Monthly Archives: February 2011

Best place to stay in Tokyo

Finally, we got to stay in the middle of Ginza on our trip in 2010.  On the trip before that, we stayed in Shinjuku, and before that – in a very nondescript suburb Magome. How we ended up in Magome is a whole … Continue reading

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Don’t miss Osaka Aquarium

We were in Osaka for the first time, and only for 4 nights. My list of things to do and see was jam-packed with everything from Dotonbori and Doguya-suji to Osaka Castle and Umeda Sky Building. Then, there was a … Continue reading

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How to use this site

Dear readers, this is a brand new site and you won’t find posts under some categories…Please keep checking in! It might appear that the whole blog is, in fact, about food – this will change slightly as I am planning … Continue reading

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The Magical JR Rail Pass

The first thing anyone travelling to Japan should know about is the amazing JR Rail Pass. Essentially, this is a pass valid for unlimited travel on all JR trains and buses, including high speed rail, Shinkansen. It is also valid … Continue reading

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Single Prefecture Stores: Hokkaido

There is a new food shopping trend in Japan – single-prefecture stores. Japanese have been obsessed with gourmet travel long before we, Australians, began hopping on buses to tour Hunter region wineries or doing day trips to eat at a … Continue reading

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Kaishoku Shimizu – our first Kaiseki experience

As I was browsing Michelin Guide pages for a replacement booking in Osaka, I came across the blurb on the small kaiseki restaurant Kaishoku Shimizu: “an intellectually inquisitive young owner-chef Toshihiro Shimizu even took a course in agriculture to learn more about his … Continue reading

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Booking Michelin restaurants – it is never too early

I thought I’d learnt the lessons of not booking early enough when it comes to Japan’s hottest restaurants. For the 2009 trip, with a few weeks to spare, I was miraculously given a lunch time table at L’Osier, after begging … Continue reading

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Michelin Guide – Friend or Foe?

There is a food appreciation rush that’s been sweeping western countries. Blame food TV programs, celebrity chefs or Masterchef, there is no denial that we are hungry for food experiences. Funnily, when I lived in Japan 11 years ago, I used … Continue reading

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