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              TOKYO’S CITIZENS HAVE DEVELOPED
              A DEFINITIVE STYLE THAT FUSES
              WESTERN MODERNITY WITH MOVIES,
              MANGA AND PERFORMANCE ART.



               TOKYO FOODIE TIPS                                                              quirkily brilliant Japanese

                  Get a crash course on                                                       contemporary artist’s works
                 Japanese cuisine at the                                                      run the gamut from polka-
                 basement food floors of                                                      dotted paintings to head-
                 department stores like
                Takashimaya and Isetan.                                                       scratching installations.
                                                                                              Another art detour is the
                Can’t read the kanji on the                                                   spectacular Nezu Museum in
                ramen shop machine? The                                                       the Aoyama district. Housed in
               house speciality is typically                                                  a stunning minimalist gallery
               listed on the top left button.
                                                                                              designed by Japanese architect
                  For a fun DIY dining                                                        Kengo Kuma, the collection
                 experience, try making                                                       spans across centuries from
                 your own okonomiyaki                              With the                   East Asian tradition to
                  (savoury pancake) at                             luxury of time             contemporary art.
                 Sakuratei in Harajuku.
                                                  FROM TOP: Yakitori   More time in the world’s   Complete your art tour
                                                  and beer are how   most exciting city means   with a visit to the Suntory
                                                                   most exciting city means
                                                  Tokyoites unwind;
                                                  Tokyoites unwind;
                                                                   there’s a sense that anything
                                                  entrance to the Nezu
                                                  entrance to the Nezu   there’s a sense that anything   Museum of Art in Akasaka
                                                                   is possible. Wander the side
                                                  Museum; one of Yayoi
                                                  Museum; one of Yayoi   is possible. Wander the side   (closed for renovation till May
                                                  Kusama’s distinctive
                                                  Kusama’s distinctive   alleys and tree-lined canals of   2020). Also designed by Kuma,
                                                                   alleys and tree-lined canals of
                                                  pumpkin sculptures.
                                                  pumpkin sculptures.
                                                                   Nakameguro. Stoop beneath   it offers a bite-sized history
                                                                   Nakameguro. Stoop beneath
                                                                   flower-laden trees in Ueno   of Japan through ceramics,
                                                                   flower-laden trees in Ueno
                                                                   Park during cherry blossom   lacquerware, textiles and more.
                                                                   Park during cherry blossom
                                                                   season. Or go on a shopping
                                                                   season. Or go on a shopping   For many visitors, Akasaka
                                                                   spree in trendy Ginza, then   means one thing: shopping.
                                                                   spree in trendy Ginza, then
                                                                   track down an in-the-know   Start at the five-storey Galleria,
                                                                   track down an in-the-know
                                                                   restaurant and sake bar.
                                                                   restaurant and sake bar.   a cathedral-like complex
                                                                      To see one of Tokyo’s
                                                                      To see one of Tokyo’s   brimming with funky fashion,
                                                                   neighbourhoods from a
                                                                   neighbourhoods from a      interior design, cosmetics and
                                                                   local’s perspective, book an
                                                                   local’s perspective, book an   more. There’s plenty more
                                                                   insightful walking tour with
                                                                   insightful walking tour with   besides to ogle at, including
                                                                   Tokyo Localized. You could
                                                                   Tokyo Localized. You could   vibey Tokyo Midtown Tower,
                                                                   start in the city’s characterful
                                                                   start in the city’s characterful   the city’s highest building.
                                                                    old quarter of Yanaka,
                                                                    old quarter of Yanaka,       As night falls, seek out the
                                                                    where wooden temples are
                                                                    where wooden temples are   frenetic side alley izakayas
                                                                    sandwiched between post-  and smoky yakitori joints on
                                                                    sandwiched between post-
                                                                    war houses, or take a deep
                                                                    war houses, or take a deep   Omoide Yokocho, a warren of
                                                                    dive into the electronic
                                                                    dive into the electronic   backstreets tucked beyond the
                                                                    nirvana of Akihabara.     west gate of Shinjuku station.
                                                                    nirvana of Akihabara.
                                                                      Away from this futuristic   From tiny restaurants that
                                                                      Away from this futuristic
                                                                         world, world-class art   only serve barbecued eel to
                                                                         world, world-class art
                                                                           takes centre stage   bars where highballs are king,
                                                                           in the unmissable   the buzzing grid provides an
                                                                           Yayoi Kusama       unforgettable snapshot of
                                                                          Museum, where the   Tokyo as it once was.
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