By beatrix.thy

Tips to Help You Navigate the Osaka Subway and Use its Train Passes

The largest city in Kansai, Osaka has been likened to Tokyo in terms of the population and infrastructure. Especially in central Osaka, the number of people cramming into public transport system could cause a headache for those not familiar with the train routes. JR Train Passes   japan-railpass.co.uk/ Foreigners on a temporary visa are eligible…

Try the Delicious Dutch Baby Pancakes at Idobata in Kawasaki!

You may have heard of the Flying Dutchman, but have you heard of the Dutch baby? No, it’s not as morbid as you were thinking! It’s a pancake that’s derived from the German pfannkuchen and is also called a German pancake, Bismarck, or Dutch puff. It is reminiscent of a thick crepe that carries a…

Cat Cafes Step Aside and Make Way for Cat Town, Yanaka!

Cat cafes have been a real draw for not only cat-lovers but also people who are willing to pay for kitty snuggles and cuddles for a couple of hours. However, they’re “domesticated” cats who will put on their best puss-in-boots impersonation for some kibble. Where are the real bad boys in town? Will the real…

9 Odd Japanese Breads that Will Make You Drool

It should be noted a priori that Japanese breads are nothing like their western counterparts. The latter is crustier, dryer and has the wheat aroma, while the former is soft, doughy, and sweet. It is white bread that has a standard mold shape, and may be likened to “Wonder Bread” or a “Gardenia Loaf”. This…

Aoyama Farmer’s Market at UNU: Fresh Produce and Unique Goods!

Farmer’s markets are full of vibrancy, freshness, and a myriad of clean, all natural farmer’s produce. When the topic of markets is broached, images of the Borough Market or perhaps Queen Vic may come to mind. They are more commonplace in Western countries; Japan has many farms and cultivation grounds but to get these in…

A Beach Adventure at Miurakaigan and Fresh Maguro at Misaki Port

Just a large stone’s throw away from Tokyo, Miurakaigan 三浦海岸 which literally means “three channel/bay shore” is one of the cleaner and quieter beaches that we have visited. It is slightly further down the peninsula than the Enoshima and Zushi stretch, but is still very accessible by train. It costs about ¥1000 and 1.5 hours…

Fluffy Furry Fun at The Alpaca Farm!

I have not been to many zoos in my life, so I thought I’d seen a lot when I met a pretty okapi (aren’t they amazing freaky creatures of nature!), dilettante lemurs, dopey large-headed capybaras, and tapirs whose poo has an explosive shooting range of 5 meters, all at the Ueno Zoo in Tokyo. But…

Mr Bean’s Soy Soft Serves and Pancakes are to Die For!

There are plenty of soft serve places in Japan; even some convenience stores have them. Chocolate, strawberry, cookies and cream, mint, mango, matcha: options are bountiful! However, if you’re looking for soy alternatives or if you’re lactose-intolerant, you may not have been able to partake in this creamy treat… Not until now that is! Mr…

Matsuri Games: Got What it Takes to Win?

Matsuri (祭り) are Japanese festivals that are held at temples, town squares or other large stadiums, and usually have religious origins. It is a very lively event with dance and singing performances, rows of food stalls, as well as exciting game stalls. Everyone is in a festive celebratory mood, dressed in their best yukata 浴衣,…

Seven Treasures Mala Soup: So Spicy Food does Exist in Japan!

Fall is approaching and what better to warm oneself up than with a tongue and gut numbing hot and spicy soup? Personally I love this clear spicy broth and can have it any day in any season (though no one seems to know what I’m rambling on about when I mention steamboat)! Seven Treasures, read…