Archive | April 2015

Naoshima red pumpkin

Ugh, I have a huge backlog of blog posts, or rather photos to upload.

Here are some from about 9 months ago. I never finished that Naoshima diary.

In addition to the giant yellow pumpkin found near the Benesse art park, there is also a red pumpkin sculpture by the ferry port, the main arrival point onto the island.

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Mercer brunch in Tokyo

I’ve written about Mercer Cafe before having been there for dinner.
The food is really good there and the stylish cafe is sophisticated and cozy. Who doesn’t love a big open hearthen fire inside the cafe.

The place is famous for its french toast so I had to go back and try their brunch menu.
The brunch plate menu comes with a serving of french toast. I went the salmon and scrambled eggs option.

The food is well presented and it was lovely enough. Not sure that it was french toast to die for, but yes, it made for a nice brunch and I am slowly running out of new places to visit for brunch in Tokyo. The scrambled eggs though were divine. Very creamy.

From Mercer brunch
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From Mercer brunch

I framed Roger Rabbit (a visit to Okunoshima)

Kicked off another item on the Japan bucketlist and went to Rabbit Island (formally known as Okunoshima).

From Rabbit island

Last weekend, took an early flight to Hiroshima and then from there a bus to Takehara station and then a train to Tadanoumi and then a port to Okunoshima island. A plane, bus, train and a boat hop away from Tokyo and I was finally on Okunoshima.

From Rabbit island
From Rabbit island
From Rabbit island

Okunoshima is a tiny tiny island within the Seto inland sea, inhabited by rabbits. The island is pretty much uninhabited, but is a popular tourist destination. There is only one large hotel on the island which is usually always booked out, so we went “glamping” instead. (Glamping = glamour camping).
All accommodation on the island was booked out, so we got a special package from the hotel’s campsite area. The package was amazing value. 7000yen got us a tent (already set up), ground mats, a tarp and table set, buffet dinner at the hotel, buffet breakfast at the hotel and use of the hotel onsen. You can also BYO tent and set up on the campsite, but it was so nice that they set up our campsite and got to use the hotel facilities.

Prior to arriving on the island, at Tadanoumi ferry port, you should be sure to buy the rabbit pellets. You can buy 6 packets for 500yen. There is no food on the island for sale for the rabbits (or humans for that matter). The island has no shops and we struggled the first day when we discovered there were no shops, restaurants, conbinis etc, and only a couple of vending machines). Be prepared to bring your own food and be sure to buy the rabbit food when you buy the boat tickets.

From Rabbit island

The only facilities are at the hotel where there is a shop and restaurant to get food. Apart from that, there is not much on the island, apart from a lot of rabbits. There are also a bunch of military remnants and the poison gas museum. Okunoshima was used as military island during the war, and was the base for a poison gas manufacturing facility. The island has quite the sinister history. Very fascinating though. But a lot of people died as a result of the poisonous gas effects.

We arrived on the island at about 1pm. It was a beautiful day so we pretty much walked around the whole island (which has an approx. circumference of 4km). There are a lot of military ruins and remnants to see as you walk around chasing and feeding the rabbits. The island also has a bunch of really nice beaches, the water looked so clear and clean. Would be great in summer for a spot of camping and swimming.

Brace yourself for cuteness.
Who framed Roger Rabbit?
I did!

From Rabbit island
From Rabbit island
From Rabbit island

Eating cabbage – Lady and the Tramp-style

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From Rabbit island
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From Rabbit island

Tiny bunny:

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From Rabbit island

The rabbits eat right out of your hand

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The bunnies are so adorable:

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And here’s a gif:

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Also no cars on are allowed on the island without a permit and there are no residents on the island, only the people working at the hotel:

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From Rabbit island
From Rabbit island

Military remains:

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From Rabbit island

Seto Inland Sea:

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A photo of a photo in the hotel lobby:

From Rabbit island

Quite a few of the rabbits have mangy or scratched out eyes. They get into fights with each other.

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From Rabbit island

Brekky at Coogee

No place does a good brekky than Australia. Brunch by the beach is a weekend past-time for many Aussies. A popular beach spot is Sydney’s Coogee Beach, a favourite of mine. Had a nice Sunday breakfast at Barzura cafe at Coogee. This certainly hit the spot.

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From Coogee brekky
From Coogee brekky
From Coogee brekky

And ricotta pear pancakes we shared between three.

From Coogee brekky

Satisfying Sunday eats.

Staying classy, Sydney

Haven’t blogged for a while. Work takes up way too much of my time. Also went back home for a holiday which was long overdue. Had been nearly 18 months since I went home, so I really enjoyed being back, but it was way too short. Took way too many photos and ate way too much good food.

Before I showcase Sydney in all its glory in upcoming posts, here are couple to keep Sydney grounded.

Because nothing says fresh breath better than One Direction toothpaste:

From Classy Sydney
From Classy Sydney

And Sydney has always been a fashion trendsetter. I had heard of leggings and jeggings, but had never heard of treggings. I found myself having to google what the hell they were. Apparently treggings are a portmanteau of trousers and leggings.

From Classy Sydney

#stayingclassySydney