Hidden Handmade Soba

On a small side road running parallel two streets west of Nakasugi Dori is Yanoshin, a great little soba shop hidden among the neighbouring homes. The soba is teuchi (handmade) and the tranquil atmosphere conveys a similar unhurried, attention to detail. Two tables sit along large windows opening to a small yard with enough greenery to obfuscate…

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…

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…

Sato Burian: Nine Cuts of Meat

After waiting the requisite month for our dinner reservation to arrive, I finally got to see (and taste) what all the fuss is about. Sato Burian (a play on “chateaubriand” in case you didn’t pick up on that) has two small locations in Asagaya serving up high-grade cuts of Japanese beef. Most of the meat…