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Eggs n Things Breakfast, Harajuku/Ginza/Odaiba

Eggs n Things offers a variety of breakfast items from 8:00 – 22:30 on weekends and from 9:00 during the week. Light and fluffy pancakes, waffles, and crepes with your choice of toppings; omelets, meat & eggs, fruit cups and mouth-watering specials like the Hawaiin loco moco or Eggs Benedict with Canadian Bacon. …

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Rinshi no Mori – A beautiful nature park, Meguro & Shinagawa

If you love nature walks, bird watching or insect hunting then Rinshi no Mori (林試の森公園) is the park to visit. The 120,762.91 sq m park is home to several hundred Japanese and foreign trees, some as old as 100+ years! There are a number of walking paths and large signboards …

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Toile de Liberté – Antique Brunch Cafe, Yutenji

Toile de liberte

I love brunch and was thrilled when a friend invited us to her favorite brunch spot, Toile de Liberté (トワル ド リベルテ). Toile de Liberté is an antique cafe located behind Yutenji Temple. The cafe is furnished from floor to ceiling with antiques from around the world, and antique furniture and sundries are on sale on their 2nd …

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Mamiana Park Playground, Azabu

Mamiana Park (狸穴公園 ) is located just behind the Tokyo American Club and is a short walk to the popular Nissin World Delicatessen Supermarket. My kids love spending a morning at the park, then shopping at Nissin for all their international goodies, grabbing lunch at one of the many family-friendly restaurants …

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La Boutique Le Cordon Bleu, Daikanyama

La Boutique Cafe Le Cordon Bleu (ラ・ブティック カフェ – ル・コルドン・ブルー) is the perfect spot to enjoy a tea break. They offer a wide assortment of deli foods, croissants, baguettes, French breads, cakes and spirits. My son and I were in the neighborhood and had always walked by but we never went in. Since it …

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Senzokuike Park, Otaku – Swan Boats, Koi, Walking Paths and Festivals

We stumbled across a beautiful pond and nature park over the long weekend. Senzokuike park (洗足池公園) is a place you can relax and spend an entire day. They have lush greenery, shaded walking paths, boating facility, large pond filled with koi, a Japanese Shrine, large library and a playground. The …

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ALZE Rotisserie Chicken, Minami Azabu & Roppongi, Tokyo – Eat-in or Takeout

If you are craving roasted chicken for lunch or dinner Alze rotisserie chicken in Minami-Azabu or Roppongi, Tokyo is delicious and convenient. I can close my eyes now and remember the delicious smell!  Jiji (83), Baby (3) and I had a relaxing lunch that suited everyone’s palates. Alze offers various …

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Kodomo no Kuni BBQ, pony ride and Zoo, Yokohama

On our first visit to Kodomo no Kuni (Children`s Land) we explored the various rides and numerous playgrounds. On our second visit we BBQ`d, went on a pony ride, fed the cows and sheep, and explored the zoo.   Kodomo no Kuni makes BBQ-ing easy. They provide two sessions for BBQing (late morning and afternoon), rental …

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Sakana Bacca, Nakameguro – Fresh Seafood Store

Sakana Bacca Nakameguro

Sakana Bacca (サカナ バッカ) is a retailer that deals with seafood delivered directly from fishermen and the Tsukiji fish market. The Nakameguro branch sells a wide variety of fresh seasonal fish that you can`t find at your local supermarket, sashimi, seasonings and cooking utensils from all over Japan. They even have tuna-cutting …

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Yutenji Temple, Nakameguro

Myoukenzan Yutenji Temple is a Jodo (pure) Sect of Buddhism established about 300 years ago. Earlier this year the temple launched a free smartphone app, a bilingual (English and Japanese) video guide to the history and origins of the Temple buildings. Download the app, obtain an app map at the main temple office, scan …

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Gelateria Marghera, Azabu & Ebisu

I was craving gelato the other day, so Baby and I stopped into one of my favourite locals for some awesomely delicious.  Gelateria Marghera in Azabu (ジェラテリア マルゲラ 麻布十番店) is definitely one of the most delicious gelato shops in Tokyo. The Azabu store was the first store outside of Milano, …

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