The Daikanyama neighborhood of Tokyo reminds me of Abbot-Kinney in L.A. with it's winding streets and high-end but funky shops. The Tsutaya bookstore here has the best magazine collection I've ever seen and cooking and art sections to make me drool. The design of the store itself is modern and airy, yet the three buildings it occupies are packed to the gills with goodies.
Yesterday, I set up a display dedicated to Sweets & Bitters and the things we like. What an honor! The bookstore gave me a whole table right near the entrance, and had a huge blow-up of one of our covers and a nice little informational sign all ready. The Sweets & Bitters "fair" (as they call a special display or pop-up here) will stay there for at least three weeks. For me, this is the most exciting thing yet to happen with Sweets & Bitters! Thank you Tsutaya!
It's even better because I get to share the spotlight with a bunch of makers I like. I brought kawaii little L.A. Butdick's chocolate mice, Brooklyn Slate cheese boards, Taza hot chocolate, Roxbury Mountain Maple candy, Sucre Shop ice cream spoons and some nice sturdy Sweets & Bitters totes and aprons made in the USA, plus some sparkly Moroccan tea cups we used in Sweets & Bitters Volume 2. If you're in Tokyo, please stop by, and if you ever get to travel here, this Tsutaya is a place not to miss!
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