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My Tokyo

One of my earliest job was at Nomura Securities in Sydney but I get to travel to Tokyo HQ with clients many times. I know many people have been to Japan, esp Tokyo ... and some are starting to venture into the nicer cities such as Kyoto, Osaka and Sapporo. 

When in Tokyo, we tend to do the usual tourist stuff: Disneyland, Shinjuku, Shibuya ... temples, etc...

Here are a few of my favourite things to do whenever in Tokyo:





1) Sumo Tour: Tokyo Tournament & Chanko Dinner Plan (12,700 yen)


Its an amazing, short, 4 hour tour by JapaniCan. If you love Sumo you would be extra happy, even if you do not, its an amazing way to get in touch and experience it firsthand. 






Sumo tournaments go around the major cities, they rotate and I think there are 6 tournaments, with Tokyo hosting it twice a year. Each time, its about two weeks long, and you just pick a day, hopefully it coincides with your trip.

http://www.japanican.com/en/tour/detail/F560_/?aff=SEM






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The tour starts with a gallery tour inside the stadium dedicated to the history and past champs, an eye opener. Then you can go to the mess hall where they serve the exact lunch that Sumo wrestlers have (albeit smaller portion) all day. You then watch the rituals and the fights for about 3 hours, its fun. Then you may join the after competition Chanko dinner (again what the Sumo wrestlers have usually) or opt out.

2) Tokyo Blue Note Jazz
Think of the Frank Sinatra / Dean Martin nightclub days in intimate jazz clubs ... thats Tokyo Blue Note, its classy, very well designed, intimate and romantic. Whenever you are in Tokyo, check out their schedule of events, maybe you can find some artists you'd like to watch. Or just go and be adventurous. It has a set dinner that is pretty good before the music starts. I have managed to catch Pablo Cruise, Roberta Flack and Christopher Cross performing here before.

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1 tue.YOSHIKO KISHINO 20th anniversary tour -Anthology-
Music charge ¥6,000
2 wed.SAM MOORE -80th Anniversary Celebration-with special guest TORTOISE MATSUMOTO (12.2 wed.), THE GOSPELLERS (12.3 thu.)
3 thu.
Music charge ¥13,500
4 fri.<追加公演> SAM MOORE -80th Anniversary Celebration- with special guest ROY(THE BAWDIES) (12.4 fri.)
Music charge ¥13,500
5 sat.TITO JACKSON from JACKSON 5
6 sun.
Music charge ¥9,500
7 mon.TOKU “Dear Mr. Sinatra” Special Stage
Music charge ¥7,000
8 tue.THE LEGENDARY COUNT BASIE ORCHESTRA directed by SCOTTY BARNHART - A Very Swingin’ Basie Christmas -
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Music charge ¥8,900
13 sun.HIROSHI TACHI “JUST ONE NIGHT”
Music charge ¥13,000
14 mon.HIROMI THE TRIO PROJECT featuring Anthony Jackson & Simon Phillips
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Music charge ¥8,900
21 mon.AKIKO WADA -WADASOUL-
22 tue.
Music charge ¥13,000
23 wed.Christmas Evening with LALAH HATHAWAY
24 thu.
25 fri.
Music charge ¥8,800
26 sat.INCOGNITO
27 sun.
Music charge ¥9,500
28 mon.熱帯JAZZ楽団 THE 忘年会LIVE 2015
Music charge ¥7,800
29 tue.INCOGNITO
30 wed.
31 thu.
Music charge ¥9,500

3) Cafe Anniversaire, Omotesando
Possibly my favourite cafe in Tokyo. Its perched right in the middle of the slope in Omotesando (the new Ginza). That slope alone has the prettiest luxury shops on it. Its a wonderful stroll and its nice to window shop or you could spend literally thousands in 20 minutes. That road alone has a lot of classy diversity and energy about it. Lovely trees and foilage paints the sidewalks.
  People walking their beautiful dogs (expensive to keep dogs in Tokyo), its Parisian chic meets gentle classy Tokyo high class.
But its not all snobbery. Right in the middle is Cafe Anniversarie, and itsactually borders the small lane that leads to a quaint romantic church. 

"The café is part of a wedding factory, including a faux chapel situated beyond an arched passageway. On certain days, once every hour, newlywed couples pop out of the chapel and promenade through the archway heralded by the café trumpeter and his female accompaniest on the electric organ. Customers at the outside tables are given handbells to ring congratulations to the passing couple." 

...  and you can witness 2 to 3 weddings parties coming out of the church on weekends within an hour or two. Its kinda fun but Japanese being Japanese, they actually can schedule 3 or 4 weddings within a few hours. So, while drinking coffee, you are greeted by boisterous happy people wishing the couple well, along the lane.
The food and coffee are very good at the cafe, too many dishes to mention. During winter, sit outside as they have nice heaters surrounding the tables, watch the world go by.

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