One more! Wanko soba experience near Tokyo

Last Sunday felt like a nearly ‘normal’ day before the pandemic - for the first time since the end of the March, I caught a train 🚋 (!). Initially, I was slightly nervous 😰 about crowds on a train but as the coronavirus infection reported in Japan are mainly at bars where people are in a … Continue reading One more! Wanko soba experience near Tokyo

Arty Tennozu Isle with a restaurant with a view

wall art by diego Tennozu isle tokyo japan photographed by native expat 2020

Last week was Golden Week in Japan where we had Monday through to Wednesday off thanks to a number of public holidays.Saying that, due to state of emergency and with the current new normal, we stayed put in Tokyo🗼 by mainly staying at home and occasionally cycling on our bikes 🚲 when the sun came … Continue reading Arty Tennozu Isle with a restaurant with a view

Back to basics: How to cook Bamboo shoot in a Japanese style

A couple of weeks ago, my husband and I went on a beautiful nature getaway in Chiba prefecture near Tokyo at a glamping site called Private Garden the West. The owner kindly gave us two massive 筍(takenoko or bamboo shoot)🎍. 2 very proud bamboo shoot freshly harvested in Chiba Bamboo shoot isn't a common ingredient … Continue reading Back to basics: How to cook Bamboo shoot in a Japanese style

Eating out highlights in Azabujyuban, Tokyo

Shunjyukusei Azabujyuban restaurant meat

From this week onwards, my workplace have commenced working from home indefinitely due to COVID-19 🦠 aka coronavirus aka pandemic that is spreading around the world.   Australia seemed relatively calm until the last two weeks and not only is it spreading geographically but fear is everywhere we look. Social feeds and news feeds are … Continue reading Eating out highlights in Azabujyuban, Tokyo

Japanese food that Japanese expats love and miss

Many japanese food packaging including curry, rice crackers, furikake and wasabi tubes

Before I start my very first job in Tokyo, Japan, I am visiting my lovely sister who lives in Germany. As Germany and Japan are approximately 12 hour flight away, my sister cannot visit Japan often and unlike in Australia where we grew up, Japanese grocery stores aren't readily available where she now lives. Hence, … Continue reading Japanese food that Japanese expats love and miss