East Meets West at the Kyu-Furukawa Gardens

The scene of roses in front of the beautiful brick mansion at the Kyu-Furukawa Gardens has long been something I’ve wanted to see with my own eyes. Though it pops up often in my Instagram feed, this garden has somehow remained off the tourist trail. Continue reading “East Meets West at the Kyu-Furukawa Gardens”

A Brilliant Midsummer’s Night in Adachi

Summers in Tokyo are notoriously hot and humid with heat waves lasting weeks at a time. While all you want to do during the day is stay inside to escape the heat, the nights, on the other hand, entice us out with promises of some of the year’s most exciting events. Continue reading “A Brilliant Midsummer’s Night in Adachi”

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. Continue reading “Making Deco Sushi for the First Time”

Some No Komichi: Tokyo’s Colourful Festival

Despite being just a short 10-minute train ride north from Shinjuku, the area of Nakai and Ochiai couldn’t be more opposite to Tokyo’s red light district. While Shinjuku Station—the busiest station in the world—is surrounded by towering neon lights, packed bars and 24-hour entertainment, the northern part of Shinjuku Ward is desperately trying to hang onto its roots. Continue reading “Some No Komichi: Tokyo’s Colourful Festival”

Journey to the Soul of Japan

Two thousand years ago, the emperor of Japan sent his daughter on a mission.

She was to find a new home for a sacred mirror, one of three items that had been passed down from their ancestor, Amaterasu, the sun goddess and the creator of ancient Japan. The mirror was worshipped as though it was the goddess herself, and its new resting place would become the centre of Shinto festivals, ceremonies and rituals. Continue reading “Journey to the Soul of Japan”