February 28, 2018

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The Best of The Embassy Take on Tokyo

Tokyo is packed with embassies, and in this series, ambassadors and embassy staff show us what they love about life in the city. Here's a look back at some of our favorite moments from the series so far.



Hatsune-ya The Ambassador of Portugal and his wife visited this take-out tempura shop, where you can buy individual pieces at reasonable prices. Tempura made from vegetables, shrimp, squid and more are available.

Address: 3-134 Yanaka, Taito-ku


Tsukiji Market The chef of the Embassy of Spain often shops here, one of the largest food markets in the world. Seafood from all over Japan is sold here, which can measure in at about 1,500 tons per day. Produce and other goods are traded in addition to seafood.

Address: 5-2-1 Tsukiji, Chuo-ku


Asa no Ha The Ambassador of Venezuela and his wife recommend this store, where you can buy tenugui, traditional towels featuring hand-dyed designs, made by master craftspeople.

Address: 1-5-24 Azabu Juban, Minato-ku


Jimbocho (antique book area) The director of the Mexico Tourism Board, stationed at the Embassy of Mexico, loves this area. With about 180 used bookstores, it is Tokyo's primary spot for finding secondhand books on many subjects, including literature, philosophy, sociology, and more.

Location: Around Jinbocho Station


Japan Sword The Ambassador of Hungary recommends this shop, which specializes in heirloom katana swords and samurai armor. Carries both originals and replicas.

Address: 3-81 Toranomon, Minato-ku


Mitsurugi Cafe The Ambassador of Portugal and his wife visited this cafe, run by a troupe whose performances combine swordplay and dance. It sometimes put on shows in the cafe itself.

Address: 2F 1-75-11 Asahigaoka, Nerima-ku