Friday Photo: March 2016

This month's Friday Photo almost passed me by. Here it is, Sunday afternoon already, and somehow I've managed to neglect the blog again. My picture archives are feeling similarly neglected, but by no means empty. In fact, this month I added what felt like reams of photos ... but because I sort them all by... Continue Reading →

Good Eats: Gogyo (Kyoto)

There are plenty of places to eat around Kyoto's Nishiki Market (which is, in itself, an essential stop for any visitor to the city) but some are more memorable than others. Just a few steps north of the market's covered arcade is the ramen noodle restaurant of Gogyo. Not all ramen joints are as swish... 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 →

Experience: Sapporo Snow Festival

While those of us who reside on the island of Kyushu are just starting to feel the ¬†occasional balmy breezes of early spring, the northernmost island of Hokkaido is far from welcoming warmer temperatures. In fact, this week, the city of Sapporo is in the midst of celebrating the wonder of winter with its 64th... Continue Reading →

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