The One about Gotokuji Temple in Setagaya

In Setagaya, many people flock to Gotokuji Temple which many people call the “cat temple”. Featuring a plethora of statues feat. the lucky cat a.k.a. “maneki neko” (招き猫). The legend and also the Japan National Tourism Organization says that during the Edo Period, af eudal lord named Ii Naotaka was arriving home and saw the temple’s cat trying to get him to enter the temple (hence the cat’s paw up […]

The One about Robson Fries in Shimokitazawa

As America has “French Fries”, Japan has “Potatoes”.  But have you heard of Robson Fries? Robson Fries are inspired by fries from Canada but with a Japanese style and can be found in the trendy area of Shimokitazawa in the Setagaya ward of Tokyo. In America, we are used to seeing fries fried in oil.  At Robson Fries, their fries are made with 100% rice oil to lower cholesterol and […]

The One about Shimokitazawa

Back in 1927, when Shimokitazawa Station was built, the area around it, was chosen to become a commercial district. Located in Kitazawa, a city in the Setagaya prefecture, Shimokitazawa is a commercial, entertainment neighborhood known for attracting people with its restaurants and shops and the area also serves as the home to the historic Honda Gekijō theater. Similar to Ura-Harajuku, where automobiles are restricted and small shops are seen all […]

The One about Tsutaya Electrics in Setagaya

The Tamagawa area in Setagaya is quickly becoming a hot location for shopping. And at the large Futaka Tamagawa shopping area, one can find Tsutaya Electrics. The location sounds like an electrical home appliance store but it’s actually a lifestyle shopping center.   The first floor, you can find various things for sale such as home appliance, photography center, 4K television store, chairs, tables but also art, music, mobile phones, stationary […]

The One about FORESTY Cafe in Setagaya

In Japan, seeing a big name cafe is quite common. FORESTY Cafe has the appearance of a big name cafe that you often see in Japan such as Doutor, Excelsior and even Starbucks. But FORESTY Cafe is part of the Odakyu Restaurant System and for those who are not familiar with Odakyu, the Odakyu Group is a holding company based in Shinjuku, Tokyo, Japan and originally originated as a rail […]

The One about Toho Studios in Setagaya

In Japan, Toho Studios is a famous studio known for the films of Akira Kurosawa, the anime films of Studio Ghibli and many classic Japanese films directed by auteurs such as Yasujiro Ozu, Kenji Mizoguchi, Miki Naruse, Masaki Kobayashi to name a few. But the studio is also known for many kaiju and tokusatsu films, most popular is their creation known as Godzilla. Once you are in the main entrance, […]

The One about Pancontomate Pasta House in Shimokitazawa

In several cities in Tokyo, one can find a Pancontomate Pasta House restaurant. A chain of Italian-inspired restaurants which opened in Japan back in 1981 and known for their 2.5mm noodles.  But the name “Pan Con Tomate” is actually a simple Spanish snack which is a Spanish-style toast with olive oil, garlic on bread with ripe grated tomatoes and a sprinkle of sea salt. Popular for their Italian dishes, one […]