No point beating around the bush: this is the book we wish we’d made ourselves. When the folks at hip Meguro hotel Claska decided to produce a guide to Tokyo, they asked nearly 70 of the city’s top creative types for their own recommendations.
The results are enlightening and totally idiosyncratic, whether it’s filmmaker Nami Iguchi on “Places in Tokyo where you can see trains from movies,” fashion guru Eichi Izumi’s “Three ideas for the perfect urban picnic” or designer Yuri Suzuki hailing some “Tokyo clichés viewed from overseas (the "Blade Runner" district).”
The whole thing’s bilingual, and each entry includes geographic coordinates that can be pumped straight into Google Maps. (Metropolis)
Tokyo by Tokyo, 1,260 yen. Available from Amazon Japan (www.amazon.co.jp) and at www.claska.com© Japan Today