Summer and the City

Summer and the City

Look your best and come back refreshed


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Akai Medical Clinic

Dr. Hidemi Akai is a Harvard Medical School-trained plastic surgeon while Dr. Keiko Akai is a board-certified plastic surgeon. Both doctors treat a multitude of international clients using the latest equipment approved by the USFDA at either location of Akai Medical Clinic. Their clinics offer cosmetic surgery as well as non-surgical treatments using up-to-the-minute tools and techniques. Akai Clinic will help you welcome summer with laser-lipo, liposuction and cellulite therapies. The clinics also offer laser hair removal for all types of hair color and thickness. Skin rejuvenation (including skin tightening, complexion and acne scar treatments) will renew your appearance and anti-aging treatments include Botox and fillers as well as fat and stem cell injections along with tissue engineering techniques. Akai Clinic is happy to consult with you in English by phone, email or in person.


Surgical treatments:

  • Breast surgery, eyelid surgery, nose surgery, facelifts, tissue engineering techniques
  • Non-surgical treatments
  • Cellulite, body contouring & stretch marks, leg veins, broken capillaries, laser hair removal

Akai Clinic in Omotesando: Tel: 03-5771-4114. Open Mon-Fri 11am-8pm, Sat & Sun 10am-7pm. Nearest station: Omotesando. Akai Clinic Skincare in Yokohama: Tel: 045-620-5745. Open Tue-Fri 11am-7pm, Sat & hols 10am-5pm. Nearest station: Yokohama.

Azabu Skin Clinic

While the sun can impart a healthy glow to your skin, the warm days increase the activity of your oil glands, which can result in pimples popping up on your face, back and décolletage. Let Azabu Skin Clinic take care of unsightly skin blemishes and help you greet the heat with confidence. They can also get you ready for skimpy summer fashions with laser hair removal, while Botox treatment can help with excessive forehead and underarm sweat. You can also tighten up cellulite and sagging skin with a single non-invasive Thermacool CPT session—lasting effects after just one treatment—or you can try Cavitation RF, a blubber-buster that completely destroys fat cells. A Vela Smooth treatment will tighten you up in all the right places, while a leg beautification course will have you ready for the red carpet. With all of these treatments and more waiting at Azabu Skin Clinic, what are you waiting for? Check the homepage now!

Special offer (valid until July 31, 2014):

  • Therma Cool CPT: 65% off
  • Photo facial trial: ¥11,900
  • Body Thermacool CPT: 43% off
  • Laser hair removal trial (armpits): ¥1,900
  • Cavitation RF trial: ¥5,000
  • Botox & fillers: 67-73% off
  • All prices exclude 8% consumption tax

7F Hagiwara Bldg 1, 1-3-1, Hiroo, Shibuya-ku. Tel: 0120-005-327 (Toll free). Open Mon-Tue & Thu-Sun 10am-7pm, Wed 11am-8pm. Nearest station: Ebisu.


Basi Pilates

Move beyond your traditional fitness routines with pilates—a holistic approach that utilizes physical strength training and breathing exercises to work both your body and your mind. Stop in at one of Basi Pilates’ 13 studios in Tokyo and find out how 20 million other pilates practitioners worldwide train their minds to control their muscles, build flexibility, increase strength and improve coordination. These unique exercises tone the deep muscles that support your skeleton—not just the surface muscles affected by ordinary workouts. Pilates practice helps you access newfound power from the very first time you try it. To consistently improve your posture and physical well-being, the muscle contractions you learn can be managed daily—at home or at the studio. The studio sessions will also teach you how to direct your thoughts inward and use concentration and breathing exercises to help focus your mind—a little like working out and meditating at the same time.

Special offer

  • Sign up today and receive free registration (reg. ¥30,000)
  • Pay for only 3 months and you can receive 4 months’ lessons


  • Four private lessons for ¥38,500/month
  • Five private lessons for ¥46,500/month

Studios in Roppongi, Shibuya and Yokohama. Tel: 03-6425-7054. Open Mon-Fri 10am-9:30pm, Sat-Sun & hols 9am-5pm. Nearest stations: Roppongi, Shibuya, Yokohama.


Tokyo Academics

Tokyo Academics is a private tutoring group whose staff come from top universities such as Princeton, Harvard, Cornell, University of Pennsylvania, University of California Berkeley and more. The group aims to provide students in Japan aspiring to apply to American universities with SAT, ACT, SSAT and ISEE mentoring as well as admission consulting services. The Tokyo Academics instructors have been teaching for more than ten years (with more than six years’ experience in the U.S.) and use materials proven to help students quickly develop mastery over all of the topics covered on the standardized tests. Besides their numerous resources and teaching experiences, tutors have all undergone a rigorous selection process to ensure that their qualifications and demeanor are of the highest caliber possible. If you want to apply to an Ivy League school this summer, visit Tokyo Academics now to find out how its study program can help you realize your goals .

Special offer

  • Bring this copy of Metropolis (#1057) and receive ¥10,000 off any one service or class


  • Free trial lesson
  • Sunday SAT classes: ¥48,000/4-week class
  • SAT/ACT, SSAT/ISEE tutoring: ¥10,000/hr
  • Other tutoring subjects: ¥6,000-8,000/hr

5F Nanako Bldg, 1-19-5 Kamimeguro, Meguro-ku. Tel: 03-6451-2145. Open daily 9am-9pm. Nearest station: Nakameguro.



To visit Watanabe Hair Dressing is to experience the best of Tokyo’s hair salons, where English-speaking staff pamper clients from start to finish, using unique techniques to create sophisticated looks. If you’re looking to discover a great new style this summer, a visit to Watanabe Hair Dressing may just be a step in the right direction.

Forbes once called Aki Watanabe “the best hairdresser in Tokyo.” Trained at the Vidal Sassoon and Toni & Guy academies, his own salon, Watanabe Hair Dressing, celebrated its 20th anniversary last year. Aki’s done hairstyling for magazines such as The Face and i-D and worked for brands like Red or Dead. Some of his celebrity clients include Beat Takeshi, architect Paul Tange and Massive Attack. But you don’t have to be an A-lister to enjoy his latest styling trends and techniques. Aki has trained his young staff to provide great coifs at affordable prices for everyone.

Special offer

  • Metropolis readers visiting for the first time receive 10% off all hair services until August 30, 2014.


  • Haircut by hairstylist  Aki : ¥9,720
  • Haircut: ¥5,940 (stylist)
  • Gray cover: ¥5,940
  • Henna from ¥7,560
  • Coloring from ¥8,100
  • Highlights from ¥8,640

Sharing the styling spotlight at Watanabe is partner Chie Funakura, once named Tokyo’s best hairstylist by Harper’s Bazaar Australia. Chie spent four years as a stylist in London working at a fashionable Bond Street hair salon. Her extensive experience and creative results have her in demand as a hair and makeup stylist for television, couture shows and fashion magazines. She’s also worked with magazines such as GQ (U.K.), i-D (U.K.) and Vogue (U.S.) as hairstylist. She values the importance of consultations before any cut or coloring to create a custom hair plan and unique look for each person. Visit her homepage at .



  • Coloring from ¥6,500
  • Highlights from ¥8,000
  • Haircut: ¥7,000 (women)
  • ¥6,500 (men)

B1 Sun Beauty Harajuku, 3-25-6 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku. Tel: 03-3405-1188. Email:; Chie’s email: Open Tue-Fri 11am-9pm, Sat 10am-9pm, Sun & hols 10am-8pm. Nearest station: Harajuku or Meiji-Jingumae.