Unmissable shopping and fashion events
Onkore Record Collection
Record nerds will enjoy the opportunity to dig for rare vinyl at this two-week fair that brings together DJs, music labels and shops from the Tokyo region and beyond. Spinners and collectors like DJ Nori, Moodman, Okawa78, Captain Vinyl, Selector Hemo, Compuma, Yuichi Kishino, Chida and Sei will be selling off select pieces from their respective hoards, while online radio station Dublab.jp and cassette-focused label Mastered Hissnoise will also be bringing crates of records with them to Nishi-Azabu's Kontacto East Studio. If you go digging between January 27 and 30, don't forget to grab a cup of joe from the Emo Coffee pop-up on the premises.
Salon du Chocolat
With Valentine's Day just a week off, Tokyo's most indulgent romantics will be heading to Marunouchi to stock up on fancy choccies at this year's Salon du Chocolat. Moving from Shinjuku to the International Forum for its 15th year, the Tokyo incarnation of Paris's famous chocolate trade show bears little relation to its French forebear: gone are the free samples, workshops and chocolate fashion shows, replaced by what more closely resembles a department store food court on the first day of the New Year sales. If you don't mind braving the crowds, though, there'll be a range of exotic, hard-to-find treats on offer from 17 countries and around 100 different purveyors – look out for more details in the months to come.
Let out your inner Martha Stewart and head towards the Tableware Festival, the largest such festival in the country and one that's been going strong for 25 years now. Tableware from Scandinavian brands Dansk and Arabia mingle with collaborations between Imari Nabeshima porcelain and Wajima lacquerware, as well as Venetian glassware and Satsuma Kiroko cut glass from Shimazu. Products on sale range from your standard daily necessities and cutesy creations by Sweden's ever-popular Lisa Larson to some more elaborate pieces for special occasions. There will also be a talk by actress/writer/talkshow hostess Tetsuko Kuroyanagi and cooking expert Kentetsu Ko.
Omotesando Hills Valentine
Five cafés and restaurants at Omotesando Hills, including Max Brenner, Toraya Café and Hugo & Victor, team up for Valentine's Day and roll out special (read: chocolate-packed) menus for the run-up to the big day. The tastiest-looking creation here is probably Toraya's Cacao and Berry Parfait, a delectable combo of azuki bean and cacao cake, chocolate pudding, and strawberry and salty caramel soy milk ice cream – it's even voluminous enough for two to share.