Last year I went to Kyoto for a couple of days and even though it was early December, the weather was still very warm and I managed to find this great little Japanese garden nestled among the houses and roads in Kyoto. The garden had a very uniform design, but with the falling leaves on … Continue reading One Autumn Day in Kyoto
While Newcastle may not be known for its food, with this one restaurant, it should be. The last thing I imagined when I came to the county of pies and Newcastle brown beer was that there could be really great food here, including seafood. Unfortunately, England is largely divided when it comes to really good food, with Michelin-starred restaurants like Five Fields mostly based in London. Luckily, with higher rents in the capital, many great restaurants and amazing chefs are taking their business out to the other parts of England.
In December, I was lucky enough to visit one of the best chicken yakitori places in the world, and one that is very popular with both locals and fans of fine dining in Japan. The restaurant, Bird Land, is truly a force to be reckoned with!
Japanese stationary is some of the best in the world! If you have ever fallen for a cute washi tape or a bullet journal lay-up, it was probably created (and inspired by) Japanese stationary.
Omiyage are a part of the national identity in Japan, where manners and politeness allow for people to make a habit out of buying a specialist snack as a coming home gift.
The world of sushi is vast! It ranges from the lowest chain salmon-only shop in America to the most exclusive, high-quality nigiri sushi-ya in Japan. Although I have had sushi previously in other sushi shops in London, nothing prepared me for the difference in taste and quality when I first tried sushi in Japan almost six years ago.
The show 'Gaki no Tsukai Ya Arahende!' TV show and comedian act Downtown is very well known throughout Japan for their improvised group comedy and daring shows.One of my favourite shows of theirs is the 'Foodie Report' show where the members of the group compete with each other for the title of the best reviewer of unusual restaurants in Tokyo.
We had always planned to visit an onsen during our multiple trips to Japan and had never had the pleasure of being in one yet. Having heard that the experience can vary greatly depending on if the ryokan is more modern or not, we decided to stay in an authentic Japanese onsen with a modern touch that would be both comfortable and traditional at the same time!