Only about a decade ago, finding decent tacos and some tequila or mezcal to go with them in Tokyo could be a bona fide challenge. Those dark days are fortunately far behind us, as the capital’s Mexican food scene has over the past few years blossomed like the sakura at the height of spring. Both Mexican and Japanese chefs across the city now turn out innovative tacos, tostadas, tamales and other treats, while a handful of Tokyo taquerias have even attracted the attention of a major food documentary series – as we recently learned during a stimulating conversation with Mexican ambassador Melba Pría.
For this latest installment of our ongoing series of interviews with Tokyo-based ambassadors, Pría sat down with Masashi Takahashi, senior consultant at Original Inc (publisher of Time Out Tokyo) and a former diplomat with extensive experience of sustainability issues. Besides tacos, their discussion touched on everything from the history of Japan-Mexico relations to spiritual similarities between the two countries, plus why the ambassador has made empowering women a major part of her agenda.