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Jason McCormack
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Living in and loving Japan
Living in and loving Japan

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The original katsu curry (かつカレ) - Ginza Swiss (銀座スイス)
One of my favourite meals (although it's only a "sometimes" food as too much consumption can have a negative impact on the waistline...) is called katsu curry (katsu is breaded, deep fried pork cutlet).  It is also one of my regular go to meals when I can't...

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A nostalgic hot spring hideaway - Shima Onsen (四万温泉) Part 3
This is part 3 of a write-up about a recent trip to Shima Onsen.  You can find part one here  and part 2 here .  I woke up from my nap feeling totally refreshed and ready for dinner.  I decided to head back to the same place that I had had lunch at. As much...

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A nostalgic hot spring hideaway - Shima Onsen (四万温泉) Part 2
This is part 2 of a blog post about a recent trip to Shima Onsen.  You can find part 1 here .  I woke up the next morning to a breakfast of champions minus the obligatory natto (the lovely and thoughtful lady had asked me if I would like some included with ...

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A nostalgic hot spring hideaway - Shima Onsen (四万温泉)
Last month I was on the train going to work and I suddenly thought "I want to go on a hot spring trip!" so I whipped out my mobile phone and did a quick search for onsen (hot spring) near Tokyo.  A few places that are fairly well known popped up and then I ...

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Perfect tempura at the Hilton Hotel Odaiba
One of my students, Natsumi worked at one of the restaurants in the Hilton Hotel Odaiba and I had been meaning to go there one of these days to eat at her restaurant.  Well she recently told me that she was changing jobs soon so the decision was made to go ...

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Step Back in Time - Nihon Minkaen Folk House museum
First of all, sorry for the long break.  I took a couple of months off of visiting places for the blog.  Work got a little crazy busy and also my sister and her partner came to visit around Christmas time so I spent some nice times showing them around My Ja...

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Immerse yourself in old town charm - Gujo Hachiman: a true traditional Japanese town (part 6)
This is part 6 in a series of posts about a recent trip to Gujo Hachiman in Gifu.  I recommend reading  part 1 ,  2 ,  3 ,  4  and 5 first. Morning broke the next day and it was time to have a last breakfast in Gujo Hachiman.  It was just as big and as exte...

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Immerse yourself in old town charm - Gujo Hachiman: a true traditional Japanese town (part 5)
This is part 5 in a series of posts about a recent trip to Gujo Hachiman in Gifu.  I recommend reading part 1 , 2 , 3  and 4  first. We rose early the next morning at 8:30 (well, it is early for me....) and wolfed down a breakfast of champions. We had rice ...

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Immerse yourself in old town charm - Gujo Hachiman (part 4)
This is part 4 in a series of blog posts about a recent trip to Gujo Hachiman.  You can find part 1 here , part 2 here  and part 3 here . It was getting close to dinner time, so we ventured back out to the street in search of something to eat.  I had done a...

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Immerse yourself in old town charm - Gujo Hachiman (part 3)
This is part 3 of a recent trip to Gujo Hachiman in Gifu.  You can read part 1 here  and part 2 here . We got back to the ryokan and checked in.  I had chosen this place because of the beautiful old style rooms.  I would love to live in a place with rooms l...
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