Kona's Coffee

A new branch of Kona’s Coffee Hawaiian Pancake House opened this month in Kazo City. There is a whole new development in the area where it opened: around Viva Home in the Shimotakayanagi area of Kazo. Kona’s Coffee is a Hawaiian style pancake and coffee house restaurant with branches allRead More →

School Lunch Japan – The School Lunch History Hall in Kitamoto although small is a surprisingly interesting history hall chronicling the evolution of school lunch in Japan. The building is just one floor, which only requires about half an hour to visit for an adult. With children you could spendRead More →

Day 19 of NaBloPoMo and continuing with a regular feature “Tokyo Thursday”. On a recent trip to Tokyo to get my hair done in Toni & Guy, Aoyama branch, I had the most wonderful walk through Shibuya. So much to discover on even a short walk through Tokyo Streets. MyRead More →

My best friend Fiona inspired this post as she is a “foodie”!  More on her to come, but for now Sunday’s special for the month of NaBloPoMo is a “slice of life” (pardon the pun) type snippet on preschool life in Japan. Preschool in Japan is 3 years long. IRead More →

Amezaiku in Kawagoe

Candy Craft in Kawagoe Today, we went to watch the Candy Man in Kawagoe. Mr Suzuki is a performance artist, who sculpts candy into different shapes, characters and forms. It is an art form from the Edo period known as Amezaiku in Japan. From what I have seen of his work,Read More →

Today is White Day in Japan; Valentine’s day for girls. My daughters got a really lovely present with a REALLY unfortunate name.  These delightful character chocolates and macaroons come to you from the Royal Gastro Club.  Where I’m from gastro is short for gastroenteritis, which is basically the stomach flu!Read More →

When I first came to Japan in 2000 there was nothing in the shops for Easter. I have watched the selection of Easter goodies grow over the years.  Marketers are cashing in on the commercialism of the holiday, if nothing else. I’m not complaining; the choice of seasonal “Easter” cakesRead More →

Maternity hospital stay Japan – Day two brought more delicious food and even more amazing presents. It was also the day I got a professional massage in my room. Breakfast everyday is buffet style. They have a great selection of Western and Japanese breakfast foods. The breads are particularly deliciousRead More →

Some photos of the food and the goodies on day one of a standard five-day stay (birth day is counted as day zero) in a Japanese maternity hotel… I mean hospital! Breakfast, which was brought to my room the morning after I gave birth. Little one #4 was in theRead More →

It is not the first time I have said this publicly, and probably not the last, but I am super culinary challenged. Thankfully, my husband is a particularly good cook. Part of my struggle with cooking is that for the longest time I had no interest in it, the otherRead More →