Eat, Drink, Sleep @Tokyo, Now in Nagasaki

東京で食う飲む!Restaurant or Bar around Tokyo and Far East. There is a great diversity of food and culture in Japan. You will enjoy the huge range style of food from very local Japanese food to a lot of foreign foods. I hope you will find and feel the diversity of foods in Japan.

14 November 2018

Hong Kong Tram ”新年の香港島 #私のためだけに 走る香港トラム” 第二報

はじめに

 第一報では、皆さんに 新年の香港島 ”#私のためだけに 走る香港トラム”という企画をやりますよとの宣言を行いました。第二報ではそのルートについておしらせします。3時間のコースということで、さて、どんなコースになるんでしょうか。
ここのところ増えている、自転車で電車軌道を進む配達人

ルート

Whitty Street Tram Depot > North Point > Happy Valley > Causeway Bay > Whitty Street
石塘咀總站>北角總站>跑馬地總站>銅鑼灣總站>石塘咀總站
動画では、KennedyからHappyValleyとなっていますが、
今回は上記。雰囲気を楽しんで。今回乗る線は網羅しています。

今回のルートでは3時間コースであり、最初の駅から、最後までの乗り通しとします。
マップ(香港電車ページより)

トイレ休憩

このうち、North point Happy Valley、Causeway Bay terminusにてトイレ休憩を取ることができます。アルコール類の持ち込みも可能であり、もっとも問い合わせ事項として多かった項目でありました。三箇所それぞれ5分ほどのトイレ休憩になる予定です。

そのほかの停留所の設定も可能

貸切トラムの走行ルート上、乗車と降車の停留所を別に設定することが可能です。乗車停留所は飛行機の延着や香港でのお仕事の都合、夕食の都合などに合わせて、運営サイドで設定いたします。個別にお知らせください。"First Come, First Serve."により設定いたします。
参加者には、別途PDF形式でルートをお知らせします。また、当日はスマートフォン用のアプリをダウンロードして参加されるのもいいでしょう。


中環、セントラルの日曜日

時間

201914
18:0021:00
日没中、黄昏刻である、18時の出発です。21時までに出発したWhitty streetまで戻ってきます。
3時間を目安に借りておりますが、上記ルートの走行が終わった時点あるいは乗客がトラムから全員降車した時点で終了となります。

開催時期の香港の6時は、徐々に街のネオンやイルミネーションが華やかに彩っていく時間にトラムの短い旅が始まります。夕方の気忙しいセントラルを出発し、生活感のあるノースポイントへ向かい、また、華やかなセントラルへ戻ってきますが、この車窓の移ろいもまた、香港らしいひとときになるでしょう。

定員

30名(香港トラム社の定める上限です)

参加申し込み

以下の参加申し込みフォームよりお申し込みください。
    ※以下太字部分にリンクが貼ってあります。

申し込み締め切り

1214を参加表明締め切り

香港島の高層アパート地階の市場

参加費用

6000円前後
含まれるもの:香港トラム貸切代金、ワンドリンク
現在検討中のもの:ミール(夕食時間にあたるため)
※当日のトラム乗車場所・降車場所への交通費は含みません。
※HKドル建てでの決済を行なっております。為替変動による価格変更も予想されます。
当日、飲食物の持ち込みは可能です。ルート(予定)

8 November 2018

Hong Kong Tram ”新年の香港島 #私のためだけに 走る香港トラム” 第一報

香港トラムに乗る会

 ”新年の香港島 #私のためだけに 走る香港トラム”として開催します。数々の過去の鉄道車両貸切のイベントは、都営荒川線千葉モノレール三陸鉄道を経て、ついに海を渡り、香港島までやって参ります。過去の参加者を拝見しますと、ホテルファン、航空ファン、鉄道ファンなどが多いように見受けられます。
香港島を走るトラムを一両借り切り、のんびりグラスを傾けながら、年末年始のまだきらびやかなホリデーシーズンの香港島で、トラムの揺れに身を任せるひと時です。夕刻の少し気忙しい時間帯に、香港島の摩天楼や街のイルミネーションを仰ぎ見ながら、のんびりと同好の士と語り合いましょう。

日程・時間・場所

催行日:2019年1月4日
集合時間:17時30分
時間:18時より3時間(搭乗の15分前までにチェックイン締切)
集合場所:Hill Road 山道(92W/07E)
解散場所:Hill Road 山道(92W/07E)(原則、途中で降車場所を検討中)
二次会等は現在、検討中です。

走行車両

Antique Tram
1985年製造(1949年製造個体を改造)のトラムです。
※通常走行している車両より、パーティ仕様の設備を備えており、飲料・ホットミールの提供は可能です。

2分40秒に見られる翠の塗装のトラムの予定です。

定員

30名(香港トラム社の定める上限です)

参加申し込み

以下の参加申し込みフォームよりお申し込みください。
    ※以下太字部分にリンクが貼ってあります。
→#私のためだけに 走る香港トラムへ参加します。

参加費用

6000円前後
含まれるもの:香港トラム貸切代金、ワンドリンク
現在検討中のもの:ミール(夕食時間にあたるため)

※当日のトラム乗車場所・降車場所への交通費は含みません。

※HKドル建てでの決済を行なっております。為替変動による価格変更も予想されます。

当日、飲食物の持ち込みは可能です。

最後に


 120年の歴史ある香港トラムで、過ごす夕べを企画いたしました。
 年末年始の休暇期間にかかり、航空券の高騰が予想されます。香港経由でお出かけの方はぜひ、ストップオーバーによる、ご参加をご検討ください。特典航空券の空き具合などをチェックされ、確保の上で、お申し込みされることをおすすめします。
皆様のご参加を心よりお待ちいたします。

23 October 2018

HK express, Welcome to Nagasaki!! (New route to Nagasaki from 19th January 2019)

Hong Kong Express has announced their new destination, Nagasaki from 19th January 2019. They will fly to Nagasaki (NGS) three flight a week from Hong Kong (HKG). Hong Kong is the third international destination for the Nagasaki Airport.

UO831 Nagasaki Hong Kong 19:50 22:05   Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday
UO830 Hong Kong Nagasaki 13:05 17:05   Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday

In the winter season, Nagasaki also cerebrate Luna New Year as the Chinese custom. 
A321 named "Braised Tofu & Roast Pork Rice" (HK express official)
As HK express named the city specialite foods on their aircraft, I hope they will name "Champon" on their new aircraft. Champon is one of the iconic food and very popular among citizen of Nagasaki, as every family have some preferences of the Champon restaurants or some specific characters in their family.
Champon, Kairakuen, China town, Nagasaki (会楽園 長崎市), Japan
Sara Udon, Braised noodle, Nagasaki Style

City of Nagasaki, Prefecture of Nagasaki, two World heritage sites.

Nagasaki is located in the West part of Kyushu island. This area was one of the most international communication hub through the last five hundred years. Chinese, Korean, European and Asian people visited the Kyushu to have some trading business, missionary of Catholicism or some pirate activities. 
On 1542 AD, the matchlock gun were brought by Portuguese boat. Francisco Xavier has come to Japan for the missionary on 1549 AD. After Xavier, Spain, Holland and England have followed to visiting Japan with their colonialism. For half century, Catholic church have missionary around Japan. There were also some diplomatic connections to the governors as Nobunaga Oda or Hideyoshi Toyotomi. After twenty six martyrs, Japanese government prohibited the religion of Christian. The hidden Christian was formed the rural area of Nagasaki prefecture area. On 2018, UNESCO assigned the heritage of Christian history in Nagasaki as the World Heritage sites, Hidden Christian Site in Nagasaki lesion. All sites were spread around rural areas of Nagasaki and Kumamoto area. 
Shuttsu Church in Sotome, Nagasaki

The Twenty Six Martyrs Museum, Mishawaka, Nagasaki, Japan [The pilgrimage tour around Nagasaki] 

Nagasaki has a limited internationally opened port in Edo era (1603-1867). The Tokugawa government permitted Holland and China who are able to have trade relations till 1854. Dejima was a fan-shape, small settlement for Hollanders and Kannai area were settlement for Chinese (Shinchi ,where is present Chinatown area, is new reclaimed town after opening the country). 
After opening the country, Western modern technologies were come into Japan. Nagasaki was also the front line. The another World Heritage Site was the Sites of Japan’s Meiji Industrial Revolution: Iron and Steel, Shipbuilding and Coal Mining, which including Hashima, known as Gunship island, seen in the James Bond movie "Skyfall".
Hashima, Battleship island
Through the long history of international connection, there were a lot of international flavoured local food in Nagasaki, Castella from Portugal, Champon from China, or Shippoku course (卓袱料理) from Holland. 

How to Access to City Centre

Form Nagasaki Airport, you can get to the city centre, Shinchi Bus terminal near to Nagasaki China town, for just 40 minutes, to Nagasaki Main station for 60 minutes. The Shuttle buses are running every 15 minutes from Nagasaki Station.
If you want to visit to Huis Ten Bosch, Holland entertainment park, you can take the bus bound for Sasebo city and get off at the entrance of the park after ride for 60 minutes.


Further destination From Nagasaki in Japan

From Nagasaki Airport, You will also get to further destinations including Tokyo (Haneda and Narita), Osaka (Itami and Kansai), Kobe and Okinawa in Japan.
The destination of Narita, Kansai and Seoul Incheon were operated by Low cost carriers, to Narita with Jet Star Japan, to Kansai with Peach and to Incheon with Air Seoul. The Skymark airlines also produces the low fare tickets.

13 September 2018

British Airways First class experience, meal, BA007, LHR - HND, August 2018

One summer day on August, I have a British Airways First class flight from London Heathrow Terminal 5 to Tokyo Haneda. I used the BA First after a 3 year absence. 

Is Club World service catching up to the First service?? There is British First.

Now British Airways is upgrading the Club world products, introducing new products, as Do &Co catering, White company linen or  lounge service in Club world cabin for last two years. The White company sleeping kets will provide you the luxury sleep, instead of the former dormitory like blanket. The New catering style on the board is nice photogenic and taste which I had experience on Hong Kong to London A380 flight. The Club world service seems to be catching up to the First class service on the Hard base products...
The British Airways First service is no caviar, no separate space and no, so some bloggers said it is not so luxury. The trend in the commercial aviation is lead by Middle East or other European Airline companies as the surface luxury. On the flight such Airlines, First class seat is Suite room type, separated as the privacy room, meal is posh as the fine dinning restaurants.
The First on British Airways seems to be a little different as at-home, as usual or as British. 


The First: catering. 


The BA 007 Flight from London to Tokyo was World wide crew of British Airways. The Most experienced crews have served as the traditional and classical style of British Airways and they also enjoy their jobs and life. The passengers will enjoy the service including chatting with the crews and their extra professional technique of service. 
Table
On this flight, I had Japanese style food as some small challenge.  The Airlines catering meal were commonly produced as mass production. I usually wonder how the foreigner may understand the Japanese food and cooking. This was small challenging event but exciting for me.
The menu 
As the Starter, I had "selection of Japanese appetisers. Ingredients were cooked as the Japanese style. I can feel and taste the Dashi soup stock. 
Starter: Japanese appetisers, prawn sushi, grilled scallop, pepper chicken and simmered gourd melon

Main course, Grilled fillet of beef with rice. On First class service, a crew at the galley will warm the course by each ingredient. The lady cabin crew was on duty on this flight. She produced very lovely medium rare fillet for me. The juice was contained in the meat. 
The British Airways meals has the concepts focused on flavour or Umami tastes. On this course, they used some smoky flavour into the sauce with ingredients origin Umami. I have forgot I was in the sky. 
Main course. Grilled fillet with teriyaki sauce, braised pumpkin and shimeji mushroom


chestnut rice and pickles

THE BAr and Wines
The Grand Siecle is the signature of British Airways First. We should not missed the other unique and local wines selected by British Airways. Cornwall Brut, Chablis, Riesling, Saint-Emilion, there were nicely matured and selected wines on board. 


British airways, Bar menu and Champagne lists

British Airways, Wine lists



 Cheese was selected from around UK. 

Cheese plate.
Belton Farm Red Fox, Fourme D'ambert, Double Barrel Lincolnshire Poacher, Normandy Camembert 

Conclusion

There were Japanese style food essence among the courses I had. The Joint venture between British Airways and Japan Airlines seems to be effective into the meal catering.

Caviar? If your flight time is taken for four days or five days as BA 704 on 1951, Caviar or lobster will be served as a dinner in European route.  According to the some articles on Airline traveller blog, the travellers looks to feel a little bit disappointing no-caviar service. Some Airline companies including BA, sifted to the well-being or international-local concept from "just" posh, Antique style. 

28 July 2018

Ryuhou, Kagurazaka (龍朋, 神楽坂), Tokyo, Japan

The casual and reasonable Chinese restaurant in Kagurazaka serving Fried rice (炒飯 チャーハン)

It was the very hot evening after typhoon has gone through the island of Japan. The hotness in the ground kept the air hot and wet. I have gotten off the metro at Kagurazaka Station to find the restaurant to have supper. After getting to the ground floor, I reminded the small Chinese restaurant near the station, Ryuhou. I stood behind the Yarai exit and turned left and left again on the first corner at the bookshop. I found the yellow eaves sign with “Lamen 龍朋.” This Japanese style Chinese restaurant, like Ramen shop, was famous as the restaurant serving one of the most delicious Fried rice in Tokyo.


There are a lot of young age, their twenties to thirties year old, customers in the restaurant. The interior of the restaurant has atmosphere of 1960s common coffee house in Japan. The Wall paper is polyvinyl and blotched as a lot of brown spots of cooking oil. The furniture sets are made of wood. The interior looks very cheap but makes us some nostalgic feeling. A lot of menu plates were lined and hung on the wall beyond our head as the common Chinese food restaurant in Japan.
I ordered a set of Fried rice from the list.
 
 
The set of Fried rice was served with plain soup and fried rice. The fried rice was very simple that they cooked with dice size roost pork, egg and spring onion. The roost pork had very nice flavour and great texture of meat and made a lovely match with sliced spring onion.
The soup was also nice. It was the fish soup stock taken with dried sardine, dried bonito and other seafood. The white brown soup stock could be served with other noodle, like Ramen at this restaurant.

They have very simple menu list but serve with their heart. The atmosphere is very lovely as the haimish and daily-use common Chinese restaurant. All dishes were served with less than one thousand yen (about eight US dollar).
 
rewrite 28th June,
first 2nd, June, 2015

27 July 2018

Hamo course in Kiyokawa, Nagasaki (鱧づくし 清花和 長崎), Japan

Hamo, the signature fish in Summer, in texture, taste and flavour

The fish, Hamo is come from Ariake sea area. During the Gion festival season(from first to end of June) in Kyoto, the people in Kyoto will feel the coming summer with Hamo sent from Kyusyu or Setouchi area. On this staying in Nagasaki, I have enjoyed Hamo in Kiyokawa where is my favourite Japanese food restaurant in Nagasaki. At the fisherman's port of Nagasaki, the amount of landing Hamo is ranked at fifth in Japan. 
Hamo, (http://nagasaki-sakana.com/seasonal_fish/2731/)

In English, Hamo is pike conger, academically named Muraenesox cinereus. Hamo has long body like eel. From Edo era, the long body fish were valued as the invigorating ingredient due to the shape. And during the poor transportation to Kyoto, Hamo survived to send to Kyoto from Osaka port because of the strength and powerful characters. The Hamo has thick body and a lot of bone in the meat. In Japan, this fish were cooked as the fish paste or in the Japanese restaurants. This Fish is 


Hone-kiri (cutting the bones) is one of the highest technique of Japanese chefs, Itamae

 In the Japanese food restaurants, the pike conger were cooked after the bone cutting. The Itamae will use the special kitchen knife for the purpose of carving the pike conger, called Hone-kiri-bouchou (meaning knife for cutting the bones). He will carving the pike conger with thin slice as 1-1.5mm, with perpendicular to the body, using the heavy weight and sharpness of the knife to crave the thin slice. The sound of cutting the bone is rhythmical and solid, as giving us the incessant clicking.
After the bone cutting, Itamae will boil, steam or cook for your courses. When he boiled, the shape of fish meat will get the lovely shape as flower blooms.


Hamo, the great actor as the ingredient in Japanese food

Hamo dishes have various cook style, boiled, braised, roast or raw. We will feel the summer and survive the heatwave with the strength of this fish. 

Sashimi and boiled Hamo with pram sauce (with red brown sauce)

Hamo Yanagawa (braised with egg)

Kabayaki sushi ( Teriyaki-like roasted Hamo)

re-write on 25th July 2018
Elder: 25th August 2014

Japanese restaurant, Kiyokawa
Nagasaki

17 November 2017

Nice Hotel for business and leisure in central Tokyo, Courtyard by Marriott, Tokyo Station

The Location is the Best.

Courtyard by Marriott, Tokyo Station is located near to Tokyo Station, opposite side of Marunouchi area, near to Nihonbashi area. These areas are the core part of the financial or economy of Tokyo. A lot of foreign or global companies have placed their office around this area.
Tokyo Station is also the hub of transportation in Metropolitan Tokyo and Japan. Bullet train will arrive and leave every two minute, commuter train will also serve you short comfort journey around Tokyo, as Yokohama or Kamakura. Several underground lines served by Tokyo metro are available at Otemachi station hub. 


The room is also simple.


The room of Courtyard have very simple furniture and bathroom. I love the writing desks which have large space for note taking or writing articles. The dimension of single bed rooms is also larger than that of other hotels in the same range of price. The rooms have bath tub and toilet with wash-let.
From the window, you will have view of small path among old Showa style building. Though the entrance faced to the main street, Chuo dori, you will escape from the crowded Tokyo in your room.


Flat TV is available with overseas programs.
bath room

The typical Courtyard style service as US


Courtyard by Marriott served as their style as US. They opened their hotels in the nice location near to train station or motorway junctions. At the reception desk, they will provide some foods or drinks like convenient stores. Frequent users of Marriott reward will receive some privilege as free alcohol drinks at reception or happy hour benefit at ground floor restaurants.







The staff is questionable on their skills at Hotel. They have few information about the currency exchange, transportation around Tokyo metropolitan or some restaurant spot. But you will get those on your mobile instead of the staff.

The view from window.


Access and location

Courtyard Marriott Tokyo Station is located near to JR Tokyo station and next to the underground Kyobashi station on Ginza line (orange line). Ginza and Nihonbashi shopping area and Marunochi and Yaesu area is accessible on foot for 5 minutes. Around Tokyo station, there are Otemachi station which is the hub of Tokyo metro (underground) lines, bus terminal for north or east bound high way buses and bullet train station and JR commuter lines station.

From Narita Airport, buses to Tokyo station will bring you directly to this area. From Haneda Airport, Tokyo monorail and Yamanote line, which is one of the most classical transportation combination to or from Haneda, takes around 30 minutes and Limousine bus will also be convenient. 

15 November 2017

MOXY Tokyo Kinshityou, public space

The new style hotel, room is simple and public area is exciting, came to Japan.

The hotel of Moxy brand has simple studio type bed rooms for visitor and some exciting items around public space. The young generation, twenties to thirties, like communication, parties and night life, using photo SNS as Instagram or Twitter was the targets of this hotel. The pink purple is iconic colour of this hotel chain in Marriott hotel.
The article about room was here


At the entrance, some art designed balloons will welcome you. And there are several bicycles with helmets for customers. 
strange art? at entrance

you can borrow sport bicycles 

Reception facility was placed on Bar counter

The reception desk was combined with Bar counter and shop register. The lobby area has huge space for the visitors and customers and was placed various type of chairs and sofa couch with table around the bar. On some table, you will find small toys or games for communication with your friends or other customers. 

relax area in front of the bar counter
Bar counter. Enjoy some drinks or food at this area. The bartender will serve some coffee or tea.

Library and lounge space

 The library and lounge space show the concept of this moxy brands. Modern, millennium, pop cultural things were placed and exhibited around the space. 
On your travelling Japan, you will find new friends or some SNS followers at this atmosphere, beyond your mobile or computers.




The wall of Lounge and library. Various typography show a sentence.
In front of the fireplace, the customer can enjoy some game or chatting with relaxed atmosphere.

How to get

Kinshicho station is very convenient for your business or leisure in Tokyo metropolitan area. There were two JR lines (Japan railways company) and one underground service (Hanzomon, Tokyo Metro) and several bus route, give you the nice access around Tokyo. 
From NARITA airport, Sobu line will directly send you to the Kinshicho JR station. And From HANEDA airport, Limousine bus will take you to the Kinshicho station area. You also get Tokyo station on JR Sobu line service and Omotesando with Tokyo metro Hanzomon line (purple line).
The Tokyo sky tree area or Asakusa area are very near from here, just taking five minutes from these lines.

12 November 2017

MOXY Tokyo Kinshicho, your room for sleep

The new style hotel, room is simple and public area is exciting, came to Japan.

The hotel of Moxy brand has simple studio type bed rooms for visitor and some exciting items around public space. The young generation, twenties to thirties, like communication, parties and night life, using photo SNS as Instagram or Twitter was the targets of this hotel. The pink purple is iconic colour of this hotel chain in Marriott hotel.
Bar counter and front desk
Moxy Tokyo Kinshicho building, former typical  office building of Japan

Chaotic? international and Japanese, a little bit historic downtown, Kinshicho

The former office building in Kinshicho was renovated to the modern simple hotel, Moxy. Kinshicho was chaotic town in East side of Tokyo, located between business area, Marunouchi or Kanda, and traditional downtown area, including Asakusa. There were old bar or restaurant (as almost classified stands) for white colour people. Cheep, strong and industrial drinks were filled in this town. Fast, salty or oily, carbonate-rich foods were served around this area. All things, brown spots on Itamae’s white coat, smooth edge of wood counter at the stand or black shop name letters on white plastic board shows half century history growth-up of Japanese economy. Japanese will feel some nostalgia of Showa era.

public spaces

   More photos of public spaces is here.
Public area was designed as the punk or pop cultures for making the customers relax. Football game on desk or traditional Japanese toys were placed around the bar, lounge or library space. These items will occur the communication among the travellers. 

The entrance
They also served the bicycle rental with helmet
The Bar space will also work as the check-in counter. The staff has served the Moxy high ball (gin cocktail with soda and grapefruit juice) as welcome drink. All glass of bar was high quality with thin glass for nice feeling to your lip. We can also have some break fast or sapper at this bar area.

On arrival, they have served welcome drink.
When I visited, unfortunately the staff has not trained well on the check in process. I hope they will be nice attendant and lovely bartender or cast at this hotel.

rooms

The room of Moxy is very simple. A bed, a folding table, folding chair, leather chair, side table, and shower and toilet space were simply placed in one room.




The hotel is located next to the apartment.


look back to entrance.

The Queen size bed

Toilet has Japanese high technology, washlet!

For ladys, the amenities will not be enough? They had just shampoo with conditioner.


dryer is also pink!!!

Amenity kit were in the can

side table. authentic looks phone and toy

All things were simple but enough for just staying. All thing will be enough for the traveller who were targeted by this hotel brand as the customer. For several hotel geek or luxury traveller, this hotel will not be enough.

How to get

Kinshicho station is very convenient for your business or leisure in Tokyo metropolitan area. There were two JR lines (Japan railways company) and one underground service (Hanzomon, Tokyo Metro) and several bus route, give you the nice access around Tokyo. 
From NARITA airport, Sobu line will directly send you to the Kinshicho JR station. And From HANEDA airport, Limousine bus will take you to the Kinshicho station area. You also get Tokyo station on JR Sobu line service and Omotesando with Tokyo metro Hanzomon line (purple line).
The Tokyo sky tree area or Asakusa area are very near from here, just taking five minutes from these lines.

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