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October 24, 2018

Kagurazaka: A Place of Art

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Known for its historic cobblestone streets and classic restaurants, Kagurazaka retains the feel of old Japan. Recently, it's also become home to museums and galleries that have given it a new reputation: as a place to see some great art.

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Yayoi Kusama Museum Opened in 2017, this museum is dedicated to a master of modern art. So popular that tickets, available by reservation only, sell out almost immediately. October 2018 saw the start of a new exhibition called "I Want You to Look at My Prospects for the Future: Plants and I."

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Waitingroom A gallery housed in a renovated former post office. Curates exhibitions by young artists using various media such as video. Opened in 2017.

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Maki Fine Arts and Sprout Curation A renovated print shop that now hosts two galleries. On the first floor is Maki Fine Arts, which hosts modern art paintings and more.

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la kagū A former warehouse of a major publisher reborn as a shopping complex. Carries various lifestyle goods and has event spaces, art exhibitions and a cafe with a popular egg sandwich.

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Sumeshiya A reservation-only sushi restaurant that uses ingredients from all over Japan to create "hometown sushi." Also hosts an art gallery and cafe in the daytime.

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Angela An Italian restaurant in an over 70-year-old traditional Japanese house found down one of Kagurazaka's cobblestone alleyways. Known for its at-home atmosphere and seasonally-inspired dishes.

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Domyo A shop dedicated to kumihimo, a style of Japanese braiding that's over 1,000 years old. Founded in 1652. Uses kumihimo to create modern products like ties and accessories. You can even give kumihimo braiding a try yourself here.

Further Info

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1) Yayoi Kusama Museum
Address: 107 Bentencho, Shinjuku-ku
2) Waitingroom
Address: 2-14-2 Suido, Bunkyo-ku
3) Maki Fine Arts and Sprout Curation
Address: 5-1 Nishigokencho, Shinjuku-ku (Maki Fine Arts: 1F / Sprout Curation: 3F)
4) la kagū
Address: 67 Yaraicho, Shinjuku-ku
5) Sumeshiya
Address: 2-6-8 Suido, Bunkyo-ku
6) Angela
Address: 23 Iwatocho, Shinjuku-ku
7) Domyo
Address: 4-2-4 Kagurazaka, Shinjuku-ku (Misugi 102)

Reporter

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Daum Kim

Nationality:
Republic of Korea
Occupation:
Student in Keio University
When did you first come to Japan?:
September 2015
Reason for coming to Japan:
Being Korean girl raised in China for 10 years, I desire to broaden my horizons and develop myself into an expert of Asia. Japan is one of the most developed countries in Asia, thus I exhibited a strong desire to discover more about Japan. Currently studying in Keio University, I've been enjoying learning about unique Japanese cultures and discovering the hidden gems in Tokyo. Now being Korean, Chinese and Japanese, I dream to bridge these three nations together.
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