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Shibuya’s Zenmall (29-4 Udagawacho, Shibuya-ku; 03-3770-1641), known for offering large clothing for men, is holding a two-day Early Bird Pre-Summer Sale. The sale will take place on the mornings of April 12 (Sat) and 13 (Sun) for three hours (9am-noon) each day. During these times, nearly everything will be marked 20-80 percent off. Some of the bargains include suits with a spare pair of pants for \9,800 (sizes 3-8L), and summer casual jackets for \8,000 (3-6L). Imported designer suits by makers like Calvin Klein and Boss are also marked down to \39,000 and \59,000, respectively. Those who spend over \10,000 can take part in the Cash Grabbing Contest, where shoppers can dig into a box full of cash. Spend over \30,000 for two chances to grab, and \50,000 for three. Don't miss this rare opportunity, as it could be one of the few chances for those looking to buy large sizes in Japan, especially at affordable prices.
775: On the Sly
773: Fun with Ninniku
769: 100% Dry
765: Real Flatware
763: Ready, aim, snooze
761: That’s a wrap
759: Filming Nemo
757: Paper and Plastic
755: Mist Opportunity
753: Collect $200—then spend it!
751: Otaku’s Best Friend
749: Rhinestone Cowgirl
751: Otaku’s Best Friend
749: Rhinestone Cowgirl
747: Spinnerz
745: No Baggage
739: Sound Familiar?
737: Jet Blue
735: Hot Wax
733: Hot Tub
731: Outside the Box
729: Benchmark
727: Painting with Pixels
725: Sheer Brilliance
723: Straighten Up
721: Simplicity Rules
717: A New Leaf
713: A Suite Success
711: Samba seating
709: Say Unkl
707: Getting Dirty
705: City Slicker
703: Walk on water
701: First-Rate Second-Hand
699: Get a wave with it
697: Beyond the Paper Crane
695: Snappy Design
693: Posh Pad
691: Work of Art
689: Y’s for Living
687: Fall for fall
685: Eye Candy
683: Light as an Elephant
681: Green Summer
679: One-sided opinion
677: On your bikes!
675: Pint-Sized Play
673: Heaven Sent
671: The Shining
669: Any Ideas?
667: Dine in Style
664: Shoe Box
663: Artful Accessories
662: Celebrity Head
661: Outer Space
660: A brush with design
659: Street Smart
658: Jeans Country
657: Worth the weight
656: Jet set
655: Chaos Rules
654: Smooth Operator
653: Feel Your Art Beat
652: Sugar and Spice
651: State of the Art
650: Junior’s Room
649: Picture Perfect
648: Baby, we got designs on you
647: Mixed and Matched
646: Time traveler
645: Clear Thinking
644: Bag Lady
643: Under Wraps
642: Spine Design
641: Stretch out in Style
640: Material Worth
639: God is Brazilian
638: "Heaven and Earth" in your home
637: Precious Things
636: Stand to order
635: Über-embroidered Jewelry
634: Y, Hello
633: Bowl Patrol
632: From Virtual to Reality
631: In with the new
630: Light as a feather
629: Kyoto Premium
628: Oh, grow up!
627: Carrie it off
626: 007 Savvy for the Average Joe
625: Vanity fair
624: Gone Cuckoo
623: Hear her roar
622: Light me up
621: Style Setting
620: We Knead Style
619: Haute in Hong Kong
618: Little princesses
617: Second Nature
616: Camping out
614-615: Bags of Fun
613: John Brauer’s designs are rubbish…
612: Lights a go-go
611: Shake it up
610: From boring to soaring
609: Standing out
608: Scents of the season
607: Cute Dimples!
606: Hot Wheels
605: The X factor
604: Designs for life
603: Pretty in Pink
602: Building up
601: It’s a revolution!
599: Cloud
598: Animal Instincts
597: Amphibian Attack
596: Inner goodness
595: You complete me
594: Champagne wishes
593: Bring on Dodo Chic
592: Inspirational Shopping
591: Table Topography
590: Bless You
589: Protestant Walk Ethic
588: Block Party
587: Bowled Over
586: Light My Fire
585: Restir
584: Facing East
583: Chairman of the Board
582: Rainbow Coalition
581: Write Away
580: Inner Glow
579: Mother, May I?
578: Have A Seat
577: Wedding Belles
576: Racy Lace
575: Massage in a Bottle
574: Sporty Spice
573: Time after Time
572: Lighten Up
571: Prince Charming
570: Bling it on
569: Scent with Love
568: Flights of Fancy
567: Eye Catching
566: Arch Support
565: Light-Headed
564: Toy Story
563: Gilded Age
561-562: DIY Design
560: Domestic distractions
559: Watch Me
558: Aging gracefully
557: Surf’s up
556: Block party
555: Show pieces
554: Monopolize this
553: Oil paintings
552: Color me happy
551: Festival of style
550: The hills are alive
549: Madison Ave. moves East
548: Room service
547: Green is good
546: Sleeping beauty
544: Aroma therapy
543: Products of imagination
542: It's a man's world
541: Space age

By Hanna Kite

The hills are alive
Mori Building’s Roppongi mecca welcomes Tokyoites to its members-only library at academy hills

Photos Courtesy of Roppongi Hills

More than 1,600 “world citizens” are now members of the Roppongi Hills Library community. For ¥6,000 a month, members have access to the library’s books and a café, as well as quiet, wireless LAN-installed working spaces. It’s understandable why so many people have joined in the
last year— the café, after all, has 1,000 foreign magazines.

Foreign executives are encouraged to become Office Members. For ¥60,000 a month plus a substantial joining fee, this plan offers members-only working spaces, a reading room, a meditation room, individual booths, plus free juice, coffee and spirits. Some of the private rooms have superb bird’s-eye views of Tokyo—and Aeron chairs to boot. Office memberships are popular for those who want a business space in Tokyo or execs who need a couple of quiet thinking hours to themselves.

To promote the facilities at Roppongi Hills Academy (of which the library is a part), Mori Building Co. hired Junya Ishikawa, the award-winning CEO and executive producer of Dreamdesign Co, to build a creative media installation at their entrance. Don’t miss his multicolored sports drinks hanging on the walls across from Virgin Cinemas, on display through October 21. One-day trial memberships to the library are available for ¥1,000.

49F Mori Tower, Roppongi Hills, 6-10-1 Roppongi, Minato-ku. Tel: 03-6406-6649. Nearest stn: Roppongi. www.academyhills.com


Searching the archives
Idée’s latest lifestyle shop opens in THE NEW NAVI Shibuya BUILDING

Photos by Hanna Kite

If we had to choose one interior decoration brand to love in Tokyo, it would be Idée. Besides its rockin’ shops, restaurants and apartments, now there’s one more reason for brand worship: the new Navi Shibuya building next to Marui City. Besides five new restaurants, Navi houses an unparalleled clothing and lifestyle boutique on its first two floors. Earl Archives is for the older set, with top-of-the-line yet generally affordable products. Details are key here, especially with the menswear. On first appearance some of the products look rather plain, but two of the Earl Archives brand dress shirts have an extra button on the collar, one of their suits has an extra coin pocket. Their leather goods, including a seductive stingray belt and pass case, almost steal the show.

Products from the women’s floor include coats, pleated skirts, cashmere sweaters from HLam, and pumps and zebra clogs from Michel Vivien. The shop interior is, of course, worthy of Idée. We couldn’t help but notice how the candleholders barely visible under the showcase tables matched the taffy-green tiles at the entrance. When you’re finished downstairs, be sure to stop by for a swivel in the chairs and sip of the apricot drink at Suzu Café on the third floor.

1-2F Navi Shibuya, 1-20-5 Jinan, Shibuya-ku. Open Mon-Fri noon-9pm; Sat, Sun and hols 11am-8pm. Tel: 03-5728-2910. Nearest stn: Shibuya.


Light up my life
Ross Lovegrove designs a high-tech lamp for executive desktops

Courtesy of Yamagiwa

Anyone who hates the glare of the fluorescent lights will be eternally grateful for this sleek new product from Yamagiwa. The esteemed company has produced lights that are easy on the eyes for 15 years but their newest product is especially designed to suit an executive’s desk. The ¥59,890 S1000 Biolite Eon, which folds away in three seconds, emits an isometric electrical current that simulates the sun’s rays 30 minutes after sunrise. Though usually undetectable to the human eye, florescent and incandescent lights flicker rapidly between light and dark. Studies by the company show that after two hours, the steady Biolite is 2.3 times less tiring on the eyes than a regular incandescent bulb and four times less tiring than a fluorescent light.

The Biolite Eon is designed by Ross Lovegrove, whose portfolio includes work on Sony’s Walkman as well as with Louis Vuitton, JAL and Apple Computer. Lovegrove’s designs have been exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art in New York and the Design Museum London. The light is available in white and black and the base acts a turntable for easy adjustment.

dadriade Aoyama: 3-16-3 Minami-Aoyama, Minato-ku. Tel: 03-5770-1511. Open 11am-7:30pm, closed Wed. Nearest stn: Omotesando. www.yamagiwa.co.jp