{Japan: Explore} Outracing Typhoon Wipha For A Chance to Eat Owakudani’s Black Eggs

In a Nutshell: Where: Owakudani, a famous volcanic valley in Hakone (1.5 hours outside of Tokyo) When: October 15, 2013 *Notes: Owakudani can be reached via Hakone’s Ropeway (820 Yen for a one-way… Continue reading

{Hong Kong} Of Egg Tarts and Egg Waffles

Egg Tarts and Egg Waffles!  These are two of Hong Kong’s tastiest snack items, and thanks to Mrs. 4 Seas who commented on my Hong Kong itinerary post, I knew where to sample… Continue reading

{Hong Kong} An Early Morning Walk Along the Avenue of Stars

In a Nutshell: Where: Avenue of Stars, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong When: September 24, 2013 *Notes: Notable Hong Kong stars honored include Jet Li, Maggie Cheung, John Woo, Michelle Yeoh, Chow Yun Fat, Jackie… Continue reading

6 Japanese Foods My Mother Can No Longer Make Me Eat

Even though I am a 30-something year old woman, my mother likes to fancy that I’m still her little girl.  This can be a double edged sword.  The wonderful parts of it include… Continue reading

{Japan: Eat} Gyoza Stadium @ Namco Namja Town ’08

In a Nutshell: Where: Namco Namja Town, Sunshine City, Ikebukuro, Tokyo When: May, 2008 *Notes: Website, Map and short description at Bento.com, Namco Namja Town has been renovated since my visit and while… Continue reading

5 Anime Series for Non-Anime Fans

At least once a week, someone I know gives me a suggestion on an anime series to watch.  While I’m not an anime hater, I rarely give their suggestions a try.  In my… Continue reading

{Japan: Eat} A List of Inexpensive Chain Restaurants in Japan

  The other day, M’s friend told us that he will be going to Tokyo for a couple of weeks at the end of the year.  As this is his very first time… Continue reading

{Japan: Explore} Our Failed Attempt To See Miyajima’s Floating Torii

In a Nutshell: Where: Itsukushima Shrine’s Floating Torii at Miyajima Island (less than an hour outside of Hiroshima) When: May 27, 2012 *Notes: the torii’s renovation has been completed, from Miyajimaguchi Station take… Continue reading

{Japan: Eat} Seared Bonito at Myojin Maru, Kochi, Shikoku

In a Nutshell: Where: Myojin Maru inside of the Hirome Ichiba Market, Kochi, Shikoku When: May 29, 2012 *Notes: Hirome Ichiba Website, Katsuo no tataki (seared bonito) is the #1 food that Kochi… Continue reading

{Japan: Eat} An Italian Dinner at Saizeriya, Hiroshima, Japan

In a Nutshell: Where: Saizeriya, Hondori Arcade, Hiroshima When: May 26, 2012 *Notes: Website, over 750 locations in Japan with 6 in China, 1800 JPY for 2 pasta entrees + 2 soups +… Continue reading

{Japan: Explore} Universal Studios Japan, Osaka

In a Nutshell: Where: Universal Studios Japan, Osaka When: May 31, 2012 *Notes: Website, closest station is Universal City, as of this writing a 1-Day Adult Pass is 6600 JPY Full Report: Since… Continue reading

{Japan: Plan} Our Itinerary For a 3-Day Trip to Sapporo, Japan

As of tomorrow it will be 2 weeks until our trip to Hong Kong/Japan.  The reality that we will be halfway around the world for a month is starting to sink in —-… Continue reading