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Category Archives: Japan

Fushimi Inari Shrine

The vermilion tori tunnel gates of Fushimi Inari are one of the most frequently photographed sites of Kyoto and make for a hauntingly beautiful path of orange and black. Fushimi Inari shrine sits at the base of a mountain 223 meters above sea level, and the winding tori gates straddle a meandering upward path that takes approximately 2 to […]

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Donating a Torii Gate at Fushimi Inari

Behind Fushimi Inari shrine’s main grounds lies the entrance to the torii gate covered hiking trail. Have you ever wondered what the bright orange gates symbolize? Inari, the Shinto god to whom the site is dedicated, is the patron of business as well as the god of rice. Traditionally worshiped by Japanese merchants and manufacturers, Inari has dozens […]

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Mont Thabor Bakery

I love carbs, I love bread and I love anything starchy. While in Tokyo, we passed by Mont Thabor bakery while trying to find Eat More Greens. I couldn’t resist peaking into the bakery and found a delightful, broad mix of Asian and French style pastries. Since it was pre-lunch at Eat More Greens and […]

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Japanese Vegetarian Food

Here’s another rooftop mall meal. We stopped by a crowded spot, not realizing it was yet another japanese vegetarian food place but this restaurant was also delicious. We both ordered two sets of the same, a bowl of hot udon noodles in some kind of vegetarian broth, accompanied by an assortment of curious Japanese vegetarian side […]

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Mikimoto Dessert Lounge

Mikimoto Lounge After some (window) shopping in Ginza, we stopped by Mikimoto Lounge for a fun dessert sampling. Ginza is THE mecca of high end shopping and was fun to walk through. Still, I’m not a fan of walking without a purchase purpose and wanted a sweet pick me up. Have you heard of Mikimoto? I […]

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Asakusa and Sensō-ji Temple

In Tokyo’s Asakusa district, you’ll find one of the city’s oldest and most significant temples, Sensō-ji. This Buddhist temple was previously associated with the Tendai Buddhist sect before becoming independent after World War II. About the temple: Sensō-ji is dedicated to the bodhisattva Kannon. Popular legend holds that the temple was formed after two fisherman found a statue […]

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Eat More Greens

While in Tokyo, we stopped by Eat More Greens for a vegetarian meal. I can’t remember why we chose this restaurant specifically, since I’m by no means vegetarian, but the Azabu-Juban spot draws a pretty varied crowd and actually felt similar to a LES joint. They even had a hanging print of my friend’s old […]

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