La Vie En Rose

Wouldn’t it be wonderful to be told every day words of love that make you know for sure that with the one to whom you belong, it’s you for him and him for you throughout life? And when he takes you in his arms and enters your heart, his presence banishes your pains and burdens such…

Billiken in Shinsekai, Osaka 

One of the interesting discoveries here at the old Osaka neighborhood of Shinsekai is Billiken which could be found in many restaurant facades: Caption under above sign: “Billiken is a “god of happiness” that was created in the US in 1908.  In 1909, it came to Japan where its unique appearance with a pointed head…

Osaka 24-Hour Eat Drink Walk

For a day of exploring food and drink around town, one must exercise a stronger determination to say no to the array of food on offer that comes with the room and just go for a light salad to start the day with. Where you won’t be required to have one food order per person,…

Western Tea House, Osaka

Aki confirmed that the Japanese sign on this building says, “Western Tea House!” The beloved and I wanted to try something new this time so we headed for the longest  (2.6 km) shopping street in Osaka: Tenjinbashisuji Shopping Street, consisting of some six hundred shops of Japanese food, clothing, souvenirs, specialty shops. My favorite find was…

12 Hours in Kobe

On a roll of appreciating nature in the Autumn season, the day’s blessing was the beloved’s surprise of an impromptu day trip to Kobe with a new stop. Nunobiki Herb Garden From Osaka, the Shinkansen Train to Kobe takes only 13 minutes plus a good walk to the entrance of the Herb Gardens on Mount…

Autumn in Arashiyama, Kyoto

Peeking through the doorway of Autumn season, the glorious backdrop of cerulean sky flecked with fluffy patches of clouds made for glorious walk-thru outdoor paintings. ARASHIMAYA Getting off the Hankyū Arashiyama Line from Katsura at Arashiyama Station, we just followed the crowd and within a few hundred feet was the Ōi River straight ahead. The Togetsukyō Bridge is…