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Pagoda specializes and takes pride in hosting live spot music shows. With a plethora of artists that have already played here before and regaled the crowd, the club also has a huge line of talented artists and musicians lined up. Having a loyal fan following, they're event schedules are always packed so make sure you book your tickets in advance. Pagoda also rents out it's venue space for events, shows and concerts. For this their equipment quality i.e light and sound is superb and adds an extra edge to the already vibrant performance. Pagoda also has it's own studio and live house that upcoming talents and musicians can make the most of. Head out here for some great music, premium drinks and events. Check website for updated events and details.
Founded in 1893, the Meiji-za, which moved into its present premises seven years ago, enjoys the reputation as one of the bastions of Japanese traditional popular drama, specializing in Samurai period drama. It seats 1,400 and is immensely popular with middle-aged women who come from all over the Kanto region to see their favorite TV actors perform live the roles they play on television. Patrons can enjoy a makunouchi bento, a typical Japanese lunch box, or western snacks for one of the two coffee shops on the premises.
Ryogoku Kokugikan is the largest indoor area in Tokyo; it can hold over 100,000 spectators comfortably at a time. The arena is designed keeping international standards in mind, as a lot of overseas tourists who associate Japanese with Sumo wrestlers, flock here during matches which are held every January, May and September. Refreshment stands serving alcoholic and non alcoholic beverages, and easy parking facilities are available. Do not forget to try out the legendary Yakitori which is Japanese style barbecue chicken, served during matches. A visit here is not merely a visit to an arena; it is a taste of a slice of the Tokyo life.
The National Film Center is a dream come true for all those who enjoy world cinema. Expect to witness the works of some of the greatest directors such as Kurosawa, Truffaut, Fellini and the Masters. The center is well-equipped with superlative acoustics and spacious seating. Check website for details.
To check out the best of what the local talent's got in store, come to Fourvalley. An enigmatic music venue in the heart of Sumida-ku, Fourvalley is also known to host some of the best concerts in the city. The local as well as national artists come here to regale the audiences with their excellent shows and performances. Equipped with state of the art facilities and captivating interiors, Fourvalley is the perfect place to come along with your friends to dance to some of the grooviest beats.
Tokyo International Forum is an excellent new venue for music, theater dance performances, cinema and art exhibitions. It consists of four buildings, each with its own venue hall. Live performances are usually staged in Hall A and Hall B. The facilities are marvelous and include variety of restaurants that cater to a wide range of culinary tastes. Concerts are also sometimes staged in the afternoon and evening.
The Kurawood studio has seen several performances including orchestras, rock concerts and Jazz. Whatever be the genre, the shows are always brilliant. Equipped with the latest modern equipment the sound is excellent and makes not only listen but performing too a pleasure! It is always advisable to book a seat in advance, as tickets for these shows are always sold out well in advance!
The main Tokyo venue and probably the best known thanks to Cheap Trick's live album, seats around 13,000. It started life as an arena for martial arts and, in between concerts, is still used for this purpose. Although it still hosts big name bands, the acoustics are not particularly good and it is not always easy to see the artists on stage. Nevertheless, a concert at the Budokan is definitely worth experiencing. There is a restaurant that serves Western-style food and alcoholic drinks, plus a coffee shop. Ticket prices vary according to the artist.
Consisting of two halls, the large hall with a capacity of 2,303 and the small one of 653, Tokyo Bunka Kaikan was until recently Tokyo's premier classical venue. It stages opera and ballet as well as full orchestral concerts in the large hall, and recitals and small ensembles in the small hall. There is a restaurant with seating for 141 that offers "French style" Japanese food as well as drinks, including beers, wines and cocktails.
The Marunouchi Louvre is another theater in the cluster of cinema centered around the Mullion and Shin-Mullion buildings. It seats 516 and shows mostly American road shows. Apart from the usual candies and soft drinks, it sells sandwiches, hot dogs and beer at the kiosk in the foyer. On Saturdays it either has a late show or runs all night.
The Nichigeki Plaza is located on the same floor of the Mullion building as its companion, the Nichigeki Toho. It seats 554 and shows a similar program of popular American movies geared to entertain rather than educate. The only edibles available apart from candy and ice cream are sandwiches and hot dogs. Beer and juice are also on offer.
Judo, if you have not seen it in the Olympics, relies mostly on throws and holds as opposed to the blows of karate. Kodokan, a large judo practice hall, houses the All Japan Judo Federation, which is in charge of official judo operations throughout the country. The Japanese police and self-defense forces both take basic judo training here. At Kodokan, visitors may watch judo practice sessions from above at no charge.