Friday, 27 February 2009

Metropolis Podcast, Wednesday 25th February

This is the MidWeek MetPod. Our Best Suggestions for this Weekend!

This is your guide to our best suggestions for things to do in Tokyo this coming weekend starting February 27th.

HIROKO FUKAZAWA and SARAH CORTINA, both assistant editors of our magazine trade notes on the best ideas and suggestions.
Plus, movie critic DON MORTONgives us his must-see and must-miss movies opening in Tokyo this weekend, and musician KALEB JAMES gives us his best concert suggestions.And, something special world-class musician, SERGIO MENDEZ, now in Tokyo for concerts at the Blue Note, comments on BARRACK OBAMA, and caller AMI ISHIBASHI gives us her observations of the fashion scene at the JASON MRAZ concert.

Saturday, 21 February 2009

If IT's Going On in Tokyo--It's going On the MetPod!

DESCRIPTION: The gang's all here to give you our magazine-style podcast filled with info about what’s in the magazine, and what’s going on around Tokyo.
  • DON MORTON tells us about the movies opening this weekend,
  • KALEB JAMES talks about the concerts and artists coming in the near future.
  • CHRIS BETROS tells us about the stars, celebs and VIP’s currently in our metropolis.
  • MARIA AHLGREN reports on Tokyo fashion news,
  • DWAYNE WAYNE brings us up-to-date with the hottest hits of Japan and
  • SARAH CORTINA tells us about what's in this weeks METROPOLIS magazine.

Wednesday, 18 February 2009

MidWeek for Feb 20th Weekend is Up!

Your MidWeek update from our Tokyo trendspotters, HIROKO FUKAZAWA, LEILA ALI and SARAH CORTINA is now online. Get it while it's hot!
We've got movie reviews by DON MORTON and concert info by KALAB JAMES.
Special guests include WILL THOMPSON who talks about Tokyo’s best-ever Glitterball party and MICK CONDON who describes his Made in Glitch party. Get your update now, FREE!Click here: MetPod

LISTEN for your chance to win FREE tickets to a 007 party in Tokyo! First emailer gets the tickets!

Monday, 16 February 2009

YSL handed out free bags in Tokyo

For the fourth time, French luxury giant Yves Saint Laurent brought high-end fashion to the high-street with their Manifesto-campaign.

On Saturday 14th, yes, the day of LOVE that is, over half a million copies of the spring/summer catalogue, featuring a stunning Claudia Schiffer shot by Inez Van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin, was distributed in the fashion capitals of the world. Manifesto-ambassadeurs decked out in black hit the streets in Tokyo, London, Milan, New York, Paris and Hong-Kong armed with catalogues AND a limited edition of black canvas totes, designed by YSL creative director Stefano Pilati. And these bags, my friends, have caused fashionistas all over the globe to stress about how to get their mittens on this holy grail.
An YSL-bag - for FREE! But only for 12,000 Saturday strollers.

In Tokyo, the YSL-squad hit the glitzy areas of Daikanyama, Ginza and Omotesando.

Rumour had it that the squad would begin operation in my local neighbourhood of Daikanyama at 1pm and I was in agony. What if I miss them?? There's nothing more painful than being so close YET a world away.
But my lucky star was on high alert. I saw the YSL-van approaching the Sarugakucho Market Street and ran after if, desperate poor thing.

So YES - I am now the happy owner of a Stefano Pilati-designed tote.

Luxury bags for free - now THIS must be the ultimate in recession fashion!

Posted by Maria, Tokyo Metpod Fashion Ed (

Friday, 13 February 2009

Your Updated Tokyo-specific, magazine-style podcast is here!

Your Updated Tokyo-specific, magazine-style podcast is here!

J-Pop, R&B diva AI is our special guest and she talks with KALEB JAMES about what she's doing to take her music from Japan to the world.

The man who gave is the hit "A Whole New World" PEABO BRYSON explains why he passes out roses at his Blue Note shows here in Tokyo.

And, one of the hottest "new lions" in the world of music, LEDISI gives us her movie treatment for a Valentines Day movie scene involving her dreamy, leading man. Who could that be? Listen!

Another special guest this week is DAVID TODA, one of Tokyo's most clever marketers and the GM of the newly opened QUICKSILVER store in Harajuku. You'll hear him talk about a couple of amazing and totally new marketing tools that he's employing in his uncharacteristically spacious store.

Plus, our fashion editor, MARIA AHLGREN explains how to enjoy shopping during a recession,

Movie critic; DON MORTON gives us his movie reviews and impersonates STEVEN SEGAL!

Knowledgeable and plugged-in, assistant editor SARAH CORTINA covers the Multimedia scene,

Club DJ, DWAYNE WAYNE presents his Hit List, and

Editor BEAU MILLER tells us about pachinko in this his final appearance in the MetPod. It's all here, free and waiting for you! Get your fix now!Click here:

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On the weekend Metpod I'll be taking about how to stay in vogue in times of financial melt-down. I have rounded up a few tips on how to strecth that vanity budget to its furthest, even though it sometimes include parting with those kind-of-loved ones...

Yesterday I made a true find down at H&M Harajuku. Just in, a neat collection of t-shirts and sweaters with cheerful prints designed by visual artist Mehdi Hercberg of ├╝bercool French Shoboshobo were on display on the top floor (guys, head down to the basement). This is the first collection from H&Ms new ART By...-collection that will see up-and-coming creatives letting loose their talents in the vain of Uniqlos UT project.

The prints are super-cute and evolve around the interaction of two characters, described by Hercberg as: “I don't know what happens between them but some things happen” .(!)

And pop-art comes cheap these days - the eighties-tee t I bought (as modeled below!) set me back no more than 2 500 yen.

Posted by Maria/Metpod Fashion Ed (

Thursday, 12 February 2009

MidWeek is up!

Check out the MidWeek MetPod now!
You'll hear...
How to beat the economy by starting your own business, running it and selling it!
A major party this Friday night...
A new event the Saturday afternoon...
Movie suggestions...
Concert ideas...
and more.
It's all here and ready when you are!
Click here:
Starring: Hiroko Fukazawa, Leila Ali, Sarah Cortina, Don Morton, Kaleb James with special guest, Mr. Terrie Lloyd

Unmissable - MARK RYDEN Snow Yak Show

Make sure to stop by the Tomio Koyama Gallery for Mark Ryden's Snow Yak Show exhibition. LA-based underground artist Mark Ryden is showcasing a range of his mysterious, naively cute yet haunting paintings until February 28th.
Click HERE for more info.

Tomio Koyama Gallery
1-3-2-7F, Kiyosumi, Koto-ku, Tokyo
Tel: +81-3-3642-4090

Wednesday, 11 February 2009


Maria testing the new TOKYO METPOD blog!

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