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Japan: Fushimi Inari Shrine

  My favorite place in Kyoto is the Fushimi Inari Shrine — the most popular shrine dedicated to Inari (Shinto god of rice).  Stone fox status can be found everywhere as they are Inari’s messengers. But what stands out the most are the thousands of orange/black torii gates.  These gates Read more…

By Ethan, ago
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Japan: Yoroniku

One of the most amazing meal I had in Japan was with our Tokyo experts Peter and Diana at Yoroniku, a yakinuku restaurant (grilled meats).  Wow!  I can confidently say that meal has surpassed everything I’ve ever experienced…and mind you, not the individual meats (which were very high grade), but the Read more…

By Ethan, ago
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Japan: Izakaya

Continuing our journey through Japan, Kenta’s dad generously treated us to one of his favorite meals at a local Izakaya.  Izakaya literally translates to “i” (to stay) and “sakaya” (sake shop), which is a place to grab a light meal and drinks.  Here are some of the highlights: Motsunabe (もつ鍋) – Read more…

By Ethan, ago
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Japan: Okonomiyaki

Okonomiyaki is a Japanese savoury pancake. The name is derived from the word okonomi meaning “what you like” or “what you want”, and yaki meaning “grilled” or “cooked”.  It is extremely popular in Osaka. I had the pleasure of trying Kuro-Chan’s okonomiyaki during my first trip.  His shop is a hole in Read more…

By Ethan, ago
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Japan: Monjayaki

Most tourists in Japan will likely try the popular Okonomiyaki (Japanese pancake) and Takoyaki (octopus balls), but will not have even heard of Monjayaki.  Thanks to our Tokyo expert Kenta and his mother Mami, we got to experience this unique Tokyo dish.  So what is it? Monja (short for Monjayaki) Read more…

By Ethan, ago
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Japan: Cup Noodle Museum

If you love instant noodles, there’s the original Instant Ramen Museum in Osaka. Good news, they’ve opened a new one closer to Tokyo in Yokohama. It’s the Cup Noodle Museum! Address: 2-3-4 Shinko, Naka-ku, Yokohama 231-0001 Japan Admission: Adults: 500 yen Website: www.cupnoodles-museum.jp/ A very spacious Apple-esque entrance: Here’s a chart of Read more…

By Ethan, ago