A Taste of Japan: Street Food

Some of the best meals we had in Japan came from small street vendors.  We're no strangers to personal proprietors specializing in a single dish (or few) from a small booth on a street corner; Portland's food cart culture is renowned.  While we feared these establishments would be less adept…

A Taste of Japan: Shrines

It's difficult to visit Japan without tripping over at least a dozen shrines and temples.  While most of the Japanese population wouldn't consider themselves particularly religious, many practice the standard rituals of visiting shrines, saying a prayer, and drawing fortunes.  The young go hoping for favorable test scores or new…

A Taste of Japan: Yokohama

Apologies for posting somewhat erratically here, but I can only do so when time allows (and quite frankly, I'd rather be on vacation than write about it :)). Yokohama is a very ritzy city just south of Tokyo.  It is an area for shopping and quiet dates on the waterfront.  It…

A Taste of Japan: Akihabara

We are having an awesome time in Japan, but I wanted to take a few minutes to post a quick peek (don't worry, more detailed posts and LOTS more pictures will come later). [caption id="attachment_552" align="aligncenter" width="660"] Crowded shops have so much character![/caption] (more…)