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 | Lifestyle

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 | Lifestyle

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

Savvy Tips for Avoiding Dreaded “Bento Stress”

When my European friend, whose four-year-old is going to a Japanese school, first mentioned the term "bento stress," I did not have a clue what...

June 22, 2015 | Families

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

Run Tokyo with Namban Rengo

If you enjoy running and like to have some company while doing it, then book your Wednesday nights, lace up your running shoes, and join...

March 4, 2015 | Health & Beauty, Lifestyle

Raw and Vegan Food at Rejuve, Iidabashi

"You are what you eat" is the motto of the raw and vegan restaurant Rejuve in Iidabashi. At first, this sounded a bit corny to...

February 2, 2015 | Food & Drink

Give Your Career a Boost with McGill MBA Japan

Have you ever thought of returning to university? Perhaps you are feeling trapped in your job and want to turn your domestic career into an...

January 28, 2015 | Lifestyle

Traditional Craftsmanship Meets Modern Luxury with Natsume Japon

Getting an appointment with Olivier Le Lann is quite a challenge. The French-born fashion brand owner lives in Tokyo, but is basically never here. He...

January 26, 2015 | Fashion

Starting Your Own Business in Japan

Are you a so-called "plus one“ who came with your partner to Japan, but is itching to be something other than a homemaker? Are you...

December 17, 2014 | Careers, Lifestyle

Il Gusto Dolce Vita, Iidabashi

Japanese food is great, but I do love cheese. And I miss it here. If you are not okay to purchase super over priced imported...

November 26, 2014 | Food & Drink

Minakami Onsen Weekend Getaway

Minakami Onsen, a region in Gunma Prefecture, about 150 kilometers northwest of Tokyo is the perfect place to do some great and challenging hikes during...

November 23, 2014 | Lifestyle, Out & About