Posts Tagged ‘Japan’

Japanese Macaque at Arashiyama’s Iwatayama Monkey Park

Starstruck at Arashiyama’s Iwatayama Monkey Park

It feels a little like we’ve entered a movie set. Mystically pretty mountain landscapes form a backdrop to an emerald green river, broken only by the Togetsukyo “Moon Crossing” Bridge. A timber boat punts along the river. This is Arashiyama, a zen-like tourist haven in the western outskirts of Kyoto. Ancient temples, otherworldly bamboo groves […] Read more…

Kyoto with kids - Samurai Kembu Theater

The way of the wee warrior – Kyoto with kids

Bushidō! No, it is not slang for cow poo. It is the moral code of the Samurai. You see, Japan’s samurai class wasn’t just some Tyler Durdenless Fight Club with razer-sharp Katanas. In fact, the way of the samurai was more about morality and doing the right thing than it was about biffo. Today, though Japanese ethics are […] Read more…

Takoyaki - Japanese Octopus Balls recipe

Takoyaki Octopus Balls & Golden Snitches

I’ve written previously about our unhealthy obsession with hot steamy balls. Octopus balls that is. Before you get excited, I’m not talking about the gonads of an octopus (which, incidentally, are located in their heads… should you ever happen to be looking), I’m talking takoyaki, those dangerously addictive spheres of flour, eggs and dashi, studded with octopus pieces, ginger and green […] Read more…

Under the spell of Osaka and Okonomiyaki

It’s most iconic structure may be a 16th-century shogunate castle that sets Raffles samurai senses tingling, but Osaka is probably better known for its high tech architecture, street eats and many, many stars… Michelin stars, that is. Japan’s undisputed gastronomic capital, it is said that the people of Osaka spend more money on food than on anything else. In fact, the […] Read more…

Hello Kitty Pork Buns and Hello Kitty's Cupcake Dream at Universal Studios, Osaka

Hangin’ with Hello Kitty in Japan

Sugarpuff has a bit of thing for Hello Kitty. And by “bit” I actually mean the kid loves that prissy puss with the white-hot intensity of a thousand burning suns! Needless to say in Japan, the birthplace of the famed feline, my girl is in Hello Kitty heaven. When I say feline I must do so with a […] Read more…

Meoto Iwa (the wedded rocks) in Futami, Ise Shima

On the ninja trail in Ise Shima

This post is all about Mie, Mie, Mie. Japan’s Mie Prefecture that is. Or, more specifically, the pretty bayside region of Ise-Shima. Home to Japan’s most sacred Shinto shrine, Ise-Shima isn’t as big on the international tourist radar as it is with locals in search of spa retreats, pearls, and enlightenment. But the Eats Worlds are seeking […] Read more…

Kids bucket list

The bucket and spade list

Freelance writing has a tendency to be feast or famine. Some months the most I get to write is a shopping list while others are flooded with work. This month it’s a virtual tsunami and I’ve got to knock over almost 60,000 words in four weeks. Whilst parenting two small demanding nutjobs. Without a net. […] Read more…

Naritasan Shinshoji Temple, Narita

Food & Fudomyo in Narita City

Transiting through Narita International Airport on your way to Tokyo or some other fabulous Japanese city? Well don’t! Do yourself a favour, get out of that cavernous airport, jump on a train (they’re terribly punctual, you know) and take the ten minute ride into Narita City. Seriously, you won’t regret it. Well, unless you miss […] Read more…

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Hey, I’m Aleney! A mum, award-winning travel writer, magazine editor and gallivanting glutton. He’s Raff, the “boy” in boyeatsworld, and a fearless foodie, adventurer and eco-warrior. Along with his all-singing, all-dancing, all-adventurous sister, Sugarpuff, we’re exploring the world’s colour, culture and cuisine on a food safari for the junior set.

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