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The Tokyo Project, Volume 2: Epilogue

The Tokyo Project, Volume 2: Epilogue

We’re now here at the end of the second volume of The Tokyo Project, and if I had to sum up the experience in only one word, I think it would have to be change. Over the last year since I shot the photos, I made significant changes to how I approached post-processing, research and...
Weekly Review of Transit, Place and Culture in Anime 110

Weekly Review of Transit, Place and Culture in Anime 110

Welcome to this week’s review of notable instances of transit, place and culture as rendered in anime currently broadcast in Japan and simulcast internationally via the web. For a detailed outline of the approach, please refer to the explanation in the inaugural issue. Links to streaming sources are included when available, though not all may...
Togoshi Ginza Shotengai, Session 2

Togoshi Ginza Shotengai, Session 2

Originally, I had planned to shoot video for my second visit to Togoshi Ginza Shōtengai (戸越銀座商店街), but heavy rains during the week courtesy of Typhoon Lekima passing out at sea had other ideas. With a compressed schedule, I decided not to rush things and just enjoy the evening there. On our first visit, we saw...
Musashikoyama Palm Shotengai, Session 2

Musashikoyama Palm Shotengai, Session 2

On my first visit to the Musashikoyama Palm Shōtengai (武蔵小山商店街パルム), I was focused on getting a representative sample of photos from the entire arcade, and explaining the form and function of shōtengai using Palm as an exemplar. This time takes a more casual approach, lingering on whatever happened to be interesting at the time. Where...
Weekly Review of Transit, Place and Culture in Anime 109

Weekly Review of Transit, Place and Culture in Anime 109

Welcome to this week’s review of notable instances of transit, place and culture as rendered in anime currently broadcast in Japan and simulcast internationally via the web. For a detailed outline of the approach, please refer to the explanation in the inaugural issue. Links to streaming sources are included when available, though not all may...
Muteppo in Nakano

Muteppo in Nakano

The Muteppō (無鉄砲) honten is way out in the hinterland of Kyoto Prefecture. Fortunately for Tokyo tonkotsu fiends in search of their next hit of thick pork soup and noodles, in 2010 August they opened a satellite in Egota, Nakano Ward (無鉄砲東京中野店), about a ten minute walk north from Numabukuro Station. Though there isn’t much...
Ramen Jiro in Mita

Ramen Jiro in Mita

A small sliver of the internet was recently sent into a tizzy over Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk’s posting of a photo from his visit to the Ramen Jirō branch in Kabukichō. Concerned followers made an effort to explain to Musk that many do not consider Ramen Jirō to be ramen, just Jirō. Indeed, for...
Ivan Ramen Plus in Kyodo

Ivan Ramen Plus in Kyodo

Previously, we visited the original Ivan Ramen in Roka-kōen for the earthy shio (salt flavored) ramen that gained Ivan Orkin his spot on the Tokyo ramen map. In volume 2 of The Tokyo Project, we head to Kyōdō, also in Setagaya Ward, for dinner at the second shop, Ivan Ramen Plus. Both locations use warm wood...
Shimokitazawa, Session 2

Shimokitazawa, Session 2

I make no secret of my affection for Shimokitazawa (下北沢). I enjoy coming back again and again to see what’s new, what’s the same, and just absorb all of the great things that exemplify Tokyo’s walkable, livable and lovable transit oriented development. In the first volume of The Tokyo Project, I presented Shimokitazawa as an...
Shimotakaido

Shimotakaido

Shimotakaido (下高井戸) is an official municipality in Suginami Ward. However, in practice the name often refers the cluster of shopping streets and residential neighborhoods that surround Shimotakaido Station, almost all of which (including the station) are not actually in Shimotakaido, but right across the line in Akatsutsumi and Matsubara municipalities of Setagaya Ward. This cluster...
Weekly Review of Transit, Place and Culture in Anime 108

Weekly Review of Transit, Place and Culture in Anime 108

Welcome to this week’s review of notable instances of transit, place and culture as rendered in anime currently broadcast in Japan and simulcast internationally via the web. For a detailed outline of the approach, please refer to the explanation in the inaugural issue. Links to streaming sources are included when available, though not all may...
Ikaruga in Kudanshita

Ikaruga in Kudanshita

Ikaruga (斑鳩) serves up tonkotsu ramen for people who think they don’t like tonkotsu. The telltale stench of boiled pig bones is mysteriously absent, while not sacrificing anything with regard to flavor and texture. If anything, it’s probably the creamiest of this style I’ve ever had. Where some traditional tonkotsu styles can be greasy and...