This Week in Tokyo – 25 April 2023

Welcome to ‘This Week in Tokyo’, a review of the Maction Planet week that was and a look ahead to what’s coming up in the city. Hosted by Mac, our Founder and Lead Guide, you can check out photos from our tours and read insights into our explorations as we get under the skin of the World’s Greatest Metropolis, and beyond! This week: Sara, Dave and Mac at Jingu; Susan and Mark – back in Tokyo; 100 colours No.43; MACallan Planet and Pepsi Namatastic.

Featured image – Sara, Dave and Mac at Jingu: What a game! The Swallows executed a clinical 3-0 victory on Friday 21 April, and Sara and Dave were there with me to witness it after a day of off-the-beaten-track Tokyo, sake, whisky and much much more. Thank you for choosing Maction Planet!

Susan and Mark – back in Tokyo: Long-term eagle-eyed ‘This Week in Tokyo’ will recognise Susan and Mark from an edition in November 2019! I was honoured when they contacted me – not only to spend another day together in The World’s Greatest Metropolis but also to help consult on their multi-week Pan-Japan trip!

Our last stop of the day was the Mori Art Museum where we enjoyed their 20th Anniversary exhibition currently in progress. Here we are in front of Une Moderne Olympia 2018 by Morimura Yasumasa.

100 colours No.43: Emmanuelle Moureaux has been featured in This Week in Tokyo before. Here’s a piece she created for ROPPONGI ART NIGHT 2023 – 100 colours no.43 “memory”. The work is made up of 100 coloured layers of years – the deeper the layer, the older the year. The artwork is an abstract representation of layers of memory”. Emmanuelle Moreaux is a French architect, artist and designer living in Tokyo since 1996. She’s also a Professor at Tohoku University of Art and Design. Inspired by the layers, colours, depth and density found on the streets of Tokyo, and traditional spatial elements like sliding screens, she has created the concept of “shikiri”, which literally means “dividing (creating) space with colours”. Her works include architectural design for Sugamo Shinkin Bank, art installations for UNIQLO and ISSEY MIYAKE, and various installations at The National Art Center, Tokyo.

MACallan Planet: I couldn’t resist snapping this shot at The Macallan Whisky Double Cask Collection Experience held at Roppongi Hills from 20-23 April 2023.

Pepsi Namatastic: Pepsi Nama is made with a secret blend of herbs and spices – sound familiar – that don’t go through heat processing during production. This allegedly keeps their flavours natural, fresh and raw – hence the NAMA <生> moniker.

Suntory holds the Pepsi license in Japan and is responsible for these Japan-exclusive releases.

For relaxing times, make it Pepsi Nama Cola time…

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