Good Eats: Shikairo (Nagasaki)

Nagasaki is a bit of a culinary crossroads. As one of the only cities to remain open to trade during the Edo Era (1603-1868), it played host to Chinese, Dutch and the very occasional British trader. Thanks to those influences, the food scene in Nagasaki is pretty varied and incredibly tasty. One of Nagasaki's most famous... Continue Reading →

Good Eats: Kamo (Kyoto)

When I was in Kyoto last year, I was wandering the blocks around the main artery of Shijo-dori, looking for a washi paper store. I found it, a few blocks south of Shijo on Higashinotoin-dori. On the way, however, I passed a squat black building with a significant line of people waiting outside the door. A... Continue Reading →

Good Eats: Roppongi Nouen (Tokyo)

**Roppongi Nouen sadly closed its doors sometime in late 2015.** Roppongi Nouen occupies prime real estate in the party neighborhood of Roppongi, making it an odd place for a restaurant that glorifies farmers. Yet here you'll find a restaurant whose walls are made of packed soil and where an herb garden occupies a prominent position... Continue Reading →

Good Eats: Isoya (Kyoto)

I've been on a bit of a veggie kick lately. I've recently started juicing at home and I've always eaten a healthy portion of veggies on my plate for lunch, dinner and even breakfast (I'm a big proponent of spinach in smoothies!) but when I travel, it can be hard to feel like I'm getting... Continue Reading →

Good Eats: Kijiya (Hitoyoshi)

The trend in Japan lately is game meats. In the past year alone, I've had wild boar (inoshishi), deer (shika) and in Hitoyoshi, I got to add a new one to the list. Kijiya, an eatery on the Kuma river just outside the city of Hitoyoshi in southern Kumamoto, is one of the only places... Continue Reading →

Good Eats: A.K.A. (Kanazawa)

**A.K.A closed down for about 2 years (2014-2016) but now seems to be reopening/reopened closer to the Higashi-Chaya district near Share Hotels Hatchi. Check their website for details. For a small city on the Sea of Japan coast, Kanazawa delivers a weighty culinary punch. On my trip through the region in the fall, I researched... Continue Reading →

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