Omotesandō is an avenue in Tokyo that was designed as the main approach to the Meiji Shrine (the place name literally means “frontal approach”). The name now extends to an entire district, which over the years has become one of the world’s most famous shopping destinations. Its transformation into the “Champs-Élysées of Tokyo” is due to two factors: its role as an urban transport intersection and its vicinity to Yoyogi park, which was used as a camp for American soldiers during the period of occupation and as a meeting place for foreign athletes during the 1964 Olympics, thus bringing an international atmosphere to the city centre.
Omotesandō is also the location of the BREEN Tokyo salon, a perfect example of a mix between east and west, mysticism and secularity, past and present. It is a bit industrial and a bit vintage, with touches of modern design to which Ikebana imparts a Japanese soul. The salon is modern in terms of techniques and services, with great attention given to welcoming and listening, use of organic products and an adjoining area for nail art and eyelash extensions, often coordinated with hair colouring. The toilet is unusual, fitted out like the library of an old house, to offer guests something special in a place to which not much thought is normally given. Its Japanese roots and international atmosphere create a harmonious and perfectly contemporary feel.
All photos courtesy of Hair BREEN Tokyo.