What’s your favorite Tokyo neighborhood?
Daikanyama or Nakameguro, they’re tied right now. I like that Daikanyama is hilly with a lot of narrow backstreets that have small boutiques and cafes. It has a very relaxed and quiet atmosphere and it’s a very hip neighborhood.
I also really like the Meguro River path in Nakameguro. The path is covered with plants and trees and lined by a whole bunch of small shops and restaurants. It’s very laid back.
Where do you most want to live in Tokyo?
Daikanyama or Nakameguro. Both these neighborhoods are hip but off the beaten track. They’re also both still fairly central with tons of cool boutiques, restaurants, and cafes, but without the neon lights and noise of some of Tokyo’s bigger neighborhoods.
What’s your favorite shop in Tokyo?
Oooohh, that’s hard. I don’t know….the MOMA store in Ometesando is really cool. I really like the shops in the backstreets of Harajuku. Those shops remind me of California, very beachy with a lot of neat finds.
What’s your favorite thing to do in Tokyo?
Walk around areas we haven’t been to yet and explore new neighborhoods.
What’s your favorite restaurant in Tokyo?
It might be the Itamae Sushi in Ginza. They have really good lunch deals, for 1000yen you get 10 pieces of sushi, unlimited miso, rice, and matcha (powder green tea). It makes me happy because it’s so delicious!
What’s your favorite thing to eat in Tokyo?
Sushi. Specifically saba (mackerel) and amaebi (raw sweet shrimp).
How would you describe Tokyo in ten words or less?
Big, exciting, distinct neighborhoods, traditional and forward thinking
What’s your favorite touristy thing to do in Tokyo?
I love going to Mori Tower in Roppongi Hills, you can get drinks, go to the art museum, and then head up to the helicopter pad to see the whole city, beautiful.
What should people not miss when they visit Tokyo?
Tsukiji Market. Sensoji Temple, Shibuya Crossing, Walking through Shinkjuku, Tokyo Station
What surprised you about Tokyo?
I expected it to feel a whole lot more like New York City, more skyscrapers, and for the streets to feel more crowded. It never felt like walking down the crowded streets of New York, even though there are more people in the city.
What’s your favorite museum in Tokyo?
What’s your favorite coffee shop in Tokyo?
Saturdays Surf NYC in Daikanyama
What’s your favorite place to people watch in Tokyo?
Café Michelangelo in Daikanyama
What’s your favorite park in Tokyo?
Arisugawa, south of Roppongi, it used to be the grounds of a prince. It has tons of narrow paths and bridges, tall lush trees, and quiet sitting areas. It feels very enclosed even though it’s in the middle of the city.
What’s your favorite building in Tokyo?
Maybe 21_21 Design Sight, I like that it’s triangular and concrete. It looks like it’s coming up out of the ground, with a very clean and simple design that is really beautiful. Also the lawns around it are really green and it makes you feel like you have stepped out of the city.
What’s your favorite Tokyo memory?
Oooh…maybe all night karaoke in Shibuya. It was such a hole in the wall karaoke place but it didn’t matter ‘cause we were with friends having fun. Then we got out at 4am and the streets were packed with other people stumbling out of clubs and karaoke, everyone headed to McDonalds for breakfast, it was pretty hilarious.
Sushi or Ramen?
Beer or Sake?
Coffee or Green Tea?
Tokyo or Kyoto?
What draws you to Tokyo?
I really enjoy the Japanese culture and way of life, except for overworking. I love how they will become a “master of their art” in everything from design to candy making. The amount of effort that goes into their craft is staggering; it’s why they are renowned for so many things. Nothing is done half-way. They put the thought, time, and patience into whatever they are doing and I really love that.