The name for this blog was inspired by a little café and used record store in Shimokitazawa, an outer neighborhood of Tokyo, that I visited in August 2010. The menu for City Country City now hangs on the wall of my kitchen.
Initially I was simply drawn to the name, but after spending part of an afternoon sitting at an old wooden table eating basic but delicious food and writing postcards to my friends back home, I appreciated how the aesthetic related back to the name. Like a lot of rustic Japanese design, the cafe is simple and minimal, but set amidst the hustle and bustle of Tokyo. Those couple hours I spent in the café gave me energy to go back out into the city, with all the people, neon lights, and heavy traffic.
Throughout my life I’ve lived in dramatically different settings: from the rural, isolated Coast Range mountains of Western Oregon to New York City — I’ve grown to appreciate both environments. The goal of this blog is to explore this dichotomy and what I love about each place.
My name is Anne Parker. Please be in touch.