Okukinu Onsen

A Change of Pace One day we were still cavorting in the snow at Tateyama; the next morning we were hurtling our way towards Demon land, also known as Okukinu Onsen 奥鬼怒温泉, an area with hidden hot springs. The Journey to Demon land wasn’t straightforward. We started from […]

Earl Grey Butter Cake

Butter cakes are my comfort food and the Earl Grey version has become a firm favourite with both family and friends. Here’s a tried-and-tested recipe, adapted from The Mini Chef. Ingredients 230g unsalted butter 160g caster sugar 160g cake flour 50g heavy cream (bring to room temperature)15g full […]

Simple Milk Bread Recipe

Having experimented with various milk bread recipes, I’ve settled on a favourite one. It is fuss-free, wonderful when eaten on its own and can be used as a base to pair with my favourite fillings. Here’s the recipe, adapted from The Flavour Bender’s Japanese Milk Bread Recipe. The […]

Yumura – The Second Onsen

After Chichibu and the contemporary-townhouse-inspired Hotel Beyer, we felt like we were finally digging deep into Japan’s onsen culture when we walked into Yanagiya. The wooden sliding doors at the entrance, the large lantern next it litting a path to the reception, the foyer just behind the entranceway, […]