Japan!? Where do we start?
Internationally renowned for excellence across the board from design, culture, food, fashion… it’s a feast for the creative eye. The Roamers team journeyed to Tokyo and Kyoto only to get lost in a world inspiration.
First, Harajuku. A one-of-a-kind youth culture hub and district of Tokyo. From trendy cafes to fashion forward boutiques to eye-catching street style, this is a central heartbeat for new age Tokyo. Young and fast-paced, Harajuku is known to breed a “next generation” of style almost every season.
Caffeinate at Deus Temple with the best flat white in town, Pure Blue Japan down the way from Deus to experience handmade threads, indulge on authentic Japanese cuisine at Totoshigure Shimokitazawa but bring your translator (Japanese Menu Only). Check out the Army Gym by Nigel Cabourn for some of the most expressive urban workwear in the world, refuel at Bearpond Espresso or at a Michelin top rated tea house, Yakumo Saryo.
Roamers lead designer recommends you don’t miss out on the vintage boutique experience for an unapologetic assortment of military vintage, 1950-70’s Levi’s, and quality Japanese and European goods. See Hoochie Coochie for antique kimonos specializing in traditional boro and sashiko, as well as French military garments from as late as the 1940’s. Desert Snow has a massive selection of antique goods from every era from around the world, set aside some time to dig through racks of vintage gold. Chicago was the destination for a complete floor dedicated to indigo and silk kimonos.
160 minutes by bullet train lands you in Kyoto, home to over 1600 temples, palaces, gardens, and jaw-dropping architecture. Kyoto is one of the best preserved cities in Japan with a uniqueness juxtaposed to bustling Tokyo. Gion Hatanaka is the place for a traditional Japanese lodging experience with your own onsen and Kaiseki meals to your room. Sip the best pourover in town at Arabica Kyoto while you browse Buddy Shoes for sleek sneakers handmade in Japan. Lastly, stroll Fushimi Inari, a famous walkway that takes you through sacred red torii to the top of Kyoto.
Arigato Tokyo. Journey well.