The Beautiful Red-Crowned Cranes of Hokkaido

My first encounter with a red-crowned crane was many, many years ago. I was probably around six when I first saw the Japanese folktale book, Tsuru no Ongaeshi (The Crane’s Return of Favour). In the story, a red-crowned crane is rescued from a hunter’s trap by an old man. Under the disguise of a woman, the crane visits the man and his wife to repay them for helping her. Continue reading “The Beautiful Red-Crowned Cranes of Hokkaido”

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Into the Wild: Akan-Mashu National Park

From the air, the first thing I noticed as we glided over the sea, past the coastline and descended towards the runway, was the vast forest that carpeted the land below. There were virtually no other buildings around the tiny Kushiro Airport. We stepped off the plane, and filled our lungs with Hokkaido’s fresh summer air. Continue reading “Into the Wild: Akan-Mashu National Park”

High Tea at the Luxurious Aman Tokyo

Sleek, minimalistic and slightly mysterious. Built in 2014, Aman Tokyo is one of the city’s newest luxury hotels. Tucked away at the top of an Otemachi high rise a few blocks from Tokyo Station, it has an exclusive yet welcoming atmosphere. Rooms here hover around  150,000 yen per night… luckily for those of us with a tighter budget, there are other ways to enjoy this beautiful hotel! Continue reading “High Tea at the Luxurious Aman Tokyo”

Uncovering the Most Creative Cups of Coffee in Tokyo

One of the reasons I love living in Tokyo is it’s full of people who love to push the envelope to create new and unique things… especially when it comes to the whole ‘cute culture’. We all know in fashion, anything goes. You only have to head to Harajuku to see all the crazy trends happening. And in recent years, this concept has extended to coffee. Continue reading “Uncovering the Most Creative Cups of Coffee in Tokyo”

Tokyo’s Wonderful World of Ghibli

A couple of friends from Australia came to Tokyo recently. They were so excited for their trip and spent weeks planning where they wanted to eat and what they wanted to see and do. Near the top of their list was visiting an enchanting place in Mitaka by the name of Ghibli Museum! Continue reading “Tokyo’s Wonderful World of Ghibli”

Delicious Japanese Dishes: Kakigori

It’s almost impossible to get through August in Japan without having at least one bowl of kakigori. There’s not much better than eating this ice cold treat in the sweltering heat. It is the quintessential Japanese summer experience! Continue reading “Delicious Japanese Dishes: Kakigori”