Japan: markets

I’ll post the winners of the Lord of the Fries vouchers tomorrow night! This post is merely photos from a couple of markets when we visited Japan in 2009. I forget exactly which ones now, but there was one in Osaka, and one in Kyoto. I quite like seeing the difference between these photos and […]

Japan: assorted snacks and sweets, mostly mochi

Here are some random snacks and sweets from our trip to Japan last year. I’ll start with the mochi and mochi type items – because I loved the mochi in Japan. It was all so fresh and delicious! I’ll start with some of the best. When we were in Takayama, there was a sweets shop […]

Japan: Kyoto – cooking class

After a bit of a break, I’m back with another Japan post! Bear with me, I only have a couple left to write. While in Kyoto, we did a cooking class where we made rolled sushi, miso soup, and spinach salad with a roasted sesame dressing. And then we ate it for lunch! For the […]

Japan: Kyoto – Yakitori typhoon special

On Wednesday, 6 October 2009, Typhoon Melor, the first typhoon to reach landfall in Japan in two years, arrived on Japan’s south coast. The next day, it hit central Japan, bringing heavy rain and winds, disrupting flights and train services and sadly causing a couple of deaths. We were in Kyoto at the time of […]

Japan: Kyoto – Tea ceremony

As mentioned in the ramen post, Kyoto was our last stop in Japan. Kyoto is one of Japan’s best preserved cities, and was the capital and the emperor’s residence from 794–1868. The city is full of temples, shrines and has an amazing cultural heritage. While in Kyoto, one of the places we saw was Kinkaku-ji […]

Japan: Kyoto – ramen

Kyoto was our last stop in Japan (sob, sob, sob) and when we got there we realised we had eaten almost everything we had wanted to on the trip – apart from ramen. Naturally this had to be rectified! So ramen for dinner it was, at a small place around the corner from our hotel. […]

Japan: assorted bento boxes

During our trip in Japan, we travelled across the country by trains and Shinkansen. The Shinkansen, a high speed “bullet train”, was fantastic. The Nozomi service is the fastest, with the trains reaching speeds of up to 300 km/h (!). You can’t travel on Nozomi on a Japan Rail pass, so we were on the […]

Japan: Hiroshima – Peace Memorial Museum

After lunch at Miyajima, we took the ferry and tram back to Hiroshima, where we spent several hours at the Peace Memorial Museum. As I’m sure you know, on 6 August 1945, at 8:15am, the world’s first atomic bomb to be used on an inhabited city was dropped on Hiroshima. It killed an estimated 140,000 […]

Japan: Miyajima – kakidon

Continuing the Japan posts – our next stop after Osaka was Hiroshima. From Hiroshima, we did a day trip to Miyajima. Miyajima, offically named Itsukushima, is a small island that is most famous for its giant torii gate which appears to float on top of the ocean at high tide. I’m sure everyone has seen […]

Japan: Okonomiyaki – Osaka/Kansai vs Hiroshima!

While in Japan we ate okonomiyaki twice – once in Osaka and once in Hiroshima. Did you know that there are two styles of okonomiyaki? I didn’t! The predominant style is the Osaka/Kansai version, where the okonomiyaki is prepared somewhat like a pancake, where the batter and other ingredients are mixed together and fried. The […]

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