Ginza by Karen Walker

Karen Walker | July 20th, 2012

Ginza is traditionally somewhere where only tourists and established money go but it’s suddenly hip again thanks to the new Uniqlo flagship and the relocated Dover Street Market.
Uniqlo, the a Japanese mega-retailer with 1,000 stores around the world and top-notch collaborations under their belt with the likes of Jil Sander and Undercover, has [...]

Asia, Japan, Slideshows, Tokyo

Eateries We Love - Canoviano Café in Tokyo

Karen Walker | July 11th, 2012

I always think it’s best to eat Japanese food while in Tokyo as it doesn’t get any better but for an architectural treat lunch or dine at Canoviano Café. The food’s great but it’s the building that’s most notable. The building’s designed by the legendary Tadao Ando which makes the experience even better.
Canoviano Café, [...]

Asia, Eateries We Love, Japan, Stuff we Love, Tokyo

Eateries We Love - Yakumo Saryo in Tokyo

Karen Walker | July 7th, 2012

Yakumo Saryo is a private, members-only restaurant that’s heavenly. It’s in the most unexpected of locations in a quiet, suburban street with a high, concrete wall overflowing with established trees surrounding it. Through the small wooden gate one finds oneself in the most beautiful of gardens with a softly lit twisting path leading up [...]

Asia, Eateries We Love, Japan, Stuff we Love, Tokyo

The Hokkaido Way by Rea Kim

Guest Contributor | December 14th, 2011

KUKI is tucked away in a little fishing village in a most unlikely location. From the outlook it is almost like a concrete castle, something you do not expect to see in Japan. We were greeted by two very small Japanese ladies dressed in I can only describe it as a steam driver outfit complete [...]

Asia, Eco Tourism, Japan, Slideshows


Karen Walker | April 20th, 2010

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I’m not a huge fan of Ginza (too many chain stores and tourists) but it is worth a visit for the new Lanvin store, which has two floors of magic.

Time your visit around lunch or afternoon tea at the Gucci Café. You don’t have to be into the brand to enjoy this [...]

Asia, Japan, Tokyo

God I Love Japanese Candy

Jamie McLellan | March 18th, 2010

It’s been a while since I visited Japan and enjoyed the amazing assortment of packaged sweets on offer. Even Muji sells amazing pinwheel cakes and delicately packaged candy.
Fortunately my friend’s Tristan and Yuka have just returned from Tokyo with a truckload of Japanese lollies to satisfy my sweet tooth.
I especially like the long thin white [...]

Asia, Japan, Stuff we Love

Where to Eat if Someone Else is Paying - Toufuya Ukai, Tokyo

Karen Walker | February 27th, 2010

When you’re in Japan, eat Japanese and only Japanese. And for the real deal the best place I’ve ever been in Japan is Toufuya Ukai. Traditional private dining rooms all open up onto beautiful gardens that are quite magical to walk through before and after dinner. It’s a sensational place for lunch or [...]

Asia, Japan, Slideshows, Tokyo, Where to Eat if Someone Else is Paying

Lunch, Shopping, and Dinner in Shibuya

Karen Walker | November 25th, 2009

Photo by Mikhail Gherman
Shibuya is an easy area to spend a day. Start the day with an early lunch and some great retail at my favourite spot: Margaret Howell (1-13-8 Jinnin-Shibuya-Ku) for great clothes and home wear put together in a lovely way. The café serves wonderful light lunches outside on the terrace.
Allow a few [...]

Asia, Japan, Tokyo

Tokyo Escape

Karen Walker | November 5th, 2009

After a few days in the metropolis it can be nice to escape. A perfect day trip is the Kamakura area an hour’s drive or train ride south west of Tokyo. The series of 5 or 6 beaches lining the coast from this point are refreshing after the heat and intensity of the city. [...]

Asia, Japan, Slideshows, Tokyo

Shimotakaido by Tania Kelley

Guest Contributor | July 26th, 2008

On my recent trip to Tokyo I had the pleasure of staying in Shimotakaido a suburb in the Setagaya Ward, a couple of stops west of Shinjuku, on the keyno line.
There is something so cute about the suburbs of Tokyo. The small streets and compact houses seem almost doll like. Pedestrian pavements are indistinguishable form [...]

Asia, Japan, Slideshows

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