Tag Archives: Japan

On My Door Step. Fresh Yuzu Juice. Let’s Drink To That. With a Yuzu Mojito.

Who would have thought. After spending a considerable amount of time in Tokyo searching for yuzu I arrive home and there it is. Bottled fresh yuzu juice concentrate. At one of my favourite purveyors Simon Johnson. The Woollahra store is … Continue reading

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Channelling Maisen. Pork Tonkatsu At Home

Tonkatsu. Panko crumbed and fried pork cutlet. Served with shredded cabbage and special sauce. Crisp, crunchy and delicious. For a truly decadent tonkatsu experience in Tokyo we like to visit Maisen in Omotesando. Just around the corner from Shibuya. Famous … Continue reading

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Chanko-Nabe at Ryogoku Kokugikan Stadium. The Food of Sumo Champions.

January in Tokyo. My boys like to catch some of the action at Ryogoku Kokugikan. Tokyo’s National Sumo Stadium. The flags are out. That means the Grand Sumo Tournament is in full swing. Sumo wrestling is Japan’s national sport. It’s … Continue reading

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Tokyo. A Fruitful Search for Yuzu. Japanese Citron. Tart. Bitter. Absolutely Delicious.

I  adore yuzu. A Japanese citrus fruit. Tart and bitter, citrus-like, tangy and fresh. All at the same time. It looks like a bumpy skinned lemon but tastes like a tantalising, almost indescribable hybrid of grapefruit, mandarin and lime.  Wonderfully unique and incredibly … Continue reading

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Don’t Leave Niseko Without… A Visit To The Onsen.

Our sojourn in Niseko is drawing to a close. Today we depart Hokkaido for a flying visit to Tokyo. Monday morning we will be back in hot, sweltering Sydney. Talk about extremities in weather conditions. Moving from close to minus 20 C … Continue reading

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Snow and Seafood. Sushi and Tempura at Shokusai Hirafu.

If you are in Japan you have to try sushi. Beautifully prepared and plated as only the Japanese can do. One of my favourite sushi haunts in Niseko is Shokusai Hirafu. Located in the Alpen Hotel in the upper village. … Continue reading

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King Crab Kane Ramen. Hanazono 308.

It was a cold blustery day today. Lots of fresh powder snow. I’m beginning to think it’s never going to stop snowing these holidays. Last year the locals told us it was the best season the resort has had in … Continue reading

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French Galettes and Crepes. The Niseko Supply Company at Odin.

Today we decided to take a break. From skiing and Japanese food. Since our visit last year our favourite bakery has relocated from the Hirafu intersection. In its place there is a French style creperie and bakery. Operated by the … Continue reading

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Kampai! Sake and Shochu. Izakaya Raku 楽 .

A stone’s throw from our accommodation is a very cosy izakaya. Raku . In Japanese its kanji symbol 楽 means easy, comfortable and cosy. It’s also the kanji that you see in the word tanoshii 楽しい which means fun and ongaku … Continue reading

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One Way to Work Off Those Christmas – New Year Overindulgences. Climb the Peak. Mount Annupuri, Niseko.

A blue bird day in Niseko. Begins with a gentle ride up the first slope. Pretty isn’t it? Then we catch another two lifts. The Ace Quad Chair and the Hooded Triple to the top of the very picturesque Rinkan run. On a … Continue reading

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