Pharrell vs Tokyo vs Palladium Boots


A little while ago we posted the trailer for the Palladium Boots/Vice produced mini doc on Pharrell exploring Tokyo – Tokyo Rising. It is now up in its entirety to watch online. Split into 5 parts the series explores Tokyo’s recovery after 3/11, its thriving art scenes and some of the most interesting architecture and hidden gems the city has to offer. While persistent challenges still lay ahead for the residents, the city’s creative class is hell-bent on making sure that their hometown thrives. Innovative and resilient, they are defining the future of Tokyo on their own terms.

All you need to do for more info is head to and you can check out all the parts below.

Episode 1 – Pharrell’s return to Tokyo

Pharrell meets up with the rapper Verbal to discuss the effect of 3/11 on the people of Tokyo and shares his love with the city he calls his second home.

Episode 2 – Under and Above Ground

Pharrell continues his exploration of Tokyo with Trippple Nippples vocalist Yuka Uchida who takes him to the G-Cans Project, a hidden 6km underground cavern designed to fill up with water when the rivers flood during natural disasters.

Episode 3 – Art in Flux

Mitsu 3331 a place thats like a community centre for artists by artists, a platform to share different creativities from fashion to dance. Pharrell goes to see the art pieces inspired by 3/11 including a piece that is made up of documentation by the victims, not artists.

Episode 4 – The Remix Culture

We meet a variety of creatives who discuss the urge that the Japanese people had to become westernised after the war, but how this unique culture put their own spin on it especially after the 3/11 disaster. Pharrell discovers the amazing Kita-Kore, championing D-I-Y culture from a visually spectacular hub.

Episode 5 – Trippple Nippples Show

We watch the crazy and surreal Trippple Nippples show from The Trump room, decorated with flashing lights and covered in mirrors before hearing from all the contributors to the series and their conclusions on how Tokyo will move forward into the future.