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Tsukiji Fish Market, Tokyo

Tsukiji Fish Market, Tokyo

Although many of our readers seem to think we’re on a one-year round-the-world food odyssey rather than a grand tour of the globe, we just like visiting food markets and talking to chefs, waiters, restaurateurs, and food enthusiasts. All the same, I was ambivalent about...
Tokyo Take-Homes: Stationery Souvenirs

Tokyo Take-Homes: Stationery Souvenirs

Stationery makes for terrific Tokyo souvenirs, especially for long-term travellers, because it’s not only pretty, but it’s practical, affordable, and weighs nothing at all. I’m an incessant scribbler, so wherever I go, I’ll buy a few notebooks. Postcards also make a light souvenir for the...
Tokyo Take-Homes: Quintessential Keepsakes

Tokyo Take-Homes: Quintessential Keepsakes

Tokyo take-homes must be the most covetable in the world for travellers who appreciate beautiful things. I don’t need to give you ideas as to where to find lovely locally made mementoes, although it’s a task I’ve relished, as there’s no shortage of elegant shops selling enchanting souvenirs, or omiyage...
Why Would You Cook in Tokyo When You Can Eat Out So Well?

Why Would You Cook in Tokyo When You Can Eat Out So Well?

Why would you cook in Tokyo when you can eat out so well is something I’ve been asking myself every day. Tokyo is the first destination of our year-long grand tour where I haven’t cooked. If you’ve been to Tokyo, you can appreciate why. If you...
Local Knowledge: Yuto from Tokyo

Local Knowledge: Yuto from Tokyo

Tokyo locals aren’t friendly, we’d heard. “They’re shy, so they won’t make an effort to speak to you,” said one person. “They’d rather you just go away, because they get embarrassed they don’t speak English,” said another. “They actually don’t want you here at all,”...
Tokyo Take-Homes: Supermarket Snack Food Souvenirs

Tokyo Take-Homes: Supermarket Snack Food Souvenirs

I don’t usually do a Take-Homes post until we’ve been in a place for a while, but Tokyo’s supermarkets and mini-marts are crammed with so many scrummy snack foods, both savoury and sweet, that I’ve found it hard to resist grabbing an armful each time...
Price Check: a Tokyo Shopping List

Price Check: a Tokyo Shopping List

Shopping is terrific fun in Tokyo, whether you’re browsing the little shops selling handmade hairbrushes in Asakusa or the sleek boutiques specialising in traditional gifts in Tokyo Midtown. But shopping for food in Tokyo is especially good fun, making research for the Tokyo shopping list,...
Our Home Away from Home in Tokyo

Our Home Away from Home in Tokyo

Tokyo wasn’t on our original Grantourismo itinerary. From Venice we were set to head via London to Bangkok, but we cancelled our Thailand plans last month due to the crisis there. We’ve a strong connection to the country and couldn’t imagine doing a cooking course...