Koenji, located on the western outskirts of central Tokyo, holds a special place in my heart. In 1982, when I was 1, my parents moved out of Brooklyn and settled down, in all places, Koenji to start anew. I went to pre-school there and the majority of my childhood memories are rooted in the area. That’s why I was so excited when I came across renowned architect Toyo Ito’s new project, Za Koenji. Opening May 1st, Za Koenji is slated to become a performing arts center for the area.

With those good ol’ memories with me I’m taking off. Have a nice weekend!

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