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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: Macchinesti Coffee

From the outside, the year-round Christmas lights and neon coffee sign, Macchinesti Coffee looks like an over-zealous suburban transplant in sophisticated Tokyo. Nonetheless, to the discerning coffee drinker, the red sign clearly says ‘Chemex’, indicating a refined brewing sentiment. The interior comes as a bit of a surprise. Even though it’s an open space with a simple, industrial shell, the eclectic furniture and setup effectively section off each of the seating areas so that you feel you have your own space – whether to work yourself, or to catch up with friends in a group. There are plenty of English books…