Judging by the thermometer (and the sweat dripping from my face), summer is here. What better way to escape the humidity than to ensconce oneself in the cool, dark environs of one of Tokyo's bars or clubs? The drinks may be cold but the action will be sizzling, giving the blasting air con a run for its money.
Here's a list of what's coming up:
VANILLA GALLERY June 21-July 3
This one's not a bar, but 2010 marks the 90th anniversary of the birth of Minomura Kou, one of the most acclaimed men in the world of Japanese SM. He died in 1992 at the age of 72 but his spirit lives on at this exhibition of his art at Vanilla Gallery. In addition, on June 26, Saotome Hiromi will give a talk on the master.
BLACK DECADANCE June 26-27
Goth, SM, cosplay, you name it. This is an all-nighter and will be held in Shibuya from 23:30 to 6:00. Here's the address in Japanese. Get to copy'n and paste'n.
KIN'S BAR July 2
Beginning at 18:00, this one is going to be amazing. Last time Saotome Hiromi and Shima Shikou were there. This time I am advised the guest of honor will be none other than legendary pink film actor and director, Ikejima Yutaka. This fellow is reported to have directed more than 100 pink films and acted in more than 500. I've also heard that an actress (or actresses?) from the pink film world will be stopping by.
SADISTIC CIRCUS July 17
At Shibuya O-East from 17:00 to 22:00
Thanks to Nuitdetokyo on FetLife for info on a couple of these events.