Kanazawa is known for the cuisine, plenty of fish and plenty of great places for dining. I also found that there is a trendy flair to it with modern bars hidden in traditional houses in the bottom of a tiny street, it is a great foodie place
Everyday life, food and people, are the things I am mostly interested in when visiting a country, of course the history, the monuments and museums are great but a country is defined by his people and society.
When visiting the Kanazawa Omicho market, … look at the size of the oysters!!
It is always a unique experience to go to teppanyaki. This week, I was lucky to go again to Akasaka Restaurant, food is exquisite, preparation is a show, it is truly a special moment although very pricey. This can only be done on special occasions
The Ginza area is a hot spot if you want to show off, go shopping and buy luxury goods, a lot of department stores are regrouped there, there is even a metro stop called after one of them (Mitsukoshi mae).
Just like the Boulevard Haussmann in Paris, it took a massive fire at the end of the XIX century for an architect to redesign the area. gradually it became the place to be seen for the Tokyoites until the great earthquake in 1923. The area, guess what, was rebuilt one more time and again regained its fame for nice buildings, high end shopping.
After the war, the reputation came back and nowadays, Ginza is packed with Chinese tourists coming for luxury goods, so much so that restrictions are in place in most shops that the Japanese themselves can get access and stock of those, should they want to buy any.
Nightlife is trendy there, although very expensive. however, if you go down the avenue towards Shimbashi, then, it becomes food paradise, plenty of izakaya, all types of bars and cafes. Ginza Corridor for brasseries, oyster bars, etc.
Japan has created a bottle for the summer – there is a spot for an ice cube, you open the bottle, insert the cube, close again and enjoy! the ice cube will remain stuck in that space while you enjoy a fresh drink
Did you know that Japanese literally love the Beer Garden concept and imported it in mass from Germany?
From June to September, so many restaurants and most hotels offer a 2-hour package with all you drink ! they have partnership with the famous brands and depending on the location, offer random junk food for up to elegant dinners. I tried a number of them and it is fun. This is where you see families, salary men, relaxed and friendly people in numbers.
I enjoy one in Tokyo Bay, very classy with a Thai food theme in August, the place was full of families and we enjoyed a nice evening although not quite comparable to what you would find in Frankfurt or Munich!
Not sure anyone falls in love with Nagasaki at first sight however it has a lot to offer.
First, it is on the seaside, and it is surrounded with hills which makes it an attractive spot for me at least. the city lives out of tourism mostly thanks to cruise ships coming every day from Mainland China with 1000’s of visitors. Mitsubishi has a massive construction site there too and that drives the business.
I found a pretty city with the Glover Gardens, the tiny streets, enjoying castella. It has a special feeling as in the history, anything that was not Japanese was called Dutch. therefore you have a lot of Holland this and Holland that but there is a Dutch connection and you may visit Huis Ten Bosch or have a look at some of the flemish style houses in the historical center. During the isolation period for Japan, Nagasaki was the only place still open to the world. This is why the castella cake has an inspiration from Portugal for example.
Because of the Chinese influence, the typical meal in Nagasaki Shippoku looks alike a Chinese dinner with plenty of food or a rolling table. But they also have Turoku Raisu (Turkish rice), Castella, oysters, seafood, champon, or Nagasaki beef.
I will go again as many of the sites are in distance from the city and you cannot walk around but need bus or even train