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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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Tokyo Food: 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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Tokyo Community: What is the Tokyo Instamingle?

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 🙂

What to join our group? Hop over to Facebook, our current “home”:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/1882660371811746/

Hope to see you at one of our events!
Alex x

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Tokyo Community: Tokyo Instamingle

Calling all Tokyo Instagrammers!

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!

Alex x