{Books} Totto-chan: The Little Girl at the Window

I’m freaking out. Somehow, I have misplaced my copy of Totto-chan: The Little Girl at the Window.  Sure, I can buy another one on Ebay or even get the Kindle version on Amazon. … Continue reading

{America: Eat} Eating at Vancouver’s Famous JAPADOG

In a Nutshell: Where: JAPADOG stand (899 Burrard St Vancouver, BC V6Z 2K6) and JAPADOG store (530 Robson St Vancouver, BC V6B 2B7) When: June 14-15, 2013 *Notes: Website, Japanese fusion hot dog,… Continue reading

{Japan: Point A to Point B} Airplane Food Review: Singapore Airlines

The other day M told me that he heard from multiple people that Delta’s in-flight meals aren’t very good.  Since we are flying Delta on our upcoming trip to Japan this is a… Continue reading

{Japan: Sleep} Hotel Review: Suginoi Hotel, Beppu, Kyushu

In a Nutshell: Where: Suginoi Hotel, Oita-ken, Beppu-shi, Kankaiji 1, JAPAN When: May 23 – 24, 2012 *Notes:  Website (English), rooms start at 9800 JPY per person w/ buffet meals, hot spring baths… Continue reading

{Japan: Eat} Deep Fried Gluttony at Kushiya Monogatari, Osaka

In a Nutshell: Where: Kushiya Monogatari, Osaka (locations throughout Japan, more specifically in Tokyo there is one in Shinjuku, as well as Ikebukuro) When: May 31, 2012 *Notes: Website (Japanese), All-you-can-eat kushiage (deep… Continue reading

{Japan: Eat} Delicious Conger Eel Donburi (Anago Meshi) at Ueno, Miyajima

In a Nutshell: Where: Ueno, 1-5-11 Miyajima-guchi Hatsukaichi City (1 minute walk from JR Miyajima-guchi station) When: May 27, 2012 *Notes: 1470 JPY for one anagomeshi bento to go Full Report: This blog… Continue reading

{Japan: Eat} Battle of the Gyudon Restaurant Chains

Here in the States, I eat Yoshinoya at least once a week.  It is definitely my go-to fast food place and I prefer it over any hamburger, hot dog, fried chicken establishment.  This… Continue reading

{Japan: Explore} Watching a Baseball Game in Japan

In a Nutshell: Who: L and M When: May 30, 2012 Where: Koshien Stadium near Kobe to watch the Hanshin Tigers vs. Chiba Lotte Marines *Notes: purchased tickets from travel agent, Ivy Seats… Continue reading

{Japan: Explore} Takasakiyama Monkey Park, Oita

In a Nutshell: Who: L and M When: May 24, 2013 Where: Takasakiyama Monkey Park in Oita, 15 minute bus ride from Beppu Station Why: Because I absolutely love monkeys!  And I went… Continue reading

{Japan: Explore} Kochi Castle

In a Nutshell: Who: L and M When: May 29, 2012 Where: Kochi Castle in Kochi Prefecture, Shikoku Why: To see both the castle and the Itagaki Taisuke statue on the castle grounds.… Continue reading

{Japan: Plan} Our 2013 Japan/Hong Kong Travel Itinerary (The Bare Bones Version)

In a Nutshell: Who’s Going: L and M When: September 23 – October 21, 2013 Where: Hong Kong -> Fukuoka -> Nagasaki -> Kumamoto -> Yamaguchi -> Osaka/Wakayama -> Sapporo -> Hakodate ->… Continue reading