2012 November

Hidden Kitchen, view of the kitchen

Japan Day 10: Fukuoka Iwataya, Hakata Daruma Ramen, Loro Bicycles & Hidden Kitchen

Local yatai next to the canal

Japan Day 9: Fukuoka Pachinko & Yatai

Kiyomizu-dera temple, night illumination

Japan Day 8: Kyoto Nishiki Market, Okariba & Temples

Geisha girls take a ricksaw ride through Kyoto's gion neighborhood

Japan Day 7: Kyoto Gion & Harimaya

Monkey park, good clean fun

Japan Day 6: Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park in Yamanouchi, Nagano

Nikko, Shinkyo (Sacred Bridge)

Japan Day 5: Temples of Nikko

Night out with Kenji, Chef cooking up some chicken

Japan Day 4: Bassanova Ramen & Turtle Soup

Ivan's ramen, eat here

Japan Day 3: Rokkasen Steak Buffet, Ivan’s Ramen & Golden Gai

We start the day off shopping at Yodobashi in Akihabara (electronics town) and eat one of the largest onigiri I’ve ever seen. For lunch we visit Rokkasen for the all-you-can-eat beef and crab course.  We grilled our own Matsuzaka beef, which rivals Kobe beef, and the highest grading A5. A few hours later I had […]

Another view of the selection at Craftheads

Japan Day 2: Craftheads, Cataratas and late night curry

Food trucks were a nice thing to see in Tokyo. We biked to Muji’s flagship store in the Ginza area of Tokyo. We stopped for a Belgian beer before unsuccessfully searching for the Snowpeak store. In Harajuku Red Wing boots were selling like hotcakes. We found a mini-velo (small bicycle) shop in Shibuya on our […]

Tsukiji market: fish head

Japan Day 2: Tokyo’s Tsukiji Market & Sushi Dai

We arrived at Tsukiji in the late morning and proceeded to wait in line at Sushi Dai for about an hour and a half. I was sad to hear that the fish market is moving in 2013 so we were lucky to visit a place so rich in food history.  These cats will need to […]