Writer: Tataya Kudo
Tataya Kudo is a writer/photographer from Bangkok who loves photographing people, places and plates of food. Her interest includes slow travel, food and culture. Tataya currently makes Tokyo her home, where she spends her free time writing, blogging and exploring Japanese food and culture.
Like all Japanese cuisine, Nagano foods are based upon using the most fresh and simple ingredients of the season. Typical dishes are made from what Nagano people find fresh and local at the markets making many of them very unique. Surrounded with Japan Alps, Nagano is known for the fresh produce from the mountains such as buckwheat, honey and wasabi (they even have a few bold meals like grasshoppers and bee larvae). During my last Nagano visit, I had a wonderful chance to try some of these specialties.
July 6, 2016
Zao is a complex volcano located on the border of Yamagata and Miyagi Prefectures. During the summer season, it becomes a great place to explore and play. The mountain is a winter destination for most people, however, Zao is like other tourist attractions in Japan; you can visit the place enjoying its seasonal beauty throughout the year.
June 22, 2016
Sendai is the capital city of Miyagi Prefecture and the largest city in the Tohoku region. From museums to mausoleums, from gyutan to kokeshi, this is how I spent my day in Sendai.
May 27, 2016
To some, viewing cherry blossoms at a cemetery is somewhat bizarre. However, to the Japanese sakura symbolizes life and short lived beauty. It is so fragile that it reaches its peak fast and disappears fast. It reminds us that every beginning has an end and that life is beautiful yet very short.
March 29, 2016
The weather in Japan is generally temperate with distinctive four seasons. People celebrate abundant seasonal produce to get the most of the flavor, the best value and nutrition.
November 20, 2015
Nagatoro is conveniently accessible from the capital, both by public transportation and by car. This is an excellent destination for day trippers from Tokyo who have limited time and still want to enjoy some attractive natural spot.
October 30, 2015
It’s amazing how approximately 7,000 fireworks festivals are performed in Japan during its short summer. The festival is a beautiful summer tradition where local residents dressed up in colorful yukata (casual cotton kimono) and enjoyed the famous short-lived beauty with friends and family.
August 13, 2015
Most visitors to Japan make a beeline for the famous sights-Tokyo Tower, Kiyomizu Temple, Matsushima, Osaka Castle, etc.- and make the most of their time by riding the world-renowned bullet trains yet I believe that the most memorable encounters can be found in this exuberant country while getting slow down, travelling by bus.
July 19, 2015
Tanabata Festivals are held in the summer throughout Japan. The date varies by region of the country, with the first festivals begin on July 7. The one in Sendai celebrating on August 7 annually is the largest representing Tohoku region, boasting 400-year tradition.
July 8, 2015
Just a short drive from Tokyo Disney Sea, one could not deny that the pleasant nature of Kasai Rinkai Park, an oceanfront garden opened in 1989, awaits to embrace visitors. Sprawling over 80 hectares, it is the largest park in Tokyo 23 wards areas offering great fun outdoor recreation including lively and dynamic water sports like jet skiing, sailing, and yachting.
July 4, 2015
For hundreds of years, Tsukiji market has been said to be the most celebrated food destination in Tokyo. The Tsukiji tour is not all about tuna auction, but it covers the world cheapest delicious sushi sampling, controversial big whale species tasting, plus a visit to traditional Japanese kitchenware suppliers that have been around for generations.
June 13, 2015
The raw crab legs sat on the mountain of crushed ice along with slices of fresh salmon and yellow tail. Dipping the crab sashimi in the soy sauce, it was soft, delicate yet bouncy. No wonder, it is a pride of Tottori prefecture.
June 4, 2015
Kameido Tenjin Shrine is a shrine that associated with the 9th century scholar, poet, and politician named Sugawara no Michizane (born 845-died March 26,903). Michizane was one of the most significant politicians in the history of Japan.
April 20, 2015