Category Archives: Eating and drinking

A good beer and a good book

Another day goes by too quickly in Morioka. So I purposefully headed out to the Aeron Standard Diner and Bar for a local beer and maybe a conversation or two with the local patrons. Maybe I need to lower my … Continue reading

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Yasu’s favourite izakaya is now mine. IZAKAYA たいと

I met Yasu at the Japan Council of Local Government Authorities for International Relations (CLAIR) in Sydney a few years ago. With his posting over and a trip to Tokyo coming up for Veronica and I, some loose arrangements were … Continue reading

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Miffy Cafe brings smiles in Kamaishi

Fair to say that I am not a fan of theme cafes. But the unmistakable line visage of Miffy adorning a cafe in far-off Kamaishi took Veronica and I back to those days some 30 years ago when Dick Bruna’s … Continue reading

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Cafe Ryusenkei replaces a faster music life

So this is Cafe Ryusenkei, an American Airstream caravan from the 60’s transformed into an intimate, mobile cafe fitted out by award-winning designers. Moving from place to place, a calendar identifying the next port of call.

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Very sweet potato town: Kawagoe

Starting out early on the day of the June 2013 Australia v Japan game in Saitama I was at the magnificent Hikawa Shrine near Omiya before 9:00am. With its kilometre long tree-lined avenue, you can’t help but to be drawn … Continue reading

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Fire Station 21, Matsumoto, Japan

Originally posted on Having a ball in Japan:
Matsumoto Fire Station #21 covers Uchida and Kotobukidai areas south-east of Matsumoto CBD where 2,646 households and 6,357 residents are there. This cross-cultural exchange had been arranged via Yuri at the Matsumoto City Government…

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Is anyone else here in Setoda? (on the island)

The ferry floated across the smooth waters between Takaneshima Island and Ikuchijima, glided in and kissed the wharf at Setoda Port. For a popular tourist destination, 5.30pm on a Saturday afternoon in June was eerily quiet, with only two passengers … Continue reading

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Kawayu Onsen in Wakayama

I don’t usually post long stories or  promote commercial operations. But this post does as I want to recount a tale that says a lot about the Japanese experience , particularly for western visitors. It’s about Kawayu Onsen in Wakayama … Continue reading

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Finding that special Asakusa place again

Sometimes a dining experience sticks in your mind. The company. Getting dressed up to match. The long line of eager diners anticipating the fare, having been excited by the critic’s words. The artistically plated chef’s specialty. Just one Michelin Star, … Continue reading

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Yaesu-dori street eating

On the way to the Ginza for a bit of window shopping, the plan was to take in the Bridgestone Museum of Art, a fantastic public legacy of its founder Ishibashi Shojiro. But lunch was first. Taking the suggested Yaesu … Continue reading

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Top 5 posts about Japan

I got a Happy Anniversary notification from WordPress the other day – for 2 years of blogging. Has it actually been that long? With only 76 posts to my name, I can’t be labeled prolific. With dozens of draft posts … Continue reading

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Saijo Sake town

This years Saijo Sake Festival is being held on Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th October. Apparently this is a huge event in Higashi-Hiroshima. Too bad I won’t be there to see it. Saijo was a lot quieter in June when … Continue reading

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Warming up

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Well the game is over, with Australia getting a well deserved draw after an exciting 0 – 0 draw against Japan on Tuesday 11th June. The warm up for the game started at the Hobgoblin pub in Roppongi, chosen I … Continue reading

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Lunchtime

First day in Japan. Found accommodation. Found beer. Found food. Sumida River, Asakusa. See more photos and comments on this theme at http://dailypost.wordpress.com/2013/03/15/photo-challenge-lunchtime/    

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Overloading the senses before getting down to eating

There is a moment of hesitation when the hostel staff recommend a place to eat. What sort of contra deal has been negotiated? Does the guy’s brother run the place? Some 4 months later, I can get around to writing … Continue reading

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Diner for 8 ~ Zen kushikathu dote, Nagoya

Tuesday 15th May, 2012 With just 8 seats, how can an izakaya pub-style eating place return a living for its owner? While the answer is a bit unclear to us tourist types, it starts with a cosy venue, a variety … Continue reading

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Ito port and great sashimi

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Sunday 13th May, 2012 On the recommendation of the great staff at K’s House Ito Onsen, the fungry travelers followed the directions to the Tokuzo-maru restaurant: – go up the road, turn left at the JR Ito Station, first street … Continue reading

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Japan is not expensive

Contrary to many well known travel guides, Japan is not an expensive place to visit. On average over 12 nights, accommodation was Y5,900 per night, about $A80. For Tokyo (Terminal Hotel, Ueno) and Matsumoto (New Station Hotel), both very very … Continue reading

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Shine Road pub, Nara

While my room at the Fujita Hotel might have been on special, food and drink prices reflected the 4 Star rating. On this sort of trip, the thought of paying 10,000Y to eat was not retained long. Off to find … Continue reading

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