Category Archives: Blog Entry

A Lovely Letter from the General Manager of the Imperial Hotel, Tokyo

This week, I felt deeply honoured when I received this beautifully written letter from the Managing Director and General Manager of the Imperial Hotel in Tokyo, Mr Yukio Kanao, thanking me for my most recent blog post. If you’re planning a trip to Tokyo, you should definitely consider staying a few nights in a luxurious room or…

Most Romantic Birthday Ever at Les Saisons in the Imperial Hotel Tokyo

If you love great food and fine dining this blog post will be right up your street but that’s not any old street. I’m referring to a very posh address within walking distance to Ginza, Yūrakuchō and Ōtemachi. It’s right in the heart of Tokyo and it’s a hotel that represents the pinnacle of exceptional…

Where Can You Combine Budget Accommodation in Tokyo with Culture, Cooking and Omotenashi?

Definition of omotenashi: ““Omotenashi” is hard to define, but Japanese use it to describe what they believe is their unique approach to hospitality. “Omotenashi” involves the subjugation of self in service to a guest, without being “servile”. Anticipating needs is at the heart of the concept; and it is certainly fair to say that in…

Japan: The Cookbook by Nancy Singleton Hachisu Review: Authentic Homespun Recipes Handed Down from One Generation to the Next

I’m not a food critic, a restaurateur, a professional chef nor a food blogger but I love Japanese food and I’ve been experimenting in the kitchen from a very young age so those are my credentials for reviewing this wonderful cookbook. I’ve purchased several Japanese cookbooks in the past or I’ve printed recipes off the…