Uradera Age Bunbun, Kyoto

I went here more times than I should have. I went there twice in a row, then came back later that day and again the next! It was my nose that led me here. Afterall, the storefront seems so... unassuming. And there was no line...   Where do the stairs lead? Why am I the only … Continue reading Uradera Age Bunbun, Kyoto


Shabu Shabu Onyasai, Hatchobori

Took me forever to figure out the English name to this place. This shabu shabu all-you-can-eat place is in the same building as Gyu-Kaku (much easier to find), but on the 4th floor.   I don't know exactly what our friends ordered, but we got a lot of it. Stacks of meat!   I don't … Continue reading Shabu Shabu Onyasai, Hatchobori

Yokohama Royal Park Hotel’s Tea Room, Yokohama

Our friends treated us to a tea ceremony with an awesome view on the 65th floor of the Royal Park Hotel in the Yokohama Landmark Tower. The entrance was an experience altogether! Coming from an elevator to a seemingly normal hallway, one steps into the tea room and the entire atmosphere changes. The stepping stones even had … Continue reading Yokohama Royal Park Hotel’s Tea Room, Yokohama


Usagiya, Ueno

My wife found this dorayaki shop / confectionary.   Some may think it excessive, but I really appreciate Japanese packaging. A lot of thought and care goes into presentation.   I don't think we knew what we ordered, but everything has red bean inside. I got tired of red bean foods, so I didn't like this. … Continue reading Usagiya, Ueno