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Jan 8, 2020travel
Dining in Kyoto: A Short Guide to the Best of Kyō-ryōri – Part 2

This is the second part of our introduction to the main elements of Kyō-ryōri; the traditional cuisine of Kyoto, and the best Kyō-ryōri restaurants. In Part 1, we looked at some key ingredients such as tofu, fu, and fish. In Part 2 we will look briefly at matcha sweets, before examining some of the main styles of Kyoto cuisine from homely obanzai side dishes to high-grade kaiseki multi-course meals.

Dec 25, 2019travel
Jigokudani: Monkeys on Ice

Tourism is a funny thing, and recommending it, doubly so: A place’s name can sometimes be all the advertisement it really needs.

Dec 11, 2019travel
The Beauty of the Tokamachi Snow Festival

This may come as a surprise to you (it will not, I’ve mentioned it too many times), but it snows a lot where I live.

Nov 27, 2019travel
Why visit Hokkaido?

Delicious food

With its numerous regions Japans naturally offers a variety of cuisine even though some dishes such as ramen are found everywhere but served with different ingredients.

Nov 13, 2019travel
Yamaguchi: The Root of Modern Japan

Found at the southwestern tip of Honshu, Yamaguchi is a largely non-urban prefecture with a relatively small population, that nevertheless has left an enormous mark on the history and politics of Japan.

Oct 30, 2019travel
Okayama: Gateway to Chugoku and Shikoku

Okayama is often overshadowed by its much more famous neighbor, Hiroshima, but it has plenty to offer in its own right. In addition to hosting the second largest city in the Chugoku region, Okayama City, it also serves as a primary transport hub connecting the Sanyo Shinkansen line with rail lines going to Shikoku.

Oct 2, 2019travel
Dining in Kyoto: A Short Guide to the Best of Kyō-ryōri – Part 1

Imagine Kyoto and you are likely to think first of its many shrines, temples, and tranquil gardens. However, Kyoto is almost as famous for its food as for its historical sites.

Sep 18, 2019travel
Autumn Leaves and You

If I wrote this ten years ago, most people outside Japan would have (at least in my experience) been under the impression that spring is the only time to go and look at trees, and even then, just the cherry trees.

Sep 4, 2019travel
Nara: City of Temples - Part 2

Suppose I've convinced you in the last bit, and you're now in Nara. Wonderful, I'm glad you could make it. Why don't we go through some of the attractions together? Only some, because it's a massive list, but this should give you an idea.