Stir Fried Tofu and Vegetables

We learned how to cook another vegetarian dish at the Teran Temple in Akasaka. Here’s what you will need: 500g tofu, 2 pieces of shiitake mushroom, 30g carrot, 30g burdock, 1 bunch of mizuna leaf, 1 tablespoon of sesame seed oil Sauce A: 2 tablespoons of soy sauce, 1 tablespoon of sugar, 1 tablespoon of sake, a dash…

Inokashira Park in June

Throughout the year, Inokashira Park has a lot to offer to the residents of Kichijyochi.  Musicians, pantomimers, actors and balloon artists entertain the kids for free.  Artists sell their arts and crafts. Families enjoy rowing boats on the lake, petting animals at the zoo, hiking, running, bicycling and picnics.  I see people taking pictures, painting…

Hibiya Park in June

It is very nice to visit the park during different seasons.  The golden colour leaves was nice in the Fall but it is also nice in June to enjoy the Ajisai flowers AKA Hydrangea. The early summer climate is inviting people to come enjoy sports, walking, photography and volunteer work in the park.

Marukyu Tsukudani

In Tsukuda island in Eastern Tokyo, there are signature stores of Tsukudani because this is where Tsukudani was first made and spreaded all over Japan from here.  Tsukudani is small seafood cooked in soy sauce and mirin and it lasts for a long time.  You eat it with plain rice or you can put it inside rice balls…

Spain Club

If you can’t afford to fly out to Spain to enjoy Flamenco and Spanish food, no worries.  You can enjoy it here in Tsukishima, a river side town in Eastern Tokyo. The name of the place is of course…Spain Club, one of the greatest Spanish restaurants in Tokyo. A part of the warehouse was restored…

Tsukuda Island

Tsukuda Island, also known as the original place of food called Tsukudni, is situated in Eastern Tokyo and has 300 years of fishermen history.  Back then, the Shogun brought them to Tokyo from Osaka.  For whatever reason this was, it has turned out to be a good thing.  To get here, you can take the Yurakucho subway line,…

Matcha Tea in the Bamboo Garden in Kamakura

This is one of the most luxurious cafes I have discovered.  By luxurious, I mean you can enjoy a cup of matcha tea with wagashi in the open air balcony of the cafe overlooking the bamboo garden surrounded by zillions of bamboo.  Every time I visit Kamakura, I drop by this Bamboo Garden AKA the Hokokuji Temple to…

Sakura Tei Okonomiyaki House in the Harajyuku Dori Alley

In the alley, you will always discover individually owned cozy shops, bars and restaurants.  Harajyuku Dori, the back streets of Harajuku is like a maze and you will discover hidden, trendy spots here and there. Normally, residential housings are restored and remodelled to be used commercially. Sakuratei Okonomiyaki house is one of my favorite enjoyable spots.  They…

Shopping for your Kitchen at the Tsukiji Fish Market

Tsukiji Fish Market, is the place where they hold a seafood auction in the early mornings to serve all the restaurants and grocery stores fresh seafood daily. The market has more to offer to the general public such as fresh seafood restaurants, cookware at low prices, vegetables, china, spices, anything you would need if you own…

Tea House in a Castle

Nijyo Castle in Kyoto has a very nice and cozy tea house where any visitors are welcome to come by.  Inside of the Castle, where the Syogun used to reside, is now open for tourists. After taking a tour of the castle and it’s beautiful gardens, it is nice to rest at this beautiful tea house. The tea…