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.
If you follow my Instagram / Facebook Stories, you might have noticed my slight obsession with food.
These days it’s more about food we consume at home rather than out & about, so I thought I share some of my favourite local food-related small businesses with you:
Oishimon Organic Farm
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.
Eco Hachi Living
Marisa of Eco Hachi Living makes beautiful reusable beeswax food wraps using Japanese fabrics. They are pretty much in daily use I our kitchen and make great gifts too!
Pies – glorious pies! And sausage rolls. Savoury antipodean style.
These tasty beauties are a staple in our freezer. Yummy buttery crust, juicy fillings – each one of Punk Doily’s pies is a savoured treat in our house.
Can you believe it’s already October?! Christmas is officially on the way and I can’t wait for those the beautiful Japanese autumn colours to start coming out 🍂
Happy weekend! Alex x
WATCHING “Long Way Up“ I’m not a biker, but I’m a traveller and I loved the first two TV series with Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman in 2004 and 2007 when they rode their bikes from London to NYC and from Scotland to South Africa respectively. This time they are travelling on prototype electric Harley Davidsons from the southern tip of South America all the way to LA. So good!
GETTING ORGANISED for Christmas 🎄 Yes, it’s only early October, but I’ll be extra organised getting my gifts sorted his year – the international postal systems are all messed up and things just take so much longer to arrive. Bonus point: no more last minute rush to the shops a couple of days prior to Christmas!
READING “Florence Adler Swims Forever“ by Rachel Beanland Set in Atlantic City in the summer of 1934 three generations of the Adler family grapple with heartbreak, romance and the weight of family secrets.
LOOKING FORWARD to autumn! Autumn is my most favourite season in Japan – those colours are just breathtaking! 🍁
Are you still cooking up a storm? Well, I don’t… I lost my cooking mojo at some stage during the last few weeks and whilst I’m waiting to somehow retrieve it again I thought I’ll share some of my favourite Tokyo takeaway restaurants with you.
We were in heaven when we first discovered Ta-im. Great Israeli / Middle Eastern food is hard to come by in this town!
Delivery (Uber Eats) available
INDIAN … Ahilya, Meguro (also in Osaki, Aoyama & Yoyogi)
I confess: I’m a snob when it comes to Indian food. We lived in an Indian neighbourhood for a few years back in London and we are spoiled. It took quite a few attempts to find great Indian food in Tokyo.
Turquoise Port is on summer break!
Showroom Open Days will resume in mid-October 2021.
Online orders will reopen on Tuesday, 5 October at 9am JST.
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