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Historical Tokyo Walk: Nihonbashi – Fukagawa

My English translation and embellishment of the Nihonbashi-Fukagawa route (日本橋本所深川コース) from the Sanpo Reikibun. Major sites covered along the route include: Nihonbashi, Mitsukoshi flagship store, Tokyo Stock Exchange, haiku poet Mastuo Basho’s neighbourhood, the Fukagawa Fudoson, Tomioka Hachimangu, Kiyosumi Garden, Ryugoku Gokugikan, Former Yasuda Garden, Edo Tokyo Museum, Karamae Bridge.

Tokyo Cafes: Arise Coffee Entangle

On a sunny weekend, youll spy a small crowd hovering outside a white-box house across from the Kiyosumi Park and Fukagawa Library. It might be full even if the weather isn’t cooperating! You’re looking at ARiSE Entangle, the younger sibling to the first ARiSE just down a few blocks, which set up shop in  Kiyosumi years ago. Instead of making the typical choice to open in popular places such as Shibuya, Ginza, or Shimokitazawa, ARiSE’s response to the steadily growing fame has been to serve more people in the neighbourhood. When you enter, you’ll see an eclectic mix of skateboards,…