The Friday Five: Dreaming of Tokyo & L.A.

by Fiorella Valdesolo (Brooklyn)

We’ve seriously got vacay on the brain lately. And we’re pretty sure it has something to do with our Great Denim Getaway. You know, the one where you could win a trip to Tokyo and L.A., a $3,000 Madewell shopping spree and one-on-one styling courtesy of a Lucky editor. Huge, right? Of course, it wouldn’t be fair for any of us at Madewell HQ to enter, but here are the top five reasons we wish we could. (You, however, have no excuse—go enter for a chance to win now!)

1. FOUND MUJI (5-5-6 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo)

You may already be familiar with Muji, the minimalist Japanese boutique dedicated to no-frills everyday objects, but their “Found” concept shop in Aoyama, Tokyo, is brand new and totally obsession worthy. Full of amazing found objects sourced from various cultures around the world, it’s a literal (and constantly evolving) treasure trove.

2. SASANOYUKI (2-15-10 Negishi, Taito-ku, Tokyo)

Forget every preconceived notion you have about tofu, because nothing they dole out at Sasanoyuki remotely resembles what you find in most supermarkets stateside. This is tofu heaven—and it has been for centuries. Yup, that’s right: Sasanoyuki opened in 1691. Super traditional and serene, it’s the ideal environment for their famous nine-course, soy-centric meal.

3. KTCHN 105 (1250 Long Beach Ave., L.A.)

It’s hard for anything in L.A. to feel secret for very long, but this little culinary gem still manages to maintain an undiscovered vibe. Located in the rear of an apartment complex in downtown L.A., KTCHN 105 is a forward-thinking studio kitchen primarily devoted to cooking classes. But for those who prefer to just eat, reserve a limited spot for their weekend brunches—they are, in a word, transcendent.

4. LACMA (5906 Wilshire Blvd., L.A.)

No matter where our travels take us, no trip is complete without some art trolling. And through the month of May, LACMA (Los Angeles County Museum of Art) has a very enticing reason to pay a visit. Their premier exhibition, In Wonderland: The Surrealist Adventures of Women Artists in Mexico and the United States, gathers the photos, paintings and sculpture of countless talented female surrealists (like Lee Miller, Dorothea Tanning and Louise Bourgeois) whose work has often been overshadowed by their male


There are no words. Well, maybe two: “Oh, snap!”