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  • Tomuu

    An unlikely oasis of sophistication amidst the Shibuya madness

    It always comes as a surprise does Bunkamura in Shibuya.  It just doesn't seem to fit the area that it's in.  It's only a stone's throw away from the all-bought-and-paid-for sex fest that is the Dogenzaka area.  Added to which, most the people you image visiting Shibuya are more concerned about the latest releases in 109 than the latest theatrical performance hosted in Bunkamura.

    Anyway, here it is, and we're happy for it to be so.  This 'cultural complex' houses a concert hall, theater, museum, and cinema.  The 1st floor entrance has plenty of information about what's on, including flyers for upcoming performances, TV displays, and an information desk.

    There are some shops in Bunkamura, mostly in the form of arts and crafts, and posh books.  There's nothing here that you could imagine needing in your life, but they make for a good browse.

    One of the best things, for me, about Bunkamura, is the cafe Les Deux Magots Paris, located in the basement.  With tables and chairs that look up high to the buildings atrium you can have the feeling of eating al fresco, and yet you're still inside.  It's a little pricey (as are most things in Bunkamura) but it's a touch of class, and might provide a welcome sense of calm compared to much of Shibuya.  

    Even if you're not here for a show/performance/movie, Bunkamura is a nice place to have a look around, and offers something unique for the area that it's in.




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