This weekend in Tokyo

If you’re at a loss for what to do with yourself and your head feels like it’s stuck in a watermelon, here are some ideas to have a fun weekend in Tokyo.

+ Summer may have all the cool outdoor parties but the tunes don’t stop in winter. The good people behind Womb Club in Shibuya is throwing an all-night techno and hip-hop party, Womb Adventure ’08 Contakt, on Sat, Dec 20 at Makuhari Messe.

+ Recession entertainment idea: a free Christmas concert at the Canopy Square of Tokyo Mid-Town in Roppongi. Remember to rug up, though. Expect J-pop artists Sowelu, Meg and others. Dec 20-25, various times. Click here for the schedule.

+ If you’re stressed and dying to get the kinks out of your body, make an appointment with zen shiatsu therapist for a real Japanese-style massage. It’s a great solution for those who dislike the hard-kneading style of Thai or Chinese massages. One session costs 5,000JPY and above. Surf over to for more details.

+ You’re probably planning to do some Christmas shopping this weekend, and if you’re around Omotesando, you might want to inhale some ramen sustenance at Mist. It’s pretty fancy ramen in a chic joint, but here’s some motivation: it’s really really tasty shoyu and salt ramen with melt-in-your-mouth charsiu (roast pork). The chef behind this enterprise was featured on TV several times, so this stuff is good. 3F at Omotesando Hills.

+ Catch Wall-E or Tropic Thunder for some laugh-out-loud action at the movies. I know, I know, we get Hollywood stuff waaaay after the rest of the world. Better late than never.

Photo: Danz in Tokyo

2 Comments so far

  1. djtj on December 19th, 2008 @ 9:28 am

    Tropic Thunder was the best movie of the year for me. I laughed my ass off. I even bought the soundtrack and I’m waiting for DVD to come out. But my wife and other Japanese friends who went to see the movie with me could not get the hang of it by reading the subtitle. TOO BAD!

  2. astrorainfall on December 19th, 2008 @ 4:12 pm

    I’ve only seen snippets of it and can’t wait to watch it!

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