Category Archives: East & Southeast Asia

Guest Post: A Brief Guide to Japanese Sushi

Let’s learn about sushi today! Although present-day sushi most likely traces its origins to Southeast Asia or China, we’ll go over various types hailing from its most popular abode, Japan. But I had no idea there were that may kinds … Continue reading

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Japanese Sewer Covers: The Trading Card Edition. Seriously.

Oh, Japan, you weird, endlessly fascinating archipelago.  In one moment, you’re on top of the world, donating memorable antagonists to such movies as Gung Ho, and snapping up coal mines in such regions as Manchuria.  万歳 (ばんざい・🙌), banzai! Next, however, … Continue reading

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Kozue, The Peak Lounge, and the New York Bar at the Park Hyatt Tokyo, Japan

Disclaimer: In exchange for meals and drinks at the Park Hyatt Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan, I am writing this review. Although I had known about the Shinjuku Park Tower before, I have to make two confessions.  One, I used to think … Continue reading

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Guest Post: Uji City, the Center of Tea Culture in Japan

Uji city is one of the most famous places in Japan when it comes to tea traditions. Mostly famous for Byodoin – the temple on the reverse side of the 10 yen coin – Uji is the perfect place to … Continue reading

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Desserts: Indonesian Kolak

For me, there’s no shortage of delectable desserts in Indonesia.  They might include local fruit such as the starfruit, papaya, and salak, a combo dinner-dessert- for example, peanut sauce (bumbu kacang) for sate, or ketoprak, or traditional sweets like cucur … Continue reading

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Sweet! Potatoes in Kawagoe, Japan

Kawagoe (川越), a roughly 30-60 minute ride from major train stations throughout Tokyo, is also known affectionately known as Koedo (小江戸/Little Edo), whereas Edo refers to Tokyo’s former name.  As Kawagoe made it through World War II only receiving minor … Continue reading

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One Nostalgic Meal in Tokyo, Japan

My first visit to Japan was nearly seventeen years ago.  Before that time, I had only eaten Japanese food once, at a then up-and-coming Manhattan restaurant called Nobu.  Truth be told, the memories of that meal are not good… The … Continue reading

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