November 15th, 2020 issue

3 Hot New Restaurants in Shibuya & Tohoku Earthquake Museum

In this issue we’ve got new restaurants in Shibuya, an excellent new museum to remember the Great Tohoku Earthquake, Michelin star yakitori, an edible flower trend, and Osaka okonomiyaki in Tokyo.

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1. Three Hot New Restaurants Open in Shibuya

Tokyo has so many restaurants it’s crazy… and yet, when a new restaurant opens it should be on your “to check out” list. Especially if they are inside the Gems Aoyama Cross — a hip, stylish new venue that opened just a few short months ago.

Surprising I know… given the current state of COVID and the difficulty many restaurants are facing with customers staying home. While grocery stores thrive, restaurants suffer.

But that didn’t stop these three new restaurants from opening. One really stands out to me. The French-Japanese skewer shop, Denkushiflori. Maybe the most interesting is that it was created by two Michelin star chefs. How cool is that?

Kushi 串 means skewered in Japanese (check our guide about kushiyaki). Most kushiyaki restaurants you’ll find are typical izakaya faire. But here you’ll find the French cuisine influence on this Japanese staple.

+Map pin to Denkushiflori

The three new restaurants you should try at Gems Aoyama Cross in ShibuyaSome of the shops cater to oddly specific lifestyle needs such as cosmetic surgery or eyebrow waxing, but when it comes to dining, the venue’s three restaurants are bound to appeal to any foodie looking for a unique dining experience, whether it’s through French-inspired skewers or an autumnal mushroom hot pot.” (Timeout)

2. Learn About the Tohoku Earthquake and Recovery

One of the biggest earthquakes to ever hit Japan, the Great East Japan Earthquake on 3.11.2011, was massive. Even from “way down here” in Tokyo, we felt it.

The aftershocks continued for days. I can only imagine what life was like for our friends in Fukushima and the Tohoku region up north. The destruction was unfathomable.

And now there is a new memorial museum working to keep the memory of the event alive. To share what happened, what was learned, and never to forget the catastrophe.

Inside the huge facility, you’ll find photos, videos, simulators, and scale models depicting the area and the destruction caused by the earthquake and resulting tsunami.

+Map pin to The Great East Japan Earthquake and Nuclear Disaster Memorial Museum

New Fukushima Disaster Memorial Museum Keeping the Messages of 3.11 Alive “Nearly a decade has passed since the Great East Japan Earthquake on March 11, 2011. Reconstruction efforts have continued unabated across the Tōhoku region since the massive temblor and subsequent tsunami and nuclear disaster. Along with new roads and buildings, workers have constructed numerous memorials and parks dedicated to victims and facilities displaying items that serve as reminders of the importance of disaster-awareness.” (Nippon)

Quick Hits

These are a quick list of more things we think you'll find interesting.

  1. It’s not every day you’ll find Michelin-starred yakitori — but then you bump into Toriki. A teeny-tiny yakitori shop that packs a punch. #map
  2. I don’t enjoy eating flowers, but maybe you will? Apparently, it’s become a trend in Tokyo.
  3. While its name sounds like someone is laughing at you, Wuhaha Fugetsu is an incredible okonomiyaki shop from Osaka — now in Tokyo too. #map

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