Meguro Gajyoen

Meguro Gajyoen, which is currently a hotel in Meguro, used to be a place where common people could enjoy dinner in luxurious Japanese rooms with a view of Mt. Fuji since 1928. It was also a popular place to have a wedding ceremony.  There was a time when two hundred couples a day got married…

Tea Ceremony Experience at Hotel Okura

If you would like to learn about the history and manners of a tea ceremony, there is a perfect place in Tokyo.  Hotel Okura has a tea ceremony room on the 7th floor overlooking a Japanese garden.  It costs 1500 yen per person. The tea room is a replica of the actual tea ceremony room…

Hot Lemonade with Honey

When I catch a cold, I like to make a cup of hot lemonade with honey in it. I try to purchase organic lemons because they smell good.  Lemons are very yellow and sour as if they are medicine and not sweets.  A cup of hot lemonade….Now I feel like my cold is going away.

Japanese Eggplant and Cherry Tomato Pizza

I bought these fresh, small sized Japanese eggplants so I decided to make a pizza with them. You slice the eggplants and soak them in water.  Next, you brush the eggplants with a pesto sauce and olive oil. Then place the sliced cherry tomatoes on the dough.  Bake at 180 degrees for about 17 minutes….

Saryou Cafe to have a Vegetarian Lunch

We visited the Kagurazaka Saryou Cafe to have lunch after walking around.  They have both vegetarian and non-vegetarian lunch sets as well as sweets and a variety of beverages. It was lunch hours when we visited so we had a lunch set.  The price was very reasonable (1000 yen to 1200 yen) and it comes…

Kagurazaka, the Geisha town

Kagurazaka used to be a geisha town back in the Edo period. Today they still have geisha houses and you can still hear the sound of music instrument geisya girls are practicing when you walk down the streets.  When you go to Kagurazaka, the alleys are the places you want to explore to.  Narrow roads,…

Edo Tokyo Museum

The city of Tokyo used to be called Edo since 1590 until the Meiji Era started.  You can learn about the culture and history of the Edo period at the Edo Tokyo Museum.  From Tokyo today to Tokyo many hundreds of years ago, you swipe to the past.  Today, the descendants of our forefathers dwell at…

Vegetarian New Year Food

Thanks to the vegetarian cooking class I have been taking, I can now even cook the new year Osechi food the vegetarian way. The carrot we use for the new year’s cerebration is not the regular orange color.  We get these red carrots from Kyoto that they sell at this season even in Tokyo.  For…

New Year’s Eve — The Traditional Way

While friends are toasting champagne at salsa clubs or countdown parties at midnight, we were at a quiet temple with tranquility cerebrating the new year to come. The Zenfukuji Temple in Azabu Jyuban, is just a 10 minutes walk from Roppongi and offers people to bang the bell for free. Throughout Japan, temples are banging…