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.
The hills are alive
Mori Buildings Roppongi mecca
welcomes Tokyoites to its members-only library at academy
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 librarys books and
a café, as well as quiet, wireless LAN-installed working
spaces. Its understandable why so many people have joined
last year the café, after all, has 1,000 foreign
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 birds-eye
views of Tokyoand 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.
Dont 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
49F Mori Tower, Roppongi Hills, 6-10-1
Roppongi, Minato-ku. Tel: 03-6406-6649. Nearest stn: Roppongi.
Searching the archives
Idées latest lifestyle shop opens in THE NEW
NAVI Shibuya BUILDING
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 theres 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 womens 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 couldnt help but notice how the candleholders
barely visible under the showcase tables matched the taffy-green
tiles at the entrance. When youre 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
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 executives desk. The ¥59,890
S1000 Biolite Eon, which folds away in three seconds, emits
an isometric electrical current that simulates the suns
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 Sonys Walkman as well as with Louis
Vuitton, JAL and Apple Computer. Lovegroves 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