Monday, November 18, 2019

Another 3hr trip – Kagurazaka/Kudanshita

Although Kagurazaka is close to Tokyo’s entertainment district, Shinjuku, it has a character all of its own. As a prominent hanamachi (geisha district) that thrived from the Edo Period (1603-1868) to the Showa Period (1926-...

Another 3hr trip – Suidobashi/Nezu/Sendagi

A seamless blend of culture and history, this part of Bunkyo-ku in Tokyo is home to several famous landmarks such as the Akamon Gate and Nezu-Jinja Shrine. Whatever you enjoy, there’s truly something for everyone...

Another 3hr trip -Ningyocho & Nihonbashi

With around 100 shops selling goods and services in the Ningyocho and Nihonbashi area, their origins spanning over 100 years, whiffs of the Edo era can still be experienced when walking along the streets. Aside...

Art Museums in Roppongi Area

The National Art Center, Tokyo◆国立新美術館 Hours: 10am -6pm (L.ADM. 5:30pm), Fri & Sta 10am-8pm (L.ADM. 7:30pm)closed on Tue, the year-end through the New Year's holidays  Admission: Admission is determined for each exhibition Address: 7-22-2, Roppongi, Minato-ku Access: 5min...
tea ceremony experience

Tea Ceremony Experience: Gahou-kai & Tsuruya Yoshinobu, Nihonbashi

The way of tea or "chado" tea ceremony is an elegant Japanese tradition that shows the utmost respect to the guest and dates back to the 9th century. A tea ceremony involves not only...
Ana Intercontinental Hotel chocolate

Hedonistic Experience – ANA InterContinental Tokyo’s Red Ruby Chocolate Afternoon Tea

written by Sarah Nishina It's been said that nine out of ten people like chocolate and they say the tenth person is lying. Which one are you? The ANA InterContinental Tokyo, a hotel in Akasaka, is proud...

Taishakuten Specialty: Kusa Dango

When Tokyoites think of Shibamata, mugwort dango is among the first things that pop to mind. In the past, local farmers could only afford to make dumplings out of poor quality rice. To improve...

A day in Sumida Ward: Following in the footsteps of Hokusai

For the typical foreign tourist to Tokyo, a stop at Asakusa’s temples and souvenir shops is a must. Visitors tend to stop by the edge of the Sumida river and take pictures with the...

Valentine’s Day in Japan: what to expect?

As with every other imported holiday, Japan puts its own twist on Valentine's Day as well. If you are used to a variety of romantic gifts such as chocolates, candles, jewelry, special dinners, flowers...

Tokyo’s strawberry dessert heaven

Entering the ANA Intercontinental Hotel Lobby for the Strawberry Sensation Festival was beyond my expectations. The lobby was filled with the aroma of strawberries, probably because 150,000 strawberries were used to make all the...