The Lion

Feature

Friday, August 30, 2013

In Shibuya's red light district, Kurt Andersen stumbles into a refuge from the chaos of Tokyo: the Lion cafe, a temple for classical music fans, with scratchy records played at the altar.

→ See a slideshow of pictures from the Lion below

(Originally aired: February 6, 2009)

 

 

 

 

 

Slideshow: Inside the Lion

The Lion, one of Kurt's favorite Tokyo spots, is an establishment unique to the bustling city.
Leital Molad

The Lion, one of Kurt's favorite Tokyo spots, is an establishment unique to the bustling city.

The Lion operates as a cafe, but the dark wood paneling and rows of wooden benches make it feel more like a chapel.
Jenny Lawton

The Lion operates as a cafe, but the dark wood paneling and rows of wooden benches make it feel more like a chapel.

Not quite Japanese, and not quite Western, Kurt described entering the Lion as “stepping into a time warp... into a work of fiction set in some quasi-European place between the world wars.”
Jenny Lawton

Not quite Japanese, and not quite Western, Kurt described entering the Lion as “stepping into a time warp ... into a work of fiction set in some quasi-European place between the world wars.”

The Lion's 12-foot wooden speakers play classical music on LP's so old you can hear their pops and scratches. (And yes, that's a bust of Beethoven.)
Jenny Lawton

The Lion's 12-foot wooden speakers play classical music on LP's so old you can hear their pops and scratches. (And yes, that's a bust of Beethoven.)

Comments [2]

Leital from Studio 360

Kevin,
We aren't sure, but we think the piece of music is the end of the middle movement of the Dvorak Cello Concerto.

Thanks for listening!

Leital

Sep. 03 2013 10:06 AM
Kevin

This is a long shot, but does anyone have a song I.D.?

Sep. 01 2013 08:04 PM

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