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Rise and shine to tai chi at Roppongi Hills

by Florian Turgeon

Staff Writer

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 not, to free T’ai Chi sessions.

This is the first time that the sessions are being held at the shopping complex’s 66 Plaza, and they will be led by tai chi master Ayato Makita, who started Morning T’ai Chi classes in 2003, only five years after opening his own dojo. As an incentive to wake up early for the 7:30 a.m. starts, participants who complete five sessions will get a ¥500 coupon to use at any of the Roppongi Hills restaurants.

Morning T’ai Chi 2014 takes place every Saturday and Sunday from July 26 to Aug. 10 at 66 Plaza in Roppongi HIlls. Sessions start at 7:30 a.m. and end at 8:15 a.m. They are free to attend. For more information, visit bit.ly/taichiropp.