Where do music promoters take their bands when in Tokyo? Laura Martin tours a handful of the capital’s 88,000 restaurants, at the end of gig season, to find out
I’m in Tokyo at the end of one of the music scene’s biggest months for international gigs. Artists such as Tom Tom Club, Carl Craig and Gerd Janson have come here to perform for the Red Bull Music Academy. Elsewhere, Seth Troxler is playing at super-club Womb while Wild Beasts are lined up to play the Hostess Weekender festival. But as the city is throbbing to the beat of these musicians, I’m more interested in which of Tokyo’s 88,000 restaurants (plus more Michelin stars than any other city – sorry, Paris) the bands and DJs are going to be eating in.
Local music promoters are famed for showing off the city in one perfect meal, in places well away from the regular tourist trail. “When you only have a night or two in Tokyo, we want to show artists why this is the best city in the world for food,” says Tokyo-raised, London-based Hiroki Shirasuka, of Giant Men Management. Hiroki makes regular trips to Japan with his musicians, Anna Calvi, Mount Kimbie and Oneman, and he also makes it his mission to highlight the best of his nation’s cuisine.