The Suzan are a Tokyo based duo who have a rabid fanbase and a new EP on the shelves. Bjorn Yttling (Chrissie Hynde, Lykke Li, Primal Scream) produced EP – Doki Doki Sounds is three tracks of dreamy pop rock just in time for your summer night drive playlist.
We wondered what it would be like if we flew to Japan to hang out with The Suzan for a day and the wonder only lasted until we saw how much a flight is, so instead we just asked. And they told us. A day in Tokyo with The Suzan sounds just like their EP, dreamy.
I love eating green tea ice cream parfait at Tsujiri in Daimaru Department store near the Tokyo Station. The dessert gave me
inspiration to write “Ice Cream” in EP ”Doki Doki Sounds”.
When people think about Tokyo, they imagine popular and flashy areas like Shibuya, Ginza, Roppongi and maybe Akihabara. Instead, I recommend Ikebukuro, Ochanomizu and Jimbocho. Those are unique areas not regularly covered by guidebooks.
There is newly renovated park near the Ikebukuro Station called the South Ikebukuro Park. You can relax on the natural lawn and have tasty
lunch and a glass of craft beer at FARM to PARK restaurant in the park. You can also have a great cup of coffee at COFFEE VALLEY, near
the park, one of my favorite hangouts.
Ochanomizu and Jimbocho are close to each other. The Ochanomizu area offers probably the biggest selection of musical instruments in the
world. I am sure you can find exactly what you are looking for. Also there are lots of bookstores specialize in musical scores or used
music magazines, so you can go book hunting as well. And there are used record shops like DISK UNION, Record-Sya, Fuji-Records,
In case you get tired of record shopping, relax at one of established and somewhat nostalgic coffee shops like Sabouru or Radorio.
For a spectacular view of Shinjuku skyline at night, I highly recommend the rooftop bar at Granbell Hotel Shinjuku.
If you really want to feel that you are in Tokyo, go to Sensoji Temple in Asakusa, where the path from Kaminarimon Gate to the main temple is
lit till 11 o’clock at night. Then head to Izakaya heavy area just west of the temple for beer or sake!