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Specters by Tsukioka Yoshitoshi

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Ōta Memorial Museum of Art at Harajuku shows exhibitions of ukiyo-e wood-block prints. It is one of the few museums to continuously exhibit ukiyo-e. The main part of the collection consists of about 12,000 pieces collected by one individual, Seizō Ota Ⅴ, former president of Tōhō Insurance Company. His extensive collection was made available to public by his family after he passed away in 1977. During our visit, the exhibition showed “Specters” by Tsukioka Yoshitoshi.

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August 8, 2017 at 8:44 am

Did someone say horse sashimi?

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Sora An restaurant was at the footsteps of our AirBnB. We went in for a bento lunch and ended up being repeat customers.

Super lean horse sashimi served with grated ginger and minced garlic

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August 8, 2017 at 4:37 am

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Cocktail tasting at Gen Yamamoto

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This is unlike any alcohol flight, the experience is closer to a sushi bar with 8 seats and a chef’s menu.

Slightly tart ume (plum) juice tart and sparkling sake with superfine cucumber dice

Tomato with sanshō pepper based gin, possibly Roku.

Unfiltered sake, edamame and milk

Finnish gin, Napue, peach and wasabi

Yamamoto whiskey on crushed ice and summer pomelo with a few pieces of unsweetened and candied sweet potato.

English Vodka, Black Cow brand made from milk, with green tea

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August 7, 2017 at 1:44 pm

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Fruits of Japan

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A single bunch of grapes = $100 USD (approximate)


Pierre Hermé’s rose macaron with whole raspberries and lychees = $10 USD (approximate)

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August 7, 2017 at 9:25 am

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Pierre Hermé’s millefeuille at Isetan

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From Isetan, Shinjuku

Millefeuille in Paris in 2010. Thankfully, a few things don’t change.

Isetan department store in Shinjuku is a delight for food voyeurs. Although the food court has everything,  Japanese and western desserts might be the crème de la crème of the court.  Weather permitting, the Isetan roof garden is a nice spot to enjoy these good eats.

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August 7, 2017 at 9:10 am

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Deus Ex Machina

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The decor of this coffee shop in Harajuku is modern, pour is perfect and barista more hipster than most.

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August 7, 2017 at 6:21 am

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Craft of food

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This is an ultra realistic hand made plastic food sample from a Harajuku mall. To learn more about the history and fascinating process, check out youtube Japanology episode of Plastic Food Samples. This food aid is particularly useful in Japan where the Google translate application fails on 99.9% of the words.

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August 7, 2017 at 5:14 am

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