Art Inspiration: Stay Zen

Under the calm Of the waters, Emotions shall rise Tossing And Turning As the moon Pulls And pushes As I crash Against This ancient fortress. —— Chocoviv 🌊 🌊 🌊 Have you seen the imagery of waves and a mountain in Japanese popular culture like t-shirts and stationary? They are all inspired by The Great… Continue reading Art Inspiration: Stay Zen

Visit To Himeji Castle

The castles of feudal Japan was very different from the medieval ones that I was more familiar with in Europe. The Himeji Castle was the largest castle in Japan. It was registered as an UNESCO heritage site since 1993. “Himeji Castle (姫路城, Himeji-jō) is a hilltop Japanese castle complex situated in the city of Himeji which is located in the Hyōgo Prefecture of Japan. The… Continue reading Visit To Himeji Castle

Wagyu Beef Meal In Kobe

One of the most famous agricultural products of Kobe, Japan was the Kobe beef. So my travel buddies were determined to try this delicacy. “Kobe beef (神戸ビーフ) is Wagyu beef from the Tajima strain of Japanese Black cattle, raised in Japan‘s Hyōgo Prefecture according to rules set out by the Kobe Beef Marketing and Distribution Promotion Association.[1] The meat is a delicacy, valued for its flavor, tenderness,… Continue reading Wagyu Beef Meal In Kobe

Osaka Going To Kobe Motomachi (Japan) Pre-COVID

Standing across the Osaka station platform was the Hello Kitty Edition of the Shinkansen. I wished that I could go and take a look. This time I was travelling to Kobe…. “Started as a collaboration between Hello Kitty creators Sanrio and JR West in 2018, the Hello Kitty Shinkansen is a single train set that plies the Hakata… Continue reading Osaka Going To Kobe Motomachi (Japan) Pre-COVID

Arriving In Tokyo Pre-Covid

Mimaru The Mimaru was an apartment hotel that was situated in the Ginza East district. This quaint and elegant hotel supported local artists by promoting their works of art in the lobby. One artist that caught my eye was the works of Yukari Miyagi. I love the simplicity of her lines when contrasted against the… Continue reading Arriving In Tokyo Pre-Covid

Shinkansen Train From Osaka To Tokyo

Waking up early to catch the “bullet train” to Tokyo! How exciting! It was going to be a long ride…. “The Shinkansen, colloquially known in English as the bullet train, is a network of high-speed railway lines in Japan. Initially, it was built to connect distant Japanese regions with Tokyo, the capital, in order to… Continue reading Shinkansen Train From Osaka To Tokyo

Mimiu In Osaka, Japan

After a long day of walking around the city, it was time for dinner. Without thinking much, we walked past the “Mimiu”. “Mimiu began as a Ryotei (Japanese traditional style restaurant) in Sakai, southern part of Osaka, 250 years ago. A few generations back, the owner Heitaro renamed the restaurant as Mimiu and focused the… Continue reading Mimiu In Osaka, Japan

Hanamura: A Tonkatsu Restaurant In Osaka, Japan

As I was walking around in Osaka, I walked past this restaurant and decided to try it out. This restaurant specialized in “tonkatsu”. Tonkatsu is a Japanese dish that consists of a breaded, deep-fried/tempura pork cutlet. It involves cutting the pig’s back center into 2-3 centimeter thick slices, coating with panko, frying them in oil,… Continue reading Hanamura: A Tonkatsu Restaurant In Osaka, Japan

Shopping Memories Before Leaving Japan

Being in Japan before the Covid-19 lock downs, everyone was still talking about the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics. No one ever expected lock downs to happen…. So there was a lot of memorabilia sold everywhere and especially at the airport. I wished I took more photos…..sigh…. Pokémon Store The airport was the only place that… Continue reading Shopping Memories Before Leaving Japan

Tasty Treats Found In Kyoto

As my stay in Kyoto was quite brief, I tried to savour anything I found interesting. There was so much to choose from, my senses were bombarded! Mochi Mochi is Japanese rice cake made of mochigome, a short-grain japonica glutinous rice, and sometimes other ingredients such as water, sugar, and cornstarch. The rice is pounded… Continue reading Tasty Treats Found In Kyoto