Ornamental nishikigoi (“brocaded” carp) swim serenely around a large tank. Their names highlight their distinctive colors. Red-and-white Kohaku evokes the Hinomaru (Japanese flag). Taisho Sanshoku and Showa Sanshoku feature black, red, and white spots. Yamabuki Kogane shimmers like gold.

Developed in Japan, nishikigoi are a unique type of domesticated koi bred for decorative enjoyment and raised with aquafarming. This culture — which pays meticulous attention to colors and patterns — originated in an old Yamakoshi village in Niigata Prefecture during the 19th century. Nishikigoi were first exhibited at the Tokyo Expo in 1914, sparking popular interest and creation of many varieties that Japanese people know and love.

Recently, sophisticated transportation enables nishikigoi export to overseas countries. Nishikigoi have become status symbols of affluence even among enthusiasts outside Japan, and are gradually spreading around the globe.



Japanese girls have no qualms about showing off their gams, and while Shibuya-fashion girls tend to stick to bare legs, the Harajuku fashion set likes to cover up, usually with tights. So the tights/stocking obsession in Japan is still a big one, ​and since it’s summer the tattoo stockings are all over the streets.



Tonkatsu Maisen, Omotesando



Tonkatsu is a breaded and deep fried pork cutlet, usually served with a thick, tangy sauce (“Tonkatsu sauce”), shredded cabbage, and miso soup. Inspired by European cuisine, it first appeared in the late 1800′s in a Western-food restaurant in Ginza, Tokyo.

These days, Maisen in Tokyo is pretty universally acknowledged as one of the best tonkatsu houses in the city. Their signature dish is the kurobuta tonkatsu (literally “black pork,” also known as Berkshire pork in the US). Kurobuta is known for its high fat content and intense, juicy flavor.

The restaurant is uniquely situated inside a former World War II public bathhouse. In fact, the main dining room (pictured above) was once the changing room, complete with some of the original architectural details in the high ceilings.

4-8-5, jingumae, shibuya-ku, Tokyo


Department H, Tokyo Kinema Club

Go to the Underground.
Explore Tokyo’s subcultures at Department H .
Learn about the dark side of Tokyo’s subculture in Uguisudani every first Saturday of the month … if you dare :)



1-1-14 6F, negishi, taito-ku, Tokyo
東京都台東区根岸1-1-14 6F

Dirty Dancing in Tokyo

March 26th in Shinjuku.

Here are the details:

Event Title: Dirty Dancing in Tokyo Featuring 3 dancers
Location: Bliss-out Shinjuku
Address: Shinjuku L. Bluilding, B-1, 1-10-1 Kabuki-cho Shinjuku
Date: March 26th
Time: 7 pm – 10 pm Door open 7
First show starts: 7:30
Ladies Entrance Fee: 3,500 Free Food and Drinks
2 Prize Drawings 1 Special Drawing I hope you can come.
Contact no: 03-6457-6169 or 090-6127-2973 ask for Tony

Nekoya, Yotsuya

Shamisen store “Nekoya” (in Yotsuya). Shamisen is made by the cat skin.

3-6-4, yotsuya, shinjuku-ku, Tokyo

the Hachiko

A Dog's LifeAny visit to Tokyo must include a visit to the Hachiko exit of Shibuya station. With the busiest intersection in the world, the statue of the eponymous Hachiko has become a byword for faithfulness .