Hi, we’re Mina and Yumiko, sisters who got together to bring you the best of Tokyo!!!
Tokyo Locals’ Favorites was created to let travelers and international residents in Tokyo enjoy the true treasures and hidden gems of this exquisite city.
Born in Tokyo and raised in the United States and Tokyo, Tokyo has been our home, playground, and workplace, but we’ve always also had a foreigners’ perspective, and never took the wonders of Tokyo for granted. We’ve been enchanted by Tokyo’s many faces – modern yet historic, busy yet tranquil, feminine yet handsome, vast yet cozy, sophisticated yet simple.
As children growing up, our parents took us to many countries, and they always took us to places locals enjoy going to. They told us it is only at the locals’ favorites that you can truly feel the vibe of that city or country, and we’re so grateful for this teaching. We realize this is a value that resonates with many people traveling to Japan, especially those visiting Tokyo.
We hope to deliver the vibes of Tokyo by introducing you to the Locals’ Favorites, and sharing the stories, passions, and traditions behind each Locals’ Favorite.
Mina Goldwell Nishisaka Profile
Having had a career in PR at a venture company, I’ve always been inspired by the stories and passion that people have behind the products and services. Unconsciously, it has become a habit to talk to shop owners, chefs, and CEOs about their passion for the work that they do, and I have been longing to share those stories. After studying communication as a graduate student in Los Angeles and coming back to Tokyo as a mother, I have been rediscovering Japan and Tokyo with the children, and there is so much to share! Please join me as I continue to explore this exquisite city.
Yumiko Goldwell Tanaka Profile
Spending an year in Denmark as an exchange student and living like a Dane changed my horizons in life. I developed a passion for design, craftsmanship, aesthetics, interior, and also learned to appreciate a slow and simple way of living. After returning to Japan and graduating from university, I joined a Danish lifestyle brand and pursued a career in marketing & PR. Currently, I am working at an IT venture and a start up, whilst fulfilling my new mission, introducing the many fascinations that Tokyo and this beautiful country has to offer.
Born and raised in Tokyo, our mother has been our source of inspiration. She knows all the best places to go to whether it be restaurants, cafes, jewelry, Japanese dishware, souvenirs, sweets, sake, Japanese tea, books – many of which has been around since she was young. She has generously shared with us her knowledge and has and will accompany us on many of our explorations!