The best cafe in Nozawa-Onsen

If Studio Ghibli ever made a movie about a cute, loving couple who ran a cafe that served fantastic lattes, mochas, hot chocolates, baked curry, cakes, other home-made comfort food, and THE CUTEST cookies in the world…THIS cafe would be … Continue reading

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Sushi Bar Yasuda Tokyo – 2015: Q&A with Naomichi Yasuda

Sushi – it's what everyone thinks of when they think "Japan".  Well, this sushi bar offers you something a little different. Naomichi Yasuda was head chef & part-owner of the legendary "sushi yasuda" in NY since 1999. He's since left North … Continue reading

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The Philippines – Salamat po

The Philippines – Salamat po

The Philippines. First time I've travelled here. And I'm surprised, delighted and intrigued. My only knowledge of the Philippines was academic – history of Rizal, the Spanish, the conversions, the US control, Japanese occupation. These people have been through so … Continue reading

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Old Shanghai Street Scenes

Old Shanghai Street Scenes

Shanghai's "Shikumen" architecture combines the Chinese courtyard and Western archiecture. A lot of the housing in the older part of Shanghai is made of up these but the apartments are definitely taking over.  We didn't get to wander through Shikumen except … Continue reading

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