Interiors: Have a ball
Who says you need tickets to catch a piece of World Cup
action? Tama Miyake puts on her party hat to help you plan a Tokyo-style
soccer shindig in your own home.
Make some noise
with help from FIFA
If you weren't willing to cough up the yen for a stadium seat
for the World Cup—and even if you were—you're probably
planning on parking yourself in front of the TV for the next month to
watch your favorite team take to the field. But if you're anything
like Posh Spice, you'll banish the couch-potato blues and take
this once-in-four-years opportunity to throw your friends a lavish World
Cup theme party. The Spice Girl herself invited 400 friends to "Beckingham
Palace" a few weeks back to send off Team England and raise some
£500,000 for charity. Featuring geisha girls, shiitake mushrooms,
600,000 orchids and everyone from Sir Elton John on down, the Far East-themed
party spared no expense.
But presuming you don't live in a castle and have millions of pounds
at your disposal, you can still throw one heck of a World Cup cocktail
party here in one of the two host countries. Just tell all your friends,
fire up the barbecue and follow our tips for an evening of football fun.
Spread the word
|Pick up face paint and afros at Tokyu
You could do it the old-fashioned way and send your friends postcard-style
invitations with a World Cup theme (Ito-ya sells 10-card packs with FIFA
mascots for ¥200) by snail mail, but why not use every modern host's
favorite medium and arrange your party by www.evite.com?
This handy website lets you design your own party page or choose from one
of several prepackaged ideas, send invitations by email, and track RSVPs.
Potential partygoers can then log in and view the guest list, write pithy
comments and view maps to your apartment.
Dressing the part
Even if you've been living in Japan for longer than some World
Cup players have been alive, you probably still bear a patriotic streak
when it comes to your favorite sport. And being in Tokyo doesn't
have to stop you from putting your team on your sleeve—or anywhere
else, for that matter. National team jerseys, hats, headbands, face paint,
pins, pants and much more can be found throughout the city. Drop by the
official FIFA store in Shibuya for colorful T-shirts (from ¥3,000),
trippy ties (¥4,800-5,800), jesters' hats and kidswear for
every team and from every venue. Take it one step further at Tokyu Hands
with wigs in team colors, "special big afros" (¥1,300)
in blazing red, World Cup 2002 kimonos and enough face paint to redo the
walls of your apartment. Feeling really sporty? You can even strut your
stuff in Triumph's soccer bra and underwear set (available at department
stores). But if painted faces and frizzy hair arouse suspicion in the
neighborhood, not to worry. Just slip on one of soccerphile.com's
specially designed T-shirts proclaiming in English and Japanese, "I
am not a hooligan."
Deck the halls
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There's something about tatami that just doesn't jive with
sweaty men running after soccer balls. But AstroTurf—that's
more like it. Tokyu Hands sells artificial grass by the roll for just
¥1,540/meter. Cut it up, lay in on the floor, and you may even save
yourself from soaking up spillage all night long.
"Since we don't have so many parties, we don't have
specialty shops," says Satomi Takeda, a Tokyo-based interior designer.
"I normally go to Tokyu Hands or Loft. They have enough for a party."
Tokyu Hands has established itself as the place to find all kinds of appropriate
party decorations, from French and Brazilian flags to Japanese-style lanterns
in team colors. The home and lifestyle superstore has a World Cup display
on level 1C of its Shibuya branch, where you can even pick up a miniature
foosball table for ¥3,980. Tokyu Hands also stocks a wide range
of regular party supplies from streamers to disco balls, as does Loft.
See the sixth floor of Loft for fireworks sets as cheap as ¥2,000,
noisemakers, party games and more.
Let's make some noise
Challenge your friends
to a game of foosball
No party would be complete without tunes, and thankfully there's
no shortage of CDs to get you in the soccer spirit. The lead-up to the world's
largest sporting event has already seen the release of Fever Pitch: The
Official Music of The 2002 FIFA World Cup (see review on p. xx, ¥2,400
featuring the lyrical stylings of everyone from Jennifer Lopez to German
punk rockers Die Toten Hosen. Other compilations include World Cup 2002
with such favorites as "We Will Rock You" and "I Will
Survive," and 1998's international collection Music Of The
World Cup: Allez! Ola! Ole! featuring Ricky Martin and the Gipsy Kings.
If you're feeling a little more patriotic, check out the selection
of country chants and soccer songs on titles such as Scotland Fc: Scottish
World Cup Anthems and Futebol: The Sound of Brasilian Football, all available
Eat it up
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protect your reputation
Your outfit set and pad prepared, it's time to think about the
menu. Beckham fans looking for a taste of home are in luck: the Foreign
Buyers' Club has launched a British food shop on a trial basis
through June12. More than 2,500 items are available to tickle your fancy,
whether it's baked beans or treacle. If the trial is successful,
the FBC will continue the mail order service from September 1. A little
closer to home is Hanamasa, a 24-hour grocery chain that sells generic
snacks, steaks, vegetables and more in bulk. Hanamasa has stores throughout
the city, allowing for easy access to Aussie beef and last-minute beer
runs. If you choose bulk amounts of beer as well, you may want to consider
one of the many keg-style beer sets from Tokyu Hands or Loft. Other accessories
sure to add to the party atmosphere include barbecues, blenders to make
frozen drinks, cocktail sets and beer-can coolers. If you want to keep
things simple and true to theme, see International Dining for where to
find newly launched World Burp Beer.
The last step in the party planning process: turn on the tube. Metropolis
will run TV listings throughout the World Cup (see TV listings). All that's
left to do is sit back and let the games begin.
Foreign Buyers' Club
(English): 078-857-9001, tel (Japanese): 078-857-9000. Fax: 078-857-9005.
Several outlets around the city, most open 24 hours. Akasaka: 1F Sun Terrace
Akasaka Bldg, 2-12-32 Akasaka, Minato-ku. Tel: 03-5545-3029. Nearest stn:
Open 10am-8pm Sun-Thu, 10am-9pm Fri-Sat. 21-1 Udagawacho, Shibuya-ku.
Tel: 03-3462-3807. Nearest stn: Shibuya.
Shibuya: 12-18 Udagawacho, Shibuya-ku. Tel: 03-5489-5111. Open 10am-8pm
daily. Nearest stn: Shibuya.
Photo credit: Tama Miyake,
courtesy of soccerphile.com
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