Filling up on deep-fried food in Japan

A fun thing about going out to eat in Japan is that a lot of restaurants have meals that are very hands-on. Meaning you choose your own individual ingredients and cook the food yourself at your table. A lot of these places are buffets, so you can eat as much as you want and get your money’s worth.

One unique place is called Kushiya Monogatari. Kushiya means grilling on little wooden skewers, and monogatari means story.

In the middle of each table is your own little pot of oil that has been built into the table. The host will turn it on for you, and that’s pretty much the last you will see of him or her. They are not servers in the traditional sense, bringing you drinks and dishes, though they might take your dishes away if you have a tall pile. Continue reading “Filling up on deep-fried food in Japan”


My first blog award: Liebster Award

My first chain letter…I mean blog award!!

I am honoured to have been nominated for my first blog award, the Liebster award. I’ve only been blogging for less than two months, so this is quite unexpected. Continue reading “My first blog award: Liebster Award”


Mini guide to Shuzenji hot spring

What is Shuzenji?

There are many hot spring resort towns scattered throughout Japan. One of the oldest and most famous of these hot springs is Shuzenji Onsen. It is located on the Izu Peninsula in Shizuoka prefecture, and the peaceful scenery is popular among Japanese people. Built along the Katsura River, there are hot springs, restaurants, small shops, museums, Shuzenji temple, and little walking paths for all your exploring needs.

Shuzenji is doable as a day trip from Tokyo, but if you are coming from Nagoya or Kyoto/Osaka, you will want to spend at least one night in a nearby town, like Mishima, Atami, or Numazu.

How do I get there?

To get to Shuzenji you need to take Tokaido Shinkansen or the Tokaido Main Line to Mishima Station. From Mishima station, you need to change to the Izu-Hakone Line, which will take you to Shuzenji Station in 30 minutes. From there, you should take a bus into the hot spring area of the town.

When my husband and I went, we decided to walk from the station into town instead of take the bus. This probably wasn’t the best decision because it is about a 30-40 minute walk. We did, however, get this lovely view of the Kano River.

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Taebaek snow festival, part 2

After spending an hour walking around the Taebaek festival snow sculptures and watching kids sledge across the frozen pond and slide down ice, my friend and I headed over to the coal museum to warm up. We learned a bit about mining and how coal is used, but I don’t seem to have any pictures my computer.

Next we decided to go over to the little food area. On the way, we passed a chain link fence with orange paper hearts attached to it. They all had handwritten wish/hope/dream on them. Love, money, job, school, etc. There a lot of these in Korea, even outside the smallest temples.


We passed underneath the yellow and pink lanterns outside the temple, and I noticed that the Buddha statue had a large flat box on its head. I’m not sure what this is supposed to be, but somebody told me it was a pizza box.

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