Next up in what I hope is a series of global wanderings, I bring to you my dears, Tokyo! Ahhh Tokyo! One of my most favorite spots in the whole wide world, a bustling metropolis with a fascinating history and absolutely innovative artists, designers and fashionistas.
And the food, oh the food. You know the food and me! Sushi, izakaya, delicious grilled meats and seafoods, rice and seaweed and the most beautifully constructed deliciousness perhaps on the planet – taste is one thing, but presentation is entirely another – Tokyo chefs shop the famous fish market for the freshest and most tasty and then create imaginative, exquisite and lovely dishes that never cease to awe and amaze.
Okay, enough about the food.
Once a small village called Edo, Tokyo became a cultural center in Japan very early in its history, a place where artisans of all kinds thrived. Eventually it became the country’s capitol and with good reason.
Tokyo is one of the world’s most fascinating cities. There is the architecture (you must explore the incredible teahouses and treehouses of Tokyo professor Terunobu Fujimori!), the neon, the shimmering glass, the hustle, and the bustle.
There are great contemporary working artists like Murakami and my darling dearest Yoyoi Kusama – who is a polka dot queen, sculptress and painter and performer extraordinaire. Her most recent collaboration with Louis Vuitton is simply, utterly adorable – in the most elegant and sophisticated way of course. Think polka dots on the high fashion runway, crazy color combos and a gleeful creative freedom that doesn’t happen very often at all.
And the clothes!! There are the girls of Harajuku, dressed to the nines (and tens and elevens) and wonderful designers like Yohji Yamamoto and Tsumori Chisato, who always, always stun me with their talent and boundless imagination.
Then there are the gardens and the nightclubs and the karaoke, the musicians and the magic and the towering hotels and fine restaurants and great shops and back alley discoveries and the food (I had to say it again)…and did I mention the hustle and the bustle?
Oh, oh Tokyo!