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Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Tokyo Midtown: The Hearsay Review


The past two weeks have seen local newspapers and blogs heaping praise onto Tokyo's latest mega-development. The launch appears to have been an overwhelming success with visitors expected to top 25 million in 2007.

Personally, I can't be arsed to drop by. Partly because I'm adverse to crowds. Partly because I've got a backlog of shows to plow through on my Tivo. But mostly because, as a general rule, I oppose all urban gentrification that doesn't yield a Kenny Rogers Roasters.

However, I shan't let a complete lack of first-hand knowledge stop me from posting on this hot topic. I can easily regurgitate a review similar to the current crop:

"Blah blah design blah blah Japanese aesthetic blah. Blah design blah minimalism blah blah. Blah luxury brands blah design blah blah fashionista blah design blah design blah design blah design."
Plus, in addition to the above, I've also gone to the effort of gathering observations through a random sampling of people within earshot:

Colleague 1: "A lot of good food."
Colleague 2: "Really? I didn't think so."
Colleague 1: "Also, less up-and-downy [sic] than Roppongi Hills."

There you have it. Check out Tokyo Midtown for yourself. Or don't. Either way you'll have to make due with my sketch for the time being. I'll post a photo in the near future. Or won't.

Posted on April 10, 2007 11:44 PM
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