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Japan Trip 2013 vol. 2

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Continuing with my Japan Trip 2013 vol. 1, I want to share some pictures that I took during my three trips within Japan: Hokkaido, Tokyo Disneyland, and Osaka.

Trip to Hokkaido

At the end of June, we went to Hokkaido (北海道), the northernmost island of Japan’s four main islands. Hokkaido is cooler than the rest of Japan so it’s a great destination during the hot muggy summer season.  Even though Japan itself has a long rich history, most of Hokkaido was settled by the Japanese only over the past 100 years.  The abundance of modern Western architecture and influences is visible especially in Sapporo city.  Hokkaido is known for outdoor activities and winter sports and also for high quality fresh seafood, dairy products and produce.
Hokkaido I

1) Otaru (小樽) is a small harbor town, about half an hour northwest of Sapporo by train.  This hilly town is famous for the beautiful canals, freshness of of its seafood, arts and crafts galleries and specialty shops featuring musical boxes and glass sculpture.  It’s a very pretty town to walk around, but with our very energetic kids, we couldn’t really stay in the small shops with lots of fragile products.
2) We stayed in Sapporo (札幌), the capital of Hokkaido, during the trip.  Here the children are playing at the Odori Park, the broad median of largest street in the center of Sapporo stretching 12 blocks.   In early February, the park serves as the main site of the Sapporo Snow Festival.
3) The Sapporo Clock Tower was constructed during the early period of Sapporo’s development in 1878 and currently this is the oldest building standing in Sapporo.
4) From the Odori Park, you can see Sapporo TV Tower, which has an observation deck with views of the park and the surrounding city.
5) Former Hokkaido Government Office was built in 1888 around when Hokkaido first opened for settlement by the Japanese.  In front of the building, there is a flower garden and a pond.  Inside the building, there is a museum where you can learn about Hokkaido and its history and a tourist information office where you can get leaflets and brochure of tourist attractions.

Hokkaido II

1) During our last visit to Sapporo, we visited Sapporo Beer Museum. This time we decided to check Shiroi Koibito Park.  Well-known Hokkaido confectionery, Shiroi Koibito (biscuit with chocolate center) is produced here.
2) We enjoyed the self-guided cookie production line tour in the Factory.  It smelled heavenly walking through the factory; the aroma of freshly baked biscuit along with melting chocolate was everywhere.  There are many other things to do in this facility such as several museums and galleries, rose garden, candy labo (candy cane making demo), cookie craft studio, etc.
3) Couldn’t leave without some white baumkuchen called Tsumugi and the popular Shiroi Koibito Cookies. :)
4) We visited Heidi Farm where the kids enjoyed riding on a pony and petting all kinds of farm animals.
5) The kids also got to milk a cow!  Here’s my son a little bit scared of the cow…
6) While waiting our flight back to Tokyo in New Chitose Airport, the kids enjoyed Doraemon Waku Waku Sky Park.

Trip to Tokyo Disneyland

In early July, we went to Tokyo Disneyland.  Although a lot of things in Japan seem to be more expensive than many parts of the world, this is one of those exceptions.  One 1-Day Park Ticket for Disneyland in Los Angeles would cost $92 (kids $86) before tax, and it only costs Y6,200 yen or USD$65 (Y4,100 for 4-11 yo/Y5,300 for 12-17) in Tokyo Disneyland.  With current exchange rate and using discount for Kanto region resident, it was close to half the US price!  ;)


1-3) We had so much fun.  Last time I visited Tokyo Disneyland was when I was in high school.  This year it celebrating the 30th year and I still remember when it first opened.  It was raining when we arrived but it soon cleared up.  The average wait time was about 45 minutes and it wasn’t too bad considering that it was Friday.
4-6) Due to the strong wind that day, the fireworks got cancelled, but we got to enjoy the Electrical Parade.  Although we could go home on the same day, we booked Hilton Tokyo Bay inside Tokyo Disney Resort and stayed the night.  We made the kids take a nap in between so they could enjoy Disneyland till the park closed.  We got to ride many rides (with almost no wait time) after the Electrical Parade was over when most visitors went home.

Trip to Osaka

Toward the end of our Japan Trip, we visited my grandma and relatives in Osaka.  My mom’s side of family is in Osaka so we usually get together every year (here’s last year).

Osaka 1) Shinkansen (Japanese bullet train) is known for its maximum speeds of  240–320 km/h (149–199 mph), and it only takes 2 hrs and 17 minutes from Shin Yokohama to Osaka.
2) Meeting my grandma in her nursing home.  We visited her everyday while we were in Osaka and she enjoyed playing with a ball with the children.
3) My grandpa passed away last year and this summer was the 1st death anniversary.  It’s still hard to believe he is not here anymore.  I had a chance to meet him a couple of months before he passed away and this time we visited his tomb with the children.
4) Summer festivals (matsuri) are really big in Japan.  We extended our stay in Osaka so that we could go to the Tenjin Festival, one of Japan’s top 3 festivals.  We saw many girls wearing Yukata, a casual summer kimono that day.
5) Watching fireworks closely is one of the fun outings in summer, except for the crowds.

Interesting Things

I found some interesting things in Japan that I thought of sharing with you.

Good Idea

1) A lot of restaurants and cafes have a place next to your table or underneath the chair to put away your bags.  I find it extremely helpful as I often drop my handbag from my chair and stuff inside the bag comes out to the floor. :(
2) We went to see Monsters University with the kids.  We could order two kinds of popcorn because the paper bucket had a divider in the middle.  What a smart design!  I was extremely pleased when the popcorn came in a plastic bag (no spilling accident) and with wet naps for cleaning hands after we eat.  Love it!
3) In the middle of streets and shopping center, I found a lot of self-portrait machine like this.
4) As a mom with small children, I thought this large bathroom with two toilets was very convenient.
5) A lot of Japanese moms take the kids to school in the morning.  Here is a bicycle with two seats: a little child in front and a bigger child in the back.  Also most bikes in Japan these days are all electric-assisted.
6) I tried to take off the cap and realized this cap is designed to stay on.  It’s convenient for people who often loses their caps!

Thank you for checking my pictures.  Stay tuned for vol. 3 of the Japan Trip 2013!  (You will never miss a post if you subscribe to Just One Cookbook. :) )

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  • masey pamyu August 25, 2013, 5:55 pm

    The jealousy :) jk I loved looking through these Japan trip posts :) also we made omurice!

    • Nami August 25, 2013, 11:54 pm

      Hi Masey! Hehee. Glad you enjoyed the post. Thanks for making omurice! :D

  • kita August 25, 2013, 6:07 pm

    All beautiful pictures – but that first one is absolutely breathtaking. Someday I hope to travel to Japan!

  • Sandy August 25, 2013, 6:15 pm

    Lovely pictures! My daughter was living in Osaka when the earthquake hit. She said Qsaka was the cleanest city she had been to and was charmed by the people.

    • Nami August 25, 2013, 11:55 pm

      Hi Sandy! So nice to hear your daughter enjoyed staying in Osaka! Thank you for your comment. :)

  • Yelena August 25, 2013, 6:33 pm

    My dream vacation. Absolutely gorgeous and interesting story behind every picture. I love the idea that many restaurants have a place next to your table for your bags! Thank you Nami for sharing this treasure!

  • john@kitchenriffs August 25, 2013, 6:55 pm

    Gosh, it looks like you had a wonderful time! Such great pictures – I thoroughly enjoyed looking at them, and reading about your adventures. Thanks so much.

  • Maureen | Orgasmic Chef August 25, 2013, 6:58 pm

    You have the best holidays, Nami! I remember going to Tokyo Disney and laughing so hard at the bear revue – one of my favorites, except that when they started singing the old songs it cracked me up to see them singing in Japanese. I know, I know, what did I expect? LOL

  • Veronica Cervera August 25, 2013, 7:08 pm

    Thanks. I can wait to return to Japan.
    I was telling my husband about a half an hour ago: why don’t we go to Japan tomorrow?
    But we need to work ;-)
    Have a great week,

  • Mickie August 25, 2013, 7:43 pm

    Thank you for your wonderful travel journals-!! They bring back many wonderful memories of my two trips to Japan-! Wonderful people, food, beauty-!! I hope to return some day-!! Looking forward to more-!!

    • Nami August 26, 2013, 12:20 am

      Hi Mickie! I’m glad you enjoyed this post. Thank you! xo :)

  • Eha August 25, 2013, 8:10 pm

    Oh Namiko-san, thank you so much for the continuation of the story. Have not been to Hokkaido oir Tokyo Disneyland myself and loved the photos. Osaka: I seemed to live on that Bullet Train for nearly three decades as business took us oft > Osaka, perhaps not the most interesting Japanese city: but then Kyoto [my very favourite] and Nara were close by. Absolutely love the last collection of photos: trust the Japanese inventiveness think of the mother and child toilets :! !

    • Nami August 26, 2013, 12:31 am

      Thank you so much for your comment, Eha! Kyoto is my favorite city too, maybe after my hometown Yokohama and Hokkaido (I just loooove hokkaido). :)

  • Hotly Spiced August 25, 2013, 8:15 pm

    I didn’t know there was a part of Japan that’s only been settled for the past 100 years. With Japan being such an old country that really surprises me. I would love to take my kids to Disneyland. It looks like you had a fantastic holiday xx

  • Patricia Holm August 25, 2013, 10:26 pm

    Nami, thank you for sharing your wonderful trip with us. You have a beautiful family!

    • Nami August 25, 2013, 11:15 pm

      Thank you so much for your kind words, Patricia!

  • Lara August 25, 2013, 11:11 pm

    Wonderful photos! We were at Tenjin festival last year too. I was so jealous of all the beautiful girls in yukata. If I ever get the chance to return to Japan, I’ll buy a yukata and look like the most ridiculous tourist:-)

    • Nami August 25, 2013, 11:14 pm

      LOL! You made me laugh… no, you will be very beautiful in yukata! Hope you get to visit to Japan one day! :)

  • Christine @ Cooking Crusade August 25, 2013, 11:30 pm

    Hokkaido is still on my bucket list to tick off! Really can’t wait to visit there one day :)

    I love all of those convenient things you posted with the bottle cap and the bag holders everywhere in Japan. It’s one of the things I love most about Japan – pretty much everything has been thought of, especially to do with hygiene – BEST EVER!

    • Nami August 26, 2013, 12:33 am

      Haha, yeah everywhere is pretty clean and I realized I took that for granted when I started to live in another country. :) You must visit Hokkaido one day… food is amazing!

  • Giulietta | Alterkitchen August 26, 2013, 12:28 am

    Wow, what a trip!

  • kwbentodiary August 26, 2013, 1:01 am

    Wow!!! Thanks for sharing Nami so that next time I can visit too :) Love all the pictures you’ve taken ^_^

  • The Ninja Baker August 26, 2013, 3:10 am

    長い間北海道へ行きたいと思っておりましたが、なみさんの記事を読んでから本当に行きたい。クッキーの工場も面白そう。。。東京デズニーも是非伺う機会がありましたら嬉しいです。。。子供興味ばかりですね。。。ア、ア (笑)

  • Laura | My Little Gourmet August 26, 2013, 4:34 am

    Hi Nami! I love your pictures and stories of your trip to Japan. My brother used to live there and always says it reminds a lot of Germany. He can’t wait to go back and visit and one of these days I would love to go myself. You see those bike seats a lot here as well…we have one in back (since we’ve only got one child) but maybe some day we’ll need a little one up front as well. :) Thanks for sharing your stories!

  • Jenny August 26, 2013, 5:25 am

    hi Nami, I did enjoy reading this. Fascinating place, and of course I am jealous! Lovely to see your kids with their grandmother and enjoying their culture. I loved taking my little ones back home to Africa – it means so much.

  • Monica August 26, 2013, 5:39 am

    Great, great pics, Nami! Thanks for sharing…really makes me want to visit Japan again one day!

  • minnie@thelady8home August 26, 2013, 6:09 am

    Gorgeous pictures!! I love the idea of having a space to put away stuff while eating. The two toilet thing is also very interesting. It looks to be such a fun time. I would love to visit Japan some day.

  • Laura @ Family Spice August 26, 2013, 6:11 am

    I’m all over the caps staying attached to the water bottles. I lose them or drop them every time! My husband was an imagineer for Disney, but turned down the opportunity to work in Disneyland Japan. What a great time you and your family had!

  • Denise Browning@From Brazil To You August 26, 2013, 6:16 am

    I love all the pictures but the Hokkaido’s one is my favorite!!! It resembles Venice, Italy. I am happy for y’all because you have enjoyed the time spent with family and had a lot of fun in Japan.

  • David August 26, 2013, 7:23 am

    Great pictures, Nami. I especially enjoyed the pictures from Hokkaido. I was lucky enough to spend three years there while I was serving in the Army. I loved every day of it and really miss it.

    • Nami August 28, 2013, 2:03 pm

      Thank you David! 3 years living in Hokkaido… that would be my dream! You must have enjoyed great food while you were there. :) Thank you for writing!

  • Kate@Diethood August 26, 2013, 8:22 am

    Absolutely beautiful! I better start saving… I really want to go to JAPAN! :)

  • Ashley Bee (Quarter Life Crisis Cuisine) August 26, 2013, 8:44 am

    Japan is on my Travel Bucket List. So awesome you have roots there.

  • Elizabeth @Mango_Queen August 26, 2013, 9:14 am

    What a wonderful trip. Good to know all these important info and how to get around Japan. I’m bookmarking this for when we go back next time. Thanks for sharing the lovely photos and great travel trips, Nami! Have a good week ahead!

  • Jasline @ Foodie Baker August 26, 2013, 9:22 am

    Hi Nami, your trip looks so fun! How I wish I’m on a holiday right now!

  • Ash-foodfashionparty August 26, 2013, 9:53 am

    Looks like you had a great trip. The first picture is so nice. I love all the pictures, the one with your grandma especially.
    I would love to visit Japan soon. My son can’t wait to go in the jet train, how was it?

  • Evelyne@cheapethniceatz August 26, 2013, 10:45 am

    So cool again to see all your pics. Love that we see where Sapporo beer is from. And I had no idea there was a Tokyo Disneyland.Osaka looks amazing. Love your fun finds.

  • Candice August 26, 2013, 11:21 am

    I’m so jealous of your kids. I want to go to the Doraemon Waku Waku Sky Park and to Tokyo Disneyland. Thanks for sharing all your wonderful photos. It makes me want to visit Japan even more. =)

    • Nami August 28, 2013, 2:05 pm

      Yeah kids are lucky – they get to visit Japan and Taiwan every year, but the drawback is that they can only see their grandparents once a year. :) Hope you can visit Japan one day!

  • CCU August 26, 2013, 1:06 pm

    I have so much jealousy my friend :P
    Love this!

    Choc Chip Uru

  • Laura (Tutti Dolci) August 26, 2013, 3:37 pm

    Love your photos, I felt like I was on a personal tour with you :). Tokyo Disneyland would be so much fun!

  • sippitysup August 26, 2013, 5:04 pm

    “ouch!” The travel bug just bit me… GREG

  • Julie B August 26, 2013, 5:09 pm

    Thank you for sharing these great photos and posts. My parents are from Kagoshima on Kyushu but I have only visited once when I was a child. Hope to go someday!

    • Nami August 28, 2013, 2:08 pm

      Hi Julie! I’ve been to Kyushu but I haven’t had a chance to visit Kagoshima yet… one day! Hope you get a chance to visit Japan one day. :)

  • Valerie @ From Valerie's Kitchen August 26, 2013, 6:50 pm

    Japan is so beautiful! The photo at the top of the post looks like a painting. It should be framed! Your clever finds are fantastic. I love the divider on the popcorn container. Why hasn’t this happened here? And a place to put your bag at the table..genius!

  • mjskit August 26, 2013, 7:50 pm

    Tokyo Disneyland? I had no idea! Another great post! Thanks for sharing all of your wonderful pictures!

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  • yummychunklet August 26, 2013, 7:57 pm

    Amazing photos!

  • Randy Morin August 26, 2013, 7:57 pm

    Hi Nami,

    I loved seeing your photos of Japan. Our trip that was to take place the end of Sept. but unfortunately had to be cancelled, however, we plan on going next fall, 2014. Our journey will start in Osaka so your photos were very helpful. I really liked the “interesting things” photos, esp. the bathrooms, purse holders, photo booth, and the popcorn cups! Thanks for sharing.

    • Nami August 28, 2013, 2:12 pm

      Hi Randy! Thank you so much. I’m sorry the trip this year got cancelled but it’s nice that you get to visit in fall next year! I used to visit Japan in fall when the kids were small, but now I have no choice but going in summer… I love fall in Japan – much easier to travel around than muggy summer. ;)

  • donna mikasa August 26, 2013, 8:18 pm

    Thank you for sharing more pics, Nami! I especially like the “interesting things” which make you think that the Japanese are so clever and thoughtful. Can’t wait to see Part 3!

    • Nami August 28, 2013, 10:12 pm

      Hi Donna! I hope I can find more interesting things on my next trip. :D

  • Nammi August 26, 2013, 8:35 pm

    I have always heard of how beautiful and advanced country Japan is.

  • Jeannie August 26, 2013, 10:24 pm

    Great to be able to “travel” with you here:D Disneyland still look the same as when I visited years back. A beautiful and fun place to be.

  • Ramona August 27, 2013, 3:47 am

    Disneyland… bullet trains and loads more… you certainly vacation wonderfully. Japan is definitely on my list of places to visit. :)

  • Sanjeeta kk August 27, 2013, 5:39 am

    What a wonderful trip, Nami…absolutely breathtaking locales!

  • Kim | a little lunch August 27, 2013, 6:41 am

    Nami, what a pleasure reading your posts about your trip home. So many interesting things to see and do! I especially loved your family photos — the kids with their grandparents, your grandmother, etc. — it shows that love knows no boundaries and is able to withstand time. What a wonderful trip with so many memories for you and your family!

  • Satomi August 27, 2013, 7:22 am

    Konnichiwa Nami-san
    I am only new to your blogs, but I have already used your recipes several times and so happy that I found you. You have made the recipes very easy to follow and the photos of your dishes make my mouth water. Loved your post on your Japan trip. Looked like a very hectic but fun holiday with the family.
    Regards Satomi

    • Nami August 28, 2013, 10:14 pm

      Konnichiwa, atomi-san! Welcome to my blog and so glad you found it. I’m happy to hear you enjoy reading my blog, and thanks for writing! :)

  • Charles August 27, 2013, 7:31 am

    Mm, I’d love to go to Hokkaido – seems like such a beautiful place, such a contrast in scenery to Tokyo I guess? Isn’t that where the ROYCE factory is? Did you stock up on Nama chocolate, haha? To be honest though, After making it the first time using your recipe I was more than happy. Feel like I don’t need ROYCE! I know I made a jazzed up version with white chocolate and coconut but the pure version is the best! I can’t wait to give it to people for Christmas this year! :)

    • Nami August 28, 2013, 10:17 pm

      Hi Charles, yes, good memory! Royce’ is from Sapporo, Hokkaido. :) I’m so happy to hear you like that recipe. I need to try adding some alcohol next time – but I might get drunk while cooking… just kidding. I’m lightweight at drinking alcohol. =P

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  • Priscilla | ShesCookin August 27, 2013, 2:46 pm

    Can’t wait to go one day with my daughter! She loved Kyoto and returning to teach English for a year or two is still something she is considering when she graduates.

  • Lokness August 27, 2013, 4:11 pm

    I always love that Japanese are really thoughtful and create many cool products. The water cap thing is just awesome. I wish the rest of the world could be more creative like that.
    My husband and I want to visit Japan in late January next year, but we are worry about the snow in winter. I have been to Japan a couple times and I always had a blast. I hope to bring my husband there one day.

  • Baking Scientist August 27, 2013, 4:27 pm

    Hi Nami, great photos! looks like your kids and you had a lot of fun back in Japan! thanks for sharing the photos :) I recognized some of the places in your photos. Hokkaido is a really nice and peaceful place :) Love the caramel popcorns they sold at Disney Tokyo :) Would love to visit Japan again :)

  • Ina August 27, 2013, 5:03 pm

    Thank you, Nami, for showing us who have not (yet) been there, that Japan is very different and a lot more divers and interesting than the travel brochures would have us believe. Fascinating!
    I especially loved the “interesting things” you found. I must try and find the little toilet and the double bicycle seat for my grandchildren, brilliant! :)

    • Nami August 28, 2013, 10:18 pm

      Thank you so much Ina! So happy to hear you enjoyed my post! Vol. 3 is about food, so don’t miss out. ;)

  • Sandra | Sandra's Easy Cooking August 27, 2013, 7:24 pm

    I love your travel pics—oh and toilets rock LOL! Everything is simply gorgeous…I think meeting grandma was the highlight–you looked very happy! I relaxed through your travel adventure :)

  • Kimmi August 27, 2013, 8:02 pm

    Loved reading this! Thanks for including the descriptive links so that we could learn more about the things you mentioned! Glad to hear that your family had a lot of fun at Tokyo Disneyland — and I really liked the photo montage of the “interesting things.” =) Looking forward to volume 3~~

    • Nami August 28, 2013, 10:19 pm

      Thanks Kimmi! Glad to hear you enjoyed this post. I was a bit worried it is redundant from my Instagram…but really happy to know that my readers enjoy these Japan posts. Thank you for your feedback!

  • veganmiam.com August 27, 2013, 10:44 pm

    Hokkaido looks so gorgeous including your kids, so cute!

  • Courtney August 28, 2013, 12:04 am

    Sounds like a fabulous trip! Hokkaido is definitely on our list of things to do; hopefully next spring for some hiking but now you have me wanting to do some city sightseeing as well! :)

    And those bags (or baskets) at the tables are just brilliant aren’t they?

  • TheKitchenLioness August 28, 2013, 3:14 am

    Nami, it eally looks like you had such a wonderful time in Japan and the pictures show such a broad range of interesting things to see, places and visit and facts to learn about Japan – I am not very familar with Japanese culture but from your blog, your recipes and your pictures I know that I wish I could visit one day!
    Hugs from all of us – hope the school year for the kids strted really well!

  • Sissi August 28, 2013, 5:58 am

    Nami, this second part of your trip looks at least as great as the first one. I have also presented the bag boxes from a café in Tokyo: they are so intelligent and such a respectful gesture towards the client… As for the bikes, I was at first surprised to see this photo because in Switzerland I see them all day long, with both children’s seats in front and behind, but then I thought: of course your readers are mainly from the US when people use cars for every trip… It reminds me of our discussion about Japan being closer to Europe than US at many points. I miss Japan so much!!!
    PS A self portrait-machine is just behind my house ;-) (I’m sure it’s not as sophisticated as in Japan though!).

  • Marguerite August 28, 2013, 9:31 am

    Thank you for sharing your lovely and interesting photos and write-up of your trip back to Japan. I enjoyed it. Hopefully I can get to visit there again soon as the last time I went there was back in 2002! Time sure flies…

    • Nami August 28, 2013, 10:21 pm

      Hi Marguerite! Thank you for reading, and I’m glad to know you enjoy my travel post! I hope you get a chance to visit Japan again soon. :)

  • Nik@ABrownTable August 28, 2013, 9:35 am

    Hi Nami, I’m loving the travel photos and stories!

  • milkteaxx August 29, 2013, 12:12 am

    what a lovely round up, i have only been to osaka. i would love to explore the rest of Japan if given the chance!

  • Julia | JuliasAlbum.com August 29, 2013, 12:28 am

    Nami, love your photos of Japan and your detailed stories about your trip. I am learning more and more about Japan! You got a lot done over there! Even went to Tokyo Disneyland! How cool is that?! How does it compare to its US version?

  • Helene D'souza August 29, 2013, 7:23 am

    Looks like you guys had a lots of fun there! I wish I could go disney land too. =P
    STill planing to travel to japan one day. one day… =)

  • cquek August 29, 2013, 9:41 am

    wonderful post, thanks for sharing, the kids are having fun. a beautiful moment together with families.

  • Purabi Naha | Cosmopolitan Currymania August 30, 2013, 3:00 am

    Awesome Japan! I loved the pictures… We plan to visit Japan probably next year. Your Japan trip volumes made my desire of visiting Japan more intense. Visiting your grandma might have been very exciting both for you, your kids as well as her, isn’t it? My son is sitting near me and he loved the doraemon pic so much. So he says, mom, when we visit Japan we will go and see Doraemon and Nobita first! Hokkaido looks beautiful!

  • Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. August 30, 2013, 9:39 pm

    It looks like it was a fabulous time! The picture with the toilets totally cracks me up!

  • Cheryl August 31, 2013, 8:20 pm

    Ms. Nami you have a very wonderful kids!!

    • Nami September 9, 2013, 12:47 am

      Thank you so much Cheryl! :)

  • Daniela September 1, 2013, 4:27 pm

    Nami this is such an interesting post about your trip to Japan.
    Love the stunning pictures, the contrast between modernity and tradition and all the little details you describe in your post. Would love to get to know your country, it must be a great experience!

  • Raymund September 1, 2013, 8:16 pm

    Sounds a lot of fun! I want to do this when I visit Japan. Very nice photos.

  • Vivalabbird September 2, 2013, 3:08 pm

    Hi Nami,

    Thanks for sharing the beautiful pictures!

    • Nami September 6, 2013, 1:33 pm

      Thank you Vivi! Glad you enjoyed them. :)

  • Lynna September 2, 2013, 7:48 pm

    I`ve always wanted to go to the Disneyland in Tokyo! When I visited (manyyy years ago) Japan, I wanted to go but my family didn`t have time.

  • Stephania September 3, 2013, 12:15 am

    woaaa! first thing that caught my eye was the black slide mantra.
    I love Noguchi’s artwork.
    Thank you for sharing!

    • Nami September 6, 2013, 1:50 pm

      You noticed Isamu Noguchi’s design! :) It’s beautiful and kids had fun time there. :)

  • Sonia aka Nasi Lemak Lover September 3, 2013, 1:44 am

    I like the Interesting things section and I found the place to put away bags in restaurant is so helpful for lady. And love the popcorn idea in cinema , smart idea!

  • Patty September 3, 2013, 4:19 pm

    I always love reading about your trips to Japan! I set up a board on my pinterest titled Japan. I pin your trips there so if I ever get back to Japan I can refer back to your trips. :)

    • Nami September 6, 2013, 1:50 pm

      Thank you for pinning Patty! I’m glad you enjoyed this post. :)

  • Aunt Clara September 4, 2013, 10:03 am

    I loove reading people’s accounts of their trips. I love learning about their experiences, especially if they are already acquainted with the country and understand the cultural aspects of the things they see.

    Someday I will go see it myself. In the meantime I’ll just read your posts. Keep them coming.

  • Muna Kenny September 4, 2013, 8:05 pm

    These are beautiful clicks Nami, I’m sure you enjoyed yourself :) … I’d love to visit Japan, I heard a lot about the culture and would love to experience that and taste their food!

  • Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts September 6, 2013, 8:52 am

    I love when you write about your trips to Japan. It really makes us want to go back! Such a a great country.

  • Graeme M Hallinon September 8, 2013, 3:00 am

    Hi Nami computer up and running again, just one of four electrical items to be replaced, even the rice cooker gave up the ghost on me, all sorted now.
    My wife and daughter came back to the uk from Japan last week from Ehime, and of course like you they did the Disney Land trip Disney Sea is my preference.
    Its great to be able to view your recipes again experimented with your sushi rolls wrapped with cucumber uugh Mr fingers and thumbs normal rolls no prob all were enjoyed with the Suki Yaki. cheers for now G.

    • Nami September 8, 2013, 10:09 pm

      Hi Graeme! I am sure your wife and daughter enjoyed their trip to Japan and hope you received some nice treats from Japan. :) I’m happy to hear you enjoy my blog and recipes and thank you so much for your kind words!

  • Lori Lynn September 8, 2013, 8:48 am

    What a wonderful trip. I bet the kiddos had the time of their life!
    Love each of those “interesting things.” Clever!

  • Stephanie September 8, 2013, 6:38 pm

    Thank you so much for sharing in your travels! So many inventions from Asia are ingenious!

  • HR Mercado September 16, 2013, 5:18 am

    Hi! Me and my friends are going to Japan this February 2014 via Osaka, we are from the Philippines. I would like to ask for your advice if it’s feasible for us to cross Tokyo? Or if you can give us advice on where to go :-)
    my email address is hnyrosemercado@yahoo.com

    Thank you.


    • Nami September 19, 2013, 8:59 am

      Hi HR! Well, it depends on how long you stay in Japan. :) It only takes 2.5 hours by a bullet train from Osaka to Tokyo. There are many places you can go, and it’s very hard to suggest. If you have a list of places I can help you narrow it down. :) If you can have 2 full days, you can probably cover many parts of Tokyo. You will be hopping from one place to another very quickly though. Hope that helps!

  • Jen Nee September 17, 2013, 2:27 am

    Hello Nami,
    I enjoy reading your blog on your Japanese cooking however the ingredients is expensive in Malaysia.
    I am travelling to Osaka in Nov this year. Can you please tell me where to find good & cheap unagi kabayaki in Osaka/Kyoto?
    I am interested to try wagyu or Hida beef but I saw the prices are very expensive. Can you recommend where can I find reasonable wagyu/hida beef at basement supermarket?

    • Nami September 19, 2013, 9:23 am

      Hi Jen! I’m sorry I’m not very familiar with local stores/restaurants in Osaka and Kyoto. Like you mentioned, it’s always easier for tourists to go to basement of department stores for shopping good quality food product. With limited traveling time, you can buy many different things in one area.