Art direction: Steve Nakamura
Tokyo is the international capital of cute, but we are not just referring to the kitschy kawaii styles of Harajuku. In fact, you’ll discover ‘cute’ in its many manifestations throughout Tokyo, from billboards and gifts to product packaging and food presentation.
We explore the many interpretations of cute: from capsule toys and traditional folk dolls to the adorable food and drinks that are too cute to eat – think panda doughnuts, 3D cat latte art, animal ice cream cones and more. There are also classes and workshops where you can learn to make character bento and fake food, as well as specialised salons for your beauty makeovers. For families with kids, check out our feature on the best animal attractions in Tokyo – yes, animal cafés included.
We’ve all been there, done that – partied so hard that we missed the last train home. Fret not, you can seek shelter and sustenance at the city’s top 24-hour restaurants. You too can have your own midnight diner in the city.
Of course, we have more critics’ choice recommendations in this issue: unique hotels, best stationery shops, top spring and summer music festivals, sumo attractions in the city, and even cheap Michelin-star restaurants.