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THIS IS MY CITY | Talisa and Rohan's Tokyo

We love Tokyo. We're lucky enough to have some wonderful stockists in the city, and we'd love to jump on a plane and jet over to see their unique stores. We hear that everything from shopping to sightseeing, partying to relaxing is better in Tokyo. And let's not even get started on the food. We've never been, but this city guide is getting us dreaming just a little. And we've got our dearest friends Talisa and Rohan to thank for it. They are the talented graphic design duo behind Badlands Studio and Badlands blog, and we love them very much! This is Tokyo, by Talisa and Rohan.

All photos by Talisa Sutton and Rohan Peterson


one. Best thing about Tokyo? We went for Hanami (blossom season) and it was such an amazing experience seeing how beautiful the city is in spring. I also love Japanese culture and the fact that there are so many subcultures and a lot of cutting edge technology and fashion. 

two. Worst thing about Tokyo? Ro and I are both big breakfast people and that was something we missed while in Tokyo. You can find traditional Japanese savoury breakfast at most places but if you're muesli/pancake fiends like us it's a bit difficult. 

three. Favourite secret spot? In  Harajuku, one of the streets you see when you come out of the station is Takeshita-dori; about 50 metres in on your left (if you're walking from the station) is a really good little katsu bar - it has the best chicken katsu don. There's also lots of crepe shops around here - get crepes for dessert! 


four. Favourite everyone-knows-it-but-it's-still-good spot?Studio Ghibli museum and the Straw Hat Cafe. They have a drink called 'Looking at a Clear Blue Sky from a Field!' The only let down is I was too tall to get in the Cat Bus - oh well. 

five. What was your newest discovery in Tokyo? Not really new, but new to us, was the vending-machine restaurants where you order your meal from a big machine that spits out a ticket, which you give to the server inside. These places were on most corners and great for quick, inexpensive noodles! 

six. Where is the best place for.... morning coffee/pick-me-up? meal with friends? romantic rendez-vous? late night drink? even later-night boogie? For a great late night drink we loved the Park Hyatt in Shinjuku. Their New York Bar was made famous by Sofia Coppola's film Lost In Translation. Try the Scarlett Johansson cocktail! For a little morning tea we loved heading to the local corner  store. They have everything from red bean-filled doughnuts, cherry blossom Kit Kats and the most amazing white peach soda in existence.  We had great Gyoza and edamame from a little Izakaya right next to the entrance of Nakano Broadway - so good! 


 seven. Where are Tokyo's style spots? Where is the best shopping? Harajuku is great; it has all these cool little side streets off either side of the main street, Omotesando. If you walk all the way down Omotesando, and just keep heading straight, you'll end up in Aoyama which is where the Dries, Marni and Miu Miu stores are, and the Prada Epicentre (which is a huge glass tower) Shinjuku is great too, it has lots of big department stores like Isetan, which I think is the best department store in the world, and Isetan Men's which I think is the best men's store in the world. 

eight. What is something you can get/read/experience/eat that you can only do in Tokyo? It's a little bit out of Tokyo, but at Hakone, near Mt Fuji, you can get Kuro Tamago (Black Eggs), which are hard-boiled eggs that have been cooked over the bubbling volcanic mud pools of Owakundani. The volcanic gasses turn the eggshells black, and you can buy a bag of two with some salt, surrounded by swirling steam and smoke. It's pretty amazing, and as far as I know, it's the only place in the world you can get them. 


nine. You can tell a lot about a city from their airport. Describe Tokyo's. We got there quite late at night so it was a bit of a blur. All I remember is that it was quite modern and clean. 

ten. How would your describe Tokyo to someone who has never been there before? An exciting, beautiful and culturally rich city. 


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