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Cafe Tipo 8 – Discover Great Food And Authentic Coffee In Shin-Osaka

April 11, 2016 @ 8:19 am
by e.neil
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White paper swaddled the package on the table in front of me.  A mystery ready to be unraveled, an adventure to be begun, I unwrapped one end and eased back the paper.  An object of beauty glistened back – a thick slice of bacon.  Sesame seeds punctuated the long bun cradling my bacon and egg sandwich… I finished up a meet-up in a part of Osaka that I don’t visit very often - “Shin Umeda” (“New Umeda) and found Café Tipo8 – a café and coffee roaster. As the pasta menu had closed for the day, I was left with [...]
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Ritsurin Park – Uncover One of Japan’s Secret Get-Aways For Travelers In The Know

March 21, 2016 @ 3:41 am
by e.neil
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Navel high on the table before me my teacup steamed. The bitter sweet fragrance of macha wafted on the spring breeze into my nose. The sky reflected on the gazing pond just beyond the sand and stone “zen” garden. The tatami underneath me seemed to groan as I shifted my weight from one leg to the other. Far from mastering seiza, my legs felt like hedgehogs were practicing ukemi, somersaulting down my calves and feet. Low murmurs of fellow park-goers chattering and distant ducks quacking stirred the otherwise quite tea house. My heart felt content. My mind rested, calm and [...]
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Unravel The Mystery Of “Omu-Rice” – A Japanese Lunchtime Value Favorite

March 14, 2016 @ 7:44 am
by e.neil
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GRRrrr. Zzzuurrrrr. Mr. Tanaka glances around the-open concept office. Embarrassment flushes his face. Certainly everyone heard his stomach proclaiming lunchtime. No o-bento today. Our dear fabled sararii man has his mind set on a Japanese lunchtime favorite – omu rice. After a long morning of working hard, or at least trying to look the part, throngs of office workers head out for relief from the office. Some crack open their lunch boxes and have a home cooked meal. Others hit the coffee vending machine to grab a little can of coffee and go for a smoke, caffeine and nicotine to [...]
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A Day Trip To Oji Zoo – Peer Into The Lives Of Wild Animals – In the Suburbs Of Kobe, Japan

March 7, 2016 @ 8:36 am
by e.neil
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The court of red kangaroos bounded around under the winter sky, breath bursting into frost clouds from their nostrils. Emus cocked their head sideways as I walked by, long eye lashes fluttering in the wind. Earlier, I gazed on at koalas napping in crotches of eucalyptus trees. But I was a hemisphere away from Australia. The affluent suburbs of Kobe, Japan is probably the last place you’d expect to see Australian wildlife… unless you’re hip to Oji Zoo. This Hyogo prefecture zoo provides a wonderful place for your little ones to see some exotic animals. And you'll get some laughs [...]
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Hidden Turn-Off On Road From Ubud Reveals Secret World Of Organic Coffee And Spices

February 15, 2016 @ 8:02 am
by e.neil
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Zipping down the road away from Ubud, Bali, you’d never notice the mystical destination that lay ahead. Especially if your driver seems to be in the qualifying round for F1 races despite being in his Suzuki AVP. Suddenly, tires screeching, our micro-van fishtailed to the left. We bounced forward a few meters and came to a halt in a pea-gravel parking area, just large enough for a few more micro-vans. But for the moment, we were the only ones parked. Our driver slid open our door, smiling, “We're here!” Planting our feet on solid ground, our necks craned backward as [...]
Miyabi Cafe And Boulangerie, Itami, Hyogo

Miyabi Café and Boulangerie – Getting Local with Cafes in Hyogo – Itami

January 25, 2016 @ 7:49 am
by e.neil
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I dabbed at the corners of my mouth before I even opened the door. Having arrived a little late in the day, the dessert display case seemed to smirk at me for my tardiness, taunting me to come earlier next time. Among the slices of cake remaining, a singular egg tart called to me the loudest. Pastries and breads - mounds of joy - whispered at me from the take-away bakery section. Croissants, custard cream filled rolls, Danish, bread loaves begged me to take them. Located in a suburban neighborhood in Itami, Hyogo, Japan, Miyabi Cafe and Boulangerie makes for [...]

Ozoni – Good Food for Good Luck – Ancient Shinto Magic in Modern Japanese Life

January 11, 2016 @ 8:12 am
by e.neil
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The ex-pat life delivers “glicken” by the truckload. Local holidays back that truckload up and dump it right at your door. In Japan, that means not only eating the sacred New Years dishes of “o-zoni” and “o-sechi,” but opening up the inside scoop on these foods that take you back to ancient sympathetic magic based in Shinto. First, let's take a step back. New Years in Japan holds the same importance as family oriented holidays like Christmas for many people in the West. Family members relocated far away for work return home. Typically New Years is a three day holiday [...]

Doin’ Donuts Like The Locals – Good Coffee – Free Refills – Decent Donuts

December 7, 2015 @ 7:43 am
by e.neil
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Looking for a place to kill some time? Need a place to sit and chat with someone? Want a place to mentally immerse and write for hours with no disturbances? Got a hankering for good hot coffee with free refills? (Though, baffling, you can’t get a free refill of hot water for your tea…) Mister Donuts tops the list. And an added bonus: recently Mr Donuts reformulated their coffee blend. It sips even better than before. And before, it wasn’t that bad. The counter clerks even come around and bring you refills, on the house. You may hear Mr Donuts [...]

Indulge in Authentic Japanese Cuisine for Less Than $2

November 9, 2015 @ 8:33 am
by e.neil
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Think Japan. What comes to mind? Geisha, temples, Mt. Fuji, wood block prints? Computers, robots, super high-speed trains, and anime? Exotic food that leaves your credit card crying in the corner, begging for mercy? Are you ready for a shock – in a good way? You can indulge in the pleasures of authentic Japanese cuisine for pocket change… if you know where – and when – to look. While you can certainly dine out on less than $10 in eateries for the locals, you can scale your food budget farther back if you hit a local grocery store. Head over [...]
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Interview: A Rare Perspective on Hikers and Interactions with Nature

November 2, 2015 @ 7:50 am
by e.neil
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Editor’s Note: Today I am following up a previous post (A Chance Encounter With A Japanese Pit Viper Ends In...) post with an interview. It runs a bit longer than most of my posts here, so my apologies in advance. In a previous post you read about an excursion and encounter between a hiker and a Japanese Pit Viper, locally known as “mamushi.” Here’s a bit more on what happened. CS: Good morning. Thank you for visiting with me today. I’m sure our readers will enjoy hearing from you, an admittedly rare perspective. JPV / MMS: Oh, no. The pleasure [...]