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Restaurant 古陶里(Kotouri)


I went for lunch to the traditional western style restaurant Kotouri in Tochigi.



Inside the restaurant there was a very relaxing atmosphere with wooden furnishings.


The most highly recommended dish here is the pork saute.
This tender pork dish comes with an ample helping of rich sauce. It was really delicious.

Restaurant Kotori – レストラン 古陶里 (tabe log)

Mashiko Pottery City in Spring




The city of Mashiko in Tochigi Prefecture is famous for its pottery, called Mashiko wares.
Twice a year, in Spring and Fall, the city holds “pottery city.”



Ceramic artists from all over Japan gather there to sell and exhibit all of their creations.


There are also food stalls, giving it a festival-like atmosphere.

It was really fun to walk around, feeling the sun on my face while looking at beautiful pottery.

Mashiko Pottery City in Spring – 益子 春の陶器市 (Japanese)

A Short Trip to Kamakura 2

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A Short Trip to Kamakura2_2

I went to the ‘Tsurugaoka hachimangu’ at Kamakura also after I finished to wash my money at the ‘Zeniarai benzaiten ugafuku-shrine’.

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I went there for just visiting, however, fortunately I was able to see the Shinto-style wedding. It looks very traditional Japanese style! We seemed to be transported back in time to the Edo era.

Tsurugaoka Hachiman-gū
Tsurugaoka Hachiman-gū

A Short Trip to Kamakura 1

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A Short Trip to Kamakura_2

I went to the Zeniarai benzaiten ugafuku-shrine at Kamakura in Kanagawa pref.

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The shrine has a religious faith that money will be returned in multiples if we wash the money with the clear water….

Zeniarai Benten Shrine
Zeniarai Benten Shrine (Japanese)

Happy Holidays Photo contest 2011-2012

Happy Holidays Photo contest 2011-2012

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YEBISU GARDEN PLACE Winter Illuminations


The other day, I went to YEBISU GARDEN PLACE with a friend.


All the trees were lit up, creating truly magical scenery.



A huge Baccarat chandelier was displayed in the center of the square.


The chandelier was amazing, giving the impression that it was floating in the air.

Baccarat ETERNAL LIGHTS (Japanese)

Selection of relevant news

“bonbon♥chocolat SEE BY CHLOÉ” is open at Laforet HARAJUKU.

bonbon♥chocolat SEE BY CHLOÉ

The world’s first SEE BY CHLOÉ sweet shop is opening at Laforet HARAJUKU.
One can buy original sweets made by SEE BY CHLOE’s collaboration with “Compartes Chocolatier” and “Candy Artisans”.
This is a limited time offer till 25th December.

bonbon♥chocolat SEE BY CHLOÉ
Jill Stuart cafe limited Christmas sale of sweet treats and goods

bonbon♥chocolat SEE BY CHLOÉ

Jill Stuart cafe limited Christmas sale of sweet treats and goods

Jill Stuart cafe of Futakotamagawa and Shinsaibashi is offering original Christmas cakes and a limited-time menu for sale.
Also included in the sale are goods such as original mugs, tumblers, and tote bags by illustrator Naho Ogawa, who designed 8tokyo’s logo. Lasts until 12/25.

Jill Stuart
The Suica Penguin Room has arrived at Hotel metropolitan. Limited to
one room, one night’s stay only.

The Suica Penguin Room has arrived at Hotel metropolitan

On December 1, the “suica penguin room” will be making an appearance at Hotel metropolitan to commemorate the 10 year anniversary of the JR West character the suica penguin.

The room is decorated with specially made original bedsheets, specially made cushions, wall paintings and objet d’art of the character, and it comes with plush dolls, toothbrush sets, cardholders, notebooks, ballpoint pens and more. We offer a room service suica penguin pancake breakfast.

We began taking reservations for the 152 rooms available from December 1 through April 30, but sold out in only five days. At this time, we are taking reservations for May through June. In the future we will be taking reservations for July through the end of the campaign on October 30, but the start date has not yet been decided.

Hotel metropolitan
Suica Penguin Room

cookie boy exhibition BLACK CHRISTMAS

cookie boy exhibition BLACK CHRISTMAS

ROCKET, the gallery in Harajuku that ties together food and art, is now hosting an exhibition by sugar icing cookie artist “cookie boy”.
On December 26, New Year’s cookies are to be offered for sale.
The exhibition period continues until December 27.

cookie boy


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senshuan 2

Senshuan is one of long-established sweets company in Hokkaido.

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Their sweets are nostalgic, cute, and of course good.

Senshuan (Japanese)


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