"I can hear when the grill needs new charcoal, or when a chicken skewer is fizzling and ready to be served."
We introduce special, soulful destinations in Japan and help you visit them.
People Make Places is a beautiful, collectable, hardcover book to inspire you at home and a sleekly handy iPhone and iPad app to carry while exploring Tokyo.
And we have a person-to-person Concierge service to support your adventures in Japan. Our members can contact us for advice, reservations, recommendations and other travel arrangements, or to design their perfect holiday.
We’re thrilled to show you the beautiful hardcover People Make Places book. We designed it – along with our handy iOS app and Concierge service – to help you discover both the places that make Tokyo such a unique city, and the people that make those places so special.
And it’s designed as a book to treasure. Written by journalists who have an intimate knowledge of the city, the images have been commissioned and taken to no other brief than to bring our subjects to life – all 48 of them. The book is printed in Japan on the finest paper we could find, by a storied company that cherishes books as much as we do.
Each one ordered online is hand-wrapped in washi paper at our studio in Tokyo, before being sent by express airmail. Most are delivered within about a week, depending on the destination. The price is 6,500 yen and includes postage to anywhere in the world.Learn More & Buy
It’s great that you’re interested in People Make Places – thank you! The book is slightly smaller than A4 size (height 30cm; width 21.4cm; depth 2.4cm) and weighs about 1.1kg.
The cover is textured black paper with the logo and name discreetly embossed on the front and the spine. There are about 200 pages of the finest paper that was available to us. You'll be able to feel the quality when you turn each page.
We will receive your order instantly and wrap it ready to be sent. The orders are collected twice a week from our office in central Tokyo by Japan Post and dispatched using its fastest service, known as EMS. Postage is free.
If you have any questions, please contact us anytime. And if you want to send a book as a gift, please get in touch before you place your order. There’s a contact form here.
We have limited availability until March 2017.
New orders will be dispatched as soon as possible.
People Make Places is also a sleekly handy mobile app, currently available on iOS devices. Like a digital magazine, it’s updated regularly and is a gorgeous, informative, intuitive way to browse Tokyo, whether you’re planning a trip to the city or deciding what to do over the weekend.
The app has all the content of the book, plus added functions like maps linked to Google or Apple, and tips from local residents on when and how to visit. Each location also has a taxi card with the address and directions for cab drivers in Japanese.
Priced at 1,800 yen, the app is updated regularly as we discover new people to know about and places to share. And as you browse through the entries, you can easily bookmark the ones you want to visit. You can download it now from iTunes.View in Itunes
Due to launch in Summer 2017, the People Make Places Concierge will be a membership-based community for savvy travellers, newly arrived expats and long-term residents.
Every member will gain access to our rich local knowledge, smart travel tips, and reliable customer support. And we will arrange intimate events hosted by the wonderful individuals featured in People Make Places.
For luxury travellers, we will build amazing private journeys with unparalleled attention to detail and seamless execution.
Click below to register your interest.Learn more about concierge