preparing to roll out gyoza dough

Gyoza from scratch – the wrappers, too!

Hitoshi’s last gyoza attempt was from almost scratch. Everything was done by hand except for growing the vegetables and pig and making the dough wrappers. His dream of making wrappers has now been achieved. At our gyoza making party, we got help from our friends and learned from our mistakes. Take care using a food…

steps at Tsukuba Shrine, Ibaraki

Travelling with baby – Part 3: tips and discoveries

Are you a parent who can’t wait to take your first-born on an international journey? Are you childless but curious about the behind-the-scenes excitement of travelling with a wee one? From pre-trip delusions and anxiety, through undoing airplane seatbelts to skipping the immigration line at Narita Airport, we share our tips and discoveries taking our baby…

gyoza in boiling water

Japan-sick gyoza lovers face an electric stove

Chinese pork shumai, grandma’s Romanian/Ukrainian pyrogies filled with cottage cheese or Korean kimchi dumplings; almost every culture seems to have its take on a filling wrapped in dough. Japan’s version, imported from China, is gyoza. Eating gyoza with freshly cooked rice became a regular meal after Hitoshi and I moved to our new place in…

Tokyo Metro Subway Ticket

Ticket tips for trains and subways in Tokyo

I love taking trains and subways in Tokyo but I initially had trouble with tickets. Buying them, finding discounts and discovering what happens when a train is delayed have been part of my experiences. Buying Tickets – help! The first train ticket I bought was on a stopover in Tokyo. It took me ages to figure out…

Mount Fuji from the shinkansen

Shinkansen (bullet train): more fabulous features

Four fun features of travelling by shinkansen (bullet train) were featured in Part 1. This post adds five more fabulous qualities. Reserved or unreserved? If you have a Japan Rail Pass, reserved seats are included but you still have to book them. Some trains, like the JR East Komachi, only have reserved seats. Getting a reserved seat means a…