August 22, 2016

Weekly revue: 2016 weeks #32-33 (August 6 to 19)

Food: - Carne asada beef steak enchilada by Cactus Burrito (Kawasaki) at an event at Watering Hole, Yoyogi
- Corn, and mint & coriander hiyajiru (cold soups) at Tapir, Shin-Ōkubo
- Pork sandwich and croquant ice sandwich at Bird, Daikanyama

Carne asada beef steak enchilada Tapir Bird Daikanyama Bird Daikanyama

Music events: - I went to a DJ event feat. Sally Kubota, DJ Fukutake & friends at MeWe in Shibuya. Sally was selling some of his dead stock records (Les 5-4-3-2-1!) so I could grab the "Cutie Honey" 7" that I was missing, and even get an autograph! :) I also ran into Comoesta Yaegashi!


- We had the great opportunity to attend a concert by Agata Morio at "haretara sora ni mame maite" in Daikanyama. He was backed by a full band with guitar/banjo, bandolin, keyboards, bass and drums (Itoken!), and played several brand new songs. Despite not being very familiar with this great artist's repertory, it was a very enjoyable show!


- Then on a hot sunny day, I fled to Roppongi Hills to watch Shinovani perform their new song "onnanoko otokonoko" for the first time! Shinovani is the brand new unit of Shinohara Tomoe and Vanilla Beans! That's wonderful news as I'm a big fan of both! :) Their debut single will be released on September 28. Tomoe wrote the new song (bits can be heard here), and the single will include a cover of her own "kokoro no usagi" (from "Megaphone Speaks")! Can't wait!

- Pizzicato Five reissues of "Couples" and "Bellissima!", the two first albums, are coming on August 24! Actually Tower Records has exclusive vinyl editions that are even available in advance at Tower Records Shibuya only! Of course I grabbed both! That came with a ticket to a talk show with Konishi Yasuharu and Nagato Yoshirō (P5 manager in the Sony years, who also owned the legendary Pied Piper House record shop). That was very interesting!

Pied Piper House is revived on the 5th floor of Tower Records Shibuya for a limited time, and Nagato-san is often present. Rare early P5 memorabilia from his archive is now on display there to celebrate the reissues. I'll have to go back to take a closer look!

Pizzicato Five memorabilia at Pied Piper House (Tower Records Shibuya 5F) Pizzicato Five memorabilia at Pied Piper House (Tower Records Shibuya 5F) Pizzicato Five memorabilia at Pied Piper House (Tower Records Shibuya 5F)

Music release news: Especia, Sugar's Campaign, Perfume, kataomoi, Metafive

Especia "Mirage" Sugar's Campaign "mamagoto" Perfume "Cosmic Explorer" (2x12") kataomoi "Quiero V.I.P" Metafive "Metalive" (Blu-ray+CD)

Playlist: Hoshino Michiru, Nomiya Maki, Flin Flon, Halfby, hitomitoi, Tarte Tatin, etc.

HOSHINO Michiru "You Love Me" HOSHINO Michiru "A/W Collection ~anata to watashi no Collection~" NOMIYA Maki "What The World Needs Now Is Love" HOSHINO Michiru "E-I-E-N Voyage" Flin Flon "Dixie" + "Dixie (Version)" (12") + Bossanova "Hey, Sugar" Halfby "Innn Hawaii" hitomitoi "City Dive" Tarte Tatin "The Gutenberg Galaxy"

This week's video: Nomiya Maki "Un homme et une femme" en duo avec Yokoyama Ken de Crazy Ken Band

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August 7, 2016

Weekly revue: 2016 week #31 (July 30 to August 5)

Last week was my birthday! :) Lots of great food and fun times!

Food: - Curry lunch plate at Toranoko Shokudō, Shibuya
- Delicious aged sushi at Marufuku, Nishi-Ogikubo
- Some great ice cream at #UTTHF (Unable To Take Hot Food), an ice cream stand that keeps moving from a place to another. Check their Instagram ( for the latest info!
- Grasshopper (cucumber & mint sandwich), chicken tikka masala and world class brownie at Bespoque, Higashi-Nakano
- & many cakes here and there! :)

虎子食堂 (Toranoko Shokudō) #UTTHF ice cream 鮨 まるふく 鮨 まるふく
The Grass Hopper Chicken tikka masala World class brownie Pâtisserie Très Calme

Music event: - I went to see Kaji Hideki's first show of his 20th anniversary tour! It was held at Club Quattro in Shibuya, the perfect place for a Shibuya-kei kind of show! He played a bunch of songs covering his whole career but also many from his latest album "The Blue Boy" that I love! As always he gave a very energetic and powerful show. This time he was accompanied by the two of Koncos (TA-1 and Satō Hiroshi), Sister Jet's bassist Ōnari Yasushi) and keyboardist Simoryo (the chef cooks me). Simoryo's keys were especially great! There was a quick appearance by Kaseki Cider, for the song "Tropical Girl".


- A nice cassette tape player found its way home! I had been wanting one for a while especially because I had some unlistened tapes sitting around, and also because tapes seem to be gaining a bit of popularity again!

Music release news: Ishino Takkyu, Crazy Ken Band

Ishino Takkyu "Lunatique" Crazy Ken Band "Hong Kong Taxi"

Playlist: hitomitoi, bambino, 5th Garden, Kaji Hideki, Especia, Reina & The Blue Valentines

hitomitoi "Surfbank Social Club" bambino "With Pop" Especia "Carta" Reina & The Blue Valentines Once in a blue moon"

This week's videos:

Kaji Hideki "Heroes"

Kaji Hideki "Tropical Girl"

Especia "Savior"

Ishino Takkyu "Rapt In Fantasy (Radio Edit) Ver. 1"

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July 31, 2016

Weekly revue: 2016 week #30 (July 23 to 29)

Food: - Sri Lankan tea time at Ceylon Drop, Jinbōcho
- Mutton gyōza & more at Ajibō, Kanda
- Roast beef lunch at Gastropub Augustus, Shibuya
- Take out sandwiches at Dress no Take Out ten, Shibuya
- Friday late afternoon ice cream at Sunday Bake Shop, Hatsudai

Ceylon Drop Ceylon Drop 味坊 (Ajibō) 味坊 (Ajibō)
Augustus ドレスのテイクアウト店 (Dress no Take Out ten) Sunday Bake Shop on Friday

Music release news: Kinoco Hotel, "Nippon Samba", Uno Digital, sione, Negicco

Kinoco Hotel "Marianne no kakumei" Various Artists "Nippon Samba" Uno Digital "Weird Piece" (Download) sione "Golden Age" (Download) Negicco "Tea for Three" (2LP)

Playlist: Towa Tei, Nakatsuka Takeshi, Kaji Hideki, hitomitoi, Yukari Fresh

Towa Tei "Sunny" NAKATSUKA Takeshi "Eye" Kaji Hideki "Lollipop" hitomitoi "The Memory Hotel"

This week's videos:

Chinza Dopeness x Tamaki Roy x U-zhaan "Summer Jam '95" (Scha Dara Parr cover)

Kinoco Hotel "onedari Strange Love" (Short ver.)

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July 24, 2016

Weekly revue: 2016 week #29 (July 16 to 22)

Food: - Meatballs, curry and hummus at Piyototochat, Nishi-Ogikubo
- Chocolate cake and pineapple & coconut sorbet at Kies, Nishi-Ogikubo
- Tenpura, salad, etc. at Mag by Louise, Yoyogi-Uehara
- ... and more delicious food & fun times at a wonderful party!

ピヨトトシャ ピヨトトシャ Kies, Nishi-Ogikubo

Music event: I went to Reina & The Blue Valentines' in-store release event at Disk Union dues in Shinjuku. Their new album "Once in a blue moon" had just been released that day (I had got mine the day before when it hit the shelves). They played a nice set including several of my favorites from the new album, accompanied by bassist Nagaike Joe (Scoobie Do) and pianist/composer Ygal. That was a good show in a tiny-sized venue! Was it a coincidence that release day happened to be a full moon?!

Set list: Cosmopolitan / Tokyo Midnight Hour / konya wa Night Fever / Othello / warui onna
Encore: Romantic konya

Music release news: Tweedees, Tiakuh Jikang, microstar, "Bossa Brasilia 2016", "Aloha Exotica"

Tweedees "The Second Time Around" Taikuh Jikang "umitoyoru" microstar "She Got the Blues" Various Artists "Bossa Brasilia 2016" Various Artists "Aloha Exotica"

Playlist: Reina & The Blue Valentines, Misswonda, Negicco, Metafive, ...

Reina & The Blue Valentines "Lady or Girl?" Misswonda "In Flawless" Reina & The Blue Valentines Once in a blue moon" Negicco "Tea For Three" Metafive "Meta"

This week's video: Taikuh Jikang "Benaya Benaya"

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July 16, 2016

Weekly revue: 2016 week #28 (July 9 to 15)

Food: - Indian-style izakaya Yaruki, Nakano

やるき やるき

Music event: On Thursday, I went to see Kaji Hideki's in-store event at Tower Records Shinjuku, in promotion for latest album "The Blue Boy" released in May. The album is great! The event featured Kaseki Cider, who often contributes a few lyrics to Kaji-kun's albums. He was there to talk between the songs, and he also sang in duet on "shakunetsu shōjo" (from previous album "Ice Cream Man". A one-man live will be held on August 4 at Shibuya Quattro, part of a tour celebrating the 20th anniversary since his solo debut!

Set list: Hero wa kimi to boku / Melody / 5ji no Shibuya de / shakunetsu shōjo feat. Kaseki Cider

カジヒデキ & かせきさいだぁ

Exhibition: I dropped by HMV & Books's small gallery on the last day of an exhibition by Yoshioka Rina. The jacket of The Scooters' latest single "Make Her Mine" is one of her works that was selected by Shindō Mitsuo. Many of her paintings are inspired from movies, though other look like food (lots of curry!) ads. They all have a Showa kind of style, often with an erotic theme. I bought a small zine titled "Eat it" of food-themed works.

吉岡里奈の作品 吉岡里奈の作品 吉岡里奈の作品 吉岡里奈の作品

Music release news: Negicco, YeYe, Fujin Club, Nosa Reina

Negicco "Live & Life II Negicco 2016 Winter-Spring" (Blu-ray) YeYe "hito" Fujin Club "Fujin Color" Reina & The Blue Valentines "Once in a blue moon"

Playlist: Breakbot, Halfby, etc.

Breakbot "Still Waters" Halfby "Innn Hawaii"

This week's video: Fujin Club "taraibune ni notte"

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July 10, 2016

Weekly revue: 2016 week #27 (July 2 to 8)

Food: - Sunday morning cakes & coffee at Sunday Bake Shop, Hatsudai
- Dinner at flower shop snack Mag by Louise, Yoyogi-Uehara
- July curry & more at Tapir, Shin-Ōkubo

Sunday Bake Shop! Tapir Tapir
Tapir Tapir Tapir

Music event: This year again I went to the "oshare bon-odori" event presented by fashion designer Keita Maruyama on the rooftop of department store Isetan! Like last year, Nomiya Maki performed live, and this time she was accompanied by Yokoyama Ken (Crazy Ken Band)! Maki sang ondō versions of P5 songs "Tokyo wa yoru no 7ji" and "Sweet Soul Revue" (both were released on iTunes Japan a few days before), and also two new duets with Yokoyama Ken: "otoko to onna" (cover of "Un homme et une femme" to be included on Maki's new album coming out on August 31) and "T-jirō" (from Ken's next album to be released on August 3). The ondō versions were sung a bunch of times, maybe 4 times each, while the audience danced along the specially choreographed moves. The special cocktail was "Suica Soul Revue" (suica = watermelon), I had two. :) This fun event is the perfect cue for summer!

DJ Peli スイーカ・ソウル・レヴュー おしゃれ盆踊り
野宮真貴 & 横山剣 野宮真貴 & 横山剣 野宮真貴 & 横山剣

Music release news: lyrical school, Lucky Tapes

lyrical school "Summer Foundation" Lucky Tapes "Cigarette & Alcohol"

Playlist: hitomitoi, Crazy Ken Band, Latin Quarter, Sloppy Joe, Sugar's Campaign, "Idol bakari Pizzicato", "sob-a-mbient", Sunaga t Experience, Yakenohara, Dorian, Hoshino Michiru

hitomitoi "Surfbank Social Club" Crazy Ken Band "mō sukkari are nan dayone" Latin Quarter "Juicy Sunset Mix 2" Sloppy Joe "With Kisses Four" Sugar's Campaign "Friends" Various Artists "Idol bakari Pizzicato" Various Artists "sob-a-mbient" Concert "Headache & Heartburn" Sunaga t̀ Experience "A Letter from Allnighters" Dorian "midori" hitomitoi "The Memory Hotel"

This week's video: lyrical school "Summer Foundation" (in sync with fireworks!)

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July 3, 2016

Weekly revue: 2016 week #26 (June 24 to July 1)

Food: - Curry at Venu's South Indian Dining, Kinshichō
- Grilled corn & sandwiches at Café Habana Tokyo, Daikanyama
- Ice cream at Ouca Japanese Ice, Ebisu
- Curry at Tapir, Shin-Ōkubo

Venu's South Indian Dining Cafe Habana Tokyo, Daikanyama Japanese Ice Ouca
Tapir Tapir Tapir

Music event: - I went to see a DJ & talk event featuring Konishi Yasuharu! The event is part of the "JIA Talk" series, and was held at Kinchikuka Kaikan (Architect's House) in Gaienmae. The series started in 1976, and most often features non-architects to talk about what they do. Konishi-san presented music that influenced him since his childhood, chronogically! There was a time limit of two hours, and he could only share about half of what he had selected, still that was a wonderful and unique opportunity. I really wish there will be a 2nd part!


Music release news: Nomiya Maki, Perfume, Hoshino Michiru

Nomiya Maki "Tokyo wa yoru no 7ji (bon odori Version) / Sweet Soul Revue (bon odori Version)" (Download) Perfume "WE ARE Perfume -WORLD TOUR 3rd DOCUMENT" (Blu-ray/DVD) Hoshino Michiru "Love Me Again feat. ikkubaru" (CD+7")

Playlist: hitomitoi, Nakatsuka Takeshi, Bank, Towa Tei, Vanilla Beans, Philip Glass

hitomitoi "City Dive" NAKATSUKA Takeshi "Eye" Bank "True Tempo" Towa TEI "94-14 Covers" Vanilla Beans "Vanilla Beans V" Philip Glass "Songs From Liquid Days"

This week's video: Watch Nomiya Maki & Yokoyama Ken (Crazy Ken Band) live from last night! Only archived for one week so hurry. :)
You need to skip to around 3:00.

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June 25, 2016

Weekly revue: 2016 week #25 (June 18 to 24)


Food: - Napoli pizza at Lupi32, Asagaya
- Curry lunch at Anjali, Shimokitazawa
- Sausage roll, corn pottage, fish & chips, and roast beef at Bespoque, Higashi-Nakano
- Cakes and cookies from Kies, Nishi-Ogikubo! Our good friend just opened her own café where she serves delicious cakes, cookies, teas and coffee. Until recently she was at Magali at Monami just nearby, and also at Sunday Bake Shop. Go check it out! :) ("Kies", 4-35-5 Nishi-Ogi-kita, Suginami-ku)
- Dinner at organ, Nishi-Ogikubo

Lupi32, Asagaya Anjali Bespoque Bespoque
Kies organ, Nishi-Ogikubo organ, Nishi-Ogikubo organ, Nishi-Ogikubo

Art: When walking in Shibuya we found by chance shop Mortar, recently decorated by HITOTZUKI. The 2nd floor has a skating ramp that opens 1st and 3rd Saturday every month from 20:30. The rest of the time it's a clothing and skateboard shop, with a coffee shop/café "iki Espresso Tokyo" inside. I happened to find nice shoes while there. :)

HITOTZUKI at Mortar, Shibuya HITOTZUKI at Mortar, Shibuya
HITOTZUKI at Mortar, Shibuya HITOTZUKI at Mortar, Shibuya

Music release news: Nakano Aya, suiyobi no Campanella, jan and naomi

Nakano Aya "Emerald In Paradise" suiyoubi no Campanella "UMA" jan and naomi "Leeloo and Alexandra"

Playlist: hitomitoi, Prince, Rodion, Sweet Robots Against The Machine, Missing Linc, Duck Sauce, Crazy Ken Band

hitomitoi "Surfbank Social Club" Prince "Art Official Age" Rodion "Generator" Sweet Robots Against The Machine "Towa Tei" Missing Linc "In The Linc Room" Duck Sauce "Quack" Crazy Ken Band "mō sukkari are nan dayone"

This week's videos:

Nomiya Maki "Tokyo wa yoru no 7ji ondō"

Nomiya Maki "Sweet Soul Revue ondō"

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June 19, 2016

Weekly revue: 2016 week #24 (June 11 to 17)

Got to watch some goats eating grass in Tachikawa. :) There seems to be a "rental goat" trend to take care of mowing unused grounds.

Goats in Tachikawa Goats in Tachikawa Goats in Tachikawa

Food: - Lamb curry at Spice Box, Kanda
- Café à Aux Baccanales, Kiyoichō
- Wednesday morning coconut pineapple cake & coffee at Sunday Bake Shop, Hatsudai (closed until July 2 for summer vacation!)
- Handmade pasta at Pastatoria Alessio, Nakano

Spice Box Aux Baccanales, Kiyoichō Sunday Bake Shop Pastatoria Alessio Pastatoria Alessio

Music events: - I went to illustrator/modeler Kow Yokoyama's 60th birthday party event! Held at Beams Cultuart in Harajuku for an audience of 50, it was already going to feature CTO LAB., which I was really looking forward to, and a few days before the event it was announced that rapper Kaseki Cider would perform too! The whole show was a lot of fun, especially with the friendly party atmosphere afterwards, chatting and eating cake. I got to take photos with my friends of CTO LAB., and also Kow-san and Kaseki Cider! :)

Kaseki Cider set list (accompanied by Nakamori Yasuhiro (Hicksville)): Cider ga tomaranai / natsu o Playback / kuchizuke kibonnu (song he wrote for

CTO LAB. set list: The Theme of Ma.K. / Happy Birthday / Napolitan no uta (w/ shin Chiroline's Fukunaga Marika / B-612 ni koi o shite (feat. Fukunaga Marika) / The Elements / Crash Bandicoot

横山宏×かせきさいだぁ かせきさいだぁ CTO LAB.
CTO LAB. CTO LAB. 福永マリカ (新・チロリン)

- Also last weekend I went to 7" pop-up record shop "uqiqau" where there were records owned by Konishi Yasuharu, Chabe, etc. I did a few nice finds there, and for very cheap too! :)

Music release news: Learners, Shuntarō Okino

Learners "Absolute Learners" (Photo book+Download code) Shuntaro Okino "Too Far [F-A-R Remixes]"

This week's video: Lucky Tapes "Tonight!"

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June 12, 2016

Weekly revue: 2016 week #23 (June 4 to 10)

Last weekend was an event called "Chasampo" ("tea stroll") in Nishi-Ogikubo. 101 shops in the surroundings participated, either by doing something a bit out of the ordinary (collaborations, exhibitions, etc.) or serving free tea to anyone who dropped by. What a nice way to attract customers, and for us to spend a day!

Food: - Chicken nanban sandwich from Ayumi shokudō, and Earl Gray & blueberry ice cream at gallery/café Mizu no sora, Nishi-Ogikubo
- Chocolate cake (with sanshō) and coffee at flower shop/café cotito, Nishi-Ogikubo
- Also dropped by Kies, a new cookie & cake shop a friend will open soon! I'll post again once it opens. :)
- Vegetables 65, aosai kootu, lemon sevai, etc. at Cochin Nivas, Shinjuku
- Blue Seal ice cream in Shinjuku

あゆみ食堂 🍦 Chocolate cake & coffee at cotito Vegetable 65 at Cochin Nivas 青菜のクートゥ at Cochin Nivas Blue Seal ice cream

Music event: I went to a DJ event featuring Gaz Mayall from London and Sunaga Tatsuo, held at TimeOut Cafe (above Liquidroom). That was awesome! Best of all I got to hang out with my favorite bass player, and meet some cool people!

DJ SUNAGA Tatsuo DJ Gaz Mayall

Music release news: Sunaga Tatsuo compilation, "Game ongaku taizen" book, Un Amin

Various Artists "Sunaga Tatsuo no yoru Jazz gaiden 2 ~ All the young dudes ~ subete no wakakiyarōdomo" "Game ongaku taizen" (Book) Un Amin "Giant Panda ni notte mitai"

Playlist: Hoshino Michiru, Sloppy Joe, Rodion, Especia, Halfby, Negicco, Scha Dara Parr

HOSHINO Michiru "hoshi ga Michiru" Sloppy Joe "With Kisses Four" Rodion "Generator" Especia "Gusto" Halfby "Innn Hawaii" Negicco "Tea For Three" HOSHINO Michiru "Discotheque ni tsuretette (Single Version)" Scha Dara Parr "AniShinBo"

This week's videos:

- VIDEOTAPEMUSIC "Sultry Night Slow"

- Un Amin "Giant Panda ni notte mitai"

Posted on June 12, 2016 at 23:13 | Permalink | Trackback (0) | Comments (0) | Tweet |

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