Four girls dominate the stage in basques, fishnets, and stilettos, dancing to show tunes with high kicks and campy poses. A curtain is drawn as the music shifts gear. Another set of dancers begins a silhouette striptease against a drum roll…
Just another Friday night at Burlesque Theater, a risqué little club near Roppongi Crossing which brings in as many women as men—all equally keen to remember that life is a cabaret, old chum. The table charge is ¥3,000, and a further ¥1,500 will get you a one-hour nomihodai. Nothing goes better with cabaret than free-flowing booze, so if you’re planning to stay, pony up ¥8,000 at entry and suck down liquor all-night, pre-Prohibition style. The legal tender inside is called “Rion”—purchasable in ¥3,000 increments. Spend it on tipping servers or performers, or for inviting them to your table for drinks (about ¥1,000 each).
The cabaret averages five shows a night, with the first main show at 10:30pm pulling out all the stops for 45 minutes. Go-go and pole dancers entertain in between, so there’s rarely a lull in the roar. It’s all in good fun, as the best burlesque is, and while performances aren’t Broadway, it makes for an entertaining party—especially if you’re looking for something different.
Say “Metropolis” and get the table charge, 90-min all-you-can-drink and 10 Rion for only ¥5,000 (¥3,000 ladies).
4F Urban Bldg, 7-13-2 Roppongi, Minato-ku. Tel: 03-6447-2037. Open Mon-Sat 9pm-3am. Nearest stn: Roppongi. http://burlesque-roppongi.com/
The summer marches on, but have you made the most of it? Satisfy your urge to go wild in nature with family and friends at Forest Adventure. In three stunning locations close to Tokyo, Forest Adventure offers pure adrenaline encased in a wholesome and natural relationship with the surrounding environment.
Tarzan swings fly you from tree to tree, zip lines stretch 100m, and dizzying canopy walks teeter above the branches. However, these crazy capers do not harm the environment in any way; Forest Adventure places natural harmony at the top of its list of priorities, so that kids and adults can have a fun—and guilt-free—outdoor experience.
The Mt. Fuji location lies just ten minutes from Kawaguchiko IC on the Chuo Expressway by car. The adventure course is available to anyone aged 10 or older, or over 140cm tall; the canopy course to anyone over 110cm tall. In Odawara—ten minutes from the station by car—immerse yourself in an immense forest with 300-year-old trees overlooking a gorgeous stream. Courses are open to kids of six and older, and over 110cm tall. Finally, hit up Hakone just 12 minutes away from Hakone-Yumoto station by foot, or two minutes via the free shuttle bus. This park offers a full course to anyone aged 10 or older, or over 140cm tall. Reserve for any of these activities online or by phone.
Mt. Fuji. Tel: 090-3345-0970. Email: email@example.com
Odawara. Tel: 080-4330-4030. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Hakone. Tel: 080-4219-2206. Email: email@example.com.
Gold Salon Tokyo
Newbies and long-term residents alike know how hit-and-miss a Tokyo salon experience can be. Asian hair is quite different from other types, and many salons in Japan just don’t have the required skill set.
But that skill set is what the Gold Salon staff have in abundance—and they should do, with 98% of clients Caucasian. Tokyo’s only 100% foreign-owned and managed salon is helmed by Howard Lee Regner, a longtime Tokyo resident with over thirty years’ experience in Sydney, London, and Paris. He’s installed a salon you’d expect to find in London or NYC in the eclectic neighborhood of Azabu-Juban.
Styling director Fabio, previously go-to stylist in Miami and Rio de Janeiro, is Gold’s “King of Color,” providing clients with great-looking, natural color with an emphasis on skin-tone suitability and minimum chemical stress. Gold imports top products to guarantee excellent results. Now, while you wait for the color to do its magic, Gold offers you a self-manicure set including colors from OPI and everything you need to put the time to good use.
If your hair is unruly in the summer humidity, try the revolutionary Brazilian Keratin Treatment, first introduced by Gold to Japan four years back. Until the end of August, Metropolis readers can get 20% off BKT, with a complimentary sodium-free shampoo and conditioner to keep it smooth at home.
6F, 4-1-9 Azabu-Juban, Minato-Ku. Tel: 03-6436-0228. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Open Mon & Wed-Sat 10am-8pm, closed Tue & Sun. www.goldsalontokyo.com
the Grinberg Method
The Grinberg Method is a new way to stop pain and handle stress. Most people express themselves in a habitual manner. They talk in a certain way, and stand, sit, or sleep in a certain position. These habits are expected and predictable.
In addition, certain feelings and emotions tend to repeat themselves. For some it’s a lack of concentration, for others boredom, or tension. The constancy of these feelings can lead to depression.
These habits are usually first acquired during stressful situations, only to be repeated again and again. They become fixed as an integral part of one’s personality and body, and can result in exhaustion and pain.
Prolonged shoulder pain for example, will restrict your body’s movement, making other areas more stiff, creating fixed modes of constant discomfort. Someone who has held themselves straight to appear strong and confident for years, could start to suffer back pain and shoulder tension. These pains are the body’s way of saying something needs to change.
Once the reasons for a particular physical situation are identified, it can be controlled and eventually stopped.
Through sessions of the Grinberg Method, you’ll learn to pay better attention to your body. You will be able to recognize the repetitive behavior causing you pain. You’ll learn how to free your body from that pain, to produce the change you’re longing for.
For an introduction to The Grinberg Method and a foot analysis, contact Karen. ¥5,000 for one session. Advance reservations required. Tel: 080-3273-0773. Nearest stn: Higashi-Nakano. www.grinbergmethod.com
An indoor go-karting circuit is a true rarity in Japan. And with carts from England, Harbor Circuit is your way into a whole new world of racing excitement.
Beginners shouldn’t worry as everything is provided. You don’t need a driver’s license or any other qualifications.
For four or more, choose a “Group Race” to have fun with your friends. If you finish in the top third, you’ll even win a trophy. From the easier Mini GP option, with a five-minute qualifier and a 15-lap final race (¥4,500 per person) to the more intense Harbor GP with a five-minute practice, a five-minute qualifier and a final 40-lap race (¥7,000), there are five different plans depending on how much you want to race. With an August campaign you’ll get free post-race kampai drinks for everyone who participated in a group race.
Other options include the “arrive&drive” (¥2,000) with a seven-minute drive. You can also go three times for ¥5,000, five times for ¥7,500, or eight times for ¥10,000. During weekdays for a limited time, take advantage of a buy-two-get-one-free deal (7min×3times; ¥4,000). To build skills, individuals can race with a real-time ranking system. For more spirited fun, a “time attack” race is offered, as well as an endurance race.
Once you’ve tried the stress-relieving adrenaline pump of karting, you’ll be hooked. Try this original thrill at Harbor Circuit this summer.
2F Harbor Circuit, Chiba Sports Plaza, 13-26 Dezuminato, Chuo-ku, Chiba. Tel: 043-441-3243. Email: email@example.com. Open Mon-Fri, 2-11:30pm, Sat 11am-11:30pm, Sun 11am-9pm. Nearest stn: Honchiba. www.harbor-circuit.com
Japan can be a legal minefield for foreigners who have chosen to make it their home, and with daunting legal costs and potentially insurmountable language problems in the mix, the thought of simply walking into a law office and requesting assistance or advice might not seem particularly appealing.
So if you have some tricky problems weighing upon your mind, have recourse to Houterasu.
Houterasu has local offices all over Japan—an impressive total of 61—and its expert staff offer free information on Japanese laws, law firms, and legal organizations for foreigners, including info on operating hours and what free or paid services are available. So if you have any worries regarding loans, divorce, work, accidents, natural disasters, or anything else, you’re welcome to use this system and take full advantage of it.
If you lack sufficient funds, but have a legal address in Japan, a regular immigration status, and a steady income, ask about Houterasu’s free counseling service provided by lawyers and experts, as well as a loan program to help with legal fees. Get in touch with your local Houterasu office for more information.
Call the below number to request a conference call with an interpreter and a member of Houterasu’s staff.
Tel: 03-5366-6008. Open 9am-5pm. www.houterasu.or.jp
Known as “your friendly, English-speaking nail specialist,” Ken’s Nail provides nail care for both men and women amid the trendy lanes of Azabu-Juban.
“Both men and women?” you say, incredulous. Yes, many of Ken’s Nail’s clients are discerning menfolk who have realized the impact a well-cared-for hand can have on confidence and first impressions. At Ken’s, nail care is considered something both men and women alike can adopt into their regular lifestyles.
Ken’s provides basic care, gel nails, or medical nail care. The basic course involves removing the dry outer cuticle and trimming nails to a good shape and length. Meanwhile, nail art helps ladies look fashionable, classy or sexy—or all of the above. Ken’s recommends Bio gel nails, which limit damage.
But nails are not just about beauty—they are also a matter of health. If you have medical concerns, Ken’s will sort you out. Pincer nail therapy is totally painless, and Ken’s provides aftercare advice, too.
Flat-rate plans allow multiple treatments. Pincer nail care costs ¥5,250 per nail. Monthly plans include unlimited hand care, buffing sessions with color (¥8,295) or gel nail treatments with one color (¥12,495; removal fee included) for women, while the men’s plan includes cuticle care and buffing (¥5,145/month). What’s more, Metropolis readers receive 20 percent off any service (except medical care) on their first visit.
4F ABA Asami Bldg, 2-18-8 Azabu-Juban, Minato-ku. Tel: 03-6435-1900. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Open daily 11am-10pm (last appointment 9pm). Nearest stn: Azabu-Juban. www.kensnail.com
Rental Bike Kizuki
As of July 21 pick up a motorbike around Japan at various highway service areas around Japan. This is a limited-period collaboration between the Central Nippon Expressway and Rental Bike Kizuki to make renting a bike and dropping it off as easy and fluid as possible. What’s more you can even pick up your wheels from a Shimizu Parking Area (Neopasa Shimizu) on the Shin-Tomei expressway (until Nov 30).
For folks not keen on the long-term financial commitment of owning a bike—and without the garage space; those planning a road trip around spectacular landscapes; or for those who want to try different models—everyone can rent a bike with minimum fuss and maximum reliability through Rental Bike Kizuki.
Launched in 2007 as a motorbike vendor, five branches soon transformed into 97 franchised shops. Today, Rental Bike Kizuki rents out bikes from Hokkaido to Okinawa, and has garnered extensive media coverage.
Only the latest models are on offer, and all appropriate safety equipment is for rent. Foreigners needn’t worry about insurance or annoying bureaucracy with Rental Bike Kizuki. Just bring your international driving license, national driving license, passport, and credit card, and one of their constantly maintained bikes will be purring under you in no time. Rental Bike Kizuki are happy to answer English inquiries via emails. For information on the rental process, required documents, and insurance fees, see the write-up at www.japantourist.jp/view/rental-819-kizuki.
Head Office: 1-6-11 Sakura-cho, Kawaguchi, Saitama. Tel: 0120-819-147. Open 10am-7pm (variable by shop). Email: email@example.com. www.rental819.com/english
Lily Lapis Lazuli
For discriminating ladies in Tokyo, finding the right article of clothing can be a pain. However, a help station has been established—as of June 20—in the form of bespoke tailor Lily Lapis Lazuli. And where better for a harbinger of female fashion than the upmarket district of Ginza, among the fashion boutiques and bright window displays?
Subtle differences in clothing cuts can make a surprising impact on first impressions. For professional women especially, dressing at your best can have a sizable effect on your daily life. Finding something that fully emphasizes your good qualities is really only guaranteed via a tailor-made service.
At Lily Lapis Lazuli choose fabrics, linings, hems, patterns, and more to ensure your suit is the perfect one for you. As a new trend for women, Lily Lapis Lazuli also provides a range of cufflinks and handkerchiefs. Handkerchiefs are made from nishijin ori, a traditional Japanese fabric. This premium-quality silk combines an attractive sheen with a soft and comfortable texture. The store also offers unique lining designs, such as Japanese-style fabric, macaron, floral, silk designs, and more.
With a personal consultation and measuring included, you can furnish yourself with a quality bespoke suit at Lily Lapis Lazuli from just ¥37,500.
The English website is under construction, so for any questions or concerns, get in touch with Chika Kotajima via the details below.
6F Silk Bldg, 4-6-17 Ginza, Chuo-ku. Tel: 03-3562-2055. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. www.lilylapi.co.jp
The long-awaited salon Nash is here to sort you out with a premium haircut personally tailored to the shape of your head and body. The salon also offers a wide range of hair colors applied by experienced colorists adept at making your hair shine with the right shade.
Key stylist Naohiro Nomura has seven years’ experience in New York City, the Mecca of mane-styling. This kind of international experience is essential to catering for a diverse and international clientele. And the rest of the friendly, English-speaking staff are on hand to make you feel comfortable—and get you the exact hairstyle you’re hankering for.
Nash offers a coloring membership, where clients can retouch and recolor as many times as they want during the year. Those worried about crazy chemicals will be happy to hear that Nash offers organic colors for your locks. These exclusive products will preserve hair quality and avoid damage—in fact, it will feel as if you have just had a hair treatment.
Nash’s sophisticated shampoo blow will create volume and shine while setting you up for a great day. Clients should let the Nash crew know about special circumstances, such as a night out or a special party—they’ll be happy to help you look your best.
3F, 3-7-9 Higashi Azabu Minato-ku. Tel: 03-3568-1694. Open Mon & Wed-Fri 11am-9pm, 10am-8pm Sat-Sun & hols, closed Tue. Nearest stn: Azabu-Juban. http://nash-beauty.com
In Kichojoji’s spanking-new Coppice shopping center, Tribeca West is there to provide a New York City hair-styling enclave in the heart of Tokyo’s most desirable neighborhood.
Experienced stylist Mimi will be happy to bring you her 17 years’ experience working at Warren-Tricomi in the New York Plaza Hotel, and at the Big Apple’s top salon, Garren. Mimi is fully prepared to deal with all hair types, including blond and African-American—crucial for choosing color, as well as for cutting and styling. She is also adept at treating the humidity’s effects on your hair, and uses tools such as magnetized irons for hair straightening without damage, and the ultra-sound iron to treat deeper areas of the hair. Mimi speaks fluent English, and is happy to have a chat with you about what you’d like to do.
Prices start from ¥7,350 per hour for a cut, with discounts available for Metropolis readers. Tribeca West offers a carbonic spring treatment to remove dead skin from your scalp, and the silicon wax buildup, while slightly acidifying your hair’s pH value to improve circulation. Following your haircut, you’ll be blow dried for free (¥2,100 additional charge for a blow dry after the spa). The special package price for spa, treatment and blow dry is ¥4,043 (regular price ¥7,875). Metropolis readers can get 30% off all courses until October 11.
8F Coppice Kichijoji Bldg B, Kichijoji Honcho, Musashino-shi. Nearest stn: Kichijoji. Tel: 0422-27-2518. Email: email@example.com. Open Mon-Fri 10am-4:30pm, Sun 10am-6pm, closed Sat. www.tribeca-salon.jp
For those who don’t know, Metropolis magazine started way back in 1994 under the name of Tokyo Classifieds, and was a couple of pages of just that—classified ads. Things have changed since then with a whole magazine that developed around that simple idea. Today, you can still gain access to the very same classifieds that started it all. Featuring a broad range of products, services, community offerings, gigs, and you-name-its, Metropolis Classifieds are still a popular section of our magazine and website. In print there is only so much space, so visit us online to find many more ads to browse through.
Naturally, posting in Metropolis Classifieds is completely free, for non-commercial posts. That means you can offer your old Gibson acoustic with the broken tuning peg, the Windows 386 computer you just don't use anymore, or your collection of Abba records—all for no charge. You could also request a drummer for your band, offer a Japanese-Swahili language exchange, or find some mates to play football—all without spending a penny.
Commercial classifieds are subject to competitive rates, starting at a paltry ¥4,000 for two weeks for the basic ad, and going up as you make your ad more glitzy and noticeable. Even better, to heat up an already sizzling season, we have a sweet “Summer Break” offer: until the end of August post commercial classified ads for 50% off the normal price! (Conditions apply.)
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. For more info, visit http://classifieds.metropolis.co.jp