Archive for April, 2008

9th Annual TELL Charity Walk & Runathon

Wednesday, April 30th, 2008

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Tokyo English Life Line (TELL) will hold their annual TELL Charity run this Saturday (May 3) . TELL is a nonprofit organization and has been providing free phone counseling, professional one-on-one counseling and educational workshops since 1973. Many organizations and companies will field teams this Saturday. Donations go to TELL so they can continue to offer their fine services.

Time: Registration from 8:30am
5km Walk at 9:50am
5km Run at 10:00am
10km run at 10:10am
Location: Imperial Palace
Meet next to Hanzomon Gate (From Hanzomon Stn. Exit 3). Next to police station.
Event Website: TELL Runathon/Walkathon
Cost: 4500 yen donation at the event

Gen Okamoto Exhibition at Pio

Wednesday, April 30th, 2008

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The provocative works of Gen Okamato ( will be on display at Pio (, GMAP Code 7773) from May 3 to June 2, 2008. An opening party will be held on May 3rd, with Dake & Zono ( performing captivating Bossa Nova. Feel free to drop by anytime between 7 pm and midnight (cover charge: 1,000 yen with one drink). Those who can’t make it to the opening party, please stop by for lunch or dinner another day. The exhibition will last until June 2.

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Gen Okamoto was born in Tokyo in ’76 and moved to Hollywood in ’95 to study graphic design, where he won numerous scholarships. While in Hollywood, he created poster illustration for the Metro subway. Gen graduated from college in ’99 and returned to Japan in 2002 . He has since participated in solo/group exhibitions, and designed eye-catching posters and commuter passes for the Tokyo Metro. He has recently held exhibitions in China, the Czech Republic and New York, and did a photo shoot in Prague. He is now gearing up for a one-month-long exhibition of both old and new copperplate prints at Pio, a cozy Spanish bar in Ebisu. Gen Okamoto’s striking copperplate prints of wistful but melancholy beauties are both sophisticated and sensual.
(See for more about Gen)

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Location: Pio
Date: May 3rd (Sat)
Time: 19:00 to midnight
Charge: 1,000yen cover charge including one drink

Costco locations

Monday, April 28th, 2008

One of the most requested maps have been the Costco stores. So, by popular demand, here are the ones in the Kanto Region.

Costco Makuhari
Costco Tamasakai
Costco Kawasaki
Costco Kanazawa Seaside
Costco Iruma (opened April 4)

Which is the most conveniently located? Of course it depends on where you live, but check out the latest Costco in Iruma, Saitama. It is located next to Mitsui Outlet Park, which opened on April 10th, and is the largest shopping complex in Kanto.

Chick Corea and Hiromi Uehara Live in Budokan

Saturday, April 26th, 2008

Legendary Jazz pianist Chick Corea and rising jazz pianist/composer star Hiromi Uehara will perform duets in Budokan on April 30 (Wednesday) at 7pm. Enjoy a cool night of jazz as we head into Golden Week.

Location mapNippon Budokan

Tickets: 7,350yen and 8,400yen. 03-5720-9999 (Hot Stuff Promotion). You can also buy tickets through PIA, E+, CN and at Lawson Convenience Stores.

Chick Corea Website
Hiromi Uehara Website

Chick and Hiromi Live in Budokan


Wednesday, April 23rd, 2008

World-renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma will be performing with the Silk Road Ensemble at Suntory Hall on April 27. This is a quote from Yo-Yo Ma about the Silk Road Ensemble.
“In 1998, I founded the Silk Road Project to study the ebb and flow of ideas among different cultures along the Silk Road, illuminating the heritages of its countries and identifying the voices that represent these traditions today. Through this journey of discovery, the Silk Road Project hopes to plant the seeds of new artistic and cultural growth, and to celebrate living traditions and musical voices throughout the world.” – Yo-Yo Ma

Here are the details.

Vc:Yo-Yo Ma
Kamancheh:Kayhan Kalhor
Pipa:Wu Man
Sheng:Wu Tong
Shakuhachi:Kojiro Umezaki
K.Kalhor(Arr.Ljova)/’Mountains are Far Away’, Silk Road Suite
Z.Jiping/’Sacred Cloud Music’, Silk Road Suite
/’Summer in the High Grassland’, Silk Road Suite
R.A.-Khalil/’Arabian Waltz’, Silk Road Suite
K.Kalhor(Arr.Ljova)/The Silent City
D.Y.-Yanovsky/Three Movements of Paths of Parables
G.L.Frank/Ritmos Anchinos
S.Perapaskero(Arr.Golijov, Ljova)/Turceasca

Location: Suntory Hall’s Main Hall
Time: 19:00
Prices: S\20,000 A\17,000 B\13,000 C\9,000 D\6,000
Contact: The Music Plant 03-3466-2258
Yo-Yo Ma Website
Suntory Hall Website

Earth Day Tokyo 2008

Wednesday, April 16th, 2008

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Earth Day Tokyo 2008 will be held at Yoyogi Park Event Area this weekend (Sat-Sun 11:00-19:00). Last year’s event drew about 120,000 people, with 479 volunteers, 45 corporate sponsors and 376 groups. And it should be as large this year. The event is complete with performances, eco-friendly products, information on how to be kind to the planet, etc. Last year’s focus was on energy and food, and this year they will also add agriculture. This year’s theme is “Shift to Green.”

Above is a photo from last year. Hopefully the weather will cooperate on Saturday, but Sunday definitely looks like a good day. Here is a video provided from Earth Day homepage Earth Day Tokyo 2007 Video

Check out their site for more info
Yoyogi Park Event Area Map

Exhibitions around Town

Monday, April 14th, 2008

After a couple of weeks out in the parks to enjoy hanami, why not try some indoor entertainment? Of note are two exhibitions around town. Here they are.

Katsumi Watanabe: Nagashi no Shashin-ya Photo Exhibition 1965-2000 at The Watari-Um Museum of Contemporary Art – Until Apr 20

La “Venere di Urbino.” Mito e imagine di una Dea dall’antichità al Rinascimento at The National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo – Until May 18

Darwin at National Museum of Nature and Science – Until June 22

The Museum: Renoir + Renoir exposition organisée avec le Musée d’Orsay. Painting at Bunkamura – Until May 6

Here is a list of galleries and museums around town. The list will continue to grow, so keep an eye on it. Gallery & Museum List

Outdoor 2008

Saturday, April 12th, 2008

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Japan Auto Camp Show will hold its Outdoor 2008 this weekend (Apr 12-13) at Yoyogi Park Event Area. It will be the 8th annual event by Japan Auto Camping Federation. There will be various presentations dealing with camping, including camping gear, camping cars, outdoor cooking, etc. There will even be a stage presentation.

81, 240 participated last year and they are expecting around 120,000 this year. If you are interested in camping, head on out there. The weather looks good on Saturday.

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Friday, April 11th, 2008



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Rie FURUSE sings at JZ-Brat!!

Friday, April 11th, 2008

rie furuse Rie FURUSE sings at JZ Brat!!

Tokyo based multi-genre vocalist Rie FURUSE will perform at JZ-Brat.
This time we’re blessed to have such a beautiful percussionist Yu Hatakeyama, she is active internationally, working with Yo-Yo Ma,
Joshi-Juni-Gakubo (Chinese famous pop instrumental orchestra), and also Japanese traditional artists etc.

As usual, we’ll play not only Jazz but also Funk, Fusion, Pops, Latin etc.
You’ll be amazed by this unique collaboration & stylish performance.
Come and enjoy this great gig!!

Here’s a couple of samples from previous gigs.


Date : 4/15 Tue.
Venue : JZ-Brat (5mins. walk from Shibuya stn. South Exit. Cerulean Tower)
- URL :
- TEL : 03-5728-0168
- Access : [EG] [JP]

Shows : Doors Open 17:30
Start at 20:00 (45mins show * 2 sets)

Music Charge : 4,200 yen (The music charge covers both sets.)
Members : Rie FURUSE (vo/pf) Kei Shibata (pf/key) Brent Nussey (b) Yu Hatakeyama (perc)

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

Rie FURUSE’s Official Web-site


東京在住のマルチジャンル・ボーカリスト古瀬 里恵のJZ-Bratライブ!!



Date : 4/15 Tue.
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 : Doors Open 17:30
Start at 20:00 (45mins show * 2 sets)
Music Charge : 4,200 yen(入替なし)
Members : 古瀬 里恵 (vo/pf) Kei Shibata (pf/key) Brent Nussey (b) はたけやま 裕 (perc)

*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