Electric Guitar Live Concert in September
A mini-concert will be held by Bacchus, a band newly formed in June this year made up of volunteers that have all performed individually for many years fueled by a love of electric guitars and their sound.
The concert will feature classic pop hits and nostalgic vocals by artists like Takeshi Terauchi (Terry) & Blue Jeans and The Ventures, serving up an enjoyable demonstration of the unique and powerful sound of the electric guitar and the requisite skills needed to play one. Please contact us first to make sure of seat availability. Admission is free.
Sept. 23 (Sat.) from 11:00 and 13:30 (50 min. each)
Live band performance with electric guitars featuring nostalgic pop hits by Takeshi Terauchi & Blue Jeans, The Ventures and more
1st Floor, Presentation Room
Special Suzuka 8 Hours Display Commemorating Yamaha’s Third Consecutive Win
This summer at the Suzuka 8 Hours Endurance Road Race, one of the biggest motorsport events of the year, the Yamaha Factory Racing Team brought Yamaha its seventh victory and its first-ever third consecutive win.
To commemorate this achievement, the Plaza has hung a massive celebratory banner from the 2nd floor and set up a special exhibit in the 1st floor’s Symbol Zone introducing the racebikes that contested the 8 Hours and the how the race unfolded, from the three winning YZF-R1s (2015–2017) to the historic Yamaha machines from the 1980s and ‘90s when the event was at the peak of its popularity. We have also put on display the machine racing legend Kenny Roberts did demo runs on to celebrate this 40th running of the race.
This display will be on view until late September. You won’t want to miss it!
Sailboat Racing: The People and Technology Taking on the World’s Best
The Plaza is making various changes to its display areas throughout June and July as it welcomes visitors.
With summer now in full swing, part of these changes includes the new sailboat display on the center stage of the 1st-floor Symbol Zone. This is the first time for Yamaha’s 470CPG dinghy—built under license in Japan for 470 class racing—to be displayed in the Plaza.
The display includes information about YAMAHA Sailing Team ‘Revs’ and its members competing in several world championships, the AUS11 sailing team from Australia providing sailing-related support and instruction, and the technology behind and development of the craft itself.
We hope you take the opportunity to see the 470 craft up close and get an idea of how it cuts through the waves with the wind in its sails when racing at the top of the sport.
Plaza Shop Gets Refreshed Interior and Attractive Line of Souvenirs and Mementos
We have a wealth of attractive souvenirs and mementos on display!
Left: YA-1 emblem (with paperweight)
13,000 JPY (incl. tax)
Right: YA-1 emblem
10,000 JPY (incl. tax)
The Plaza Shop on the 1st floor sells souvenirs and items perfect for commemorating your visit to the Plaza, and was given a full renovation this summer.
The new white interior has blue accents reminiscent of Yamaha racing colors, and the shop’s fixtures, lighting and item displays have all been revised to create a neat and more organized appearance. Also, the layout was revamped to make it easier to enter and view the items on sale.
What’s more, the shop’s line of items has been revised as well with a fuller array of original products that can only be purchased at the Plaza, items adorned with the Yamaha logo or modeled after various Yamaha products, race-related apparel and trinkets, and miniature product models.
Of particular note is the new YA-1 emblem we have prepared. This beautiful piece is a faithful reproduction of the original emblem and uses the same cloisonné finish the YA-1 did. It can even be attached to a YA-1’s fuel tank (some fitment work required). However, only a limited number are available, so please be sure to stop by the Plaza Shop before you leave!
Relaying the Excitement of Off-road Racing
The ever-popular Racing History Zone on the 2nd floor was redesigned for Summer 2017. Following the renewal of the road racing display area to resemble a circuit starting grid, the off-road racing area was renovated and now highlights Yamaha’s machines from motocross, rally racing and trials.
With iconic shots of the vast deserts and wastelands seen in the Paris-Dakar Rally during the 1980s and 1990s in the background, the area exhibits some 10 different off-road racing bikes from various eras on multi-leveled display platforms for a more active, three-dimensional presentation. You can almost smell the dirt and sand. Be sure to stop by!
Specially Wrapped Lexus LFA on Display
The V10 engine in Lexus’ LFA supercar was jointly developed by Lexus and Yamaha Motor. The car’s thrilling sound, likened to the “roar of an angel,” is one of its defining features.
To create the exhaust note, musical instrument company Yamaha Corporation joined the project and helped give the car its sometimes elegant and sometimes ferocious soul-stirring sound.
Paying homage to this effort, the Lexus LFA has been given a special car wrap entitled “Angel in Car,” and is currently on display in the 1st floor Symbol Zone.
The Toyota 2000GT will also return to the Symbol Zone alongside the LFA in place of the OX99-11.