Sunday, December 27, 2009


One of my favorite museums right now is the one I recently wrote about, Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo. It's about 20 minutes away from Shibuya, away from the noise and chaos of the city. It's so pretty inside when the light shines in.

These white panels are the artwork of Takehiko Inoue, famous for the manga "Slam Dunk". They tell a story, with the huge artwork as the last scene. His artwork is really amazing...the last one you can kind of see in the picture is incredibly intense in real life, with beautiful brushstrokes and really intricate but powerful details.

There's a restaurant here, but my favorite is the slightly less expensive Cafe Hai. It's a Vietnamese-style cafe, something I feel like there isn't much of here in Japan.
MOTにはレストランもあるけど、お気に入りはちょっと安めのCafe Hai。日本では割と少なめな(気がする)ベトナム料理のカフェです。

The delicious Vietnamese coffee...

rice noodles and salad...

This is such a great museum to spend a relaxing day--once it gets warmer, it would be nice to eat outside or roam around the garden and the courtyard.

Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo
4-1-1 Miyoshi, Koto-ku, Tokyo
TEL: 03-5245-4111
Hours: 10:00-18:00
Takehiko Inoue Artwork: ~2010/3/28

TEL: 03-5245-4111
井上雄彦 エントランス・スペースプロジェクト:~2010/3/28


Select shop BEAMS has teamed up with England's for its first exhibit in Japan at EYE OF GYRE in Omotesando. sells "limited edition rock and roll photographic prints" and among the photos on display and available for purchase were Madonna, Oasis, Jimi Hendrix, and special edition Courtney Love photographs specially taken for this exhibit. 
It's a small exhibit, but a must see for any rock fans out there!
By the way, GYRE is a really stylish building that has Chanel, Bvlgari, Maison Martin Margiela, COMME des GARCONS Play Box and the MOMA Store all under one roof. It also has a really yummy bakery, restaurants, tea store and the building itself is pretty amazing--more pictures coming soon!

イギリスのロックアーカイブがセレクトショップBEAMSと日本での初めての展示と販売が今表参道のEYE OF GYREで開催中。マドンナ、ジミヘン、ビートルズなどたくさんの偉大なミュージシャンなどの写真があって、小さいけど見応えたっぷり!もちろん流れている音楽も最高。展示が終わってもロックアーカイブの写真は原宿のInternational Gallery Beamsで購入可能らしい。
知っている方も多いと思うけど、GYREはキャットストリートの手前にあるめちゃくちゃお洒落なビル。シャネル、ブルガリ、メゾンマルテンマルジェラ、ギャルソンのPlay Boxが揃っています。そして地下には美味しいパン屋さんとか、お茶屋さんとか...ビル自体も素敵だからまた写真アップします!

Zippo meets×BEAMS Exhibition
EYE OF GYRE 5-10-1 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo GYRE 3F
Exhibit: 2009/12/22~2010/1/5, 11:00-20:00 (12/31: closes at 18:00, 1/1: Closed)
Admission Free

Zippo meets×BEAMS エキジビジョン
EYE OF GYRE 東京都渋谷区神宮前5−10−1GYRE 3F
展示2009/12/22~2010/1/5, 11:00-20:00 (12/31: 18:00クローズ1/1休館日)

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Happy Holidays

The illumination at Omotesando

Happy holidays from Tokyo! This blog is a working progress, but except more articles about stores, restaurants, and random things about Tokyo soon! If there's anything you'd like to see here, e-mail or comment--they're greatly appreciated. Hope everyone has a great holiday!


Omotesando Hills

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

CHANEL Ginza 5th Anniversary

Celebrating the 5th anniversary of the opening of Chanel Ginza, wedding dresses are displayed on the second floor of the store. There were only a couple dresses, but all of them have never been on display in Japan before. If you have plans to go to Ginza soon, be sure to stop by--after all, looking is free.


Chanel Ginza
5-3 Ginza 3 chome Chuo-ku
TEL: 03-5159-5555
Exhibit: ~12/27

TEL: 03-5159-5555

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Luxury and Silence

Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo (MOT) has some amazing exhibitions going on right now.
The first one, "Luxury in Fashion Reconsidered", explores luxury from the 17th century to today: how luxury and the way people think has changed throughout time. The pieces on display are Chanel, Dior, Balenciaga, Yves Saint name a few. 

Including the 2008 Spring Summer Balenciaga one...
Photos weren't allowed, so a peek from the official book "Luxury in Fashion Reconsidered":
真撮影禁止だったので、パンフレット"Luxury in Fashion Reconsidered"から。

There were also a lot of Margiela pieces. 

The special exhibit within the "Luxury in Fashion Reconsidered" was the "Kazuyo Sejima Spatial Design for COMME des GARCONS". The other (separate) exhibit was "Rebecca Horn Rebellion in Silence Dialogue between Raven and Whale".
このラグジュアリー展のなかの特別展示が"妹島和代による空間デザイン COMME des GARCONS"。そしてもう一つの別の展示が"レベッカ・ホルン 静かな叛乱 鴉と鯨の対話"。

Rei Kawakubo and Kazuyo Sejima's creations fit perfectly together. Words aren't enough to express this, so go see it for yourself! 

I don't know too much about modern art, so I didn't know about Rebecca Horn until this exhibit. 
It's quite hard to grasp what she's trying to express, but I was totally pulled into her world. I wonder what goes on in her mind, how her pieces are's probably possible to spend days watching her exhibit. 

Next to the Rebecca Horn exhibit was "Swedish Fashion--Exploring a new Identity", a collection of clothes designed by Swedish designers.

With H&M a big success in Japan, I think Japanese people are more interested in Sweden and Swedish culture. There was a lot of variety--knits, architectural jackets to name some.

All of the exhibits are really worth seeing. The museum was surprisingly not very crowded, so you can really take your time and look all you want.

Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo
4-1-1 Miyoshi, Koto-ku, Tokyo
TEL: 03-5245-4111
Hours: 10:00-18:00
Luxury in Fashion Reconsidered and Kazuyo Sejima Spatial Design for COMME des GARCONS: ~1/17 
Rebecca Horn: ~2/14

TEL: 03-5245-4111
"ラグジュアリー:ファッションの欲望"&"妹島和代による空間デザイン COMME des GARCONS":~1/17

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Le Rouge Dior

With the illuminations in Omotesando returning after 11 years, the city has instantly increased more glamour in the streets. Standing out among all the glittering lights is Dior, illuminated in red lights. Christian Dior has always valued color, and at Dior Omotesando, events featuring "rouge" are going to be held until December 26.

On the fourth floor is the Haute Couture Exhibition. Though it's a small exhibition with 12 dresses, dresses designed by Christian Dior, Yves Saint Laurent, and John Galliano show the history of the fashion house.

The main dress, without question, is this 2004/05 Autumn Winter Dress by John Galliano:


On the third floor is the Dior Studio, where a professional make-up artist will create a look using the Dior rouge lipstick. This actually turned out to be a full make-up session starting with foundation all the way to mascara. The make-up artist was amazing, and after the make-up, you can get your photo taken holding a Dior bag. This event is only held on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays until December 26, so if you have the chance, go! Getting make-up done for free at Dior is rare and a great experience.

Unfortunately buying anything Dior is far far away for me...but these events are a nice way to get to know the brand a little more and to feel it and see it yourself. 

Dior Omotesando
Shibuya-ku, Jingumae 5-9-11
TEL: 03-5464-6260
Haute Couture Exhibit: ~12/26, 11:00-20:00, Free Admission
Dior Studio: ~12/26, Friday-Sunday and Holidays, 11:00-19:00, Free Admission

TEL: 03-5464-6260
オートクチュール展:~12/26, 11:00-20:00, 入場無料
ディオールスタジオ:~12/26, 金曜日ー日曜日、祝日11:00-19:00, 無料・予約不要

Thursday, December 17, 2009

A Start

What is Tokyo--
What makes Tokyo so different from other cities?
The perspective, atmosphere, the way things are incorporated--
Tokyo Identity is just a place to share the little things I find in this city 
and maybe sometimes in other places.
Hopefully this will become a place to see the many faces and identities of Tokyo.