Month: December 2017

Homey Hideout: Hana Cafe Nappa69

Homey Hideout: Hana Cafe Nappa69

Hana Cafe nappa69 | Shinmaruko, Kawasaki, Japan | Photo by Jun Kawamura Earlier,  I may have said that the grungy alley of Omoide Yokocho is my favorite place in all of Japan…but then again, there’s  different kind of coziness that exists on the outskirts of […]

A Yogi Diary: Comfort food with Emily Charlotte

A Yogi Diary: Comfort food with Emily Charlotte

We all know that friends come and friends go. But what about the friends that stay? What about the friends you meet for the first time but feel like you’ve known forever? In the past, I’ve featured people who I’ve known either my entire life […]

Swirl, Swish, Dip, & Dunk: Your Type-A Guide to Shabu Shabu

Swirl, Swish, Dip, & Dunk: Your Type-A Guide to Shabu Shabu

So, I think having scrape the frost off my car every morning for the past week calls for a seriously rewarding, piping hot dinner like shabu shabu… Don’t know it? The word shabu shabu is a Japanese onomatopoeia meaning “swish swish” describing the light swishing sound of the meat […]

Oden, The Unassuming Soul Food of Japan

Oden, The Unassuming Soul Food of Japan

If you recall from my last piece about surviving in Tokyo, I gravitate towards foods and experiences rather unusual for a young woman. Rather than bottomless mimosas and puffy pancakes at a brunch spot exploding with lace doilies, I prefer a late night, ice cold […]