Writer: Micole Soh
An exchange student here in Tokyo for a total of two years, Micole is endlessly fascinated by Japan’s culture and ways. While she is still trying very hard to learn Japanese, that does not stop her from going out to explore and eat great Japanese food – a huge reason why she came to Japan!
Tokyo is well-known for being a highly concentrated Michelin starred restaurant city. In fact, Tokyo has in a number of years topped the list for being the city with the highest concentration of restaurants with Michelin stars. Finding a Michelin-star restaurant that is affordable is therefore exceptionally difficult.
July 25, 2016
after trying out a number of pancake houses here in Tokyo, I’ve been amazed at the contrasting difference ways of making one pancake from the other. Each pancake house coming up with their own kind. I’m definitely in love with the pancakes here in Tokyo!
July 14, 2016
If you grew up speaking English, it is very likely that reading the Peanuts comic strip was a staple in your childhood. Illustrated by Charles M Schulz, the Peanuts comic series has been called one of the greatest and most influential comic strips in history. Snoopy, Charlie Brown, Lucy, Woodstock and friends are characters familiar to those who have read the comic strip. The Snoopy Museum, Tokyo is located in Roppongi!
July 5, 2016
Mention Okinawa, and thoughts of blue skies, clear waters, and sandy beaches are likely to come to mind. Indeed, known as the Hawaii of Japan, Okinawa is an ideal location for the perfect beach getaway and allows the water sport enthusiasts to try out activities like diving and snorkeling. A trip to Okinawa therefore would not be complete without visiting one of its beautiful beaches.
July 2, 2016
Japanese desserts, and the art that goes into making them, are topics I can write endlessly on. Traditional Japanese desserts, otherwise known as wagashi (和菓子). No trip to Japan can be counted complete if you’ve not tasted wagashi. But then again, it’ll be hard to have a dessert that isn’t one! In this article, I’ll be introducing 3 baked desserts you can find in Japan that aren’t strictly wagashi, but are more of a Japanese-Western fusion.
June 20, 2016
One thing you learn living in Tokyo as a foodie is that if there is a queue snaking outside a restaurant regardless of what time and which day you pass by it, you can almost be sure you should join the queue and taste what is so worth queuing for.
May 18, 2016
When it comes to food that you must try in Japan, things like ramen and sushi often top the minds of many. However, an often forgotten but equally delicious meal is tonkatsu. Essentially a breaded, deep fried pork cutlet, it is a dish that sounds deceptively simple and easy to prepare but difficult to be truly delicious.
April 29, 2016
Tokyo Disneyland and Disney Sea are the places where you can truly find the child within you. Even if you’ve been to either before, there is nothing to stop you from returning again, especially if there is a whole new theme or seasonal event awaiting!
April 25, 2016
Potato snacks hardly go wrong. Be it french fries with fish & chips, potato chips or crisps, potato snacks are always delicious, especially when deep-fried. The love for potato extends to Japan as well, and evidence of Japan’s success in making delicious potato snacks can be seen from how well Calbee does locally and internationally. As a major Japanese snack maker, Calbee Inc. has operations all over the world, but nothing gives it more attention than its stores in Japan.
April 19, 2016
Themed cafes in Tokyo are aplenty. On top of two quirky cafes that I visited previously, the Alice in Wonderland Café was another café that was on my to-visit list. There are numerous Alice in Wonderland themed cafes in Tokyo, showing the popularity of this concept.
April 15, 2016
While it might be common to hear of Japanese characters gaining immense popularity far from the shores of Japan – Hello Kitty, Pokemon, just to name a few – there is one Finnish character that has gained almost equivalent popularity in Japan.
February 20, 2016
Chiyoda is located in the very heart of Tokyo, with many subway stations providing access into this area – Kudanshita Station, Tokyo Station, Hibiya Station, Yurakucho Station – to name a few. There are many museums, scenic and historic spots to see in this area. The following route and attractions are just one possible means I explored.
December 27, 2015
The Caretta Illumination at Shiodome is by far one of the most amazing displays this year. Going by the theme of “Canyon d’Azur”, the area in front of Caretta Shiodome beautifully lights up in a sea of blue during this year-end season.
December 18, 2015
If you visit Japan, never ever forget to try the snacks here. Besides being the food mecca that it is, the food that you would want to try in Japan should never just be limited to ramen, sushi, or traditional desserts. The snacks in Japan are definitely worth trying.
December 2, 2015