Category Archives: Japan

Washoku Nada – Tokyo, Japan

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Washoku Nada

(81)  36. 427.9238
Fuji Building, 2-23-8  Higashi, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-0011, Japan

www.washoku-nada.com

Open Hours:
18:00 – 24:00    Monday – Saturdays

Close to Shibuya Crossing in Tokyo, one finds Washoku Nada, a gem of a neighborhood restaurant.  Yoko Araki opened Washoku Nada  in 2009 after training at the Honke-Owariya soba restaurant in Kyoto, along with her brother, chef Tetsuya Araki (who also trained in Kyoto).

Washoku is the term for traditional Japanese Food and is recognized by UNESCO as an “intangible way of life” that helps define the island population.  The 4 key elements present are:

1. Ingredients: rice, vegetables, mushrooms, fish, sea dwellers and seaweed
2. Culinary approach: raw, steaming, boiling or stewing
3. Nutritional content: balanced nutrients seen in the many dishes being offered
4. Hospitality: in the full sense of the experience and how it effects your life

The Hospitality above is a much more total concept then what may come to a typical western thought on the subject.   One should include Yoko Araki’s background, as it is present in every  detail.  From the artfully displayed dishes to the carefully paired ceramics and cloths that accompany each dish.  Each dish that is made lovingly and with a wholesome deliciousness that you feel in your soul.

 

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above photo – owner Yoko Araki,  with chef Tetsuya Araki © Tokyo calendar

Robot Restaurant – Tokyo, Japan

Robot Restaurant

(81)  33.200.5500
1-7-1 Kabukicho Shinjuku
Tokyo  920-0856, Japan

www.shinjuku-robot.com

Open Hours:
18:00 – 23:00    Daily

If you are fan of over-the top Japan; then The Robot restaurant is a MUST!

“Restaurant” is a bit of a misnomer; more like “Sensory Overload Sensation that also serves beer and popcorn and sushi”

Going to let the visuals do the talking here, because no words can really do justice to this palace of pop.

Itinerary:
Meet up at the Golden Gai bar neighborhood to get a little buzz; you’re nerves will thank you for a bit of haze!  There are 3 functions daily in the underground theater.  If you buy tickets online you get a bit of a deal. Also, arrive a bit early so you can enjoy the lounge

Go and enjoy!  The Robot restaurant is one of those things that make Japan, Japan!

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Reiyukai Shakaden Temple – Tokyo, Japan

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Reiyukai Shakaden Temple

(81)  35.563.2500
1-7-8 Azabudai Minato
Tokyo 06-0041, Japan

www.reiyukai.jp

One can count the space age the black star temple of Reiyukai Shakaden Temple among the many places in Tokyo that seem straight out of a Science Fiction movie!

Completed in 1975, this red and black granite complex sheathed in electrochemically coloured black-steel shingles, is home to the Buddhist sect Reiyūkai (霊友会 Spiritual-Friendship).   Reiyūkai emerged as an offshoot of Buddhism in 1925 by Kakutarō Kubo and Kimi Kotani, focusing on ancestral worship without a priesthood.

The temple is open to explore and consists of: the Main Hall, the Plaza, the Kotani Hall, various conference rooms, a cafeteria, a child care room, and a nurse’s office.

In Japanese, “Shakaden” means the “House of Shakyamuni.” It is a place where anyone can seek to further practice the teachings of Shakyamuni Buddha and the Lotus Sutra.

Interestingly, as Reiyūkai Buddhism has at its roots in the 1923 Great Kantō earthquake, the temple houses a reservoir with 400 tonnes of drinking water for use in the event that Tokyo is struck by another major disaster.

Note: As this is an active Temple, no photo are allowed in the expansive interior.

 

 

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