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 →

Good Eats: Torisei (Kyoto)

I always forget how much I like yakitori (grilled chicken skewers) until I have the occasion to eat it. There's a yakitori stand run by a delightful old man just around the corner from my home in Kumamoto. Occasionally, when I need something in a pinch for my daughter's school bento, I'll pop over there... Continue Reading →

Good Eats: Kebabooz (Fukuoka)

I'm sure you're all looking at the title of this post and saying, "Wha ... ??" That's pretty much the look my husband gave me when I mentioned to him that I wanted to hit up Kebabooz on my weekend in Fukuoka. Hunting for restaurants in my destination of choice is one of my favorite... Continue Reading →

Good Eats: Picchu (Sapporo)

UPDATE (Aug 2014) - Picchu has moved! You can now find it just a block from the Susukino metro station (Exit 2 or 4). Check the website for an updated map. __________________________________________________________ Sapporo is known for its beer, cheese and crab, and don't get me wrong, I ate my fair share on our trip to... Continue Reading →

Good Eats: ShinYokohama Ramen Museum

Most foreigners think of sushi when they think of Japanese cuisine, but noodles are an extremely popular item here. There are your standard cold soba (buckwheat) noodles, your thick wheaty udon noodles (often served with tofu or vegetables) ... and then there is ramen. Nothing starts an argument faster in Japan than proclaiming one type... Continue Reading →

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