Archive for November, 2007

JT Cafe – Smoker’s Paradise

Monday, November 26th, 2007

jt cafe JT Cafe   Smoker’s Paradise

Here is a good place in Shibuya to relax, have a drink and smoke. As more and more areas crack down on where you can smoke, here is one place that you can without offending others. There are drink machines and also a CD corner, so you can drink, smoke and listen to music.

Entry is free, but you must show identification that you are over 20 years old.
7 days a week.
Weekdays: 13:00〜20:00
JT Cafe Map

Only for Scientific Research

Monday, November 19th, 2007

For those who have been following the story about Japanese resuming large hunt of whales, including humpbacks, here is something to chew on. Did you know that there is a large whale restaurant right in the heart of Shibuya? While many restaurants serve whale meat, they are a bit discreet about it. But not this restaurant. It’s called Kujira-ya which translates to “whale shop.” Wonder what the prices are and if the meat come fresh from the lab. I wonder what they serve for dessert.

Hotels & Service Apartments

Saturday, November 17th, 2007

Here is a list of some of the hotels and service apartments in Tokyo for those on a short term stay.

Akasaka Residential Hotel
Oakwood Residence Akasaka

The President Hotel
Hotel Asia Center of Japan
Oakwood Residence Aoyama

APA Hotel Nishi-Azabu
Hotel Mentels
International House of Japan
Oakwood Residence Azabujuban

Mercure Hotel Ginza Tokyo

Serviced Apartments Azabu Court

The Ritz-Carlton Tokyo
Grand Hyatt Tokyo
HOTEL Villa Fontaine Roppongi
Arca Torre Hotel
Hotel IBIS
the b roppongi
Asahi Roppongi Mansion
Oakwood Apartments Roppongi Central
Oakwood Premier Tokyo Midtown
Oakwood Residence Roppongi T-Cube
Pacific Tower Roppongi
Roppongi Hills Residence D
Somerset Roppongi

Shibuya Excel Hotel Tokyu
Tokyu Stay Shibuya Shin-minamiguchi
Hotel Mets Shibuya
Shibuya Tokyu Inn
Shibuya City Hotel
Sanyo Kaikan

Takanawa Executive Suite APARTMENTS 33

Keio Plaza Hotel

Sheraton Miyako Hotel Tokyo

Jazz Vocalist Rie FURUSE performs at JZ-Brat

Sunday, November 11th, 2007

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Vocalist Rie FURUSE will perform at JZ-Brat on THU 11/29.
Rie’s performance will emphasise her vocal expertise and also introduce backing vocals.

You will be dazzled by Jazz (Pop-Jazz/Standard-Jazz), Funk, Latin and popular music with beautiful vocal harmonies. And, of course, some of the top musicians in town including Philip Woo will support her performance.

Philip has toured and recorded with Patti Labelle, Roberta Flack, Kenny G, Cyndi Lauper, Gladys Knight & the Pips, The Four Tops,Whitney Houston and many more.

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Vocals: Rie FURUSE – She’s been studying with the renowned vocalist, Diva Gray (a former member of Chic).
She has worked with the pianist Rafael Alcala (known for his work with Manhattan Transfer) and the famed lyricist Chris Mosdell (Sarah Brightman, Eric Clapton).
Rie had a successful tour in Hawaii earlier this year and she will have a tour in Hong Kong next year.
She is getting well established on the world stage.

Piano/Keybord: Philip Woo – He’s known for his work with such as Patti Labelle, Roberta Flack, Kenny G, Cyndi Lauper, Gladys Knight & the Pips, The Four Tops, Whitney Houston and many more.

Bkg Vocals; Sayuri & Kumico – Grand Prix for [Woman's A cappella Audition] presented by SONY Music Artists.
And they sang for a compilation CD “A cappella album” (Toshiba EMI).

Bass: Keith Williamson
Drums: Tomoo Tsuruya


Date : 11/29 Thu.
Venue : JZ-Brat (5mins. walk from Shibuya stn. South Exit. Cerulean
- URL :
- TEL : 03-5728-0168
- Access : [EG] [JP]

Shows : Doors Open 17:30
1st / Start 19:00 – 20:00
2nd / Start 20:30 – 21:30
Music Charge : 4,200 yen (The music charge covers both shows.)
Members : Rie FURUSE (vo) Philip Woo (p) Keith Williamson (b)
Tomoo Tsuruya (ds) Sayuri & Kumico (bkg vo)

*Reservation, inquiry : Bookings are made on a “First come, first served”, so please reserve soon to get a good seat!
JZ-Brat (TEL : 03-5728-0168)

*Rie’s Official Web-site





Vocals: 古瀬 里恵 (Rie FURUSE) – 今年の4月に自身のハワイツアーを行い、地元有力紙「Star Bulletin」他メディアで紹介される。
現在、シックのオリジナルメンバーDiva Grayに師事し、グローバルな活動をしている。

Piano/Keybord: フィリップ・ウー (Philip Woo) – ロバータ・フラック、シンディ・ローパー、ケニー・G、ホイットニー・ヒューストン、

Bkg Vocals; Sayuri & Kumico – SONY MUSIC ARTISTS主催の[Woman's A cappella Audition]で

Bass: キース・ウィリアムス (Keith Williamson)

Drums: 鶴谷 智生 (Tomoo Tsuruya)


Date : 11/29 (木)

Venue : JZ-Brat(渋谷駅南口より徒歩5分、東急セルリアンホテル内)

- URL :

- TEL : 03-5728-0168

- Access : [EG] [JP]

Shows : Open 17:30
1st / Start 19:00 – 20:00
2nd / Start 20:30 – 21:30

Music Charge : 4,200 yen(通し可)

Members : 古瀬 里恵 (vo) Philip Woo (p) Keith Williamson (b) Tomoo Tsuruya (ds) Sayuri & Kumico (bkg vo)

*ご予約、お問い合わせ : お席はご予約順の決定となります。お早めのご予約をお勧め致します。
JZ-Brat (TEL : 03-5728-0168)

*Rie’s Official Web-site

2016 Olympics in Tokyo?

Friday, November 2nd, 2007

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If you happen to be around Yoyogi Park these days, you’d notice the Tokyo Government’s drive to have the 2016 Olympics hosted in Tokyo. Above are some photos of promotions inside the park, near Harajuku Gate. There is also an Olympic Commemoration Dormitory near the gate, which is the original one used by athletes from the Netherlands during the 1964 Olympics.

Despite the bid, I found a translation mistake on one of the signs about the 1964 Olympic held in Tokyo. Take a look. The Japanese post has 1964, which is correct, but the English one shows 1946. If you are facing the dormitory, the sign will be to the left of it and further back, near the trees. Here is a map of Yoyogi Park for reference→Yoyogi Park Map

Other cities bidding for the Olympics are Madrid, Prague, Chicago, Doha (Qatar), Baku (Azerbaijan) and Rio de Janeiro.