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Goodbye Tokyo, Goodbye Universotokyo 「さよなら東京, さよなら Universotokyo」

You will never be completely at home again, because part of your heart will always be elsewhere. That is the price you pay for the richness of loving and knowing people in more than one place”-  -Miriam Adeney   I started this adventure in Tokyo, many many years ago, and has now come to an end. If you have followed this blog or ended up here randomly or you know me personally, you know how much I love Japan. I have nothing but gratitude for all the wonderful years I’ve spent in Tokyo. Maybe there’s someone out there who can relate to that ambiguous feeling of wanting to go back to your country, to old friends and family, and the feeling that your life, as you know it for the last years, will be soon uprooted. Thank you Tokyo for all the adventures you gifted me, the friendships I have forged and the countless memories I’ll cherish for ever. I have shared many of your treasures here with readers, followers and guests. Universotokyo will stay active but it won’t be updated. Hopefully, the information featured here …

My Days in Hiroshima 「広島への旅」

I recently spent three days in Hiroshima, in western Honshu, the main island of Japan.  I enjoyed visiting Hiroshima but for me it was a bitter-sweet trip. Visiting Hiroshima Atomic Bomb Dome (Genbaku Dome) and the Peace Memorial Park deeply affected me. I won’t start a discussion about the reasons behind Hiroshima bombing but I deeply believe this should never happen again. The atomic bomb not only killed thousands of people in Hiroshima but also caused unspeakable suffering to survivors. The sad story of Sadako inspired the Children’s Peace Monument. Children from all over the world still send folded paper cranes to be placed beneath Sadako’s statue.  They make the same wish which is engraved on the base of the statue: “This is our cry, This is our prayer, Peace in the world”. The iconic Dome pays tribute to the events of August 6th and also reminds visitors of Hiroshima’s efforts to eliminate nuclear weapons.  Because human spirit is so resilient, Hiroshima has managed to revive and become a city of culture and prosperity. If you want a peek into Hiroshima’s past, you can visit Hiroshima Castle in the middle of the city. …

Melting In The Mouth Cafe 「メルティングインザマウス カフェ/ 広尾」

There’re many things I love about this city, like discovering new places in town all the time Latest addition to Hiroo is “Melting In The Mouth” a super cute organic desserts and coffee shop. In addition to coffee and dessert (the cheesecake looked yum), they also make amazing smoothies. In terms of space, MITM is super cute and cozy for these cold days. There is a nice seating space, though I imagine it will get crowded when it becomes a regular stop for people who enjoy coffee   While Tokyo is full of great coffee spots, it’s always nice to find a new place to hang out and enjoy a nice cup of coffee in this neighbourhood   I’d like to thank Melting In The Mouth’s staff who kindly let me shoot their lovely cafe, ありがとう!   Melting In The Mouth: 1F MK Building 5-17-10 Hiroo, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, Tel 03 6459 3838, Follow HERE All photos on this blog were snapped by me unless otherwise noted. If you see something you’d like to share, please be sure to provide a link back to this space. Thank you!

A Pleasant Stroll in Hiroo 「広尾の散歩」

Nestled in between Shibuya and Roppongi, you’ll find Hiroo, a peaceful hideaway and lovely neighbourhood.  Hiroo has always been the expat’s community area and it’s home to Embassies, international schools, supermarkets, cafes and restaurants and you can also find English-speaking services Hiroo’s atmosphere is very welcoming for those who want to live in a more relaxed manner. And it has that thing I love, when you have the coolest little shops besides these old wood homes. Old “Senbei” shop in Hiroo. Senbei is a type of Japanese rice crackers that come in various shapes, sizes, and flavours.  They are usually savory but sometimes sweet and often eaten with green tea as a casual snack. I love everything in this shop…the wood boxes, the big glass jars, the hand-written labels, the old posters on the walls… charming old Tokyo! Arisugawa Park, very close to Hiroo station, occupies a large chunk of this area. The park has lovely paths and walkways, a baseball field, soccer field, children’s playgrounds, a waterfall and a lovely pond full of koi fish, turtles and ducks. Hiroo offers a nice selection of restaurants. I’m usually around this area, so …