Mac, Founder and Lead Guide of Maction Planet Bespoke Japan Travel, holds a pack of Japanese Curry

This Week in Tokyo – 28 April 2020

In this week’s ‘This Week in Tokyo’ Mac, Founder and Lead Guide of Maction Planet, keeps us abreast of the Maction Planet comings and goings, or rather stayings! This week: Mac plus Curry with Jonelle Patrick; Late Night Monogatari Vol.2; A Dialogue with Lee Ufan; Pepper Graveyard and Together as One. Konnichiwa from Tokyo. Once again, our thoughts […]

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LATE NIGHT MONOGATARI Vol.2: NOCTURNAL GROOVES OF THE WORLD’S GREATEST METROPOLIS!

Tokyo ON In the Mix: Late Night Monogatari Vol.2

LATE NIGHT MONOGATARI Vol.2: NOCTURNAL GROOVES OF THE WORLD’S GREATEST METROPOLIS! Another edition of the Late Night Monogatari series for chilling out, staying up, wandering aimlessly, convenience store runs, reading or contemplating your existence. Carefully selected and mixed by Tokyo ON host and Maction Planet Resident DJ Royce Leong, this lo-fi Japanese music mix features […]

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Lee Ufan, 'Dialogue' (2017), Acrylic on Canvas on display at SCAI the Bathhouse, Yanaka

Lee Ufan: Dialogue

Lee Ufan’s latest exhibition, ‘Lee Ufan – paintings’ at SCAI: THE BATHHOUSE opened on Friday 6 March 2020. It consists exclusively of paintings, featuring Lee’s latest works from the Dialogue series that he has worked on since 2000. We take this opportunity to look back at Lee’s global influence through the Mono-ha movement he co-founded […]

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Japanese City Pop artists Natsu Summer

This Week in Tokyo – 21 April 2020

In this week’s ‘This Week in Tokyo’ Mac, Founder and Lead Guide of Maction Planet, keeps us abreast of the Maction Planet comings and goings, or rather stayings! This week: Natsu Summer; Kichijoji is Alright; The Kaminarimon Lantern is back!; Yamatalk x Tokyo Taste Test and #SupportLocalBusinesses. Konnichiwa from Tokyo. Once again, our thoughts go out to all those who have […]

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Kaminarimon Thunder Gate of Sensoji Temple with no lantern - March 2020

An Ode to Kaminarimon: The incredible history of Sensoji’s famous Thunder Gate

The lantern of the Kaminarimon Thunder Gate of Sensoji was reinstalled today after having been removed for the first time in seven years for repair work! This is the perfect time to learn more about the historic ‘Thunder gate’ and its iconic lantern in Maction Planet’s definitive history of the Kaminarimon. The Kaminarimon (雷門, ‘Thunder […]

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Tokyo ON #61: Kichijoji is Alright: In honour of Craftrock Circuit '20. Kids playing in Inokashira Park

Tokyo ON #061: Kichijoji is Alright

Maction Planet Resident DJ Royce Leong honours the cancelled Craftrock Circuit ’20 event in the 61st episode of our flagship radio show ‘Tokyo ON’. In honour of the cancelled Craftrock Circuit ’20 event that was to be held in Kichijoji, Tokyo ON host and Maction Planet Resident DJ Royce Leong takes the opportunity to rep […]

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Mac, Founder and Lead Guide of Maction Planet Bespoke Travel, under the sakura cherry blossoms

This Week in Tokyo – 14 April 2020: A message from Mac

A special ‘This Week in Tokyo’ this week: A message from Mac, Founder and Lead Guide of Maction Planet.  Dear friends of Maction Planet  First and foremost, our thoughts go out to all those who have lost loved ones or are suffering as a result of COVID-19. This global pandemic is a human tragedy and […]

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Panda Hello Kitty in the arms of Pompompurin: Sanrio opened their 107th Sanrio Gift Gate in Ueno on 24 January 2020

This Week in Tokyo – 7 April 2020

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 […]

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The Ako Gishi Sai Festival and the 'story' of the 47 Ronin with the severed head of Lord Kira

The Ako Gishi Sai Festival and the ‘story’ of the 47 Ronin

On a sunny Saturday in December 2019, Mac embarked on a pilgrimage to Sengakuji Temple to pay his respects at the Ako Gishi Sai Festival of the 47 Ronin, the masterless samurai who embody the ultimate concept of loyalty… at least, that’s the story. We made a video of the festival! Learn more about this […]

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Tokyo ON #060: Requiem for Synchronicity 2020: Shin Sakiura at the Midnight Mellows event in January 2020 at Club Asia

Tokyo ON #060: Requiem for Synchronicity 2020

Maction Planet Resident DJ Royce Leong spins an extra-large episode of Tokyo ON in honour of the cancelled Synchronicity 2020 festival. Celebrating its 15th anniversary, Synchronicity 2020 promised to be an amazing weekend featuring a killer lineup of artists such as Shin Sakiura, TENDOUJI, Chocoholic, Aaamyyy, PARKGOLF, 西恵利香, tomggg, 空音 and more. Unfortunately it was […]

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