53 comments

  1. says:

    July 12, 2015 at 11:26 am

    L O V E T H I S P O S T S O M U C H ! ! ! ! Just a million heart eyed emojis cause everything looked/sounded amazing. Did you see the Nara deer bow? Eeeeep. My heart’s so full for you two. πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

    • tworedbowls says:

      July 13, 2015 at 11:11 am

      omg we DID and I totally wigged out. I want to move to Nara and be a sacred deer. (Speaking of really adorable animals, your last story on Vienna = AMAZING. Ugh I love her.)

  2. says:

    July 12, 2015 at 1:44 pm

    I’m bookmarking this post to when I travel there myself. So excited to see a million photos here and at Flickr, and wouldn’t mind seeing more & more. So glad you & B#2 are back safely and ready to show all of us recipes inspired this trip. πŸ™‚

    • tworedbowls says:

      July 13, 2015 at 11:16 am

      Omg thank you so much! I used Lightroom πŸ™‚ It’s pretty amazing how great the iPhone cameras are now!

  3. says:

    July 12, 2015 at 4:19 pm

    I love the shots you guys took, they look incredible! Sounds like it was a great trip and tons of delicious food! I’ll be going to Japan in the fall and am even more excited now after reading this post – we will definitely try a number of these places that you’ve mentioned!

  4. says:

    July 12, 2015 at 11:02 pm

    Your photos and description have made me want to go to Japan even more. It’l definitely be on my bucket list for life. Do you know Japanese? Or is it fine travelling around with very little knowledge of it? Right now I’m currently learning, and I’m hoping by the time I go, I’ll be fluent. Thanks for sharing your adventure!

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    • tworedbowls says:

      July 13, 2015 at 11:07 am

      Oh my gosh, I love that you’re learning Japanese!!!! Nope, we knew absolutely no Japanese (unless you count ‘excuse me’ and ‘where is x’ and ‘beer, please’) and it was pretty much fine — it would just have been nice to know so that we didn’t feel like rude tourists every time they launched into (what would have been) super helpful responses and we stared blankly and had to feebly be like “Sorry… English?” Haha. πŸ™ I’m sure you’ll have an amazing time if you’re already learning!!! And any time you have a hiccup, pocket Wi-Fi is a godsend. I can’t wait to read about it if you go πŸ˜€

  5. says:

    July 13, 2015 at 5:10 am

    Such awesome pictures Cynthia – they really seem to capture the spirit of Japan (and I <3 the pics of you guys so much too). What an incredible trip and such a wonderful way to start this next chapter of your life together.

  6. Anonymous says:

    July 13, 2015 at 6:34 am

    wow, stunning pics. Japan has been on my travel list for quite a while. it never made it all the way up that list though. I might need to reconsider that.

  7. says:

    July 13, 2015 at 7:11 am

    You make me want to hop in the next plain to Japan. Love the pictures and the ones with food just made me drool on my keyboard!

  8. says:

    July 13, 2015 at 9:20 am

    I visited Japan last Spring for the Sakura season and although I’ve been all over the world, Japan is my absolute favourite country. When I got back I tried to explain why I loved it so much but could never quite capture the right word for my experience of Japanese society until I read your account. Thoughtful is the exact word for what the Japanese are. They have a way of anticipating your every needs from toiletries and pyjamas in every hotel or onsen to my personal favourite, heated toilet seats!
    I was also blown away by the Daimaru food halls and the swivel seats on the Shinkansen . Thanks for reminding me why I loved Japan and absolutely have to go back

  9. wellandfull says:

    July 13, 2015 at 9:30 am

    These photos are absolutely stunning! I’ve always wanted to go to Japan. In fact, when I was 8, I actually went to a Japanese summer camp (which was the next best thing!). Also, that black sesame ice cream… oh my.

  10. says:

    July 13, 2015 at 10:33 am

    LOVE THIS. Your photos are gorgeous and it looks like you and B2 had just the most amazing time. I’ve only been to Tokyo/Nikkou but I’ve been dying to go to Kyoto. I’m really glad you did the ryokan experience. We did one in Nikkou and at first were like HMM what is it like, but when we got there the experience was out-of-the-world serene and beautiful and peaceful. And the kaiseki meal. So happy you had a blast <3.

  11. says:

    July 13, 2015 at 10:40 am

    ohmygosh these are GORGEOUS!!!! it sounds like a dream. and i love your silly hat purchases. um and a MATCHA CRAWL?!!! did you come back smelling of matcha?? i hope so. welcome back, mr and mrs red bowl!!!!!

  12. says:

    July 13, 2015 at 10:44 am

    Your pictures are making me so homesick for Asia! I want to move back to Asia so that I can take trips like this more often. How beautiful!

    It looks like you guys had an amazing time. Congrats on your wedding and lovely honeymoon. <3

  13. says:

    July 13, 2015 at 2:05 pm

    Ahhhh that’s it! I neeeeeed to get my mommy butt to Asia one of these days! Particularly Japan because between you and Beth, I have no option but to daydream about Japan even thought I’ve never been. And you guys are soooo cute! Love that photo of you in your glasses with B2 looking at you. πŸ˜€ And the buildings, the streets! Totally my style and it reminds me of an Asianified Argentina….haha

  14. says:

    July 13, 2015 at 6:21 pm

    Oh my gosh, Cynthia, these photos are gorgeous! I mean really, really stunning. Now I want to go to Japan more than ever. And I so love that you shared the details of all the places you went — I am saving this information for my dream-and-hopefully-one-day-a-reality vacation!

  15. says:

    July 14, 2015 at 9:35 am

    it looks like you two had the most fantastic honeymoon eating and exploring your way through so many wonderful sites! welcome back, you two! xoxo!

  16. Sasha says:

    July 14, 2015 at 1:28 pm

    These photos made me feel as though I was right there with you! Gorgeous, moody, lively,serene, and the food! Although I’d love to go to Japan someday, your photos allowed me to have a virtual vacation!! As a pastry chef and new blogger I admire your mixture of wonderful recipes and beautiful pictures. Can’t wait for the next post.

  17. says:

    July 15, 2015 at 2:47 am

    Like, all of my dreams are pretty much condensed in this post. Like, many of my dreams are pretty much condensed in Japanese ramen.
    So happy you shared these (even though you’re killing me with envy)!

    #ramen #matcha #moreramen #morematcha

  18. says:

    July 15, 2015 at 8:10 pm

    These photos are incredible Cynthia!!! Just have to put something out there: how AMZING are japanese bakeries?! They have the fluffiesy fun bread! And the nofi potato chips are way to additive!
    Looks like you had SO much fun and so glad to hear you enjoyed it!
    You have to come back sometime – I’ll take you around all the snazzy and delicious places in Tokyo! πŸ˜€
    Also, that photo of you and B2 (the instax one) melts my heart – you two are so darn cute!
    Wishing you all the best for the future ahead! ❀️

  19. Kimberly says:

    July 17, 2015 at 8:13 am

    Absolutely breathtaking! Thanks so much for sharing. Japan is where I’d like to go. That black sesame softserve looked amazing (and so did all of the other food!!)

  20. Faith says:

    July 26, 2015 at 11:10 am

    Absolutely beautiful!! I love your recommendations too! My husband and I are planning a trip to Tokyo this fall. We are in our mid twenties, do you have any suggestions for neighborhoods we should stay? Thanks!

    • tworedbowls says:

      July 26, 2015 at 10:16 pm

      Ooooh YAY!! I’m so so excited for you guys and wistfully wishing I was back in your position πŸ™‚ I’m sure there are many more people out there who know more about neighborhoods, but for what it’s worth, we really liked staying in Sasazuka (at this AirBnB) because it was a little quieter and had a little alleyway right nearby filled with fun restaurants and shops — it felt more personal and a little cozier than some of the larger neighborhoods, but it was still only one train stop away from Shinjuku. But for a livelier nightlife, staying within walking distance of (or in) Shinjuku or Shibuya would probably be a better choice, with Shinjuku being (in our experience) a little less hectic than Shibuya. We stayed near Yoyogi Park our last two nights, within walking distance of Shibuya and Harajuku, and that was fun in its own way too. I hope that helps!!

      • Faith says:

        July 26, 2015 at 10:32 pm

        Wow, thank you so much! πŸ™‚ We have no idea where to start, and I appreciate your suggestions. I love this blog post, and I hope to check out your ramen recommendation!

  21. says:

    September 4, 2015 at 1:37 pm

    Just got back from Tokyo and Kyoto, and your guide was very helpful — thanks so much! We had lunch at Ramen Sen No Kaze (which was great!), and while I couldn’t find the Manneken in Kyoto Station, I stumbled upon one in Tokyo. In Kyoto we also had amazing tonkatsu at a tiny restaurant called Yamamoto — highly recommended!

  22. says:

    May 11, 2016 at 11:40 pm

    hi cynthia! any recommendations for a tea-tour / matcha crawl (??) in uji? i want to visit a plantation maybe? any guidance appreciated!

    • tworedbowls says:

      May 12, 2016 at 4:00 pm

      Hi Tema! Our exploration of Uji was pretty much limited to the Byodoin Omotesando area, which we thought was plenty fun but probably wouldn’t occupy more than an afternoon. We didn’t make it to any tea plantations — that sounds so fantastic!! I want to hear/see all about it if you go!!

      PS this reminds me that I never replied to your airbnb email — AHH! Replying now if it’s not too late!

      • temaleh says:

        May 12, 2016 at 4:52 pm

        thanks, cynthia!! super excited and will definitely write again with any important tea or food updates :)) i’m not a food blogger (mere mortal πŸ™‚ ) but i’m sure i’ll instagram a bunch — am @temaleh – thanks for your amazing blog! i’ve put your recipes into practice and am now excited to put your travel tips into practice as well. we already booked our airbnbs, but amazingly they are located quite near those you recommended. thanks for the responses!

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