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Tokyo, Japan: Traditional Music in Mejiro


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Lost in the Mejiro small streets

where live aristocrates, I hear the sound. Through a narrow window, the frame of a distant green kimono surrounded by red, amphitheater. Shyly we get in, I take my shoes off to surf to a bunch, the hall is almost empty.

Few scattered people looking at the stage. We are watching a Hogaku concert rehearsal, the Japanese traditional music, Edo music. The exciting meeting with percussionists musicians and the green kimono actress. Picture below: the Uchiwa-ame plays the rain sound.

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Harumi Mochizuki, the excellent Hayashi player (Japanese traditional drums) cames from an artist family: a percussionist mother and a singer father. She played around the world.

On the picture below, a Kotsuzumi on the Harumi‘s shoulder. Kotsuzumi is a small drum shaped like an hourglass and used in Nô theater

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Katada Kisayo, the gifted percussionist, is gratued of Tokyo University in Music, like all the musicians of Ayairobako (the band presented in this post). No “great sound” without “guitare hero”: on picture 5, two Shamisen players.

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Picture above: a traditional gift for Hina Matsuri, the Doll Festival or Girls’ Day (picture above). Mayuko Nakamura is the beautiful actress in the green kimono who declaims on music (picture below).

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Photos : Mademoiselle Le K – copyright 2014, tous droits réservés. 

Domo arigato gosaimasu to the Ayairobako band and my tomodachi N for the great translation! 


How to go to Mejiro by metroMejiro is a district in Tokyo.

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Four amazing restaurants in Tokyo


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is one of the Grand Hyatt Tokyo‘s restaurants. This innovative Teppanyaki (literally “grilled on iron sheet”) features fresh seasonal meats, seafood and vegetables. The cuisine is a meeting between Japan and the world. I’m not a gourmet, but I can recognize an amazing quality of food. The cooking respects the original flavours of ingredients. Everything is light and tasteful, so perfect, including the dishes presentation. The atmosphere of the Keyakizaka is chic and laid back, with a cosmopolite young crowd. More: HERE.



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I was invited for a dinner at the 40th floor restaurant of the Park Hyatt Tokyo (yes, the famous hotel of “Lost in Translation”!), Kozue. I really enjoyed the delicious Japanese cooking and the fantastic view of Fuji San and Tokyo! Could you imagine eating in front of  Fuji San? This is an outstanding culinary experience. I also had a huge crush for the superb earthenware plates and dishes created by craftsmen throughout Japan. Beautiful dinner. More: HERE


Design Festa Gallery & Café 

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Two friends brought me in this crazy space (very organized too): the Design Festa Gallery & Café. This gallery building looks like an arty squatt with a café-restaurant. Exciting paintings on walls. Uplifting vibe, we felt so comfortable. The speciality: Okonomiyake that you cook on the hotplate in the center of tables. Well to be honest, I‘ve never liked Okonomiyake (lol), especially the Japanese mayonnaise. But I have to post a video showing how to cook it, because everybody loves Okonomiyake and I’m sure you will!


Small Alley Near JR Shibuya Station

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As recommended by the insider, Dan Ushikubo, I went to “a very small alley near the main exit of the JR Shibuya station, where salary men drink sake and have dinner after work. Less famous, but very local”. I had a dinner with a westerner friend, expat in Tokyo, in a tiny restaurant: great experience! The food was okay (lots of tofu). Go there for the local vibe! More: HERE.


Itadakimasu: bon appetit!

Photos : Mademoiselle Le K – copyright 2014, tous droits réservés.

I was a guest of the Grand Hyatt Tokyo and Park Hyatt Tokyo. Do I need to mention that all my opinions are mine? Yes they are!

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