Lower-class families devised many kinds of emblems resembling those used by the upper classes. They even developed a new style of their own. These emblems seem to have served as a sort of business card.

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via:
http://www.order-noren.com/guide/kamon.html
http://www.asgy.co.jp/anglais/whatskamon/history.html

MILONGA Nueva, Jinbocho

Off an alley parallel to Yasukuni-dōri, this wonderfully retro Euro cafe plays old tango tunes on the sound system and serves up blends like Kilimanjaro coffee for ¥650.

location:
1-3 kandajinbocho, chiyoda-ku, tokyo

via:
http://mabumaro.com/jpg/Cafe/nueva/nueva.html

Tokyo Skytree

Tokyo Skytree’s name and design concept is described by the developer as, “The creation of city scenery transcending time: A fusion of traditional Japanese beauty and neo-futuristic design”.

location:
1-1-2 Oshiage, Sumida-ku, Tokyo

via:
http://www.archdaily.com/240519/tokyo-skytree-now-the-worlds-largest-telecom-tower/1-800/
http://www.tokyo-skytree.jp/en/

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Omotesando Koffee, Omotesando

Omotesando Koffee is a quaint coffee shop located in a residential neighborhood between Omotesando and Gaienmae. It’s literally someone’s home which has been converted into a coffee shop, but it serves playful and delicious coffee. The very minimal zen-like decor and well designed space makes this one of those places you’ll definitely want to try if you’re a coffee lover.

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location:
4-15-3 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo

via:
http://foodfile.typepad.com/blog/2011/09/my-entry.html
http://ooo-koffee.com/about/

Ghibli Museum, Mitaka

When you walk along Kichijoji Avenue, in the shade of the tall green trees of Mitaka’s Inokashira Park, you come upon a colorful building. Standing in front of a sign that says “Ghibli Museum, Mitaka”, a very large Totoro welcomes you at the entrance. When you look through the portholes, soot-black Dust Bunnies are there as well.

location:
1-1-83 shimorenjaku,mitaka-shi,tokyo

via:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/cheishichiyo/5246065176/
http://www.ghibli-museum.jp/en/

Zauo Fishing Restaurant

Zauo Restaurant in Tokyo, Japan.
A boat surrounded by a large sea pool in the middle of the bustling Tokyo. Very original and challenging for its customers, the restaurant will make its patrons to catch their dinner by themselves.

location:
shinjuku washington hotel 1F, 3-2-9 nishishinjuku, shinjuku-ku, Tokyo

via:
http://yabbedoo.wordpress.com/tag/nyotaimori/

OJIGI (bowing)

Ojigi (bowing) is an essential part of Japanese daily life. People bow when saying hello, thanking someone, apologizing, saying good-bye and introducing themselves. Although shaking hands (akushu) has become accepted as a form of greeting, many Japanese still are not used to it.

“最敬礼 文部省制定『昭和の国民礼法』 昭和17年 帝国書籍協会版より 【説明】最敬礼は先ず姿勢を正し、正面に注目し、状態を徐に前に傾けると共に手は自然に下げ、指尖(ゆびさき)が膝頭の辺に達するのを度(45度)としてとどめ、凡そ一息の後、徐に元の姿勢に復する。殊更に頸を屈したり、膝を折ったりしないようにする。”

via:
http://www.pinterest.com/pin/432838214158719996/