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Asia » Japan » Tokyo » Shinjuku January 3rd 2022

Most North Americans would shudder at the thought of themselves or others loudly slurping while eating, but in Japan, it’s not only expected, but encouraged. It’s believed that the practice originated as an url= experience — slurping soba noodles simply augmented the aromatic flavors when air was taken in through the mouth at the same time. From there, as other dishes such as ramen proliferated, the practice did too. The custom, which is relegated to noodles only, does spark some url=http... read more
A must see for moviephiles
Love the udon!
Try the pho! Ever!

Asia » Japan » Tokyo December 26th 2021

Japan’s Mt. Fuji is an active volcano about 100 kilometers southwest of Tokyo. Commonly called “Fuji-san,” it’s the country’s tallest peak, at 3,776 meters. A pilgrimage site for centuries, it’s considered one of Japan’s 3 sacred mountains, and summit hikes remain a popular activity. Its iconic profile is the subject of numerous works of art, notably Edo Period prints by Hokusai and Hiroshige. Lake Kawaguchiko is one of the best places to see the iconic Mount Fuji. Japan’s highest mountain (at 3776 metres) is a perfectly shaped volcano and looks especially stunning when snow-capped in winter. Yusuke our heygo guide made three visits at different times of the day and each time we were lucky to have magnificent clear views of this iconic mountain. read more

Asia » Japan » Tokyo » Ginza July 30th 2021

With so much emphasis on the pandemic and its effect on the Olympics, very little is said about the country itself in the Olympic Games. Japan first participated in the Games in 1912. It was held in Stockholm, and Japan sent only two athletes. One was a sprinter (Yahiko Michima), the other a marathoner (Shizo Kanakuri), but neither won medals. Mishima made the semi finals, but Kanakuri did not finish his marathon. With the popularity and proven skills of Naomi Osaka, it is no surprise that Japan's first Olympic medal was in tennis at the 1920 Games in Antwerp, Belgium. Seiichiro Kashio and Ichiya Kumagae won silver in the doubles, with Kumagae winning another silver in singles. Osaka is the top-rated player in the world, and not coincidentally, the highest paid athlete in the world. Overall, ... read more
Osaka torch moment
Gold medalist Suni Lee

Asia » Japan » Tokyo May 28th 2021

This blog is a record of my memories of travel for myself, family and my friends. It is mainly in pictorial form but I will add some stories and text as time goes on. 2015 - September My family from Australia, Roz and Jim, visited in Tokyo before leaving Yokohama on the Diamond Princess Cruise ship. I went to Yokohama with them and waved goodbye as the ship left the wharf. It was a very good visit because both of the mothers - my Mum and Roz - had their birthday on the same day - 4 September. We celebrated at Maison Barsac.... read more
A good night out
Maison Barsac
Hello Australia !!

Asia » Japan » Tokyo March 26th 2021

Cherry Blossom - A walk along Meguro River #heygo Meguro River is one of the most popular places to see cherry blossoms in Tokyo. It’s located in Nakameguro area which is near Shibuya, central of Tokyo. The best highlight of Meguro River Cherry Blossoms is over 800 cherry trees lined for about 4 km along the river which displays the spectacular view. During the main season for cherry blossoms, a cherry blossom festival is held near the river and there will be a lot of stalls selling food and drinks. There are also many cafes and restaurants along the river and some of them have terrace seats where you can enjoy delicious food with the cherry blossoms views. Cherry blossoms are a symbolic flower of the spring, a time of renewal, and the fleeting nature ... read more

Asia » Japan » Tokyo March 26th 2021

25th March Cherry Blossom Tokyo #heygo Cherry blossom – or sakura - season in Tokyo is truly a magical experience. Thousands of trees burst into bloom, dousing the streets with stunning shades of pink. The flowers are a national obsession and people flock to parks to hold hanami parties and picnics to view and photograph them. Stores will stock their shelves with sakura-themed or flavored items, such as sakura bento lunch boxes and even serve pink sakura drinks. As if shaking off the winter, a bright and optimistic atmosphere fills the city. Starbucks Japan likes to keep their customers on their toes with a constant stream of seasonal items and Japan's celebrated cherry blossom season is perhaps one of the highlights of the year in that regard. After taking a brief break to release their ... read more

Asia » Japan » Tokyo February 22nd 2021 21st February- Early Spring Plum Blossom It was 11pm Sunday in U.K. & 8am Monday in Tokyo when we visited Koganei Park close to where our virtual guide lived in a Western suburb of Tokyo. The park covers 200 acres & through the seasons and abundance of plum blossom, cherry blossom, hydrangeas, wisteria & rhododendron. Volunteers help with the upkeep of the park. Originally introduced from China, the Japanese plum has played an important role in Japanese culture for many centuries. The plum is associated with the start of spring, because plum blossoms are some of the first blossoms to open during the year. In most areas of Japan they typically flower in February and March. Plum blossom came to symbolize perseverance and hope, as well as beauty & purity. Most plum blossoms have five ... read more

Asia » Japan » Tokyo » Shinjuku February 16th 2021

I enjoy a version of this soup from time to time, primarily for lunch, on a cold day. Feel free to add or subtract ingredients. I regard tofu as the main ingredient. The seasoning with kombu (seaweed) is a key factor in the overall taste. If you need help, please let me know. Vegetarian Japanese hot pot recipe (nabemono) Ingredients 1 piece dashi kombu (roughly 3x3") piece (very important) 4-5 cups water (or vegetable stock) 3 Tbsp (gluten free) soy sauce, more to taste Sake... read more
Tofu soup
Use soft (kinogoshi) tofu

Asia » Japan » Tokyo February 10th 2021 10th February - Hokusai Ukiyo-e and Immersive Experience I admit I knew very little about this artist so it was a very interesting morning, The introduction from our guide. In this digital art exhibition, all forty six views of Mt. Fuji prints are digitally recreated in super fine resolutions (2 Billion pixels). Ukiyo-e are very susceptible to light so original printings are only on display at limited times. But this digital technology gives us more chances to enjoy beautiful Ukiyo-e. In this tour, you can also enjoy an “immersive experience”, where you feel as if you were in the raging ocean waves. (This tour is made possible by the great support by NTT InterCommunication Center, Tokyo, Japan) Hokusai (1760-1849) is one of the greatest Ukiyo-e (woodblock prints) artists in Japan. His “Thirty-s... read more

Asia » Japan » Tokyo January 20th 2021

23 rd December 2020 Tokyo A visit to the Shinjuku district was our tour at 9.30am this morning U.K. time. The area is the home of the famous night district in Japan best known as the best entertainments districts in the city where visitors can play, eat and shop till very late at night. Our guide, Yusuke, took us on a walk through the nostalgic Izakaya alley, full of a variety of restaurants, bars and clubs and the famous Robot Restaurant! I was reminded of my many visits to South Korea during my working career when eating Korean BBQ was a treat. There didn’t seem to be any specific Christmas lights but the many buildings with their neon lights still looked pretty. We passed along a wall covered in murals created by children commemorating the Fukushima ... read more

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