Tokyo's attractions is an endless list of where to go and what to do. And after a long day work trip, the Jewelmer team planned a whole night to paint the town red. From Mitsukoshi in, we headed to the Park Hyatt hotel to start our evening with a good dose of bubbles and gt's(gin tonic). The New York bar(52floor) is a study in chic interiors where luxe furnishings, ambient mood lighting, high ceiling and window panels define the look and feel of this haven of elegance. Over the horizon is a stunning night view of Tokyo and no wonder it became the backdrop for the movie "Lost in Translation". One can't help but feel the irresistible vibe filling the air as one listens to a live jazz band. Fantastic acoustics envelope every space as music fill our ears and delight our senses. Posh surroundings filled with beautiful and stylish people feast the eyes and where decent conversations exist. After swimming in several cocktails in one of Tokyo's scene to be seen, we were off to another exciting style adventure.
Tokyo's Vogue Fashion Night Out is an annual event held all over the world that holds auction and special sales for their clientele. Despite the heavy downpour, we headed out to Gucci-the Italian household name in fashion. As we entered the door, an auction piece(Hello Kitty in Gucci) welcomes us in her head to toe ensemble of iconic pieces( from the fur to sunnies to leather bow). The legendary character never looked so chic as she was dressed up Italian style. More champagne and canapés were served as we checked out the latest collection. Three floors were filled with apparel, accesories and bags as the renowned logo brand showcased nothing but the ultimate luxurious lifestyle.
From the feel of Italy we go back to reality- Japan. After drinking like a fish and started to get hungry, we found ourselves at the epicenter of Roppongi (near the National Arts Center) where another fantastic dining place is set-Gonpachi. This amazing space is popularly known as the location of one of Quintin Tarantino's famous movies-Kill Bill. The colossal wooden structure is a old world style Japanese restaurant that caters to foreign tourists. Decorated with a multitude of lanterns and natural furnishings, it serves local cuisine and has a sushi bar at the second floor. No need to get lost in translation, waiters can speak English while the menu has it as well. The tourist-friendly habitué offers a simple yet good dining experience one would enjoy. After the sumptuous treat we headed back to the hotel at almost 1am hoping to get some rest and go to Never Never land. We did get the a chance to have a 30 minute snooze then headed out to Tokyo's famous party land instead-FERIA. The five floor night owl's arena is a collage of different concepts and vibe satisfy the party animal in you. The ultra club is one of the top places to see as it is home to five well-designed areas to suit ones all-sensory needs. Here we met with the rest of the Jewelmer family headed by Jacques Christophe Branellec and ended up out til around 430am. Time to relax and unwind as the team celebrated the milestone of the Golden South Sea Pearl.
Making and witnessing history brings pride to the Philippines. It marks the beginning of a union between two countries where both tradition and culture is prized. Beyond the surface, its essence touches lives and strengthens identity and the value of family. Jewelmer has become the pride of a nation.
Guardian at the gate.
In the mood.
A toast to Jewelmer.
"Lost in Translation".
Style on the prowl.
Hello Kitty in Gucci.
The author with Hello Kitty and Jewelmer's Mia San Agustin.
My favorite Gucci sunnies and scarf as the backdrop.
"Kill Bill" the movie setting.
Perfect location for Quintin Tarantino's blockbuster.
The "killing field".
View from the top.
The author and Liza Ilarde(in black) with the Jewelmer family (from left to right) Mia San Agustin, Florent Lenoir and Jacques Christophe Branellec.(this photo by Liza Ilarde)
The New York Bar(Park Hyatt Tokyo)
3-7-1-2 Nishi Shinjuku, Shinjuku-Ku, Tokyo, Japan, 163-1055. Opens Sunday to Wednesday from 5:00 pm to midnight. Thursday to Saturday from 5:00 pm to 1:00 am. Cover charge of 2,200 JPY is applied Monday through Saturday from 8:00 pm, Sunday from 7:00 pm
1-13-11 Nishi-Azabu, Minato-ku. To get there via train, it's nearest the Roppongi or Hiroo station. Open from 1130am-6am daily.
Feria building, 7-13-7 Roppongi