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A Day Trip To Shibamata: Tokyo’s Magical Retro Hood

Spend a few days exploring Tokyo and you’ll start to get a sense of its enormity. For every neon-lit neighbourhood, there’s an old-fashioned counterpart across town, bustling in its own special way. A visit to a ‘Shitamachi’ (downtown) pocket has a way...

Japanese Manhole Covers: Where Street Meets Art

Tokyo design When a friend makes their debut visit to Japan, I tell them to travel slowly and look in every direction as there’s always more going on than first meets the eye. The narrow buildings are so...