Monthly Archives: January 2017

High-quality delicious food is not rare in Japan. You can find it almost anywhere. Different cities offer varieties of dining experiences ideal for gourmet enthusiasts. These are often frequented by gastronomes and food journalists who enjoy world-class cuisines and food tours. However, if you're looking for the best places...

Have you ever dreamed of experiencing the traditional Japanese way of living complete with the serene countryside ambiance and the absence of technology and the city's bustle? Finding a traditional inn or hotel in Japanese provinces is now made easy given that establishment owners are only one call away....

I personally think that chiffon cakes are a staple baking recipe to have in one's arsenal for baking. However, it’s actually pretty difficult to get these cakes to be fluffy and moist. Chiffon cake is my all-time favorite kind of cake because you can prepare them in any way...

Night trains or sleeper trains are an essential part of Japan's train services. Though these are rapidly becoming rare, they give us a throwback to the past. Most of the time, these trains look more luxurious than the ordinary ones. One of the anticipated luxury trains that will go...

Ever heard of romance gaming? Most of the guys who are hooked on their phones playing video games must have tried it. Romance games are life simulation games where the players play as one of the characters and try to pursue a romantic relationship. The games usually include virtual...

Have you ever wondered why so many women in Japan become stay-at-home wives after getting married? As a woman who grew up in a post-communist country, I was always encouraged to focus on studying for a future career. Thus, when coming to Japan for my master's degree, I was quite...

There is an abundance of cafes in Japan that serve delicious pastries. From pies to cakes to bread, you name it, they have it. MATSUNOSUKE (松之助) is one of those cafes. With three branches across Japan, specifically, one in Tokyo and two in Kyoto, a visit to their cafes...

Japan is definitely a great place to visit. If you are planning to stay in the country for an extended period of time, you have to be decisive in choosing the perfect place to stay at. There are so many accommodations which can be found throughout the capital city...

Iwate Prefecture (岩手県) in the northeastern region of Tohoku (東北) in Japan has the lowest population density in the whole country after Hokkaido (北海道). Its capital is Morioka (盛岡市), a beautiful riverside city with a population of just 299,169 (as of September 2015). Even though it’s a scarcely populated...

Saitama (埼玉) is one of the great places to explore in Japan. It is a landlocked prefecture in the country in which a large number of residents commute each day. Besides being blessed with great sightseeing spots, it is also well developed when it comes to its transportation system....

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