Unsung heroes

They came every Friday morning for 2 hours, to volunteer to clear the weeds so that more could enjoy the beauty of this public spice park in the hills.

Only the plants witnessed them toiling under the sun and thrived under their efforts. These gardening volunteers are the unsung heroes.

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Oishii 9 – No frills

The Japanese believe in enjoying ingredients in its raw fresh form. This seafood don has no seasoning, just plain old goodness of the ocean.

And we found it not in a fancy upmarket restaurant, but a small shop tucked in a corner after a long street of restaurants catered for tourists in Otaru, Hokkaido. Following the local scent led us here and this policy has not failed us once again.