January festival: Setagaya Boroichi, the most legendary flea market in Tokyo!

The Setagaya Boroichi is the grand old lady of Tokyo flea markets. It’s so ancient and so revered, in fact, it holds Intangible Cultural Treasure status! On December 15-16 and … Continue reading January festival: Setagaya Boroichi, the most legendary flea market in Tokyo!

Tokyo’s best-kept shopping secrets: The Shimojima gift, paper & packaging emporium

I used to drag everyone who came to visit me to Ito-ya, the legendary 9-floor stationery shop in Ginza. But when they renovated and got rid of 90% of their … Continue reading Tokyo’s best-kept shopping secrets: The Shimojima gift, paper & packaging emporium

How to bring Japan home with you: take a Japanese cooking class in Tokyo!

One of the best things anyone can bring back from Tokyo is a love of Japanese food. I don’t know about you, but the thing that surprised me most about … Continue reading How to bring Japan home with you: take a Japanese cooking class in Tokyo!

Hacking Leaf Season: How to beat the crowds, duck the peak prices, and still see beautiful fall leaves in Japan

Thinking about taking an autumn trip to Japan? Dreaming of strolling through divine gardens bursting with red maples, and serene temples robed in fall leaves? I’m with you: it’s totally my … Continue reading Hacking Leaf Season: How to beat the crowds, duck the peak prices, and still see beautiful fall leaves in Japan

Curated Walking Tour: Yanaka, where traditional Tokyo is alive and kicking!

Yanaka is one of the quirkiest, undiscovered, Old Tokyo neighborhoods in town. Here, new generations of artisans from families that have plied their trades for centuries are finding fun and … Continue reading Curated Walking Tour: Yanaka, where traditional Tokyo is alive and kicking!