visiting a sake brewery again
Niigata

Visiting a sake brewery again

Miranda

[ Sept.2016 ] Niigata in Japan is famous for its sake. You cannot leave here without visiting a sake brewery or two. We visited one in the past when we came here a few years ago and we enjoyed it very much. This time we went to the brewery called Imadaitsukasa listed in our guide …

tasty foods from rich local foodstuffs
Sado Island

Tasty foods from rich local foodstuffs

Miranda

[ Aug.2016 ] This photo is a part of feast we had in our hotel in Sado Island in Japan. This time we stayed two nights in a hotel called Ryokan Urashima and on the first evening we asked for the Japanese dinner and on the second, French. There were two buildings in this hotel, …

Hida Beef
Japan

Hida Beef

Miranda

We went to Takayama from Shirakawago in Japan by bus. What I was looking forward to in Takayama was…

Experience to make some Senbei
Japan

Experience to make some Senbei

Miranda

[ May, 2015 ] I like Senbei, Japanese rice cracker.So we went to “Soka Senbei Garden” with my family.Soka is a mecca of Senbei.We were expecting to see the real craftsmen to make Senbeis, but unfortunately they were off at the weekends.So after we tried some Senbei ice cream and Senbei doughnuts, we tried to …

Nostalgic town
Japan

Nostalgic town

Miranda

[ Jan.2015 ] We went to Ramen Museum in Shin-Yokohama in Japan with our family.Ramen is a popular Japanese noodle soup dish.I had only heard that this museum is a place where many Ramen shops are in and you can try many Ramens, so when we entered there, I was very surprised.The first and the …

Tasting
Japan

Tasting

Miranda

[ Dec.2014 ] In our short family holiday, we went to a sake brewery in Boso area in Chiba prefecture in Japan.It was called “Sommelier House Sakasho-no-Yakata”.I was imagining a very old establishment like the one we saw in Niigata a couple years ago, but this place was modern.To my surprise, we could try tasting …

Historical Amazake shop
Japan

Historical Amazake shop

Miranda

[ Dec.2014 ] The main reason why we went to Kanda Shrine in Tokyo was in fact to have some Amazake (sweet beverage made from fermented rice or sake lees).The shop is called Amano-ya and situated just next to the approach to the shrine.Both the exterior and interior looked very old and indeed it is …

When in Otaru, eat sushi
Japan

When in Otaru, eat sushi

Miranda

[ Sept.2014 ] There is a “Sushi Street” in Otaru in Hokkaido, Japan, where there are as many as 20 sushi restaurants.The Rickshaw driver's first choice was unfortunately closed on the day, so we went to his second choice called “Tatsumi”.We were ushered to a quiet relaxing private room and ate “September special sushi set” …

Sea urchin
Japan

Sea urchin

Miranda

[ Sept.2014 ] After we enjoyed the night view in Hakodate, it was the time for dinner.We went to the restaurant called “Uni Murakami” which I had already chosen from our guide book by taxi.The good-natured taxi driver said ” That restaurant serves good foods, but for me it is too expensive” and continued ” …

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