A Cloth for All Occasions

I’m not a tailor nor a grandmother, but I appreciate craftsmanship and handmade goods. While there are many places to buy new swaths of fabric, Fujiya on Asagaya’s Pearl Shotengai packs the most punch per square metre. It is a small shop with a prodigious selection. This makes it both fun to explore and easy…

A Small & Elegant Addition

This is not a bakery blog. There just happen to be a lot great bakeries in Koenji and Asagaya. And the newest kid on the block, Boulangerie & Cafe Mon Bijou, is no exception. Although I couldn’t really identify the “cafe” area (the second floor is the kitchen), it lives up to its name being…

A Kansai Bakery in Tokyo

Because it is such an amazing neighbourhood,  the small bakery chain Hijirian Bakery, selected Asagaya as its first and only location outside of Osaka and Kobe. They’ve got one of the larger selections of baked goods in town, ample seating inside and a few seats on the sidewalk patio. They’re also generous with the nuts (a rarity…

Christmas Clowns & Riverboat Jazz

Just another reason to love Asagaya. There was a small troop of street performers enhancing the mood along the Pearl Shotengai on this fine Sunday.    

Big Fun in Small German Village

Just south of the midway point in Asagaya’s Pearl Centre Shotengai lays a whimsical little shop called 小さなドイツ村 (Chiisana Doitsu Mura or “Small German Village”). The owner is undeniably passionate about the craftsmanship behind his imported inventory and will merrily demonstrate each item’s unique characteristics. With my purchase of a new Christmas ornament and three advent calendars he offered me…

Good Morning Asagaya

I finally sat down for a meal in the cafe section of my favorite local bakery. Bakery Good Morning Asagaya (ベーカリー・グッドモーニング) bakes up a delicious selection of sourdough, rye and other breads. The round style loaves that are great for hollowing out for dips. They also make a tasty (albeit less healthy) bacon-cheese-onion loaf. For an…