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I have a regular get-together with my neighbors. We usually go over to Izakaya Musashi, but this time one of the older guys says, “Why don’t we have a pre-get-together get-together? So we did — over at the new Emblem Social Bar Kanazawa. Happy hour’s before 6 o’clock, drinks half price. That means a draft・・・
On the way from Musashi headed toward Hashiba, off the big street, down one of the side streets, in a quiet residential area, you’ll find the Emblem Social Bar. It’s a joint project by the team that runs Emblem Stay Kanazawa, an overnight accommodation visited by travelers from all over the world. When it first・・・
As one would expect from the name, “Teramachi” (temple + town), there are indeed many temples in the area – probably about 70. This grouping of temples is rare in Japan. On a beautiful day, it’s exhilarating to climb up the well-known “W Hill” from Sakurabashi and the River Sai to the temples at the・・・
The Kazue-machi area of Higashiyama has become a popular tourist destination, and it’s crowded on weekends. Canny Kanazawans have already noticed, and new cafes and guesthouse B&B’s have opened one after another. But even amid the latest money-making scramble, a few places go about their regular business, ignoring the first-time, last-time customers. It’s like the・・・
Iwashigumi is a special kind of restaurant. The owner and the staff have been successful here in Katamachi for over 30 years, but they don’t make a big deal about it. Instead they focus on choosing the best ingredients and properly preparing them. Iwashigumi is also one of my favorite places for drinking alone. Others・・・
Shinjuku’s Golden-gai has preserved for us the history of the Showa era. Over 270 shops and establishments are crowded together in structures reminiscent of Edo long houses. But one shop, Hananoki, which witnessed the heyday of the Showa era has now lost its guiding light. Hananoki was long known as a late night watering hole・・・