Next up in our local Tokyo guide series is Jun Kuramoto, who runs the cultural platform Commune 2nd in Minami Aoyama. It includes food stands, Midoro.so co-working space, a gallery and Freedom University where you can stimulate curiosity.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE CONCEPT STORE IN TOKYO?
WHAT AREA IN TOKYO IS BEST FOR FASHION SHOPPING?
Aoyama/Omotesando is one of the biggest Fashion areas in Japan.
Nakameguro and Daikanyama are also good.
WHERE DO YOU GO FOR THE BEST COFFEE?
Café Bach is an old school Japanese coffee shop in Asakusa.
WHERE DO YOU EAT THE BEST RAMEN SHOP?
I’m Ramen addict so it’s really hard to pic only one, but I mostly eat at Shichi-Sai.
Kuroki – French fusion Ramen.
DO YOU HAVE A FAVOURITE COCKTAIL BAR?
Kamiya Bar is an old bar located in Asakusa. They invented a cocktail named Denki Bran.
CAN YOU RECOMMEND AN ARTIST STUDIO TO VISIT?
Industrial designer Jin Kuramoto Studio in Nakameguro – he won the Editor’s Choice Award at Stockholm Furniture Fair 2018.
Illustrator Shuntaro Takeuchi in Nakameguro.
DO YOU HAVE A FAVOURITE MAGAZINE AND BOOKSHOP?
WHAT GALLERY DO YOU LIKE THE MOST?
Arts Chiyoda. They renovated an elementary school into a gallery.
MIDORI.so Gallery with mostly young interesting artists from Tokyo.
AND WHAT MUSEUM?
Taro Okamoto Museum. I used to go university next to Taro museum so I often went there till class started.
DO YOU HAVE ANY “HIDDEN” INSIDERS TIPS TO TOKYO?
There’s one hidden Bar in Tokyo, Twillo. Actually it’s not hiding but moving.