This Week in Tokyo – 13 August 2019

The latest edition of This Week in Tokyo – a review of the Maction Planet week that was and a look ahead to what’s coming up in and beyond the city. Check out photos from our tours and read insights into our explorations as we get under the skin of the World’s Greatest Metropolis, and beyond. This week: Temizuya Teachings; Coin Lockers A and B (Yaesu Central Gate Passage); Takashi Ichiro; Chibi Godzilla and 166m to Tawaramachi! 

Temizuya Teachings: Two weeks ago Mac, our Founder and Lead Guide, toured with the family of London’s premier portrait photogrpaher Johanna Birch, of Johanna Birch Photography. What a delight when some amazing photos of their time together dropped into the Maction Planet inbox this week. We loved this photo of Mac teaching Johanna’s son Elijah proper shrine etiquette. Check our Johanna’s website and drop her a line at for all our London Photography needs!

Coin Lockers A and B (Yaesu Central Gate Passage): ‘Nuff said.

Shiga Kogen Takashi Ichiro by Tamamura Honten

Takashi Ichiro: Shiga Kogen’s Takashi Ichiro is a magnificent beer. Coming in at an eye-opening 13%, it is part of their ultra-limited edition Ichiro series. They take one of their staples, in this case the solid Takashi Imperial Stout, and then barrel-age it for 18 months in Ichiro’s Malt Chichibu whisky casks and then bottle-condition it for another 12 months. If you can find it, drink it. Of course, our recent guests on our Maction Planet Tokyo Craft Beer Tours have done exactly that.

Chibi Godzilla: The cuteness of Chibi Godzilla hit the world in the summer of 2018. Designed by Chiharu Sakazaki, who also created the Suica Penguin mascot. Here he is making sure that you are taller than the 100cm required to enjoy an MX4D seat at Toho Cinema in Shinjuku!

166m to go to Tawaramachi Station sign

166m to Tawaramachi: When guests ask Mac why he believes that Tokyo is the world’s greatest metropolis, the efficiency of the city always comes up as one of the reasons.  We love the precision. You can meet people at 18:47 because your train will get in at 18:43 and it is a 4 minute walk from the platform to your meeting point. In similar vein, this sign made us laugh. 166m to Tawaramachi Station. No need for rounding here, you’re in Tokyo now.

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