Bridge Street Market 2017

August 8th, 2017

Following the success of Bridge Street Market in 2016 the London market in Tokyo returns on Saturday 18 November 2017!!

Created by Guy Perryman with the British community Bridge Street Market is Tokyo’s only artisan market with a London vibe and village fair atmosphere launching the festive season in the heart of Harajuku.

Bridge Street Market features unique high quality products and as the name suggests is a bridge between Japan, Britain and the world.

Market stalls include – organic food and drinks, premium craft gin, craft beer, British bakery, afternoon tea, jewellery, fashion, homeware, aromatherapy, Christmas presents, live music, entertainment and more.

We are honoured that British Ambassador to Japan Paul Madden CMG will join the market at 4pm for an interview talk show with Guy Perryman and Madoka “Maddie” Kato for broadcast on The Guy Perryman Show on InterFM 897.

Saturday 18 November 2017
12noon – 8pm
BA-TSU Gallery Omotesando

Open to the public, free entry, everyone welcome!!

Updates on the Facebook Page.

Here’s the full list of market stalls…

Artisan Honey – from Estonia
Aston Martin – luxury hand made car display
Atelier Shinji Ginza – jewellery
Biku Designs – jewellery
The Botanist – craft gin
Brew Dog – craft beer & KiNoBi Kyoto gin
Bridge Street Market – original T-shirts
British Made – luxury leather goods and accessories
Candlewick – children’s toys and aromatherapy products
Choosee – organic teas and jams
Design By Henna – jewellery and cufflinks
Designer Rascall – children’s clothing
Euro-Japan Elegance – aromatherapy and scented candles
Guy Perryman – GP shirts and Sky Guy T-shirts
Joseph’s Driftwood Workshop – recycled art objects
The Kato’s – festive wreaths, drawings and live art
Kodomoparadis – kids and family T-shirts
Laurier & Eiko – cosmic readings and music
Lilzebra – keychain and necklace workshop
Linda Dot Asia – textiles and bags
Mornington Crescent – British bakery and afternoon tea
Nadia McKechnie – books
Noox – playful designs
Premium Beverages – whisky and rum
RIJ – Refugees International Japan charity
Sou-Sou-Japan – kimono’s re-crafted
Swan & Lion – British delicatessen
Te Veux Quoi Pour Ton Gouter – vegan French patisserie
Turquoise Port – homeware
Y’s Creations – jewellery


The Guy Perryman original designed smart casual GP Shirt will be launched at Bridge Street Market 2017!!


And the Guy Perryman original designed Sky Guy T-Shirt is also being launched at Bridge Street Market 2017.


British Ambassador to Japan Paul Madden CMG interview talk show at Bridge Street Market 4pm.


British Embassy Taiko Team perform live at Bridge Street Market 3:45pm.

Fastening Days Animation Character Voice

July 29th, 2017

I’m George the butler in part 2 of YKK Fastening Days animation series.

Look and listen at 1:39 & 5:11

My Day At Buckingham Palace

July 27th, 2017

Waking up on the morning of Friday 16 June 2017 in London was a feeling like no other – anticipation, excitement and nervousness enveloped with thoughts of – is this really happening or is it a dream? It was the day of my Investiture at Buckingham Palace to receive an MBE for services to British music in Japan. The sun was shining, a light breeze, expecting a top of 20 degrees. Perfect for what was to come.

The pink invitation said entry at the Palace from 10 o’clock AM for an 11 o’clock start. My mother and my partner were my invited guests for the ceremony. Up early, we all dressed, me in a brand spanking new three-piece suit, with its secret guilty pleasure of a gray silk lining with motifs of the iconic London skyline including St Paul’s Cathedral. And running between rooms to help each other. A cufflink here, a zip there, a sweep of a clothes brush. A final check, all done, a group hug and ready to go.

Seven months after receiving the news of the honour via a phone call from then British Ambassador to Japan Tim Hitchens this really was happening. I made a pact with myself to relax, enjoy the day, remember as many tiny details as I could and just be in the moment. In fact Ambassador Hitchens gave me the best advice “Be authentic”.

The invitation also included a Buckingham Palace parking pass and Jaguar very generously loaned me a motorcar for the occasion. We drove through the London traffic and down the Mall. The Royal Standard was flying over Buckingham Palace. The Queen is in! But would she be hosting the Investiture? No one is ever told until the start of proceedings on the day.

I drove to the assigned gate – Central South, on the left as you face the Palace. Guided by the police, who were genuinely welcoming, said “Good morning Sir” and congratulated me on the honour, we drove at walking pace through the crowds of tourists waiting for Changing the Guard, their cameras clicking and peering through the car windows to see if it was a member of the Royal family arriving. I’m sorry to have disappointed them. But my mum, who has often been told she looks a bit like the Queen, was a passenger looking quite regal, so we giggled that maybe we had just made someone’s day! I have to admit driving a smart motorcar through the gates of Buckingham Palace with hundreds of people taking photos of you is quite a feeling. After security checks we parked in the inner quadrangle.

Other honour recipients and their guests, all dressed for the day were also arriving as we entered the Palace foyer. Everyone sparkling, some perhaps not feeling comfortable. “Be authentic” I reminded myself. My first impression continued throughout the morning – big ornate rooms with thick red carpets and huge paintings in gold frames, the luxurious aromas of polished furniture and perfumed guests. I wasn’t expecting the mood to be somber but surprisingly there was a very festive atmosphere with everyone chatting, laughing and introducing themselves to each other. The Palace staff were incredibly friendly and also genuinely welcoming, putting everyone at ease throughout the process. And it became apparent quickly that this is a very well-oiled machine.

As requested we checked our mobile phones and cameras into the cloakroom (no photos to be taken inside the Palace) and then walked up the grand staircase. Life Guards of the Household Cavalry, very young men in their uniforms of red and gold splendour lined the stairs not moving a muscle. Honour recipients were directed to reception rooms for the Investiture briefing and our guests were guided to the Ballroom to be seated.

In the MBE reception room we were offered apple juice and mineral water served in elegant glasses etched with ER. A couple of us quipped that these would make nice “souvenirs”. We mingled and chatted with our fellow recipients sharing stories of what we were being honoured for. I met Gillian Smith a delightful lady from Suffolk who has worked for decades with the Girl Guides. She is from Framlingham, the same town as Ed Sheeran (who I have interviewed and she has met) and the boarding school my father attended, so we found some common ground for conversation. It is interesting to observe how quickly people find their tribes in these situations.

At 10:45am we were briefed and told today’s Investiture would be hosted by HRH Prince Charles. We would remain in this reception room until it is our turn to be received. We can watch the proceedings on the large TV monitors. We will then be escorted to the Ballroom, our name will be called, we walk up to the Prince of Wales, gentlemen bow, ladies curtsy, there will be a little private conversation with him as he hooks our medal onto a clip that will be fastened to our lapel just before we enter the Ballroom. We address the Prince as Your Royal Highness once and thereafter as Sir. When he shakes your hand it is the signal that your time is up, take three steps back, bow or curtsy once again and head off to the right. Everyone in the room murmured “Will I remember all of that?” A few of the ladies rehearsed their moves. One lady’s hat fell off.

Over the years I have witnessed many shows backstage and this was very similar. We had the performers, the script, the costumes, choreographed moves, spectacular sets, an audience and pre-show nerves. We even had the music with a small orchestra on the balcony at the back of the Ballroom playing classical and popular tunes softly throughout the ceremony. I heard the Skyfall theme at one point. A James Bond moment in Buckingham Palace, now that was quite cool! I even heard a tune from West Side Story which was a delightful coincidence as I was going to the Broadway cast show on my return to Japan after this UK trip and had recently been listening to the soundtrack repeatedly.

On the dot of 11am the music stopped, everyone in the Ballroom stood and Prince Charles entered escorted by two Gurkha Officers. He took his place on the dais with five Yeoman of the Guard Officers and the orchestra played God Save the Queen. This was followed by one minute’s silence to honour the victims of the Grenfell Tower fire which happened three days prior. The Queen and Prince William were visiting those affected as this Investiture took place.

Everyone was gestured to sit and the day’s 96 recipients started flowing through. People receiving honours included percussionist Evelyn Glennie who has been deaf since the age of twelve and has taught herself to sense music through her body; race driver Suzanne Wolff one of the only women to have competed in F1; and hockey player Giselle Ansley an Olympic gold medalist. We all waited quietly as we watched, wondering what Prince Charles might ask us. This part we did not have a script for.

Then it was my turn. This is the moment. My heart pounded. I rehearsed it all one more time in my head. I was escorted down a corridor to a smaller reception room and the clip for the medal was attached to my suit lapel, then moved to a spot in the wings of the front of the Ballroom. And there was the Prince of Wales just a few steps away. My few steps away. My name was called, I walked, turned, faced the Prince, bowed and stepped up to him. He smiled and immediately started to talk in a very soft, gentle voice. I had to lean in to hear him clearly. He complimented me on my work. He said how wonderful it must be living and broadcasting in Japan. I agreed. I cheekily told him I had DJ’d for his son the Duke of Cambridge a couple of years ago in Tokyo. He looked a little concerned for a moment. I added that it was not cause for scandal but at a reception at the British Embassy. He laughed. The conversation felt genuine and authentic. There was a bit more banter, he congratulated me and shook my hand. I said thank you Sir, took my three steps back, we locked eyes for a moment (I wonder what he was thinking), I bowed, turned right and walked away.

My head was swimming. I was “off stage” in another room where the medal was unclipped and placed inside its handsome case. The tending staff shook my hand and congratulated me again. And then suddenly all of the emotion, anticipation, nerves, thoughts of my family and the meaning of all of this caught up with me and I promptly shed tears. The staff were amazing and let me have my moment in private, they said it happens to a lot of people. I composed myself, was taken to my seat in the Ballroom with the other recipients, saw my Mum and my partner up on the left, they were beaming smiles. I could now just sit, take it all in and enjoy.

The Investiture lasted about another 20 minutes, and then everyone was done. We all stood and Prince Charles was escorted by the Gurkhas out of the Ballroom. Recipients met up with their guests and it was hugs, chat, laughter and tears all around the room.

The festive spirit continued as we made our way back to the entrance foyer. Walking down the grand staircase my Mum made a flirty compliment to one of the silent standing Household Cavalry “I may not be allowed to tell you this but you look beautiful”. He blushed.

Back in the foyer we gathered our goods from the cloakroom and used the restrooms. Mum came back with a gold Buckingham Palace carry bag. Apparently only the ladies restrooms have these. I placed my MBE medal case and the Investiture program in the bag – tangible mementos from a fantastical experience. In fact these bags became a secret form of identification when later in the day walking through Hyde Park I spotted a well dressed couple holding the same bag. They spotted mine, we had a laugh, introduced ourselves and shared more moments from our very special day at Buckingham Palace.

The Investiture concluded in the quadrangle for the official photos. It was once again a “back stage” revelation seeing how and where these familiar images of people smiling with their Order of the British Empire medals are created. I met the daughters of Gillian Smith and we took snaps with our mobile phones not wanting to forget the fun time we had and the people we met.

Driving back out through the gates of Buckingham Palace to meet my sisters for a celebratory lunch were once again the crowds of tourists looking and clicking cameras. And again it was not a member of the Royal family in the car, but this time it was a proud man who had just shaken the hand of the future King of England.

Reflecting on the day I can say it really was authentic and Mum noted it was also mysterious.

MBE Investiture

June 17th, 2017

Just had my day at Buckingham Palace!! Investiture on Friday 16 June 2017 to receive an MBE for services to British music in Japan. Prince Charles presented me with my medal and he was an absolute delight, we had a very friendly chat and a bit of a laugh. It was the most special day and I have to say the spirit of the occasion was a lot of fun with all of the incredible people I met and the welcoming Palace staff. What a lucky man I am. A couple of snaps here, professional photos are on the way.
I shall be writing a full recollection of the day here on my website soon plus reports on the British Chamber of Commerce in Japan website and on LHR – London Hit Radio broadcast across Japan on InterFM 89.7 and Love FM.


British Collectors Market

May 24th, 2017


Everyone is invited to the British Collectors Market at British Made Aoyama shop on Sunday 28 May 2017.

Created by my lovely friends at Watanabe Co. this is the 2nd annual market event based on the concept of Stories of British Life.

The market features some fabulous fashion, antiques and kitchenware plus yummy sweets, bakery and deli foods, tea, beer and cider!!

British Collectors Market
Sunday 28 May 2017
12:00-7:00pm
British Made Aoyama shop
1F Kizuna Bldg. 5-14-2 Minami-Aoyama, Minato-ku, Tokyo.
Free entry.

More information www.british-made.jp

Special workshop at the market with GLENROYAL British leather goods creating your own keyring!!
12:30pm and 2:30pm cost ¥5,000 per person.

Tokyo International Art Fair 2017

May 11th, 2017

I’ll be DJ’ing and reporting from the Tokyo International Art Fair 2017 and looking forward to seeing what’s happening in the world of contemporary art!!

May 26 & 27 2017, Hikarie Shibuya.

More info www.tokyoartfair.com

Behind The Mic

April 13th, 2017

Read my monthly column Behind The Mic where I share the best (and not so great) moments interviewing some of the biggest names in music and entertainment.

Anecdotes from the archive and new interviews published in Acumen the British Chamber of Commerce in Japan magazine and on line at www.bccjacumen.com

July 2017
Well this one’s a bit of a chat with myself…
My Day At Buckingham Palace

June 2017
Dame Judi Dench

May 2017
Sting

April 2017
The Brand New Heavies

March 2017
Coldplay

February 2017
Sir Paul McCartney

Black Card Cabaret 2017

January 1st, 2017

A huge thank you to everyone who jetted and sailed in to the Black Card Cabaret 2017 – A Night In Monte Carlo, we raised ¥1.2 million for RIJ – Refugees International Japan charity!!

Official photos www.facebook.com/GuyPerrymanOfficial

Official video www.youtube.com/GuyPerryman

You are invited to the BLACK CARD CABARET – A NIGHT IN MONTE CARLO!!

The annual event produced by Guy Perryman in support of RIJ – Refugees International Japan charity.

2017 is the 10th anniversary of the Guy Perryman Black Card so this is a fabulous way to start the celebrations!!

SATURDAY 4 FEBRUARY 2017
6:30-10:30PM

THE CRUISE CLUB TOKYO at TENNOZU ISLE
www.cctokyo.co.jp

IN THE CLUB HOUSE 6:30-9:30pm:
Monaco Grand Prix F1 simulator experience. The fastest lap time driver wins a magnum of Moet & Chandon Champagne!!
Casino Royale Roulette and Blackjack with fabulous prizes.
Cabaret, Burlesque, Live Music, James Bond 007 Performance.

ON BOARD THE LADY CRYSTAL 9:30-10:30pm:
Luxury one hour Tokyo Bay cruise with DJ’s and dancing.

DRESS – James Bond, Bond Girl, Bond Villain, Riviera Glamour!!

LIVE AUCTION
Pair of Business Class tickets Tokyo to Nice Cote d’Azur return on Turkish Airlines!!

LIVE PAINTING
Edgar Lizarazu who uses wine instead of paints will create a piece to be auctioned.

MONACO 3D VISUAL EXPERIENCE
Compliments of Monaco Tourism Bureau.

SILENT AUCTION
Luxury goods, experiences and hotel stays.

LIMITED TICKETS WILL BE AVAILABLE AT THE DOOR:
¥15,000. Black Card Members ¥13,000.
Includes free flow bars and canape buffet.

The Black Card Cabaret is a free standing event with everyone welcome to walk around and enjoy all areas. There is seating in most areas. Guaranteed reserved seating in the Club House is first come first served so reserve your table now!!

To purchase tickets and reserve tables please email guy@guyperryman.com with your full name and number of tickets required.

Black Card Cabaret on Facebook

See how your donations are helping people return to their homes and a safe life at
www.refugeesinternationaljapan.org


The Lady Crystal luxury Tokyo Bay cruise with DJ’s and dancing!!


The Club House with free flow bars and canape buffet.







Live auction of pair of Business Class tickets Tokyo to Nice Cote d’Azur return flying Turkish Airlines, with Monacair helicopter transfer from Nice Cote d’Azur airport to Monaco Hotel Hermitage and two night stay!!




Enjoy an incredible Monaco 3D visual experience through hi-tech goggles compliments of the Monaco Tourism Bureau!!



Monaco Grand Prix F1 simulator experience. The fastest lap driver wins a magnum of Moet & Chandon Champagne!!


Roulette at the Casino Royale gaming salon.


Blackjack at the Casino Royale gaming salon and onboard the Lady Crystal.


Tokyo Rouge dance the Can Can.


Pussy Willow performs Bond themes, Marilyn Monroe and diamond inspired songs.


The Red Hot Swingers perform French gypsy jazz.



DJ Bambi is our superstar DJ!!




Gorgeous show girls perform at the Black Card Cabaret!!



Steven Haynes brings his dazzling smile and dancing feet again to the Black Card Cabaret!!


Live wine painting show by Edgar Lizarazu.





The Lady Crystal has been freshly painted, her decks scrubbed and is sparkling for the Black Card Cabaret!!



Fabulous luxury hotel stay packages for F1 and gaming salon prizes and the silent auction.

New Year Honour

December 31st, 2016

I am absolutely overwhelmed and seriously humbled to be included in the British New Year Honours 2017 list appointed MBE for services to British music in Japan.

Music is one of the most vital elements of life and I never underestimate its power. I could not live without it. Being able to connect with people through music and interviewing the musicians who create it is ever inspiring and an honour itself.

It has been an amazing journey broadcasting my favourite music on various radio stations around the world since starting out on public radio as a teenager in the 1980’s. The Japan chapter began in 1990 with Virgin Megastores continuing at InterFM, radio:on and DJ In The Sky.

This very special honour is not just for me, but also for my family, friends and colleagues – you are a huge part of this journey.

Thank you so so much.

Wishing you an exceptional new year filled with music!!

大変光栄なことに、これまでの音楽活動に対し、この度British New Year Honours 2017のMBE(大英帝国勲章5等勲爵士)を受勲することができました。

音楽は私の人生の中でも極めて重要な要素の一つであり、音楽の持つ力を信じて活動して参りました。音楽なしの人生など考えることなどできません。音楽を通して人々と繋がることや、ミュージシャンへの取材ができたことそのものが私にとって大変名誉なことです。

1980年代、私が10代の頃にラジオでの音楽放送のキャリアをスタートし、1990年代にはヴァージンメガストアのDJとして日本での活動を始め、これまでInterFMやDJ In The Sky(ヴァージンアトランティック航空機内でのDJ)といった様々な場で大好きな音楽を皆様にお届けし続けることができたことは、本当に素晴らしいものでした。

この特別な栄誉は決して私だけのものではなく、支えてくれた家族や友人、同僚の皆様のおかげです。

この場を借りて皆様に御礼申し上げます。本当にありがとうございました。

それでは皆様、たくさんの音楽で溢れた良い新年をお過ごしください!!

New Year’s Eve Countdown

December 27th, 2016

I’ll DJ New Year’s Eve Countdown at the Peninsula Hotel Tokyo to welcome in 2017.

Join me Saturday 31 December 2016 at the sumptuous Peter Restaurant & Bar with sweeping views over Tokyo and the Imperial Palace gardens.

Restaurant – dinner seatings at 6pm and 9pm, reservations essential.

Bar – free entry, cash bar 6pm-2am, no need to reserve.

Information and reservations www.tokyo.peninsula.com

2017 is the 10th anniversary of Guy Perryman Black Card Membership AND the Peninsula Hotel Tokyo – so this is the perfect way for all of my Black Card members and friends to welcome the new year!!