Tag Archives: Tokyo

Hotel Review: Hotel Tavinos Hamamatsucho, Tokyo

Disclaimer: In exchange for two nights in a Hollywood Double room, I am writing this review.  Photos are my own, and from the Hotel Tavinos Hamamatsucho. Tokyo-based Fujita Kanko’s newest brand, Hotel Tavinos, was opened to the public on August … Continue reading

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Airline Meals, Part Eight, Modern Art, Part One?

Since my first flight with them in 2002, Japan Airlines has consistently been one of the more tolerable airlines to choose.  OK, so I find their flight attendants a wee bit too obsequious with Japanese passengers, their in-flight announcements (in … Continue reading

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The New York Grill at the Park Hyatt Tokyo, Japan

Disclaimer: Disclaimer: In `exchange for lunch at the Park Hyatt Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan, I am writing this review. It seems I can’t get enough of this hotel.  Could part of that be because I once made Bill Murray laugh by uttering … Continue reading

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Kozue, The Peak Lounge, and the New York Bar at the Park Hyatt Tokyo, Japan

Disclaimer: In exchange for meals and drinks at the Park Hyatt Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan, I am writing this review. Although I had known about the Shinjuku Park Tower before, I have to make two confessions.  One, I used to think … Continue reading

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One Nostalgic Meal in Tokyo, Japan

My first visit to Japan was nearly seventeen years ago.  Before that time, I had only eaten Japanese food once, at a then up-and-coming Manhattan restaurant called Nobu.  Truth be told, the memories of that meal are not good… The … Continue reading

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Cool It! Shopping Made Too Easy in Tokyo

Let’s say you pay a visit to one of the brilliant デパ地下 (depachika; department store basement food halls) in Japan but then realize that you also wanted to do some non-edible shopping.  Well then, it sounds like you’re not me…but … Continue reading

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Quirky Japanese Kōban, or Police Boxes

I have a lot of photos from Japan, but this owl-shaped building in Chiba city may be the token entry for kōban (交番) neighborhood police stations.  On second thought, that might be too generous – and incorrect – a term … Continue reading

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Throwback Thursday: The Sofitel in Ueno, Tokyo

The Sofitel Ueno, overlooking Ueno Park’s Shinobazu Pond, was one of my favorite (weird) buildings in Tokyo…until it was demolished in between late 2006 and mid-2008.  Heck, the Sofitel wasn’t around that long to begin with, opening only in 1994. … Continue reading

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Movie Locations: Slurping Ramen in “Tampopo”

Have you heard of/seen the Japanese movie Tampopo?  Directed in 1985 by Juzo Itami, it tells the fictional story of Tampopo, a female chef endeavoring to create the quintessential bowl of ramen.  In other words, if she moonlighted as a … Continue reading

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Tokyo’s Shakaden: BuildingMyBento’s Mother Ship?

If I’m physically from New York, I’m incredulously from the Tokyo Shakaden (釈迦殿). Located in Azabudai but close enough to Tokyo’s Gomorrah – also known as Roppongi, Shakaden is in fact the H.Q. of Reiyuukai (霊友会), a Buddhist sect. Reiyuukai was established in Tokyo in 1930 … Continue reading

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