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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 [...]
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 [...]

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 [...]