The Osaka Aquarium with its ocean creatures design on its walls.

Osaka Aquarium – Explore Mysterious Creatures of the Sea

One of the largest aquariums in the world, Kaiyukan (Osaka Aquarium) is considered one of the best aquariums in the country. The are eight floors of exhibits to see, many of which circle around a central pool that spans several floors. Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan This is the crowning glory of the attraction – I’ll bet … Read more

Naramachi Monogatari Hall With signs in Japanese.

Naramachi: A Town of “Monkeys”

Naramachi:  Shiryokan – A “Monkey Museum” in Nara One of my favorite things to do when I travel is to discover places that are off the beaten track, where other foreigners don’t usually venture. Nara is a popular tourist destination in Japan and the main attractions (such as the big Buddha statue, the shika (deer) … Read more

A plate of curry and rice, with vegetables (yellow bell pepper, eggplant, mushrooms, etc.).

How to Make Japanese Curry at Home

When you think of Japanese cuisine, images of sushi, sashimi, ramen noodles and tempura probably come to mind.  However, you might be surprised to learn that another popular and famous food here is curry. The taste of Japanese curry is usually sweeter than the more heavily spiced Indian or Nepalese curries.  It also differs from … Read more