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Tottori, Where the Yokai Meets the Traditional!

If you are planning a trip to Tottori prefecture and looking for a ryokan (traditional Japanese style accommodation) experience, I have an excellent recommendation for you. Located in Yonago city, Shogetsu faces directly towards the sea of Japan and has a direct entrance leading from the hotel onto the beach. I stayed here with my…

The Food Lovers’ Guide to Yakitori

My favourite food dishes seem to change as regularly as my fashion, but there is always one which never goes out of season – yakitori. Maybe it’s the seemingly simpleness of the dish. Or perhaps it’s the casual and laid-back dining atmosphere in which they are usually served. Whatever it is, these delightful sticks of…

Anyone for bespoke rice ?

Common vending machines I don’t think there is anybody who would disagree that no country does vending machines quite like Japan. From mobile phones to soft toys and, of course, plain old food and beverage, it seems that no product has escaped temporary imprisonment into these machines of convenience. Tokyo Shinjuku sanchome jidohanbaiki – shopping…

Daruma doll: Make your own good luck charm!

Throughout any journey across Japan, many visitors will likely come across the Daruma doll. Typically small and red, they are oval shaped dolls sporting a wide-eyed look of surprise. There are many variations of Daruma and one will also find that different regions have applied their own unique look and feel to the doll. Of…

Real Monster Town that Won’t Scare the Children

My 2.5-year-old daughter first introduced me to Yokai – mythical creatures in Japanese folklore. Some are mischievous while others are known to bring good fortune. There are many different kinds of Yokai and although I hadn’t been familiar with the word itself, I was actually more acquainted with Yokai than I realised. Kappa tabetainjya.com/ More…

Yakitori and Binchotan – ebony and ivory ?

Cuisine is a big attraction for any visitor journeying to Japan. There isn’t much that I don’t eat but there aren’t many foods that I can eat all the time. The one exception is Yakitori. Various chicken cuts skewered on bamboo sticks that are grilled to perfection. Paired with a chilled “nama” (draft) beer and…