6 Ways Tokyo Mixes Past, Present, and Future to Perfection
In art, in fashion, in food, and beyond, Tokyo is famous for pioneering trends that the world eventually catches onto. And yet Tokyo’s history and legacies are proudly ribboned throughout the city, too. It is old and new, then and now (and next); centuries-old temples sit just steps from high-gloss, ultra-luxe skyscrapers, whose shadow hides legendary restaurants that cook with methods developed hundreds of years ago. Here, GQ picks six destinations—from cutting-edge menswear meccas to time-tested watering holes—that show just how special Japan’s capital is at bringing together the past, present, and future.
Ambush is a Tokyo-based jewelry and ready-to-wear label by Yoon Ahn (who’s also Dior’s jewelry lead). Ahn is Seattle-born, but has long called Tokyo home. Her shop offers experimental made-in-Japan designs, often rendered in silver, that capture the eccentricity and the swagger of Tokyo’s trendsetters. Pick up an Ambush piece at the Shibuya flagship, and bring home a wearable reminder of the city’s electricity.
Tokyo has a vast array of museums and galleries that showcase traditional Japanese creativity; Nanzuka in Shibuya represents the future, and holds a brilliant, uncommon point of view. The contemporary art gallery represents both Japan-based and international artists alike. Big names from abroad include Daniel Arsham and Katherine Bernhardt, but you’ll likely be most blown away by Japanese artists on-site like Harumi Yamaguchi, Hiroki Tsukuda, Toshio Saeki, and Hajime Sorayama. Sorayama’s robotic drawings and sculptures, packed with nostalgia and neo-futurism, look like they’re fresh off of a 1980s movie set.
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