Eat, Drink, Sleep @Tokyo, Now in Nagasaki

東京で食う飲む!Restaurant or Bar around Tokyo and Far East. There is a great diversity of food and culture in Japan. You will enjoy the huge range style of food from very local Japanese food to a lot of foreign foods. I hope you will find and feel the diversity of foods in Japan.

17 November 2017

Nice Hotel for business and leisure in central Tokyo, Courtyard by Marriott, Tokyo Station

The Location is the Best.

Courtyard by Marriott, Tokyo Station is located near to Tokyo Station, opposite side of Marunouchi area, near to Nihonbashi area. These areas are the core part of the financial or economy of Tokyo. A lot of foreign or global companies have placed their office around this area.
Tokyo Station is also the hub of transportation in Metropolitan Tokyo and Japan. Bullet train will arrive and leave every two minute, commuter train will also serve you short comfort journey around Tokyo, as Yokohama or Kamakura. Several underground lines served by Tokyo metro are available at Otemachi station hub. 


The room is also simple.


The room of Courtyard have very simple furniture and bathroom. I love the writing desks which have large space for note taking or writing articles. The dimension of single bed rooms is also larger than that of other hotels in the same range of price. The rooms have bath tub and toilet with wash-let.
From the window, you will have view of small path among old Showa style building. Though the entrance faced to the main street, Chuo dori, you will escape from the crowded Tokyo in your room.


Flat TV is available with overseas programs.
bath room

The typical Courtyard style service as US


Courtyard by Marriott served as their style as US. They opened their hotels in the nice location near to train station or motorway junctions. At the reception desk, they will provide some foods or drinks like convenient stores. Frequent users of Marriott reward will receive some privilege as free alcohol drinks at reception or happy hour benefit at ground floor restaurants.







The staff is questionable on their skills at Hotel. They have few information about the currency exchange, transportation around Tokyo metropolitan or some restaurant spot. But you will get those on your mobile instead of the staff.

The view from window.


Access and location

Courtyard Marriott Tokyo Station is located near to JR Tokyo station and next to the underground Kyobashi station on Ginza line (orange line). Ginza and Nihonbashi shopping area and Marunochi and Yaesu area is accessible on foot for 5 minutes. Around Tokyo station, there are Otemachi station which is the hub of Tokyo metro (underground) lines, bus terminal for north or east bound high way buses and bullet train station and JR commuter lines station.

From Narita Airport, buses to Tokyo station will bring you directly to this area. From Haneda Airport, Tokyo monorail and Yamanote line, which is one of the most classical transportation combination to or from Haneda, takes around 30 minutes and Limousine bus will also be convenient. 

15 November 2017

MOXY Tokyo Kinshityou, public space

The new style hotel, room is simple and public area is exciting, came to Japan.

The hotel of Moxy brand has simple studio type bed rooms for visitor and some exciting items around public space. The young generation, twenties to thirties, like communication, parties and night life, using photo SNS as Instagram or Twitter was the targets of this hotel. The pink purple is iconic colour of this hotel chain in Marriott hotel.
The article about room was here


At the entrance, some art designed balloons will welcome you. And there are several bicycles with helmets for customers. 
strange art? at entrance

you can borrow sport bicycles 

Reception facility was placed on Bar counter

The reception desk was combined with Bar counter and shop register. The lobby area has huge space for the visitors and customers and was placed various type of chairs and sofa couch with table around the bar. On some table, you will find small toys or games for communication with your friends or other customers. 

relax area in front of the bar counter
Bar counter. Enjoy some drinks or food at this area. The bartender will serve some coffee or tea.

Library and lounge space

 The library and lounge space show the concept of this moxy brands. Modern, millennium, pop cultural things were placed and exhibited around the space. 
On your travelling Japan, you will find new friends or some SNS followers at this atmosphere, beyond your mobile or computers.




The wall of Lounge and library. Various typography show a sentence.
In front of the fireplace, the customer can enjoy some game or chatting with relaxed atmosphere.

How to get

Kinshicho station is very convenient for your business or leisure in Tokyo metropolitan area. There were two JR lines (Japan railways company) and one underground service (Hanzomon, Tokyo Metro) and several bus route, give you the nice access around Tokyo. 
From NARITA airport, Sobu line will directly send you to the Kinshicho JR station. And From HANEDA airport, Limousine bus will take you to the Kinshicho station area. You also get Tokyo station on JR Sobu line service and Omotesando with Tokyo metro Hanzomon line (purple line).
The Tokyo sky tree area or Asakusa area are very near from here, just taking five minutes from these lines.

12 November 2017

MOXY Tokyo Kinshicho, your room for sleep

The new style hotel, room is simple and public area is exciting, came to Japan.

The hotel of Moxy brand has simple studio type bed rooms for visitor and some exciting items around public space. The young generation, twenties to thirties, like communication, parties and night life, using photo SNS as Instagram or Twitter was the targets of this hotel. The pink purple is iconic colour of this hotel chain in Marriott hotel.
Bar counter and front desk
Moxy Tokyo Kinshicho building, former typical  office building of Japan

Chaotic? international and Japanese, a little bit historic downtown, Kinshicho

The former office building in Kinshicho was renovated to the modern simple hotel, Moxy. Kinshicho was chaotic town in East side of Tokyo, located between business area, Marunouchi or Kanda, and traditional downtown area, including Asakusa. There were old bar or restaurant (as almost classified stands) for white colour people. Cheep, strong and industrial drinks were filled in this town. Fast, salty or oily, carbonate-rich foods were served around this area. All things, brown spots on Itamae’s white coat, smooth edge of wood counter at the stand or black shop name letters on white plastic board shows half century history growth-up of Japanese economy. Japanese will feel some nostalgia of Showa era.

public spaces

   More photos of public spaces is here.
Public area was designed as the punk or pop cultures for making the customers relax. Football game on desk or traditional Japanese toys were placed around the bar, lounge or library space. These items will occur the communication among the travellers. 

The entrance
They also served the bicycle rental with helmet
The Bar space will also work as the check-in counter. The staff has served the Moxy high ball (gin cocktail with soda and grapefruit juice) as welcome drink. All glass of bar was high quality with thin glass for nice feeling to your lip. We can also have some break fast or sapper at this bar area.

On arrival, they have served welcome drink.
When I visited, unfortunately the staff has not trained well on the check in process. I hope they will be nice attendant and lovely bartender or cast at this hotel.

rooms

The room of Moxy is very simple. A bed, a folding table, folding chair, leather chair, side table, and shower and toilet space were simply placed in one room.




The hotel is located next to the apartment.


look back to entrance.

The Queen size bed

Toilet has Japanese high technology, washlet!

For ladys, the amenities will not be enough? They had just shampoo with conditioner.


dryer is also pink!!!

Amenity kit were in the can

side table. authentic looks phone and toy

All things were simple but enough for just staying. All thing will be enough for the traveller who were targeted by this hotel brand as the customer. For several hotel geek or luxury traveller, this hotel will not be enough.

How to get

Kinshicho station is very convenient for your business or leisure in Tokyo metropolitan area. There were two JR lines (Japan railways company) and one underground service (Hanzomon, Tokyo Metro) and several bus route, give you the nice access around Tokyo. 
From NARITA airport, Sobu line will directly send you to the Kinshicho JR station. And From HANEDA airport, Limousine bus will take you to the Kinshicho station area. You also get Tokyo station on JR Sobu line service and Omotesando with Tokyo metro Hanzomon line (purple line).
The Tokyo sky tree area or Asakusa area are very near from here, just taking five minutes from these lines.

2 November 2017

Chewy Grilled beef tongue, Sendai Gyutan, Ara, Yaesu, Tokyo station, (仙台牛タン 荒 八重洲), Tokyo, Japan

Difficult for tourist to find your dinner, on Chaotic and typical Japanese street

This restaurant is located along the busy and chaotic, long street in the Yaesu side of Tokyo main station. Hotel Ryumeikan was located near this street. This area was very convenient for both business persons and tourists. For Business persons, Marunochi area is opposite side on Tokyo station. For tourists, you can get great access to Tokyo main station where you can go somewhere in Japan or  Tokyo with your Japan rail pass.


The street in Yaesu, covered with Cherry broom on April
I found the foreign tourists were walking along the street but they already lost themselves due to jetlag and parallel universe of Baymax. The foreigner seemed to have never been able to identify what restaurant was or what food was going to be served there. They were just walking around this area with missed identity. There were also Japanese business men and the staff from the bars or restaurants. The business persons had already been drunk a little bit and looked for the next bars or pubs (Izakaya). The staffs from the pubs (Izakaya) or Karaoke centre were touting the customers. The nervous foreigner, good mood business persons, noisy staff from Izakaya and neon-lit of the izakaya or Karaoke centre shows chaotic scene of Tokyo. The similar situation will be shown in several busy area as Shinjuku, Ikebukuro or Shibuya.


Fast, good price and hot meal for dinner, with Japanese style

The Ara, gyutan restaurant, is very reasonable and useful for the tourists. The atmosphere is like as the fast food restaurant around business area but the interior is also old style of set-menu restaurants (called as Teishoku-ya 定食屋). They will serve the Sendai style gyutan in this restaurant. Though I had no idea about if there is English menu in this restaurant, they may have some English menu card. The area around Tokyo station is one of the most popular spot for the foreign tourists.  
Overview of Gyutan set

Traditionally, the gyutan set in Sendai was served the main plate for the several styles of beef tongue (Gyutan), pickled vegetable, ox tail soup and bowl of barley and rice. Almost all restaurants specialized into the gyutan may have this type of sets on their menu.
Roasted Gyutan
The beef tongue was roasted or grilled. The meat was cut with thick. A piece of meat was including rich beef juice and butter like flavour. The texture, the most important parts of this dish, is nicely chewy and lovely.
Ox tail soup
barlay and rice
This set was served as the traditional Teishoku (定食 including rice, soup, main dish, and pickles) style.
The restaurants which served the gyutan (beef tongue) were located anywhere around Tokyo. The thickness of sliced beef tongue is including chewy texture and red meat juice. Sendai has more legend and famous restaurants around in the city centre. If you have the plan to visit to Sendai with Tohoku Shinkansen (high speed railway, Tohoku line), it will take just for two hour and half, please enjoy the gyutan at Sendai.

former 6th Feb 2016
Re-write on 2017 2nd Nov.









16 October 2016

The Final Flight of Cathay Pacific Boeing 747-400, First Class service from Tokyo/HND to Hong Kong, on 1st Oct 2016

The Final Flight of Cathay Pacific Boeing 747-400 on 1st Oct

On the 1st October 2016, Cathay Pacific Boeing 747-400 was retired. The final flight was very festive and heartwarming atmosphere, presented by Cathay Pacific skilful cabin crews. I had a very happy travel with Japanese bloggers Tep-san and Ebichang on this final flight.

the Queen of Sky, Boeing 747-400, Jumbo jetliner

The beautiful ships of Cathay Pacific have retired form the commercial routes. The Boeing 747-400 was a memorable air craft of the sky. The double decker style of front and smart nose were art of ‎modern industrial design. Four engines gave us the sense of the safety of air travel. 
All airplane will be retired with some reasons as age of aircraft, financial factor of operating company or mismatched market. The 747-400, known as the Jumbo jetliner were very famous aircraft in the world. In Japan, we can see them as the airplane belonging to foreign airlines, Thai airways, China airlines and Lufthansa (B747-8i).

Boeing 747-400 and Cathay Pacific

The former flagship of Cathay Pacific, Boeing 747-400, was  the last aircraft of Britishness in Hong Kong. The company of Cathay Pacific was developed with series of ‎Boeing 747 known Jumbo jet liner, as -200B and -400. Four Rolls Royce engines sound were passing over the British owned Kowloon side of  Hong Kong on approaching to Kaitak airport. The sound was one of the symbols of the old Hong Kong. The high pitch sound and fat shape of Rolls Royce engines reminded us the Cathay Pacific had been a British commercial airline company.


ticket of First class by British Airways Executive club‎ Avios 

‎I have luckily got the tickets of the final flight from Tokyo Haneda to Hong Kong on First class cabin on the 1st October, 2016. The blog described by Lucky gave us the intelligence of the Cathay Pacific Boeing 747-400 final flight. I had the First class ticket with Ebichang, who was a Japanese alfa blogger in Airline blog. 

First class cabin of final flight of CX Boeing 747-400

I had a seat 4D of the first class cabin. The ground hostess has assigned us 4D and 4A, one of the best seats of the tow person company. From the seat, I had the lovely view of the nose interior which was special view of double decker of Boeing 747-400. The seat was luxury full-flat seat as the long haul route airliner. Those have also the dinning facility with large table and a pair of seats for comany passengers. 
the over view of First class from 4D seat


The front view of 4D seat

On this final flight, the meal courses were as the normal commercial flight between Tokyo Haneda to Hong Kong. Chinese cuisine, Japanese full course or Western courses were available as usual. ‎We had Chinese courses with the sound of Rolls Royce engines and special atmosphere of the first class cabin. 







The tour of crew rest

On this air craft, the cabin crew show us the crew rest, restricted ‎space for cabin crews. Small flat bed were lain above the passenger cabin as the residence of the hospital for medical staff. 

The memorable flight of Cathay Pacific Boeing 747-400 final flight

The atmosphere of first class cabin‎ was very relaxed and comfortable to remember and remind our memories on the Boeing 747 aircrafts. The cabin was restricted for the first class passenger and press member. The inflight service manager has controled the first class cabin for the first class passengers. 


Landed at Hong Kong, wet cloud weather
‎On the bottom, Thank you very much, the cabin crews of final flight, the pilots and the technical staff of Cathay Pacific, and Cathay Pacific Boeing 747-400. Good bye. 

9 October 2016

Seolleongtang, Korean breakfast in Korean town of Akasaka, Ichiryu, Akasaka, Tokyo

Ichiryu, Korean restaurant in Akasaka

Akasaka has a small Korean town street. There are a lot of Korean restaurants produced by Korean immigrants. In Korean peninsula, a lot of restaurants were commonly serving the dishes using the same soup stock type as degikupab using pig soup stock or Seolleongtang with beef soup stock. Ichiryu, a restaurant which Kim Hajime has established, has the sorlontan as the signature dish.




An old lady and the restaurant

It was a heavy rain morning on holiday. The restaurant in the early morning, this restaurant is open 24/7, showed Korean style loose atmosphere. Small television speak unnecessary programs as common morning programs in Japan, containing local news as dogs of celebrity or recommended shops by movie star. Ajuma, old lady Korean manager of this restaurant, watched the programs.

Kimchi and side dishes. The texture of Kimchi is lovely.

Kimchi and Ebichang

The staffs took my order. I had Seolleongtang on that morning. As the common Korean restaurant, a lot of small dishes were served at first. Kimchi was very nice quality. The Umami and chili taste of Kochujan were nicely pickled. According to the Ebichang theory, the taste of Kimchi is very important part of Korean food restaurant, to show the heart of manager what the Korean food is (Ebichang is a koryophile of my friends. He had huge knowledge of cultural anthropology of Korean peninsula).

Seolleongtang and Ichiryu

Seolleongtang

The Seolleongtang of Ichiryu has very nice taste of soup stock. The soup was sophisticated Umami taste of classical Korean food. The customers were able to decided the amount of salt to add to the soup. The salt degree is very important part of this soup. The marriage of mild beef soup stock taste and small amount of salt will show smooth texture of the soup.
The usual Korean food manner when eating a set menu is mixture of all ingredients served in the bowl. The dirty presentation made me disappointed. And I have made it a rule that rice and several ingredients as the dry fishes or pickled fishes to add Umami tastes in the dish.

17 June 2016

The dinner course, Kayanoya (茅乃舎 レストラン), Fukuoka

Dashi is the basis and necessity of Japanese foods. Japanese foods contain the Umami taste in itself. This Dashi taste which has rich of Umami was an identity in Japanese foods. When we talk about Japanese foods, we must remind the taste or flavour of the dishes. The Dashi taste is the most important part in Japanese foods as the butter in the French.

Kanoya is a bland company producing a high-end food from Fukuoka, Western island Kyushu. Kanoya basically was run as a Dashi producer as several variation of blended Dashi. They had developed their business as the “taste and flavour company” which produce various condiments or foods. The origin of this company was a bag of Dashi. This pack was used like as the tea bag, dipped in hot water and use a thick essence for the daily foods.

























The restaurant, an icon of Kayanoya is dining facility, is located in the countryside of Fukuoka. The exterior and interior was traditional farmer’s house. This house picture was printed on their products. Kaya-buki roof (thatched roof) is the bland icon of Kayanoya.

The dinner courses were cooked with the local ingredients and products from Kayanoya; the dressing sauce of salad, Dashi soup for the pots, sauce for Sashimi (not only say sauce). The course was formed six dishes as the traditional Japanese style full course. All dishes were designed as the modern Japanese style.

The course was formed, Starter, Vegetable soup (soup from the lands), Mukouduke (Sashimi), seasonal dish from the kitchen, small dish of grandmother from Nagano (traditional style foods), Main course (choice from the lists) and dessert. The course was started with the sweet light liquor.

Restaurant Kayanoya(茅乃舎)


This restaurant has the transportation service from the city centre of Fukuoka as Tenjin. Please contact to the restaurant reservation.

English page is available.

http://www.kayanoya.com/en/

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