Here in Part 3, we continue with Tokyo, with the focus of art, shops, and food – arranged according to the area. Tokyo is one of those places where museums’ layouts are inspiring enough to keep you awake.
Comme des Garcons shop with a few illustrated installations
Haha this is an illusion – it is only a mirror on a green leaf wall reflecting the entrance of this Valveat81 shop. Definitely in love with it!
And this is the little chill-out area outside the shop
Quite some serious wheels on this bike! Taken opposite to NEZU Museum
Can you see the reflection of the beautiful garden? It’s purely amazing inside the NEZU Museum – with wooden houses, a little river, very highly maintained greens, and a nice coffee shop. This new main building is designed by architect KUMA Kengo, who also did the famous Asakusa Culture Tourist Information Center.
Little roof details of the main museum building
The wooden huts inside the big garden
Beautiful isn’t it?
This Journal Standard furniture and lifestyle shop is great for those who like a little bit of worn wooden/vintage interior decor. Lots of bits and pieces like throws, pillows, buckets, towels…etc – quite a good place for souvenirs.
Their address in Shibuya:
This place might look a bit ordinary from the exterior and the inner galleries, but you have to dig deeper to their gardens and underground spaces. It was raining a bit when we were there but look how cool it is!
And there’s a nice little coffee shop in there
Excuse me for imitating the sugar jar!
This Crystallize exhibition by Tokujin Yoshioka is definitely recommended! He skillfully used various materials to imitate the look and feel of crystals, while also growing some himself. There was this huge bath of mineral water “Swan Lake” in the center of the room (unfortunately no photos allowed in there, so can’t show you here) where he demonstrates how he grew those he’s completed like this:
This “ROSE” is simply amazing – he put a real rose into the crystal bath and the end product is ultra beautiful. I bought a postcard of this to my dearest friends – it is one of those things you can’t hold within yourself!
This water-like ripple “Water Block” glass bench looks totally different from the side. Lovely light effect on the floor.
Clever use of plastic straws to imitate the crystal spikiness
Here comes the grand “Rainbow Church” which was inspired by the Rosaire Chapel designed by Henri Matisse. Tokujin visited it in Vance in his early 20’s and had a mysterious experience of being filled with overwhelming light and vibrant colors. Thus he came up with this idea of using stained glass composing of 500 crystal prisms converting natural rays into rainbow color – making the “miraculous light” appear in the space.
And it’s me at the Rainbow Church =)
The exhibition is on from now till 19 Jan 2014. Do pay a visit if you are in Tokyo! It is quite an experience!
There were other exhibitions as well, like this “Bunny Smash”. I personally think this floor plan of the New Jersey State Prison is quite interesting. And look at those bunny ears headphones! Japanese cuteness is everywhere.
And look at this super calm water reflection by sculptor Richard Wilson !
We randomly went into a basement whiskey bar called Hibiya Whiskey-S, which was pretty nice and quiet, perfect for a little rest after a day of shopping.
Here’s the address:
〒104-0061 東京都中央区銀座3-3-9 金子ビルB1
And then we saw this Korean BBQ restaurant with good looking beef and decided to try it out. We got lucky! (I bet random restaurant encounters are always the best everywhere in Tokyo!)
Look at that! Even with the owner’s certificate of his own farm!
We came to this cool shopping arcade mAAch ecute Kanda Manseibashi which was previously a train station in 1912. It was a nicely transformed place with shops, coffees shops, bakeries, and restaurants, all along a river.
So what’s up the stairs?
So this is the upper deck of the building, where there’s a restaurant. Next to it, there’s this corridor where you can see trains passing by!
Experimentally tried this French/Japanese fusion restaurant “Le Petit Kanda” at the arcade which was just open. I have to say it was pretty good! and I made a few new friends there:-
Here is the address of mAAch:
Hope you enjoyed my little Tokyo sharing here!
Definitely a city with endless excitements!
As a daughter of an entrepreneur and being one herself, Grace has lived and learned all sides of creating and growing businesses. She is excited to bring all that life experience as well as 7 years of crafting content to G Edition, her very own edition of experience sharing in work and travel. She is a full-time bag designer and manufacturer, part-time traveler, and a lover of creative crafts.