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 […]

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 Jacoyaki at Kamakura

In the Shonan and Kamakura area of Kanagawa, there is one street food that I absolutely love and it’s called jacoyaki (or jakoyaki) While takoyaki (a popular Japanese snack made of wheat flour-batter and cooked in a molded pan and inside is octopus, tempura, pickled ginger and green onion and sometimes topped with mayonnaise) is well-known, jacoyaki may not be as well-known. Pretty much it is very similar to takoyaki […]

The One about NEWYORK PERFECT CHEESE at Tokyo Station

For those who have gone to Tokyo Station and passed by NEWYORK PERFECT CHEESE, there is something that is consistent since the confectionery shop opened back in March 2017 and that there is always a line and it’s always packed. The sweets were chosen by three well-known names: White House pastry chef Bill Yosses, Japan’s first cheese Chevalier Murase Miyuki and the renown French cheese MOF Cheese Craftsman, Rodolphe Le […]

The One about Hakone-Yumoto Station in Hakone, Kanagawa

For those planning to go to Hakone, will no doubt end up arriving or departing Hakone-Yumoto Station via the Hakone Tozan Line. Located in the western Kanagawa Prefecture of Japan in the Ashigarashimo District, a mountainous district that is sparsely populated, but a location with a lot of history. Hakone-Yumoto Station (OH-51) opened back on October 1, 1888 and was a horse-drawn terminal of Yumoto Station.  by June 1, 1919, […]

The One about the Blue Bottle Coffee Aoyama location in Minato

In the early 2000’s, W. James Freeman founded Blue Bottle Coffee in Oakland, California.  The name was inspired by one of Europe’s first cafe, The Blue Bottle Coffee House. Freeman’s original intention for Blue Bottle Coffee was to roast coffee in small batches and sell it within 24 hours of roasting and deliver it to homes. The company would eventually become a cafe and opened locations in the San Francisco […]