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Tokyo Revealed at the Smithsonian: Behind the Scenes

Our Tokyo PBS episode premieres at the Smithsonian in Washington, DC!

How exciting to premiere our upcoming “Travels with Darley Tokyo” season four episode for the first time at the Smithsonian with Smithsonian Associates during an evening of sake tasting, insider’s videos from our filming and photos of food that would make you hungry even after a big Thanksgiving dinner. Inside the S. Dillon Ripley Center, set between the Freer Gallery of Art and Smithsonian Castle, attendees were treated to the hidden travel gems and exquisite cuisine from our Tokyo adventures filming for our PBS series.

Heading to the Tokyo Revealed at the Smithsonian!

Heading to the Tokyo Revealed at the Smithsonian!

From where to find great standing sushi to the intricacies of visiting Tsukiji Market to one of the newest trends in Japanese foods, I revealed some of those insights that you can only learn when you enlist locals to guide you through a new location. Tokyo is a huge city with a lot to cover. We didn’t cover it all, but did manage to fit a lot into our half hour with surprising fake food and real food finds, along with hiking, hot springs and hipster neighborhoods.

The event was held in the Lecture Hall at the S Dillon Ripley Center.

The event was held in the Lecture Hall at the S Dillon Ripley Center.

Travel influencers and travel enthusiasts turned out for the presentation, which ended with guests enjoying premium Sawanoi Junmai Daikarakuchi sake from Ozawa Brewery, located on the banks of the Tama River in Western Tokyo. Popular for Sake fans for its deep flavor, this sake is very dry and bold, finishing with a mild after-taste from the rice sweetness.

Sake tasting in Tokyo with Mikio Ozawa at Ozawa Brewery.

Sake tasting in Tokyo with Mikio Ozawa at Ozawa Brewery.

What makes this sake truly special is that the brewery has been family owned and operated for over 300 years. Our upcoming PBS episode features a special Ozawa Brewery tour with Mikio Ozawa, the 23rd generation of the Ozawa family, in a segment about sake tasting. Viewers don’t just have to watch it on TV. This brewery is also open to the public for brewery tours.

Tokyo food was a major subject of the night. And this was just food on the Japan Airlines flight over!

Tokyo food was a major subject of the night. And this was just food on the Japan Airlines flight over!

Tokyo has more Michelin star restaurants than any other place on the planet and attention to detail and presentation is a big part of each meal.

Tokyo has more Michelin star restaurants than any other place on the planet and attention to detail and presentation is a big part of each meal.

Breakfast of champions at a ryokan style hotel, the Grand Prince Hotel Takanawa.

Breakfast of champions at a ryokan style hotel, the Grand Prince Hotel Takanawa.

Check out this preview of the Tokyo episode debuting on PBS stations this fall and check your local PBS station for dates and times. We’re posting listings here.

Stay tuned for video shorts from Tokyo on AOL and MSN and new episodes coming to Create TV later this fall. From France to West Virginia, see what else is in our new season on PBS.

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