Things to do this week in Tokyo Wednesday January 22nd- Sunday January 26th

This week’s hottest events, gigs, films, festivals and more

Salon du Chocolat 2014

Wed Jan 22 – Mon Jan 27, 2014 Isetan Main Building 6F, 7F Event Plaza
Salon du Chocolat 2014
With Valentine’s Day just a few weeks off, Tokyo’s most indulgent romantics will be heading to Shinjuku Isetan to stock up on fancy choccies at this year’s Salon du Chocolat. Now into its 12th year, the Tokyo incarnation of Paris’s famous chocolate trade show bears little relation to its French forebear: gone are the free samples, workshops and chocolate fashion shows, replaced by what more closely resembles a department store food court on the first day of the New Year sales. If you don’t mind braving the crowds, though, there’ll be a range of exotic, hard-to-find treats on offer from the likes of world-famous chocolatiers Patrick Roger and Oriol Balaguer – and look out for the Japan debuts of Thierry Bamas and David Capy.

Details

Open Jan 22-27 2014

Time 10am-8pm (Jan 27 until 6pm)

Venue Isetan Main Building 6F, 7F Event Plaza

Address 3-14-1 Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo

Transport Shinjuku-Sanchome station (Marunouchi, Shinjuku lines), exits B3, B4, B5 or Shinjuku station (Yamanote, Chuo lines), east exit; (Oedo line), exit 1.

Savages

Wed Jan 22, 2014 Liquidroom
Savages

Get in touch with your savage side. They only launched their debut album in 2013, but already this punk revival quartet from London has played at impressive venues including David Lynch’s exclusive Paris nightclub, Silencio. Japan saw them at Fuji Rock ’13, and now Savages are back for a more intimate affair at the legendary Liquidroom.

Details

Open Wed Jan 22

Time doors 6pm, show 7pm

Venue Liquidroom

Address 3-16-6 Higashi, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo

Transport Ebisu station (Yamanote, Hibiya lines), west exit.

Yoji Yamada Retrospective

Until Wed Jan 22, 2014 National Film Centre Main Hall
Yoji Yamada
Celebrating Yoji Yamada’s 50 years as director, the National Film Centre presents a retrospective of the decorated auteur’s work. A total of 54 films will be screened, ranging from Yamada’s first movie ‘Nikai no Tanin’ to 20 films from the ‘Tora-san’ series, as well as more recent works like ‘Twilight Samurai’. The director himself will also give a talk on December 3 (from 5pm, following the 4pm screening).

Details

Open Dec 3-Jan 22 2014 (closed Mon, Dec 28-Jan 6)

Time See schedule

Admission ¥500, students & seniors ¥300, schoolchildren ¥100

Telephone 03 5777 8600

Venue National Film Centre Main Hall

Address 3-7-6 Kyobashi, Chuo-ku, Tokyo

Transport Kyobashi station (Ginza line), exit 1.

Haim

Thu Jan 23, 2014 Shibuya Club Quattro
Haim
These three sisters took Fuji Rock by storm last summer, and are now back in Japan to promote their critically acclaimed debut studio album, ‘Days Are Gone’. The LA-based trio’s music combines folky rock with R&B influences, an eclectic style that’s been widely praised in industry circles on both sides of the Atlantic. Hop on the fast-moving bandwagon and check out these rising stars at Shibuya’s Club Quattro.

Details

Open Thu Jan 23 2014

Time doors 6pm, show 7pm

Admission Adv ¥5,000

Telephone 03 3499 6669

Venue Shibuya Club Quattro

Address 5F, 32-13-4 Udagawacho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo

Transport Shibuya Station (Yamanote, Ginza, Hanzomon, Fukutoshin, Denentoshi, Tokyu Toyoko, Keio Inokashira lines), Hachiko exit

Meguro Gajoen Hyakudan Kaidan Festival

Fri Jan 24 – Mon Mar 3, 2014 Meguro Gajoen 100 Steps Staircase
Meguro Gajoen Hyakudan Kaidan Festival
Meguro Gajoen’s celebration of Hinamatsuri, or Girls’ Day, has become a popular yearly occurrence. This year features hina dolls from Kyushu, highlighting the region’s strong traditions in marking this special day. Marvel at the various accessories required in constructing the perfect seven-tieredhina-dan platform, and take the opportunity to learn more about this centuries-old custom.

Details

Open Jan 24-Mar 3 2014

Time 10am-6pm

Admission Adv ¥1,200, same-day ¥1,500, students ¥800

Telephone 03 5434 3140

Venue Meguro Gajoen 100 Steps Staircase

Address 1-8-1 Shimo Meguro, Meguro, Tokyo

Transport Meguro Station (JR Yamanote line, Tokyu Meguro line, Nanboku line, Mita line)

Independent feat. Darren Emerson

Fri Jan 24, 2014 Sound Museum Vision

Independent feat. Darren Emerson

Dance legend and former ‘Underworld’ member Darren Emerson returns to Shibuya’s Vision and kicks off 2014 for the ‘Independent’ party. Having focused on touring the world’s top clubs while managing his ‘Detone’ record label, Emerson has been a very busy man in recent years. Catch the globetrotting mix master tonight at this rare Japan appearance.

Details

Open Fri Jan 24

Time doors 11pm

Admission Women ¥3,000 (incl. one drink), men ¥3,500 (incl. one drink)

Venue Sound Museum Vision

Address 2-10-7 Dogenzaka, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo

Transport Shibuya Station (Yamanote, Shonan-Shinjuku, Ginza, Hanzomon, Fukutoshin, Denentoshi, Tokyu Toyoko, Keio Inokashira lines)

Jessy J

Fri Jan 24 – Sat Jan 25, 2014 Cotton Club
Jessy J
American saxophonist and singer-songwriter Jessy J is one of the hottest names in contemporary jazz right now, having mesmerised audiences all over the world ever since releasing her debut album ‘Tequila Moon’ in 2008. Her latest album included guest appearances by smooth jazz giants like Jeff Lorber, Norman Brown, and Jimmy Haslip, creating a fusion sound with R&B and latin elements that was well received by critics. These two nights of gigs at Cotton Club are the perfect opportunity to experience her soulful and energetic performance.

Details

Open Jan 24-25

Time Fri Jan 24: first show – doors 5pm, show 6.30pm; second show – doors 8pm, show 9pm. Sat Jan 25: first show – doors 4pm, show 5pm; second show – doors 6.30pm, show 8pm

Admission Table seat ¥6,800, box seats from ¥8,500

Venue Cotton Club

Address Tokyo Building Tokia 2F, 2-7-3, Marunouchi, Chiyoda, Tokyo, Japan

Transport Tokyo Station (JR Lines, Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Line : Marunouchi South Exit)

Guidance 9th Anniversary feat. Enzo Elia

Fri Jan 24, 2014 Amate-Raxi
Guidance 9th anniversary
Eclectic ‘Balearic Gabba’ member and Berlin native Enzo Elia joins the ‘Guidance’ crew at Shibuya’s Amate-Raxi for the ninth anniversary of this regular party, which looks like a must for friends of creative dance floor beats. Joining the headliner will be DJs like Altz, Kenji Takimi, and CMT.

Details

Open Fri Jan 24

Time doors 11pm

Admission ¥3,500 (incl. one drink), ¥3,000 with flyer

Venue Amate-Raxi

Address 3-26-16 Shibuya, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo

Transport Shibuya Station (Shonan-Shinjuku line), New South exit

Meewee Dinkee Exhibition (Second Stage)

Sat Jan 25 – Sun Jan 26, 2014 Maywa Denki Atelier
Meewee Dinkee Exhibition
Meewee Dinkee is the first fashion brand launched by the art unit Meiwa Denki and this is their second exhibition since the end of last year. Movie director and blogger Torico is the brand’s managing director and designer, with graphics done by Aruta Soup who returned to Japan in 2012 after working in London. Experience their unique perspective of the world, based on the concept of creating fashion from art.

Details

Open Jan 25-26 2014

Time Unconfirmed

Twitter maywadenki

Venue Maywa Denki Atelier

Address 3-14-30 Ebara, Shinagawa-ku, Tokyo

Transport Musashi-Koyama Station (Tokyu Meguro Line)

Pre-Raphaelites: Victorian Avant-Garde

Sat Jan 25 – Sun Apr 6, 2014 Mori Arts Center Gallery
Mori Arts Center Gallery
Having debuted at London’s Tate Britain in 2012, this epochal exhibition now comes to Tokyo and to the Mori Arts Center Gallery. The Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, formed in 1848 by John Everett Millais, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, and William Holman Hunt, challenged convention in Victorian Britain and endeavoured to overthrow the art orthodoxy of the time through a return to the classical roots of Italian 15th-century painting, renowned for its rich and complex form of expression. This show traces the evolution of the movement through 72 representative pieces.

Details

Open Jan 25-Apr 6

Time Daily 10am-8pm (Jan-Feb: Tue until 5pm)

Admission Adv ¥1,300, students ¥1,000, children ¥400; same-day ¥1,500, students ¥1,200, children ¥500

Telephone 03 5777 8600

Venue Mori Arts Center Gallery

Address 52F Mori Tower, 6-10-1 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo

Transport Roppongi Station (Hibiya, Oedo lines)

Classics feat. Jeru the Damaja

Sat Jan 25, 2014 Sound Museum Vision
Sound Museum Vision
Now housed at Shibuya’s Vision, the ‘Classics’ party has done the Tokyo club scene a huge service over these last eight years by flying the flag for true 90’s hip hop. Having already brought artists like The Beatnuts and DJ Jazzy Jeff to town, Classics now pulls an ace out of their sleeve and present the legendary Jeru the Damaja, one of the premier rappers of the 90’s New York scene, best known for his epoch-making 1994 album The Sun Rises in the East. DJ Southpaw Chop will also be playing during the night, and as usual, the Deep Space lounge will echo with 90’s R&B classics.

Details

Open Sat Jan 25

Time doors 11pm

Admission Women ¥3,000 (one drink incl.), men ¥3,500 (one drink incl.)

Venue Sound Museum Vision

Address 2-10-7 Dogenzaka, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo

Transport Shibuya Station (Yamanote, Shonan-Shinjuku, Ginza, Hanzomon, Fukutoshin, Denentoshi, Tokyu Toyoko, Keio Inokashira lines)

John Talabot: DJ-Kicks

Sat Jan 25, 2014 Air
John Talabot- DJ-Kicks
Can John Talabot do it again? His set at last year’s Sonar Sound was one of the highlights of that bash, but this ‘indie dance’ virtuoso now tries to make it two in a row when he comes to Daikanyama’s Air for a full three-hour set. His latest ‘DJ-Kicks’ album, released in autumn 2013, borrowed from genres ranging from 90’s deep house to Italo-disco, and won over critics worldwide. Talabot will be joined by DJs Moodman and Gonno for this gig, ensuring a night of delirium for all friends of electronic music.

Details

Open Sat Jan 25

Time doors 10pm

Admission ¥3,500 (¥3,000 with flyer), under-23s ¥2,000

Telephone 03 5784 3386

Venue Air

Address Hikawa Bldg B1F-B2F, 2-11 Sarugakucho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo

Transport Daikanyama station (Tokyu Toyoko line).

See ‘Diamond Fuji’

Fri Jan 24 – Thu Jan 30, 2014 Sunshine 60 Building Observatory
Diamond fuji
The phenomenon known as ‘Diamond Fuji’ occurs when sunset and sunrise align perfectly with the peak of Japan’s highest mountain, creating a mysterious, jewel-like image. This twice-a-year occurrence is best viewed from Sunshine City’s 60th-floor observatory, with its 360-degree views of Tokyo and surroundings. The exact date for the first ‘diamond’ is January 27, but the effect can be seen a few days before and after that as well. Don’t miss the opportunity completely though – you’ll have to wait until the middle of November for the next alignment.

Details

Open Jan 24-30

Time 10am-9.30pm

Admission ¥620, schoolchildren ¥460, seniors ¥500

Venue Sunshine 60 Building Observatory

Address 3-1-1 Higashi-Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo

Transport Ikebukuro station (Yamanote line), east exit; (Marunouchi, Yurakucho lines), exit 35 or Higashi-Ikebukuro station (Yurakucho line), exit 2.

Ueda Shoji & Jacques Henri Lartigue: Play with Photography

Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography
This exhibition explores the work of Ueda Shoji and Jacques Henri Lartigue, two photographers who shared a lifelong delight in the essence of amateur photography. In other words, the joy of simply taking snapshots of the world around them. Both became giants in their field at a time when modern photography was reaching maturity, and even though their individual work contrasts Japanese and French culture, as a whole their work poses one question: what is the human significance of photography?

Details

Open Nov 23-Jan 26 2013

Time Tue-Wed, Sat-Sun 10am-6pm; Thu-Fri 10am-8pm
Closed Mon

Admission Adults ¥700, university students ¥600, high school/junior high school students and over 65s ¥500

Telephone 03 3280 0099

Venue Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography

Address Ebisu Garden Place, 1-13-3 Mita, Meguro-ku, Tokyo

Transport Ebisu station (Yamanote line), east exit; (Hibiya line), exit 1.

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