December 7, 2016

Multicultural Takadanobaba


This "college town" district of Tokyo is off the tourist track, but it's got a lot of youthful energy and a multicultural feel--with unique attractions nestled in the backstreets. Get to know a corner of Tokyo offering a special urban flavor!



Ruby Mohinga: somen noodles in fish broth. Dan bauk: bone-in curried chicken over pilaf. And much more of the cuisine of Myanmar. Lunch is a great deal: unlimited helpings of salad and rice.


Fuji Store Stocked with spices, beans, instant noodles, snacks and much more from Myanmar. Even a large selection of beer, wine and other alcoholic beverages!


Japan Myanmar Culture Center (JMCC) Established in 2002 to promote cultural exchange between Japan and Myanmar. Myanmarese language classes are offered year-round at all levels. Events to try traditional harp and dance, wear traditional folk costume, and more held at various times of year.


Yogen Café Cafe run by Protestant church. Customers can request what are said to be messages from God – words of encouragement and comfort, that give hope for your next step in life.


rforest Salon offering crystal bowl music performances played on seven bowls of varying sizes. 1,500 yen for 20 minutes.


Dogen Serves roast beef ramen made with kuroge wagyu beef. 980 yen for the regular serving; 2,000 yen for the "ultimate" with 4x roast beef (200g).

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1) Ruby
Address: 3-8-5 Takada, Toshima-ku
2) Fuji Store
Address: 2-19-7 Takadanobaba, Shinjuku-ku
3) Japan Myanmar Culture Center (JMCC)
Address: #403 Grace Takadanobaba, 3-13-6 Takada, Toshima-ku
4) Yogen Cafe
Address: 4-2-38 Takadanobaba, Shinjuku-ku
5) rforest
Address: 4-2-33 Takadanobaba, Shinjuku-ku
6) Dogen
Address: 4-10-14 Takadanobaba, Shinjuku-ku


Tsumami-Kanzashi Museum
Address: #401 Hills ISHIDA, 4-23-28 Takadanobaba, Shinjuku-ku


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May Pakdee

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Reason for coming to Japan:
Family matter. I graduated from university in Japan and keep living here.