About Tom Baker

Tom Baker

I’ve been eating, drinking, reading, swimming and exploring in the Tokyo area for well over a decade, not to mention writing about it.

That writing so far has appeared in the following books:

The Sushi Lover’s Cookbook: Easy-to-Prepare Recipes for Every Occasion"", which I cowrote with Yumi Umemura, an accomplished Japanese cooking expert and author. Umemura-san runs her own cooking school in western Tokyo, which you can learn about here.

Tokyo Chic, a luxury travel guide to Tokyo that also includes coverage of Hakone and Kyoto. I had my first kaiseki meal while working on this book, at a ryokan inn called Gora Kadan. The food was superb, but what I remember most blissfully is taking sips of “umemitsu,” the inn’s homemade, tangy-sweet,  plum-wine style honey drink.

Time Out Guide to Tokyo, 5th EditionTime Out Tokyo, part of the globally popular city guide series. I lived in Tokyo’s Ikebukuro neighborhood when I first contributed to this, and I made sure to include my favorite public swimming pool there — on the 11th floor of a building with gigantic windows.

Time Out Shortlist TokyoTime Out Shortlist Tokyo, a pocket-sized collection of highlights from the main Time Out guide, with some new material added as well — inlcuding my rundown of popular hanami cherry-blossom viewing spots.

Want to know more? Follow me on Twitter. Or e-mail me at sydneyswimmer2002@hotmail.com

8 Responses to “About Tom Baker”

  1. Tom Baker stares into space | JETwit.com Says:

    […] Tom Baker (Chiba-ken, 1989-91) is a, coauthor of The Sushi Lover’s Cookbook and Tokyo Chic and contributor to Time Out Tokyo and Time Out Shortlist Tokyo. He blogs as “Tokyo Tom Baker.” […]

  2. coylou Says:

    I’m new to Tokyo and love your site, thanks!

  3. Adrián Maté Says:

    Hi Tom,

    Thinking of moving to Tokyo for work.

    Read your article on Swimming pools. I wonder if there are too gyms that for that price (gosh 500 Yen 2 hours sound sooo expensive) you could have access to POOL (25m/50m) not TOO crowded so you can swim fast + GYM facilities, sauna etc etc.

    Have been to Japan and saw one big pool in front of Shinjuku Prince Hotel and I was tehre in late October 2012

    I like the concept on the Tokyo Tower outdoor pool but it only works over the summer ??? You CANNOT swim outdoors (heated pool) in winter??

    Cheers!
    Adrian

  4. Around Japan in 47 Curries: Horse Meat | JETwit.com Says:

    […] Tom Baker (Chiba, 1989-91) is writing a 47-part series of posts on his Tokyo Tom Baker blog, in which he samples and comments on a curry from a different prefecture almost every week. Here’s an excerpt from his 11th installment, about Kumamoto Prefecture. […]

  5. Around Japan in 47 Curries: Nagano Souvenirs | JETwit.com Says:

    […] Tom Baker (Chiba, 1989-91) is writing a 47-part series of posts on his Tokyo Tom Baker blog, in which he samples and comments on a curry from a different prefecture almost every week. Here’s an excerpt from his 15th installment, in which he visits Nagano Prefecture and brings back some curry souvenirs: […]

  6. May chuah Says:

    Tom, love all the details on swimming pools in Tokyo. Just landed here and it was hard finding pool locations!have a small kid that craze over pools. Glad to have come across your blog!! Great work and thanks!

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