Over the past few years I have developed an increasingly feverish desire to visit Japan. I’m pretty sure the obsession started with Uma Thurman’s yellow tracksuit and skill with a samurai sword in Kill Bill and was cemented with the lilting views of Tokyo in Lost in Translation and the bizarre dream worlds portrayed in the literature of Haruki Murakami. If I ever manage to transform my Tokyo dreams into a reality, I will not only have a samurai sword on hand, but also the Hello Sandwich Tokyo Guide by Ebony Bizys.
Having visited Tokyo eight times already and with plans to move there in the near future, Bizys certainly has located the best places that Tokyo has to offer. Eschewing tourist hot spots and gimmicks, her Tokyo Guide concentrates on boutiques, galleries, museums, bars and cafés of which a passing visitor may otherwise have little knowledge. The zine is divided according to suburb and offers comprehensive tips on how to organise your journey and successfully navigate the city. Combining gorgeous photography, an appealing design aesthetic, links to personalised maps that can be downloaded onto your phone and delightful prose, the Hello Sandwich Tokyo Guide collates and maps all the places that should be on any design-conscious visitor’s must-see list.
The first print is, not surprisingly, sold out; however, a second print is planned for this month. In the meantime you can purchase your own PDF copy from the Hello Sandwich Shop. Get your hands on one of these guides and, like Bizys, you could soon find yourself bopping through the streets of Tokyo. Oh, and can I come too?