A part of the Chuosen Aruaru Project, Experience Suginami Tokyo is a tourism website that intends to give full and useful sightseeing information about Suginami,Tokyo. All year round in this area you can enjoy various events and there are a variety of unique spots scattered about including restaurants (there are hundreds with English menus that we have listed on this site), ramen shops, izakaya and bars, second hand clothing, antique shops, music venues, an anime district and an anime museum. These types of places are introduced here by foreign residents in Japan who are living and/or working in Suginami, with some help from Japanese locals. If you are headed out for some Tokyo sightseeing or wandering, please take a look at this page and by all means get on the Chuo-Line and come to Suginami– only 10 minutes from Shinjuku! In particular, here you will find places not introduced in Tokyo guide books that offer a glimpse at the lives of Tokyo locals. If you are interested in a specific aspect of Japanese culture, you can find your niche in Suginami!

Experience Suginami Tokyo is the work of many people from many different countries, from Japanese residents of Suginami to foreign residents from various countries. The main staff doing the photography and writing are from across the globe. Here we’d like to introduce our team.

  • Greg (U.S.A.)
    director, writer, photographer

    Greg is from Boston and has been in Japan since 2010, first gaining an interest in the culture from origami. He has also been practicing karate and kendo for many years. A big fan of the art and culture of Suginami, he is always tempted by Japanese sweets containing anko red bean paste, especially with a fragrant cup of green tea.

  • Angelo (Brazil)
    writer, illustrator

    Angelo came to Japan in 2006 to pursue his dream of becoming a professional “mangaka” comic artist, which he made come true in 2015. Fascinated by the cultural diversity of Suginami, he is happy to introduce manga and anime related locations, as well as anything that can be seen as art.

  • Carly (New Zealand)
    web designer, writer, photographer

    Carly is from New Zealand and is new to Japan as of 2015. Carly has always been fascinated with Japanese art and design and is enjoying the endless inspiration that Tokyo offers. On weekends she can be found exploring the many cafes and vintage stores in Suginami.

  • Diego (Colombia, Canada)
    photographer, writer

    Diego is a freelance photographer and writer. He is a native of Colombia who at an early age moved to Canada. He is passionate about traveling, engaging with people from different backgrounds, and discovering the intricacies of the places he visits. He has lived in Tokyo since 2014, and besides work, he enjoys discovering new cafés and spots in the city from where he can get a good shot of Mount Fuji at sunset.

  • Rob (New Zealand)
    writer, photographer, illustrator

    Rob is a New Zealander who has been living in Suginami since early 2015. He feels very lucky to reside here, and enjoys the sense of community and calmness found in Asagaya. As he can’t get enough of Japanese illustration and style, he’ll happily duck into one of the many local bookstores for a browse whenever possible.

  • Elvira (Indonesia)

    Elvira is an exchange student from Indonesia who just stepped her foot in Japan in spring 2015. She is very fond of trying new experiences, especially culinary ones. Her favorite activity is hunting for delicious ramen and matcha-flavored dessert while walking along the shopping streets in Suginami.