Not lost in translation

epicure

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Discovering and embracing the Neon City’s little cultural quirks and culinary treasures.

In six years, she’s gone from living life as a frustrated outsider to embracing The Neon City’s little cultural quirks and culinary treasures. Chinese American Lynn Chen shares her love for Tokyo with epicure.

, Not lost in translationOne of the things I love most about Tokyo is the hanami (flower-viewing) customs. It is hard to time the hanami season, but if you’re ever in Japan during that time, the experience is unforgettable.  My favorite hanami location is Kamakura, city that’s a short 30 minutes train ride from Tokyo, where you’ll find a giant Buddha sitting under swaying sakura branches.

Summer is the time for o-matsuri (festivals), and my favourite are the ones involving street performances, such as the Asakusa samba festival, the Omotesando Yosakoi matsuri, and the Kouenji matsuri, which features a unique style of Japanese traditional dance.  Summer festivals are not known for its food, but eating street snacks is a must.  You can usually find some street food unique to each area, on top of the usual fare of takoyaki (grilled octopus balls), yakitori, yakisoba, and kakigoori (shaved ice).

, Not lost in translationFall is my favourite season, partly because of the welcoming change of cool fresh air after a sweltering Tokyo summer. It’s also the season for changing leaves and delicious vegetable and fish. In Tokyo, I head to the Nezu museum in Aoyama for the viewing of autumn leaves. The Japanese garden inside is small but utterly breathtaking when the leaves are flaming red.

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