We had the opportunity to immerse ourselves in Tokyo recently. We left feeling beyond energized and a bit frazzled due to the language barrier, but inspired nonetheless. Here are few stand outs from walking down dark alleys and hanging out in small rooms over four days.
SQUEEZE PACKS GALORE!
SHOTS, SHOTS, SHOTS!
TRUST IN AMERICA
US BRANDS IN TOKYO
BROOKLYN IN TOKYO
We stopped by Commune 246, an outdoor food court and experienced a vibrant area hopping with hipsters eating various Asian cuisines. AB’s owned Blue Moon had a booth, and of course there was some flare touting Brooklyn’s Brooklyn Fries.
The Japanese love their craft beer; craft brews galore, whether they were imported or Tokyo’s own Spring Valley Brewery.
We had many different dining experiences in Tokyo but two especially stood out. During our lunch at Narisawa, we opted for their tea pairings instead of thewine/sake, as we still had hours of walking the city. We tasted over 9 different teas throughout the meal with each course. Each tea went perfectly well with each flavor. We believe teas have the opportunity to play a larger part of dining beyond traditional black iced tea.
A general theme we felt throughout our trip is Japanese are extremely passionate and dedicated to their craft. This was very apparent during our two-hour sushi meal with Koji Sawada, ownerand head chef of Sawada. Koji slowly prepares individual sashimi pieces for dinner at his six seat sushi bar. He works six days a week and offers only two sittings per day and his only employee is his wife who is the sous chef. There were very few words spoken throughout our meal, predominantly smiles and head nods. As a parting gift, theyleft each of us with a custom painted napkin, of which Sawada’s wife had hand painted. We left with a feeling of deep respect for the individual who does so much with so little. (Side note… we found this pic online as we were respectful of Sawada’sno phone/no picture policy.)
Always remember to stay curious and ask questions when interacting with the world; this helps us stay true to what is happening within the world around us.
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