Toraya Confectionery Kyoto

Japanese confectionery is a world of its own and Toraya seem to be holding a special place in the hierarchy of high end sweet makers. Before coming to Japan, the only Japanese sweet I knew were the Pocky  sold at a Korean import shop. I think Toraya was one of the first quality wagashi I tried.

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Okayama Kyobashi morning market

I got a special place in my heart for food market, so I woke up at 5 AM on a grey Sunday morning and drove to Okayama City to try the monthly market held by the riverside right behind the Okayama Prefectural Office. Kyobashi Asa Ichi is held on the first Sunday of the month while the Kurashiki morning market is held on the third.

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Pizza Riva in Hiroshima

On my latest trip to Hiroshima, I decided to make the trek to the Yokogawa area and try Pizza Riva.  I found Pizza Riva on the Associazione Verace Pizza napoletana website, but one friend who lives in Hiroshima had already told me it was his favorite.

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Miyamoto Motsunabe

Motsunabe is a Fukuoka speciality, if you have never heard of it, it’s a simple hot pot dish of offals cooked in a soy sauce based soup with plenty of garlic and garlic chive.   Motsunabe restaurants are legion in Fukuoka, but this time, we went to a smaller and less touristy place.

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Coffee Club in Marugame

Finding an address in Japan is difficult at the best of time, but finding Coffee Club in Marugame proved to be an epic drive complicated by the fact that there were two route 205 running parallel to each other. Beyond this major urban planning faux pas, Coffee Club is well worth driving around in circle for 30 min.

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