Tokyo

Japan (VIDEO)

Japan (VIDEO)

A project by Meraviglia Paper. With Japan National Tourism Organization (JNTO).

BEARD

BEARD

Tokyo, Japan

Meguro-Ward is Tokyo’s neighbourhood where we feel most at home. Every day we keep looking for an excuse to go back for a stroll along the river at dusk. We’ve read about Beard and we already know we’re going to love it. At 6pm we go in. Chef Shin Harakawa puts down the chicken quarter he’s about to carve, smiles at us and invites us to come back, maybe tomorrow. He has a long tidy beard and is wearing a tucked up shirt under the apron. The room is painted in earthy warm tones and the kitchen is open plan. A tarte tatin is waiting to be served. The words “French” and “terroir” recur in the menu and in his CV. “He loves to travel, mainly to Europe and North America. Recently, he has a close connection to people in San Francisco”. Beard, we will come back tomorrow and any time we are back in Tokyo.

AMAN TOKYO

AMAN TOKYO

Tokyo, Japan

The first thing that will strike you is the vast, airy, majestic space and the cosy and elegant atmosphere. We are at Aman Tokyo, on the sixth floor of the Otemachi Tower, in the heart of the financial district. It’s an early spring morning. The space is infused of minimalistic beauty. Flowering branches decorate the lobby lounge. The filtered light projects their reflection on the water, on the opalescent ceiling, on the stones, and on the rigorous but relaxing palette of the interior. The glass wall frames a magnificent view of the city from the top. It captures its encompassing beauty: hypnotic, surreal and cinematographic…

Yakumo Saryo

Yakumo Saryo

Tokyo, Japan

We love the expression “by heart” as it implies that the heart is involved in the act of remembering. From our meal at Yakumo Saryo we remember every fine detail by heart. From the quiet streets of the Yakumo neighbourhood to the beautiful objects and spaces we walked through on the way to our long wooden table. We remember the entrance gate, the wooden steps, the noren, the garden, the glass and wooden veranda, the wagashi counter and the corridors. And we remember the sequence of movements with which the chef was preparing and serving each dish. It was without doubt the most amazing lunch of our journey in the Japanese archipelago…

Claska

Claska

Tokyo, Japan

Our Tokyo tour starts from the contemporary and slightly nostalgic Claska Hotel in Meguro-Ku, a neighbourhood made of minute alleys, short buildings, eclectic geometries and multi-coloured roofs. The hall opens on Claska Dining & Cafe Kiokuh, a pretty eatery where North-European and Japanese design melt into a charming equilibrium. We have a western-style breakfast that includes thin granola crackers, honey, a small portion of candied fruit and a generous one of fresh fruit. At lunch, the room becomes a curious lively melting pot where hotel guests eat alongside neighbourhood young people and tribes of ever-smiling mothers and children. In the meanwhile, soft light-brown poodles cast curious glances from the windows of Dog Man…

Kitsuné Café

Kitsuné Café

Tokyo, Japan

Away from the luxury of Omotesando-dori and next to Maison Kitsuné Boutique is the coffee shop Kitsuné Café. The décor, the music and the ways of the barmen embody the playful and fairy-like spirit of the Kitsuné brand. We drink Hokkaido organic juices (North Farm Stock), in mini glass jars, from stripy paper straws. We sip hand-dripped coffee and taste Japanese one-bite sweets. “Teeny Time” in Minato-ku, Tokyo!

HIGASHIYA

HIGASHIYA

Tokyo, Japan

A confectionary brand that you would immediately associate to the brand Simplicity and everything this name stands for: culinary craft, Japanese tradition, innate beauty, experience and elegance. This small shop and take-away window near Aoyama serves Lilliputian traditional sweets: crackers, wafers and manju cakes (steamed sweets made from bean) individually packed and perfect as gifts for you or your loved ones.

Higashi-Yama

Higashi-Yama

Tokyo, Japan

Of Higashi-Yama, we will remember the glimpse of the private dinners revealed by the thin slits in the façade, the goldfish swimming in the patio tank, the discreet atmosphere of an elitist and charming Tokyo, the hidden grace of the coming and going of handmade ceramics, the perfect tasting of a homemade tofu, the fusion of new flavours in a bowl of pastel vegetables, and the superb intense taste of a green-tea rice pudding whose surface shone like polish. Such a culinary experience resembles a journey.

MARU

MARU

Tokyo, Japan

The chaotic rhythm of a late Aoyama afternoon disappears as soon as you cross the threshold of Maru restaurant. You just have to go down a few steps to enter a different Japan – secluded, intimate, ceremonious – suspended between tradition and modernity. Like in a present-day izakaya (a typical Japanese inn), the main feature is a long counter. Behind it, chefs celebrate the ritual of modern Japanese cuisine with a dance of precise gestures and harmonious skill. The dishes of the kaiseki “Kyoto style” menu follow one another in all their beauty.

Mominoki House

Mominoki House

Tokyo, Japan

This food concept store in Tokyo’s Harajiku is one of a kind (in the whole Japan). We like to think that every night since 1976 owner and chef Eiichiro Yama recreates the same atmosphere: 1930s French music, a piano, the smell of brown rice and macrobiotic cooking and fresh flowers on each table. Homely.

Traveler’s Picks

Traveler’s Picks

by Zoie Kingsbery Coe

Zoie is the force behind Kid & Coe, a family accommodation website offering design-led family-friendly places to stay around the world, from cottages in Greece to apartments in New York City. She believes that exciting travel does not have to stop once you have had children – hence the company motto ‘Bring the Kids!’…

Barcelona and Beyond

Barcelona and Beyond

by Agust Juste and Eva Calduch

We’re Agust and Eva, a couple of graphic designers-partners-friends from Barcelona with our own studio for more than 20 years and not divorcing… yet. We recently launched Behomm, the first home exchange site just for designers and visual artists worlwide. By invitation only, much more secure, it avoids anonymous registrations. We love beauty and travelling. We are passionate home exchangers with the dream of connecting all creatives…

NEW YORK BAR

NEW YORK BAR

Tokyo, Japan

Going up to the 52nd floor of Park Hyatt Tokyo is one of those things you need to do at least once in your life. You don’t have to sit at the restaurant, you can just chill out in the New York bar, order a cheeseburger with chilli pickle salsa, hand cut bacon and crispy potato fries. It costs about the same as a sushi dinner for two. However, the view is apocalyptic. Live music depends on the evening, but stay here until the early hours to really savour the experience, just like Charlotte e Bob in “Lost in translation”.

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