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A series of hip, pocket-sized city guides targeting young, independent travelers was recently released by Victionary. The Hong Kong-based publisher of books that feature original, dynamic works of art has applied its trademark trendy style to Citi X 60 Guides that highlight the recommendations of 60 local creatives. Artists, designers, architects, chefs, musicians, photographers and filmmakers provide personalized reviews of their favorite spots, encouraging tourists to view their city as they see it.
Each guide opens with basic information for the modern traveler, including smartphone apps, current exchange rates and regular expenses, before plunging into enthusiastic recommendations in five categories: art and design, architecture, food, entertainment and shopping. Behind-the-scenes color photos supplement savvy insider tips.
The best of the city includes the nagare-zukuri style shrine to Emperor Meiji, SCAI THE BATHHOUSE, a contemporary art gallery known for showcasing Japans avant-garde artists, Higashiya Ginza, a tea room with Japanese and English menu options, Tokyo Shiba Tofuya-Ukai, a restaurant that offers a view of a 71,000 sqft Japanese garden, and TWO ROOMS, an upscale restaurant that features a cellar containing 1,800 bottles.