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Brian - Ramen Adventures

Ramen Writer

Brian is the founder of Ramen Adventures, a blog about his foodie adventures in Japan. He also wrote a book about the best 50 ramen places in Japan and offers food tours in Tokyo.

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Minori Goto

Sake expert

Proud to work for the International Sake Competition in Tokyo, which takes place every year to for tastings and to crown the country’s best sake.

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Matthew Amster-Burton

Author

Matthew Amster-Burton is the author of Pretty Good Number One: An American Family Eats Tokyo and cohost of the hit podcast Spilled Milk. He has written for Gourmet, the Wall Street Journal, and the Seattle Times, and has been featured in the Best Food Writing anthology repeatedly.

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Michael Glenn

Yoga Teacher

Michael is a 21-year resident of Tokyo. The owner of Yoga Tree in Hiroo, he teaches classes 6 days a week. In addition to his daily yoga practice, he runs, cycles and enjoys keeping a harmonious and simple lifestyle in the center of one of the busiest cities on earth.

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Buddha Bellies

Cooking School Owner and Instructor

Ayuko has been trained as a professional chef, trained by one of the famous Japanese Kaiseki style cuisine schools in Japan and loves traveling.

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Antoine Netien

Coffee Roaster

I am the co-founder & CEO of Coutume Roasters, a supreme coffee roaster based in Paris, with a location in Tokyo. We bring our deep understanding of quality coffee to Japan, and our favorite spots for coffee in this guide to Tokyo.

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Eri Maeda

Graphic Designer

Freelance graphic designer and local traveler, based in Tokyo. Check out my site to see what inspires me!

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Tim Chard

Nightlife Expert

Tim is a freelance digital marketer and founder of the Tokyo nightlife blog: Tokyo Night Owl. When he’s not hustling at work, he stays active as an electronic music producer and DJ. You can connect with Tim and follow his adventures, trials, and tribulations on his personal blog, Love Travel Bass.

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Kiyo Suzuki

Coffee expert

GLITCH COFFEE & ROASTERS is founded by 2014 Japan Aeropress Champion Kiyokazu Suzuki (Kiyo). Kiyo had been chief barista and head roaster for the pioneer of roastery & café in Japan, Paul Bassett for ten years. Paul Bassett was founded by 2003 world barista champion, Paul Bassett in 2005. Ater ten years, Kiyo acquired world class coffee skills with the forefront of Australian coffee culture.

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Anna Inoue

Artist

I started my illustrations in 2014. I originally started to express my feelings and thoughts; It was just my little diary. Then before I knew it, people started to follow me on Instagram and comment. It makes me happy to know that I have a connection with others through my fairytale-like drawings.

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Andrew Curry

Photographer

Andrew is a photographer and Blue Bottle Cafe manager based in Tokyo.

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Sandra - Tokyo Stroller

Family Blogger

Hi, I am a wife and mother living in Tokyo. I founded Tokyo Stroller after the birth of my son in 2011. I realised there was very little information available in English on baby and kid-friendly places in Japan so I decided to create Tokyo Stroller to share the information with other parents. I hope it helps!

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Hideki Sakomizu

Singer Songwriter

Hideki Sakomizu is a Japanese artist who has performed all over the world. Today, he is back in Tokyo doing what he loves most: performing as a singer songwriter.

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Minato Kisaburo

Hostel Owner

Minato Kisaburo is the owner of the Kimi Ryokan budget hotel in Tokyo. A ryokan is a traditional Japanese Inn, with tatami on the floor, futons instead beds and a sense of peacefullness and beauty. Located in Ikebukuro, in the center of Tokyo on the Yamanote line, his ryokan is the perfect base to discover the city.

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Hikaru Komura

Craft & Gift Shop Owner

UGUiSU started as an online store of carefully curated Japanese craft & design by Hikaru Komura who is also known as Hiki, with the intention of introducing pieces of her native Japan to the world.

All of our items are Japanese made and/or designed and have been carefully handpicked with the aim of showcasing quality Japanese craft & design, except the “via Tokyo” section where you can find beautifully designed and/or handcrafted items by designers and artists from all over the world.

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Tonya Ogino

Raw Food Chef and Vegan

Tonya Ogino is a raw food chef from Kiev who previously suffered from a range of health problems and was 10 kg heavier before committing to this lifestyle. Currently, she promotes a high-carb, low fat, raw vegan lifestyle in Tokyo.

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Benjamin Parks

Photographer

Originally from Canada, Benjamin specializes in portraits and still-life, and works on advertising, corporate and editorial assignments. His clients include Facebook, Ferrari, Casio, United Colors of Benetton, Meiji University, Rolls Royce, as well as many international magazines. He loves working with clients on all stages of a project: planning, scheduling, casting, storyboarding, shooting, editing, retouching, and everything else.

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Buddha Bellies

Cooking School Owner and Instructor

Dining, cooking and more. Start your Tokyo trip with a cooking class with me at Buddha Bellies and learn all about the fascinating Japanese cuisine and, of course, cook your own dinner! After that, I'd love to guide you to my favorite restaurants, bars, sights and the best sake shop in Tokyo.

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    Tsukiji fish market

    “This is the biggest fish market in the world!”
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    Jyangara Ramen

    “Brilliant Tonkotsu Ramen noodle shop, loved by the locals! One of ...
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    Tokyo National Museum

    “Great collection of Japanese classic art and sculptures.”
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    Bar Six

    “Sensoji in Asakusa is the most historical site in Tokyo but busy ...
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    Inakaya

    “This is something you can't miss! Dine at the huge counter. It's ...
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    Meishu Center

    “Do you want to do a lot of Sake tasting from all over Japan ...
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    Kama-Asa

    “If you are foodie, you should check the fine Japanese knives made ...
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    Ginza Kojyu

    “Real Japanese Kaiseki cuisine. Worth visiting if you want to ...
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    Meiji Jingu Shrine

    “When you are tired of bustling of Tokyo, you step in this place ...
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    Buddha Bellies Cooking School Tokyo

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Buddha Bellies

Cooking School Owner and Instructor. Ayuko has been trained as a professional chef, trained by one of the famous Japanese Kaiseki style cuisine schools in Japan and loves traveling.