Tag: Japan

Escape: Satoyama Jujo

For my first trip to Japan, I decided to keep things simple – instead of doing the very popular route from Tokyo to Kyoto, Osaka, Hakone and back, our travels focussed on Tokyo, where we stayed for most of our time. I wanted to save Kyoto and Osaka for a second visit, with more time for each. But what I didn’t want to miss was staying at a Ryokan in the countryside. But where? There’s an abundance of choices, from high-end to casual, with Fujisan-view or nestled at its feet, I didn’t know how to decide. When a trusted friend recommended Satoyama Jujo, telling me their kitchen’s focus are the many edible mountain plants surrounding the place, I was instantly smitten. And this ended up to be one of the best hotel experience ever.

Escape: Eating in Tokyo

It’s so weird to write this post, I certainly didn’t plan for it, I didn’t even wanna do it. But some people asked me to. I don’t feel entirely confident to actually list places to eat at in Tokyo, and I can only justify this list by being transparent about my sources. Anyhow, I had a great time eating at all of these, so you will very likely enjoy them as well. Enough with the excuses, here’s a list where to eat in Tokyo.

A Still from From Up on Poppy Hill: Umi and Shun in front of Umi's house

Discover This: From Up on Poppy Hill

Do you still remember the first time you rewatched an old animated cartoon film as an adult? I still do, and I was amazed that this film- I believe it was a Disney classic- worked for a grown-up audience as well. I realized that it was filled with innuendos, puns, and cultural references and simultaneously worked for its main target audience, the child viewers. Despite the impressive empire of Walt Disney Company, great animated films have always had a second home in Japan, often with a slightly more poetic and less conventional feel to them. Now, more than two years after its release in Japan, From Up on Poppy Hill, a fascinating coming-of-age story from the famous Japanese Ghibli Studios, finally finds its way into German cinemas and reveals its beautifully drawn magic on big screens around the country.