Tokyo, Japan
Janie, 30
Film Producer
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What are the Tokyo spots a first-time visitor can’t miss?

The 21_21 design museum - Mori museum exhibit - Shibuya Crossing - Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden - Omotesando & Harajuku.

Do’s and don’ts in Tokyo: (Ex: Tipping: yes/ no, public transport tips, safety tips etc.):

It's impolite to eat or drink in the street. Don't leave your chopsticks standing upright in your food. Slurp, it's a compliment to the Chef! No tipping. Japanese people are never late. No phone calls on the trains, be quiet on the trains. Take off your shoes when entering someone's house.

What do you do and why do you do it?

I'm a film & commercial producer. Working with talented creatives is a real blessing. My work involves loving a great story. Without that, where would any of us be?

How much do you spend on an average night out on the town?

Between $30-$60 USD a night in an Izakaya. You can get away with a $10 ramen, but you can also indulge on a $300 USD Sushi.

Which neighborhood is it best to experience during the day / night?

Day: Naka-Meguro / Harajuku. Night: Shibuya.

What’s the area in town you’ll never be caught dead in?

Akihabara.

Where would you take a date for a romantic night out?

Aelu Restaurant in Yoyogi-Uehara.

Drunk and hungry - where do you go in Tokyo?

Afuri (Ramen shop).

Where do you take your guest when you want to impress?

NEW YORK BAR | Park Hyatt Tokyo, it's a classic and the view it beautiful. You get a sense of how BIG Tokyo really is.

Your go-to brunch spots:

The Breakfast Club or Yellow Café.

Your perfect night out in Tokyo includes:

An Izakaya with friends, a vinyl bar, and ending the night at event where my friends dj.

Which local creators do you admire?

Issey Miyake.

Best place for a cheap bite on-the-go:

Onigiris in any convenience store.

Tomorrow’s your last day in Tokyo. How do you spend it?

I eat 10 meals!

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