If you want to get a sense of Tokyo as a local, you need to immerse yourself into the local culture. We’ve highlighted our top 5 cultural experiences in Tokyo, from Japanese traditions to modern day life.
1. Traditional Tea Ceremony
Experience the art of Sado, also known as the way of the tea. The tea ceremony is one of the three classical arts of Japanese refinement. The ceremony was traditionally practiced amongst Zen Buddhist monks and nobility. Nowadays, everyone can enjoy and study this tradition. The tea master or host will guide you throughout the process as you become present and appreciate the simple pleasures of life.
2. Tsukiji Outer Market
Taste the freshly made sushi, sashimi and other delicacies at the Tsukiji Outer Market. Though the Tsukiji Market (Fish Market) has moved to Toyosu Market. The Tsukiji Outer Market remains as one of the most well-known markets in Tokyo. The market is filled with tiny, authentic eateries of all sorts of Japanese delicacies. Lastly, you can also scout for any Japanese cookware and food you may be on the lookout for to bring home.
3. The Art of Japanese Swords
A visit to the Japanese Sword Museum reveals an entirely new, beautiful part of Japanese cultural history. The Museum aims to preserve around 1000 years of samurai and sword-making history, and features collections of historical swords awarded special recognition for their value. In the Museum’s information centre, visitors will also get the opportunity to learn all about the sword-making process.
4. Find your Inner Anime
If you remember watching Kiki’s Delivery Service to Spirited Away, then make your way to one of the most legendary animation studios – Studio Ghibli Museum. The iconic museum showcases legendary Japanese animation filmmaker, Miyazaki’s vivid imagery brought to the screens. Moreover, you can explore the museum’s other features, including a children’s play zone, a rooftop garden, and a cinema showing excerpts and exhibitions of his films.
Besides the Studio Ghibli Museum, you can also visit the Toei Animation Museum. A leading producer founded this museum in celebration of anime and movies of Japan. Look out for your favourite anime characters from Dragon Ball to Sailor Moon at Toei Animation Museum.
5. Thrifting for Vintage fashion in Tokyo
Tokyo is not only known for its new fashion trends; it’s also known as the haven for thrift shopping from brand names on the runway to day to day wear fashionable pieces. Furugiya, recycle clothing shops are commonly found in three different districts of Tokyo.
A trendy neighbourhood with a mix of fashion outfits, craft cafes, live houses, and artist studios.
A new and culture youthful and vibrant neighbourhood with a lot of young artist and musicians.
Harajuku is located in Shibuya, where you will find Japan’s latest youth culture, quirky fashion and cosplay outfits at your fingertips.
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