The One about Federico Fellini’s “Amarcord”

Federico Fellini, the legendary Italian filmmaker and screenwriter known for cinema masterpieces such as “The White Sheik” (1952),  “I Vitelloni” (1953), “La Strada” (1954), “Nights of Cabiria” (1957),”La Dolce Vita” (1960),  “8 1/2” (1963), etc. Fellini’s films are known for capturing ethereal storylines, fantasy that binges on desire and his films are among those that have tested viewers but also has provided many cineaste with visual delight from the films […]

The One about IWA produced by Mayumi Uchida in Shinjuku

Located in Shinjuku is yakiniku (grilled meat) restaurant called IWA and it is produced by former AKB48 (a popular Japanese female idol group) member, Mayumi Uchida. Mayumi Uchida, during her time at AKB48, was a vibrant performer who was known for being the first member to win the AKB48 rock-paper-scissors tournament (Janken Taika) which gives the winner the opportunity to become the main/center lead performer for a single track. And […]

The One about Peet’s Coffee Cafe Domingo Medium Roast K-Cups

As I have posted about my love for Peet’s Coffee and their Brazil Minas Naturais K-Cup Coffee, the next Peet’s Coffee that I was able to try and very much enjoy is their Cafe Domingo Medium Roast K-Cups. According to Peet’s Coffee, they created this medium roast “to pay tribute to the time-honored pastime of lingering in the café, casually sipping an expertly brewed cup over conversation”. Cafe Domingo is […]

The One about Making My Own DIY Rain Water Barrels

While we have had a great rainy January 2017, the drought in the the western United States is still there and we will need to continue practicing water conservation.  And for plants, the best way is to save water during these drought years is to utilize rain water for the upcoming spring to water your plants. As Colorado has passed a law allowing rain barrels and California has had their […]

The One about BEAMS

Many iconic fashion brands are well-known of being from America or Europe and a few from Asia. And while Japan is known for its electronics, video games, sportswear and footwear, and for some brands, its clothingwear. But one major Japanese clothing brand that is huge in Japan and slowly starting to get people to take notice internationally is BEAMS. BEAMS is a Japanese clothing brand that was first established back […]

The One about Ginza

In Tokyo, there are cities known for shopping.  Shibuya area is known to attract the teen to 20s demographic, omotesando shopping district in Shibuya for those who are in their 20’s through 40’s. But there is one city known for attracting major luxury brand shoppers and the shopping district is Ginza.  Upscale, classy and expensive. From BURBERRY, Louis Vuitton, Hermes, CHANEL, BVLGARI, Harry Winston, Tiffany & Co., to name a […]

The One about Nagisa Oshima’s “Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence”

“Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence” is one of those films that stays with you. You don’t remember it so much as a war film, but a film about the relationship of man and their differences. During my trips to Japan during the Winter, you can hear the theme song to this film still being played on the loudspeaker and for nearly three decades, there are many times where I would be […]

The One about Rengatei in Ginza

Back in 1895, Rengatei in Ginza opened its doors as a Western-style restaurant. The restaurant is known as the first restaurant in Japan to be called a Western-style restaurant, as dishes such as pork cutlet, other fried foods, omurice (omelet rice) and hayashi rice (hashed beef with rice) were made at the restaurant.  And the restaurant still continues to provide Western-style dishes to many patrons that come to dine at […]