Remembering Japan: Temple of 1000 Gates

This is my final post of the ‘Remembering Japan‘ Series.  Just on a hill located in the southern part of Kyoto lies a most memorable temple, the Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine, or the temple of 1000 gates.  Designated by the UNESCO as a World Heritage site, this very unique and special …

Remembering Japan: Modern and Traditional Kyoto

One of the things that left a huge impression on me while being in Japan was the intermix of old and new, traditional and modern throughout the country.  They sit comfortably next to each other and one doesn’t hold back the other.  One of the best examples of that hit …

Remembering Japan: a Tokyo Walkabout

Tokyo is a very unique place with a very rich history intermingled with the modernity of the city.  It’s a very urban place but, as inspired by the culture, you’ll find these beautiful quiet spaces where you can find peace.  Some are temples, some are gardens. Wooden Temple Gate at …

Remembering Japan: Pretty Edibles

A few weeks ago, I watched ‘Jiro dreams of Sushi’, a documentary about a sushi master, Jiro, and his 3-Michelin star sushi restaurant in Tokyo.  If you’re a sushi lover, this documentary will make you fall in-love with sushi all over again, and with vengeance.   I think I’m due for a …