Tuesday, November 12, 2019

How to Enjoy a Weekend in Japan. Tokamachi, Niigata.

When I first think of Niigata, I imagine trekking snow-covered mountains, skiing  slopes sipping sake. However, Niigata is so much more than just a winter destination. The small city of Tokamachi, internationally famous for...

Yamagata Adventure (1) – Soba-Making class on the high plateau

Yamagata prefecture, one of the six prefectures in the Tohoku region (the northern part of Japan), offers many exciting experiences you don't want to miss! This series of articles features all the fun and magical...

Soba-kiri: Edo’s First Culinary Hit

Of the top four culinary superstars which emerged during Japan’s Edo period, soba was the first to grace the table. Soba is actually the Japanese word for buckwheat, the main ingredient of the popular...

Restaurant Review: Soba Restaurant Sanbuichi

The common soba (buckwheat noodles) is made from buckwheat flour mixed with wheat flour that acts as a "tsunagi" or binding agent that keeps the dough together. Only soba restaurants with the most skilled...
Rokuya Great Buddha

Nishitama, Okutama : A Trip Into Tokyo’s Untapped Forests

Forests in Tokyo? Impossible – you might think, but it’s very possible. Two hours west of Shinjuku, lies the Nishitama area, part of greater Tokyo. Now, to many Tokyo residents, Nishitama is nothing special...

How to celebrate New Year’s Eve in Japan

The Japanese way of celebrating New Year's is very different from Western countries. New Year's is possibly the most important day of the year and is usually celebrated with family or good friends. We'll...

Restaurant Review: Kuzuryu Soba

Today, soba noodles might stand in the shadow of the almighty ramen, but in eastern Japan, soba have been the major type of noodle for centuries. Compared to udon which is more popular in western...

Matsumoto Must Try Delicacies

Matsumoto City is probably most well-known overseas for its historic castle, the Matsumoto Castle, which is over 400 years old and a National Treasure of Japan. Nagano's second largest city also has lots else...

Explore the unspoiled nature and unique culture of Yanaizu town

Far-removed from the Tokyo lifestyle, the Yanaizu area in Fukushima prefecture is a little-known place filled with unforgettable sights and untapped Japanese cultural history. Even the trip there is something straight out of a...

À la Kagurazaka

Tokyo's classy hill Tokyo boasts an almost uncountable amount of shopping and dining districts. Kagurazaka is not only one of the most authentic and chic, but also definitely the most French district.  Two French schools are located in...