Swe Myanmar: Sharing the flavors of home in Tokyo’s ‘Little Yangon’

Past the numerous izakaya bars and chain restaurants flanking Takadanobaba’s Sakae-dori street, there’s a simple brown building with a signboard reading “Swe Myanmar.” Although Swe Myanmar is one of many Myanmar restaurants in Takadanobaba, known to many as Tokyo’s “Little Yangon,” one aspect makes it unique: The owner, Than Swe, 56, is a foreign national […]

Tokyo’s ‘Little Yangon’: Once a safe haven, now a home

The area around Tokyo’s Takadanobaba Station on the west side of the city’s central Yamanote loop line may be best known for its vibrant student life and cheap eateries, but nestled in its corners is a small yet thriving Myanmar community. Located across the Kanda River and five minutes’ walk from the station is Ruby, […]