Tag Archive: slow travel

Jun 30

Tsukiji Fish Markets, Tokyo: Part 2

After visiting the Tsukiji fish markets proper (see Part 1 of this post), our guide for the day, Tokyo foodie and sake expert, Etsuko Nakamura, takes us across the road for a wander around the outer market. “For me, this is just as interesting, if not more interesting in some ways, than visiting the fish …

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Jun 28

Demystifying Tokyo’s Pop Culture

Evidence of Tokyo’s exuberant pop culture is everywhere we look: kids posing in the flamboyant costumes of their favourite manga characters; enormous posters advertising the latest anime release; colossal neon-lit department stores dedicated to comic books, video games and toys; girls wearing cheeky get-ups to attract the geeky boys to the maid cafés… To help …

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Jun 28

Why would you cook in Tokyo? A Guide to Where We Ate in Tokyo

Tokyo is the first destination on our year-long grand tour where I haven’t cooked. If you’ve been to Tokyo, you can probably appreciate why. If you haven’t, then read on. One of the huge advantages of staying in a holiday rental over a hotel is having a kitchen to cook in. For us, cooking isn’t …

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Jun 27

Akasaka and Other Tokyo Neighbourhoods

As part of our quest to get beneath the skin of places we’re visiting, we’re about exploring neighbourhoods rather that ticking off sights. While in Tokyo we won’t be going to see the Imperial Palace (we visited it on our first trip years ago), just as we didn’t see a need to climb the Eiffel Tower …

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Jun 24

Tokyo, Day 1: It’s Not Only About the Sushi

Our first morning in Tokyo. At 10am in our jet-lagged Lost in Translation state of being, we grab a guidebook off the shelf in our Tokyo apartment to look for somewhere to eat an early lunch. We’d had an awesome meal the night before, our first night in Tokyo, at an izakaya (Japanese bar) not …

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