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There are many high-end Japanese restaurants in Ginza, but no places give off the same refreshing personality as “Tsurutokame,” which opened less than two years ago. The restaurant is special for its seven itamae chefs, who are all women. Together, they have ushered in a new whirlwind in cooking and cuisine. Indeed, “Tsurutokame” is a rare and special restaurant in Japan. From the moment you open the door of “Tsurutokame”, the chefs’...

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The first Luxury Collection hotel to open in Tokyo is an exquisitely designed hideaway in the upscale Kioicho district, a premier address steeped in the history of the Tokugawas and just minutes on foot from the vibrant entertainments of Akasaka. The 250-room Prince Gallery Tokyo Kioicho occupies the top seven floors of a 36-story tower, offering iconic city views from every angle along with exquisitely curated artwork. The...

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Day 1 & 2   Honolulu – Narita – Daiba Traveling to Narita by ANA. Everyone was on time and so excited to go to Japan. Our fight time was about 9 hours. We all enjoyed watching many movies. When we landed in Narita, the weather was cloudy but wasn’t too cold. We arrived at Grand Nikko Tokyo Daiba around 3:40pm, little earlier than scheduled. We all liked our nice hotel rooms. We checked in our rooms and we got back together at 5pm...

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The Meiji Restoration Period of Japan (1868 – 1912) was the first major step away from the tradition and culture of Old World Japan. Japan had achieved tremendous accomplishments at the price of several crippling drawbacks. Embracing their Western contemporaries, Japan had great economic, militaristic, and technological growth as well as many Japanese immigrating to America in the late 1800’s, where my ancestry in America began. The...

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Being an all-time favorite among tourists, a typical weekend view in Asakusa is people smiling and taking photos in front of the Kaminarimon, the famous entrance gate with a large red lantern. Sensoji is located in the heart of the traditional old town Asakusa. After walking through the Kaminarimon, an 800 feet long shopping street Nakamise Dori entertains you on your way to the temple.   Established in the Edo Era, Nakamise Dori...

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Kikunoi is located in Tokyo’s Akasaka district, this establishment combines the essence of both kappo and ryotei style restaurants. It serves proper Kyoto cuisine without pretension or affectation. The food, the tableware, the furnishings, the teahouse-style façade . . . all represent the utmost in refinement, embodying the grace of Kyoto hospitality. Michelan awarded 2 star to Akasaka Kikunoi Following are from the book...

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