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Sake Diary - Gem by Moto: Ebisu


The original Moto standing bar in Shinjuku has been a longtime favorite thanks to their top-notch sake selection and creative food menu, so we came to this smaller, boutique branch of the bar with high expectations. We’re happy to report that those expectations were more than fulfilled. Simply put, Gem has one of the most interesting sake lists we’ve ever encountered, including some phenomenal limited-edition custom sakes produced just for this shop.

Many of the bottles here are from smaller, lesser-known breweries, so even if you know your way around a sake list it’s worth asking for advice and relying on recommendations from the staff (in Japanese). The small but highly focused food menu seems to be specifically designed to enhance your sake-drinking experience. Whatever you’re drinking will probaby go very will with Gem’s famous smoked-delicacies platter (Y1600), an enticing assortment of smoked mackerel, quail eggs, green olives, and mimolette, camembert and comte cheeses.

The decor at this tiny shop is rustic and unassuming, with comfortable seating and a wraparound counter arrangement that encourages conversation with the bar staff and perhaps other customers. The twelve counter seats tend to fill pretty quickly, so reservations are highly recommended. Our bill came to around Y4000 per person for a couple of hours of often extraordinary sake and some good food; yours may vary. …continue reading


Notes from Book of Value (The Fine Art of Investing Wisely)

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Book of Value: The Fine Art of Investing Wisely (2016, Columbia Business School Publishing) by Anurag Sharma is a must-read and keeper for value investors. I took far more notes than are written below, but I think you’ll get a sense of the value the book offers from these notes. In addition, where appropriate I tried…

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Omohara Beer Forest – A Refreshing Summer Terrace with Craft Beer

Source: Tokyo Cheapo

Open June 16th to September 10th, 2017

The rooftop garden on top of the Tokyo Plaza building on the corner of Meiji Dori and Omotesando is converted into a beer terrace each year during the warmer months. This year, it’s open from June 16th until September 10th.
The thing that sets Omohara Beer Forest apart from regular beer gardens is that there are no silly all-you-can-drink plans designed to herd you in and then herd you out again. This year, the kiosk in the middle of the garden will be run again by Yonayona Beer Kitchen, which is connected to Nagano-based Yoho Brewing, serving up Yonayona (an American Pale Ale), Ao Oni (blue devil) IPA and Suiyobinoneko (Wednesday’s cat!) white beer.
Sadly, they increased the beer price

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TRUNK: Tokyo’s Newest Boutique Hotel

Wrapped in a cool monotone facade and balanced out by natural touches of wood is a new boutique hotel that recently emerged in the heart of Tokyo’s Shibuya district. For those looking to take in the local culture of Shibuya, TRUNK (HOTEL) is the ideal location: slightly removed from the raucousness of Shibuya Station but well encompassed by everything the neighborhood has to offer.

TRUNK (HOTEL) opened in May of this year and takes after designer hotels like the Ace Hotel of New York. With 4 floors and just 15 rooms, the hotel is geared towards travelers looking for more than just a room and a bed. The single rooms (priced at around 32,000 yen or $300 usd per night) are fairly basic but take on the feel of a small design studio. A slightly upgraded room will include a balcony or loft. On the higher end is the living suite (around 111, 000 yen or $1000 usd) and a single terrace suite (around 689,000 yen or $6000).

The hotel does all it can to connect guests to local culture. Room snacks like dried fruit and coffee are sourced from local shops Shibuya Nishimura and DoubleTallCafe. Sandwiches sold in the lobby are from the well-known local specialty shop Potasta. Hotel food can be notoriously overpriced but if you’re thinking to grab a bite or drink at TRUNK you’ll certainly notice that this isn’t the case. The bar and kushiyaki restaurant in particular have been intentionally priced to invite locals as well as hotel guests, creating a type of socializing not found in other hotels.

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An indication of just how safe Japan is!

My husband sent me a link tothisstorytoday, which really made me grateful for living in Japan and the safety I feel here.Someone borrowed this person’s bicycle without asking – but upon returning it, they wrote a lengthy note explaining about how they really needed the bike, and to please forgive them and accept this token as a thank you. It was a watermelon (and you know how pricey those babies can be here!)It got me thinking – have you ever had an experience that really gave you that “wow!” moment about how safe/polite/respectful Japan seems to be on the whole?When we first moved here I remember seeing kids of only about 5 or 6 years old on the train alone, and thinking to myself “oh my gosh, are they lost? Where are their parents?!” because you simply couldn’t do that back home where I am from. I’ve also had plenty of people I know that have left iPads, iPhones and so forth on the train by accident – and they’ve always been returned. I feel like anywhere else in the world, that would be a case of “sayonara expensive electronics!”…but not here!I would love to hear your experiences! …continue reading