Like Vito Corleone, we sometimes come across people in our lives who make offers we can’t refuse. Such was the case with the organisers of the Time Out Love Tokyo Awards, who asked me to be part of the jury for the 2017 edition. Who wouldn’t jump at the chance to go to the best places to eat, drink and shop in the Japanese capital? Not me, that’s for certain. So after doing a back flip with a double twist out of sheer joy, I sent the confirmation email to my colleagues at Time Out Tokyo: ‘Wait for me, I’m on my way!’
The experience measured a 9 on the Time Out intensity scale. For three days at the beginning of October, the jury made up of directors of the magazines from London, New York, Sydney, Beijing, Bangkok and Barcelona, accompanied by the Tokyo staff – big thanks to Momo and the whole team! – dedicated ourselves to going from one end of the city to the other to check out the establishments that were up for Love Tokyo Awards.
Time Out Tokyo invited Time Out Barcelona's director (and those from other cities) to be members of the jury for their Love Tokyo Awards. María José Gómez discovered a world of delights and temptations halfway round the globe, in a whirlwind three-day tour.