Sights in Tokyo

Sight in Tokyo

What the Dickens!

This venue in Ebisu, Tokyo, is a pub and bar that hosts live music and comedy nights, just 3 minutes walking from the station. The Pirates of Tokyo Bay is a comedy group that holds a show every month here, and it features games played in English as well as Japanese. If you have ever watched the show “Who’s Line is it?”, they do similar comedy to that.

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Good Heavens! Comedy Club

Standup Tokyo is just what the name suggests, lots and lots of stand-up! Every month, they host about 20 shows and you can choose to go to the nights where new comedians are trying out experimental material, or to the more experienced ones. Occasionally, comedians from oversees will be the headliners so keep a watchful eye out for those events. If you can speak or understand the native language, then they also have nights where the international locals perform entirely in Japanese! Are you up for the challenge? Check out there upcoming events on their website! (Good Heavens is the flagship comedy show that is located in Shimokitazawa on Wednesdays)

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Chicago Harajuku Omotesando

Accenting the store front is a giant CHICAGO neon sign that is very hard to miss. It is a part of many branches but this one is said to be the largest and the best. They carry many unique things such as wedding dresses to even rare kimonos!

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Meno

This shop sells mainly women's apparel ranging from lacy intimates to accented accessories. The interior of the shop is very stylized and romantic and the same can be said for their collection. While their clothes are on the more expensive side, the quality is top notch and truly antiques. Come by just to take a look or to add something new to your collection.

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Kinji Used Clothing

This thrift shop is located in Harajuku, one of the fashion spotlights in Tokyo. You will see all types of people there with various styles, from goth to lolita. Kinji is the place where those clothes go to to find a new home. Thats makes this store have one of the widest range of clothings for a thrift shop. Instagram: @kinji_harajuku Photos taken from their website.

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BINGO Shibuya Center St.

Bingo is located in the BookOff building which is the largest bookstore that sells secondhand books for a very cheap price. Bingo sells around 20,000 pieces of preowned apparel including accessories and bags,ect. This venue is very big, so I suggest having an idea of what you want to by before your visit. You can find the clothing section on the basement floor under the 3 floors of books, CDs, and DVDs. For information on how to sell your items please visit the website. Photos from BookOff

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Nude Trump

Nude Trump is about at crazy as the name sounds! The apparel, while not the best quality, are very colorful and unique. They sell trinkets, toys, and accessories, that are probably studded, or covered in feathers. Same applies to their clothing, as you will see neon, loud, and sparkly colors on most of their things! This place is not just a shopping destination but just a nice way to spend an afternoon. The crazy fashionista Hayao Matsumura started this shop in the late 80s and it has been a go to destination for those dedicated customers who prefer the extreme side of fashion! Twitter: @NUDETRUMP_TOKYO Images from their Twitter.

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BOY

BOY in Shibuya City is a hidden gem that sells old school Japanese fashion brands. Upon entering the store you will hear alternative and grunge music playing, with a lot of their clothing having some kind of connection to music. The decor in the space is very stylized and interesting, kind of like someone’s personal closet. Their tops start at around 2000 yen(~$20), so it won’t drain your wallet too much. In addition to secondhand clothes, they also sell CDs! Twitter handle:@boyfandm Photos found on their Twitter page.

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New York Joe Exchange

New York Joe Exchange is an amazing thrift store because you can actually bring your used clothing and they will buy it from you for cash for 30% of their resell price.

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Stick Out

Stick Out is is a fashion favorite as you know exactly what to expect before you go there. Everything is 700 yen (~$7)! They carry a wide variety of clothes of all different styles. The selection is so huge that it could take a whole afternoon just to find something, but the gratification of finding that one piece you love makes the search worthwhile. Check out their selection beforehand on their insta! (@stickout700store) Photos taken from their website and Instagram Page

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2nd Street

2nd Street is located in Koenji, where some of the best thrift stores live. While there are other locations, I recommend this shop simply because there are so many other thrift stores next to it to explore in case you don’t find anything. This area has a whole street lined with secondhand clothing stores. 2nd Street is the large 2 floored building among them, you won’t miss it. If you dig deep you will find brands like Converse, Supreme, and Champion. Be warned that the men’s shoe section is very expensive compared to what you can find oversees, but still cheaper than a retailers of course. Check out their instagram(@2ndstreet_official) to get a better idea of what styles they carry. Photos found on their website.

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Somethin' Jazz Club

Somethin' Jazz Club is located in Ikebuikuro, where jazz is very prominent. They feature a nice variety of funk and soul in addition to jazz for those that enjoy a wider range of music. With their reasonable prices and their live performances every night, this is a definite must-see! The unique thing about this venue is that the owner actually teaches music here, and all are welcome, so don’t worry if you are just a beginner. Photos found on Foursquare

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Cotton Club

Cotton Club is a venue where you can expect live performances every night, with genres like from soul, rb&b, and jazz. This venue has a large stage is performance based, meaning they offer a variety of things such as a sinner plan pack as well as a souvenirs and gift cards. On the bottom of their website you will see all of the jazz companies that they are affiliated to, as well as future performances, etc. Check this place out for a wholistic jazz experience!

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Billboard Live

Billboard Live is not solely for jazz music, as they feature r&b and soul as well. It is perfect for those who want to experience jazz music in a large concert like venue. This place is owned by the large and infamous Billboard magazine, so you get the what you pay for when you purchase a ticket for one of their shows. They also have other locations all across Japan so be sure to visit their website for more information and for their variety of live performances! Photos found on Foursquare

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Ink Stand by Kakimori

Create your one of a kind ink to take home as a souvenir at Ink Stand located close to Asakusa. The color combinations are endless.

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Body and Soul

Body and Soul is larger than your average jazz joint, and apparently has really good food. This venue has an easy to follow website where you can see the details of each of their live performances before you plan your visit. They have a few locations, so be sure to check that out. On their website, they mention that they are one of the first jazz clubs that ever opened when jazz fist came to Japan! That is defiantly worth checking out! I chose this venue largely due to another reason; it has a similar title to my favorite poem in the whole entire world, A Dialogue Between the Soul and Body by Andrew Marvell. If you have some time, give it a read, I’m sure it won’t disappoint!

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The Pit Inn

This spot is considered to be the best of all the Jazz clubs in Tokyo. Here, you will see only very dedicated jazz fans; there won't be much chatter or electronics, and minimal service. As you can see from the set up of the venue the place places its focus on the music before anything else, with all the seats facing the center stage, and the ambiance is like that of the good old traditional Jazz spots (dim lighting, hush atmosphere, and old posters). Photos found on Foursquare

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Nefertiti

According to the Tokyo Jazz Site, Nefertiti is finest spot in the entire Metropolitan area of Tokyo for Jazz, named after the Miles Davis Album in 1968. This place is famous for its sound, which can’t be described in so many words so you will just have to go see for yourself! As for the ambiance of the place, it is larger than your tradition jazz site, and there is natural light that is beautifully accompanied with jazz from all genres, from experimental/free albums to vocal jazz pieces, all of which you can listen to on your next visit. Please take note that this is not a smoking venue.