We love this city, and we love telling you all about it. Whether you’re visiting or living here, in one of the world’s most dynamic cities, we want you to make the most of your time here: go see some fantastic art exhibitions, eat at the top-rated restaurants, wind down at a hidden bar in a yokocho, join in one of the many cultural festivals… What’s more with the coming cherry blossom season, we know many of you are looking forward to spending time here in Tokyo. However, we understand that going out, much less travelling to Tokyo, might not be possible for everyone at the moment.
So, just for a little while, instead of Time Out, we’ll be your Time In.
We are still committed to bringing you the best of Tokyo. We are still going to help you discover the most fascinating aspects of Tokyo (and Japan) to make your visit a fulfilling and memorable one. If you’re able to spend some time out discovering all the wonderful things Tokyo has to offer, and if it’s safe for you to do so, we encourage you to show the city some love. But if you’re stuck indoors, wherever you are, we’re also going to bring a bit of Tokyo and Japan into your living room. For once, we say it’s okay to stay in.
To everyone reading: we will get through this. Tokyo, or Japan for that matter, has weathered far worse than this. We are a resilient, resourceful and strong city, and we have always emerged stronger. This is our year, Tokyo, and we will not let anything rain on our parade. Nothing can defeat this city. We love you, Tokyo. Stay safe, stay optimistic.
Lim Chee Wah
Editor-in-Chief, Time Out Tokyo
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