Nakameguro

by Akiko Hamaoka
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Perhaps it’s the river that flows through Nakameguro that gives the area i t s reputation for clear creativity. Somehow out here, the metropolis obscured by hills to the east seems a bit more manageable.

Avoid the increasingly commercialized Yamate Dori and head straight for the backstreets. A walk along the Meguro River leads to expertly curated shops like Vase for vintage fashion, Cow Books for literature, and Mizuma Gallery for home-grown artists.

Nakameguro is often called “trendy,” a label that seems trite for those who live here. Trendy places have come and gone, and what remains is quality.

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1. John Lawrence Sullivan
Slimline Tokyo menswear from former professional boxer Arashi Yangawa.
1-19-7 Aobadai, Meguro-ku, Tokyo
Tel: 03-5428-0068
www.john-lawrence-sullivan.com


2. ilil
Multi-label (foreign designers) and vintage store open only on Saturdays, 12-7pm.
2F, 1-11-1 Kamimeguro, Meguro-ku, Tokyo
www.ililtokyo.com

3. 1LDK
Multi-label store (men’s) selected by the charismatic former buyer for FACTORY, Takayuki Minami.
1-8-28 Kamimeguro, Meguro-ku, Tokyo
Tel: 03-3780-1645
www.idland.jp/1ldk

4. Venom
International and Japanese designers such as DIET BUTCHER SLIM SKIN, enamel, JEREMY SCOTT, etc.
MS Bldg B1F, 1-19-7, Aobadai, Meguro-ku, Tokyo
Tel: 03-5728-4765
www.metalburger.com


5. Mizima Art Gallery
Leading gallery of noteworthy new contemporary artists.
Fujiya Bldg 2F, 1-3-9 Kami-Meguro, Meguro-ku, Tokyo
Tel: 03 3793 7931

6. H
Hidden vintage store for grown-ups.
1-2-15 Naka-Meguro, Meguro-ku, Tokyo
Tel: 03-3793-7757


7. Higashi Yama
Stunning modern Japanese design with food to match. Cocktail bar in the basement.
1-21-25 Higashiyama, Meguro-ku, Tokyo
www.higashiyama-tokyo.jp

8. Akira
Lively yakitori restaurant by the river. Also has excellent veggie dishes.
1-10-23 Naka-Meguro, Meguro-ku, Tokyo
Tel: 03-3793-0051

9. Junkadelic
Tokyo’s favorite Mexican restaurant. Be sure to book ahead. Follow with drinks at Slow Jam next door.
4-10-4 Kami-Meguro, Meguro-ku, Tokyo
Tel: 03-5725-5020

10. Gosse
Beloved casual bar with red & leopard interior.
Located to the south, near Meguro Dori.
2-10-15 Meguro, Meguro-ku, Tokyo
Tel: 03-3779-9779