Building excitement in Shirokanedai

| Aug 28, 2011

Building excitement in Shirokanedai

Exiting the Nanboku Line at Shirokanedai Station in west-central Tokyo, my sandaled feet immediately start to sizzle. So instead of walking to Meguro’s Institute of Nature Study as planned, I bolt down the first shaded slope I find. A chic aluminum-and-glass building with a ...

Shooting galleries in Nihonbashi

| Jul 31, 2011

Shooting galleries in Nihonbashi

Summertime, and the living’s less easy than queasy as Tokyo’s temperatures and humidity soar. It’s like that as I exit the Hibiya Line’s Kodenmacho Station, in Chuo Ward, headed for Jisshi Koen, the area’s sole park. My plan is to walk northeast, to the ...

Morishita: treats in place of the trees

| Jun 26, 2011

Morishita: treats in place of the trees

Sometimes it’s hard to see the forest for the trees. According to Akinori Saito, a historian in Tokyo’s Koto Ward Office, the area known as Morishita (lit. “forest below”) was most likely named for woods that surrounded the yashiki (residence) of a feudal lord ...

The edified and TEDified in Japan

May 31, 2011

The edified and TEDified in Japan

On May 21, Tokyo’s third annual TEDx event was held at Miraikan (the National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation) in Odaiba. Though officially closed until June 11 due to the Great Eastern Japan Earthquake, Miraikan hosted 300 guests to this year’s event: TEDxTokyo ...

Casting around in Tsukudajima

| May 29, 2011

Casting around in Tsukudajima

From Tsukishima Station on Tokyo’s Oedo subway line, I launch myself northward toward Tsukudajima. A mere sandbar in the early days of the Edo Period (1603-1868), Tsukudajima long ago began to be expanded with boulders and landfill on the way to creating the area ...

Gaming Moto Azabu

| Apr 24, 2011

Gaming Moto Azabu

Rather than dwell on the dark side of life at this time, I decide to get my game on by heading to a store just off Azabu-Juban’s main shopping street in central Tokyo’s Minato Ward. Max Game, at the foot of Kurayamizaka (Dark Slope), ...

Notes from the underground

| Feb 27, 2011

Notes from the underground

When my yoga class was canceled recently, I decided to explore Yoga instead. Yoga, in southwestern Tokyo’s Setagaya Ward, was once a post stop on the old Oyama-Kaido pilgrims’ road between the shoguns’ capital of Edo (now Tokyo) and temples in the Mount Oyama ...

Aoyama warmth beats the cold

| Jan 30, 2011

Aoyama warmth beats the cold

Kotto-dori (Antiques Avenue), a pin-straight link between Aoyama and Roppongi avenues in Tokyo’s Minato Ward, was once a melange of pricey boutiques and high-end antique stores. Word has it that the street is going through changes, so I set off to see what’s up. ...

The narrow roads of Senju

| Jan 9, 2011

The narrow roads of Senju

In the frantic yearend season known as shiwasu (lit. “teachers running”), when even dignified people grow harried, a friend invited me to play hooky from the madness and take a ramble together around her Tokyo neighborhood. Since the gift of time together is a ...