Petit Japonais

Petit Japonais is yet another pocket-sized Kyoto cafe. I love the cosy Scandi vibe, their great coffee and the look of their short and sweet cake and dessert collection. You’ll find it nestled on Bukkoji Street, just east of Karasuma above a tiny pattisserie. The cafe itself is only open for relatively few hours so […]


I’m not sure exactly when it happened but I’ve come to realise that at some point during the last few years I’ve inadvertently acquired a fascination for Wagashi. For the 30 odd years I’ve been travelling around or living in Japan she’d been lurking….  I’d always considered her pretty, for the most part, but lacking […]

Omi Hachiman

Just a short train ride from Kyoto you’ll find the charming village of Omi Hachiman on the edge of Lake Biwa. The business end of town isn’t much to look at – pretty dreary in fact – but make locating the tourist information centre at Omi Hachiman station the very first thing you do and […]

Kyoto Meanderings. No. 3.

Kyoto Meanderings. No. 1. Kyoto Meanderings. No. 2. 

Kawai Kanjiro Museum

For a really great example of a wonderfully atmospheric Japanese house do make the effort to seek out this spectacular museum just south of Gojo street near Higashioji dori – once the home of  famous Kyoto potter Kawai Kanjiro.   Once inside you can see and feel exactly why the artist was so inspired to […]

Fushimi Inari Taisha

Fushimi Inari Taisha is one of my favourite shrines in Kyoto.  (I feel like I keep repeating myself… but there are just so many to love!). It is visually spectacular, energising and allows you to partake in its beauty whether its a brief interlude you are seeking or a more leisurely commune with nature. Visitors […]

Zenbu Zen Tour Itinerary January 2016

ZENBU ZEN  Winter Cuisine and Culture Tour of Kyoto 12 days/11 nights 9 -20 January 2016 AUD $10, 199 p/p or $9799 p/p twin share (maximum of 8 places available) NEWS!!  Due to requests from a handful of lovely people who have previously joined my Zenbu Tours and are returning with me on this one I […]

My Mornings at Kikunoi

When I was living for a longer stint in Kyoto I had the great fortune to meet and interview Chef Murata of the famous Kikunoi Restaurants on a couple of occasions. We talked a lot about Umami and dashi, why carrots smell like lipstick and chuckled over chef friends we have in common! Knowing what […]

Soujiki Nakahigashi

My second visit to Soujiki Nakahigashi was a very different experience to the first. I hadn’t been throwing up for 24 hours prior for one thing (a prelude like that was bound to result in some mixed feelings about imbibing fermented sushi with the flavour and texture of a thick but ripe blue cheese….) and the […]

Kyoto Meanderings. No. 2

Please see Kyoto Meanderings. No. 1 to find out the why behind these images….