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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/