Tokyo: Capital of Cool

By Rob Goss

**Winner of the 2015 North American go back and forth reporters organization Silver Medal Prize**

Take a photograph travel of Japan's capital of cool with this substitute Tokyo guidebook!

From the stylish streets of Omotesando to the Tosho-gu shrine advanced in Nikko, outfitted to consecrate the Edo-era shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu, award-winning writer Rob Goss takes readers throughout the patchwork of various districts and points of interest that make up Tokyo and its neighboring towns.Tokyo: Capital of Cool delves into Tokyo's defining qualities together with the city's Edo-era roots; its thirst to either modernize and but keep its traditions; its culinary historical past; and the influence of its bright youth.

You'll be surprised on the shiny images and the in-depth language that is going a long way past the bounds of a standard guidebook in delivering insights into one of many world's maximum towns. In Tokyo: Capital of Cool, you will discover principles and suggestion for areas to go to, a window onto this designated position, and a deeper realizing of its humans and jap tradition.

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Shimo–Kitazawa Four stops west of Shibuya, the place the Keio Inokashira Line crosses the Odakyu Line from Shinjuku, is the counter-cultural hub of Shimo-Kitazawa. The notice that most sensible describes this shabby yet vivid district is eclectic. Its rigorously cultivated collegiate atmosphere, the varied bric-a-brac and garments outlets, used checklist shops and offbeat bookstores, let alone its energetic mixture of eating places and bars, recommend a type of Ivy League junk store. the world grew off the again of a black industry that existed after global warfare II and in addition occurs to be choked with tiny stay track homes and theatres. Plans to create a huge new highway capacity locals worry the various area’s chaotic attraction could be destroyed. For information see www. shimokitazawa. org. round Shibuya Japan folks Crafts Museum Address: 4-3-33 Komaba, Meguro-ku Tel: 03-3467 4527 Website: www. mingeikan. or. jp Opening Hours: Tue–Sun 10am–5pm Entrance price: cost Transport: Komaba Todaimae Return to Shibuya Station and pass stops at the Inokashira Line to Komaba Todaimae, the place a couple of minutes’ stroll west of the station you’ll locate the superb Japan folks Crafts Museum’ [map] (Mingei-kan). thought of to be the best between Tokyo’s numerous hundred museums, the stunning previous wooden and stone development, as soon as owned through grasp potter Soetsu Yanagi, is a shrine to mingei, Japan’s people craft flow. numerous ceramics, furnishings and textiles are exhibited the following and the museum’s reward store is a brilliant position to shop for strange souvenirs. locate all demeanour of toys alongside Takeshita-dori. Ming Tang Evans/Apa courses Komaba Park Address: 4-3-55 Komaba, Meguro-ku Tel: 03-3460 6725 Opening Hours: Tue–Sun 9am–4. 30pm Entrance rate: loose Transport: Komaba Todaimae Nearby the folks Crafts Museum is Komaba Park ⁄ [map] (Komaba Koen) previously the property of the Maeda family members. The final daimyo (lord) of the Maeda extended family died in the course of international struggle II and the property was once requisitioned by way of the career. Komaba Park contains the previous Maeda place of abode, a 1929 Tudor-style constitution with a separate Japanese-style construction used for receiving visitors. The property interiors provide a good suggestion of the lifetime of a member of the japanese the Aristocracy within the early 1/2 the 20 th century. at the back of the home, in a constitution relationship from the Sixties, is the Museum of contemporary jap Literature (Toritsu Kindai Bungakukan; www. bungakukan. or. jp). authentic place of dwelling, Daikanyama. Ming Tang Evans/Apa courses Daikanyama One ultimate vacation spot that may be simply accessed from Shibuya Station is the trendy residential and buying sector of Daikanyama ¤ [map], one cease southwest at the Tokyu Toyoko Line. Many attention-grabbing boutiques are dotted round the station, and back as you climb up the hill in the direction of the buying complexes Daikanyama tackle and l. a. Fuente. Daikanyama can also be the positioning of Hillside Terrace, an architectural ensemble that took Pritzker Prize-winning architect Fumihiko Maki 23 years to accomplish, and that is obvious as anything of a version city improvement.

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