A local’s guide to Tokyo pt.2

Next up in our local Tokyo guide series is Jun Kuramoto, who runs the cultural platform Commune 2nd in Minami Aoyama. It includes food stands, Midoro.so co-working space, a gallery and Freedom University where you can stimulate curiosity.

What is your favourite concept store in Tokyo?

Ware-Mo-Kou

What area in Tokyo is best for fashion shopping?

Aoyama/Omotesando is one of the biggest Fashion areas in Japan.

When it comes to Vintage, Raw Tokyo which takes place every first Saturday and Sunday @UNU.

Nakameguro and Daikanyama are also good.

Where do you go for the best coffee? 

Shozo coffee store 

Koffee Mameya 

Café Bach is an old school Japanese coffee shop in Asakusa.

Where do you eat the best Ramen shop?

I’m Ramen addict so it’s really hard to pic only one, but I mostly eat at Shichi-Sai. 

Ramen Jiro 

Kuroki – French fusion Ramen. 

Do you have a favourite cocktail bar?

Kamiya Bar is an old bar located in Asakusa. They invented a cocktail named Denki Bran.

Can you recommend an artist studio to visit?

Industrial designer Jin Kuramoto Studio in Nakameguro – he won the Editor’s Choice Award at Stockholm Furniture Fair 2018. 

Illustrator Shuntaro Takeuchi in Nakameguro. 

Do you have a favourite magazine and bookshop?

Cow Books

Haden books

What gallery do you like the most?

Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery

Arts Chiyoda. They renovated an elementary school into a gallery.  

MIDORI.so Gallery with mostly young interesting artists from Tokyo. 

And what museum?

Taro Okamoto Museum. I used to go university next to Taro museum so I often went there till class started. 

NEZU Museum 

Do you have any “hidden” insiders tips to Tokyo?

There’s one hidden Bar in Tokyo, Twillo. Actually it’s not hiding but moving.