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Tōshōgū Shrine (東照宮) is definitely the place to visit in Nikko. It is the final resting place of Tokugawa Ieyasu (徳川家康), the founder of the Tokugawa Shogunate that ruled Japan for over 250 years until 1868. Ieyasu is enshrined at Tōshōgū as the deity Tōshō Daigongen(東照大権現), “Great Deity of the East Shining Light”.

http://wanderandblossom.com/travel/toshogu-shrine-nikko-japan/
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Some may not realized that Dorayaki (Doraemon’s favorite) is part of Wagashi, the general term for Japanese confectionery. Others include Daifuku (pounded sweet rice stuffed with red bean paste and sometimes one whole strawberry), Dango (small, sweet mocha skewered on a stick), Mochi (I believe this needs no introduction), Sakuramochi (glutinous rice cake filled with red bean paste and wrapped in pickled cherry leaf), Taiyaki (fish-shaped cake) and many more.

http://wanderandblossom.com/travel/japanese-namagashi/
Some may not realized that Dorayaki (Doraemon’s favorite) is part of Wagashi, the general term for Japanese confectionery. Others include Daifuku (pounded sweet rice stuffed with red bean paste and sometimes one whole strawberry), …
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In my hand holds a bowl of warm rice topped with wavy beef slices and onions, simmered in a mildly sweet sauce flavored with dashi (fish and seaweed stock), soy sauce and mirin (sweet rice wine). This is what the Japanese called gyudon (牛丼), “gyu” (beef)and “don” for donburi, literally means beef bowl. Fast, simple, and delicious, this satisfying dish is popular among the Japanese, and foreigners like me who are on a tight budget (250-400yen for a regular bowl).

As for the famous ones, it has to be Yoshinoya (吉野家), Matsuya (松屋) and Sukiya (すき家), the top 3 best gyudon (Beef Bowl) restaurants in Japan. Their menus mainly revolve around gyudon with a twist on the toppings like cheese, okra (lady’s finger), half-boiled egg, kimchi, and my favourite Japanese Negi (welsh onions) with raw egg. These gyudons also come in different sizes to cater for small eaters as well as those with bigger appetite; ミニ(mini), 並盛 “namimori” (regular) , 大盛 “omori” (large) and 特盛 “tokumori” (extra large).

http://wanderandblossom.com/food/gyudon-restaurants-japan/
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Being fans to unique accommodation and charming interiors, Jason and I always look around for the special place to stay without burning a hole in our wallets. For this round, an used Japanese National Railways 日本国有鉄道 train car by the picturesque riverside at Nikko, Japan.

Our itinerary for Nikko was fairly simple. Lake Chuzenji 中禅寺湖 on the day we arrived, whereas Grand Autumn Festival Shuki Taisai 秋季大祭 and Tōshōgū Shrine 東照宮 on the next day.In between, we stayed in the train car listed in Airbnb by Scout.

http://wanderandblossom.com/travel/unique-stay-train-car-riverside-nikko/
Unique stay in a train car by riverside at Nikko, Japan
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Also known as the grand procession of 1,000 samurai warriors, the Hyakumono-Zoroe Sennin Gyoretsu 百物揃千人武者行列 is a re-enactment of the great shogun Ieyasu Tokugawa grave relocation from Mt. Kuno in Shizuoka Perfecture to Nikko at his will.


http://wanderandblossom.com/travel/nikko-grand-autumn-festival/
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Presenting a birthday gift to my beloved Jason in the form of journey started somewhere during May last year. Airasia happened to be on sale and I saw it as a perfect excuse to travel.  It didn’t take long before I decided...
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The term love hotel may implies a lot of naughty images, yet my first experience in Tokyo was great and to be frank, value-for-money.
To begin with, googling for a Japan love hotel in English does not give us any relevant result. Our best bet was Couples Navi the app that comes only in Japanese. It gives multiple search options by areas, railway route, highway access, hotel groups and also nearby location. The app is so detailed it includes not only basic information such as contact details, rates (day use or stay plan for weekdays and weekends) along with usage hours, types of facilities, payment details, photos, maps, but also reviews and coupon in the case of promotion. While some love hotels offer bizarre themes, most of them are pretty normal, in fact, some are so outdated in design we would never set our foot in there.

http://wanderandblossom.com/travel/japan-love-hotel/
The term love hotel may implies a lot of naughty images, yet my first experience in Tokyo was great and to be frank, value-for-money. To begin with, googling for a Japan love hotel in English …
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Fuji Soba just had to be one of my favorite Japanese-style fastfood chains. Its traditional Japanese zen like exterior accompanied with tempting display of food samples attract not only local, but foreigners too. Even though there is no English in the menu, foreigners can order based on the food sample that appeals to them the most by jotting down the number and pay at the vending machine. Fast, simple and no communication required.

Fuji Soba menu offers soba or udon in hot soup with simplest toppings like wakame (seaweed) and negi (welsh onion) to onsen egg, inari skin and a varieties of fried tempura. They also serve soba or udon the cold way.

http://wanderandblossom.com/travel/fuji-soba/
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The first thing that comes to mind whenever people mention Asakusa in Japan would be the huge red lantern with the word Kaminarimon 雷門 on it. Fortunate, or not, we ran into the once-in-a-ten-year maintenance period for the Kaminarimon lantern where they replaced it with a photographed poster.

http://wanderandblossom.com/travel/sensoji-temple-%E6%B5%85%E8%8D%89%E5%AF%BA-asakusa-tokyo/
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If you happen to visit Tokyo during mid October and have 2 days to spare, I would highly recommend a short trip to Nikkō 日光 ,a city located in Tochigi Prefecture of Japan. With just about 2 hours and 30 minutes distance from Tokyo, I get to witness its breathtaking fall scenery of red autumn leaves against Lake Chuzenji 中禅寺湖, The Grand Autumn Festival Shuki Taisai 秋季大祭 where 1,000 men parade in samurai costumes, and the magnificent Tōshōgū Shrine 東照宮 (a UNESCO World Heritage site) and many more.


http://wanderandblossom.com/travel/lake-chuzenji/
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Food for Life – Danish Green and Natural
According to the official website of Denmark, their breakfast and lunch usually consist of cold meals and usually have hot meals during the evening for dinner.

Just like us, they usually have coffee or tea and jam on bread for breakfast. Milk and cereals a...
According to the official website of Denmark, their breakfast and lunch usually consist of cold meals and usually have hot meals during the evening for dinner. Just like us, they usually have coffee or tea and jam on bread fo...
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Presenting a birthday gift to my beloved Jason in the form of journey started somewhere during May last year. Airasia happened to be on sale and I saw it as a perfect excuse to travel.  It didn’t take long before I decided...
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