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Restaurant Review: Ise Katsura

Divine Dining At The Spiritual Center Of Japan Ise Grand Shrine's outer shrine (Geku), enshrines Toyouke no Omikami, the goddess of agriculture and industry. She is enshrined here to offer sacred food to Amaterasu, the sun...

Sun, seafood and soy sauce in Choushi City, Chiba

Often bypassed on the way to Tokyo from Narita airport, Choushi City in the Chiba prefecture (which if you didn't already know, is where Narita City/Airport is) has lots to offer. Inubosaki, the tip of...

World Heritage (1): Shirakami Sanchi

Shirakami Sanchi: Beech Forest Sanctuary Transcending Time With its four distinct seasons and deep valuing of tradition, it is no wonder that Japan ranks among the top of the list of countries with numerous natural...

A Taste of Sh旬n: Treasures from Miyagi

This may look like a beating heart ripped out of some deep sea monster's chest, but it is actually a complete sea creature in itself - known as a sea squirt, or hoya (ホヤ)in Japanese. In fact,...

A Taste of Sh旬n: Eat The Eel Day

Just surviving on somen, shaved ice or salad when your appetite is suppressed by the hot and humid Japanese summer is bound to leave one listless - which is why the Japanese believe in...

Ukai: A 3-in-1 Truly “U”-nique Experience

To enjoy Japan’s culture, cuisine and scenery, try a Ukai river cruise. “Ukai” literally means the rearing of cormorants and refers to a traditional fishing method deploying these long-necked aquatic birds to hunt for river...

Nostalgic Pottering in Yanesen Part 1

Shitamachi roaming by bicycle Don't worry if you've never heard of pottering. It is a so called waseieigo (和製英語), which is a Japanese word created out of one or more English terms. Calling it an English word that...

A Taste of Sh旬n: Catch Some Sliding Somen

Where I come from (sunny Singapore), it's summer all year round, and so even if it's hot and humid in the hawker center, we don't think twice about ordering a steaming hot bowl of...

Aomori’s ancient festival of floats

Larger than life lanterns at the Aomori Nebuta Festival Ready to celebrate Japan’s ancient traditions at a matsuri of massive proportions? Grab your geta, and head up to the Aomori Nebuta Festival on Aug. 1-7, one...

A Taste of Sh旬n: Much Ado About Mochi

Recently, a major convenience store chain in Japan came up with a summer version of dango (mochi, or rice cakes, usually on a stick) meant to be eaten cooled. Presumably this is to make...