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Around Kyoto {Japan no. 8}

When people have asked me what the best parts of the trip were, I’ve told them that one was meeting Katsura and her family. I met them on the street in Tokyo when I was lost, and ended up reconnecting with them in Kyoto, where they live.  Two of the days in Kyoto were spent […]

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Kyoto in the morning {Japan no.7}

A friend lent me his copy of Old Kyoto by Diane Durston - a guide to traditional shops, restaurants and inns. The information is beautifully woven together with stories of family establishments, some that have been in business for over ten generations. I love this book so much that I had to get my own copy. I […]

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Tsukiji Market {Japan no.6}

Two of my mornings in Tokyo started with unbelievably fresh sushi at Tsukiji Market. After breakfast, I roamed around the outer market, comprised of produce, knives, pottery, and alleys of noodle shops, until the wholesale area opened to visitors.  By this time, there was a sense that some of the frenetic energy of the earlier hours […]

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Tokyo at night {Japan no.5}

A few shots around Tokyo in the evening hours. My one suggestion is to find a karaoke bar and sing. Definitely, absolutely, sing. Above: Shabu-zen and Nightfly bar, Shibuya. Above: Yamashita Shoten, a 24-hour bookshop right near Shibuya station. Below: view from The New York Bar.  

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Kanda Matsuya, Tokyo {Japan no.4}

For the holidays, my mom got me a copy of Japanese Soul Cooking, a cookbook by Tadashi Ono and Harris Salat.  The book explores the comfort foods you’d find in both neighborhood restaurants and in homes and includes step-by-step photographs.  Although I haven’t tried the recipes yet, before leaving for Japan I jotted down a […]

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