Archive for November, 2010

Menage a Trois Saturday 2010.12.4

Tuesday, November 30th, 2010

This is not my event but my friends The Scotch Malt Whisky Society Japan, artist Akira & The Park Hotel are collaborating & hosting a very cool reception on Saturday 2010.12.4 with the best from all 3.
Menage a Trois features new paintings by Akira, one of my favourite contemporary artists; over 100 single cask whiskies to taste; a talkshow about the exhibition – a marriage of art, single cask whisky & the design hotel space; plus whisky celebrity Dave Broom from Scotland will be signing copies of his new book!!
All this for Guy Perryman Black Card Members at the special fee ¥4,000!!
And Black Card Members who attend have the chance to win an excellent, hand picked single malt bottle!!
Others ¥5,000.
No need to book – purchase tickets at the door. The event is 4-7pm at the Park Hotel, Shiodome.
More info at www.parkhotel-tokyo.com

Manic Street Preachers James Dean Bradfield

Monday, November 29th, 2010

I was lucky to meet up with Manic Street Preachers vocalist James Dean Bradfield for a quick chat just before their live show at Studio Coast, Tokyo on Friday 2010.11.26 We discussed the incredible wordsmith skills of the Manic’s, Welsh melancholy & how immersing yourself in music helps you survive. Click on the play button below to listen..

With James of Manic Street Preachers – click on the play button below to listen..
Manic Street Preachers

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Nonaca Naka Ochiai Gallery Closing

Sunday, November 28th, 2010

A lovely closing reception at the ever inspiring Nonaca Naka Ochiai Gallery on Saturday 2010.11.27. The gallery has over the years introduced a stable of contemporary artists from Japan & around the world but is now closing it’s doors to concentrate on the intimate residence exhibitions in exclusive home environments. Get inspired at www.nonaca.net

With one of my favourite contemporary Japanese artists (& architect) Kazumasa Noguchi who I discovered at Naka Ochiaia Gallery a few years ago. I have since collected a few of his works. And we’re walking on tatami with shoes on (!!) for the last time.

Africa Restaurant Diet Menu

Thursday, November 25th, 2010

On Wednesday 2010.11.24 my Inter FM co-host Sayoko & I were treated to a very interesting meal & talk at Africa restaurant in Daikanyama, Tokyo. The meal was created by nutritionist Harumi Toda who is showing diet conscious people that you can enjoy great meals & dining out but not pile on the calories. His specialty is to concentrate on cutting down on sugar content, not just calories. We sampled his meal of salad with a rich gravy dressing , clear shellfish soup, grilled fish, lean steak, a creamy tofu fruit dessert & white wine. A delicious fulfilling meal & I didn’t feel like a blob afterwards!! This special menu is now available at Africa – click here for details..

NHK TV Program Discover Science

Tuesday, November 23rd, 2010

I was very happy & proud to be part of the award winning NHK TV children’s program Discover Science throughout 2010. I was the adult narrator together with my lovely co-narrator 11 year old Rae-chan on the English language version of the show broadcast overseas. We had a great time recording our parts & I only wish that science shows were this cool when I was a kid!!

Discover Science wins awards in Japan & overseas.

Swing Out Sister Loooove Japan!!

Saturday, November 20th, 2010

I had a chat with Corinne of Swing Out Sister backstage at Billboard Live, Midtown Roppongi, Tokyo on Friday 2010.11.19 & I didn’t even need to ask my stock standard question “What do you love about Tokyo” because Corinne just let it rip & told me how much she connects with Japan – Swing Out Sister have been here over 30 times (or do they really live in Saitama??). She even got herself into a Japanese construction workers pants!!
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Corinne gets into Japanese construction workers pants!!
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Swing Out Sister 2

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Grand Hyatt Tokyo Christmas 2010

Friday, November 19th, 2010

My Inter FM program co-host Sayoko & I were treated to an evening of Christmas cheer to ring in the giving season at the Grand Hyatt Tokyo in Roppongi Hills on Wednesday 2010.11.17. You too can enjoy the season every weekend when the hotel lobby is transformed into an Angel Area under the huge illuminated Christmas tree & serving hot wine. Make a donation to the Save The Children fund & get your photo taken by a professional photographer in front of the Christmas tree!! All details at www.tokyo.grand.hyatt.jp

With Sayoko-san & Grand Hyatt GM Christophe Lorvo.

Hermes Noel De France Ginza 2010

Friday, November 19th, 2010

I was very happy to be invited to a glamorous evening at the Hermes store, Ginza on Wednesday 2010.11.17 to ring in the festive Noel season French style. Gorgeous decorations & entertainment, gorgeous food & drinks & even a Puriclub photo booth for the gorgeous people..
And if you want something gorgeous for the season – www.hermes.com


Yum spunk bar staff with tail!!


Yum yum!!

I was tempted to bite into that apple!!

Hermes Puriclub photo booth!!

Daniel Powter At Inter FM

Thursday, November 18th, 2010

On Wednesday 2010.11.17 superstar Daniel Powter dropped into my Inter FM program Global Satellite for a chat. It was the second time I’ve interviewed Daniel – the last time was just after his massive hit Bad Day blew up around the world. This time he cracked a joke about how sick of listening to that song me & my listeners must be (!!). Then he added that he’s really sick of listening to it because he’s had to sing it soooooo many times!! Oh & the title was a bit of a fluke – he had the Bad bit written but then he was trying to find a word that rhymed with Hey .. & Day was the winner..

Not such a bad day with Daniel Powter.

Ari Up Of The Slits Archive Interview

Monday, November 15th, 2010

Very sad news that in October 2010 we lost Ari Up of The Slits. A pioneer from the London punk movement of the 1970′s I was lucky to meet up with Ari Up for a quick conversation in Tokyo in 2007. From my archive I’ve rediscovered this conversation; she was engaging & entertaining. In retrospect I wish I’d asked many more questions but we just didn’t have more time that day – click on the play button below to listen..

With Ari Up – click on the play button below to listen to our quick conversation..
Ari Up

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