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Finding your sea legs on Tokyo Bay

| Mar 28, 2015

Finding your sea legs on Tokyo Bay

It’s wretched weather for putting out to sea: gusty winds, cloud banks brooding with rain and water spouts, temperatures a micro-notch above freezing and the waters of Tokyo Bay like wet elephant hide. Nonetheless, at the generous invitation of the Tokyo Metropolitan Government’s Bureau ...

Finding thrills on plum blossom hill

| Feb 21, 2015

Finding thrills on plum blossom hill

February is a tricky month for venturing out in Tokyo. Daylight hours lengthen and the light softens slightly, but the weather itself seems controlled by a sadist at the thermostat. Blissfully warm one moment and freezing the next, it’s 50 shades of uncertainty. Nonetheless, ...

Monkeying around in Sarugakucho

| Jan 24, 2015

Monkeying around in Sarugakucho

Sarugakucho — which loosely translates as “monkey fun town” — is a hot spot near Daikanyama Station in Shibuya, Tokyo. As a place to hang out, this area sets the bar pretty high: Its backstreets are a zoo of uber-cute boutiques offering exclusive jeans, ...

Appeasing autumn appetites in Nishi-Azabu

| Nov 29, 2014

Appeasing autumn appetites in Nishi-Azabu

All the walking in the world does not, alas, burn off the binge-fests of food and drink that occur at year-end holidays. Anticipating this, I agree to a free trial lesson at a friend’s gym, which she claims offers a workout that’s fast, effective ...

Dead reckoning in the haunts of Honancho

| Oct 25, 2014

Dead reckoning in the haunts of Honancho

Halloween in Tokyo rarely gets scarier than the price of imported pumpkins, but I’ve heard that Honancho — a terminal station on the Marunouchi subway line — hosts an uber-spooky obakeyashiki (ghost house). Navigating the station’s dank, barely-lit stairwell at Exit 2, I’m already ...

Yumenoshima: Tokyo's past trash packed into pleasure

| Sep 27, 2014

Yumenoshima: Tokyo's past trash packed into pleasure

Yumenoshima (literally, “Dream Island”) in Tokyo’s Koto Ward is aptly named because as in real dreams, the island’s narrative encompasses both bucolic and nightmarish elements. I alight at Shin-Kiba Station, the final stop on the Yurakucho Line, and stroll north to Yumenoshima Park for ...

Much about nothing in Akabane Iwabuchi

| Jul 26, 2014

Much about nothing in Akabane Iwabuchi

The nexus between Tokyo’s rainy season and the heat of summer brings beastly humidity. I choose to explore Akabane Iwabuchi, an area in Tokyo’s Kita Ward, for the possibility of cool breezes coming off the nearby Arakawa River. But that idea is toast the ...

Not ducking tradition in Higashi-Ueno

| Jun 28, 2014

Not ducking tradition in Higashi-Ueno

With its lotus-laden Shinobazu pond, park grounds, and national museums, the Ueno area in Tokyo draws millions of visitors a year. Nearby Higashi-Ueno (Eastern Ueno), however, seems to be another world altogether. When I exit Shin-Okachimachi station, under skies portending summer heat, this low-lying ...

Spring greening in Koganei

| Apr 26, 2014

Spring greening in Koganei

It’s time to bask in sunshine, birdsong, and blossom-filled breezes. Koganei Park, situated at the center of the Tokyo metropolis, looks like the ideal spot for such a “spring-gasm.” The JR Chuo express train whisks me from Yotsuya to Musashi-Koganei in less than 30 ...