Category Archives: Event

Made in Japan: Denim furoshiki or bag from Fukuyama city by Alpha Planning?

The Japanese company Alpha Planning introduced its fine denim furoshiki (wrapping cloth) models, bags and more in Tokyo city during Ibara Denim Fair 2017 (ended on Monday), organized at the “antenna shop” Tottori Okayama Shimbashi-kan. Chatting about shopping with the CEO, Yes in Japan tour leader Sébastien Duval learnt that new designs are being considered to match diverse international tastes and fashions. On the photo, you may recognize designs by the famous ukiyo-e artist KITAGAWA Utamaro:
Denim furoshiki models

See Get Japan news report about this event on Friday to discover more denim products… Subscribe to the YouTube channel today to get alerted when the video is published!

Fan of Asian fashion? Traveller looking for high-quality blue souvenirs made in Japan? E-mail us to prepare your visit of Japan and to check the availability of a good tour guide for Fukuyama city (Hiroshima prefecture) and the nearby Ibara city (Okayama prefecture)…

Made in Japan: New denim kimono from Ibara city by Aokihifuku

The Japanese company Aokihifuku presented its new denim kimonos (pure blue, white hemp pattern, brown & green camouflage…) for men & women in Tokyo city during Ibara Denim Fair 2017 (finished yesterday), hosted by Tottori Okayama Shimbashi-kan “antenna shop”. Discussing with the staff, our French manager noted 3 big advantages of denim kimono over traditional kimono: (1) cheaper, (2) significantly lower maintenance cost as you can wash a denim kimono in a washing machine, and (3) clothing easy to produce in big sizes. On the right side of the photo, the Japanese salesman wears a denim kimono great for everyday life:
Denim kimonos

Watch Get Japan news report about this event on Friday to see the front & back of a denim Japanese dress, denim materials, denim bags… Subscribe to the YouTube channel now if you don’t want to miss this video!

Interested in Japanese fashion trends and high-quality clothes made in Japan? Ask Yes in Japan travel agents to plan your trip in Japan and organize an exciting private tour of Ibara city (in Okayama prefecture between Osaka city and Hiroshima city), whose garments are known as the “best Japanese denim” 🙂

24-27 February 2017: Ibara’s mascot character & denim in Tokyo city

As part of Ibara Denim Fair (24-27 February 2017), the cute Denchu-kun mascot character welcomes Japanese & foreign visitors at Tottori Okayama Shimbashi-kan “antenna shop” near Shimbashi station in Tokyo city… and foreign tourists particularly enjoy getting photographed with him 🙂 Going this afternoon to see beautiful denim kimonos (blue or not), jackets, bags, etc. made in Japan, our inbound travel manager Sébastien Duval was very happy to see this yuru-chara inspired by kabuki Japanese theatre!
Ibara's mascot character

On a fashion or shopping trip in Asia during this event? Let us know if you want our help discussing with the staff to buy/order a denim kimono from Ibara city in Okayama prefecture (best Japanese denim?) matching your body size and visual preferences.

Martial arts tournaments and concerts in Japan at Tokyo’s Nippon-budokan

At the Martial Arts Hall of Japan “Nippon-budokan”, you can enjoy major martial arts tournaments (national or international), martial arts demonstrations and even concerts (e.g. AKB48 performance)! This impressive building in the heart of Tokyo (Chiyoda ward) has 14.471 places and features many martial arts events with free entrance; it adds a great touch of Japanese culture to everybody’s life or holidays in Tokyo 🙂 Our French travel manager attended diverse martial arts competitions and demonstrations there: aikido, karate, kendo, kyudo, taekwondo…
Martial Arts Hall of Japan (Chiyoda ward, Tokyo).

Check our Japanese calendar to learn about the best events scheduled at the Nippon-budokan in the year 2014, 2015 or 2016 (weekends and public holidays included). Call 03-3216-5100 to learn more if you speak the Japanese language or kindly ask the staff of your hotel to do it for you. Near Kudanshita subway station and Hotel Grand Palace, the Martial Arts Hall of Japan “Nippon-budokan” is the spot “15” on our map of Tokyo Chiyoda designed for autumn 2014 and winter 2014-2015.

Travel tip: You can also meet or e-mail the Yes in Japan team to get advance tickets for concerts/tournaments, to attend martial arts lessons at a dojo of the annexe or to order a personalized tour linked to martial arts

30 November 2014: Cheerful saxophone concert at Brasserie St. Bernardus!

Our French travel manager in Japan just enjoyed a cheerful live saxophone concert and delicious Belgian food with 2 friends at Brasserie St. Bernardus (Chiyoda ward, Tokyo). On this cold evening of autumn, the bar/restaurant was warm and full of Japanese people 🙂

The young but skilled musicians of the HotateQ group, 4 cute Japanese girls studying at Showa University of Music, played the saxophone from 19:00 to 20:45:
Saxophone concert at Brasserie St. Bernardus (Chiyoda ward, Tokyo) in November 2014.

As usual, the music was free 🙂 If you wish to enjoy such a concert in Tokyo, check the events schedule of Brasserie St. Bernardus, take the subway or train, get off at Kanda station, walk to Brasserie St. Bernardus, and take a good seat…

Music in Tokyo: Live at Brasserie St. Bernardus

You can enjoy live music for one hour at Brasserie St. Bernardus during 2 to 4 concerts every month, usually on Monday or Sunday evenings: saxophone, violin, guitar, drum… There is no “music charge” but the musicians would certainly appreciate a small (or big) donation. Listen to nice live music, get your photo with the Japanese musicians, savour Belgian food and beer, and have a good time with the locals 🙂

Brasserie St. Bernardus is a Belgian restaurant/bar 1 minute south-west of Kanda train station (Chiyoda ward, Tokyo) and 3 minutes east of Hotel Villa Fontaine Otemachi. Yes in Japan staff had great fun there!

Tokyo in February 2015: Calendar for Chiyoda ward

In Japan in February 2015? Enjoy Japanese events in the Chiyoda ward of Tokyo, especially:

  • 03 February 2015: Setsubun Festival at Kanda shrine (celebrating Spring in Japan’s ancient calendar).
  • 08 February 2015: Martial arts tournament at Nippon-Budokan (Kobudo, ancient martial arts).
  • 11 February 2015: Festival for National Foundation Day (the foundation of Japan) at Yasukuni shrine.
  • 21 February 2015: Martial art tournament at Nippon-Budokan (Tankendo, with an armour and short bamboo sword).

Lanterns of Kanda shrine (Tokyo, Japan) at night.

To discover the Japanese culture, join a Yes in Japan tour including or complementing an event! “Insight Into Art: Origami? Shinto?” is quite popular 🙂

Tokyo in January 2015: Events in Bunkyo & Chiyoda wards

For happy holidays in Tokyo in January 2015, we recommend 7 Japanese events in Bunkyo and Chiyoda wards:

  • 01 January 2015: Shinto ceremony for New Year at Kanda shrine and Yasukuni shrine.
  • 01-07 January 2015: Ultraman superhero shows at Tokyo Dome City in Prism Hall with live fights, activities for children, etc.
  • 02 January 2015: Shinto ceremony for New Year at Yasukuni shrine.
  • 05 January 2015: “Kakizome” at Nippon-Budokan (first calligraphy of the year).
  • 09-18 January 2015: Furusato-matsuri Tokyo at Tokyo Dome with dances, music, floats, food stands, a shopping area, etc.
  • 10-12 January 2015: Daikoku Festival at Kanda shrine (Daikoku is one of the 7 lucky gods).
  • 12 January 2015: New Year ceremony at Nippon-Budokan.

Nippon-budokan in Tokyo (Japan).

Tour Tokyo for a day including one of these events with a Yes in Japan conductor/guide!

18 November 2014: Relaxing live jazz at The Adirondack Café!

The Yes in Japan team just enjoyed a relaxing live jazz concert and delicious Philly sandwich at The Adirondack Café (Chiyoda ward, Tokyo). The warm room was packed with friendly Japanese music lovers who bought the players’ CDs 🙂

The Japanese musicians played the piano, guitar, bass, and clarinet from 19:30 to 22:00:
Live jazz at The Adirondack Café (Chiyoda ward, Tokyo) in November 2014.

The music charge was only 2.800 yens! To enjoy another great jazz live, get off at Jimbocho subway station and walk to The Adirondack Café next Tuesday evening…

Music in Tokyo: Live jazz at The Adirondack Café

You can enjoy live jazz for two hours at The Adirondack Café every Tuesday evening and the second Saturday of every month; the “music charge” is only 2.800 yens per person. Listen to the music, watch the Japanese musicians, savour the food, and have fun with the locals!

The Adirondack Café is a restaurant/bar 3 minutes east of Jimbocho station (Chiyoda ward, Tokyo). Yes in Japan team members had a great time there 🙂