Monday, September 1, 2014

The best of Tokyo with friends, including a visit to a heritage home and dinner at one of the best restaurants in the world

I took my friends to visit a prominent artist
at his home in Tokyo yesterday

In Tokyo with some friends, living a Travelife, we spent a very enjoyable day yesterday as I showed them some of the best of Tokyo.

This was a Tokyo off the beaten track, that foreigners don't usually know about.

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A HERITAGE HOME 
FEW PEOPLE KNOW ABOUT

In the morning, we headed off to the edge of the city to visit a beautiful and immaculately preserved 1920s heritage home, once owned by a very wealthy businessman. It's a lovely example of the genteel life in Japan before the world wars and the arrival of modernisation.

It was so beautiful, and everyone just loved it.

The interesting part was that it was empty. We had this beautiful villa all to ourselves because so few tourists know about it.



THE LOVELIEST STREET IN TOKYO

And then we walked through an ancient street of Tokyo nearby with lovely old-fashioned shops straight out of a coffee table book on a topic like "Lost Gems of Tokyo."

Again, everyone exclaimed: "Why are we the only ones here in this beautiful street??"

It's true. There are a couple of other neighbourhoods like this in Tokyo, and in Japan for that matter, but they are teeming with tourists so you can't really enjoy them.

Trust Travelife to know where to go.

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TRAVELIFE WITH US

MOROCCO



THE MOST EXCLUSIVE CLUB IN TOKYO

In the afternoon, I took them to Japan's most exclusive and historical gentlemen's club for cocktails. This is another place with the wow factor but most people will never be able to get in because it's very private.

It's actually off limits to women too unless you are escorted by a (male) member.

So I roped in three gentlemen members I know to escort us for cocktails, as each member can only bring in five members and we were a large group of friends.

No photos are allowed at this exclusive club.
So I'm posting this photo of a Japanese sweets master
who makes sweets to order, instead

THE BEST OF MODERN ARCHITECTURE

The club itself is a study in the best of Japanese modern architecture, so it's a pity so few people can admire it save for club members and their guests.

And there are so few club members because this club is notoriously hard to get into it.

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But it was designed by Japan's foremost architect, who also created the new MoMa in New York.

These friends own some of the most beautiful homes in Manila, so it takes a lot to wow them; but even they just loved the design and architecture of this club.

ONE OF THE BEST RESTAURANTS IN THE WORLD


Finally, dinner was spectacular, at XXX, one of the world's best restaurants.

The chef has turned down requests for him to cook for large groups, but for some reason he said yes to me. We are the only large group he's cooked dinner for so far in a while, and he made a very special menu for us last night.

Everyone described this meal as simply spectacular.

At the end of it all, they all wanted to know: "How did you get us a booking there?"

I smiled and said: "My charm, I guess?"

But someone else made a comment that absolutely made my day: "Maybe it was because of Travelife..."

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