Time unveils the irony behind memories.
I've had a couple of people asking for guidance regarding what to do when visiting Tokyo this spring. As usual, I recommend them to follow the Tokyo walk for one perfect sunday, spending around Daikanyama / Naka-Meguro / Cat Street as much as they feel appropriate. Why? Simply because they show the cool side of Tokyo, which is far far away from the stereotypes.
Daikanyama Log Road was built after the Tokyu-Toyoko Line was buried underground. This a pleasant little alley where high end shopping boutiques alternate with lifestyle stores, al-fresco dining and relaxed cafés - all with a very New York / Sidney flavor that only Japanese can get right - featuring:
- Spring Valley Brewery [POST]: Brunch and dining with outdoor option, cafe and craft beer.
- Fred Segal MART [WEB]: Open cafe and lifestyle shopping
- Fred Segal MAN [WEB]: Multi-brand high- / mid- end fashion
- Fred Segal WOMAN [WEB]: Multi-brand high- / mid- end fashion
- Garden House Crafts [WEB]: Open air dining, cafe, craft beer.
Daikanyama Log Road [WEB]
13 Daikanyama, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Transport: Daikanyama Station (Tokyu Toyoko line); Ebisu Station (Yamanote, Shonan-Shinjuku, Saikyo, Hibiya lines)
Inaugurated in 2015 - right before my first visit after we left the country - it is a particularly ironic place for me, built right beside our old home (that penthouse sits atop that black and white building you see on the right handside of the road), built down the street I walked towards the supermarket and / or the gym, on daily basis. Still my memory tricks me to see the old train tracks, that we had to wait for under heavy rain, hands full of grocery shoping, Girl who leapt through time style.
Homes in Tokyo are very small in general (our apartment was a RARE exception due to special expat contract) making cafés where you can sit for a long while and work or study very important component of the life in the city.
Despite their tiny homes, Japanese still appreciate refined pieces for home - quality over quantity always - making this kind of high end boutique thrive in the city.
Fred Segal woman.
I got the bag on the left (the Anna Wintour, not the Lagerfeld one).
Thinking about getting some neon for our home.