Building memories brick by brick

Continuing our love of LEGO well into adulthood One of the joys of being older is that we can now afford LEGO, one of our…

75 years on from nuclear attacks of Hiroshima and Nagasaki

Anniversary of the dropping of the world’s first atomic bomb This week has marked the 75th anniversary of what is, unfortunately, one of many black…

Travel: ice cream is big in Japan!

The world’s tallest ice cream for purchase? The weather recently in the UK has been lovely but due to COVID-19 lockdown we haven’t been able…

Travel: Best Summer Festivals in Japan

Visit Japan for a summer of festival fun We wrote about Japan in SNACK magazine last month. If that piqued your interest in discovering more…

Product Review: Bokksu Japanese Sweet Subscription Box

A Japanese love story with Bokksu It’s February and cold, so I was needing a happiness booster! Bokksu got in touch to ask if we…

Event: Discovering Kokoro Gin at Nippon Kitchen

My neighbour Kokoro I love gin, it’s true. Last time I counted we had 15 bottles with everything from African gin made in Malawi to…

Top Tips for Cherry Blossom in Japan

In between the cold winter and the hot summer, Spring is an ideal time to visit japan.  If you are visiting Japan between January and…

Cherry blossom treats in Tokyo

One way to celebrate Hanami (Flower watching) and appreciate cherry blossom is to buy all the things sakura.  Tobu Railway has some suggestions on where…

Recipe: Sakura Steamer

Celebrate Hanami with a Sakura Steamer It’s Hanami time (flower viewing) in Japan and the season for all things sakura flavoured.  It’s not something that…

Travel: Tourist Signs in Japan

Morioka Regional Development Bureau in northern Japan have created signs to help visitors with local customs and food. Its an initiative to help visitors who don’t…

Shimaya Ryoken, Yamanouchi, Japan Review

Traditional Japanese Accommodation in Yamanouchi Yamanouchi resort is located in the Shiga highlands region and is surrounded by stunning scenery. We aimed for Yudanaka specifically to see…

Food Review: Mos Burger, Ishinomaki, Japan

Mos Burger – Japanese Burger Chain Mos Burger is the second-largest fast-food franchise in Japan after McDonald’s but it  can also be found in Taiwan,…

Restaurant review: Gion Nanba, 23-1 Nagitsuji Fushikawacho, Yamashina Ward, Kyoto …

Like Chihana on the opposite side of the main Shijo Dori street, Gion Nanba is also a well-regarded Michelin-starred kappa-style (counter) kaiseki (traditional multi-course dining) restaurant hidden down a…

10th July – week in review

Foodie Exploring week Thankfully this was a quiet week, time to relax a bit (or more realistically do some long overdue housework!) On Monday we…