Now that everyone has probably sobered up from last year’s Rolling Stones and Suntory collaboration, a new rock legend is bringing a slightly classier offering to Japan.
For just a few weeks of March, in Ginza, Tokyo you can enjoy the sights, sounds, and tastes of the Thin White Duke – David Bowie.
To promote The Next Day – his first album in 10 years – Sony will be converting part of their building into the David Bowie Café with a special selection of food and décor.
Starting 9 March, Pub Cardinal, a British Pub on the first floor of the Sony Building will be converted into a café decorated with various photos, portraits, album covers, books and more celebrating the career of Ziggy Stardust.
Naturally tracks from the new album will be mixed in with the regular background music and the menu is said to be inspired by David Bowie.
If you’re just there for the music then Sony will set up Walkmans on the second floor showroom for your listening pleasure.
■ Shepherd’s Pie and Guinness – 1,100 yen (US$12)
Shepherd’s Pie, the favorite food of David Bowie and a twist on a British tradition, is filled with mashed potatoes, chili beans, and plenty of cheese.
Recreate the atmosphere of David Bowie’s birthplace while enjoying the classic taste of Guinness.
■ China Girl – 1,000 yen (US$11)
From the megahit album Let’s Dance in ’83, it’s a light mid-tempo pop number! This cocktail was made in the same style with an altered sense of the exotic.
■ The Man Who Fell to Earth – 1,000 yen (US$11)
David Bowie’s first starring role was in the ’76 sci-fi film titled The Man Who Fell to Earth. The experimental work became popular thanks to its surreal story which wavers between dreams and reality. This cocktail is inspired by Walter Tavis’ William S. Burrowsesque acid-trip sense of the universe.
■ Cat People – 1,000 yen (US$11)
This 1982 film stars Nasassja Kinski and directed by Paul Schrader who worked on films like Taxi Driver and Rolling Thunder. This cocktail is made in the themed on the dramatic essence that David Bowie brought to the movie with his theme song.
Where were the spiders?
These items are only available until 24 March and if you’re American you may not want to show up. He’s afraid of you.