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Seasonal Japanese Ingredients and How To Use Them: Shiso – Tokyo Travel Article

Seasonal Japanese Ingredients and How To Use Them: Shiso The seasonality of Japanese vegetables is a part of what makes them so special. A summertime produce, shiso appears fresh on shelves for a few short weeks before disappearing for another year. The limited availability of this mysterious herb makes it all the more popular when it makes its yearly rounds. Full of calcium and iron, shiso (シソ), or “perilla leaf” in English, is a Japanese herb that we all may have unwittingly eaten…

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Visit Stockholm’s Museums… Online or On the Town! – Sweden Travel Article

Visit Stockholm’s Museums… Online or On the Town! Due to Covid 19, most museums in Stockholm are closed. See the list here (which I try and keep updated). There are a few exceptions, most notably Skansen. As it is an open air museum (i.e. outdoors) and zoo, Skansen has been able to remain open with restrictions. The sculpture parks at Millesgården, Prins Eugens Waldemarsudde and Artipelag are also open as they are outdoors as well. Keep in mind that the…

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Favorite Travel Memories – Couples Travel Article

Favorite Travel Memories Traveling for six years straight, we’ve gained a treasure trove of memories. We’ve seen the sunrise over 20,000-foot peaks, walked the streets of ancient civilizations, and met hundreds of people we now call friends. So many moments bring a smile to our face, though there are a few that have left a deep imprint on our heart and soul. In writing Ultimate Journeys for Two, we not only had the chance to share our favorite 75 destinations…

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Stir Crazy? Get Creative at Home With These Online Courses – Tokyo Travel Article

Stir Crazy? Get Creative at Home With These Online Courses Raise your hand if you’ve had way too much free time at home! Especially if you’ve made the move to work remotely, you might be a little stunned by how much time your commute to work actually took up, and are now left with a couple of extra hours every day. You might want to pick up Japanese and get fit, or maybe you want to take this time to…

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Exploring the Bingling Caves • Travel with Mei and Kerstin – Couples Travel Article

Exploring the Bingling Caves • Travel with Mei and Kerstin  Leaving Xi‘an after only 3 days, we felt like betraying the capital of ancient China. When our guide Rocky waved us goodbye at the train station, I almost regretted not having extended our time in Xi’an for a few more days. But I reminded myself to not forget our goal. The purpose of this trip was to discover the Ancient Silk Road… About 630 km further west, we arrived in Lanzhou.…

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How Tokyo’s Yamanote Train Line Inspired a Unique Art Poster Project – Tokyo Travel Article

How Tokyo’s Yamanote Train Line Inspired a Unique Art Poster Project When the first section of Yamanote Line was built in 1885 it served as a freight line that connected Shinagawa and Akabane stations, completing the route that led all the way from Yokohama to Aomori in the far north. The new C-shaped route ran through Tokyo’s western foothills (yama-no-te) where there was less populous to disturb. The ever-expanding city soon encroached into the sleepy villas of Meguro, Shibuya and…

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