Dinner and dessert
For dinner, Kumiko takes the train a half an hour to Nakano (which is actually her hometown!). “It’s now known as a holy place for Anime and a center of pop culture in Tokyo,” she says, “but it’s also a lively town with small stores and bars crammed together.” Kumiko walks down to the basement of a building to go to Haru, her friend Chiharu’s izakaya, a casual Japanese eatery that serves shareable snacks and small dishes. It’s a (literal) hidden gem since people can’t see the inside from the street. Each night, the menu changes, depending on the season and Chiharu’s creativity. Kumiko drinks and chats with Chiharu as she cooks things like tempura, katsu, and different fishes, meats, and vegetables.
And lest we forget, what would a best day ever be without dessert? Kumiko loves cake shops (you’ve sensed a theme here, right?) and her favorite end-of-day treat is a slice of whatever fruit cake is in season at Takano. (This time, it’s grape!) These confections look almost too pretty to eat—but just almost. There’s truly no sweeter way to end her ideal day.