Sugimoney Sold Out in 18 Minutes

We were fortunate to be having breakfast this morning at Victory Cafe, a small chain with 13 cafes across Japan, one of which is on Asagaya’s Pearl Shotengai. Noticing a line of people forming outside, I asked the girl behind the counter what was so special next door. She informed me they were queuing to…

Roomates with different tastes

Koenji and Asagaya are adjoining and adjacent neighbourhoods in Tokyo’s Suginami-ku. To borrow a bit of Thai street vernacular, the two hoods¬†are same same but different. Kind of like Dr. Pepper and Coca-Cola. They both have a subcultural bohemianesque atmosphere, more akin to New York’s Greenwich Village than the stock footage¬†neon-lit fast-paced robots and Hello…