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Curiosity

2021.12.24

The garden of K5
A space made with plants of the four seasons

Kei Amano

Yard Works

#Curiosity, #K5

Kei Amano is a gardener, creating spaces using only plants as his medium. He is well known for his originality and sense of style. "The Soil" in Yamanashi Prefecture, is his home base where he plots and plans projects...

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Color

2021.12.18

Down jackets that never see the light of day
A wine advocate who isn’t afraid to take risks

Hiroki Morimoto

Manager, caveman

#caveman, #Color

Sommelier and manager of caveman, Hironori Morimoto is focused on sharing his fascinations with other people. His own experiences and an important encounter as a student have helped shape him into who he is today. Now...

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Joy

2021.12.07

Music or cooking, it’s all about experience.
Thoughts from a crossover DJ.

Licaxxx

DJ

#Joy

Licaxxx is a multi-talented creator and DJ involved in a variety of music-related activities. She’s able to traverse genres with ease, with a deep curiosity bubbling away beneath the surface. Experience, she says, is ...

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Curiosity

2021.11.29

Inside Out.
Essence and functional beauty in the details

Daisuke Obana

N. HOOLYWOOD Designer

#Curiosity

In order to understand the design and uniform style of UNITED ARROWS & SONS, which was recently adopted for K5's uniforms, we interviewed designer Daisuke Obana and asked him about his past and future relationship wit...

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Curiosity

2021.11.10

HEART of the living dead
Half-human, half-zombie.

Seiichi Saito

President of Panoramatiks (formerly known as Rhizomatiks Architecture)

#Curiosity

When it comes to cities, Seiichi Saito’s approach uses a mixture of architectural perspective and creative thinking. He tackles issues head-on, pulling the invisible threads of the world around him to create a clearer...

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Color

2021.10.31

Forty years of living alongside Kabutocho,
Building a town where all roads are connected

Kiyoyuki Tsuchimoto

President, Heiwa Real Estate Co.

#Color

Since the closing of Tokyo Stock Exchange, Heiwa Real Estate has been working on the redevelopment of Kabutocho and Kayabacho, supporting the district since 1947. President Kiyoyuki Tsuchimoto, who spent 35 years at t...

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Color

2021.10.25

Food with an air of freedom
Essence filled with taste

Takamatsu Ryohei

Neki Sous Chef

#Color, #Neki

Ryohei Takamatsu, works daily in the kitchen as a sous chef at Neki, a bistro where one can enjoy authentic French cuisine in a casual setting. Throughout his life, he has followed his own guiding principle of embraci...

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Joy

2021.09.30

A place for people to mingle and relax
A certain place in Tokyo.

Takehito Nakatani

Somewhere in Tokyo

#Joy

“Somewhere in Tokyo" is a multifunctional space at the crossroads of various cultures, including art, music, apparel, and food. Mr. Nakatani, one of the organizers of the space, has slowly been expanding his circle of...

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Color

2021.09.22

Coffee culture is not black or white.
It’s more like a blue note

Masahiro Onishi

Owner of SWITCH COFFEE TOKYO

#Color, #SwitchCoffee

Coffee that is unpretentious and does not take itself too seriously. This is the type of cup that Masahiro Onishi, owner of Switch Coffee Tokyo, is in pursuit of. Without adding any color to the cup, he says, 'it may ...

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Color

2021.09.07

A way of working; matching work and life to make every day enjoyable

Katsuyuki Honda

B Manager

#B, #Color

From an early age, he was all about baseball, but when he graduated high school, he entered the entertainment industry. Always following a brightly lit path, Katsuyuki Honda began his career in hotels after gaining ex...

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Color

2021.08.23

Spotlight off the stage.
The curtain call: an echo in the wilderness

Kanako Watanabe

General Manager, HOTEL K5

#Color, #K5

A spiral staircase leads to the starting point. Kanako Watanabe, who took over as General Manager of HOTEL K5 in July, was born and raised in a hotel, with most of the guests becoming her friends. She has loved hotels...

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Color

2021.08.06

The brewer is an anchor
And the beer is the basis for new ideas

Nobuhiro Ito

Store Manager, Omnipollos Tokyo

#Color, #OmnipollosTokyo

Nobuhiro Ito arrived in Kabutocho by connecting the dots of his past. The experiences he gained from his life as a traveler led him to where he is today. What kind of future will he envision when the dots he has accum...

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Color

2021.07.28

Layers of flavor like coatings of color
Cocktails born out of space

Soran Nomura

Producer, -Ao-

#Ao, #Color

After working as a bartender in London for seven years, Soran returned to Japan, accumulating many accolades during his time at FUGLEN TOKYO. In 2020, alongside Kai Tanaka, he established Library Bar ‘Ao’ in K5, Kabut...

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Curiosity

2021.07.13

Does the chair or the space come first?
Gridlines drawn from the tabletop of culture

Yusuke Seki

Architectural Designer

#Curiosity

Architect Yusuke Seki was in high school when the Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake struck, forcing him to bear witness to the crumbling city. During the reconstruction, his perceptions were reshaped as he made new conne...

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Color

2021.06.30

Clean aftertaste and character enhanced by sensation and experience

Kensaku Sato

SR Roaster

#Color, #SR

Kensaku Sato is the coffee roaster for SR, a micro-roastery born in Stockholm with a Japanese branch located in Nihonbashi. The roastery is famous for its clean-tasting coffees. Sato left Japan to improve his English,...

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Color

2021.06.12

The more local, the more global.
The intersection of city, nature, and people.

Yuta Oka, Hilo Homma, Akihiro Matsui

K5 Founders

#Color

Having spread through major cities, COVID-19 took away our daily lives and made us reconsider urban life. If the urban landscape were to change from one city to another to accommodate this new way of life, what would ...

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Color

2021.06.02

A live restaurant experience, sealed in a patisserie cake.

Keisuke Oyama

Owner of ease, patissier

#Color, #ease

Owner and patissier, Keisuke Oyama, is well known for his creative senses. He frequently combines unique ingredients, such as horseradish and strawberries or shiso and hyuganatsu (citrus fruit), and serves take-home d...

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Color

2021.05.21

An accumulation of the things I like
A new kind of bistro

Kyohei Nishi

Owner, and chef of Neki

#Color, #Neki

Kyohei Nishi is a chef with extensive experience, having worked at two-star restaurant and Bistro, Rojiura. He was invited by Keisuke Oyama to open his own restaurant, Neki. Oyama is the owner of ‘ease’, and the two m...

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Color

2021.05.10

Natural wine is here to stay.
Natural wine and Counterculture.

Shinichi Takahashi

Human Nature

#Color

The icon of an era, the King of Pop, once sang "If they say "why? why?" tell'em that it's human nature”! Taking its name from that same song, the owner of natural wine shop, Human Nature, Shinichi Takahashi sat with u...

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Color

2021.04.30

Among us
The boundaries between individuals and society are around us

Kai Tanaka

-Ao-

#Ao, #Color

Ao is a bar located in K5 Hotel. Drenched in a deep crimson color, the bar is surrounded by books, giving it the feel of a library. Ao in Japanese means 'blue' and is a reference to the author, Eiichi Shibusawa's, pen...

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Color

2021.04.20

The bitterness of beer and the sourness of ants
Cooking beyond observation and imagination

Atsuki Kuroda

Owner-chef, caveman

#caveman, #Color

Atsuki Kuroda began cooking at the age of 18 in Osaka, eventually leaving Japan to gain experience abroad. Thanks to his strong personality and keen observation skills, Kuroda was able to easily adjust when he began w...

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Color

2021.04.10

Let the coffee lead you.
A life in motion.

Yuya Kawara

Switch Coffee Barista

#Color, #K5, #SwitchCoffee

Yuya Kawara, began his career in coffee whilst living in Australia. Currently he works as a barista for Switch Coffee in K5 Hotel, but started his gastronomy career as a chef. Yuya feels blessed being able to always l...

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Color

2021.04.01

Finding inspiration from fashion, architecture and the atmosphere of the workplace.

Soichiro Yamashita

Director, K5 Hotel

#Color, #K5

Fashion and architecture. These are the two things Kabuto-cho’s K5 director, Soichi Yamashita, always keeps close to heart. In this interview he tells us about his beginnings as a student and what he imagines is the f...

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Color

2021.04.01

What I can do now; the mission of a start-up contractor.

Tomoko Nakagawa

General Manager, K5 Hotel

#Color, #HotelK5, #K5

K5 Hotel, a renovated 1923 annex of Japan's first bank, has become the starting point for the redevelopment of the Kabutocho district. Having spent most of her life as a contractor for exciting start-ups, what does K5...

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Color

2021.04.01

Stories of living within objects
Empathy that transcends language.

Wataru Kato

Representative Director, SR

#Color, #SR

A person's story lives in an object. So, how did a young man who used to chase a ball in Hokkaido end up in Kabutocho? What drove him to travel over 40,000 kilometres? (roughly the circumference of the Earth) Was it c...

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Color

2021.04.01

I want to create a place to hangout; where people can connect with each other.

Yoshitane Nishioka

B Content Programming Director

#B, #Color, #K5

Yoshitane Nishioka is the content programming director of ‘B’, Brooklyn Brewery’s first ever flagship store located in the basement of K5 Hotel. He laughs when he thinks of his time as a student; where he did nothing ...

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Color

2021.04.01

A world of creative beers that resonated with the soul of a designer.

Yuko Sawamoto

Communications and Branding Manager, Omnipollos Tokyo

#Color, #OmnipollosTokyo

From its inception, Yuko Sawamoto has taken up the role of communications and branding manager at Omnipollo Tokyo - the first store of its kind in Asia. She studied graphic design in the United States and has spent mo...

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Curiosity

2021.04.01

In Search of the Urban Context

Akihiro Matsui

Kontext Editor in Chief

#Curiosity

During the process of creating K5 with my friends, we would visit Nihonbashi Kabuto-cho often. Over time, I fell in love with this city.

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