1. Akihabara American college expo

1. Akihabara American college expo

What: American colleges promoting themselves to Japanese students for study abroad and other educational opportunities.

What I remember: There were several schools (probably from Texas) that I had never heard of but which had an impressive number of staff and appeared more professional than the other schools.

Where: UDX Gallery/Conference / UDX カンファレンス (map).

2. Design Fiesta Gallery Omotesando Tokyo map

2. Design Fiesta Gallery Omotesando Tokyo map

What: My brother, an ex-girlfriend, and I having lunch and visiting an art gallery in Omotesando.

Where: The art exhibit was held by a friend of mine at Design Fiesta Gallery, in the backstreets of Omotesando and Harajuku. (map).

3. Nishi-Ogikubo and Minami Asagaya (Suginami-ku)

Here we are on a walk from Minami Asagaya 南阿佐ケ谷 to Nishi Ogikubo 西荻窪, via the Suginami Children’s Traffic Park 杉並児童交通公園 (map).

3. NishiOgikubo Minamiasagaya map

4. Shinagawa beer garden

4. Shinagawa beer garden summer 2012

What: A nomihodai dinner at one of the many beer gardens in Tokyo.

Where: Shinagawa, at the Grand Prince Hotel New Takanawa (I believe).

When: August, 2012

What I remember: The hotel placed boards over the swimming pool to create a larger surface for the beer garden. It was unclear to me whether the pool was used when the beer garden was not in operation.

After this: We went to the one decent street near Shinagawa Station (the rest of Shinagawa is all wide roads and enormous buildings). We had a beer here (map). It’s now called “Glass Dance”, but it had a much funnier name back then.

5. Tanakaya beer store Mejiro (Toshima-ku) / Gotanda Okinawa restaurant Tokyo map

5. Tanakaya beer store Mejiro Gotanda Okinawa restaurant Tokyo map

Part 1: Went to Mejiro to the Tanakaya beer/liquor store 目白田中屋, one of the best craft beer stores in Tokyo.(map)(website)(review)

  • Address: 東京都豊島区目白3-4-14 田中屋ビル地下 /// Toshima-ku, Tokyo Mejiro 3-4-14 Tanakaya building basement
  • Store hours: 営業 11:00~20:00 日曜定休 // Open 11:00 to 20:00; closed on Sundays


Part 2: Then on to an Okinawan restaurant not too far from Gotanda station: 島たいむ がんじゅう(しまたいむ がんじゅう)SHIMA-TIME GANJYU (map).

6. Yokohama Chinatown, Travesso Grill

6. Yokohama Travesso Grill map September 2012

What: Brazilian steakhouse ブラジリアンバーベキュー トラヴェソグリル (Travesso Grill) for a friend’s birthday in Yokohama’s Chinatown (map).

When: September 2012