5 Places to Find Tokyo in Manila

by Jean Natividad   |  Jul 2, 2016
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There are places we visit that just take us by surprise – those that effortlessly make us leave a piece of our hearts. When we travel here or abroad, we find citieswe wish we could go back to again and again. Worry not though, because we can always findthings at home that will remind us of the faraway locations we love.

Take, for example, Tokyo. It's a place not difficult to find here in Manila. Because of our country's longstanding ties and history with Japan, it's no surprise we can see the vibrant Japanese culture also blossoming in our home country. We just can't get enough of their food, fashion, art, and design sense.

Are you hoping to find a piece of Tokyo right here in Manila? We've got these places and events to suggest to you:

Going to Ichiba: Japanese Market in Resorts World Manila will take you to the famous food markets in Japan, one of which is the Tsukiji Market in Tokyo. The street food-style setup and the endless buzz of chefs and diners will make you want to shop around the market and enjoy Japanese favorites like sushi, tempura, ramen, yakitori, and takoyaki. What's better? There's also a corner where you can buy your beloved packaged Japanese treats!


It's Philippines-Japan Friendship Month, so mark your calendars for the events lined up to celebrate our country's diplomatic relationship with Japan. One of them is the 2016 J-pop Anime Singing Contest, which will feature 15 participants competing in the grand finals on July 23 from 1 to 5 p.m. at the SM Cinema Centerstage, SM Mall of Asia, Pasay City. If you're really into anime culture and would like to relive your J-pop Tokyo experience here back home, this is your chance.

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Japanese convenience stores don't just stand out for their neat interiors; they're also superb for their unique selections. Lawson Philippines is a relatively new konbini chain to open here in Manila having launched last year. They already have several locations in cities like Makati, Manila, Pasay, Pasig, Quezon City, and Caloocan. Lawson offers unique soft-serve ice cream flavors like bamboo charcoal and seasonal flavors like cherry blossom and green tea, as well as lunch boxes to satisfy your need for quick bites.

Experience not just Tokyo but the colorful Japanese film culture when you catch the upcoming EIGASAI 2016: Japanese Film Festival. It runs from July 7 to 17 at Shang Cineplex Cinema 2, one of the several festival venues, and is totally free! Seating is on a first-come first-served basis, however, so be sure to check the schedules in advance and show up earlier for the screening. For more info, click here.


We can't end this list without talking about Little Tokyo in Makati. The compound is home to numerous restaurants serving authentic Japanese fare, and is the go-to place for Japanese nationals in the Philippines as well as Tokyo-loving Filipinos. From the compound's design to the restaurants' interiors to the dishes served to the guests, everything just screams Tokyo. It's impossible to try all the good restaurants in Little Tokyo at once—those of which include Izakaya Kikufuji, Shinjuku Ramen House, Hana, Seryna, and Sekitori—so it makes sense for you to pay regular visits.

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Jean Natividad
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Jean is a twentysomething freelance writer who enjoys squatting at coffee shops with her trusty laptop, favorite music, and book of choice. She's big on city living but always longs for the sea, sun, and sand.
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