Sake: Japan’s Liquid of Choice

Sake is such an integral part of Japanese culture. There are so many different types of sake, different brands, different ways to drink it, different occasions to drink it on. Having gone out with my Japanese colleagues (surprise, surprise, teachers love to drink!) on many occasions, I feel like I’ve learnt a little about this complex alcoholic liquid. Continue reading “Sake: Japan’s Liquid of Choice”

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Tea Time at the Peter Rabbit Garden Cafe

Once upon a time, there were four little rabbits, and their names were

Flopsy, Mopsy, Cotton-tail and Peter.

They lived with their Mother in a sand-bank, underneath the root of a very big fir-tree.

And so begins the tale of cheeky, little Peter Rabbit.  Continue reading “Tea Time at the Peter Rabbit Garden Cafe”

Making Deco Sushi for the First Time

It’s that time of the year again — the Golden Week holiday! This year, we have Showa Day on Sunday and its replacement holiday on Monday. Tuesday and Wednesday are regular work days but people will take them off if they can. Then Constitution Day is on Thursday, Greenery Day on Friday and Children’s Day on Saturday. For Japanese people, this “golden” week of public holidays is like a reward for all of the hard work and overtime they regularly do. Continue reading “Making Deco Sushi for the First Time”

Brunch at Stall Nakameguro

It really is true what they say about spring. It brings the best changes!

In the past few days, we’ve started feeling the first signs of spring in Tokyo. After a colder than usual winter that brought some very snowy days, we had our first ‘warm’ day of the year last week. It feels so good to be outside when it’s sunny and 20 degrees! I just want to spread my arms and soak up all of that Vitamin D. Continue reading “Brunch at Stall Nakameguro”

My 2017 Favourites

It’s become customary for many bloggers, myself included, to look back on the year’s highlights with a review post. This was my 5th year writing on Celia in Tokyo, can you believe! And this is my 4th yearly wrap up post. It’s always fun to try come up with different ways to review the year…

2016 Review “A to Z”

2015 Review “A Year of Colours”

2014 Review “Top 10 Trips around Japan”

2017 was not my best year blogging as I took an unintended few months break in the middle of the year. That’s not to say I didn’t have a lot to blog about!

I kicked off 2017 in my dream city, Paris (!!!!), joining the countdown on the Champs-Élysées, and spending the first day of the year wandering through the Musée d’Orsay. And now, I will ring in the new year in my home city, Tokyo.

The 52 weeks in between were full of all sorts of activities, bus rides, train rides, trips to different parts of Japan, and overseas holidays to Australia and Spain. As usual, I did a lot of solo travelling, but this year I was also lucky to go on several trips with friends and spend some quality time with all of my family members! Skype is great, but there’s nothing like being together in person <3

Reflecting on the year that was, I was inspired by the Daily Post’s Photo Challenge, 2017 Favorites, to share my best experiences in Japan over the past 12 months and hopefully give anyone visiting Japan in 2018 a few ideas.

These were my favourite things of 2017:

✴ EVERYDAY LIFE ✴

My favourite cafe decor in Tokyo:

Aoyama Flower Market Tea House, Omotesando

Aoyama Flower

My favourite cafe with a view:

Bills Kamakura, Kanagawa

Bills Kamakura

My favourite non-Japanese restaurant in Tokyo:

Cicada, Omotesando

Cicada

My favourite bowl of ramen in Tokyo:

Wonton ramen at Afuri Sangenjaya

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My favourite winter illuminations in Tokyo:

“Christmas Tree Forest of 100 Colors” at Omotesando Hills

Omotesando Hills

My favourite thing to do for fun:

Tokyo DisneySea

Tokyo Disneysea

My favourite cultural experience:

Starting a Goshuincho (shrine book)

Goshuincho

✴ NATURE ✴

My favourite sakura spot:

Kawazu, Shizuoka

Kawazu

My favourite hydrangea spot:

Hattori farm in Mobara, Chiba

Hattori hydrangeas

My favourite momiji spot:

Oku-Nikko, Tochigi

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✴ TRAVEL ✴

My favourite wow moment:

Seeing the giant sculptures at the Sapporo Snow Festival

Sapporo Snow Festival

My favourite unplanned experience:

Capturing Mt Fuji and the Shizuoka tea fields from the shinkansen traveling at 300km/h!

Mt Fuji

My favourite regional food on the road:

Okonomiyaki at Kiji, Osaka

Okonomiyaki

My favourite ski trip:

Sugadaira Kogen, Nagano

Sugadaira Kogen

My favourite off-the-beaten-path location:

Iya Valley, Tokushima

Iya Valley

My favourite shrine:

Futami Okitama Shrine and Meoto Iwa (husband & wife rocks), Mie

Meoto Iwa

My favourite temple:

Rurikoin, Kyoto

Rurikoin


And that was my 2017 Favourites! Makes my heart warm looking back at all of these and recalling the memories attached to them. It’s been another very eventful year living in Japan.

Thank you all so much for reading, clicking, liking and commenting this year.

Enjoy the remaining hours of 2017!
Happy New Year!