Trip Tips: Grutto Pass (Tokyo)

Tokyo has no shortage of museums and cultural institutions to explore. For most visitors passing through the city in just a few short days, these excellent, well-curated displays compete for time with other muse-see sites and experiences, often coming out on the short end of the stick. But for those planning to be in Tokyo... Continue Reading →

2018 Updates from Uncover Japan

Hello all and a very belated happy new year! It's sadly been a few months since I last wrote on this blog and I fear that pattern may not change much this year. Although I  made several trips back to Japan in 2017, at the moment there are no planned trips on the schedule for 2018. It's... Continue Reading →

Manhole Monday: Minakami Onsen

Autumn is in the air in Japan. Typhoon season has been pretty wet this year, I heard, but cool temperatures and clear skies are starting to make their appearance. The first foliage reports from japan-guide are out and Hokkaido has started off the season with brilliant colors. Last year, looking to vary things a bit... Continue Reading →

Washoku Wednesday: Shiso leaves

Courtney cooks up a tasty shiso salad in this month's Washoku Wednesday column! Shiso, or perilla, is an herb that is often used in Japanese cuisine but isn’t well known in the western world. There are two varieties, green and (red) purple, but the uses are very different. Green is added to dishes, salads and more.... Continue Reading →

Washoku Wednesday: Sake

(I don't drink sake, but I do love mixing it with what Courtney describes below as the "trinity of ingredients" for my dishes. Read on for some good ideas!) You’re probably thinking sake, or Japanese rice wine, is a really odd selection for a traditional Japanese food segment but sake is used to create many... Continue Reading →

Experience: Gion Night Walk

Just this past weekend, I braved the heat and made a pilgrimage to Kyoto for a solo adventure. I'm not really a fan of traveling Japan in the summertime but I never turn down the chance to get in a chance to visit one of my favorite cities in the world. Having so much time... Continue Reading →

Family Fun: Omiya Railway Museum (Tokyo)

Japan is full of densha otaku (train fans), but you don't have to be one to enjoy this hands-on museum in the Tokyo "suburb" of Omiya dedicated to all things railway-related. The Omiya Railway Museum opened in 2007 in one of Tokyo's largest bedroom communities just across the border in Saitama Prefecture. The museum sprawls over... Continue Reading →

Friday Photo: May 2016

There's been a decided lack of blog posts this week (sorry!) but I'll excuse myself by saying that I am off gathering new material. When life calms down again, I have more than enough to keep me in front of my computer screen for a whole new series of posts. For the moment, though, I'm... Continue Reading →

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