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Little Venice in Tokyo
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In the center of the popular area Jiyugaoka in Meguro you can find a small magic place, which gives you the feeling to be in Venice. It is a little place with a small canal sorounded by houses in an italien design. You can also find a small condola there.
A cafe and a few small handcraftstores are inside the houses. It is very nice to walk around and enjoy the italien atmosphere.
If you are already in the Jiyugaoka area, don´t forget to make a visit at this small magic place.
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The Toritsu Daigaku branch of Anytime Fitness, is about a 7-minute walk from Toritsu-Daigaku Station. It’s about twice the size of the Ginza branch, but in the free weight area, there is only one bench press, and one Smith Machine rack. However, without being specific about the time or the day, I’ve never seen it busy here. Also, the branch over at Komazawa Daigaku (University) is not so for away, which I suppose helps to spread people out. The Jiyugaoka branch of Central Fitness is also nearby, which I expect gets more crowded.
I was sceptical about a 'photo wedding', I mean, it's not really as wedding, is it? That said, if you want to avoid all the fuss and/or expensive of a regular wedding event, there are lots of photo wedding options to choose from in Japan. After a lot of searches and research, we got our options down to two or three 'studios' that could do this. After having a sit down with all of them, we settled on Salon de Parure. Why? Because the staff were friendly and accommodating, their 'office' is attached to a really nice coffee shop in a really nice part of Tokyo (Futagotamagawa), the pace of their operation seemed relaxed, and the partner was happy with the selection of white dresses.The photo wedding worked in three stages; an initial sit down where were thrashed out the kind of thing we wanted with what was actually available, another meeting to pick out clothes and accessories, and then, finally, the shoot.The dress selection and fitting took around 1- 2 hrs. The shoot was an afternoon. Salon de Parure had a couple of nice 'studios' or 'sets' to choose from. They seem to specialize in a kind of homely, natural, organic vibe. On the day of the shoot, we had a coordinator, photography, and hair & makeup lady. All were super friendly, really professional, and made the afternoon a lot of fun. As I said, I was sceptical at first, but have to say I really enjoyed the afternoon.When it's all done, they send you a disk with the photos, from there you pick out the ones you'd like to have put in a photo album (if you selected this option). They then put it all together, and send it to you some weeks later (I can't remember exactly how long it took).Overall, this place is highly recommended for a 'photo wedding'. Not sure of their ability to handle English, but I dare say your partner is Japanese, so it shouldn't be a problem.These things don't come cheap, however.
Around 5 minutes walk from Nakameguro Station; Tokyo’s best pizza place. There are only two pizza items on the menu here, margarita or mariana. The pastas and salads are also delicious. The restaurant’s winding staircase is completely un-Japanese, and really interesting. One of those restaurants where you could go time and time again.
Because I lived around Mizonokuchi for a while I visited the cat café Neko Shiki several times. It's a nice room with around 20 cats, only 6 minutes walk away from Mizonokuchi station / Musashi-Mizonokuchi station. I always experienced a nice athmosphere at the cat café and enjoyed my time there. Since it's not so well know, not too many people go there. Most are cat-ladies who enjoys their time there. There are some toys to play with the cats and they have possibilities to climb around and hide if they don't want to be with costumers anymore. You also can find manga and cat magazines inside the room. At the entry is a shop space with cat-related articles. The price changes with time you spend there. Minimum is 30 minutes for ¥ 500, however you are required to order one drink. If you decide to stay one hour, you need to pay ¥ 1000 which already includes a drink. It's a better deal. You can extend the time up to three hours. For ¥ 300 it's possible to feed the cats. The cat café is open from Tuesday to Sunday (12:00 to 20:00). It's closed on Mondays or the following day if Monday is national holiday. Find more information on their website→ http://www.neko-shiki.net/cafe.html
The Footnik in Ebisu is always a solid bet for a place to watch football, and have a beer in an environment that is rarely too crowded, and rarely too empty.The branch in Ebisu starts off as a fairly narrow space as enter, and then widens up a bit at the back. There is one large projection display for showing sport, and other TV dotted around. You should have no trouble scoring a decent view of the matches here.In my experience The Footnik in Ebisu attracts a fairly balanced crowd of expats and locals, most of whom seem to be there to watch matches (when matched are on, that is). Despite being a football enthusiast, the atmosphere here is fairly laid back and in no way intimidating. In fact, it's an easy place to come if you're drinking solo. The staff here have always been friendly, and most seem to be able to speak English.In terms of what's on the TV, the pub's website always keeps an updated schedule of games and kick of times, so it's easy to plan your viewing. It's not always football though, other major sporting events are shown, and it looks like they will be showing some of the Rio Olympics here.The pub claims to have the biggest fish n chips in Tokyo (1,300 yen), but I don't really come here for the food.The pub underwent a refurbishment in the last couple of years so unfortunately it no longer has those table and chairs outside. Shame.Still, The FooTNik remains a solid option for a drink and some football in a really nice part of Tokyo. It's only a couple of minute's walk from Ebisu Station.