Department stores in Japan, from Seibu to Daimaru to shopping areas near stations, are the go-to source for clothing, household goods, and even gourmet food. Usually located in the basement floors, food areas of department stores are stocked with high-quality goods from wine to fresh vegetables to carefully prepared salads. The amount of choices available can be overwhelming at times but is also exciting for customers to...Read More
Japan has a huge food culture. Downtown Tokyo alone has over 80,000 restaurants, and more Michelin stars than all of France. In a country where an unique culture with often strange trends blends with food, it’s no surprise that unusual themed restaurants are becoming the next big thing. Whether you want to eat amidst giant Gundams, cats, or cutely dressed maids, Tokyo seems to have something for everyone. Even if you’re not at...Read More
Driving along the coast, one will come across many mesmerizing views. When looking for astonishing views and fresh seaside dining, drive no further than Fukui prefecture. Follow the coastline for views of beaches, quaint fishing towns, and ragged cliffs. Heading south, the seaside changes abruptly from rocky coasts to picturesque beaches. Every stretch of seaside contains its own kind of beauty. Towards Tsuruga, one will come across a...Read More
As the sun sets on the gardens of Chinzanso Hotel, the beauty and stillness make it impossible to leave. Formerly the Four Seasons, Chinzanso Hotel is a luxurious home to a picturesque garden northeast of Shinjuku. As the seasons change, the hotel grounds take on a fresh appearance while retaining their tranquility and beauty. Chinzanso Hotel is also a popular wedding spot. But what really draws visitors are cherry blossoms in spring...Read More
“Shunpan-ro” in Shimonoseki in Yamaguchi Prefecture is Japan’s first authorized “fugu” blowfish restaurant, and is also known as the place where the peace treaty with China after the Sino-Japanese War of 1894-5 was concluded.
Shunpan-ro stands on a high point, commanding “Dan-no-ura” strait, the final naval battle site between the two biggest “samurai” families in the 12th century. This historic restaurant is the first “fugu ryoutei” blowfish restaurant that was authorized in 1888 thanks to then prime minister “Ito Hirofumi”. Fugu blowfish dishes had long been prohibited to be served at any restaurant...Read More
A ‘fugu’ blowfish dish originally was a local food in the western part of Japan, however it had spread throughout this country after the second World War in accordance with the national licensing system for ‘fugu’ dish to get rid of poison.
A ‘fugu’ dish tastes great! It is known as a typical high-end dish in winter. Nonetheless, there are considerable numbers of inexpensive restaurants in recent years, which serve a reasonably priced farmed ‘fugu’ dish all year round. ‘Fugusashi’ also called ‘tessa’, ‘fuguchiri’ other name ‘tecchiri’ and ‘fugu-zosui’ are typical examples of...Read More