Uobei- kaiten (conveyor belt) sushi

Kaiten  (conveyor belt) sushi restaurants are very popular in Japan, also very reasonably priced. There are many different chains, but our local friends introduced us to Uobei, and it has been a favorite ever since. All sushi sets (2 pieces…

Tanabata at Daijingu Shrine

Tanabata, or the Star Festival, is held on July 7th every year in Japan. Legend has it, that two stars were lovers and separated by the Milky Way. They are allowed to meet up once a year on the seventh day of…

Karaoke- Japanese style!

Karaoke originated in Japan, and the word literally means “empty orchestra”. It is said that the activity began in a small bar in Kobe, Japan when the band had to cancel due to bad weather. The owner then put music…

A soggy but fun 4th of July, in Japan

After an incredibly beautiful spring, the rainy season is upon us! This was probably one of the most gloomy 4th of July’s I can remember, it was drizzly all day, (the 4th I spent in Portland, OR was worse, I can…

An anniversary getaway at the Conrad, Tokyo

Matt and I celebrated our twelfth wedding anniversary on June first this year, and with my mom in town, we were able to getaway overnight, kid-free! We have had some Hilton points that we were able to cash in for…

A traditional Japanese tea ceremony

I have been wanting to experience a traditional Japanese tea ceremony for awhile now, so I thought this would be a perfect activity for my mom’s visit. We went to the very fancy Imperial Hotel, because I heard they conducted ceremonies…

Asakusa and the famous Senso-ji Shrine

On the last day of our downtown stay, we decided to take my mom to the great neighborhood of Asakusa, home of the famous Senso-ji Shrine, an important Buddhist temple. We always pass this cute UK inspired telephone booth near…

The fascinating Tsukiji Fish Market, (the world’s largest)

The Tsukiji Fish market is the world’s largest of it’s kind, and handles over 2,000 tons of sea products per day. It always comes up as a ‘must see’ for visitor’s to Tokyo, so we decided to check it out.…

The iconic landmark, Tokyo Tower

No visit to Tokyo would be complete without a stay downtown. So we took my mom to the New Sanno hotel for a few nights to take in the city from that vantage point. After dealing with unexpected traffic and…


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