All posts by Valerie Sawatzky

  • Yokohama Sankeien Garden: Beauty, Tranquility, History

    Sankei-en is the legacy of Yokohama silk trader Tomitaro Hara, more widely known by his pseudonym, Sankei Hara. The expansive outer gardens, originally Hara’s private residence, were opened to the public in 1906, keeping true to Hara’s...

    • Posted May 28, 2017
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  • Namja Town

    Fukuburo Dessert Yokocho is, in fact, one of two food theme parks located within the indoor theme park of Namco’s Namja Town in Ikebukuro’s Sunshine City, a large commercial complex in Ikebukuro.  If this all sounds confusing,...

    • Posted May 28, 2017
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  • Manrikiya Japanese Noodle restaurant

    “Irrashaimasse!” At the Manrikiya noodle shop, customers really feel like they are being welcomed into someone’s warm, homey kitchen. While noodles and other tasty dishes are filling the open kitchen with steam, staff in colorful headscarves bustle...

    • Posted May 27, 2017
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  • Setagaya Park

    • Posted June 7, 2006
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  • Baji Koen

    • Posted April 7, 2006
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