Taiyaki – Japan’s delicious fish-shaped street food!

Japan has lots of wonderful sweet treats that you can find in markets and shops. Glutinous mochi with red bean paste, leaf-shaped momiji manjū, humble dorayaki. But there’s one which is my particular favourite – the fish-shaped taiyaki. Taiyaki translates to ‘baked (yaki) sea bream (tai)’, hence the way it is traditionally served in the … More Taiyaki – Japan’s delicious fish-shaped street food!

Sketching Nikkō, Japan’s UNESCO Temple Town

Something strange happened when the clocks hit 5pm in Nikkō. The town suddenly fell quiet, the people disappeared, the shops shut their doors, and restaurants turned their ‘open’ signs around to ‘closed’. The sun went down in a haze of muted oranges and purples, a chilly evening began to creep in, and we were left … More Sketching Nikkō, Japan’s UNESCO Temple Town

Japan’s Most Interesting and Expensive Fruits

Japan produces some of the most attractive, unusual, and expensive fruits in the world. From square watermelons, white strawberries, to rich red mangoes, Japan’s quest to create the perfect versions of fruit has some produced some amazing results. In order to create the perfect fruits, special growing circumstances are needed. Square watermelons, for instance, are … More Japan’s Most Interesting and Expensive Fruits

Harajuku's Crazy Crepes – The Sweet Treats You Have To Try

Harakjuku crepes are some of the most eye-catching sweet treats in Harajuku. You can’t miss them; Cream-filled, brightly-coloured, packed with strawberry and chocolate and slices of cake! This Japanese version of the French crepe are synonymous with Tokyo’s centre of youth culture – they’re sweet, over the top, and fun! They’re served rolled up in … More Harajuku's Crazy Crepes – The Sweet Treats You Have To Try

Christmas in Kyoto – What to see, do and eat

Winter illuminations, KFC buckets, and romantic dates! Christmas in Kyoto is filled with Christmas spirit, even though it is not a national holiday. All around the country, Japanese people love to celebrate this unofficial holiday with their own unique Christmas traditions in true Japanese style. In Kyoto, there are lots of little charms that make … More Christmas in Kyoto – What to see, do and eat

Miyazaki Mangoes – The most expensive mangoes in the world

The world’s most expensive and exclusive mangoes are Japan’s Miyazaki Mangoes, from Miyazaki prefecture on the southern island of Kyushu. They can sell for as much as $5000! Large, a rich red colour, and beautifully packaged in their own cushioned box, they’re certainly very impressive to look at. But how could they possibly be so … More Miyazaki Mangoes – The most expensive mangoes in the world

Japan’s Momiji Manjū – The Delicious Treat from Miyajima Island

This little maple-leaf shaped cake is called a momiji manjū, and it comes from an island in Japan called Miyajima. It is made of buckwheat and rice, with the choice of various fillings, like chocolate, red bean, matcha, or custard. They’re spongy, delicate, and delicious! Miyajima’s traditional cakes Anyone who knows the delicious Japanese street food taiyaki … More Japan’s Momiji Manjū – The Delicious Treat from Miyajima Island