Art direction: Steve Nakamura. Photography: Katsumi Omori
Despite being dubbed an annus horribilis for Anglo-American politics and celebrity lifespans, 2016 was a big year for Tokyo. The city elected its first female governor, Yuriko Koike, who shattered the glass ceiling by winning a groundbreaking election before proceeding with breaking ground for the 2020 Olympic stadium designed by starchitect Kengo Kuma.
For this issue, on shelf from December 21, we decided to go all out and interviewed not one but both of the protagonists – even going as far as to enlist Kuma as our cover boy, who is here to show you why Tokyo is about to become an even more exciting city than it is now.
Once you've freed yourself from his mesmeric gaze, flip the page to read about Kuma's grand designs – or head straight to our ultimate look at the year ahead, complete with revolutionary food trends, art to die for, robot hotels and a guide to the neighbourhoods on the rise. Take our word for it: the best is yet to come. Pick up a free copy at any of our distribution points in the city or get the mag sent straight to your door by placing an order here.