January 16, 2019

Tokyo Gets Renovated!


Tokyo is in a state of constant renewal, with new buildings popping up all the time. But recently, many classic Tokyo properties are being given a new lease on life through renovation. This time, we check out some of Tokyo's most exciting renovation projects.



Mask Shop Omote A small shop devoted to both ancient and modern masks from around the world. Its renovation preserves the wood atmosphere of the original structure, and its second floor displays a number of masks, making it feel almost like a museum.


Halahelu A popular shared cafe in Kyojima. The owner spent an entire year on renovations. Because the owner loves kendama, children and adults alike can often be seen in front of the store playing the traditional ball-and-stick game.


Sumida Nagaya A small, eight-person guesthouse located in a renovated rowhouse. The twisting, turning layout of its corridors is inspired by Kyojima alleyways. Attracts many guests from abroad.


Tokyo Little House A house built immediately after World War II that has been renovated, and now contains a gallery/cafe on its first floor and small hotel on its second. Visitors can feel the long history of Tokyo here.


Otsuka Noren-gai A collection of pubs and eateries that opened in 2018. Built in the renovated remains of "everyday" shops from the 1950s. Its 11 establishments include yakitori and sushi restaurants.

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1)Mask Shop Omote
Address: 3-20-5 Kyojima, Sumida-ku
2) Halahelu
Address: 3-50-14 Kyojima, Sumida-ku
3) Sumida Nagaya
Address: 2-47-14 Yahiro, Sumida-ku
4) Tokyo Little House
Address: 3-6-12 Akasaka, Minato-ku
5) Otsuka Noren-gai
Address: 2-28/27 Kitaotsuka, Toshima-ku


Hachuruikan Bunkan
Address: 3-17-7 Kyojima, Sumida-ku
Address: 2-47-14 Yahiro, Sumida-ku
Address: 2-29 Kitaotsuka, Toshima-ku
Shida Jukuseidori Juhachiban
Address: 2-28-4 Kitaotsuka, Toshima-ku
Address: 2-28-4 Kitaotsuka, Toshima-ku


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Felicia Gonzalez

Event producer, band /artist management, English language curriculum development and Instructor
When did you first come to Japan?:
I arrived in 2007.
Reason for coming to Japan:
Having always been a bit adventurous and ready to embark on new things, the thought suddenly came to me to go to Japan and see what adventures might await. The very next week, I had bought my one-way ticket, basic phrasebook and was one my way!
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