Top 5 Japanese Bakery Treats

You wouldn't think that Japan would be a country for great bread, given its preference for rice over any other starch. And yet the bakeries here regularly turn out excellent confections, from chocolate croissants to sugared toast. Here are some of the usual suspects you'll find at the local bakery, some of which have a uniquely... Continue Reading →

Top 5 Iris Gardens in the Tokyo Area

I'm a total garden nerd. I don't know how it happened, as we had more mint and parsley growing in our front yard garden than ornamental flowers. But for some reason, the palette of colors in the flower gardens here in Japan simply takes my breath away. Of course, my favorite color has always been... Continue Reading →

Top 5 Fireworks Displays

Like catching cicadas and chasing fireflies, fireworks in Japan are an integral part of the summer experience. Originally used to scare off evil spirits, fireworks (hanabi in Japanese) today are an exuberant affair. During my first week in Japan years ago, I remember joining the yukata-clad masses for the best light show ever over Tokyo Bay. If... Continue Reading →

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