Aspect examines what it means to engage with and experience the city.
Published by Tokyobike, Aspect shares the stories of people and communities in Tokyo and beyond, aiming to inspire readers to view familiar surroundings and daily life in a different light.
We believe that new perspectives can bring about positive change, expanding how we see the world around us.
Tucked away on an unassuming street not far from Shinjuku, Yoko Koike’s atelier is a hive of activity. The founder of Sunpedal, a vegan catering service with a burgeoning following, is busy putting the final touches on an assortment of dishes, adding garnishes and dressings to her vibrant creations.
When Maako Anno introduces Anno, the eatery she founded with her husband Yuto Yamazaki in 2019, she often tells a story about a window. During their search for a new location for Yamazaki’s design studio, Alloy, the couple came across a two-storey building not far from Torigoe Shrine. With the ground floor perfect for an office, they ascended a narrow staircase to discover a space with light streaming in through a large window.
The act of making and drinking Japanese tea is one of Ryo Tanabe’s passions. The charismatic Saitama native is the founder of A Drop, a hole-in-the-wall tea salon and shop on the east side of Tokyo. Throughout the year, the self-described “travelling tea lover” makes regular visits to farmers around the country, from Kyoto to Kumamoto and Shizuoka, in search of distinctive and carefully cultivated teas.
At 31 years of age, Jiro Nagase is still in the early stages of pursuing his craft. Based in Tokyo’s Kita Ward, the emerging metal craftsman has been developing an impressive collection of products and artworks in recent years. Hand-hammered bowls, free-standing lights and modular furniture are among his works, which can be found in a growing number of shops and galleries around the country.
How did a simple stone, wrapped in woven leather, end up on the shelf behind the counter at Tokyobike Tokyo? Upon further inspection, the shop’s interior is filled with hints of the mountains and nature, curated by interior stylist Yumi Nakata. Curious to discover their origins, we reached out to Nakata, who explained her growing interest in the outdoors and its connection to city life.
The river shimmers in the afternoon sun. Golden light spills onto Ten’s concrete floor, extending up the cypress panels behind the counter. The shop’s soft grey interior, complete with custom fittings and an undulating walkway, blends minimal design with craftsmanship that extends to the smallest of details. Small clusters of craft wares, selected by shop manager Sae Kawai, sit in harmony with the space.