Adjacent to the Nature Reserve of the Institute for Nature Study is the Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Art Museum. The gorgeous art deco building, once the residence of Prince Asaka and his wife Princess Nobuko (a daughter of the Emperor Meiji) was built in the 1930s by famous foreign and Japanese craftsmen, most notably René Lalique, one of France’s leading glassmakers.
The building is surrounded by landscaped grounds and a Japanese- as well as a Western-style garden.
I’m a big lover of museum shops and the one at Teien Art Museum does not disappoint. It’s small, but sells a well curated selection high quality items.
The Nature Reserve of the Institute for Nature Study is a beautifully green and quiet haven in heart of Tokyo. The area covers around 20 hectares and contains ponds, forests, rivers and wetlands which are home to all sorts of plants, birds and insects.
I love popping in there for some peaceful nature walks and to get away from the city’s hustle & bustle. It never gets very busy as only a maximum of 300 people are permitted at any one time.
Asakusa with its Senso-ji temple is one of Tokyo’s most popular tourist attractions. It’s great to see during the day, but my favourite time to visit just after the sun has gone down. The area is much quieter and I love how beautifully all the buildings are lit up.
Yokohama is a great location for a day trip from Tokyo, there is just so much to see and do. One of my favourite areas is the historical Yamate / Bluff district. This is where western foreigners settled after Japan’s isolation ended sometime in the 1850s. The foreign traders didn’t just arrive with goods and their families, they also brought their residential building styles and architecture with them.
I have a huge soft spot for buildings of that era and love strolling around the neighborhood imagining what it would have been like to live there at the turn of the century.
Oishimon in Saitama is run by Simon, a Dutch farmer. We subscribed to the weekly organic veggie box about a year ago and I still look forward to every delivery. Lots of leafy vegetables, salads, herbs, root veggies etc arrive every Tuesday on our doorstep.
The Tokyo Instamingle is a community of Tokyo Instagrammers of all walks of life. People new to Instagram, total pros and everyone in between! Owners of small businesses, creatives, private user, bloggers, you name it!
We meet on a regular basis, chat about all things Instagram, network and have fun along the way! Events take place at different times of the day and in a range of venues. Some events feature a speaker, others are purely networking / fun events. The community is organised and co-hosted by Victoria from Bikudesigns and yours truly 🙂
I am totally excited to be co-hosting the Tokyo Instamingle together with Victoria from Bikudesigns going forward!
The regular Instamingle event has been around for a little while and I have thoroughly enjoyed being a guest and participant until now.
I am thrilled to be working with Victoria on yet another project – I stock a small selection of her beautiful handcrafted vintage kimono jewellery in my showroom, we are part of the same awesome Mastermind Group and we launched The Collective Market earlier in the year together.
Given that Instagram doesn’t have group and event functions (yet), we have decided to home the (closed) group on Facebook for the time being.
Instagrammers with all levels of experience are welcome – join the group!
Hope to see on Facebook and in person at the next event!
Last EVER Showroom Open Day
Thursday, 18 August 2022 11am - 5pm
Turquoise Port is sadly leaving Japan at the end of August 2022. Click here for further details.