Here in Tokyo, we're about halfway through the rainy season. For many of us, that means spending more time indoors, despite our best efforts to enjoy spring scenery before a long, humid summer.
Why not make the most of the situation, and catch up on some of our latest articles on Arakicho and Shinjuku? Check out a few highlights below (click on the headings to view the full article).
"Few parts of Tokyo can match the culinary options that Nishi-shinjuku has to offer. From the down-home delights of Omoide Yokocho to fine dining with magnificent views of the city, Nishi-shinjuku has something for everyone."
"When the weather is pleasant and I have a little time to spare, I’ll simply pick up a bento, find a nice park, and enjoy a delicious, well-portioned meal in serene surroundings. Whether you are planning your first trip to Japan or you’ve been living here for a while, I invite you to experience this tradition as well."
"Living abroad inverses your status quo—what used to be daily staples now become rare treats. Japanese food is amazing, but as my colleague David says, “Sometimes, you just want some good comfort food.”
"According to statistics shared by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government, more than 35% of Tokyo is covered in woods and forests. Shinjuku is no exception to this, and staying in Arakicho gives you convenient access to several of the city’s verdant parks. This is great news for sprinters or those who like high-intensity workouts that can be difficult to pull off among the crowds and traffic lights of an urban environment."
"Yu Makiura, owner and operator of Bar C-Shell, is on a mission. For him, a bar is much more than a place to serve up a few drinks. Makiura-san believes that a bar should be a hub for fostering communication and community. As he celebrates his 10th year in business, Bar C-Shell, located in Arakicho, Shinjuku, has come to be the true embodiment of his vision."
"Even for those of us fortunate enough to live in Japan, it’s not often that we make it out to the city of Imabari, located in Ehime Prefecture on the island of Shikoku. Thankfully, Go Masaoka, the proprietor of Toryu has brought a taste of his hometown to Arakicho, Shinjuku."
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