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Passage to Tokyo

Just before a sea of cherry blossoms heralded the arrival of spring, another Japanese sensation created a buzz in downtown Washington. The Arcade, an upscale, membership-based lounge, opened in February next to its glamorous sister restaurant, Shoto. Designed by Noriyoshi Muramatsu of Tokyo-based Studio Glitt, the late-night spot is a study in contrasts, marrying a dizzying array of Japanese electronics with organic elements like bonsai trees and leather-clad booths crafted of cedar from the nation’s Akita forests. A wall of Pachinko slot machines, purchased from a collector in rural Japan, animates one lounge area (above), where the ceiling is adorned with doors salvaged from 1970s-era Japanese dwellings. On the right, Japanese trinkets and good luck charms peek out from built-in shelves.

The Arcade will welcome the world’s top DJs to spin sets on a state-of-the-art DAS Audio sound system. The drinks-only menu focuses on high-end bottle service with an expansive list of Champagnes and premium spirits.

Interior Design: Noriyoshi Muramatsu, Studio Glitt, Tokyo, Japan. Text: Sharon Jaffe Dan. Photography: Rey Lopez.

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