Japan

Konnichiwa Nippon! Appreciating the country I grew up dreaming of living in.

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Kyoto: Arinco Matcha Roll at Arashiyama

I discovered Arinco, a swiss roll specialty chain that’s apparently da bomb in Japan while I was taking a stroll with The F Man at Arashiyama (嵐山) . With my sharp skills of deduction, I figured that Arinco was famous or at least featured on Japanese TV. There was a crowd around the outlet and everyone was buying these swiss rolls […]

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Style: Where The Wind Blows

It’s a chilly autumn in Osaka, Japan at the moment. Osaka saw heavy torrential rain and strong high winds for much of Monday because of Typhoon Vongfong. All the stores were shuttered up early from 4:00pm onwards and even convenience stores near the hotel we were staying at (Intercontinental Osaka) were closed. (more…)

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Style: A World Away From My Own

As I strolled through the vermillion torii gates (鳥居) at the Fushimi Inari Shrine (伏見稲荷大社), I was trying desperately to catch my breath for two reasons. One, the view of rows and rows of these gates was absolutely stunning that it took my breath away; It was a world away from my own… And two, the trek up through the […]

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