Secrets of Tokyo: The East.

secrets of tokyo magazine cover.

I was at the magazine stand while passing through Tokyo, and saw this one with the cover of “Secrets of Tokyo” and started to flip through it. There was a feature on the Tokyo Sky Tree, which will become the world’s tallest broadcasting tower, and is already the tallest structure in Japan (in earthquake country no less). It is located in east Tokyo, which has gained much more attention with the building of Tokyo Sky Tree.

I walked through parts of east Tokyo just recently, and surprisingly enough the crowds of Shinjuku or Shibuya just weren’t there. It was just much more quaint, more local, more like any normal neighborhood where people knew each other. That’s just the feeling I got. I was actually searching for this cafe in Higashi-Mukojima called KOGUMA (which means cub), which was remodeled from an old drugstore from 1927. Inside you can eat, read from the cafe’s library of Japanese and some English books and just enjoy an afternoon in a quaint little street – if you can find it! A photo of my meal is below.

lunch in mukoujima, tokyo.

secrets of tokyo magazine story.

In about a week, I will attempt to find more of these hidden “secrets” in Tokyo and will report back. stay tuned.

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