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Hi, I’m Maria. I was born and grew up in Buenos Aires, Argentina but I’m now a long-term resident in Tokyo.

Universo means “universe” in Spanish. I’ve always thought of Tokyo as a small world in itself, hence the name.

Tokyo is a constantly changing city. If you’re visiting for the first time, read the guides back at home and write down all the experts’ tips but at the end of the day go beyond, wander around and get lost in the city. You’ll be safe and you’ll end up discovering the best hidden jewels in town.

Thanks for reading. I’m happy to have you here.

Maria ♡

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  1. If you get to Kyoto, try Cafe Bibliotec. It’s a wonderful cafe and bakery. You’ll like it. (The spaghetti with radish and bacon is great.)

  2. ¡Hola Maria!
    gracias por dar una miradita en mi blog!
    En verdad soy brasileña y vivo en Fukuoka, unos cuantos años!

    Me gustas la fotos de Tokyo en su blog, si tengo oportunidad de ir a Tokyo, seguro tu blog será muy util!

    • De nada! Me gustaron mucho tus ilustraciones. Ojala UT te ayude cuando visites Tokyo. またね!

  3. Anonymous says

    hello again, huge fan of your awesome blog. just curious to know, but whats your approach on finding all these wonderful gem of cafes and restaurants? are you wandering around the streets of tokyo or maybe following some other blogsters on the net?

    keep up the great work! i’m travelling to japan late april and your blog posts have been a huge deciding factor in where we are going to visit 🙂


    • Thank you so much for your kind words, Steph. Happy to know that UT will help you with your visit to Tokyo 🙂

      What’s my approach? I’ve been living here for many years, so I’m used to wandering around with my camera. Most of the times I visit Tokyo’s neighbourhoods to see what’s going on, or my friends tell me about a new place, and I also do some research in local magazines, newsletters, etc.

      Before I started UT in 2013, I checked other blogs about Tokyo, and most of them were featuring the typical touristic spots. I also read something a successful blogger said (Joy Cho of Oh Joy!) that stuck with me “Be genuine. Be you. Don’t worry about what others are doing. Everyone has something to say and offer, so what will you share with the world through your blog”. That’s when I decided to choose other style for UT and pick those spots that are off the beaten track, places that match my lifestyle, my likes and my interests.

      Thanks for reading my blog ♥

      Safe flight and have a wonderful time in Tokyo!


  4. sol c says

    hi! i’m looking for architecture exhibition space in tokyo. is there any specific architecture center? a space that talks, debates, exhibits architecture, architects work? thanks!!! Sol

  5. wonder art says

    I love reading your blog. It’s full of ideas for people living in tokyo or just visiting. Take care and thanks for all the sharing! Merry xmas:)

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