Nara – more tips

Like Kyoto, Nara is known for the Tsukemono, pickled vegetables, they have wonderful traditional shops in the main street for this with all sorts of pickles and employees preparing them in the back of the shop, enjoy, there are worth the taste

 

Japan also produces Manju – biscuit filled with An, a red bean (asuki) paste, the shape varies with the season, it is always a delicious break

 

School uniform crisis

An elementary school in Ginza (Tokyo) has chosen to go for Armani designed school uniforms, although not mandatory, where does this stop!!

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Kobe

Kobe is a nice city, with a mix of port, student life and hills. I like the Kitano area with European style villas, the hills and the garden at the top, but also the restaurants in town and the cakes and bakers everywhere. It is more peaceful than Osaka and people are nice

Mouloukheyah

2 countries in the world cook and have a culture of mouloukheyah – Egypt and Japan!

 

what a surprise when I was offered this dish in Kobe recently, it was delicious and I recommend you try it out. it came with rice and had a sweet taste, very very nice!!

 

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Cherry Blossom

in 2018, Cherry blossom came to Tokyo one week ahead of normal. it all started on March 25th, the week end was a peak in visitors to parks

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People deploy blankets and drink sake, picnic under the trees to enjoy the moment. it is a celebration of spring, the nice weather back

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We were very lucky as it did not rain since the blossom came out, so Tokyo people enjoyed 2 full week ends of joy.

Everywhere, you can see cherry trees of all sorts and I wandered in Shiba park, Imperial park where a specific section opens to public from 10h00 to 15h30 only during this period. Everywhere was absolutely packed. I gave up the idea of going to Ueno as the perspective of the crowd put me off. I also went to Hanzomon to enjoy the trees at the back of the imperial park.

I accidentally found a great place in Midtown Roppongi where the night lights were just beautiful.

Midweek, I dared going to Nakameguro and watch the riverside, this is a chore, totally overwhelmed by people, a lot of “chiringuitos” selling sparkling wine with strawberry or cherry sake all along, it is very beautiful but you need to be patient, and walk at (slow) pace with the crowd

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Cleanliness

How many times have you ever seen metro employees cleaning the platform in rhythm on a Sunday afternoon? in my case, 1st city ever!!

 

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