Aki Sugawara

Aki Sugawara

Director of Global Content

Born and raised in California, I've worked at media companies in Silicon Valley including Yahoo! and News Corp, covering automotive and technology. Loves old cars and playing gospel/jazz on weekends.
Budget souvenirs that don't suck at Shibuya's Maruara
Plastic katanas—the Japanese canary in the coal mine for kitsch souvenir shops.For years I’d walk down Inokashira street, one of the arteries of Sh...
Forget Ichiran—try ramen at these two popular local spots in Shibuya
Ichiran has become to ramen in Tokyo what Shake Shack is to burgers in New York City. The popularity of the ubiquitous chain has taken a life of it...
The dingy restaurant that serves some of the best yakiniku BBQ in Shibuya
Pictures speak a thousand words. And if you’re prone like myself to getting visually seduced, all the mouth-watering macro shots of marbled beef ou...
Standing bar with 135-year history hidden in plain sight in Shibuya
Even by Tokyo standards Shibuya is a city quick to move on, whether in continually rotating fast-fashion, or even with larger businesses that get l...
For all budgets: 12 restaurants to eat in Shibuya
Dining in Shibuya is a double-edged sword for visitors. On one hand, the scale and density of the city means there’s no shortage of restaurants, wh...
Raw Tokyo is a flea-market haven for vintage and recycled street fashion
While farmer’s markets have boomed in the Americas and Europe thanks to a swell in demand for locally sourced organic produce, flea markets haven’t...
Michelin-rated affordable French bistro is buried in a Shibuya back alley
234: That’s the latest number of Michelin-rated restaurants in Tokyo according to the 2018 guide, more than doubling second-place Osaka and third-p...
Embrace the fat: Guide to eating wagyu and yakiniku BBQ in Japan
BBQ grilling is nothing new, especially if you’ve experienced Korean BBQ restaurants abroad. But yakiniku (translated literally as cooked meat) wit...
11 things you can only do in Shibuya
Shibuya’s appeal for many ends a couple hundred feet out of the JR station--see the dog statue, the Moai and gawk at the billboards and giant LED a...
9 shopping spots to hit while in Shibuya
Shibuya is an overwhelming spectacle from the moment you step out of the station--throngs of tourists, business people and high-schoolers amassing ...
Vanquish: Men’s Shibuya-style fashion in a post-gyaru generation
Embroidered on the back of a flashy jacket is the lascivious tale of the Shibuya from a bygone era. A businessman full of cash and short on scruple...
Finding a pocket of rare natural solace in Shibuya
Serene, historic: probably the two words least likely to be associated with Shibuya.New York City has Central Park, Shinjuku has the Gyoen national...
Future of Airbnb in Japan: Growth and navigating through murky residence lodging laws
Last year the Japanese parliament passed a law giving an official green light to Airbnb’s business model, albeit with restrictions. Taking effect t...
The other, other red meat: Eating Japanese "research" whale for the first time (and liking it)
Japanese cuisine can encompass offerings even natives seldom consume, let alone Westerners, like chicken tartar. But perhaps no dish is more conten...
How travel evolves with tech: Interview with Airbnb’s design head, Alex Schleifer
With sharing economies become more prevalent with technology, when it comes to travel probably none is more influential than Airbnb, which has disr...
Kurosaki: the best Michelin-rated sushi in Shibuya you’ve never heard of
Ask what’s the ultimate sushi in Japan and you’ll largely get two different responses—Sukibayashi Jiro for those abroad, and Sushi Saito for Japane...
7 chic places to stay overnight in Shibuya
Snapping selfies amidst swarming pedestrians at the crossing, shop at imposingly large department complexes—among the typical Shibuya-zy things to ...
Tokyo gift shop showcases unique local goods from all 47 Japanese prefectures
Even if you’ve been to mega malls around the world, the scope and number of department complexes in Shibuya, Tokyo is staggering—you have the two T...
Above Hokkaido’s Sea of Clouds you never get the same view twice
In the Instagram age it seems there's no new selfie under the sun. But climb a gondola 3500 feet from the base of Tomamu mountain and you have a ch...
Book Lab Tokyo cafe provides a recharge, refuge from the mayhem at Shibuya scramble
There’s no shortage of shops or cafes in the heart of Shibuya, but one surprisingly difficult commodity to find is a reprieve—a quiet, comfortable ...