Vegetable Cooking Class in Omotesando

A purple vegetable cooking class was held at On Japan Tokyo in Omotesando.  Macky, the organic vegetable distributor, showed us how to create fabulous dishes using purple vegetables.  It was like painting a picture on the plate and it was so fun.  It was not only fun but healthy as always. At the end of the class…

Rose Festival in Chiba

Each year, thousands of people visit the Rose Festival at the Keio Rose Garden in May and June.  It is situated 1.5 hours away from Central Tokyo.  The nearest train station is called Keisei Yachiyo Midorigaoka.  Midorigaoka means green hill.  It’s about a 15 minute walk but you can also take a taxi.  They offer a free…

The Nezu Museum

The Nezu museum first opened in 1941 by Mr. Nezu Kaichiro, who was one of the industrialists back then.  The museum is situated in Minami-Aoyama near Omotesando. This place is known as a big collector of Japanese and East Asian arts (with more than 7400 pieces).  The Japanese garden next to it is very peaceful and…

Kyu Iwasaki-tei Gardens

Kyu Iwasaki-tei Gardens was originally made in 1896 as the residence of the Mitsubishi family. Back then there were 20 buildings western and Japanese architecture with beautiful gardens.  Today, it is only one third in size and a few buildings remain.  In the Japanese building, there is a green tea cafe inside.  You take your…

Tokyo Metropolitan Teien (Garden) Art Museum

My brother and his family and I visited the public garden museum in Shirokanedai after we had lunch in Meguro. Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Art Museum was originally built in 1933 as one of the Imperial family residences.  There was a time when the government rented it to use it as a residence for the prime…

The restaurant HOUSE in Nishiazabu

Macky, the organic vegetable distributor, and I visited one of the best restaurants in Tokyo where they serve his organic vegetables.  The name of the restaurant is HOUSE. It is named HOUSE because the owner chef wanted it to be like someone’s home where you can relax and enjoy as if you are in someone’s…

Lunch at the Restaurant by Aman Tokyo

In Marunouchi, in the business district situated between Tokyo Station and the Imperial Palace, you will find many nice restaurants.  Today, I had lunch with my friend on the 33rd floor of the Aman Resort Tokyo. The view was spectacular overlooking the Palace. High ceiling, Asian theme, beautiful flowers, friendly staff, we had a great…

Organic Produce Stand in Omotesando

Macky, the local organic produce distributor, sells his fruit and vegetables periodically to the public at a place called THREE in Omotesando. The location is near the farmers market they hold on weekends at the United Nations premises in Aoyama. So you can visit both on the same day. Macky has special connections to unique…

Le Salon Jacques Borie, One of our Favorite Places in Shinjyuku

One of our favorite places to enjoy a coffee break with family is situated on the 4th floor of the main building of the Isetan department store, our favorite department store in Shinjyuku. It is a French restaurant, however, after their lunch serving hours and before their dinner serving hours you can have coffee/tea and…

Organic Green Tea Field

After we visited the pottery artist on the mountain, they took us to Zuihouen, the organic green tea field where they grow organic tea leaves.  The family owned the green tea field that Norihiro Naruse started in 1981 with his wife. It was not an organic farm back then.  In 1999, he started to produce organic tea leaves….

Visiting the Pottery Artist in Gifu

We visited Hirohisa Kondo, the pottery artist in Gifu. I have known him through the vegetable kitchen chef I learn vegetable cooking from and I have visited Hirohisa at the exhibition he does periodically in Tokyo there after. He lives on a mountain with his family and the art studio is behind his house. It is 180…

Vegetable Cooking Class – November

As always, I attended the monthly vegetable cooking class held at the restaurant, KAFUKA, in Azabu Jyuban. My daughter was in town so she was also able to attend with me. It started out with a glass of fresh fruit drink. While watching them cook, we drank wine and sake, questioned about the recipe and…

The National Art Center

We visited the National Art Center in Nogizaka near Roppongi.  We took a bus to Roppongi and then walked down to the museum. You can also take the Chiyoda subway line, and get off at Nogizaka and the station is linked to the museum. They have a nice restaurant upstairs where people were already lining up before the…

Garden Cafe

The cafe, Flower & Cafe Kaza-Hana, in Omotesando is situated in a secluded area.  You walk through a narrow street off the main street wondering if you are lost.  Then you will see a building that is covered by plants on your right side.  This is the cafe.  We ordered a cake, cappuchino, a rose and orange…

Vegetable Lunch at Arcana Tokyo Karato

Arcana Tokyo Karato is a French restaurant that serves a vegan menu for dinner when you request.  They have a chef specialized in cooking vegetarian food.  For the lunch hours, they have a lunch menu for people who like vegetables.  One of their lunch menus has a main dish made of vegetables only.  The appetizer contains…

The Rooftop Garden of the JP Kitte Building by Tokyo Station

The old main post office of Japan which was built in bricks was renovated several years ago and it is now a modern building with nice restaurants and shops inside. The building is situated in front of Tokyo station on the Marunouchi side. Marunouchi is one of my favorite areas to walk around. It has…

Wine x Japanese food @Kafuka

Another event I attended at the restaurant Kafuka in Azabu Jyuban…. The collaboration of various champagne and wine with Japanese food. The executive Sommerier, Hisao Morigami has a special talent to get us intoxicated by his talk about wine: the smell of the ocean, it’s special vintage year….in addition to the alcohol in the drinks that…

An Evening of Kaga Lotus Roots x California Wine @Kafuka

The lotus roots produced in Ishikawa prefecture are called Kaga lotus roots. They are round, bigger and darker in color compared to normal lotus roots sold in stores.  They produce lotus roots year round but it tastes different depending on the season.  In the fall, they are stickier when you cook them.  The Kaga lotus roots producer introduced…

So Addicted to the Monthly Vegetable Kitchen Event

Macky, the veggie distributor, now holds his vegetable kitchen events at the restaurant, KAFUKA, the third Saturday of each month. He still holds events at the Love Story Kitchen Studio in Shinjuku Gyoenmae monthly during the week. Because I reside not too far from where KAFUKA is situated, I have now been attending his vegetable event at…

Wine x Japanese Food @KAFUKA = Fantastic Saturday Afternoon

One of my favorite hidden restaurants, KAFUKA, is situated in a hidden area in the neighborhood of Azabu Jyuban. It is hard to locate which makes this place even more special. They hold various events which I enjoy attending and to mingle with people. They normally serve high quality and/or rare sake so that the sake drinkers are…