Street food hunt at Togoshi Ginza Shotengai

Togoshi Ginza may be the longest shotengai (shopping street) in Tokyo at 1.3km, but what sets Togoshi Ginza apart from other shotengai in Tokyo is not just its length, but its appearance as well. There is a visible lack of utility poles here, making the street look uncluttered and more spacious. The street is closed […]

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Rokkakubashi Shotengai – Old school charm

Rokkakubashi Shotengai (六角橋商店街) is an old-fashioned shopping street based in Yokohama. While many other shotengais (shopping streets) in Tokyo have evolved with the times, Rokkakubashi stays true to its roots, evoking an old world ambiance in this area. You will not find many big chain shops here, but there are plenty of intriguing little shops for you […]

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Chasing Sakura

The cherry blossom/sakura season is almost over, with the highly popular somei yoshino cherry trees all filled with green leaves, though some later flowering variety are still in bloom. I didn’t know there are so many types of sakura, indeed, I had always thought of sakura as a single variety of flower. While there are […]

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Kanazawa Eats

The food in Kanazawa deserve to be dedicated a separate post because they are just that good. Kanazawa is known for its seafood, so basically it is paradise for seafood lovers like me. First up, sushi course in Sushi Reki Reki (鮨 歴々) at Kanazawa Station. Their omakase (the chef chooses what to serve) set […]

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Exploring Kanazawa

Kanazawa is often considered to be a local getaway that can be rivalled to Kyoto’s beauty. And when I first saw Kanazawa, I was pleased to find that not only did it rival to Kyoto’s beauty, but also because not as many tourists flock to this ancient city, its beauty was left unmarred by the […]

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Tasting Sake at Nadagiku Sake Brewery, Himeji

When you think of sake brewers an image of a middle-aged Japanese man would probably cross your head, but have you ever heard of a female sake brewer? The toji (head brewer) of Nadagiku Sake Brewery (灘菊酒造) in Himeji, Misa Kawaishi, is one of the few female sake brewers in the country. They have also merged […]

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Discovering Yokohama – Suburban Chill

Yokohama is less than half an hour away from Tokyo by train, but the city differs greatly from the chaotically fast-paced and almost cold city of Tokyo. The city has an suburban vibe, with less crowds and almost no sense of rush that one gets in cosmopolitan cities. The chilled vibe of the city is […]

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