The University of Tokyo in November

We visited the Hongo campus of the University of Tokyo to enjoy a walk during the holiday.  On holidays, classes are closed so the students are not around.  But the campus is open for the public, so people go there to spend time to enjoy the nature.  There is a pond and many trees.  At…

Wreath Making Class Each Season

In Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter, Ribaco Collection in Shibashi offers a wreath making class that’s followed by a relaxing herbal tea time.  Ribaco Collection opens their store only four times a year for 2 weeks at a time with a different theme each season. They have a great collection selected by the owner’s stylist.  I…

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…

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Kyu Iwasaki-tei Gardens was originally made in 1896 as the residence of the Mitsubishi family.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…

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…