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Mariko lived here for 12 years. Tokyo is a place where nostalgia, crazy kinky stuff and cool things coexist. Welcome to my home base. Get lost in little allies.

 

MAP

 

FOOD + DRINK

Ohitsuzen Tanbo

New crop rice, fish, small plates and miso soup. What else I could ask for? the definition of J-soul food. They proudly harvest their own rice.  

Yoyogi and Omotesando

Sushi Ishijima

I tell you my secret. The 4,000 yen lunch special will make your day. Unvarnished white wooden counter oh so smooth.

Shintomicho

Kaikaya

Fun Loud Yummy Freestyle east meets west kinda Seafood place. NY pizza place like wall full of snap shots with celebrity. 

Shibuya

J-cook

Urban solarium in the middle of busy Harajuku. I dream about their home made Pot de crème. Hope you do too.

Gaienmae

Fruit Parlor Fukunaga

Feels like you are in your aunt's kitchen. Japanese version of sofa fountain. Seasonal fruit parfait will blow your mind.

Yotsuya-sanchome

Kushiwakamaru

Yakitori + Izakaya = Happy stomach

Nakameguro

Tempura Yamanoue

Fresh seasonal ingredients fried in their secret crystal clear sesame oil. Sit at the counter to witness the chef's delicate works.

Roppongi

Tonkatsu Yachiyo

The definition of Power Breakfast. Forget about being in line for sushi for 5 hours. Fried mackerel and oyster. Limited house made curry over rice. 

Tsukiji

Orchid bar

Classic love affair with nicely done cocktails.

Toranomon

Bairin

Tonkatsu restaurant circa 1927. Golden fried pork, cabbage, rice and miso soup. What else could I ask for? 

Ginza

Vegitarian

The OG no frill juice stand. Walk along the ally and pay a pilgrimage to Ozawa Fruit for another cup of again, juice.

Shinbashi

Uogashi Nihon Ichi Standing Sushi Bar

Affordable amazing quality sushi. Can be quick meal or just a snack. Yes, sushi can be a snack.

Shibuya

 Shin Udon

Most people go to fancy dinners here, we like it for sitting up at the bar, making friends with the bartender, and having a cocktail. 

Soho, Manhattan

Cafe de l'ambre

Time stops here. Bring your book. Pretend you are local. Smell hand drip coffee. Try coffee jelly (you have no idea).

Ginza

Bar High Five

Been there once. Worth the hype. 

Greenpoint, Brooklyn

Savoy 

Best Neapolitan pizza Margherita or Marinara. Polpetta (meat ball) from antipasti is a great addition. 

Azabujuban

Ichiryu

In Tokyo's oldest Korea town. Sul lung tan for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Simply one of the best. Open 24 hours.

Akasaka

 

 

 

HOTELS

Park Hyatt Tokyo

Lost in Translation was 2003 (wow). The view from New York Bar and the gym is almost hallucination. 

Nishi Shinjuku

CLASKA

One of the first boutique hotels. Unique rooms and cute gift shop.

Meguro

Imperial Hotel

The original architecture designed by Frank Lloyd Wright is long gone but still keeps the classic atomosphere

Hibiya

Trunk (Hotel)

Basically ACE Hotel with Japanese twist. Great location right in the middle of Shibuya-Harajyuku area.  

Shibuya

Hotel New Otani 

Opened in 1963 just in time for the first Tokyo Olympics. It's giant but feels like home. Gorgeous Japanese gardens. Cocktails and dinner at Trader Vic's is a must.

Akasaka

HOSHINOYA Tokyo

Fancy sophisticated Ryokan. Known for extraordinary hospitality. 

Otemachi

CULTURE

Hara Museum

Contemporary art fanatics must stop 1 

Shinagawa

Arts & Science

Art over Science? Science over Art? What if we care both so much? Craftsmanship lives in every details. Clothing line and home goods curated by Sonya Park.

Aoyama

Itoya

Stationary heaven. Don't forget to check the annex.

Ginza

Isetan

Get ready for your best retail therapy. EAT SHOP REST SHOP EAT AGAIN SHOP and SHOP AGAIN.

Shinjuku

Mori Art Museum

Contemporary art fanatics must stop 2

Roppongi

d47 Museum

Gallery and retail space by D & Department. All the good stuff from 47 different prefectures in Japan.  

Shibuya

Tokyu Hands

Another stationary heaven. Last minute gift shopping stop. 

Shibuya and Shinjuku

Tsutaya Daikanyama

Conceptual bookstore with cafe and bar.

Daikanyama

Teien Museum

Japanese-Western modern architecture and the beautiful garden.

Shirokanedai

Yaeca Store

Carefully selected clothes and life style items.

Nakameguro

Union Commerce

All the knives.

Kappabashi

Disco

Have you seen Mariko's wedding nail? This is where they were from. If you love arty crazy designs, book now.

Shibuya