Category: Japan

World’s Best Urban Observation Decks!

My pick of urban observatory decks – First, the city itself has to have unique and spectacular cityscape for the viewers to appreciate; Secondly, the observatory deck has to offer the best angle of the iconic landmarks with the backdrop of the stunning skyline. Therefore, some of the choices are tough and they might not be the landmark itself. Instead – they are my “even better” choices.

Yummylicious! Osaka!

A memoir of my food and shopping experience in Osaka, arguably the food capital of Japan. Why is the underground mall in Umeda like a maze? Where to eat great Tempura? Where to shop in Dotombori til your legs fall out? Which local foods are originated in Osaka? Do you dare puffer fish? Do you want to know how amazing souffle pancakes are? Let’s find out!

Mini-Kyoto: Kurashiki

While Kyoto is simply irreplaceable, I had sweet moments walking in “mini-Kyoto” – Kurashiki, Japan, during the cherry blossoms season. Our first sight of the canal area was stunning – just like we were in a movie set of an old Japanese movie. I could imagine the canal would look much more vibrant when the willow on both sides of the canal turns green.

A Dark Canvas for Cherry blossoms

A short cherry blossom “how-to” guide and night viewing experience in Shukkeien, Hiroshima!

It was the first time that I saw Sakura at night and the serenity and tranquility of the garden even calmed me more. Back home, as I flip through the photos the Sakura was illuminated from the complete darkness, as if a postcard with special printing effects on the flower…