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Tokyo Favs: Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Art Museum

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 beautifully appointed modern onsite restaurant (can be entered without a museum ticket) serves modern French inspired cuisine: Restaurant Du Parc

Official website: Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Art Museum

For more Tokyo inspiration: Sunday Strolls

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Sunday Stroll: Institute for Nature Study – Nature Reserve, Tokyo Japan

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.

Official website: Institute for Nature Study

For more Tokyo inspiration: Sunday Strolls

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Sunday Stroll: Senso-ji Temple, Asakusa, Tokyo Japan

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.

Official website: Asakusa Kannon Senso-ji

For more Tokyo inspiration: Sunday Strolls

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Sunday Stroll: Historical European-style houses of the Yamate/Bluff district, Yokohama Japan

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.

Further information: Yamate The Bluff District Yokohama

For more day excursion inspiration: Sunday Strolls

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Sunday Stroll: Nezu Shrine, Tokyo Japan

Japan does plant and floral displays really well. Flower festivals can be found in many places during spring and summer all the way into autumn.

Around 3,000 purple, pink, white and red purple azalea bushes turn the grounds of Nezu Shrine in Tokyo’s Bunkyo Ward into an explosion of colour in April – early May.

Nezu Shrine
1 Chome-28-9 Nezu, Bunkyo City, Tokyo 113-0031
Map

Further information: Nezu Shrine Tokyo

For more Tokyo inspiration: Sunday Strolls

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Tokyo Food: My favourite Thai restaurant

After many average Thai food experiences, we tried our luck with Bangkok Oriental and haven’t looked back since.

Even though the restaurant is in walking distance to our place, we have actually never been inside, but get to enjoy the food thanks to Uber Eats.

The soft shell crab stir-fry and the glass noodle salad are firm favourites! 

Facebook page: Bangkok Oriental
Address: 1-3-1 Shimomeguro, Meguro-ku

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Some of my favourite local food-related small businesses

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!

Punk Doily

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.

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This month I’m … March 2021

HOSTING
The Turquoise Port annual sale

Check your inbox on Friday, 12 March at 9am to get the early access link for email subscribers.

Not on the mailing list? Sign up here: https://turquoiseport.com/mailinglist/

 

EAGERLY AWAITING
The 2nd season of Interior Design Masters on Netflix

Hop on over to Netflix if you haven’t watched the first season yet

READING
The Beekeeper of Aleppo
by Christy Lefteri

I’m about 1/4 into this heartbreaking yet beautifully told story and can highly recommend it.

LOOKING FORWARD TO
The 2021 cherry blossom season

I’m already super excited just seeing those plum and early cherry trees bloom 🌸

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This month I’m … October 2020

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! 🍁

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Are you over endlessly cooking meals? I am…

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. 

What is your favourite takeout?? Let me know!

Keep smiling,
Alex x

Ginger Jars now available online

Classic White & Blue

Fav Tokyo takeaway restaurants

BURGERS … Burger Mania, Shirokane (also in Ebisu & Hiroo)

The Rosemary Lemon Burger is a dream.

Delivery (Fine Dine) available

ISRAELI … Ta-im, Ebisu

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.

Delivery (Uber Eats) available

PIZZA … Gonzo, Meguro

We LOVE Gonzo’s pizza! The restaurant opened not so long ago and we have been regulars ever since. The prosciutto pizza is my fav.

Delivery (Uber Eats) available