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SAKURATEI THE WORLD’S FUNKIEST OKONOMIYAKI EXPERIENCE

April 28th, 2012 Nigel No comments

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This huge art adorned restaurant in the heart of Harajuku  caters to over 40,000  fun loving okonomiyaki fans per year! A huge (english language )  low priced menu and english speaking staff are on hand to make this a truly original dining experience! Okonomiyaki can best be described as a “BBQ style vegetable based pancake with absolutely whatever topping you could wish for, meat, fish, spicy or vegetarian! ” Sakuratei can be accessed either from Design Festa west gallery or by it’s main entrance to the left of Design festa east gallery.

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opening hours are from 11:30AM to 11PM daily with last orders taken at 10:15 (food) 10:30 (drinks) !

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with such a huge menu available and with the emphasis on “fun with friends!” many group parties opt for the ALL YOU CAN EAT course (2 hours of gluttony for just ¥1790 for ladies & ¥1990 for guys) !

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And if drinking is the name of your game, take advantage of the ALL YOU CAN DRINK system! (2 hours unlimited drinking for just ¥1410 per person!!!!!)

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visit the Sakuratei site for more details! http://www.sakuratei.co.jp/en/

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2 floors accommodating up to 200 diners!!

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SIKRA MAHTO handmade ethnic jewelry & accessories

April 28th, 2012 Nigel No comments

back again and ending today this has been a very popular presentation of original creative handmade jewelry from the ladies of SIKRA MAHTO visit http://sikramahto.blogspot.com for further details!

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“AEKA” handmade fashion by MANA.

April 27th, 2012 Nigel No comments

west gallery Art Pocket until 7pm tomorrow evening………..

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solo 1st time DF exhibition “Tea Party” by MISA ………

April 27th, 2012 Nigel No comments

ending today , Misa , a self -taught artist gives a firm nod in Alice’s direction with her own acrylic interpretation of the “Tea party”  visit http://profile.ameba.jp/rabbitmoonnight/

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2 artists present “the world i hate” & “The Bright Direction” …

April 27th, 2012 Nigel No comments

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artist ATSUKI SATO presents “the world i hate” a dark exploration ………..

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artist CHINATSU NOMURA presents “The Bright Direction , thousand summer”

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ARTIST INTERVIEW with STEPHEN REDMOND …………

April 26th, 2012 Nigel No comments

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Just finished interviewing this prolific rising young British artist and where better than sitting precariously from the 3rd floor pipes affixed to the front of the Design Festa west gallery!!

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Since his arrival in Japan Stephen has received acclaim for his outstanding mural work at Sakuratei restaurant as well as exhibiting both at the DFG and at our events at DF Tokyo Big Sight both as a booth exhibitor and as a live painter in our Outdoor Live Stage area…….

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Stephen Redmond

Graduated from Manchester Metropolitan University in 2007 with a BA in Illustration and Animation. Arrived in Japan in 2011, ten days before the March 11th earthquake.

N – What were you doing before you came to Japan?

S – I was in China. I went there to work as an editor for an art and design magazine.

N – How long were you there?

S – Two years.

N – Why China?

S – I had an opportunity, and I took it. My friend was working for a publishing house there and he told me they needed another foreign editor.

N – China. Huge country, long history… much inspiration?

S – China was… very different from what I was used to. The standard of living, the sense of values, everything we take for granted in the west as being standard or normal, is different. The city where I lived, Shenyang, is kindof an old industrial city without much in the way of cultural outlets. It’s a big city, but in the two years I was there, I never heard of a single art gallery. It wasn’t conducive to supporting a creative frame of mind.

N – So then back to the UK?

S – Yeah, I went back for about three months. Just long enough to spend Christmas with my family and sort out a visa for Japan.

N – Okay, so visa sorted, why Japan?

S – Well, actually this is my fourth time to come here. I came here on holiday three times before, participating in the Design Festa event in Odaiba on my second visit, and I’ve always thought I’d like to spend longer here, stop scratching the surface and see what the place really has to offer.

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N-How has relocating to Japan affected your creativity?

S – Coming to Japan has had a huge impact on my work in two distinct ways; the content and the output.

I think that the modern Japanese cultural landscape is a fascinating amalgam of different influences across different generations, and it leads to so many contradicting ideologies that you can find inspiration wherever you go. For example, here in Harajuku, you can see young people gathering in the street in such outlandish costumes that they’ve become a tourist attraction in their own right… and then directly over the road, you have Meiji Jingu, a famous and historic shrine where you can see traditional Japanese architecture and wedding processions in traditional dress. It’s this kind of juxtaposition of new and old that inspired the theme of my mural in Sakuratei.

Which leads me back to my other point, which is that coming to Tokyo has given me more opportunities to get my work out there than I ever had in any of the other places I’ve lived. Just in the last six months or so I’ve painted two murals, done live painting twice, and just recently had an exhibition of my work here at the gallery.

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N-which brings us up to the present time, What’s next?

S – Well, over Golden Week, I’m going to be painting a new mural in a Thai restaurant in Sangenjaya, and then later in May I’ll be doing live painting at an art and music event in Shibuya. I’ll be putting more information about both of these things on my website www.stephenredmond.com, and also on my new facebook page, www.facebook.com/StephenRedmondArt, so be sure to check them out!

N-It’s been fun talking to you up here in the sky Stephen, looking forward to your new works!

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from South Korea……..KIM JUNG IM & YOON JEONG WON .

April 23rd, 2012 Nigel No comments

both until wednesday 25th ,

space 1D west gallery photography by KIM JUNG IM

a series of stunning shots depicting rural life……..

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graphic artist YOON JEONG WON presents “LONELY MONSTERS” characters for a children’s book.

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