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japanese food • indian food • viewpoints • museums • gardens • parks
What do you do and why do you do it?
By day I'm an IT consultant, but my real passion is travel. For this reason, I have recently started writing a travel blog, and I am planning a trip around the world from next year. Until then I live in Tokyo, and what I love about living here is exploring the city, but also showing it off to other travelers from all over the world.
You’re broken hearted - what tracks does your heartbreak playlist consist of?
Probably Ed Sheeran and Bruno Mars songs. But I enjoy listening to them any mood I am in. I haven't had a broken heart in a long time, so I can't really say what I would be listening to.
What are the best TV shows of all time?
Game of Thrones! Can't wait for the last season!
Name some spots in Tokyo that are good for a Tinder date.
I have never used Tinder. But I do know some dating spots in Tokyo. In the winter I would go to Tokyo Dome for the illumination and a romantic ferries wheel ride. In summer to Odaiba, to see the lit-up Rainbow Bridge and all the skyscrapers of the city.
Who’s your hero and where in Tokyo would you take them out for a serious hang?
That's a hard one. I think maybe J.K. Rowling. And I would probably just look for a nice cafe to chat. There are nice cafes everywhere in Tokyo. Literally at every corner.
Where do you buy those fabulous clothes of yours?
I buy from H&M a lot. But there are so many shopping centers and shopping malls around Tokyo, there is really something for every taste and size of wallet.
What’s the area/ spot in town you’ll never be caught dead in?
Roppongi at night. It is filled with nightclubs frequented mainly by foreigners. Not my scene, but if you are into clubbing, you should check it out.
What’s the thing you LOVE to do in your city that you never get to do?
I would love to go to all the delicious restaurants that are out there, but in Tokyo if something is popular there will definitely be a line in front and you have to wait for hours to get whatever you are waiting for. I would like the chance to skip all the lines and try all the delicious food Tokyo has to offer.
What’s the most decadent / extreme dish you ever ate in Tokyo and where did you get it?
I can't say it's decadent or extreme but for my birthday we usually go to a place called Fingers where you get a big bucket with crab, shrimp and other seafood in a delicious sauce and you eat it all with your fingers. It's a little expensive, but soooo delicious.
Is there a hidden bar / hole in the wall in Tokyo that you particularly like?
Can't think of one right now. If I find one, I will let you know!
Which snacks can you only get in your country, and which ones do you recommend?
Oh boy, there are many weird snacks in Japan. I suggest you just visit any supermarket and try whatever you see, no matter how weird (I am talking octopus tentacles and sour plums called umeboshi).
What’s the one place you think is overrated in Tokyo?
The Sky Tree. The tallest building in Tokyo. I have never been up because it is really expensive, about 20$ I think. There are cheaper or even free buildings from which you can get a really nice view of the city.
What’s the one place you think is underrated in Tokyo?
There are so many hidden treasures in Tokyo. I really like my neighborhood Ningyocho. A lot of small old restaurants and shops with loads of tradition.
What are the Tokyo spots a first-time visitor can’t miss?
The scramble crossing in Shibuya at night comes to mind. But really there are so many places that are great. It all depends on your preferences I guess.
Tomorrow’s your last day in Tokyo. How do you spend it?
I would definitely eat some last Sushi. Other than that I might just take a walk and see where my feet take me.
What’s your favorite vacation city in the world and why?
Kyoto, or maybe London. These two cities kind of hold the balance. Kyoto for its rich Japanese culture with many temples and shrines and beautiful streets. London for the multi-cultural hustle and bustle and just it's British-ness.