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Delicious Baumkuchen Cakes

Nenrinya Bakery Haneda Airport, Tokyo Japan

Nenrinya Bakery Haneda Airport, Tokyo Japan

While traveling in Japan, I can’t help but stop and enjoy all the wonderful foods I come across.  My favorite foods are, of course all of the sweet desserts!

While I was in Tokyo Haneda Airport, I encountered this delicious, delicate baumkuchen cake at Nenrinya Bakery.

Nenrinya Bakery Haneda Airport, Tokyo, Japan Photo Credit: David Keisilng

Nenrinya Bakery Haneda Airport, Tokyo, Japan
Photo Credit: David Keisilng

The Japanese people have adopted this lovely German layer cake as one of their own favorite desserts.  Baked uniquely with each layer of the batter brushed on while rotating on a spit, each layer browned before adding another layer.

Baumkuchen, Nenrinya Bakery Photo Credit: David Keisling

Baumkuchen, Nenrinya Bakery Photo Credit: David Keisling

You can actually watch the cakes being made fresh in the window. Which is how I, discovered these lovely cakes.

Nenrinya Bakery Haneda Airport, Tokyo, Japan. Photo Credit: David Keisling

Nenrinya Bakery Haneda Airport, Tokyo, Japan.
Photo Credit: David Keisling

They even have sandwiches, where the buns are the cakes!

Hamburger baumkuchen Photo Credit: David Keisling

Baumkuchen sandwiches
Photo Credit: David Keisling

These cakes make great gifts to bring back home.

Baumkuchen Cakes makes great gifts Photo Credit: David Keisling

Baumkuchen Cakes makes great gifts
Photo Credit: David Keisling

You can find there bakery locations here:

Ota-ku, Tokyo Haneda Airport 3-4-2 Haneda Airport Terminal 2 in the starting gate number 51 boarding preoral
TEL 03-6428-8710
Hours 6:00 to 20:00

Ota-ku, Tokyo Haneda Airport 3-3-2 Haneda Airport Terminal 1 2F specialties sweets Museum                                                                                                                     TEL 03-575-7178                                                                                                          Hours 6:00 to 20:00


Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 1-9-1 JR Tokyo Station premises Yaesu central opening in the ticket                                                                                                       TEL 03-5293-4427 [rings home Customer Service Center: TEL 03-3316-2356]
Hours 6:30 to 21:30

Saitama Urawa-ku Higashitakasago cho 11-1 Daimaru Urawa Parco B1
TEL 048-615-6020
Hours 10:00 to 21:00

Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 5-chome, 6-15 seat STONE [The Stone] 1F
TEL 03-5537-3910
Seven days a week Hours [Mon-Sat] 10:30 to 20:00, [day and a public holiday] 10:30 to 19:00

Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 1-9-1 Daimaru Tokyo first floor
TEL 03-3212-8011 (dies)
Hours [Mon-Fri] 10:00 to 21:00, [Saturday, Sunday and public holidays] 10:00 to 20:00

Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture, Nishi-ku, Takashima 2-18-1 Sogo Yokohama underground second floor
TEL 045-465-2111 (dies)
Hours 10:00 to 20:00




Ozoni “Japanese New Years Soup” recipe


Marc Matsumoto's Ozoni photo credit from  http://www.pbs.org/food/recipes/ozoni/

Marc Matsumoto’s Ozoni photo credit from

New Years in Japan is called Oshogatsu, お正月 (おしょうがつ – oshōgatsu) it is the most important day that’s celebrated in Japan.  Steep in traditions that goes back hundreds of years, you will still find many Japanese today continuing the same traditions.

On January 1, millions of Japanese visit shrines or temples, offering up a prayer, usually for good health and good fortune.  It is also customary to eat Ozoni the Japanese New Years soup.  This Japanese New Years soup is eaten on the first day of the new year.  Marc Matsumoto a food blogger, shares his family recipe for Ozoni.


  • 1 cup water + 4 cups water
  • 4 dried shiitake mushrooms
  • 1 pound boneless chicken thighs
  • 8 slices carrot, carved into the shape of a cherry blossom
  • 1/4 cup sake
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 small bunch spinach, lightly boiled and drained
  • mochi
  • yuzu


  1. About an hour before you prepare your Ozoni, put 1 cup of water in a bowl along with the dried shiitake mushrooms. 
  2. Put the chicken in a colander. Boil a kettle of water and pour it over the chicken, letting the water go down the drain. This removes blood and impurities from the meat, giving you a clear soup. 
  3. Put the chicken in a pot along with the remaining 4 cups of water, the carrots, sake, and salt, and then simmer for 20 minutes, skimming to remove any scum that rises to the top. Remove the chicken and set it aside. 
  4. Add the soy sauce, along with the soaking liquid from the shiitake mushrooms to the soup and then adjust salt to taste. Slice up the shiitake mushrooms and add them to the soup. 
  5. Lay down a sheet of aluminum foil in a toaster oven then toast the mochi until it inflates and turns golden brown along the top. You can also just microwave it until it inflates.
  6. To serve, place piece of grilled mochi at the bottom of the bowl, then add a few slices of chicken. Gather a few strands of spinach and tie them in loop and place in the bowl. Add the soup along with two slices of carrot and some shiitake mushrooms. Garnish with some yuzu zest and serve.


If you can’t find yuzu, you can substitute Meyer orange peel

View Marc Marc Matusmoto’s original family recipe 



Best places to get your Fukubukuro 2015


January 1 of every year, a Japanese tradition is celebrated here in Hawaii. Fukubukuro, meaning “lucky bag,” is a Japanese new year custom where merchants fill bags with popular items and sell them for substantial discount, usually 50% off or more.  The shoppers aren’t able to see inside the bag, until after the bag is purchased.  This tradition began in Tokyo in the early 20th century.  Japanese superstition has says the good fortune in one’s Fukubukuro bag, reflects the luck they will have in the New Year.

Ala Moana Shopping Center list here

Royal Hawaiian Shopping Center’s participant


NHK’s 65th “Kohaku Uta Gassen”Red and White Song Battle

Get ready for another NHK annual New Year’s Eve music program “The 65th Kohaku Uta Gassen”. This years lineup will be hosted by Actress Yoshitaka Yuriko and popular group Arashi.

This year’s  “65th Kohaku Uta Gassen” program will feature a total of 51 artists. First-time appearances by HKT48, May J.(performing the popular song “Let It Go” from Disney’s Frozen.), Yakushimaru Hiroko, V6, SEKAI NO OWARI. In addition, TV anime ‘Youkai Watch’ and anime character ‘Jibanyan’, along with King Cream Soda and Dream5 will be performing on the show, but will not competing.

Ayumi Hamasaki, will not be performing for the first time in 15 years. She told fans on Twitter that she preferred to focus on projects she wants to do, rather that on what she feels obligated to do.

Who will win the 2014 competition? You have to watch to find out! So far, the red team (female) has won 29 times, and the white team (male) 35 times.

The show will broadcast in Hawaii

Thursday 1/1/15 on KIKU Station.

Airs: 5:00pm-10:00pm

Repeats: 1/2/15 11am-4pm

Please check your local listing for show time.  Heres a link to T.V. Japan on HD

This year’s artist list are: (In parenthesis are the number of times appeared.)

Red Team

Ayaka (7)
E-girls (2)
Ikimonogakari (7)
Ishikawa Sayuri (37)
AKB48 (7)
SKE48 (3)
HKT48 (debut)
NMB48 (2)
Kanda Sayaka (2)
Kyary Pamyu Pamyu (3)
Kouzai Kaori (18)
Godai Natsuko (21)
Sakamoto Fuyumi (26)
Shiina Ringo (2)
Yoshimi Tendo (19)
Nakajima Miyuki (2)
Kana Nishino (5)
Perfume (7)
Ayako Fuji (20)
Seiko Matsuda (18)
Nana Mizuki (6)
Kaori Mizumori (12)
Miwa (2)
May J. (debut)
Momoiro Clover Z (3)
Yakushimaru Hiroko (debut)
Akiko Wada (38)


White Team

Arashi (6)
Itsuki Hiroshi (44)
EXILE (10)
Kanjani8 (3)
Chris Hart (2)
Go Hiromi (27)
Golden Bomber (3)
Sandaime J Soul Brothers (3)
SMAP (22)
Sexy Zone (2)
T.M.Revolution (5)
TOKIO (21)
Hideaki Tokunaga (9)
AAA (5)
Tsuyoshi Nagabuchi (4)
Kiyoshi Hikawa (15)
V6 (debut)
Kohei Fukuda (2)
Fukuyama Masaharu (7)
Hosokawa Takashi (38)
Porno Graffitti (13)
Miwa Akihiro (3)
Shinichi Mori (47)


Source: http://www1.nhk.or.jp/kouhaku/artists/index.html

Ramen Heaven! Sapporo Ramen Kyowakoku (Republic)

Sapporo Ramen Kyowakoku Photo Credit: ionasiatrend.com

Sapporo Ramen Kyowakoku Photo Credit: ionasiatrend.com

Hands down Sapporo has the BEST Ramen EVER!!!  Hokkaido, the most Northern Island of Japan is famous for ramen.  Because it is very cold most of the year, ramen is very popular there. While visiting Sapporo recently, I bumped into a Ramen Village.  I was in Heaven!  These nostalgically themed ramen restaurants are located on the 10th floor of the Esta Shopping Center, Sapporo JR Station.  There are eight different nostalgic ramen restaurants that represents four different prefectures of Hokkaido.  Only the best of the best are here: Asahikawa, Hakodate, Kushiro and of course Sapporo.  When your all done you can even shop at the souvenir shop.

Sapporo Ramen Kyowakoku Photo Credit: ionasiatrend.com

Sapporo Ramen Kyowakoku Photo Credit: ionasiatrend.com


Sapporo Ramen Kyowakoku Photo Credit: ionasiatrend.com

Sapporo Ramen Kyowakoku Photo Credit: ionasiatrend.com


Sapporo Ramen Kyowakoku Photo Credit: ionasiatrend.com

Sapporo Ramen Kyowakoku Photo Credit: ionasiatrend.com


Check out this little video clip



Located on the 10th floor, in the Esta Sapporo JR Tower shopping mall, check out there site here.




You might also find this interesting: Kai Japanese Ramen in Honolulu, Tonkatsu Ginza Bairin Restaurant


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A Different View of Tokyo SkyTree

At the park Photo Credit: ionasiatrend.com

At the park
Photo Credit: ionasiatrend.com


A short distance walk from the famous Tokyo SkyTree, in a small park stood a line of people.  Wondering what they where doing, we noticed that they where waiting to take a picture in front of a huge convex mirror of a highway leading into the sky with a perfect backdrop of the SkyTree.


Tokyo SkyTree and highway to the heavens. Photo Credit : ionasiatrend.com

Tokyo SkyTree and highway to the heavens. Photo Credit : ionasiatrend.com

Tokyo SkyTower Photo Credit : ionasiatrend.com

Tokyo SkyTower Photo Credit : ionasiatrend.com



The Park is located approximately here.   I recommend taking your family here.  It doesn’t  matter if you have small kids, older kids or no kids.  It was a lot of fun at this park as you can see from the pictures we took.  The metal roller slide was awesome!


Tokyo SkyTree and highway to the heavens park. Photo Credit : ionasiatrend.com

Tokyo SkyTree and highway to the heavens park. Photo Credit : ionasiatrend.com


Park near Tokyo SkyTree . Photo Credit : ionasiatrend.com

Park near Tokyo SkyTree . Photo Credit : ionasiatrend.com


Park near the Tokyo SkyTree. This is the metal roller slide.  Photo Credit : ionasiatrend.com

Park near the Tokyo SkyTree. This is the metal roller slide. Photo Credit : ionasiatrend.com

Park near the Tokyo SkyTree  Photo Credit : ionasiatrend.com

Park near the Tokyo SkyTree.  Yes, thats me going down the slide. Photo Credit : ionasiatrend.com



You might also find this interesting Tokyo’s SkyTree.

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Traveling to Japan


For the past few weeks I’ve been planing a trip to Tokyo and Sapporo. One of the best airline ticket price finder I used was sky scanner. With sky scanner, you can set up air ticket price alerts to be sent to your email. You can even have them alert you if the ticket your looking for reaches a certain price you have in mind. You have the control when to be alerted.
If you haven’t been to Japan, just know Japan doesn’t offer free wifi everywhere. Renting a pocket wifi is the best and cheapest way to get convenient internet while vacationing there. This trip I rented a pocket wifi from Global Advanced Communications. When I was looking up companies that offered pocket wifi rentals, several companies came up. I’m always weary about giving information and sending payments to a company overseas. I can assure you that this company is legit. I took a chance and ordered my pocket wifi, I even had it sent to my hotel. Upon check-in my wifi was already here, super convenient. The two week rental cost me around ¥7,650 (about $76.50) this includes the prepaid envelope to send the pocket wifi back. I love it and glad I got it. Follow me around the next 14 days as I will be traveling around Tokyo and Sapporo.


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2NE1’s Album “Crush” Sweeping Music Charts


The all girl group 2NE1, released their new album “Crush” oFebruary 27, 2014 online only.  In a record time “Crush” was sweeping the music charts, and has achieved an all-kill status.  (ALL KILL : adj.; term used to refer to a song that has managed to reach the #1 spot on the 7 major music site daily charts in Korea simultaneously according to kpop dictionary).  Although, 2NE1’s track “Come Back Home,” made a clean sweep on 10 real-time online music charts including: Melon, Bugs, Mnet, Naver Music, Daum Music, Olleh, Cyworld Music, Soribada, Monkey3 and Genie.  The other eight tracks on the album are not too far behind, most are already on the top ten charts.  March 7, “Crush” will be released offline, following 2NE1’s first two concerts “All or Nothing” World Tour which begins March 1 and 2 in Seoul Korea.  

Their music video has not been released yet, but you can hear their all-kill song “Crush” from kpopMar Tube Hot

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Hinamatsuri Japanese Girls Day Festival

(お雛様) A picture of some Hina dolls for hinamat...

(お雛様) A picture of some Hina dolls for hinamatsuri with a lamp. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

March 3rd is Girl’s Day also known as Hinamatsuri or even Momo no Sekku (Peach Day).  Some may wonder why peaches are part of this tradition.  A little interesting history of this event is that before the 19th century Japan followed the Lunar calendar, which during this religious event peach blossoms were in bloom, around early April.  Today Japan follows the Gregorian calendar, so peaches are no longer in bloom during the Hinamatsuri festival, but are still symbolic of the festival.  Momo no Sekku during the latter half of the Edo period had evolved into the festival we know today.  A day to celebrate and wish for happiness and health for the young women in their families.

Hinamatsuri is an ancient Japanese custom called hina-nagashi.  It was once believed that dolls possessed the power to contain evil sprits.  During the hina-nagashi, dolls where made with straws and are set afloat down a river to the sea, taking with it troubles or bad spirits.  The origins can be traced back to China.

The custom of displaying beautiful dolls representing the Emperor, Empress, and attendants, in traditional court dress began during the Heian period (794-1185). Today, families with young girls start displaying their dolls in February, to celebrate the well-being and happiness for them in the future. They arrange these traditional dolls in Heian court attire on a five or seven-tiered platform covered with red carpet. These dolls are immediately put away after the festival, a superstition says that if the dolls are on display past March 4, your daughter will marry late in life.

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Blogs with 200 followers or less, lets come together

Liebster Blog Award

Liebster Blog Award (Photo credit: ObscuredDreamer)

Hello, hello all bloggers!!  I recently got nominated for the Liebster Blog Award.  I have to say I am honored to have been nominated, but it was difficult to find blogs with 200 followers or less to nominate.  Not that none are out there, but it wasn’t easy to find.  It took some effort.  So, I thought it would be easier for any one that has 200 or less followers to post your blogs here for others to find and follow.  Maybe your blog will be the next one nominated for a blog award.  Please nothing inappropriate.  I will make the discretion to remove or allow a site to be shown on my post.  So go ahead and add your blog in the comments. I will review them ASAP.  Enjoy the camaraderie!

Dont forget to follow me for your latest and trendiest Asia Trends.  I will follow you back too, just be sure to let me know you followed!  You should let your fellow bloggers know that you followed them and to follow you back.  Im really excited!  I’ll start off by sharing the first blog that has less then 200 followers.


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