By MissCeliaJ

Kakinoha-zushi: Nara’s Local Delicacy that is a Must-Try for Visitors!

Each area or prefecture in Japan has it’s own delicacies, and Nara is no different. The Nara region (near Osaka and Kyoto, in Kansai) is famous for its kakinoha-zushi, which translates as ‘persimmon leaf sushi’. This delicacy is a must try for visitors to the city, or a possible option of omiyage to bring back…

Visit this Top Vegetarian Restaurant in Kumamoto: Private Lodge Cafe & Diner

It’s a commonly held misconception that Japan is a great place for vegetarians to live. Sure, for pescatarians (who happily eat fish but stay away from meat products) Japan is a dream come true due to all the delicious and fresh seafood, but for actual vegetarians, it’s just not the case that Japan easily caters…

Explore Kumamoto: Visit the Country Park for a Breath of Fresh Air

Living in a small city, it can be easy for residents to run out of fun things to do on the weekend. Once you reach the stage of life in Japan where you feel like you’ve done everything, that’s when you start considering visits to places of little interest that you probably wouldn’t go to…

Tomioka Castle: A Spot of History for Your Seaside Visit

Like most of Amakusa, Tomioka (an island peninsula jutting out from the North-West tip of the Amakusa District) is well known for its beaches and during the summer, it attracts many beach-goers hoping to soak up the sun. If the idea of a week spent lying on a beach isn’t entertainment enough for you, fear…

Castella Cake: Nagasaki’s Traditional Cake with a European History

When you think of traditional Japanese food, you’re likely to think of udon noodles, thick slices of sashimi, crispy tempura and salty miso soup. A sweet, honey flavoured cake isn’t exactly what springs to mind when you think of Japanese cuisine, yet Castella cake is just as much part of Japan’s culinary history as a…

Meiji Chocolate Balls: Delicious Morsels for the Traveling Chocolate Addict!

One of the things I like most about living abroad is all the new things there are to eat. From traditional products of that country for example, in Japan, such as sushi, tempura, ramen and okonomiyaki, to famous local dishes such as Kumamoto’s horse meat sashimi, Kagoshima’s black pork hot pot and Osaka’s takoyaki, to…

Explore Kumamoto: the Historic Beauty of Tatsuda Nature Park

Kumamoto is only a small city, yet is has a wealth of interesting places for tourists and residents to visit. One such place is the Tatsuda Nature Park. Just a short distance from the centre of Kumamoto you can find a slice of paradise in this quiet, relaxing park and see some historical sights while…

Monkeying Around in Arashiyama at the Iwatayama Monkey Park!

What better way to celebrate the year of the monkey than by visiting the Iwatayama Monkey Park in Arashiyama, Kyoto? The Japanese Macaques (sometimes known as ‘Snow Monkeys’) are best known for their penchant for bathing in hot springs, but this practice takes place mainly in the north of Japan where the weather is much…