A local’s guide to Tokyo pt.1

Four Tokyo locals have shared their insider tips. First up is Kensuke Iwai, editor in chief of A Quiet Day magazine, which bridges Japanese and Scandinavian culture. 

Why do you think these cultures fit so well together?

I think the process of thinking is very similar to Scandinavian values – nature, colours and mindfulness inspire both cultures. And both of them like simple and functional things, right?

What area in Tokyo is best for fashion shopping?

There are a lot of fashion brand that are well known in Aoyama – COMME des GARCONS, ISSEY MIYAKE, and more.

Where do you go for the best coffee? 

Stockholm Roast Tokyo We are running now at Commune 2nd.

Cafe les jeux 

Where do you eat the best Ramen soap?

There are a lots of Ramen shops between Takadanobaba station and Waseda station. I recommend Merci. That is a classical style of Ramen.

Do you have a favourite cocktail bar?

Sake Bouze has good food and sake.

Ahiru has good natural wine.

Where is the best design shop?

This is ceramic shop, Utsuwakaede.

And what museum?

Bunkamura

National Art Center Tokyo