Issue #3: 28 August 2019
1. If you’re into art then you are going to love these intricately carved sculptures made from single blocks of wood. I’m serious. You should check these out. They’re remarkably high-quality. Sure, some are a bit creepy, but wow… the level of craftsmanship is astounding. –SpoonAndTamago
+Join a marvelous hands-on class about the ancient Japanese art of kintsugi, also known as “golden joinery” where you’ll learn how to repair ceramics using traditional Japanese crafting methods.
2. Check out my “can’t miss” 1-day itinerary to see all the best sights in Asakusa without missing the local vibe.
With over 19 sights, walking directions, video, street view, and photos, my guide gives you everything needed to have a full day of fun discovering the ancient, traditional Asakusa — including the great Senso-Ji Temple. –TokyoSpark
+Asakusa Sushi Ken is available if you’re looking for some Halal sushi options.
3. Looking for a vegan option while sightseeing in the magnificent Senso-Ji Temple area? I mean, this place is literally called The Farm Cafe. How could you possibly go wrong with something named that, right? Fresh ingredients and a completely vegan menu; perfect!
“Experience a serene side of Asakusa at THE FARM CAFE, a restaurant on the banks of the Sumida River serving delicious, nutritious, and colorful dishes all diners can enjoy.“-Matcha
4. Wicked cool digital art by teamLab found in the ruins of a Japanese bathhouse. Yea, I know… “a bathhouse!?” It’s true. You’ve probably already heard of teamLab. If not, well… they’re an awesome digital art exhibit creation studio. And they have something new to show off; in a bathhouse.
“A notable installation for those who are into exploring abandoned buildings is ‘Megaliths in the Bathhouse Ruins’ which takes place in a historic bathhouse.” –Grape
5. Trying to explore Tokyo with kids can really become quite a challenge. Luckily you’re not alone in this. BestLivingJapan has put together a nice guide to ten kid-friendly museums to help you make the most of your time here with little ones.
“From history and architecture to science and technology there is a museum listed here for everyone’s interest.” –BestLivingJapan
6. What do you get when you mix okonomiyaki, monjayaki, and wagyu beef? You get Suzume no Oyado in Shibuya of course. What, you didn’t know? It’s a restaurant with a long history and now serves some of the most modern popular foods in Japan.
“Suzume no Oyado is an amazing hidden gem in Tokyo where you can have a delicious food experience with a traditional Japanese atmosphere.” –JWWebMagazine
+Don’t know what okonomiyaki is? Check out my complete guide “What Is Okonomiyaki? The Savory Pancake Of Japanese Food Lore” to learn all about it.
7. Do you want to see what living in Japan must have been like back in the Edo period? There’s a massive museum in downtown Tokyo with replicas of life how it was back in that era. Miniaturized towns show off all sorts of cool traditional architecture and more.
“Along with real-size exhibits, there are models of streets and houses, boats, shrines, castles and festival processions with hundreds of tiny ‘people’ from Edo going about their everyday business.” –JapanTravel
In the news this week
- Hachimura, Japan’s mixed-race basketball star who once ‘hid from the world’
- Tepco may scrap one or more reactors at Kashiwazaki-Kariwa plant
- Tokyo expressway to adjust tolls to curb traffic during 2020 Olympics
And that’s a wrap. Be back next week with issue #4.
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