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Suginami, Tokyo

 

Suginami, Tokyo

Tucked away between Shibuya, Setagaya, and Nerima, Suginami is a ward hidden inside busy Tokyo. The liberal activist area boasts all kinds of quirky experiences and interesting spots for you to discover. 

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What to Experience...

 Repairing the broken.

Repairing the broken.

Kintsugi | kin・tsu・gee

Kintsugi is the art of repairing broken pottery with lacquer dusted powdered gold.
In the practice of kintsugi, which means “golden joinery”, cracked pottery is given a second life through the binding power of gold lacquer. It’s said that this technique may have originated in the late 15th century when the shogun of Japan sent back damaged pottery to China, only  to have it returned, unsatisfactorily fixed with metal staples. In response, craftsmen came up with the alternative technique of kintsugi to repair such items. This technique perfectly represents the Japanese aesthetic value of 'wabi-sabi', or the acceptance of imperfection as part of beauty, which has its origins in Buddhist philosophy. Celebrating the beauty of brokenness, Kintsugi not only produces unique pottery but is powerfully symbolic.


What to See...

 A tea shop for the bookwarm in you. 

A tea shop for the bookwarm in you. 

R-za Dokushokan レレレのレコード

R-za Dokushokan, located just 5 minutes from Kouenji station is the sanctuary for bookworms. Enjoy the serene botanical interior with a selection of teas- grab a book from the shelf and forget about all your plans for the day. 

 

Where to Eat...

 Home made Kyoto a la carte in Kouenji.

Home made Kyoto a la carte in Kouenji.

Guranma

After the Great Kanto Earthquake of 1923, the area of Koenji experienced an influx of merchants and laborers after the major destruction of downtown Tokyo. At the time, local farmers decided to subdivide their land for new entrants for a cheap price. Koenji therefore became a popular area thanks to its various open air markets, stores and cheap but delicious restaurants. Guranma, located in the midsts of this lively town offers an atypical cuisine in Tokyo; the Obanzai, an a la carte of homemade food specific to Kyoto.