Katharina von Tschurtschenthaler

Katharina came to Tokyo in August 2014. She loves running, hiking and absorbing every bit of Japanese culture. As this includes Japanese cuisine, she likes to hang out in supermarkets with her Japanese friends (who are happy to explain to her the details of even the most incomprehensible products). For Savvy Tokyo she writes about hidden coffee places, international running groups and Japanese weddings—quite a change after having covered European politics as a TV reporter in Brussels, Belgium.

Articles By Katharina

Discover Up-and-Coming Artists at White Space Omotesando

The white floor paint has barely dried, and the smell of the colorant only just faded. A few weeks have passed since the opening of...

January 13, 2016 | Art & Culture

Gallery Seizan: Approachable Art in Ginza

Are you still looking for a Christmas gift for a very special person? Something with a Japanese touch? Then head to the Ginza district, but...

December 9, 2015 | Art & Culture

CareFinder Bridges the Gap Between Parents and Babysitters

Finding a regular, trustworthy babysitter in Tokyo can be both challenging and expensive. Hiring one for an evening through a babysitting agency can quickly make...

August 20, 2015 | Families

Cocktails and Sushi at Andaz Tokyo

When you look out from the 52nd floor of the Andaz Tokyo hotel at the top of Toranomon Hills, your heart skips a beat. You...

July 3, 2015 | Food & Drink

Andaz Tavern Blends European and Japanese Flavors

This month marks one year since the opening of Toranomon Hills, as well as the Andaz Tokyo hotel, which occupies its top floors. To celebrate,...

June 12, 2015 | Food & Drink

Post a Letter Events Hit Tokyo

Here's something that may make even digital addicts will forget their smartphones and screens for an hour or two. The "Post a Letter" movement just...

May 1, 2015 | Lifestyle

The Slow Life on Zamami Island, Okinawa

Have you ever wondered why people from Okinawa are among the longest-living on earth? Scientists can debate the suspected reasons until they're blue in the...

April 30, 2015 | Adventures, Lifestyle

The Rusty Trombone Wine Bar, Jingumae

The concept of this new wine bar could not be more simple. Its proprietor, Andrew Stevens, serves wine. Just wine. No beer, no fancy cocktails,...

April 17, 2015 | Food & Drink

Rules and Etiquette of Japanese Swimming Pools

Are you among the privileged people with a membership to one of those very fancy sports clubs that have a pool? If so, you probably...

March 28, 2015 | Lifestyle