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Dexter Wimberly, photo by Herman L. Jean-Noël.
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Dexter Wimberly

Founder and Director, Hayama Artist Residency; CEO, Art World Conference

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In order to give you the best of Tokyo, Whitewall spoke with Dexter Wimberly, Founder and Director of the Hayama Artist Residency, who shared his side of the city.


BEST-KEPT SECRET IN TOKYO
Like most visitors, when I’m in Japan I eat a lot of sushi and sashimi, although my favorite Japanese dish is unagi (freshwater eel). I’ve eaten a ton of unagi both in Japan and the U.S. My best-kept secret for it is Unagi Kappo Marubun, a small restaurant in Bakurocho, an art district in Tokyo.

BEST OFF-THE-BEATEN-PATH PLACE TO SEE ART
I’m a huge fan of well-known art venues such as Mori Art Museum and Scai The Bathhouse, but I’m equally enthusiastic about small independent galleries like KOKI ARTS, who I have partnered with for the inaugural Hayama Artist Residency exhibition, shown on virtual gallery platform Oarbt.

FAVORITE SPOT IN THE CITY TO FIND INSPIRATION 
My idea of a perfect day in Tokyo includes catching up with an old friend while taking in the eclectic scene in Yoyogi Park near Harajuku Station, followed by a late lunch at any one of Tokyo's thousands of great ramen shops. I’d end the day with cocktails at the Park Hyatt Hotel Tokyo’s New York Bar, made forever famous by Sofia Coppola’s 2003 film, Lost in Translation.  I actually stayed there for several nights in the late ‘90s. It’s stunning, classy, and cliche. Perfect.

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