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.

Yosakoi

At the very electrifying 27th Yosakoi festival in Sapporo Odori Park. The dancers, young and old, are hyper energetic and passionate, embodying the Japanese spirit of giving 200% of their best!

Yosakoi-style dancing has spread throughout much of Japan. The style of dance is highly energetic, combining traditional Japanese dance movements with modern music.

Infected by the energy with my Samsung Galaxy Note 8.

Quintessential

Highly recommend this quaint little town Arashiyama on the outskirts of Kyoto where we spent a carefree afternoon.

This town is more populated by local rather than foreign tourists, making it less crowded than Kyoto. It’s famed for sakura viewing in Tenryu temple, autumn leaves viewing at Togetsu Kyo bridge and young handsome rickhaw pullers!