Florian Turgeon

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Tokyo City View gets dolled up for Barbie, Blythe and more

Sep 11, 2014

Tokyo City View gets dolled up for Barbie, Blythe and more

Japan is well-known for its dolls, producing edgy urban vinyl, cute soft toys, manga figurines and even therapy dolls for lonely senior citizens. This “Doll Culture Exhibition” at Tokyo’s Roppongi Hills’ Tokyo City View observation deck, however, looks at old-school fashion dolls, which should ...

Learn about photography

Aug 28, 2014

Learn about photography

We live in a digital age that has made photography evermore accessible to everyone. The knowledge and skills that once made it a specialist industry are now, to a certain extent, replaced by automated digital means — it only takes the click of a ...

Go dancing in the streets of Roppongi

Aug 21, 2014

Go dancing in the streets of Roppongi

Home to numerous shopping areas, nightclubs and bars, Roppongi is probably not the first place you would think off when you want to experience some traditional Japanese culture. But despite its reputation, the district has a traditional side and its own Obon holiday event. ...

Winglet-ing it in Tokyo

Jul 25, 2014

Winglet-ing it in Tokyo

Are we humans looking at a future in which we won’t need to use our legs? It looks like it when you consider Toyota’s Winglet, Japan’s version of the Segway. The Winglet Challenge at Mega Web in Odaiba, Tokyo, offers visitors the chance to ...

Stargaze from the heart of the metropolis

Jul 25, 2014

Stargaze from the heart of the metropolis

The Roppongi Tenmon Club makes use of the complex’s high-rise Mori Tower to give its members the opportunity to stargaze from the heart of the metropolis. Its Star Party, starting this month, offers other visitors three days of events — on July 25, Aug. ...

Rise and shine to tai chi at Roppongi Hills

Jul 24, 2014

Rise and shine to tai chi at Roppongi Hills

Tokyo’s night-life area of Roppongi is probably one of the last places you would expect to find people exercising early in the morning, but on weekends from July 26 to Aug. 10, the Roppongi Hills shopping complex welcomes anyone, whether they are hungover or ...

Interpets treats city animals

Jul 24, 2014

Interpets treats city animals

Japan is a paradise for pampered pets. There are dog manicure salons, dog spas, cat gourmet treats and many other ways to treat your furry friends. A trip to the nearest park will reveal plenty of owners walking dogs who are quite often dressed ...

Makuhari Messe takes a trip into space

Jul 18, 2014

Makuhari Messe takes a trip into space

What happened to the grand days of space exploration? It was only a few decades ago when Neil Armstrong took his first step on the moon and solemnly stated: “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.” But the dreams of ...

Dancing between cultures in Yokohama

Jul 2, 2014

Dancing between cultures in Yokohama

Contemporary dance has always pushed the boundaries of corporal expression by exploring themes that traditional dance genres and their movements have difficulty conveying. As one of the Month of France series of events organized by the Yokohama branch of the Institut Francais du Japon, ...

Tokyo's bleep on the synthesizer fan's radar

Jun 5, 2014

Tokyo's bleep on the synthesizer fan's radar

Making electronic music can be incredibly intimidating for beginners: What’s the best hardware to buy? How do you use it? And all those cables! To give budding musicians a little guidance, this weekend’s Tokyo Festival of Modular at SuperDeluxe in Roppongi offers an opportunity ...