{  Naoshima  }

Naoshima 直島
Naoshima 直島
Naoshima 直島
Naoshima 直島
Naoshima 直島
Naoshima 直島
Naoshima 直島
Naoshima 直島
Naoshima 直島

“The Art Island”, Naoshima!

Have you been to Naoshima? It’s an island off of Kagawa, located in the Seto Inland Sea of Japan. Perhaps you might have seen photos of Yayoi Kusama’s famous pumpkin? The island is famous for its beautiful collection of contemporary art galleries and exhibits and can be seen all in one day.

Access to this island is either by ferry or boat. We took the ferry from Uno and visited all of the places below. It’s a nice relaxing getaway for those who want to experience a little time away from the city.

– Art House Project:
http://www.benesse-artsite.jp/en/arthouse/

– Chichu Art Museum:
http://www.benesse-artsite.jp/en/chichu/

– Benesse House:
http://www.benesse-artsite.jp/en/benessehouse/

– I Love Yu Bathhouse (I♥湯):
http://www.naoshimasento.jp/

– Ando Museum:
http://www.benesse-artsite.jp/en/ando-museum/

– Lee Ufan Museum:
http://www.benesse-artsite.jp/en/lee-ufan/

Will share a cafe we enjoyed on in my next post!




{  Sakura  }

Sakura
Sakura
Sakura
Sakura
Sakura

Happy April and Happy Cherry Blossom Season!

As you can see, cherry blossoms are in full bloom in Tokyo right now. I really love this time of the year as everyone just seems to be in a cheerful spirit. Hope you are all getting to enjoy this warmer beautiful spring time in Tokyo :) Above photos were taken around the Roppongi area. The top 2 photos are right by Randy, a great place to grab a yummy katsu sandwich and chill outside during this time of the year.

Below are some more Sakura posts from the past:
http://www.tokyoeats.jp/ohanami-2014/
http://www.tokyoeats.jp/ohanami-2013/
http://www.tokyoeats.jp/shibazakura/




{  Rapoppo — らぽっぽ  }

Rapoppo -- らぽっぽ
Rapoppo -- らぽっぽ
Rapoppo -- らぽっぽ
Rapoppo -- らぽっぽ

Sweet Potato lovers dream shop, Rapoppo (らぽっぽ) is located in many train stations and depachikas through out Japan such as Shinjuku, Ikebukuro, Tokyo Skytree town, Shibuya. I am very much a sweet potato person and this place sells yummy treats that satisfy my cravings.

They are most famous for their “Baked Potato Apple Pie” (焼きたてポテトアップルパイ) for 820yen and you can also get the Mini version for 525yen.

I also like their danish bars (おいもやさんのこだわりデイニッシュバー) which are 162yen each. It’s like a crossiant sugar sweet potato stick!

They also have different pies and treats during different seasons so you may see some that are different every time you visit their shop. Give it a try if you are into sweet potatoes!

PS: Another one of my sweet potato favs is this place.

Shop Locations // http://www.shirohato.com/shop/list_1.html#1
Website // http://www.shirohato.com/rapoppo/index.htm

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{  Oriental Lounge  }

Oriental Lounge at the Mandarin Oriental
Oriental Lounge at the Mandarin Oriental
Oriental Lounge at the Mandarin Oriental
Oriental Lounge at the Mandarin Oriental
Oriental Lounge at the Mandarin Oriental
Oriental Lounge at the Mandarin Oriental

High Tea at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel Tokyo’s Oriental Lounge is definitely a special experience and I highly recommend it for a special occasion. Since the lounge is located on the 38th floor, you get an amazing view of Tokyo if it’s a clear day (it was unfortunately raining on the day we went so the view was not that great.)

The High Tea is around 5000yen per person and the pastries, desserts and teas are all exquisite. The best part is the teas and scones are all you can drink/eat so if you’re still hungry, get more! Eat the scone while it’s warm :)

If you are looking for a nice date spot or want to splurge a little and treat yourself, I highly recommend this place.

Address // Mandarin Oriental Hotel Tokyo 38F,
2-1-1, Nihonbashimuromachi, Chuo-ku, Tokyo, Japan (map)
Phone Number // 03-3270-8188
Website // http://www.mandarinoriental.co.jp/tokyo/dining/lounge/

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{  Merry Christmas!  }

Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays!
Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays!
Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays!

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! Wishing you all a safe and warm holidays :)

The photos above are from a special light display at Nakameguro River called “Aono doukutsu”(青の洞窟) which translates to “Blue Cave”. You can view the lighting until xmas day but just to let you know, it’s super crowded!

Website // http://nakameguro-aonodokutsu.jp/