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tokyo quality coffee

Tokyo has plenty of coffee options, from the latte choices at Starbucks to the canned beverages in the roadside vending machines, but it’s a lot harder to find the quality of coffee that comes from an artisanal cafe, roaster and barista.

mapp : : tokyo has compiled a list of ten of the best cafes around Tokyo.

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Those looking for some temporary studio, office or meeting space in Tokyo now have a cooler option than the city’s manga-kissa or coffee shops. The Terminal has been set up in Harajuku to cater for creative nomads.

original image : : copyright the terminal

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Hidden in the back streets off Omotesando, Omotesando Koffee seems to channel the zen simplicity and harmonious aesthetics of the tea house for the modern espresso set.

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What began as a ‘muslim drink’ in Africa has become a global beverage thanks to the Italians and their ubiquitous espresso machines. At its best coffee is drunk the Italian way, made as espresso to bring out the flavor, the aroma and the creamy richness of the coffee. In Japan’s rich café culture, the kissaten coffee lounges, independent coffee shops and corporate café chains have been joined by a new wave of authentic Italian style cafes that have emerged serving Italian coffee brands with Italian style: Segafredo, Lavazza, illy. These are the places to go if you’re looking for a decent caffeine hit.

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What began as a ‘muslim drink’ in Africa has become a global beverage thanks to the Italians and their ubiquitous espresso machines. At its best coffee is drunk the Italian way, made as espresso to bring out the flavor, the aroma and the creamy richness of the coffee. In Japan’s rich café culture, the kissaten coffee lounges, independent coffee shops and corporate café chains have been joined by a new wave of authentic Italian style cafes that have emerged serving Italian coffee brands with Italian style: Segafredo, Lavazza, illy. These are the places to go if you’re looking for a decent caffeine hit.

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The upmarket depato food halls have been chock-a-block with women the last couple of days as have grocery stores and specialty chocolatiers: In a novel variation of the Valentine’s Day gift giving custom, it’s the annual Japanese Valentine’s Day chocolate buying frenzy. Traditionally intended as gifts for the men in their lives, chocolates are also now given by women as gifts to their girlfriends. And when it comes to chocolate, Tokyo has some of the world’s finest chocolate establishments: We present some of them here.

Original images : : copyright Pierre Marcolini & Bvlgari

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New Year. Sales. Crowds. The New Year holidays are of course a time for rest, families, shrines and traditions. They are also the time for the year’s great sales, when the depato and chain stores outdo each other with another tradition dating back to late Meiji era Japan, the fukubukuro 福袋 – lucky bags containing mystery goods whose value can be double or more the price paid for the bags; some bags are especially lucky as they also contain additional special gifts. The crowds at Tokyo’s shopping centers over the sale period are phenomenal and from early morning lines of people snake their way along streets, around corners, up and down stairs, as customers wait for access to their favorite stores and the discounts to be found inside. The bigger stores employ security staff to control the crowds and many stores have costumed staff amping up the excitement with loudspeakers. Overall, it’s a pretty intense experience.

For a more laid-back shopping experience, the riverside neighborhood of Nakameguro is an alternative destination with a hip, relaxed vibe. It’s a place of eclectic stores, undiscovered brands, quirky cafes and an atmosphere of discovery. It offers a refreshing human scale with rough edges that contrasts with the grand designs of the multi-level shopping palaces in Ginza, Shibuya, Shinjuku and Omotesando.

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Japan has established its reputation in fine craftsmanship over centuries of development of its various arts. Today both traditional and avant garde artists, designers and craftspeople draw on the traditional ideas and techniques applied in Japanese textile production, wood work and lacquer work, metal work, ceramics, glassware, paper making and printing.

Rin is a unique exhibition and retail space for some of the best crafted and designed goods produced throughout Japan’s many regions. The cool, modern interior makes a great showcase for all manner of modern individual items for the home that draw on centuries of traditional craftsmanship.

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