places i’ve left my heart in, and things i adore

 
 
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tokyo date recommendations

It’s hard to describe just how much I love Tokyo. It can sometimes feel as though choosing where to go is near impossible, especially when planning the perfect date. These, however, are a handful of places that I know and love; as a chef and food obsessive, I generally tend towards the epicurean.

The Andaz Hotel, Toranomon
I love this hotel for the location, unbeatable view, spa, rooftop bar, and dark corridors. link
Or - I’m yet to (but would desperately love to) visit The Aman

Iroha love hotel, Roppongi
Beautiful, and highly convenient for a brief encounter. link (Japanese only- best to run through google translate)

Sushi Tokami, Ginza
I believe that it’s a myth that sushi needs to be a silent, reverent affair - and that a good sushi omakase is just as much about chemistry with the chef as it is about quality (and Tokyo is spoiled for sushi quality). Here the sushi is heavenly, the chefs are great fun, and many of them speak English. link

Kanda, Roppongi (Kaiseki)
By far the best meal I’ve had in my life. It wasn’t cheap, but I’d go again in a heartbeat (and as it’s one of the few 3-star spots in Tokyo that is easy to reserve online, it makes for a very good date location, in my opinion). link

Matsuya department store, Ginza
Strolling together through the basement food hall here is, I think, the perfect way to explore Japanese cuisine and ingredients; their gift cards are also a good way to make me very, very happy. link

everywhere else

If you’re interested in some more personalised recommendations, then as well as a calendar full of exhibitions, I keep a detailed map of Tokyo izakayas, formal gardens, cocktail bars, beautiful shrines, sex shops, and a hundred other gorgeous (and private) places. Plus, I can be your translator in all those little hidden spots (and I’ll do things your concierge most definitely won’t…)

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+ gifts

At the moment, I am living a somewhat nomadic life; I've come to realise that making memories - preferably shared ones - is currently much more important to me than an ample wardrobe, or expanding my perfume collection. I am, however, always delighted and surprised at the prospect of being asked which gifts I love. So here goes:

Japanese lessons sponsorship
If you'd like to contribute to the most important thing to me right now - learning Japanese - then get in touch. I'll make sure to write and thank you - in Japanese, of course!

A cheers to my next adventure
Norwegian Air gift card
STA Travel gift card

Travel companions
I keep an Amazon wishlist with a few travel items that would still be very much be a luxury for me, were I to receive them. After quite so much time living out of a suitcase, it's the objects I see and use every day that bring the fondest memories of those who gave them to me.

 
 

 Indulgences

 
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My favourite…

Fruit … strawberries (or, good quality tomatoes)
Cheese … parmigiano reggiano
Chocolates … dark chocolate almonds
Flowers … ranunculus, or peonies
Cuisine … kaiseki, roman, sichuan

Wine … barolo, or brunello di montalcino
Champagne … veuve clicquot
Sake … daishichi minowamon
Beer … de ranke xx bitter, or yona yona pale ale

Lingerie … minimalist silk négligées
Stockings … cervin, or wolford
Heels … christian louboutin so kate suede pumps
Handbag … sézane heritage mona bag in terracotta
Jewellery … delicate gold pieces

Musicians … marvin gaye, bonobo, bob dylan
Writers … flaubert, orwell, foucault
Filmmakers … sidney lumet, hayao miyazaki, david simon

 
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The essentials

Age … mid twenties

Nationality … british

Languages … english
conversational french, japanese
rusty italian, german

Orientation … bisexual

Height … 5’10” || 177cm

Measurements … 38-30-38

Bra size … UK 34F
(however, my bra size does vary between different brands, particularly high-end lingerie designers)

Shoe size … IT 42 || UK 9 || JP 27

Smokes … no

Body modifications … none