Traveling Alone, Sizzling Teppanyaki, and a Trip to “Little Edo”

Updated September 14, 2019

Issue #2: 21 August 2019

In this issue, I’ve really amped things up. If you read issue #1 then you’ll spot the differences easily.

If not, no worries. In some sections, you’ll see I’ve added a ‘+’ paragraph afterward. This is added information for the given topic.

And then at the end of the issue, you’ll see a new section called “In the news this week.” Here I share three links to interesting news-type articles — just in case you’re interested in learning a little of what’s in the news for Japan.


1. Traveling alone in a foreign country can be a challenging and daunting endeavor. Here’s a guide that, while not specifically about Tokyo, will take you all over Japan and also covers essentials you’ll want to pack, where to stay, and other fantastic advice; including a section devoted to safety tips. –Matcha

+If you want a whirlwind tour of the big sights in Tokyo, check out this tour which covers things like the Imperial Palace, Senso-Ji Temple, and even a Tokyo Bay cruiseall in one day!


2. Kurumaya Bekkan is an amazing teppanyaki restaurant specializing in flat-iron grilling high-grade Japanese wagyu beef in Shinjuku. When you want to try some high-grade wagyu beef without breaking the bank, check out Kurumaya Bekkan. It’s fantastic quality and they have courses that will run you about ¥5,000 per person (rather than ¥10,000-¥20,000 you’ll find at the top-end wagyu places). –TokyoSpark

+In case you don’t know what teppanyaki is, check out my full guide to this amazing cuisine.

Wait. Stop. Consider yourself a foodie? Perfect. Get your fix for Japanese cuisine on the Japan Foodie Facebook page. An insider view at a wide variety of delicious Japanese food (and some of the quirky stuff too).

Their frequent photos and quality videos tease the delicious side of Japan. Check it out.

3. Ramen is normally a quick meal in Japan, but that doesn’t stop aspiring chefs from taking it a step further. Out of thousands upon thousands of ramen shops in Japan, only four have the Michelin star distinction. Three of the four are in Tokyo. Would you like to know which ones? Check out favy’s guide to find and devour them. –favy

+Ramen in Japan is absolutely incredible and there is far more to it than you think. Check out my complete guide to ramen for all the slurpy details.


4. Did you know there is a permanent Pokemon cafe in Tokyo that is getting ready for Halloween already? There is. Normally these theme shops are popup shops that come and go quickly. This is the first permanent Pokemon Cafe. New menu items are coming for Halloween. –GrapeJapan


5. Kawagoe isn’t in Tokyo but it is close enough and very worth the trip for a change of pace. Kawagoe is called “Little Edo” in reference to the throw-back buildings and traditional culture to be found there. It’s an area absolutely loaded with things to see — you’ll probably need more a single day. “Rich in atmosphere, history, and culture, Kawagoe is a wonderful destination for a day trip from Tokyo.” –SavvyTokyo


6. Aquariums aren’t only a place to see exotic sea life but can be incredible works of art too.A visually enthralling exhibit in the heart of Tokyo […] showcases the majestic beauty of thousands of goldfish within a stunning aquarium space.” It really is a sight to behold and is a welcome change from the more common things you’ll discover in Tokyo. –MetropolisJapan


7. Sometimes the most interesting things are another person’s perspective on the everyday stuff in our lives. That’s certainly true of artist Masashi Shimakawa’s incredible illustrations of ordinary street scenes. At least, ordinary if interesting Tokyo street scenes is ordinary to you. “Shimakawa treats each scene with a beautiful color palette and unique texture that invites viewers to take in each and every detail.” –SpoonAndTamago


In the news this week


And that’s a wrap. Be back next week with issue #3.

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