Even the greatest adventurers had help. TokyoSpark is your insider guide to discovering the interesting, unique, and quirky Tokyo.
Hi, I’m Chad Thiele. I’m the founder of TokyoSpark.
I’m the eternal visitor. I work on a military base, live outside the local economy, and get to enjoy Tokyo like a visitor everyday — for the last 22 years — learn more about me here.
My latest Japanese food guides
Japan has some of the most amazing food in the world. But what is it? If you’re new to Japanese cuisine you’ll want to learn what everything is.
Looking for something awesome to hang on your wall? Or maybe the most unique, exclusive souvenir for your friends to show off Japan?
My recent dining recommendations
Here you’ll find the most recent restaurants I’ve added to TokyoSpark, regardless of where in Tokyo they are located.
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I love social media. But the info you receive is filtered through an algorithm showing you popular, sometimes superficial content — or worse, sponsored content.
I focus on real, authentic content that passes my “human filter” and on decades of experience — TokyoSpark arrives in your inbox unfiltered, unbought and unbossed.