Tokyo Off the Beaten Path – Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building Observatory

I visited some lesser-known tourist spots in Tokyo in 2017, and I enjoyed the experience very much, more than visiting famous sites with thousands of other tourists. Let me share some of the places I like to visit in Tokyo that are not flooded with the tourists yet. Tokyo Metropolitan Government building observation desks in … More Tokyo Off the Beaten Path – Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building Observatory

Lucky Pierrot Restaurants – Uniquely Hakodate

There is a chain of fast food hamburger restaurants called “Lucky Pierrot” in my home town, Hakodate, Hokkaido. Although I have seen the store fronts in different parts of Hakodate,  I haven’t thought of eating hamburgers when I visited Japan in the past. I’m not a big fan of clowns (pierrots in French), and eating … More Lucky Pierrot Restaurants – Uniquely Hakodate

Hanami Picnic

Public alcohol consumption or intoxication is totally frowned upon in Japan EXCEPT Hanami time! At cherry blossom viewing, people can picnic on the park ground with open alcoholic drinks and even with kegs of beer. The municipalities publish the dates that people are allowed to picnic on the ground based on the cherry blossom forecast … More Hanami Picnic