Bentobox Magazine, July 2016.
Connect with Tokyo’s fascinating past
“&TOKYO” represents the many ways to connect with Tokyo, from fashion &TOKYO to dining &TOKYO. The old-world concept of shitamachi exemplifies the value of tradition &TOKYO.
Shitamachi, or “lower town,” technically refers to the lower part of Tokyo City. But to Tokyoites, shitamachi is a turn of phrase, a relaxed swagger—a way of life. It’s a philosophy unique to Tokyo that dates back to the Edo period, when the samurai and nobility resided in the upper part of the city, or Yamanote, while the common folk congregated in the lower area… read more