BC: Far too quickly we're on the Airport Bus to the Tokyo Airport. The Japan Rail Pass allowed us to design our daily adventures with flexibility and low cost | This was by far our best holiday in all the 31 years we've been a couple. We'll be back for more!
FC: "Winter is an etching, spring a watercolor, summer an oil painting and autumn a mosaic of them all." - Stanley Horowitz | Food, Glorious Food in Japan Ronald Lim and Winifred Loh ~ Nov 25 - Dec 6, 2011
1: On our first night in Osaka, we found this little hole in the wall in Minamai. This one guy was chef, waiter and cashier all-in-one! His okonmiyaki, & yaki udon was delicious. Despite the language barrier, i hunted down the miso dressing he used for the brinjal. and found it in Tokyo! We've been able to re-create the dish back home! | Osaka is truly Food Paradise! Instead of 'Shop till you drop', its 'EAT till you drop'! In Japanese, that's KUIDAORE!
2: HEIAN JINGU SHRINE | Day in KYOTO After a half day tour of 3 temples, we indulged in a yummy teppan yaki meal in Kawaramachi | Ronnie purifying himself before stepping into SHINTO SHRINE. Families bring their children to receive blessings for the future.
3: KIYOMIZUDERA TEMPLE | / | where people come to watch MAPLES bloom in all its glory! | Sanjusangendo (33 pillars) is a buddhist temple where no photos were allowed.
4: We discovered a small eatery that served simple noodles and the most succulent drunken kampung chicken! I was also fascinated with this sesame grinder. We found it at Daiso! | Day in KOBE taking the scenic route up to the ropeway (aka cable car!)
5: Sheer Joy at digging into KOBE BEEF!
6: DAYS IN OSAKA The water, colors of the trees, and cool weather made the walk around the grounds of the Osaka Castle very pleasant.
7: BIG tree Little man | BIG man Little tree | Gardeners pruning BONSAI in action!
8: Kuromon Ichiba Market - where the locals go to shop! Look at the price of the PUFFER FISH! And this is even before a fully licensed chef is allowed to prepare it for guests.
9: The Journey from Osaka to Tokyo was a culinary adventure too! Lots of bentos at the station to choose from. The 3 hr ride on a super clean & comfy SHINKANSEN made the journey as enjoyable as arriving at the destination!
10: The Unagi was delicious - S$100 dinner for 2 at a hole in the wall in HARAJUKU, Tokyo
11: DAY IN YOKOHAMA - a delightful cruise around the harbour in the afternoon.
12: entrance to Motomachi, a hip shopping street in Yokohama | entrance to Chinatown | in the middle of motomachi in the early evening
13: We Rake, We Pile... WE JUMP!!! | A very special Ramen Museum
14: TORIDE is famous in Tokyo. We give it 2 thumbs up!
15: Ramen from yamagata, saitama, tokyo, kurume, wakayama, kumamoto, sapporo, and yokohama in one place! | Just the kind of place for Ronnie - Help Yourself to all the Garlic you want!
16: We spent a wonderful afternoon at the EPSON AQUA STADIUM in Shinagawa. It was a very cold day so it was great to be indoors with the Sealions and Dolphins.
17: JS BURGER where JS = Journal Standard Found it in Shinjuku | 1000 yen (S$17) for a Burger? Designer Food but yummy! You only live once ;-)
18: Is it obvious that we're really hungry and greedy?
19: "Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower." - Albert Camus | Ronnie checking things out in TSUKIJI MARKET
20: kaminarimon (thunder gate) in Asakusa | shops at Nakamise Street on the way to the temple
21: Making traditional Japanese biscuits by hand | Holy Smokes - Burning for Blessings!
22: Trying our hands at making our own OKONOMIYAKI in Asakusa, with a lot of help from the waiter!
23: St Patrick's Church where we went for Mass is at Kanamecho Sta, 1 stop away from our hotel at Ikebukuro
24: I spent a leisurely couple of hours wandering around the Imperial Palace in the heart of Tokyo. (Ronnie was spending his time at AKIHABARA, his playground of choice!)
25: Ronnie's favourite haunt over 8 floors where he spent 3 hours finding all sorts of interesting gadgets! | TOKYU HANDS | BBQ meat paradise - beef tongue, chicken and pork | We spent our last night in Tokyo's Sunshine City, a couple of blocks behind our hotel.
26: This Father/Son combo does the best sushi we've tried in Tokyo!
27: the ONLY place where the size of the FISH is larger than the sushi rice!