Tokyo, Japan
Mamiko, 40
Interior Designer
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What are the Tokyo spots a first-time visitor can’t miss?


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

You don’t need to pay tips. If you do pay it, sometimes people will give it back, or they will be in trouble because they never got tips before. We have so many rules on the train, you should not answer the phone, because we need to care of others all the time that's the reason why a lot of people can live together in narrow Tokyo.

What do you do and why do you do it?

I studied in Glasgow, UK, and now I'm working at an interior design company in the West End of Tokyo, but I'm living in the East End.

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

3000 jpy each.

Your all-time favorite musicians:

I prefer vocal jazz but no matter musicians.

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

Ryokan? Japanese b&b.

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

I won’t go to West Tokyo at the weekend; it is not cheaper than East Tokyo.

What’s the one place in Tokyo you think is underrated?

Roppoigi? I think that is not Tokyo because there are no Japanese people.

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

Shin-Maru building, you can see Tokyo station from the top. Odaiba?

Drunk and hungry - where do you go in Tokyo?

My friend loves shinjuku, they are small bars on the street.

It's freeeeezing out - what should a visitor do?

Fuji mt.

Your go-to brunch spots:

Ueno park.

Your perfect night out in Tokyo includes:

If you visit Tokyo in the summer, you should visit Omatsuri which is a Japanese dance night.

Which local creators do you admire?

All the traditional creators in the East.

Special views that mainstream tourists don't know about:

Mitake san.

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

Tateishi in Katsushika-Ku.

You’re meeting the mayor of Tokyo - what constructive criticism would you give them?

We need much longer holidays.

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