How to make matcha (green tea), a bit of history and travel in Tokyo

by Jenny @ Ichigo Shortcake on August 1, 2012

Our trip to Tokyo & tea ceremony lesson During Yuye and I’s March 2012 trip to Tokyo, we stayed at a hotel in Ueno (Tokyo Ueno New Izu Hotel) which I will blog about in a future post. The weather was still very cold and on one of the days it actually snowed. We weren’t [...]


I’m back & Instagram photos from Tokyo

by Jenny @ Ichigo Shortcake on April 24, 2012

It’s taken me a long time this time to recover from the trip. I had wanted to blog when I was still in Shanghai but technology wasn’t on my side. For the strangest reason, whenever I tried to connect to the internet at home with my laptop, it would crash the whole network. Okay so [...]


Shibu Onsen, Japan Part 2 – snow monkeys and 2 fantastic kaiseki meals

by Jenny @ Ichigo Shortcake on February 23, 2012

Following on from my last post in Shibu Onsen, we’re off to a freezing but very fun day of monkey sighting! Early in the morning after the lovely 10 course breakfast, we headed out into a slightly lonely but serene town centre where not a single person could be seen. This is the effect of [...]


Shibu Onsen & Kokuya, Japan (Part 1) – in-room hot springs are the best!

by Jenny @ Ichigo Shortcake on February 13, 2012

I figured I should finish writing about my last year’s Japan trip before I embark on this year’s one which is possibly in about 2 weeks time. So following my last post about Ryori Ryokan Hanaoka in Takayama, it’s time to talk about my highlight of the trip (and also the most expensive stay for [...]


Ryori Ryokan Hanaoka, Takayama – best value, best meals we had in Japan

by Jenny @ Ichigo Shortcake on January 28, 2012

It turned out that I needed to go overseas next Friday as Yuye’s relative is very sick and so I had to move the trip forwards. That’s only a week away. It has thrown all of my plans out the window. Originally I wanted to write up posts and schedule them throughout the trip at [...]


Takayama, Japan – home of beautiful sake and wagyu

by Jenny @ Ichigo Shortcake on January 9, 2012

Continuing on from our journey through Japan and my last post about Shirakawago – a secluded village up in the mountains – Yuye and I head back to Takayama for some sake (Japanese rice wine) action. Takayama is famous for its sake and historic Japanese structures.   Apparently there was an earthquake during our bus [...]


Shirakawago (Gifu), Japan – hidden village in the mountains

by Jenny @ Ichigo Shortcake on December 16, 2011

The day after Kyoto, we headed straight to Shirakawago (白川村 Shirakawa-mura) via shinkansen, local train and then bus. Shirakawago in the Gifu prefecture is a small and remote village hidden amongst mountains in the north-east direction of Kyoto. Along with the neighbouring Gokayama region, they were listed as UNESCO world heritage sites in 1995 are [...]


Kyoto Day 2, Japan – Golden Pavilion & Fushimi Inari Shrine

by Jenny @ Ichigo Shortcake on November 18, 2011

I realised I haven’t posted about my Japan trip in quite some time so it’s time for a new one. I’m very slowly going through all the photos and I’m now a little over half way through the trip. Phew. I always tell myself to not write as much for each post but somehow it [...]


Kyoto, Japan Part 1

by Jenny @ Ichigo Shortcake on September 6, 2011

Accommodation – bAKpAK Gion Hostel Kyoto, the city of geishas, historic temples and old streets was a surprisingly expensive place to visit. Well, I guess it was understandable since it’s a ‘must visit’ destination for anyone visiting Japan for the first time. For me it was my second so it was somewhat less charming and [...]


2 weeks of suffering & Hiroshima, Japan

by Jenny @ Ichigo Shortcake on August 17, 2011

I just had the worst 2 or so weeks, frantically running around assisting dad and my brother with their stolen passports, money transfers and constant ear bashing with their complaints and sulking. The story is that dad went with Jeff to Italy for a music competition and had their most valuable bag stolen in Rome [...]