Asa Ekstrom

The Appeal of Tokyo for Asa Ekstrom

The interesting thing about Tokyo is, compared with Western capitals, "there is no city center."

Akihabara is for geeks, Shibuya for going to clubs, Ueno is the destination if you want to see traditional culture, futuristic Shinjuku, various restaurants in Ikebukuro... The atmosphere and flavor changes in each neighborhood, so even if you live there a long time, there are new discoveries each day.

I especially like the city of Shinjuku. For me who grew up watching the Japanese anime and manga, the country called Japan has a futuristic image, and Shinjuku and Shibuya are places where you can actually experience that. When I first came to Japan, I look at the scenery of the Park Hyatt lined up with the Tokyo Metropolitan Government buildings, and was impressed: "This is Japan!" I also can't forget the excitement of when I went for the first time to "Sekaido." It was a place like a dream, full of manga tools like copic markers and screen tones.

On the other hand, I also like cities along the Chuo Line: Koenji, Asagaya, Nakano, and so on.

It has a good atmosphere and sociable people. Drinking at a local bar, I conversed with a Japanese person who was at the shop. I also like Shimokitazawa. There are many wonderful vintage clothing stores, and small and stylish cafes, and somehow there is a hippy-like atmosphere, so it's fun because it is totally different than the image I had for Tokyo.

In Tokyo, there are many cities where people can get together, depending on what they like.


Asa Ekstrom

From Sweden. She decided to become a manga artist when she discovered "Sailor Moon" anime and "Inuyasha: A Feudal Fairy Tale" manga as a child. After working as an illustrator and manga artist in Sweden, she moved to Tokyo in 2011.
The blog "Nordic Girl Discovers the Mysteries of Japan" trended online, becoming first place in the Ameblo overall ranking, and she published her first comic essay "Nordic Girl ├ůsa Discovers the Mysteries of Japan" in March 2015 (KADOKAWA). She published a sequel in September 2015. Her favorite food is ramen. Her favorite anime is "Revolutionary Girl Utena," her favorite manga is "Nana."
Blog "Nordic Girl Discovers the Mysteries of Japan."
Twitter @hokuoujoshi