For the release of their new album Thinking About Thursdays, we asked the Lullatone duo to share their favorite spots in the city of Nagoya, Japan. Their selection is just like their music: colorful, playful, and full of fantasy and poetry!
In 2016, Lullatone put out a new song every single Thursday. Designed to be a kind of instrumental audio journal, their new album Thinking About Thursdays, which came out of the project, is a snapshot of the year gone by. It talks about the songs they composed in the plane for Korea, their bad Valentine’s Day presents, abandoned New Year’s resolutions and the cherry blossoms in bloom when they got back to Japan…
For the release of this 52-track (!) album, we invited them to share their favorite spots in Nagoya, where they live and compose their music.
“Nagoya is located in the center of Japan – right between Tokyo and Osaka. Famous for strong food flavors and recently voted the “most boring city in Japan” (it actually isn’t!), it is the 4th largest city in the country and home to over 4 million people. Here are some of our favorite places in the area.”
Kakuozan Larder: burgers & mini-concerts
“This is our friend’s cafe. They serve super delicious burgers, lots of imported beers, great coffee, cookies and muffins. It is small but they have a lot of bands play stripped down versions of live shows on the weekend. Super awesome!”
Yoro Tenmei Hantenchi: A crazy park
“Yoro Tenmei Hantenchi, which literally means “the site of reversible destiny”, is a park designed by a famous Architect, Shusaku Arakawa. It’s so crazy that you are supposed to wear a helmet when you walk around, and even then, some people still get hurt. It’s worth it though to experience being in an upside down world!”
Jazz and Coffee Yuri: Headquarters for jazz lovers
“If you love jazz music and old school Japanese cafe food (like chicken rice, taco rice and curry rice), this is the place to go. They only play music on vinyl through an old tube amp! There is a funny Tanuki statue outside of the cafe.”
Shimin Shiki no Mori: luge, mini-golf et frisbee
“This park has a super photogenic mushroom playground. You can go sledding, play mini golf, frisbee golf and pet some cute animals here.”
Nagoya Science Museum: for its planetarium
“Nagoya has the world’s largest Planetarium. This is a really fun place to visit and it’s free for kids!
You can see steam engines and part of a rocket outside, and there are lots of activities inside too. They have a room where you can feel how hot it is in the desert and how cold it is in the arctic! Plus it is right across from the Nagoya City Art Museum. Art is cool, but out of the two I think this science museum is the better bet.”
Listen to Thinking About Thursdays:
On Apple Music: http://itunes.apple.com/album/id1205618745
On Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/album/3AWATaNWvlDlTOmlemNQDw
On iTunes: http://itunes.apple.com/album/id1205618745?ls=1&app=itunes
On Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/lullatone/sets/thinking-about-thursdays
On Bandcamp: https://lullatone.bandcamp.com/album/thinking-about-thursdays
Lullatone’s official website: http://www.lullatone.com/
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