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

4 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. 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. […]

  4. 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: […]

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