Sandra Barron

Sandra has been back and forth between Japan and the U.S. since 1997 and has lived in Tokyo since 2008. She has written for The New York Times, CNN International and The Japan Times, and she writes sporadically on her blog. She's always happy to chat about Japanese food, drink and funny subway posters on Twitter. She's looking forward to seeing her contributions to BeBespoke's book Tokyo Collection, to be published at the beginning of 2014.

Articles By Sandra

Top-Notch Japanese Hospitality at the Imperial Hotel

I declined when the guest attendant offered to take my suitcases. They were wet with rain, and she was in a kimono. But before I...

March 6, 2014 | Uncategorized

Recycling Clothes in Tokyo

Until relatively recently, used clothes in Japan have had one fate: burnable garbage. If you’re from a country with a collection bin and a few...

January 1, 2014 | Lifestyle

Furoshiki Lessons Make Wrapping a Snap

The Japanese may not have invented the art of wrapping, but they have certainly perfected it. When you swaddle your gift in a furoshiki, the...

December 18, 2013 | Lifestyle

Bilingual American Cooking Classes in Kioicho

Here’s a savvy tip for enjoying Ema Koeda’s cooking class at Cook Coop: don’t go too hungry. When she asks you to taste the seasoned...

November 4, 2013 | Food & Drink

Club on the Park, Shinjuku

I can’t help feeling that if Scarlett Johansson’s Charlotte had just gone to her hotel’s spa, she wouldn’t have been so sulky through "Lost in...

October 8, 2013 | Health & Beauty