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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

Asia » Japan » Tokyo » Ginza May 5th 2020

This year, Children's Day is May 5. Of all the children-centric holidays, I miss Children's Day the most. Why? I felt it was special, for Japanese American children, in a culture that cherishes tradition, family, and outright spoiling of children. (Written in 2009) Many of you think of May 5 as Cinco de Mayo. But May 5 is a big day in Japan as well, for it is an annual event, now called Children's Day, or originally Kodomo no Hi. It is set aside to respect children's personalities and to celebrate their happiness. It became a national holiday in Japan in 1948. It was always a special day when my son was a little guy. And of course, like most Asian families, the boys are favored with ... read more
Grandma and daughter Sarah

Asia » Japan » Tokyo » Shibuya April 25th 2020

When dining with neophytes at a Japanese noodle bar, the question always comes up. What are the various types of noodles, and which one will I like? The short answer, try them all. Or just order what I order! So, basic flour and water, like most pasta, right? But in Japanese noodle cooking, the broth is the key. Stories abound, as some Japanese artisans trace their secret recipes back a century or more. And noodle apprenticeships can last decades! In Japan, there is a fellow who travels around the entire country, doing nothing but reviewing ramen! As I recall, he averages about two bowls of ramen each day. You can find his story in "Rice, Noodle, Fish", a great read for those of you who love Japanese food. I use the book as a reference quite ... read more
Noodle soup
Shirataki noodles
The mighty ramen

Asia » Japan » Tokyo » Harajuku April 7th 2020

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