The One about the Tomb of Kondo Isami (Commander of the Shinsengumi) in Kita ward

Located across the street from Itabashi Station in Kita ward is a memorial for Isami Kondo, the Japanese swordsman who is known as the commander of the Shinsengumi (a special police force organized by the military government – Bakufu). The Shinensumi was established by the Tokugawa regume but in 1867, when Tokugawa. Yoshinobu withdrew from Kyoto and a new emperor was named as the head of a new government, this […]

The One about Ichiran and their awesome ramen

It was 1960 when a ramen stall known as Futaba Ramen was opened in Fukuoka but when the first generation shopkeepers, a married couple were going to closed down, many of their loyal customers begged for them to continue their business. Many wanted to make sure that the taste of ramen from Futaba Ramen would continue with a new successor and that person would become the president of Ichiran Ramen […]

The One about Ikebukuro Suitengu

When I am heading out to Ichiran Ramen, often I pass by an area of Ikebukuro that I usually don’t visit. There is a shrine in the location known as Ikebukuro Suitengu and for those who enjoy exploring small shrines, this one is a little interesting. Interesting that because where it’s located, chances of finding homeless, people smoking, cats gathering and litter are probably to be expected.  It’s always a […]

Q&A: The One about Answering Your Questions Part II

Hi everyone! I get asked a lot of questions in regards to traveling, so once in awhile, I’ll feature a Q&A on the site! So, let’s begin…   If I need to make a phone call, are there pay phones around Japan that I can use? Yes, pay phones still exist.  While I haven’t used a green pay phone in Japan since 1999, they are around at major train stations.  […]

The One about Pomme no Ki

I’m often asked if there is a restaurant that I always visit when I’m in Japan.  There are a few, but there is one that I keep coming back for their excellent omurice and that’s Pomme no Ki. For those not familiar with omurice, this is yoshoku (western-influenced style of Japanese cuisine) which is an omelet with fried rice inside. And on top of the omurice is typically ketchup, but […]

The One about the Odaiba Takoyaki Museum

One of the popular Japanese snacks that you will often see or hear about is takoyaki. Invented in the city of Osaka during the 1930’s, now this popular Osakan street food can be found all over Japan and abroad. Made of wheat flour-based batter and cooked in different types of molded pans and used with a special pick, takoyaki is filled with minced or diced octopus, pickled ginger, green onion […]

The One about Udagawa Cafe “Suite” in Shibuya

Udagawa Cafe “Suite” is a place for those looking to chill in Shibuya, eat and drink with friends ’til midnight Formerly known as “Udagawa Sweets”, the cafe promotes fancy meals and cakes and because of the vibe and convenience, it’s a location (found at Shibuya’s Centre Gai) that one should expect to pay a bit more than other cafes. The cafe sells pizza, pasta, pesce & carne, risotto, altro, dessert […]